Vicki Courtney is a national speaker to women of all ages and the best-selling author of numerous books and Bible studies including, Rest Assured, Move On, Ever After, 5 Conversations You Must Have With Your Daughter and 5 Conversations You Must Have With Your Son
Vicki and her husband, Keith, reside in Austin, Texas where they have just recently embarked on the empty-nest chapter of their lives. They are the proud parents of three grown children, two daughter-in-laws and a son-in-law. They also have two adorable grandsons and are blessed to have all their children living nearby in Austin and Houston.
Emma Mae Jenkins
Emma Mae Jenkins is the daughter of the beloved and God-fearing Jason and Amanda Jenkins. She has the best little brother, Nolan, who inspires her daily. Emma is a junior at Bentonville High School, she sings in the A Capella choir, and is the Junior Class President. Miss Emma is the manager of the BHS girls soccer team, and she is the Co-Leader of the OutReach for Christ Club. Keypoint is her local church and she is blessed by her church family.
Elephants are her favorite animal because she loves their big ears! Emma believes that being quick to listen is a beautiful quality and, having big ears, she admires how elephants bring to life this beauty.
Every morning, she seeks first God's kingdom and His righteousness as He overflows her cup so that she can empty it into the hearts of all people. Being only 17 years old, she is in awe and overjoyed of what God is doing in and through her heart, but she is not surprised because her heart lives in His promises that nothing is impossible and that the time of His glory and favor is now. Her vision is to lead her generation into having a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ. She makes the most of every opportunity not only in her everyday encounters, but also through social media, YouTube, and her blog as she speaks and shares the light of her Redeemer to those all over the world. Her life is His, and this is why smiles never leave her soul. A happy heart makes the face cheerful!
Susan Goss is the founder and director of Tangible Truth Ministries and co- founder of The Joshua Center, a faith-based therapy center based out of Northwest Arkansas. Susan is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). She is a speaker, writer, teacher, wife to Steve, mother to Chad and Jake, mother-in-law to Ashley and Mariah…but new best title …”Honey” to Adeline Grace and “soon to be” Whit David! Susan loves Jesus and is passionate about telling others of His truths and when she does it’s really quite contagious because you want to hear more. Susan’s heart for healthy relationships begins with a personal relationship with Jesus. Susan, with the wisdom gained from experience and a sincerity that only God can give, delivers God’s Truth in tangible ways that are practical for everyday living.
Kaylee is a senior at Ouachita Baptist University, about to graduate with majors in mathematics and secondary education and a minor in Greek. She led middle school and high school girls through Things Above when she was in junior high and high school and continues to serve in youth ministry while at college in Arkadelphia. Kaylee is married to Logan since May; she can’t wait to move back to Northwest Arkansas with him to teach and serve girls in ministry! Her favorite hobby is collecting books. In fact, she owns around 700 books, most of which are currently in her parents’ garage. This is Kaylee’s 8th NWA Beautiful Girls Retreat!
Jannel is a world traveler, international business woman turned homeschool mom. Surrendering her business career to raise a family, Jannel still finds time for ministry whether it is evangelism training, Bible teaching, prayer ministries, or sharing her testimony.
Brett and Jannel called Northwest Arkansas home for twenty years, until recently they moved their family Seattle, Washington. They have four very lively daughters and recently had a son. Their adventures can be watched on the youtube channel--Heaston Family Adventures. She loves the beach and the mountains and a good cup of hot chocolate with lots of whip cream.
Her story is a testimony of God's restoration and redemption. Join Jannel as she challenges and inspires others to the call of God and the abundance of God's mercy and grace to those who believe.
Aly is a recent graduate of the University of Arkansas and is pursuing a career in Content and Influencer Marketing. She has led young girls through NWA Momentum for more than 7 years and has a passion to see young women grow. A sunny California native, she proudly calls Northwest Arkansas her home. Aly loves to travel - in fact, she was recently engaged while traveling Europe! In her free time, Aly can be found taking photos, baking, and finding fun ways to spend time with friends and family. And if she's not there? She's at Disney.
