Need a speaker for an event, retreat, or fundraiser?

The Redbud Speakers Bureau features leading voices and experienced, sought-after speakers on a variety of topics.


SharonRHooverSharon R Hoover is passionate about creating space where people can experience God. This drive motivates her to disciple new believers, speak at events, and work in the church. She skillfully weaves knowledge gathered over decades of ministry and seminary coursework with crazy and entertaining life experiences. She has written resources and curriculum to disciple people of all ages and stages of life. Sharon leads the Centreville Presbyterian Church (Virginia) efforts to connect the local church to mission partners worldwide. She is an effective motivator for all who wrestle with the challenges of living the mission of faith.

Speaking topics:
  • The Story of Justice and Freedom. How can the church impact the global community for justice? What does it mean to see God at work in the lives of the desperately poor? Ponder together how to partner and serve the least of these.
  • Last Morsels to Linen Fabrics. Ever feel like the craziness of life keeps you from living a Christ-centered life? Learn from courageous women in the Bible who impacted God’s Kingdom out of their own unique gifts, talents and circumstances.
  • Building Bridges to Peace. Being a peacemaker is high on the attribute list of being a Christ-follower, but why is it so difficult? With grace and wisdom, let’s explore practical ways to become bridges toward peace in family, neighborhood, church, and, yes, the world!

Contact Sharon at [email protected]

Ann SwindellAnn Swindell is a dynamic and relatable speaker who is passionate about pointing others to Christ. She has spoken at church retreats, MOPS groups, and college chapel services about a wide variety of topics.

Topics include:
  • Spiritual growth
  • Contentment
  • Trusting God in difficult circumstances
  • Cultivating a healthy marriage
  • Parenting with laughter and grace
  • Freedom from comparison

Ann is open to speaking about almost any topic and will shape her talks for the needs of each group. She is available to travel and can be reached at at [email protected].

Lesa EngelthalerLesa Engelthaler is a Senior Associate for Victory Search Group, assisting nonprofits to recruit executive leaders. Lesa is also a writer for such publications as The Dallas Morning News, Christianity Today, Relevant, and Prism. Lesa is a founding member of Ink and proud to be a part of the Redbud Writers Guild. Her friends would say that Lesa is passionate about empowering women. Lesa serves on the board of Missio Alliance, the Circle of Friends board of New Friends New Life and the Economic Security Grants Review Committee for the Dallas Women’s Foundation. For the past several years, she has lead an annual trip to partner with the House of Hope a nonprofit in Nicaragua helping women escape prostitution.

Past speaking experience:

Dallas Theological Seminary, Woodcreek Church, Synergy, Women’s Network Polish: Young Professional Women’s group, Christ Fellowship, Faith Bible Church, Southern Methodist University, House of Hope, Nicaragua, Mexican Indian Training Center, Mexico

Contact Lesa at [email protected]

Suzanne BurdenSuzanne  Burden speaks on living in the Kingdom of God as a joyful, right-now reality. Together with Carla Sunberg and Jamie Wright, Suzanne coauthored the book Reclaiming Eve: The Identity and Calling of Women in the Kingdom of God and the Reclaiming Eve Small Group DVD. Suzanne is a graduate of Cornerstone University and Grace Theological Seminary and serves part-time as discipleship pastor at Three Rivers Wesleyan Church. She and her husband David live in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where they share a fondness for his cooking skills and are currently hosting a French foreign exchange student.

Speaking topics:
  • Reclaiming Eve: Why Every Woman Matters to God
  • Blessed Alliance: Encouraging Men and Women to Serve as Ideal Partners in God’s Kingdom
  • Apprenticed to Jesus: Lessons in Spiritual Formation
  • Narrative Sermons on Biblical Characters that Strengthen Our Faith When Life Doesn’t Make Sense
Past speaking engagements:

Suzanne has spoken at churches, writing conferences, retreats, and most recently at Cornerstone University and Taylor University student chapels

Contact Suzanne at [email protected]

Tracy BalzerTracy Balzer speaks to adults and Christian university groups about growing in meaningful connection with God. Her topics include: prayer, silence and solitude, praying the scriptures (lectio divina), contemplative spirituality/listening prayer, and spiritual disciplines in general; and dealing with distractions, busyness, fragmentation, and making space for God. In addition, she has expertise on the topic of Celtic Christianity and teaches about the historic spiritual legacy that has been left to us by the early Celtic Christians in the British Isles.

Tracy is also available to lead and teach silent retreats. Her teaching on all topics is experiential, matching her desire to help others receive the loving presence of God in the midst of their busy lives. She has spoken in a variety of church and university settings.

