Living Your Faith Everyday
Ready for a weekend of biblical teaching, meaningful worship and lasting encouragement with other women? Join us for LYFE Women’s Conference at Clarks Summit University!
Be refreshed as you step away from distractions to be reminded that you are loved by God.
Because He is STILL God. In the middle of any storm, you can sit in the presence of your heavenly Father, trusting He STILL has you in His loving hand. You know the powerful stories of old, and you can live today knowing He is STILL at work, longing to meet you as you are STILL before Him. His Word and work in your life matter—STILL.
LYFE has been a favorite event for thousands of women from across the eastern United States since 1983. You’ll hear solid biblical teaching by dynamic speakers and learn in practical, biblically-focused breakout sessions. You will leave encouraged and equipped to live out your faith in Christ.
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Keynote Speaker: Sherrie Holloway
Sherrie is a LYFE Women’s Conference favorite. Her passion is to know God and His Word as well as to help others know Him and experience the abundant life He desires for us. Sherrie finds great pleasure in her “official” role as teacher but also enjoys the opportunities God gives her away from the classroom to show Christ as a living reality. She has been teaching in the Health and Human Performance Department at Clarks Summit University since 1986. She also spent 21 of those years as the head women’s basketball coach.
Special Guests: Selah
Unmatched talent, a passion for ministry and a deep love for the church—for 20 years these have been constants for the musical tour de force known as Selah. Amassing more than 4 million units in sales; eight Gospel Music Association Dove Awards; a Gold certified album and eight #1 singles, the group’s signature hits include “You Raise Me Up” and “Wonderful, Merciful Savior.” Todd Smith, Allan Hall and Amy Perry have together graced the stage of Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry, all the while carrying a message of hope and healing for those who pause and listen.
Come experience practical breakout sessions led by a dynamic group of speakers on a variety of relevant topics. Speakers and topics include “An Unending Joy Ride” with Candice Richards, “Your Identity in Christ: Do you really believe you have one?” with Christie Lothamer and “Reflection on Resiliency and Recovery: Faith-filled Women in an Abuse-filled World” with Dr. Lynelle Buchanan to name only a few. With each session you attend you will be further encouraged and equipped to Live Your Faith Everyday.
What do we do when life seems unfair? How do we cope when our circumstances seem overwhelming? We talk and complain, and we express our hurts to one another. Psalm 62 instructs us to get quiet and think. Come study Psalm 62 and find out how to get quiet in the midst of stress and calamity.
God saved Joanna Arp at an early age and she began to teach the Bible in high school. Throughout these years of studying and teaching, she has been nourished and instructed. Since the death of her husband she has been meditating on the Psalms. These Psalms have been a life saver and a source of strength. She has discovered that now God is her only source of security and safety as she is walking this part of her journey alone.
When It’s Not Your Fault, but You Pay the Price Anyway
It’s bad enough to feel distressed or frustrated as a result of your own actions or oversights, but it’s far worse to be derailed by someone else’s blunder and to be called to judgment because of it. Find out how to achieve and maintain peace amid catastrophe as we walk through the story of Jephthah’s daughter. See how she embraces restraint and manages to be still—even when circumstances require her to pay an extreme price for what is not her fault.
Sherry Boykin loves to present biblical narratives alongside the backdrop of her experiences in urban and suburban ministries, Amazon jungle missions, long-term singleness, and marriage and parenting. Sherry, her husband Ted, and their seventh-grade daughter Kaki do life with fifty guys on campus in Loescher Hall.
Reflections on Resiliency and Recovery: Faith-filled Women in an Abuse-Filled World
The news is full of illustrations of sin’s reign in our world, and women are often negatively impacted. This workshop will discuss a biblical view of abuse and oppression, and equip attenders to respond to hurting women with wisdom and compassion.
Dr. Lynelle Buchanan is a pastor’s wife, mom of 3, and the Chair of the Counseling Programs at Clarks Summit University. She speaks often to women’s groups about how we should live in light of Scripture. Her life keeps her pretty busy, but if she had any spare time, she would love to read, play volleyball, and travel.
Look At Your Selfie: Thriving as a Pastor’s Wife
As a pastor’s wife you may find yourself in need of encouragement and refreshment. Research shows that ministry is one of the most stressful and, for some, unhappy vocations. Where can you find the help you need? Who takes care of you? This workshop seeks to make practical recommendations about how to not only survive but to thrive as a ministry spouse.
Sharon Davis lives in Clarks Summit with her husband Ken, is the mother of 4 married children, and Nana to 17 grandchildren. Sharon and her husband have been in missions and church planting ministry in the USA for almost 45 years. She enjoys coming alongside women in ministry, mentoring next generation leaders, traveling overseas, worshipping in multi-ethnic congregations, reading, baking, spending time with family, drinking iced tea, and eating chocolate and boysenberry pie.
Following Jesus in a Pluralistic Society
Living the Christian life in America today is becoming more like the experience of first century believers. We hold a minority view, floating like a tiny raft in a vast pluralistic ocean of non-Christian worldviews. How should we live as faithful followers of Jesus in a pluralistic society? In this workshop you will get a handle on basic yet crucial facts and definitions that will keep you grounded in your Christian faith and equip you to talk with people whose beliefs are very different from yours.
