Welcome to Deeply Rooted!

Join us this October at our gathering that is centered around abiding in Christ and staying rooted in His Word. Get ready to dive into God's Word, hear inspiring sessions, experience engaging worship, listen to uplifting testimonies from women in our communities, and find practical ways to be equipped on your faith journey. Let’s come together this fall to encourage one another, be in community, and deepen our understanding of what it means to abide in Christ. Register today!
There is a seat at the table for you!
Deeply Rooted - Abiding in Him
October 20-21, 2023
Join us in Sturgis, Michigan!
Cost: $75.oo 
Radiant Life Church
907 N. Nottawa St.
Sturgis, MI 49091
Date & Time
Oct. 20, 2023
6:30 PM-9:00 PM
Oct. 21, 2023
9:00 AM-4:30 PM
welcome to our second Michiana Women's Conference!
Alabaster Heart Ministries
welcomes you to our Second Annual
Michiana Women's Conference
October 20- 21, 2023
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
John 15:4-5
Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! -Psalm 115:1
Are you looking for a place to connect with other women and dive deeper into God's Word?

The Michiana Women's Conference is the perfect place for you! Our conference is designed to help women grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, focuses on connecting women to God's Word and one another through meaningful conversations, engaging worship, and biblical truths. You'll not only be informed about Scripture but transformed by it.

Join us for an unforgettable weekend experiencing the power of God's Word as you learn how to practically live out the truths you will discover in Scripture so that you can be rooted in Christ and grow in your faith.

Register now for the upcoming Michiana Women's Conference at Radiant Life Church in Sturgis, Michigan and begin your journey towards a deeper faith!
Visit alabasterheart.com for encouragement and resources.
Our 2023 Conference Team
Speakers and Hosts
Disciples. Passionate. Devoted. Inspiring.
Hear powerful stories from local Michiana women about the hope of Jesus and God's love.
Join us this October in Sturgis, Michigan. You won't want to miss this time together!
Radiant Life Church
Sturgis, Michigan
Ingrid Lochamire
Ingrid is a seasoned daughter of the King 
who delights in seeing women embrace 
and celebrate their unique identity
 in Jesus. A former Bible study teacher and 
leader of women’s ministry, she finds herself 
in a season of deep reflection and obedience 
as God equips her to use the gift of spiritual friendship to walk alongside and disciple 
other women.

A former journalist who left a career to

home educate her four children, Ingrid 
remains a writer and teacher. Her focus is 
on learning and practicing spiritual disciplines 
that help us imitate Christ. Her teachings 
on the spiritual disciplines give others a 
language for the life-giving habits God uses 
to draw us closer to Him. She also encourages 
and assists women as they harvest stories of 
God’s movement in their lives to craft their 
personal testimony of faith.

Ingrid lives on a farm in a beautiful glacial

valley in northeastern LaGrange County 
where she and her husband raised their family 
and started a business. Now that her children 
live in fun cities in three different states, 
Ingrid finds herself on the road often and is anxiously awaiting the birth of grand baby 
number two. Ingrid spends her empty nest 
season writing about faith, family and 
friendships on her blog and on social media.
Jennifer Smith
Jennifer  is a passionate follower of
 Jesus Christ and has a heart for helping 
others experience the same love,  joy, healing, 
and freedom that she’s found  in Him. As the founder of Alabaster Heart Ministries,  
Jennifer walks alongside other women, with  
an open heart and mind, meeting them 
in their current place- wherever that 
may be-pointing them to Jesus.  

She is passionate about God's Word and 
with equipping women with His truths and promises, encouraging them to grow in their 
faith and know the truth about who they
 are in Him. She firmly believes that hope 
has a name — Jesus. It brings Jennifer great 
joy to see the transformative power of the 
Holy Spirit work and move in the lives 
of others.