Contact her at [email protected].

Jen Pollock MichelJen Pollock Michel is the author of Teach Us to Want, Christianity Today’s 2015 Book of the Year, which has also been produced as an original video series by RightNow Media. Jen is also a regular contributor to Christianity Today’s popular Her.meneutics blog. At churches across North America and conferences like Catalyst and RightNow, Jen speaks to large and small groups on discipleship topics. Weaving together Biblical exposition, cultural commentary, and personal stories, Jen engages both heart and mind. Jen and her family live in Toronto, Ontario.

Contact Jen at [email protected]

Bronwyn LeaBronwyn Lea is a South-African born writer-mama with has a passion for seeing women thrive in Christ. She has spoken at conferences around the world for the past 15 years seeking to encourage and women by seeing them deeply planted in the Scriptures.

Topics include:
  • Flourishing
  • Being daughters of the King
  • Having the courage to find significance in the everyday
  • Healthy relationships.

Contact Bronwyn at [email protected]

Aleah MarsdenAleah Marsden is a writer, speaker, and Bible study leader who is passionate about seeing women walk into all the plans God has for them. She loves the ocean, women’s soccer, Disneyland, grabbing coffee with a friend, and curling up with a good book. Aleah finds deep joy in studying scripture and sharing its stories. She strongly believes in encouraging women to choose celebration over comparison; glorifying God and serving others with all their varied gifts. Her writing can be found in publications like The Banner and Books & Culture, as well as a handful of devotionals in the new NIV Bible for Women: Fresh Insights for Thriving in Today’s World (Zondervan, 2015). She has spoken at numerous women’s events, moms’ groups, and retreats.

Recent Topics include:
  • Journey: Three 35 minute sessions with small group discussion questions following Peter’s discipleship narrative. Perfect for a retreat weekend!
  • Chosen: One 35 minute session on 1 Corinthians 1:26-2:5. On calling and God’s specific choosing of our weaknesses to bring Him glory.
  • The Most Important Verse for Moms: One 20 minute session on Luke 2:41-51. Building a foundation for parenting using what we know of Jesus’ childhood.
  • Do What You Can (Not What You Can’t): One 35 minute session on 2 Peter 1:5-8. Using our varied gifts in our current circumstance.

Also available to customize for your event! Contact Aleah at [email protected]

Christine FieldChristine Field is the mom of four and has been married almost 30 years. She is the author of numerous books and is a consulting attorney for the homeschool ministry of the National Center for Life and Liberty. In her books and as a conference speaker she brings down-to-earth help and come-alongside-you hope to harried parents.
Her books address topics of homeschooling, mothering, parenting, teaching special needs children, and life skills for kids. At her website,, she offers resources and reassurances for moms with real lives – because we don’t all live Pin-worthy lives.

Speaking Topics:

Christine speaks on topics of mothering and marriage, parenting and encouragement for the Christian woman.

Past speaking engagements:

Christine has spoken at numerous MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) groups, mom support groups, Hearts at Home, Great Homeschool Conventions and many more.

Personal contact email [email protected]

Lindsey Headshot NewLindsey Smallwood is a gifted truth teller and sharer of stories. A former pastor and teacher, these days she works, writes and raises her family in Boulder, Colorado, where she also maintains a robust ministry speaking to churches, women’s ministries, university students, and mom’s groups.

Some of Lindsey’s recent topics include:
  • Keeping it Fresh: Making Space for Spiritual Practices
  • The Art of Neighboring: Flourishing Fiercely Where You Live

If you’re interested in having Lindsey speak at your event or retreat, visit her website at or email her directly at [email protected].

Margot StarbuckMargot Starbuck, a graduate of Westmont College and Princeton Seminary, is passionate about communicating to individuals, in print and in speech, the promise that because God, in Jesus Christ, is with us and for us, we’re made to be with and for others. (#neighborlove) Margot explains, “I’m pretty convinced that embracing who we truly are, as God’s beloved, and behaving as if others are too —by living Jesus’ love in the world, especially among those living on the world’s margins— is who we’re made to be.”

Margot enjoys speaking to audiences around the country at conferences, campuses, festivals churches and other gatherings. A few clients have included: Messiah College, Wheaton Center for the Application of Christian Ethics, MOPs International Convention, Young Life Women’s Weekend and Urban Promise Ministry Summit, among others.