Nineteen-year-old Marjorie Jackson is a college gal with a growing love for the Lord, His Word, and for people. She is the oldest of five wildly energetic, half-Guatemalan girls. Marjorie is the author of two books thus far--The Greatest Book You've Never Read, written to get young people excited about reading the Bible, and Devoted: A Girl's 31 Day Guide to Good Living with a Great God, to be hitting bookstores in May 2017. She enjoys playing the piano, hand lettering, art, singing with her sisters, musical theater, Italian cream sodas, learning about different cultures and languages, and talking away with family, friends, strangers...pretty much anybody. She loves making new friends, and she can't wait to meet you!
Madison is a Girls Ministry Leader at a church plant. She leads a high school small group and can be often found in her pajamas or crazy hair. She is both creative and highly organized. Madison serves as an admin for NWA Momentum Ministries, and plans to attend college as an education major. Madison is a homeschooled senior. She loves mission trips, sleepovers, knows every song, and her pet peeve is when people smack their food.
Tammy L. Koretoff is a Jesus-loving woman who lives out a Titus 2 lifestyle on a daily basis. Tammy is a devoted wife, mother and grandmother with a passion for life lived out from the end of a spatula, hammer or shovel. She finds joy in the regular events of everyday family, friends and Christian community. She currently home-schools her youngest children.
Tammy is married to her husband, Bill, and for over 27 years! They are parents of Rick (25, married to Rebekah), Michael (23, married to Emily), Jonathan 22, Joshua 19, Kaitlyn 15, Maryann 12, Jackson 7, Gabriella 3. Tammy and Bill have one grandson, Christopher, and look forward to more grandchildren. Their legacy is wrapped up in a sign that hangs in their kitchen: “All because two people fell in love.”
Greg is a pastor, husband, father, and author. He was attended John Brown University, where he obtained his Bachelor's in Youth & Counseling Ministry. During school, he married a wonderful woman, became a father of precious twins, and started his journey in full-time ministry. As of now, he is faithfully serving his now family of five and his local church. He is the author of several books, including More than Clay (living life unashamed) and Journey to Rome: Study of Romans.
Jennifer is a speaker, writer, & Co-Author of “Salvaging My Identity” & “Even More”. She has a heart for girl’s ministry and for women of all ages & is passionate about seeing them fall in love with Jesus. When girls find freedom in Christ and realize that His love for them is ALL they need that’s what it is all about! She loves studying and teaching the Word of God & doing ministry alongside her husband Brian. This will be Jennifer’s second year to partner with the NWA Beautiful Girls Retreat.
Currently living in Fayetteville, AR, Jennifer serves with her husband Brian where he is the College Pastor at Cross Church Fayetteville Campus. Jennifer is happily married for 14 years and mom to the two most amazing kids - McKenna (11) & Parker (10).
Shelby prays to live in a world filled with fierce, audacious girls set apart by Christ, unlimited supplies for all day pinterest crafting sessions, and herds of weiner dogs so cute it brings tears to your eyes (it's a real thing, she cries when the dog is too cute). As a recent graduate from the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith she's returning home this weekend to share her passion for life and serving, in hopes that Christ will use her to influence the lives of those around her. When she's not reading and researching random science topics you can find her cooking and writing for her blog. You'll hear her coming before you see her, so when you do see her, introduce yourself and tell her a corny joke and she'll do the same.
Kelsey Smith (Paramenter)
Kelsey is a lover of all things outdoors and has a knack for finding beauty in just about...everything. She's obsessed with her two perfect fur-children and possibly addicted to coffee. Her nails are rarely painted and and she cannot stand prime numbers (she just shuttered thinking about them!). Kelsey says she is married to the man God made for her! Her current endeavor is her new marketing company, NWA Brand, LLC, and she is so thankful for the opportunity to help local businesses and organizations grow. She is a first-generation college student at the University of Arkansas majoring in Agribusiness and Marketing and Management. Her resume is consumed with philanthropy, education and rodeo including: titles of 2015 Miss Rodeo Arkansas and 2013 Miss Rodeo of the Ozarks. Her goal in life is to operate a working ranch for at risk youth. Kelsey's mission will be to provide faith-based life experience to equip children who have been through hardships with qualities to help them succeed in life. Kelsey Smith is so looking forward to engaging with young girls at the NWA Beautiful Girls Retreat!
