Speakers Bureau

Need a speaker for an event, retreat, or fundraiser?

The Redbud Speakers Bureau features leading voices and experienced, sought-after speakers on a variety of topics.


SharonRHooverSharon R Hoover is passionate about creating space where people can experience God. This drive motivates her to disciple new believers, speak at events, and work in the church. She skillfully weaves knowledge gathered over decades of ministry and seminary coursework with crazy and entertaining life experiences. She has written resources and curriculum to disciple people of all ages and stages of life. Sharon leads the Centreville Presbyterian Church (Virginia) efforts to connect the local church to mission partners worldwide. She is an effective motivator for all who wrestle with the challenges of living the mission of faith.

Speaking topics:
  • The Story of Justice and Freedom. How can the church impact the global community for justice? What does it mean to see God at work in the lives of the desperately poor? Ponder together how to partner and serve the least of these.
  • Last Morsels to Linen Fabrics. Ever feel like the craziness of life keeps you from living a Christ-centered life? Learn from courageous women in the Bible who impacted God’s Kingdom out of their own unique gifts, talents and circumstances.
  • Building Bridges to Peace. Being a peacemaker is high on the attribute list of being a Christ-follower, but why is it so difficult? With grace and wisdom, let’s explore practical ways to become bridges toward peace in family, neighborhood, church, and, yes, the world!

Contact Sharon at sharon.hoover@gmail.com

Ann SwindellAnn Swindell is a dynamic and relatable speaker who is passionate about pointing others to Christ. She has spoken at church retreats, MOPS groups, and college chapel services about a wide variety of topics.

Topics include:
  • Spiritual growth
  • Contentment
  • Trusting God in difficult circumstances
  • Cultivating a healthy marriage
  • Parenting with laughter and grace
  • Freedom from comparison

Ann is open to speaking about almost any topic and will shape her talks for the needs of each group. She is available to travel and can be reached at at ann.swindell@gmail.com.

Jen Pollock MichelJen Pollock Michel is the author of Teach Us to Want, Christianity Today’s 2015 Book of the Year, which has also been produced as an original video series by RightNow Media. Jen is also a regular contributor to Christianity Today’s popular Her.meneutics blog. At churches across North America and conferences like Catalyst and RightNow, Jen speaks to large and small groups on discipleship topics. Weaving together Biblical exposition, cultural commentary, and personal stories, Jen engages both heart and mind. Jen and her family live in Toronto, Ontario.

Contact Jen at jenmichel@mac.com

Bronwyn LeaBronwyn Lea is a South-African born writer-mama with has a passion for seeing women thrive in Christ. She has spoken at conferences around the world for the past 15 years seeking to encourage and women by seeing them deeply planted in the Scriptures.

Topics include:
  • Flourishing
  • Being daughters of the King
  • Having the courage to find significance in the everyday
  • Healthy relationships.

Contact Bronwyn at bronwynlea@gmail.com

Christine FieldChristine Field is the mom of four and has been married almost 30 years. She is the author of numerous books and is a consulting attorney for the homeschool ministry of the National Center for Life and Liberty. In her books and as a conference speaker she brings down-to-earth help and come-alongside-you hope to harried parents.
Her books address topics of homeschooling, mothering, parenting, teaching special needs children, and life skills for kids. At her website, www.realmomlife.com, she offers resources and reassurances for moms with real lives – because we don’t all live Pin-worthy lives.

Speaking Topics:

Christine speaks on topics of mothering and marriage, parenting and encouragement for the Christian woman.

Past speaking engagements:

Christine has spoken at numerous MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) groups, mom support groups, Hearts at Home, Great Homeschool Conventions and many more.

Personal contact email christinefield@sbcglobal.net

Lindsey Headshot NewLindsey Smallwood is a gifted truth teller and sharer of stories. A former pastor and teacher, these days she works, writes and raises her family in Boulder, Colorado, where she also maintains a robust ministry speaking to churches, women’s ministries, university students, and mom’s groups.

Some of Lindsey’s recent topics include:
  • Keeping it Fresh: Making Space for Spiritual Practices
  • The Art of Neighboring: Flourishing Fiercely Where You Live

If you’re interested in having Lindsey speak at your event or retreat, visit her website at http://www.songbirdandanerd.com/speaking or email her directly at lindsey.smallwood@gmail.com.