One audience member raves, “I heard Margot speak this weekend at a retreat, and I was hanging on her every word. Not only is she flat-out hilarious, but she speaks about Jesus in her down-to-earth style. Margot is vulnerable, captivating and passionate. I left the retreat wanting to be the woman God created me to be. I would never miss a chance to hear Margot speak. It’s a gift!” And Wheaton College chaplain offers, “The transparency in your story-telling made your talk especially compelling. It was a hope-giving message.”

Topics include:
  • Unsqueezed: The Truth About Identity and Body Image You Won’t Hear on Reality TV
  • I am FOR You: Receiving Steadfast Love in Your Bones
  • Small Things With Great Love: Adventures in Loving Your Neighbor
  • Jesus in Vegas: Embracing God’s Beloved People in Unlikely Places
  • Beloved: As You Are and Not As You Should Be
A Sample of Clients:

Messiah College, Wheaton Center for the Application of Christian Ethics, MOPs International Convention, Young Life Women’s Weekend, First Presbyterian Church, Tulsa, Urban Promise Ministry Summit, Mississippi College, Lifest Festival, Hungry for Hope Conference, InterVarsity, Athletes in Action, Wild Goose Festival, Duke Divinity School, Westmont College, Friends University, American Adoption Congress, Peace College

Contact Margot at [email protected]

Aubrey SampsonAubrey Sampson
As part of the preaching team at Renewal Church in the Chicagoland area, Aubrey uses vulnerability, humor, and Scriptural truths to teach her audiences that God is always at work transforming ashes into beauty. She speaks at churches and ministry events across the country on topics ranging from overcoming shame, to women’s issues, to in-depth bible teaching. She leads women’s and young adult retreats, teaches at MOPS and Coffee Break groups, and does special one time events. She has also spoken at Shannon Ethridge’s BLAST (building leaders, authors, speakers, and teachers) conference.

Contact Aubrey at [email protected]

Andi Cumbo-FloydAndi Cumbo-Floyd is a researcher and writer who specializes the history and legacy of enslavement In the United States. She is available to speak on the practice of slavery in Virginia, the use of archival documents in genealogical work, and the importance of discussing slavery in the 21st century. Her book The Slaves Have Names chronicles the lives of people enslaved on the plantation where she was raised and her journey to get to know them. Andi Cumbo-Floyd is a writer, editor, and writing coach. She is available to speak on topics including goal-setting for book writing, incorporate a writing practice in your daily life, and fundamentals of grammar. Her books include Writing Day In and Day Out, God’s Whisper Manifesto, and The Slaves Have Names.

Past experience:

College English professor for over 10 years, national genealogical societies, book clubs, home school co-ops, women’s gatherings, church congregations, and school groups in more than 5 states.

Contact Andi at [email protected]

Cara MeredithCara Meredith, a motivational and inspirational speaker for nearly fifteen years, incorporates exegetical and cultural knowledge of first-century Judaism with the art of storytelling, love of humor, and passion for truth. Her audience has varied from children, youth and college; young mothers and all ages of women; to general adult and family. A former high school English teacher, she was in full-time ministry with Young Life before completing a Masters of Theology (Fuller Seminary). Cara is now a writer and speaker, and lives in Oakland, California with her husband, James, and their two young sons.

Speaking Topics:
  • Finding Beauty in the Most Unlikely of Places: What does it means to see God in the midst of our ordinary, everyday lives? Reference: Luke 24
  • God With Us: Sometimes, when life feels more hard than good, we struggle to believe that God lives there, too. Even if he doesn’t always give us the answers we want, he is present in our pain. Reference: John 11.
  • Be Here Now: You are right where you’re supposed to be, right here, right now. Do you believe it? Reference: Ephesians 3
  • Friendship: Love is an Imperative: Just as Christ loved the Church, so we too are called to love one another. Reference: 1 John 4.
  • A Fierce Flourishing: What does it mean to flourish on a daily basis? How might we, as Christ followers, celebrate lavishly, embrace rest and notice goodness? Reference: Isaiah 55.

Contact Cara at [email protected]

Elisabeth KleinElisabeth Klein
Through a difficult nineteen-year marriage that ended in divorce, through four years as a single mom to two teenagers, and now as a newly-remarried woman, Elisabeth’s heart is for women to move further into wholeness in their relationships – with God, in their marriages, with their children, with their friendships, and themselves. Since she began speaking in 2002, she has spoken to over 175 women’s and MOPS’ groups, reaching over 6500 women. She is available for women’s events and retreats. To book her for your event or check her availability:

Speaking topics include:
  • All Things New
  • Who Am I?
  • From Brokenness into Wholeness
  • Plan B Life: This Isn’t What I Signed Up For
  • Calm in My Chaos
  • Fresh Starts
  • Relationships 201
  • When Life Feels Harder Than You Think It Should Be
  • Calm in My Christmas Chaos

Contact Elisabeth at [email protected]

Trina PockettTrina Pockett is a dynamic communicator with over fifteen years experience speaking at retreats, conferences, and special events. She has served in leadership roles within The Salvation Army, MOPS, Stonecroft Ministries, and is currently on staff with Compassion International. Trina’s own story about her battle with cancer reminds her that life is a gift from God. Through storytelling, humor, and encouragement, Trina shares the incredible adventure of living a life of faith.

