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Conference Session Speakers:
Willie and Rachel G. Scott
Better Than Blended, LLC, Owners
Together, Willie and Rachel Scott are the Authors of Better Than Blended: Taking Your Family from Surviving To Thriving. Rachel has also written “40&7: A Practical Guide To Having Peace During A Custody Battle” and e-Book, “7 Ways To Deal With Conflict In Co-Parenting”. They are the Founders of Better Than Blended, LLC. A ministry that is dedicated to building blended families that thrive. As children Willie and Rachel both experienced life in a blended family home. When Willie and Rachel joined together in marriage they both desired for their children to have a different experience than what they had themselves. They desired for their children to experience oneness. This was an audacious prayer – Willie had 3 children and Rachel had 2 from previous marriages. They now have a total of 7 children ranging from toddler to adult. Their testimony, as one family, is a catalyst toward redemption for blended families who are struggling to find common ground.
Willie and Rachel know that God has blessed them to “Blend Gracefully”. With wisdom well beyond their years, their goal is to encourage, mentor and equip blended families to become pillars of strength and an awesome testimony of the sustaining power of God’s truth.
Author of UnOffendable
Here’s what you need to know about Ryan Leak: He’s a husband to Amanda and dad to Jaxson. After that, he’s an author, filmmaker, and speaker. He’s known as an ultimate risk taker from his two documentaries: The Surprise Wedding and Chasing Failure. Ryan proposed to his wife and married her on the same day, having planned their wedding in secret for two years. That documentary went viral in 2013 and the Leaks have been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Queen Latifah Show, and many other various media outlets.
Ryan’s most recent film is called Chasing Failure where he went on a journey to conquer his fear of failure by trying out for an NBA team. Ryan travels the country and teaches people how to remove the limitations that keep them from dreaming. And now, he teaches people how to be UnOffendable.
Ryan and his family reside in Dallas, TX and serve on staff at Covenant Church.
For more information on Ryan, check out ryanleak.com or follow him on Instagram + Twitter: @ryanleak.
Jay and Tammy Daughtry
Tammy and Jay Daughtry are CEO/Exec VP of Co-Parenting International, as well as, Co-founders of the Counseling Center for Modern Family Dynamics. As marriage and family therapists, authors, speakers as well as parents of a blended family, they have been featured on Focus on the Family, FamilyLife and over 50 other media outlets as advocates for single parents, step parents and children impacted by complex families. Co-Parenting Works! Working Together to Help Your Children Thrive is Tammy’s Zondervan/HarperCollins book on the critical topic of co-parenting.
“One Heart, Two Homes: Co-parenting Kids of Divorce to a Positive Future” is a digital resource that features 31 guests, including Dr. John Trent, Ron Deal, Jeff Kemp, Dr. Roy Smith, Brian Blomberg, Rhonda Temple and many more! Jay and Tammy train leaders, pastors and therapists all around the country as well as keynote at conferences and ministry events.
Charles F. Finck
Author of As We Forgive Those
Charles F. Finck, M.S. has been counseling and teaching for over 35 years. In 2001 he founded Liberty Cross Ministries. Charlie specializes in individual and marriage and family counseling and teaches nationally and internationally. Formerly a B-52 pilot in the U.S. Air Force, he brings a dynamic and varied history to his presentations. Charlie’s desire is to share the message of hope and healing in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He does this through seminars, schools and scripturally based prayer counseling. His most recent work, As We Forgive Those: How to Forgive Others, Ourselves and God, reveals insights gathered over years of ministry.
Charlie lives in Washington State with his wife, Deborah and their very special son, Jonathan, who they adopted at 24 hours old.
Michael and Kathryn Abercrombie-Rodnick
FPU Graduates & Financial Mentors
Michael and Kathryn Abercrombie-Rodnick have been best friends in marriage since 2015. They have a great passion for seeing other blended families thrive in the area of finances within their marriage. As an FPU Graduate this desire quickly became a reality as they found themselves walking the financial peace journey with many families. They are now Financial Mentors.
Together, they parent Cody (16 years old who was adopted from his first wife), Aaryn (12 years old), Alayna (5 years old), and their newest addition Jameson (4 months). They currently reside in Pennsylvania where she enjoys being a wife, stepmom, and now a bio mom. They love to plan awesome experiences for the kids, like unforgettable birthdays, going outside to explore or running around at the local YMCA. From time to time, they host exchange students that attend their local Catholic high school.
Author and Owner of D.R.E.A.M.
EG Graves, a professional Life and Family coach for over a decade, has encouraged families to reach their maximum potential in who they are in the Kingdom of God. With over fifteen years of experience in youth ministry and twenty years of experience in performing arts, his message is combined with love and creativity and inspires children and parents alike to raise the standard of their walk with God.
Growing up in a blended family of seven siblings, EG Graves experienced the challenges of living in a home where co-parenting was a challenge and as a result had to overcome rejection and abandonment issues.
EG Graves’ motivational messages have been used effectively in programs for youth departments, schools, faith-based organizations, personal development, businesses, confidence building and theatrical stage performances. His presentations are engaging, thought provoking and of high energy. They focus on ways to walk in our full potential of who God created us to be. EG Graves reveals the steps to expressing our unique talents, and stretching beyond the boundaries of our usual thinking. Coupled with his practical take-away tools, these presentations will leave families educated, encouraged and empowered to live and pursue the God-given call on their lives.
Conference Panel Speakers:
The Called Stepmom, Owner
Brandi is a thirty-something wife and stepmom of two young adults. She works full-time as an Executive Assistant in the corporate world, but her real passion is ministering to stepmoms from across the country through her blog, The Called Stepmom. She writes about the hope, healing and restoration available to step and blended families, while also sharing funny stories and practical advice from her own journey.
Marissa is a single mother to a young boy that has been going through a custody battle since 2010 to this present time. She shares her heart and struggles of not having primary custody, God’s purpose over this and what she has learned from years of battling with her son’s father.
My TLC Journey, Owner
Temara was a single mother for 14 years until she married in 2013. She and her husband now have a son together who is on the autism spectrum and are learning to blend while choosing to live a healthy lifestyle.
As the creator and Founder of MyTLCJourney, a Wellness Coach, Motivational Speaker, Inspiration and Lifestyle, Blogger and Podcaster, Temara inspires and educates people on how to live a healthier lifestyle by using honest application of truth, humble beginnings, and her infectious love for people.
She is dedicated and committed to lead anyone who will listen. In a place of harmony, by cultivating, inspiring and investing in the innumerable possibilities of wholeness and tranquility. Temara is also an advocate for Autism Acceptance.
Foundations Educational Consulting, LLC, Director
Sara Williams is the Owner and Founder of Foundations Educational Consulting, LLC. which provides educational counseling and support to families and students. She is also the creator of Dear Homeschool Mom, a platform that provides resources and encouragement for homeschool families.
Stepmom, Adopted-Mom and Owner of Hot-Mess Messenger
Jennifer and her husband Vince are a blended family through both adoption and marriage. Their heart is to help other couples navigate the awesomeness of blended family life especially families who have been touched by addiction. Jennifer narrates her talks with God and random thoughts on her YouTube VLOG The Hot Mess Messenger.