Strength To Thrive

Virtual Conference Start Times


Session A | 6:00 PM CST
Session B | 8:00 PM CST


Session A | 9:00 AM CST
Session B | 11:00 AM CST



“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42-47


To bring military women together by the breaking of bread, teaching, fellowship, worship, and prayer in order to pave the way for discipleship/mentoring opportunities and to multiply in number.


This is a two-session virtual event on Friday evening and Saturday morning. Our hope is that women will gather together in a home or a chapel setting around a meal. We believe relationships are best cultivated over a shared meal, so invite some women to join you around your table – plan a meal or potluck or just pick up some take-out. If it works better for your schedule, gather for the Friday evening session with light refreshments and then come together on Saturday morning for a shared brunch. Both sessions are planned in connection with a meal time so that it pairs well with a shared meal. We have a Pinterest board with ideas and recipes if you want to host a group. We will also provide you with discussion starter questions to enhance your mealtime and a discussion guide for after each session. This is a great opportunity to make some new friends as you break bread together. We all have times in this military life where we haven’t yet made connections with people to invite, so you can also join us as an individual and we will connect virtually in our discussion groups at the end of each session. Our hope for this unique gathering is that women will invite each other into the community, meeting and multiplying together.


The Rhythms of Community

‎With Kaitlyn Schiess


Kaitlyn Schiess grew up in military family and is now an author, speaker, and perpetual theology student. She is the author of The Liturgy of Politics: Spiritual Formation for the Sake of Our Neighbor (IVP, 2020), and her writing has appeared at Christianity Today, The New York Times, Christ and Pop Culture, RELEVANT, and Sojourner. She has a ThM in systematic theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and is currently a doctoral student in theology at Duke Divinity School.

Look, See and be Amazed

With Claudia Duff


Claudia Duff has been a leader/speaker in women’s ministries across the globe for the past few decades. Using biblical accounts to empower women in their everyday life is her favorite thing. She is passionate about all things Jesus, his word and his women. She is currently working on a new project, “Finding The Narrow Path” a resource to be used in navigating the crucible of race reconciliation within the body of Christ. You can find her with her high school sweetheart (E. Daryl Duff, retired USN) in Lynchburg, VA living their best life for Jesus!

``Come On Over`` Challenge

With Andrea Plotner


Andrea Plotner is a member of the publishing team for Planting Roots. She is author of Beyond rave, a six-week Bible study published by Planting Roots. Andrea and her family live and work at Spring Canyon, a Christ-centered conference center ministering to military families in the Colorado Rockies. For fun Andrea teaches Pilates, reads voraciously, and keeps an eye out for everyday adventure.

Christian Military Math = Power

With Kristin Goodrich



Kristin Goodrich joined the Navy upon graduation from high school. Following four years of naval schooling, she went on to serve in Panama, on Okinawa and in Maryland. After marrying her active-duty Air Force husband, she put in her papers and got out of the Navy. Together, they had three military brats with whom they embraced the military lifestyle. Following their final assignment at an Army post, they moved to Colorado Springs where they bought a house for the first time. Part of the third generation of Navy sailors, she bleeds blue and gold! She can be reached at

Worship TEAM


Mary Beth Gunther

Nicole Williams

Jenn Raburn

Heidi Skilling

Kelly Stoll