Karen Van Horn
Karen is a native Arkansan that has lived in seven states. Most of her career has been spent working in architecture and construction on college campuses. Creating a healthy work-life balance has always been important to here. Throughout her career she has had the opportunity to work full-time, part-time, and be a stay at home mom. Two titles she's most proud of are wife to Dave, head baseball coach for the Arkansas Razorbacks, for 29 years, and mother to two daughters, Hollan and Mariel. Mariel is a freshman at Ouachita Baptist University and Hollan, a dental hygiene student, is newly married to Jacob Clark, a sports nutritionist for Razorback football.
Karen believes "everyone has a story" and loves to get to know people on a one-to-one basis to learn their "story". She has a passion for learning and loves reading, sports (especially baseball!), architecture, flowers, cooking, and travel. She has read the entire Bible and loves how every time she rereads a passage she sees life application and it strengthens her personal relationship with God.
She speaks from the heart as a wife, mother, daughter, and sister to encourage relationships. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arkansas, and Master of Science in Business Administration from Texas A&M University. She is also a graduate of the Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers Institute. She currently resides in Fayetteville, AR where she is a founding parter of Van Horn Enterprises, serves on the Deans Circle for the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, and has volunteered for numerous organizations and boards that support young women and families.
Kimberly has three children and is wife to husband Hal. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and will be the retreat's emcee! She is a Professor of Statistics at John Brown University and leads children's choir and drama teams in churches and schools around Northwest Arkansas. Kimberly is an excellent role model for young women and has served at the NWA Beautiful Girls Retreat for many years, having a great and positive influence on what goes on!
Drew and Taylor
Drew and Taylor live in Fort Smith, AR, where they serve in worship at their home church, Harvest Time. They've grown up at Harvest Time are are passionate about leading the church in worship, giving every person the opportunity to personally connect with God. If they aren't doing something at the church, they're probably traveling and exploring new places!
Jared recently made the move from Macon, GA where he served as a worship pastor. He is currently serving as a Creative Arts Pastor in Bella Vista, AR at Northwest Community Church. Jared has a bachelor's degree in Worship Leadership from the University of Mobile. He is married to Adrienne and has a little 14 month old baby girl named Hadlee. Jared has a passion for music and writing. His heart belongs to Jesus since coming to Christ at the age of eight-years-old and has been on a journey ever since. Jared says, "I love people, because God loves people. I am passionate about Christ-centered discipleship and really living life with people outside of Sunday morning gatherings. I believe in authentic worship that is only possible through Christ. I also believe in the importance of the local church and creating a Christ-centered atmosphere for growth. Out lives belong to the Lord and the gospel is our mission."
Marjorie and Genevieve
Sisters Marjorie and Genevieve enjoy singing and worshipping together. They have enjoyed opportunities to play in worship sets, at youth groups, and at their local nursing home. With a broad interest in many music genres, they enjoy singing everything from southern gospel to classical to Broadway show tunes to contemporary worship.
As the oldest two of their five-girl family, they eagerly await the day that their three younger sisters can sing in harmony with them, thus making them the Jackson 5. They are thoroughly accustomed to responding to one another’s names and explaining to people daily that they are not, in fact, twins.
Katie is a fourteen-year-old eighth grade home school student. She has been taking piano lessons for eight years. She has a growing love for the Lord and enjoys reading through the Bible during daily family devotions. Katie shares how God works in the lives of others through her Humans of Arkansas Facebook page. She likes to experience God's beautiful creation through spending time outdoors by hiking, traveling, kayaking, fishing, and swimming. She shares milestones and happy moments in the lives of others through her photography business. Katie likes to watch the Andy Griffith Show and Little House on the Prairie, and enjoys listening to a broad genre of music from Johnny Cash to Lauren Daigle. She loves creating word art with Scripture, videography, baking, and gymnastics! She follows the example of New Testament hospitality and enjoys coordinating and opening up her home for Little Dresses for Africa events, Valentine's Day Widows Banquet, church events, homeschool meetings, and family reunions. Her nickname is Rooster and she is addicted to Dr. Pepper... not the drink, but her fuzzy fur baby cat.