Margot StarbuckMargot Starbuck, a graduate of Westmont College and Princeton Seminary, is passionate about communicating to individuals, in print and in speech, the promise that because God, in Jesus Christ, is with us and for us, we’re made to be with and for others. (#neighborlove) Margot explains, “I’m pretty convinced that embracing who we truly are, as God’s beloved, and behaving as if others are too —by living Jesus’ love in the world, especially among those living on the world’s margins— is who we’re made to be.”

Margot enjoys speaking to audiences around the country at conferences, campuses, festivals churches and other gatherings. A few clients have included: Messiah College, Wheaton Center for the Application of Christian Ethics, MOPs International Convention, Young Life Women’s Weekend and Urban Promise Ministry Summit, among others.

One audience member raves, “I heard Margot speak this weekend at a retreat, and I was hanging on her every word. Not only is she flat-out hilarious, but she speaks about Jesus in her down-to-earth style. Margot is vulnerable, captivating and passionate. I left the retreat wanting to be the woman God created me to be. I would never miss a chance to hear Margot speak. It’s a gift!” And Wheaton College chaplain offers, “The transparency in your story-telling made your talk especially compelling. It was a hope-giving message.”

Topics include:
  • Unsqueezed: The Truth About Identity and Body Image You Won’t Hear on Reality TV
  • I am FOR You: Receiving Steadfast Love in Your Bones
  • Small Things With Great Love: Adventures in Loving Your Neighbor
  • Jesus in Vegas: Embracing God’s Beloved People in Unlikely Places
  • Beloved: As You Are and Not As You Should Be
A Sample of Clients:

Messiah College, Wheaton Center for the Application of Christian Ethics, MOPs International Convention, Young Life Women’s Weekend, First Presbyterian Church, Tulsa, Urban Promise Ministry Summit, Mississippi College, Lifest Festival, Hungry for Hope Conference, InterVarsity, Athletes in Action, Wild Goose Festival, Duke Divinity School, Westmont College, Friends University, American Adoption Congress, Peace College


Contact Margot at OfficeofMargotStarbuck@gmail.com

Aubrey SampsonAubrey Sampson
As part of the preaching team at Renewal Church in the Chicagoland area, Aubrey uses vulnerability, humor, and Scriptural truths to teach her audiences that God is always at work transforming ashes into beauty. She speaks at churches and ministry events across the country on topics ranging from overcoming shame, to women’s issues, to in-depth bible teaching. She leads women’s and young adult retreats, teaches at MOPS and Coffee Break groups, and does special one time events. She has also spoken at Shannon Ethridge’s BLAST (building leaders, authors, speakers, and teachers) conference.

Contact Aubrey at aubrey@bringrenewal.com

Hulthen Photos 010Margaret Philbrick is a novelist, poet and children’s picture book author, Margaret leverages her diverse writing experience to speak on the power of story to bring beauty and transformation to our everyday lives. Her topics include Advent traditions, the musical gift of healing for those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s, her journey to love her transgender brother/sister and how Christ empowers us to love beyond our grasp. Her presentations plant seeds in hearts through an artistic blend of God’s word, melody and image. “Margaret’s speaking subjects touch many people and families, not only was her storyline interesting but Margaret had good extra resources that my members appreciated. I received many great comments from our members on her talk. Margaret was very professional and a joy to work with.” Jo Ayo, Chairwoman, Glen Ellen Book Review Club.

Recent Engagements:

  • Keynote speaker for DeKalb Literary Festival
  • Advent speaker for women’s groups in protestant and Catholic churches
  • Book Clubs
  • Christian and Catholic schools
  • Alzheimer’s Association events
  • “Write On” Writing Workshops in Wisconsin
  • Classical Writing Workshops for adults

Email Margaret at tengo3ninos@yahoo.com


Web_Shelly-2Shelly Wildman is a former college writing instructor who loves travel, great food, and being a mom to three adult daughters. As a speaker, she is passionate about encouraging a generation of women who are prepared make a difference in their world. Weaving personal stories with biblical truth, Shelly inspires women to live out their God-given callings with joy. Shelly has spoken at several Chicago-area churches, in addition to women’s retreats, and writing conferences.

Recent speaking topics include:

  • Christmas Presence
  • Aim for the Heart: Lessons from Psalm 86 (one-day retreat)
  • No Ordinary Life: Everyday Adventures with an Extraordinary God (retreat based on Daniel 1 and 9)
  • Who Am I? (a lesson for college-aged women)
  • Writing Prompts: Surprise and Delight (Calvin Festival Circle leader)

Contact Shelly at shellywildman@sbcglobal.net.

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