CLARKS SUMMIT, Pa.—For two weekends in June, nearly 900 women gathered at Summit University for the annual LYFE Women’s Conference. These women were challenged to thrive in whatever season God has placed them.
Conference Director Diane Lytle says, “Every year the Lord uses the conference to grow me and my team in our own spiritual walk. Our themes often reflect what is going on in our own lives. This year’s theme was ‘Thrive’ because we all know how important it is to do more than just survive. We can thrive when we trust in God’s power in our lives!”
The conference included worship, fellowship, entertainment, meals, and Scripture-focused sessions. Keynote speaker Sherrie Holloway encouraged participants with truth from Romans 8 about the importance of seeing what God has done and then living it out. She reminded the women that Christ-followers could thrive because they have His Spirit in them, they can have hope in what is to come, and they have the security of God’s love.
Other special guests included the Pottery Lady Carole Wolaver, who brings Scripture to life while working at a potter’s wheel; Joe Boyd, a Bible storyteller; and singer/songwriter Jaime Jamgochian, who, in addition to providing music, brought a workshop on finding one’s worth and beauty in today’s culture.
Jamgochian was just one of 13 workshop presenters. Among them were Lee Kliewer, contributor in The Pastor: A Guide for
God’s Faithful Servant (Regular Baptist Press), and Peggy Walker, wife of Regular Baptist Press author Mel Walker.
LYFE Women’s Conference began with a one-day gathering in 1983, and it has since grown to a three-day conference, held two different weekends to accommodate the hundreds of women who attend.
The conference is known for providing women with spiritual nourishment to help them through unique trials. “It really is a great opportunity for participants to come away and be encouraged and refreshed,” Holloway says. “LYFE is dedicated to building our conference on the solid truth of God’s Word. I believe that’s why it is so impacting to so many women. God’s Word is living and powerful, and when you allow God to use it, there is no end to what He can do.”