Strength to Thrive Information

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Date: November 5, 2022
Time: Doors open at 0800 | Event runs from 0900-1630

NORTHEAST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA

Early Bird Registration opens on September 15
Regular Registration opens on October 1st

Early Bird: $40
Regular Rate: $50
Group Rate (10+ attendees): $35/person

MAIN SESSION Information

Kori Yates

Kori Yates

Executive Director

Kori Yates is the Founder and Director of Planting Roots (www.plantingroots.net), a growing organization building a community of Christian military women and wives worldwide. Also an author (“Olive Drab Pom-Poms“) and speaker, Kori is a former Marine and current Army wife. She is married to Kyle, an active duty Soldier, and homeschooling mom to two children. The Yates’ currently live in the Republic of Korea

Meeting Matters

Whether starting over, stepping into a new season, or simply sustaining friendships, building and growing a community can be hard. Tempted to take a break, we can start to wonder if making the effort is worth it. Here we’ll determine why meeting together matters and why it’s worth it.

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.  And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Acts 2:42-47

Conference WORKSHOPS

Lead With Love
The Purpose of Fellowship
Ministry in the Margins
Strength from Community
Using Our Influence As Leaders
Two Ways to Love
At the Table
Linger Together
Kori Yates

Kori Yates

Executive Director

Kori Yates is the Founder and Director of Planting Roots (www.plantingroots.net), a growing organization building a community of Christian military women and wives worldwide. Also an author (“Olive Drab Pom-Poms“) and speaker, Kori is a former Marine and current Army wife. She is married to Kyle, an active duty Soldier, and homeschooling mom to two children. The Yates’ currently live in the Republic of Korea

Lead With Love

We’re going to dig into parts of leadership – like conflict, unmet expectations, communication, making decisions for a group/organization, interacting with customers/those we minister to, etc. – all with the question of, “Do I love them enough?” We talk about loving someone enough to “lay our life down” for someone, yet we shy away from conversations and choices.

Leadership at the end of the day is about loving people.

Leadership has its challenges. Whether we’re leading people at work, leading in our community, or leading little people at home, we have the opportunity to make a difference. But leadership isn’t all about what we know or the skills we have; it’s about how we love. Together, we’ll dig into what it means to love others through both expected and unexpected moments of leadership as we ask ourselves, “Do we love them enough?”

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
John 13:35 
Jolynn Lee

Jolynn Lee

Director of Community

Jolynn Lee is a speaker, writer, mentor, and military family advocate. She serves the military community through volunteerism with various non-profit organizations. She and her husband administer and facilitate the non-profit program REBOOT Combat Recovery – Camp Lejeune, a trauma recovery program open to all active-duty personnel, veterans, and their families. She is also the Community Team Lead for Planting Roots, a non-profit organization that encourages military women to grow in community and faith.

Jolynn has been a military spouse for 30 years and continues to experience new dimensions of military life as both mother and mother-in-law to active duty personnel. She is passionate about the mental health issues faced by those who serve, and those who love and support service members. She fundamentally believes as we create an environment of solid mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being, we strengthen families and support our military force in action. She is eager to support and assist in having those “hard conversations” and leaning-in to address the hard topics surrounding trauma recovery.

Jolynn lives in Hubert, NC, with her husband and their youngest son, age 12, who is best known in the family as “the bonus blessing.” Jolynn and her husband have three adult children (aged 29, 27 and 25) and seven grandchildren. They eagerly await the day when everyone will be stationed in the same place at the same time. 

Jolynn can be contacted at community@plantingroots.net.

The Purpose of Fellowship

The purpose of fellowship should be: That we would glorify God by loving others intentionally, purposefully, and sacrificially.  When we engage in this level of fellowship, when we meet intentionally and purposefully to gather in intimate relationship with one another and with God, He can multiply His purpose within us and among us, and He is glorified through us.

Fellowship is…. Membership – friendship – fellowship – kinship.

Fellowship is acceptance into an intimate relationship with other believers.

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.
John 13:35 NIV

All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper[a]), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had.
Acts 2:42-44 NLT

Morgan Farr

Morgan Farr

Director of Publishing

Morgan is a Texas-loving, succulent-cultivating, book nerd and aspiring author. As an Army wife of 8 years, Morgan has learned to lean heavily on Christ as she walks this military life. Morgan and her husband have four children (ages 6, 5, 3, & almost 1) and two fantastic dogs.

As a jack-of-all-trades, Morgan is always working on projects. When she isn’t homeschooling her children, writing for Christian publications, or training her Dutch Shepherd, Morgan can be found listening to Texas country music while she is crafting, lifting weights, or reading.

Morgan is best known for her structure, discipline, and organization. Using these skills Morgan helped her husband build an awesome garage gym ministry called Farr Fitness. While they are stationed in Philadelphia they are on a sabbatical from the gym ministry and look forward to starting it back up at their next duty station.

You can connect with Morgan on her blog and on all major social media channels using her handle: morgandfarr.

Ministry in the Margins

It is OK to Meet and Multiply in nontraditional ways. We serve the creator of the universe. The same God that decided how massive to make the Pacific Ocean also decided how tiny a newborn baby would be. Have you ever seen New England in the fall? Clearly, our God is not afraid of creativity. So what if we stopped being afraid of it? What if we gave in to the fullest capacity of our creativity to Meet and Multiply?

