The Arise and Shine Conference is for Women (18 years old +) interested in deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, each other, and mission in his name. The event is required for all Central Territory female officers, cadets, open to women of the corps, employees, participants in Salvation Army programs, women advisory board members, women’s auxiliary members, friends, and relatives – all women are welcome.

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Arise and Shine Conference

Friday, October 12-14, 2018

Registration opens March 12

Early Bird Registration March 12 – July 1: Pre-conference + Conference: $129, Conference: $99
Registration July 2 – October 1: Pre-conference + Conference: $159, Conference: $129
Cancellation deadline: September 14

Cost of registration does not include lodging accommodations, book your hotel room

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Goals of Conference

1. Embrace all women...emphasizing unity in Christ among diversity – through worship and shared experiences during the conference
2. Encourage women...in their passion for ministry – through the testimonies and messages of Women who are leading and the ministry of the Holy Spirit to them personally
3. Elevate...their standing in Christ – as vital to the cause of the gospel
4. Equip women ...with tools for leadership and mission (preconference and workshops)
5. Educate women...on issues and opportunities for ministry in their corps, community, world
6. Engage women in action...empowering creativity, vision, collaboration among the women that will result in bringing people to Christ and Glory to God throughout The Salvation Army and wider church in the next five years.

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Guests and Workshop Leaders

Jo Saxton

Keynote Speaker

Jo Saxton is an author, speaker, leadership coach, entrepreneur and visionary. Born to Nigerian parents and raised in London,EnglandJo brings a multicultural and international perspective to leadership. Having served on the staff teams in churches in the UK and the US, and chaired the board of a non profit organization, today Jo is the founder of the Ezer Collective, an initiative that equips and invests in women leaders. She also co-hosts the popular podcast Lead Stories: Tales of Leadership and Life with Steph O’Brien. The author of three books, Jo's most recent title is called. The Dream of You: Let Go of Broken Identities and Live the Life You Were Made For.

Jo and her husband, Chris, live in Minneapolis with their two daughters.She loves Starbucks, running, her people, and the everyday stuff, like good music, good food, and good books. And Target. She really, really loves Target.

Website: josaxton.com
Twitter: @josaxton 

Amy Williams

Keynote Speaker

AMY “Hope Dealer” WILLIAMS, a 24-year youth ministry veteran and certified Gang Intervention Specialist,follows her passion to minister to teens involved in gangs, youth on probation/parole and those lost in the criminal justice system – at the core of which life-on-life mentoring is her key strategy. Amy is also very passionate and deeply engaged in "Ending Mass Incarceration" and "Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline" national movements. She is an advisory board member of the National Institute of Juvenile Justice Ministries(IJJM) and a steering committee member for the CCDA Mass Incarcerati on Task Force. She is currently organizing and leading the North Park Seminary Juvenile Jus tice Co-hort for leaders working with youth in the criminal justice system. She is also a North Park University Center for Youth Ministries Studies (CYMS) Advisory Board Member. Amy has been blessed to appear as a guest on the O’Reilly Factor and was chosen as Huck’s Hero on TBN’s Mike Huckabee Show. She has been published in various magazines and projects including Crossway Publishing’s Urban Devotional Bible. She is working on writing her first book.

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Commissioner Heidi Bailey

Territorial President of Women’s Ministries

Heidi is a hugger and happy to be in her home territory as Territorial President of Women’s Ministries in USA Central! She loves the Lord, who has loved, saved and called her. She has loved the same man for 40 years and has loved every minute of her 35 years of shared Salvation Army officership with Brad. Daughters Danielle and Lindsey grew up with their folks in South America and now live in Atlanta and Chicago, respectively. Heidi now shares her heart with three other men in her life: grandsons Micah, 7, and Eli, 4, and Danielle’s husband, Jeremy Rowland. Got coffee? Invite Heidi!

Sharon Irving

Worship Leader

“I take a deep breath and step out on faith. Do it afraid.” Those words have been a mantra for South Side of Chicago Native, Sharon Irving, songstress/songwriter/spoken word artist, worship leader and actress, since she was a little girl, performing in front of the congregation at the south side church in Chicago where her grandfather was pastor. Sharon is an inspiring ‘ voice for the voiceless’ , a passionate wordsmith spewing truth and inspiration, singing songs of life and love motivated by her personal experiences, and undergirded by her Christian beliefs. Sharon has been a part of the worship team at Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois for several years, has contributed songs and words of hope before thousands at liturgical and corporate events, youth conferences, including the popular “CHIC”, (‘ Covenant High in Christ’ ),in small clubs and intimate settings all over the country, at the Angola Prison in Angola, Louisiana, and even entertained millions while a participant on Season Ten of “America’ s Got Talent”, where she received the coveted “Golden Buzzer” at her first televised audition, and was chosen by America to compete in the Semi-Finals.