Happily married for over 25 years, she resides

in Southwest Michigan with her family. As 
a devoted wife and mother of three,  Jennifer supports her husband Paul in their family   
business, Five Lakes Coffee and stays active 
in her local church and community. Early 2023, 
the Smiths welcomed their first grandchild 
into their  world. They count their blessings as their family continues to grow. 
Kala Yoder
Kala is a child of God seeking to follow 
His will no matter where it may lead. 
Being authentic, confident, and 
Christ-focused is what she hopes 
to shine through her everyday 
conversations, writing, and speaking. 

Kala hosts the “Confidence in Christ” 
podcast, where she and guests have 
rich conversations about the goodness 
and faithfulness of Jesus Christ. 
Whether you connect with her face to 
face or through her blog and social 
media accounts, you will get a dose 
of sisterly love and probably a hug. 

Kala loves to break down scripture 
making it easier to understand and 
apply to our lives, something she has 
learned to do by raising two Jesus 
followers with her wonderful husband. 
Each facet of her life offers the 
opportunity to share the gospel and 
spread the good news of Jesus, which 
she thrives off of.
Ang Stevens
Ang is a small-town girl taking BIG
steps in faithfully seeking the Lord,
trusting in the Lord to give her strength
and guidance to be her authentic
self in every situation.

Angela is married to her best friend,
Gregg, and is a devoted wife and mother
who thrives on time spent with family
and friends. She serves at her local
church and enjoys community and
connecting with other women.
Erin Schwartz
Erin has a passion for seeing women fall 
in love with Jesus and his word, while 
challenging them to be on a mission in 
their homes, workplace, and community 
to be the  light in whatever their calling is. 
Erin is a business owner in Shipshewana. Her 
boutique, The Fancy Farm Girl, is a ministry 
the Lord has given her to speak the Love of 
God into women's lives on a daily basis.

Erin is married to her best friend Tobey who

is a local pastor, writer, song writer and her business partner. Erin faithfully serves 
alongside Tobey and utilizes her gifts as an administrator, women's ministry leader, and pouring into the lives of their three sons.
Melissa Stauffer
Panel Host
Melissa simply loves Jesus with her whole heart and takes Him at His word...which has changed her life both here in this world and for eternity. It is with great joy she sees other women fall deeply in love with Him through the power of his word and the truths that are revealed in it. Her participation in women's events is in the hope for this time and age that women can fellowship together and share about His working in our lives so that our faith can grow stronger and deeper-which will be of great value to our families and communities for the sole purpose of His glory.

Melissa is married to Randy and has four children, two of whom have added wonderful spouses to their family. Being married for over thirty years, they live on their farm in Centreville. Melissa works at Centreville Elementary where she is an instructional aide for all grade levels.
Visit alabasterheart.com for encouragement and resources.
Conference Leads
Disciples. Passionate. Devoted. Inspiring.
Mia Gilbert
Event Lead
Amy Keeslar
Prayer LEad
Carol Anderson
Vendor/Merch Lead
Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!
Psalm 31:24
Tammy Chupp
Hospitality Lead
Jennifer Fiebelkorn
Co-prayer Lead
Nathan Wickey
Worship Lead
Weekend Sessions
The Michiana Women’s Conference is a gathering for women of all ages and backgrounds. We believe that when women come together to be in the Word and encourage one another, great things happen. We’ll be diving into the Word, sharing testimonies, life experiences, and hear inspiring panels that will help deepen your faith and help apply biblical truths to your life. We see you and you are NOT alone. We are passionate about connecting you to God's Word and inspiring you to live out your faith in practical ways.

Join us and experience the power of coming together arn and laugh, worship and pray, and grow in your faith together inblical community!
Women Inspiring One Another. Supporting One Another. Praying for One Another. Loving One Another.

We were created for community -to build up and encourage one another in the Lord!