Dr. Ken Gardoski came to faith in Christ in college. After sensing God’s leading toward vocational ministry, he completed studies at Baptist Bible Seminary. Ken and his family then served as missionaries in Poland for eight years. For the past nineteen years, Ken has taught theology at Baptist Bible Seminary, where he also serves as director of doctoral programs.
Still Anxious? Still Anxious.
We know we shouldn’t, but we do it anyway: worry. Do you feel like you should have a better handle on anxiety after all the years you’ve walked with God? Are you a new believer wondering when victory and freedom from anxiety is coming? Do you want to know more about how to help someone struggling with anxiety? Come get some practical tools to still the anxious.
Dr. Heather Hall has been watching God heal hurts through biblical counseling for over fifteen years. A National Certified Counselor and a Pennsylvania Licensed Professional Counselor, she has experience working with special needs children and the elderly, as well as individuals struggling with anxiety and depression. She teaches online and residential courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels at CSU. At the end of June she will receive her most favorite title of “Mrs.” and work on completing marriage 101 courses.
Your Identity in Christ: Do you really believe you have one?
Your identity in Christ is everything. You have all of it you’ll ever need. You don’t need more information (though, I’ll give you some); you need more courage to walk by faith in what you already know. I’m pleased to join you virtually this year to think with you about our relationship in Christ. I hope to encourage and motivate you to believe what is true of you, live in it, and let it affect all that you do.
Christie Lothamer, one with Christ. Can I really put any anything else in my bio when I’m speaking about being defined by the reality of our identity in Christ.? I’m just a woman, like you, whose been graced with an identity in Christ. I’m learning to live out that identity while I go about my calling as a wife, mother of 3, missionary in the UK, church planter, neighbor, and barista.
The Bible Still Has Power to Change Lives
You know that God’s Word is living and powerful in your own life. Now it’s time to ignite that passion in the lives of others. Discover some basic principles for teaching the Bible to any age and in any situation, along with creative techniques that will spark life change in your learners.
When Diane began helping out at LYFE as a married student, she never imagined that she would end up as the conference director! When she and her husband returned to Clarks Summit University after serving as missionaries to South Africa, she took over the reins of the conference and also began teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in our distance education program. She and Jim (Clarks Summit University’s president) enjoy ministering together as they travel representing the university. Their four daughters live in California, Washington DC, South Africa, and Connecticut. She visits them as often as she can, but not as often as she would like!
Conflict is as inevitable to human relationships as sunrise is to the morning. How can a wife take up her role as the helper God has designed her to be for her husband without creating conflict that might hurt their relationship? How can you bring your unique contributions to church or work without fostering conflict? I have some good news and some bad news for you, and both of them will come directly from God’s Word.
Dr. Jim Lytle became the tenth president of Clarks Summit University in 2015. He taught Bible and theology here, and then served as a church planter and educator in South Africa. He and Diane have been happily married for forty-four years (and that does not seem possible). They have four daughters: a nurse who is also a senior designer for a tech company, a historian who is also an educator, an administrative assistant who is also South African, and an equestrian enthusiast who is also a veterinarian.
God is Listening. Are you Praying?
Don’t let the problems around you drive you crazy. Instead, let them drive you to your knees in prayer! Join me as we look at some Old Testament people who faced some overwhelming troubles. We will talk about what we can learn from their prayers and God’s responses, and how we can apply the lessons in these stories in a way that can positively impact both our prayer lives and our response to life’s problems.
Terry Perrine is working on completing her Master of Divinity degree at CSU’s Baptist Bible Seminary by May of 2020. Her favorite part of the program so far has been learning the biblical languages, which has helped her not only to better communicate the meaning of biblical passages to a contemporary audience but to come to know God better. Her passion is teaching and helping women to connect with and rely on the truth of God’s Word for every challenge life brings and to encourage them to be lifelong students of the Bible. She and her husband Donald have been married for 11 years and live in the remote mountains of northern Pennsylvania. Having lived in NYC for 10 years, she feels blessed to be surrounded by so much of God’s natural creation now, and she and Don enjoy exploring their nearby Ricketts Glen State Park.
Acknowledging Loss: Coming Alongside Those Who are Grieving
Sarah Lynn Phillips
We want to care for those around us who are hurting but often don’t know how. We feel inadequate. We’re uncertain about what to say or do, and we sure don’t want to make things worse. Join me as we explore the implications of loss and ways to help those in crisis. We will also consider how to come alongside those who are grieving the death of a loved one.
Sarah Lynn Phillips writes articles, devotions, and poems that have appeared in numerous online and print publications. Her life story has many wonderful chapters, but it has taken some unexpected turns, including a near-fatal car crash and, twelve years later, the passing of her husband, Barry. Sarah offers a vision of hope in hard times and has authored the award-winning book, Penned Without Ink: Trusting God to Write Your Story and its companion Leader’s Guide.