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ, we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Romans 12:4-13
Michelle Hieb

Michelle Hieb

Senior Director for Spiritual Development

Michelle Hieb serves as Director of Spiritual Development for Planting Roots. She received her BA in Psychology and English from Kentucky Wesleyan College. Her passion is seeing women grow in their faith as well as their knowledge, understanding and application of God’s word in their lives. She has seen the power of prayer in her own life and the life of her family through circumstances large and small such as unemployment, pediatric cancer, depression, deployments, PCS, miscarriage, parenting 4 biological children and several foster children, and most recently COVID-19 ARDS.

Michelle can be reached at prayer.coordinator@plantingroots.net.

Strength from Community

Whether you are firmly planted in a vibrant community or temporarily uprooted, God always meets our needs.  Drawing from the faith lessons Michelle learned living through her husband’s life-threatening illness and six-month hospitalization, we will dive into God’s word and explore the strength we gain from community whether you are the one in crisis or want to support someone in crisis. 

Aside from Salvation, I believe community is the greatest gift God has given us. 

Rachelle Whitfield

Rachelle Whitfield

Director of Marketing

Rachelle is the Director of Marketing for Planting Roots.  She is an Army veteran, Army wife and mom of two adult young men. She has been a financial counselor in the military community for over ten years, a residential planner for nearly 20 years, a speaker and aspiring writer.  She is passionate about helping military women create a lifestyle full of “ABUNDANCE.”  Connect with her on Instagram @rachellesamone.

Using Our Influence as Leaders to Multiply God’s Kingdom in the Ranks

Esther, a Jew, an orphan, and a Queen, is held as one of the greatest leaders in the Bible. Esther’s servant heart shined through her obedience to God’s call, her humble service to the King, and her willingness to sacrifice her life for her people. I may be a private or a lieutenant, but that does not hinder God’s ability to utilize me to multiply his kingdom.  We have to do the work first of shedding the limitations of an identity that may not be in alignment with who God created us to be once we have done that, we can begin to work the plan and take action. It is developmental.

You were born for such a time as this.

For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?
Esther 4:14
Andrea Plotner

Andrea Plotner

Publishing Team Member

Andrea Plotner is a military wife (retired) and now a military mom. She serves as a Writer and Editor on the Planting Roots Publishing Team. Andrea and her family live and serve at Spring Canyon, a Colorado retreat center ministering to the military. Andrea also teaches Pilates and is passionate about staying strong, especially in our walks of faith.

Andrea can be contacted at biblestudy@plantingroots.net

Two Ways to Love Your Neighbors Like Jesus or
How to Be a “Glutton” & “Friend of Sinners”

We have to “meet” in order to meet & multiply. Food & drink make this easy because “breaking bread” breaks down barriers with both God and man. Ministry doesn’t have to be complicated … make it mealtime. Join us as we look at simple ways to share a meal with friends, neighbors, and strangers.

Jesus came eating and drinking, and it seems like an obvious yet overlooked way to love our neighbors.

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe[a] came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Acts 2:42-47

The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, “Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners.” But wisdom is justified of her children.
Matthew 11:19

April Dingle

April Dingle

Worship Team Member

Born and raised in our Nation’s Capital, April Dingle is the proud wife of a USANG man, “The Real” Eugene Dingle. They have been married for 19 years and are parents to four girls, two of which are adults, one teenager, and one vibrant elementary student! Currently, they are re-establishing life in D.C. as they both tend to the needs of their aging parents. It is April’s joy and desire to worship the Lord in Spirit and in Truth, making His praise glorious here in the earth. Singing is something she can do, but worshiping our Father through song is what she loves to do! Recently April has released her very first Single Titled Love Is You, available on all music platforms.

At the Table

We as Sisters in the Faith, Sisters in Arms, Sisters in Community are all in this together. There’s no need that someone else in my community doesn’t have or has had and can’t be a support to me while I’m in need. We must push past the uncomfortableness, reach for our courage and ask. Everything we need is already At the Table.

Communion in the community; commonly leads to comfort.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him.
Matthew 7:7-11

He called a little child to Him, and placed the child among them. And He said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 18:2-4

Jennifer Wake

Jennifer Wake

Admin for Community Team

Jennifer Wake is an Army wife, mother of three grown children, teacher, writer, and trainer. She is a chemistry/physics teacher by trade, an Accredited Financial Counselor by interest and a writer/speaker of God’s Word by His calling. She is married to an Army Chaplain and has served in chapels in various locations from Germany to the Mojave Desert. Over the past 25 years she has made a home for the Wakes 13 times and persevered through her husband’s multiple deployments. God has called her to mentor military spouses, especially chaplain wives who serve sacrificially. Her various passions include writing books and blogs, developing Bible training material, networking with women all over the Army and professional quilting. She is the author of “Call Signs: How Knowing God’s Character Empowers Women to Accomplish His Mission.” She is working on two more books to be released soon. She currently resides in

Springfield VA, with her wonderful husband, her dog and enjoys her quilting room.

Jennifer can be contacted at admin@plantingroots.net.

Linger Together

How do we create synergy in relationships? As we linger with other women, we encourage them to grow, nurture their dreams, and strengthen their faith. In this workshop, we will explore different Biblical women who created synergy. We will discover how they worked together, helped lift each other up, and linked arms with God in all areas of life. As we navigate the challenges of life in the military, we need to learn how to encourage, nurture and strengthen other women to create synergy in our relationships.

How can we form deep, spiritual relationships without becoming overwhelmed? By lingering around the table with women who encourage, nurture and strengthen us.

Two sisters strengthened each other through tough challenging times including the death of their brother. Synergy of their relationship helped others learn from Jesus.

An older woman encouraged a younger woman in her new found faith and life as they lived in a foreign country. She explained the traditions of her culture to the young wife.

A younger woman nurtured a more “seasoned” woman out of bitterness into hope for the future. They grew in their faith together.

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12