Speaking Topics:
  • Encouragement Counts!
  • Hope in the Hard Times
  • Women of Passion
  • Telling Your Story
  • Celebrate the Season
  • customized topics available
Previous Speaking Engagements Include:
  • Stonecroft’s Stir International Webcast Speaker
  • The Salvation Army Young Adult Conference Speaker
  • Salinas Corps Women’s Luncheon Speaker
  • The Grove Church- Celebrate the Season Keynote Speaker
  • Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Women’s Keynote Speaker
  • Hydesville Church- Guest Speaker
  • Telling Your Story Conference- Keynote Speaker
  • Centerpointe Church Retreat Speaker
  • Stonecroft Leadership Retreat- Guest Speaker
  • Soroptimist Annual Luncheon Speaker
  • Seattle Temple Prayer Retreat- Guest Speaker
  • Reno TSA Annual Women’s Tea- Guest Speaker
  • Faith Center- Guest Speaker
  • Willow Creek Nazarene- Retreat Speaker
  • Multiple MOPS Speaking Events

Contact Trina at [email protected]

Shayne MooreShayne Moore is a popular national lecturer and radio talk show guest on issues of global justice. She is a writer at World Bicycle Relief and a member of the World Vision Speakers Bureau. With an MA in theology, she is an author, writer and editor. Her book, Refuse To Do Nothing: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern Day Slavery, received Resource of the Year, (Outreach, 2014). Her first book, Global Soccer Mom; Changing the World is Easier Than You Think, chronicles her work with the HIV/AIDS pandemic and her involvement with The ONE Campaign, receiving an endorsement from rock singer Bono. Shayne is a board member and the Founder of Redbud Writers Guild and is Editor-in-Chief at The Redbud Post.

Speaking topics include:
  • Resiliency in Biblical Advocacy
  • Human Trafficking
  • Grassroots mobilization
  • Waking up to realities of Global Justice Issues
Past Experience:

CNN, WTTW, CBS Los Angeles, TBN, FAITH radio, Moody Radio, World Vision Conferences, International Justice Mission Advocacy Summit, World Relief Fundraiser, ONE Campaign Press Conferences and news media, Free The Girls Fundraiser, MOPS education, Wheaton College lectures, Women of Vision education, Moody Church Women’s Ministry, and many church group and radio interviews nationally.

Contact Shayne at [email protected]

Hulthen Photos 010Margaret Philbrick is a novelist, poet and children’s picture book author, Margaret leverages her diverse writing experience to speak on the power of story to bring beauty and transformation to our everyday lives. Her topics include Advent traditions, the musical gift of healing for those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s, her journey to love her transgender brother/sister and how Christ empowers us to love beyond our grasp. Her presentations plant seeds in hearts through an artistic blend of God’s word, melody and image. “Margaret’s speaking subjects touch many people and families, not only was her storyline interesting but Margaret had good extra resources that my members appreciated. I received many great comments from our members on her talk. Margaret was very professional and a joy to work with.” Jo Ayo, Chairwoman, Glen Ellen Book Review Club.

Recent Engagements:

  • Keynote speaker for DeKalb Literary Festival
  • Advent speaker for women’s groups in protestant and Catholic churches
  • Book Clubs
  • Christian and Catholic schools
  • Alzheimer’s Association events
  • “Write On” Writing Workshops in Wisconsin
  • Classical Writing Workshops for adults

Email Margaret at [email protected]


IMG_9466Michelle Perez lives and works in Guatemala, bridging cultures and languages in her home and ministry. A former English teacher, Michelle is now the director of short-term servant teams for a Christian non-profit in Guatemala. She writes and speaks about cross-cultural living, working with people in poverty and changing the way we do missions. She is thoughtful, articulate and likes to encourage and challenge leaders interested in serving or working cross-culturally. Michelle and her husband are learning to navigate a cross-cultural marriage while also raising their bicultural and bilingual daughter. She is fueled by iced lattes, dark chocolate and will probably never be a morning person.