An Unending Joy ride
“Life is hard!” Isn’t that the truth? The apostle Paul said it best: “we are hard pressed on every side… perplexed… persecuted” (2 Cor. 4:8-9). Life seems to be filled with more sour days than sweet! So how does the woman of God maintain joy in the midst of the harsh realities of life this side of heaven? Join me as we uncover the not-so-secret formula in God’s Word to unending joy. It’s going to be an unforgettable ride!
Candice Richards was born and raised on the island of Jamaica and surrendered her life to Jesus at the age of 10. Ever since then, God has been actively molding and making her into a vessel for His honor. In 1998 she married her soulmate James and passionately embraced her role as the wife of a pastor. They migrated to the United States in 2008 and subsequently helped to plant a multi-ethnic church in the Poconos under the auspices of Project Jerusalem (a church-planting ministry of Clarks Summit University). Candice loves the Lord and has a strong desire to help others love Him too. When she is not working at her full-time job in the finance industry, she finds deep joy in serving her heavenly Father alongside her husband.
Discipling Others for LYFE
Yes, there is a cost to follow Jesus. Yet, it is also a joy and a privilege. But what does following Jesus look like? And how do I help others follow Jesus? In this workshop you will learn practical steps to disciple others for LYFE while also establishing appropriate and necessary plans for accountability toward godliness.
Dr. Wayne Slusser graduated with his Master of Divinity and joined the faculty of Baptist Bible College & Theological Seminary in Springfield, Missouri, where he taught for 14 years and was a co-pastor of a church plant. He earned his Ph.D. in New Testament from Baptist Bible Seminary at Clarks Summit University. He is now the Dean and professor of New Testament at BBS and coaches the CSU women’s soccer team. He and his wife, Melissa, have two children: Jack and Nick.
What Single People Won’t Tell You, But I Will!
Do you have single friends? What about people at your church? Come hear what single people think. Whether they are single because of divorce, death, denial or a decision, let’s step into the mind and heart of single women and see how we can connect, encourage and minister to them in a meaningful way.
Kris is a 40-something year old single women who loves the life God has given to her. She graduated from CSU with a bachelor’s degree in 1994 and taught Christian schools for 18 years until God redirected her life to return to CSU seven years ago. She earned her master’s degree last year in Organizational Leadership from CSU. She is passionate about connecting with people and she makes it her goal for everyone who comes into her space to feel important and encouraged. Her job in Admissions gives her the opportunity to meet new people on a daily basis, but the highlight of her year is spending time communicating with the women of LYFE.
LYFE Conference Costs
Includes Friday lunch, dinner;
Saturday breakfast, lunch.
Early Bird $130 (until April 16)
(with housing Friday night)
Includes Friday lunch, dinner;
Saturday breakfast, lunch.
Early Bird $145 (until April 16)
(with housing Thursday & Friday night)
Includes Friday breakfast, lunch, dinner;
Saturday breakfast, lunch.
Early Bird $165 (until April 16)
There are no discounts for late arrivals or partial days. All conference attendees must pre-register.
Attendance at the LYFE conference is limited—register early!
A $50 cancellation fee per person is included in each registration. Should you cancel your registration, you will be refunded the amount minus the $50 cancellation fee.
An additional $30 per registration will be charged for registrations received after April 15.
You may cancel a registration on or before May 15 by e-mailing LYFE@ClarksSummitU.edu and selecting one of three options:
1. Receive a refund of the registration fee less a $50.00 cancellation fee.
2. Send a substitute in your place. (Please provide the substitute’s first and last name, mailing address, e-mail address and phone number.)
3. Transfer your registration fee to LYFE 2020.
If your registration is cancelled after the deadline, no refund will be given.
LYFE Conference Schedule
May 31–June 1 or June 7–8, 2019
Check-in opens between 6:30–9:30 p.m. on Thursday and continues Friday morning from 8–9:15 a.m. There will be a special concert Friday night at 7:30 p.m. featuring recording Christian artist Selah.
The conference concludes on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Check in 6:30-9:30 pm
Check in 8:00-9:15 am
LYFE Session 9:30-10:45
LYFE Session 1:30-2:45
Candlelight Banquet 5:30-7:00
Selah Concert 7:30
Informal Praise & Worship 9:00
Breakfast 7:15-8:45 am
LYFE Session 10:15-11:30
Lunch 11:30-1:00 pm
LYFE Session 1:00-1:45
LYFE Session 2:15-3:30
LYFE Promotional Materials
The LYFE Scholarship helps many of CSU’s women students who work very hard to finance their education at Clarks Summit University by themselves. It can be a great “load lifter” to award them a scholarship.
Several years ago the LYFE Scholarship began at the request of LYFE attendees who wanted to show their appreciation to Clarks Summit University. Thus, a scholarship fund was set up to be used in assisting students to be Christ-centered, career-ready CSU graduates.
Most of the money is raised through product sales at the LYFE Store, but some women also give extra gifts towards the fund.
Watch the video testimonies of four of the students who received the 2018 LYFE scholarship and see how the dollars raised are affecting lives.