Kristin Schell

Pre-conference Guest

Kristin Schell is an established speaker and blogger on the subject of food, faith, and hospitality. Passionate about community, she has served at every level, from grassroots-level work in the church and local non-profits as well as our nation's capital. As founder of the Turquoise Table and Front Yard People movement, Kristin travels the country speaking at conferences and events with an encouraging word on how to open our lives and homes to others. She lives in Austin, TX with her husband, Tony, and their four children.

Website: www.kristinschell.com
Instagram: @kristinkschell

Pre-Conference Workshops

Katelyn Beaty

Website: www.katelynbeaty.com
Twitter: @KatelynBeaty

A Woman's Place: A Christian Vision for Your Calling in the Office, the Home, and the World
Many of us want to pursue meaningful work, yet aren't sure what God is calling us to do or if we have the bandwidth to pursue it. In this workshop, hosted by the first female managing editor of Christianity Today, Katelyn Beaty, author of A Woman's Place, will walk attendees through what the Bible says about the goodness of daily work. Far from insisting that all women must work outside the home, Beaty will help attendees grasp a better framework for imagining our careers, ambitions, and calling.

Rev. Bonnie Camarda

Learn more about Bonnie at saconnects.org/
English at pre-conference: Women Leaders Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling - Based on the book of Esther

Conference Workshops

Nikole Lim

Website: http://www.nikolelim.com/
Twitter: @nikole_lim
Facebook: FreelyInHope

From Victims to Survivors - Ministering with survivors of sexual violence through storytelling
Learn how Freely in Hope journeys alongside of people who have experienced abuse, trauma, or violence. In the journey from victim to survivor, we will discuss how we can be better listeners and advocates by allowing survivors to reclaim their story with dignity, power, and healing. This workshop will also share the methods of healing that have been integral for Freely in Hope—including the power of storytelling and prayer as a practice of healing.

This Workshop is now full!

Rev. Bonnie Camarda

Learn more about Bonnie at saconnects.org/

Spanish at conference: Mujeres Lideres Atravesando Techos de Vidrio - Basado en el libro de Ester

Amy Williams

Balance and Self Care Strategies - No More Leading on Empty!
24 years in youth ministry with high risk youth...and she doesn't plan to stop! Join Amy Williams as she shares the truth about burnout, compassion fatigue and the violence we don't talk about: self-neglect. This workshop will address the lies we've been taught about success and the battle we must engage in in order to do the most impactful ministry we are called to do...for the long haul. No more leading on empty!


Faith & Fitness
Come experience a Christ-centered, pre-choreographed high impact fitness program that will speak to your soul! You will leave your class feeling powerful, motivated, and most importantly blessed!

Major Kelly Collins

This workshop will cover The Salvation Army’s beginnings, the spirit of Salvationism and as well look into what it means to be a Soldier, taking on the mission of our Army.

This Workshop is now full!

Major Jennifer Woodard

Spiritual Formation for Children
We all desire to help our children develop a vibrant and transforming faith - one that will help them to grasp God's love, to choose their own faith, to hear His voice above all others and to desire to obey. We want them to live in the power of the Holy Spirit, develop in personal ministry and choose a life of holiness. Rather than seeking to control our children's behavior (doing the right things, saying the right words), how can we help our children fall in love with Jesus?

Tasha Morrison

Website: latashamorrison.com/
Twitter: @latashamorrison
Instagram: @latashamorriosn

Being the Bridge in a Divided World
This session will give you a deeper analysis and framework of cultural intelligence, ethnic identity and how these interactions can impede the foundational work of racial reconciliation. The work of reconciliation requires us to understand what our ethnic identities mean, how we intersect with one another within context and what is required to make things right.

This Workshop is now full!

Cynthia Coppin

Living and Loving the Word of God
Experience the scriptures coming alive through a powerful, enthusiastic, and straight forward presentation of the Word during this Bible Study workshop. Instructor, Cynthia Coppin, is a dynamic speaker who is passionate about the Word of God and sharing the truths of the Bible. With a teaching style anchored by personal humility, respect for the Word, and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, Cynthia will send you home with a renewed excitement and energy to commitment to knowing and loving the Word of God.

This Workshop is now full!

