February Speaker Info:

ChristinePhotoTitle of Talk: Parenting Electronic-Loving Kids

Christine is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Supervisor by the State of Florida, a National Certified Counselor, Parent Coordination trained, a Collaborative Practitioner, Certified Family Trauma Professional, Trained Crisis Responder, and Group Crisis Intervention trained.

One of the theories she subscribes to is a Family Systems Approach which believes individuals are inseparable from their relationships. This approach is useful when dealing with the death of a family member, conflict in a family business, divorce, custody issues, addiction, mental illnesses, and personality disorders. It successfully resolves relational disputes, establishes healthy boundaries, restores order to a chaotic situation, reunifies individuals to families, stops an abusive cycle, minimizes the impact of trauma, and supports recovery from an addiction.

She specializes in personality disorders (Narcissism and Borderline), trauma recovery, mental health disorders, addictions, ADD, OCD, co-dependency, anxiety, anger, depression, parenting, and marriage. She works one-on-one, in groups, or with organizations to customize relationship plans and meet the needs of her clients.

Christine has been married to her husband Michael, a local attorney, for over twenty years and has lived in the Orlando area for twenty plus years. They have a son in the military and two college age daughters.

You can connect with Christine on her website, http://www.GrowWithChristine.com, Facebook, LinkedIn, or email at GrowWithChristine@gmail.com. Her office, LifeWorks Group is located in Winter Park, Florida.


January Speaker Info:

jj WestTitle of Talk: God IS in Control

JJ West lives in Oviedo with her three children and husband. She loves the beach, live music, good food, reading, Amazon Prime, and college football.

She used to teach high school, but now she does some freelance writing, vacuums up glitter, tries to determine where weird smells are coming from, and continually provides snacks to small humans. You can usually find her wearing ridiculous sunglasses and carrying an iced coffee.

She attends Grace Church Oviedo and would love to sit with you should you ever find yourself there on a Sunday morning.



November Speaker Info:

Arlene HeardTitle of Talk: Delight!

Arlene is a wife, mother, sister and friend, but most of all a beloved child of the King of kings.  She is the life companion of Matt Heard, lead pastor at Northland Church and founder of THRIVE, a speaking, teaching, and consulting ministry that focuses on engaging men and women to be fully alive to the glory of God in every arena of their life, journey, and culture.  She has been an integral part of Matt’s life endeavoring to fulfill the roles of encourager, listener, hostess, and all-around partner. One of their greatest joys has been to raise three sons, all of whom by God’s limitless grace are walking with Jesus, involved in their local churches, and love one another and their parents. She has also been a mother in law for a few years and is thrilled to add another daughter-in-law to their family soon.  Arlene loves being a mom at all the stages–so far!

She likes to read, cook, entertain, explore new places, loves history, is naturally curious about things around her and the people she interacts with.  She has been conditioned (by the four men in the family) into a sports nut. She is a lover at the core–of her family, friends, and especially Jesus!

Arlene will be reflecting on Delight!  Not only how we can savor who God is, but also how he delights in us and over us.

“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17


October Speaker Info:

MichelleBrownellTitle of Talk: Four Superpowers of Parenting

Michelle has been married to software designer and worship pastor Jaron Brownell for 24 years. Together they parent and homeschool their two children who they were blessed with through the miracle of adoption. Michelle is the founder of Northland’s Moms4Moms Ministry.

Michelle will be presenting on the Four Superpowers of Parenting. Through her own journey of motherhood, God whispered these four truths to her along the way. She will unpack each one and show you how they can become a source of power to plug into when the days become long and the heart becomes weary.

His divine power has given us everything we need to experience life and to reflect God’s true nature through the knowledge of the One who called us by His glory and virtue. 2 Peter 1:3


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