Joppa House Band
Angela and Gretchen share a heart for unity in the Body of Christ, and believe worship is an integral part of moving towards that vision. They have lead worship together for nearly four years. Angela developed a love for leading the body in worship at the age of 7 under the leadership of her mother in the children's choir at her Grand fathers church. Over the years that love for leading the body has expanded to leading with the Joppa House Band, Mosaic Worship at Fellowship Bible Church, and the stellar nominated Arkansas Gospel mass choir. The Lord also stirred Gretchen’s heart for worship at a young age, and she began her journey as a worship leader at 15 years old. She currently leads worship at Joppa House of Prayer where she is the Worship Director, and Mosaic NWA where she is the Worship Celebration Coordinator. Together, they desire to see unity in the church through worship. This is reflected in the Joppa House Band, made up of 8 leaders representing 6 different churches across NWA.
Haley is a sophomore at the University of Arkansas pursuing a degree in finance. She graduated from Bentonville High School in 2015 and has a huge heart for the NWA community. She opened her Etsy shop, Kendall Paper Designs, in January of 2016, but has been crafting and lettering for years. Haley loves being able to share the word of God through her art and show His love through kindness and compassion to those around her. Haley enjoys baking, reading, participating in the Christian sorority, Sigma Phi Lambda, watching Masterpiece Theatre on PBS, making handmade gifts, and planning her upcoming wedding to fiancé, Evan.
Monique is a 22-year Veteran of the United States Navy. She has been afforded many opportunities and experiences to meet and learn from many people in all walks of life, in over 12 countries. As she entered post-Military retirement, she and her family started new optimistic experiences, including relocating to Rogers, Arkansas and homeschooling their three children.
Family life is centered on their faith in God, and continues to be a wonderful and ever-changing adventure. The Rowlett family members are avid outdoor enthusiasts, and most recently enjoyed exploration in Lake Tahoe, Colorado Rockies, and Yosemite National Park. God's wonderful gifts are so evident when enjoying time with Him in the nature!
Monique's immediate family includes her husband Kevin, son Evan, daughters Allison and Cameron, two mini Australian Shepard's (Dylan and Daisy), four chickens (not yet named!), and their incredible horse, Maximus.
Rejoice! Ballet is a Christian, classical ballet school based in Bentonville, Arkansas. It is run by Kim and Esther Seim. Rejoice! Ballet strives to cultivate a culture of honor, love, and excellence in each class, from the youngest preschoolers to the oldest advanced dancers. Their highest goal, however, is to make sure that each dancer who comes through their doors understands that everything they do, including dance, is intended to be an act of worship unto the Lord Jesus.
Kiersten Sundberg is a 24-year-old fine artist who works in all media for painting and drawing. She loves Jesus and has a passion for classical, representational art. The second eldest of ten children, Kiersten is also a homeschool alumnus.
Kiersten has taught art lessons for over four years. She instructs in the style of the Atelier, a rigorous, centuries-old French program designed to teach students to render any subject from any reference (including the most challenging and inspirational reference-life observation) with great skill, accuracy, and speed. She also always encourages students to spend part of class time working on personally chosen projects, in order to develop their creativity and individual style.
Growing up, Kiersten would sleep on the floor in the family room or basement every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night-along with her other nine siblings. Boys slept on one side of the room and girls on the other, with the couch in between. Occasionally, Kiersten still "camps out" on the floor with her family after a weekend movie night. All ten Sundberg children slept on the basement floor this past Christmas Eve. Kiersten also loves to read Christian mystery/action novels written for teenage boys. She likes to sing opera and Disney princess songs, play volleyball, dance around the room to upbeat music, write comedy sketches with her siblings, design animated characters, and learn vocabulary words.