Karla Evans

Karla Evans

Karla is a wife, mother, and first and foremost a follower of Jesus. She has been married to her husband, Mike, for 30 years, and they have five children, ages 25 to 12. God has used many challenging circumstances in her life to teach her what it means to suffer. Her experiences have made her passionate about encouraging others in the midst of whatever God takes them through. She enjoys being with friends, walks with her husband, vacationing with family, and having all her kids home for a weekend. Step into Karla’s life as she shares what it was like to grow up with a brother with severe disabilities, how God used that to prepare her for new health crises and what God has done to help her parent a child with PTSD. It’s a story of heartache and joy, broken dreams and new ones, and ultimately a great testimony of God’s redeeming work throughout her life.

Friday, Nov. 3

Keynote Speaker: Karla Evans


Emily Colson

Emily is a popular speaker, and author of the award winning book, "Dancing with Max." Emily speaks in churches and organizations nationwide, and has appeared on numerous media outlets including Focus on the Family, the Huckabee Show, and Hallmark’s Home & Family. In her book "Dancing with Max," Emily and her father, Chuck Colson, shared the struggle and beauty of life with Max, Emily’s 23-year-old son with autism. The book has recently been awarded “Book of the Year” by the Autism Society. Through her powerful message of the sanctity of life, Emily has inspired many to persevere through their own challenges and see the gifts. Emily has been a single mother for most of Max’s 23 years, with hard fought lessons in faith, life, love and a whole lot of laughter. Emily and Max live on the coast of New England where they can often be found dancing.

Saturday, Nov. 4

Keynote Speaker: Emily Colson

Breakout Session Topics:

  • Role of Pastors in Disability Ministry
  • Accessible Worship
  • Parental Advocacy
  • Transitioning
  • Successful IEP tips
 Join us for breakout sessions presented by  Joni and Friends !

Join us for breakout sessions presented by Joni and Friends!