We are excited to welcome 5 amazing speakers for our 5th annual Devoted Conference. This year you can look forward to hearing from Jill Briscoe, Kristen Honeycutt, Jenny Hubbard, Candy Gibbs, Deeanna Wall, and our Conference Chairperson, Kelly Lester!
Keep reading to learn more about each of our speakers.
Jill Briscoe was born in Liverpool England in 1935. Educated at Cambridge she taught school for a number of years before marrying Stuart and raising their three children. In addition to sharing with her husband in ministry with Torchbearers and in pastoring a church in the United States for 30 years, Jill has written more than 40 books, traveled on every continent teaching and encouraging, served on the boards of Christianity Today and World Relief, and now acts as Executive Editor of a magazine for women called Just Between Us. Jill can be heard regularly on the worldwide media ministry called Telling the Truth. She is proud to be called “Nana” by 13 grandchildren.
Kristen Honeycutt began her ministry in 2010 as a Speaker, Pastor and co-founder of Honeycutt Ministries Nonprofit and Honeycutt Studios. Kristen received her Ministers license from Marcus Lamb of Daystar TV Network in 2010 and is active as a speaker at services, conferences, universities, and events as she encourages and inspires lives to follow Jesus. She also consults with Women’s Ministries around the country as they either begin or revise their ministry. She writes at KristenHoneycutt.org, has served women through various women/family organizations, she served as the Women’s Pastor for the DIVINE ministry at Free Chapel for Pastors Jentezen and Cherise Franklin in Georgia for 4 years, and is a frequent guest on faith-based TV shows. Through the years she has shared the love of Jesus with thousands of lives and families.
Kristen Honeycutt is from Gainesville, Georgia. She met her husband, Cameron Honeycutt from North Carolina while they were attending Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee and have been married for nearly 10 years. Together, they have three children – a 4 year old son, Auden Honeycutt and a 2 year old son, Hudson Honeycutt with their 3rd child on the way expected this coming July 2021.
Kristen’s energy for sharing her passion for God and inspiring others to live their best life is simple and welcoming. She’s a homebody that loves her family and loves sharing a peek into their world as they go on their journeys in life together. With a fervent passion – her heart is for reaching others, inspiring lives and making a difference.
Jennifer Hubbard graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College holding a Bachelor of Arts in art history and communications. Upon graduating from college, she worked for a Fortune 100 company for nine years. Jennifer left the professional workforce to raise her two children, Frederick and Catherine.
Her youngest child, Catherine Violet, was a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. In her memory, Jennifer and her family established the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation and are building the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary® in Newtown, CT. The sanctuary will serve as a safe haven for the animals Catherine loved, honoring the bond that exists between humans and animals.
Jennifer currently serves as president of the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary®, is a monthly contributor to Magnificat, a regular guest on Nebraska-based, Spirit Morning Radio, recipient of two Catholic Press Awards and has shared her story with audiences across the country.
Jennifer’s message is one of recovery in the wake of her darkest hours. “Walking in Confidence” provides real life and practical insight into how God continues to fulfill his promises of protection, provision and ultimately- healing.
Candy Gibbs is the Executive Director of Hope Choice Pregnancy Centers and Mentoring Programs in Amarillo, Texas. With a degree in psychology, Candy has served as the national co-chair for the Campaign for Life in America and has been presenting at events for over 20 years.
Hope Choice Pregnancy Centers in Amarillo serves over 1,300 clients each month. Hope Choice Mentoring Programs, spear-headed by Candy, has over 25,000 interactions per month with pre-teens and teens during the school year. Candy speaks regularly at pro-life events, as well as, teens, women’s and parent events around the country.
A powerful and dynamic speaker, Candy delivers bold truth amidst a tip-toeing culture. Author of, Rescue: Raising Teens in a Drowning Culture, and her latest book, Release: The art of fearless mothering to release powerful and purposed sons, both have become valuable resources to parents who desire to raise and release godly sons and daughters who are firm in faith.
She is also the host of the “Candy Gibbs” Podcast; empowering and inspiring listeners to choose God’s Word over opposing societal norms.
Candy and her husband, Brian, make their home in Bushland, Texas. Their son, Jake, is a recent Texas A&M graduate and on his way to Medical School, and their daughter, Madi, attends Texas A&M University. Their oldest son, Tanner, is a US Airman currently serving in Mississippi with their daughter-in-law, Whitney ,and four precious grandchildren.
Deeanna serves as Associate Pastor and oversees Hospital Care for the congregation of Cornerstone Nashville. She also oversees the PrimeLife Department, a ministry to those who are 50+ or a grandparent. Leading in these positions, she facilitates a large volunteer team which ministers to the needs of the church on a daily basis. She has developed and revised multiple systems and processes to ensure a high level of care within the congregation.
Deeanna also leads The Gathering, a senior adult service, which brings hundreds in attendance every weekend to hear inspiring gospel music and the Word of God. Her passion is to share the Word of God with people in such a way that they are compelled to live life beyond their own expectations and lay hold of the life that God has for them.
Kelly Lester is a longtime lover of Jesus Christ. Early on, she felt God’s call on her life and continues in her pursuit to make a difference in the lives of those around her, first at home and then in her area of influence. She is passionate in her zeal for a meaningful life Christ and as a result, her “get busy living” attitude is contagious.
Kelly seeks to follow God’s lead in her life as she serves in numerous capacities alongside her husband, Pastor Todd Lester. Since it’s inception in 2017, she has served as the chair of the Devoted Conference Leadership Team. Todd and Kelly currently serve as pastor and wife at Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church and have three children: Isaiah, Sophie, and Anne Katherine.