Join us for ONE2019!
When: September 27-28, 2019
Where: Cornerstone Church in Ames, IA
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Colleen was our featured guest at ONE2017 and we are simply over the moon excited to have her back. She brings the perfect mix of grace and truth in her teaching style. We think you’ll agree!
In the early years of ministry, God kindled within Colleen a deep affection for studying and teaching the scriptures. She deeply desires to see women anchor their hope in the God of the Bible as they get to know Him through the study of His Word. She serves as Minister to Women at Church at the Cross in Grapevine, Texas, and she speaks at women’s retreats and conferences throughout the year.
Colleen and her husband, Wes, have served in churches together in Florida, Colorado, and Texas for over 20 years. Wes is president of NEXT Worldwide, a mission organization that mobilizes students and adults to plant churches around the world. She loves being the mom of her two teenage boys, Sam and Tate.
You can learn more about Colleen on her website: www.colleensearcy.com
Q&A with Colleen
When did you come to accept Jesus as your savior?
God granted me the faith to believe in Jesus as my savior at the age of 10. I was at a Christian camp in the hill country of Texas when God opened my eyes to my need for his redemption.
What’s your favorite verse or scripture and why?
One of my favorite passages of scripture is Psalm 37 because David reminds us of the big picture. And I find it comforting that David wrote this poem in his old age. Verse three is my particular favorite—the reminders from an elderly king to trust God and dwell within the boundaries He gave. Trust God. Live where you live. Feed on His faithfulness while you live where you live. I never outgrow these monumental reminders.
What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
Don’t value loyalty over what is right. I equated loyalty to Christ-likeness. In other words, I often did not speak up when those I loved deeply pursued wrong things or treated me wrongly over and over again. I considered this extending grace or 'turning the other cheek.' Sometimes the most gracious thing one can do is to call the wrong thing the wrong thing.
Where did you grow up?
I consider Lubbock, Texas my hometown. We moved there in the middle of my sixth-grade year, and I lived there until I got married.
What's your favorite thing to bake?
What do you like to do during your free time (if any)?
Read, walk, and cook.
If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be?
I would journal and drink coffee and eat freshly-baked baguettes in a small village in the French countryside. (I apologize for being so vague. Haha!)
What's your favorite activity to do with your family?
Enjoy great conversation over a really good meal.
What's something you wish you knew before becoming a mom?
The first year of your baby’s life does not determine his or her character. Pay no attention to books that tell you otherwise.
Any advice on raising two teenage boys?
Give your teenager a vision for his/her life at the age of 25 and 35, etc. Keep that vision in front of them throughout middle school and high school—a picture much bigger than the 7th grade or 8th grade and the silliness of the school social economy.
What's your favorite holiday?
Christmas. Hands down.
Sweet, salty, or sweet & salty snacks?
Sweet and salty.
Do you have a favorite color?
Yellow! So happy! And blue. So tranquil. I feel better just having typed those two colors.
Do you have any unique or quirky talents?
Nope. Not a bummer.
What podcasts are you currently listening to?
Knowing Faith, a podcast of the Village Church, and Lead to Win, a Michael Hyatt podcast.
These are the companies and non-profits that will be featured at the conference.
Click the names below to learn more about each exhibitor!
Sak Saum is a ministry dedicated to the rescue, restoration, transformation, and rehabilitation of vulnerable and exploited women and men. They are pioneering a model of self-sustaining ministry. Our work is supported through the sale of our products around the world.
Hope Ministries has been serving people in central Iowa by providing food, clothing, shelter, and life recovery programs for men, women, and children out of seven ministry centers around Des Moines.
Friendship Center (DSM)
Friendship Center builds friendships through education, development, and the transformative love of Christ for kids, youth, and adults.
Logos Bible Software
Logos Bible Software designs tools for today’s ministry needs. Real change happens when the truth of God’s Word is proclaimed. And today, we must be prepared to study and share the truth of Scripture to a culture that has gone digital. Logos Bible Software integrates cutting-edge technology, contemporary media resources, and a massive theological library. Imagine 40-50 hours of Bible study and sermon prep done in 5 seconds. Explore cultural and historical context, do in-depth exegesis, study the original Greek and Hebrew, and much more with interactive tools created for today’s ministry. Logos is compatible with Mac®, PC, iPhone®, and Android™.
Wings of Refuge is a Christ-centered organization that provides opportunities for survivors of sex trafficking. In 2013, Wings of Refuge began with a prayer movement of 12 individuals whose hearts were broken for those enslaved by commercial sexual exploitation. Wings opened a safe home where women have the opportunity to heal and find new life. Wings of Refuge refuses to remain silent about things that matter by ending exploitation.
Crossway is a not-for-profit Christian ministry and exists solely for the purpose of proclaiming the Gospel through publishing and other means in order, by God’s grace:
To bring men, women, and children to Christ as their Lord and Savior;
to help individual Christians and the church grow in knowledge and understanding of the Christian life;
to bear witness to God’s truth, beauty, and holiness, and to the Lordship of Christ in every area of life;
to glorify our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in every way.
Obria’s purpose is to provide women, men, students and families with compassionate, comprehensive, and high-quality health care.
We couldn’t do what we do without these wonderful businesses and companies supporting us!