Topics: Cross-cultural Ministry / Re-thinking the Way Churches do Mission Trips / Framework for Working with People in Poetry / Parenting Bicultural and/or Bilingual kids / Working in Cross-cultural Settings / Asset Based Community Development / Living Missionally Where You Are / Cross-cultural MarriagePast Experience:

  • Training Church Mission Team Leaders: 2012-2015
  • College Student Retreat: May 2012-2015, What is Poverty? What is God Calling You to Let Go Of? Why Do You Serve?
  • Short-term Volunteer Training: weekly, 2012-2015, Cultural Awareness, Acknowledge Privilege and Power, Serving Like Jesus Did
  • Coast Christian Church Mission Night, Why How We Do Missions Might Matter More Than What We Do?
  • Santa Barbara Community Church Saturday night service, The Story of Hagar: A God Who Sees Us

Email: [email protected]

Natasha Sistrunk Robinson
Natasha Sistrunk Robinson
is the author of Mentor for Life: Finding Purpose Through Intentional Discipleship (Zondervan, 2016). As the Founder and President of Leadership LINKS, Inc., her vision is to holistically develop transformative and redemptive servant leaders who are united in community and committed to invest in long-term generational and cultural change. She is a gifted writer, speaker, consultant, anti-human trafficking advocate and community organizer. Natasha graduated cum laude (M.A. in Christian Leadership) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Charlotte, where she also received the Redemptive Leadership Award. Natasha is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a former Marine Corps officer. She has over 15 years of leadership and mentoring experience.

Topics of Expertise: Leadership; Mentoring, Discipleship, Spiritual Formation; Unity and Reconciliation in the body of Christ; Human Trafficking.
A detailed list of speaking topics can be found on Natasha’s official website at:

Past Speaking Experience: Natasha has an experienced platform that speaks to diverse audiences crossing generational, gender, racial and ethic, theological and practical, and socioeconomic lines. She was selected by the faculty to bring the student address during her graduation from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Charlotte, and has also served as a guest lecturer at the institution. Praise for Natasha’s speaking can also be found on her official website.

Contact Natasha at [email protected]


Sarah Arthur - Photo 2Sarah Arthur is a fun-loving speaker for retreats, conferences, seminars, workshops, and classes on a range of topics, including the writing and publishing process, youth ministry, women’s issues, the devotional life, and spiritual formation. [She could probably invent some other topic for you, in case that sounds too narrow (!).] Over the past 15 years she has led workshops or keynoted at such varied venues as the Princeton Youth Ministry Forums, the Calvin College Worship Symposium, the Northern Michigan C. S. Lewis Festival, the National Youth Workers Convention, the Frederick Buechner Writers Workshop at Princeton Theological Seminary, and the Win-Some Women retreats at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.[email protected] 


Lorie Lee. With two Masters, an EduLorie_lo_mediumcational doctorate and over 15 years working experience in Christian non-profit ministry, Lorie is passionate about raising up a generation of global kids. Be Global In Your Local is help families around the world raise children who understand – and care about – the needs of those who live in other places.

She believes that one life can change the world for good.  Lorie has released two children’s books, A Day in a Life, and Water, Water In Between to help focus on the similarities rather than the differences of children living in the developing and developed world. In addition to this, Lorie speaks to groups of all sizes on raising global kids as well as leads one-day family night experiences on how to Be Global in Your Local and Step into the Shoes of others.

With a background in teaching both children and adult learners, she loves the opportunity to educate on making a difference in regards to meaningful global issues. In addition to family seminars, she regularly speaks to MOPS groups, has led Compassion International advocate conferences as well as speaks to churches on Compassion, poverty and children living in the developing world.Lorie lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband Scott, son, Maddox and little dog, Nixon. She currently works at Compassion International on the Church Engagement team. Follow her on Twitter at @loriehenrylee, email her at [email protected] or visit her website


Web_Shelly-2Shelly Wildman is a former college writing instructor who loves travel, great food, and being a mom to three adult daughters. As a speaker, she is passionate about encouraging a generation of women who are prepared make a difference in their world. Weaving personal stories with biblical truth, Shelly inspires women to live out their God-given callings with joy. Shelly has spoken at several Chicago-area churches, in addition to women’s retreats, and writing conferences.

Recent speaking topics include:

  • Christmas Presence
  • Aim for the Heart: Lessons from Psalm 86 (one-day retreat)
  • No Ordinary Life: Everyday Adventures with an Extraordinary God (retreat based on Daniel 1 and 9)
  • Who Am I? (a lesson for college-aged women)
  • Writing Prompts: Surprise and Delight (Calvin Festival Circle leader)

Contact Shelly at [email protected].