Serving all women with the Good News of Christ since 1981

Speakers 2020

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Liz Curtis Higgs

Liz Curtis Higgs, a prolific author, speaker, and columnist, has appeared at more than 1,800 conferences in all 50 states of the U.S. and 15 foreign countries, including South Africa, Indonesia, Germany, Ecuador, and Japan. Her messages are biblical, encouraging, down-to-earth, and profoundly funny, helping both sisters and seekers embrace the truth of God’s amazing, unchanging grace. Liz is the author of 37 books, with 4.6 million copies in print. She has been interviewed on more than 600 radio and television stations, including guest appearances Focus on the Family and Life Today with James Robison. Liz and Bill enjoy their old Kentucky home, a nineteenth-century farmhouse in Louisville, and are the parents of Matthew and Lillian.


Donna Jones

More than a Bible teacher, Donna is a presenter who combines Biblical truth with real-life anecdotes. A sought after national and international speaker, Donna has spoken from coast to coast and on four continents, In her own words: “I’m passionate about helping people know, love, and follow God in their everyday lives. I want to know, love, and follow Him this way myself.” Donna is the author of three books, including Seek: A Woman’s Guide to Meeting God and Taming Your Family Zoo, and is a contributing author to the 365-day devotional, A Moment to Breathe. She has been on numerous radio and television shows, including Focus on the Family and Good Day Dallas. She’s been featured in Parents and Better Homes and Gardens magazines, and writes regularly for Her favorite role, though, is wife to JP, and mom to their three wildly funny young adult kids.


Tammy Trent

Tammy Trent is a recording artist, speaker and author. She’s been honored to appear as a featured speaker with The Extraordinary Women’s Conference, Women of Faith and The Revolve Tour for teen girls. Her appearances at women’s conferences, church events and retreats have taken her all over the world. A gifted songwriter and performer, Tammy was honored to be named Inspirational Female Vocalist of the Year by the Christian Music Hall of Fame. She has also written several books for adults and co authored a children’s book. Her personal story of tragedy and hope, and her amazing music crosses generational lines and inspires people of all ages.


Andrea Coli

Andrea is passionate about her faith and has ministered to youth, women, couples, leaders and church staff across the country for the last 2 decades.  Having earned her Masters Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, her scriptural insights are both grounded and enlightening.   In 2003, she moved to Las Vegas and had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the cast of an all-improvised show.  She wrote a book all about it called “Scriptless: What I Learned About God on the Las Vegas Strip.” Having worked professionally in business, ministry and comedy she is able to connect with any audience member regardless of where they are in their spiritual journey. Andrea partners in ministry with her husband Chris, who is Senior Pastor of CrossWinds Church.  She is a member of the teaching team and leads in the Creative Arts Ministry.  Chris and Andrea live in Livermore with their two daughters.


Suedale Schierman

Suedale is a wife and mother who loves to worship and makes scripture come alive through drama and theatrical dance. She has a performance background with a masters in Music. Suedale sang professionally, until she decided to write music and drama for churches. She is currently the Leader of Worship and Arts at San Ramon Presbyterian Church.

Previous Speakers

California Women’s Retreat has been blessed to have hosted a multitude of fabulous speakers over almost 40 years.  We thought you might have fun seeing the list!

Allison Allen2018
Arlene Kaiser2001
Barbara Bueler1984
Barbara Cummiskey1986
Becky Freeman2003
Becky Pippert1988
Becky Tirabassi1992
Billie Cash1985
Bobbe Evans1981, 1985, 1988, 1994
Bonnie Barrows Thomas1993
Bonnie Gray2016
Bonnie Keen2006, 2008, 2012
Carol Kent1998, 2006
Carole Wolaver2007, 2018
Carolyn Koons1991
Cheri Gregory2017
CJ Rapp2014
Clydette Mayfield1985
Coleen Cook1989
Colleen Evans1983, 1989, 2002
Cynthia Spell2008
Cynthia Tobias1999
Danna Demetre2009
Diane Speaker1987
Don Piper2009
Donna Jones2020
Donna Otto1987
Dr. RoseAnne Coleman2010
Elizabeth George1999
Florence Littauer1981-1984, 1990, 2005
Gwynne Johnson1985, 1991
Jan Carlberg1992, 1995, 2002
Jill Briscoe1990
Judy Hampton1988, 2005
June Heinrichs1983
Karen Mains2001
Kathy Troccoli2019
Laurie Short2015
Lee Ezell1986, 1989, 1996
Libby Vincent2004, 2007
Lindy Boone Michaelis2015
Liz Curtis Higgs2000, 2011, 2020
Lois Rabey2000
Luci Swindoll1985, 1994, 1997
Lysa TerKeurst2012
Margaret Feinberg2010, 2016
Margaret Jensen1995
Marilyn Heavilin1996
Marilyn Meberg1988, 1997
Micca Campbell2013
Missy Chavez1985, 1985
Myrna Larson1990
Nan Gurley2012
Patsy Clairmont1986, 1987, 1993
Renée Bondi2004, 2011
Renee Swope2014
Sandra Aldrich2003
Sandy Althaus1982, 1987
Sheila Walsh2017
Sheri Rose Shepherd2008
Shirelyan Johnson1985
Susy Flory2015
Suzanne Toy1997
Tammie Head2015
Thelma Wells2013
Tim Hansel1987, 1991
Wendy Hagen2019