Ladies Day 2018 at Olivet Nazarene University rich in music and messages
Alumna Rev. Tara Beth Leach and Julianna Zobrist, featured speakers, with music by Ellie Holcomb
Bourbonnais, IL (04/09/2018) — Alumna Rev. Tara Beth Leach and Julianna Zobrist, speakers, and Christian music artist Ellie Holcomb will headline Ladies Day 2018 on Saturday, April 21, at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois.
Hosted by Shine.FM, a broadcasting ministry of Olivet, the annual Ladies Day program brings together the best in Christian teaching and music to provide hope, encouragement and inspiration for women. This year's program will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Centennial Chapel on Olivet's campus. Shine.FM on-air personality Sherri Lynn will serve as emcee.
Rev. Tara Beth Leach is senior pastor at Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene (PazNaz) in California, and a graduate of Olivet. In 2017, Intervarsity Press released her book, Emboldened: A Vision for Empowering Women in Ministry.
She enjoys training for triathlons, going to the gym, a good theological conversation over coffee, and a random girls-night-out. She and her husband, Jeff, are the parents of two sons.
"This is why I write, this is why I teach, this is why I blog. I am in love with the church," Leach said. "If I can just be one encourager that uses my voice - through the Spirit - to edify the body of Christ, I will do it until the day I die."
Julianna Zobrist is a speaker, author and singer. Growing up in Iowa, she was raised on classical music and farm-grown corn. She and her husband, Ben Zobrist of the Chicago Cubs, co-authored (with Mike Yorkey) Doubleplay: Faith and Family First, their book released in 2014. Featured by top media worldwide, she has appeared on Forbes, ABC News, Huffington Post, CBS, FOX News, and Sports Illustrated, among others. She and Ben are the parents of three children.
"My message and music are for anyone who wants to express the joy and freedom of knowing that Christ gives them the strength to be bold, fearless and confidently vulnerable," Zobrist said.
Ellie Holcomb is a singer/songwriter who performs at conferences and venues across the country. Since the 2014 release of her full-length solo debut, "As Sure As the Sun," she has been walking an unexpected path, one of suffering and loss, but also peace and joy. She has come to the edge of the rushing river of confusion and experienced a God who made a way where there seemed to be no way. From that place - of finding God in the dark and unexpected - Holcomb wrote and recorded "Red Sea Road," released in 2017.
"I'm surprised and delighted to say that God is faithful," Holcomb said. "I know that's true more than I did a year or two ago."
She and her husband, Drew, are the parents of two children. Her father is Grammy-award winning music producer Brown Bannister.
About Olivet Nazarene University: Olivet Nazarene University is an accredited Christian, liberal arts university offering more than 140 areas of undergraduate and graduate study, including the Doctor of Education in ethical leadership. Olivet's 275-acre park-like main campus is in Bourbonnais, Illinois, 50 miles south of Chicago. Additional sites are in Rolling Meadows and Oak Brook, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; Grand Rapids and Grand Ledge, Michigan; Hong Kong; and more than 100 School of Graduate and Continuing Studies learning locations throughout Chicagoland and the Midwest. From Oxford to Tokyo, hundreds of Olivet students also experience the global classroom each year through study abroad opportunities, internships and worldwide mission trips.
About Shine.FM: Shine.FM is a Christian broadcast ministry of Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois. With humble beginnings in 1947 as an AM station operated by Olivet students and faculty using World War II surplus equipment and 13,000 feet of wire, Shine.FM today is one of the top Christian contemporary radio broadcasting networks in the country. Dedicated to building stronger families and stronger communities, the network strives to present messages of hope and encouragement through the truth of God's Word. Providing listeners with meaningful connections to Christ and an optimistic view of the future is the goal of every day's programming. More than 200,000 listeners already listen weekly through stations in Chicagoland, northwest Indiana and Indianapolis. Thousands more worldwide stream Shine.FM, Shine Worship, Brilla.FM and Spark online or through mobile apps.
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