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Friday Schedule
*Schedule subject to change
5:00 pm
Registration & Marketplace Opens
6:30 pm
Welcome & Worship 
7:oo pm
Session One:
Deeply Rooted In His Word
8:30 pm
See You Tomorrow Morning!
Visit alabasterheart.com for encouragement and resources.
Saturday Schedule
*Schedule subject to change
8:00 am
Registration & Marketplace Opens
9:00 am
Welcome & Worship
9:30 am
Session Two:
Deeply Rooted in His Spirit
10:35 am
Special Guest
Reflection Time
11:30 am
Lunch Break
1:00 pm
Session Three:
Deeply Rooted in the Quiet
3:00 pm
Panel Two - Q & A
Rooted in God's Presence in the Midst of Chaos
3:45 pm
Session: Four
Deeply Rooted in Faith
4:30 pm
Registration Open Through October 13
We want to express our heartfelt gratitude for our sponsors  support and generous contributions to the Michiana Women's Conference. Your sponsorship plays a pivotal role in bringing this event to the Michiana area, and we are immensely grateful for your hearts to partner with us. Thank you once again for your invaluable support.
Thank you for your silver level support!
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Thank you for your executive level support!
Thank you for the anonymous  executive level sponsor!

Welcome to the Artisan Marketplace
At Alabaster Heart Ministries, we seek to bring Scripture into the everyday lives of women and foster relationships centered around Christ. Our heart is to help women grow in their faith and find their purpose in life. We are committed to equipping, discipling, and encouraging women to walk forward empowered by the Holy Spirit, living out their faith in real, practical ways to make a difference in their lives, in their homes, local churches, and communities. 
Elijah Haven is our nonprofit that we are supporting this year.

Elijah Haven is committed to the prevention of violence in homes, relationships, and community through education, awareness, and equipping individuals
with tools for a healthy and safe lifestyle.
Glow-A Christian Bookstore opened in February of 2014. Glow is a place to help the locals and visitors find resources and products that will help them grow in their faith such as Bibles, devotionals, cards, books, gift items, jewelry, & many more items.
Handcrafted soaps are our signature product line. We take pride in offering you a handcrafted cold process soap to be enjoyed by your whole family. We combine quality oils like coconut, olive, and tallow to produce a very long lasting hard soap bar that gives great lather. Topped off with premium essential or fragrance oils these handcrafted bars will be a nice addition to your home.
Come check out my handmade crocheted items. Cute colors and functional products.

ChosenCo is based no 1 Peter 2:9 "We are his chosen people called by him to go from walking in darkness and into his marvelous light." 
Customized trendy bracelet sets to help direct your thoughts throughout the day using a favorite verse, word, goal, or name of loved ones.
All our candles are made with 100% pure soy wax and made in small batches to ensure the most perfected recipes and attention to bring you the best candle.  
Soy wax provides a very clean burn with a long lasting flame of 40+ hours for 8 oz candles and 65+ hours for 16 oz candles.
Hand made baby items, quilts, kitchen items, American doll girl clothes, and misc. items
Michiana Women's Conference
October 2022
The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
Psalm 92:12-15
The Venue
OCTOBER 20-21, 2023

Friday: 6:30-8:30 pm

Doors open at 5 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am-4:30 pm

Doors open at 8:00 am

907 N. Nottawa St.
Sturgis, MI 49091

Hotels within 15 miles
Are you looking forward to the Michiana Women's Conference?

We have taken some of the guesswork out for you when it comes to finding a place to stay while attending the conference. Here are some recommended accommodations, hotels and Airbnbs nearby.

Register now and join us for an unforgettable weekend at the Michiana Women's Conference!
Book your rooms NOW
Blue Gate Garden
Shipshewana, IN
Farmstead Inn
Shipshewana, IN
Van Buren Hotel
Shipshewana, IN
Essenhaus Inn
Middleburry, IN
Faith is like a tender plant, rooted in Christ alone, watered by the Spirit and the Word, strengthened by the winds of adversity and the sunshine of blessing.

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