Major Valerie Carr

A discussion on women in leadership. We will be looking at its History and context in the Wesleyan Holiness Movement as well as exploring the distinctions of egalitarianism and complementarianism in the Evangelical Church today.

This Workshop is now full!



  • 11am
    Outside Grand Ballroom
  • 12pm 
    Pre-Conference Luncheon
    International Ballroom
  • 1:15pm
    Turquoise Table: Redeeming Spaces of God's Glory
    International Ballroom
  • 2:45pm - 7:45pm
    Exhibit and Trade Open
    Outside Grand Ballroom & Midway/Logan
  • 2:45pm 
    Women Leaders Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling (Pre-Conference Workshop)
  • 2:45pm
    A Woman's Place: A Christian Vision for Your Calling (Pre-Conference Workshop)
  • 3pm
    Prayer Room
  • 5pm
    Dinner on your own
  • 6:30pm
    Launch Team Meet & Greet with Guests
    Grand Ballroom
  • 8pm
    United Session 1
    Grand Ballroom
  • 10pm-12pm
    Fellowship, Snacks, exhibits, Trade, and late registration
    Outside Grand Ballroom


  • Open until 9pm
    Prayer Room 
  • 8:00am–9:30am
    Late Registration
    Outside of Grand Ballroom
  • 8:00am–9:15am

    Exhibits and Trade open Coffee, fruit, & granola bars providedOutside of Grand Ballroom

  • 9:30am
    United Session 2
    Grand Ballroom 
  • 11:30am
    Grab-and-Go Lunch provide
    Outside of Grand Ballroom
  • 11:30am–1pm
    Exhibits and Trade open
    Outside Grand Ballroom & Midway/Logan
  • 1:00pm–2:15PM
    • Spiritual Formation of Children (Grand Ballroom)
    • Mujeres Lideres Atravesando Techos de Vidrio (Paris)
    • SoulFUL Motion Fitness (International Ballroom)
    • Egalitarianism (Vienna)
    • From Victims to Survivors (Florence)
  • 2:30pm–3:45pm
    • Balance & Self Care Strategies (Grand Ballroom)
    • Being the Bridge in a Divided World (Paris)
    • SoulFUL Motion Fitness (International Ballroom)
    • Salvationism (Vienna)
    • Living & Loving the Word of God (Florence)
      • 3:45pm-6pm
        Free Time
      • 3:45pm-5:45pm
        Exhibits and Trade Open
        Outside Grand Ballroom & Midway/Logan
      • 6pm–8pm
        Banquet & United Session 3
        Grand Ballroom


  • 8:30am
    Continental breakfast
    Outside Grand Ballroom
  • 9:30am-11am
    Final Service
    Grand Ballroom

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Hyatt Regency O'Hare Arise & Shine Discounted Rates

King bedded room: $135
Double bedded room: $140

Call the Hyatt Regency O'Hare for a handicap accessible room and mention that you're coming for the Arise & Shine Women's Conference.

The parking discount for guests with rooms is $20/day. For the guests without hotel reservations the Hyatt will honor a discount of $25/day for parking. As a reminder, there are no in and out privileges

All Arise & Shine Blocked Rooms are now sold out.

Comfort Inn O'Hare Convention Center

Single room: $95
Double bedded room: $105
2175 E Touhy Ave
Des Plaines, IL 60018
847-635-1300, ask for Arise and Shine rate
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Recently renovated December 2017- Rate includes: FREE airport shuttle, FREE 24/7 convention shuttle, FREE hot deluxe breakfast, FREE WIFI FREE parking

All Arise & Shine Blocked Rooms are now sold out.

DoubleTree Hilton
Rosemont Hotel

King and Doubles - $129 per night

There are two options for parking:
Guests can either pay at the gate for $15 (per 24 hr period) with no in and out access, OR The parking charges can be added to their guest room bill for $29 (per 24 hr period) to have self-parking with in and out access.

The front desk will advise each attendee at check in as to the option that will be best for them. If the guest is only going to park once and not move their car, the hotel recommends paying at the gate.

There is a walkway connecting the Doubletree to the Hyatt Regency where the conference will take place. If the attendee needs to adjust their arrival or departure date (or cancel their reservation), they will need to do so more than 48 hrs in advance so that a no show or early departure fee is charged.

Hotel address:
5460 North River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone number: 847-292-9100


All Arise & Shine Blocked Rooms are now sold out.

The Westin O'Hare

Single/Double Rate - $109 per night
Triple Rate - $134 per night
Quad Rate - $159 per night

$29.00 per night - in and out privileges
$35.00 per night, valet - in and out privileges


6100 N. River Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60018