Hinged@Home Event Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Hope Blanton

Hope Blanton is a counselor, Bible study co-author of At His Feet Studies, and a retreat speaker. She has a bachelors and masters in social work and currently works as a counselor for Kaleo Counseling, PLLC, in San Antonio, Texas. Previously she worked as the Women’s Ministry Equipper for Redeemer Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. She has co-authored seven Bible studies for women with Christine Gordon on: Romans, 1 Samuel, Philippians, Psalms, and Luke: Part 1, Luke: Part 2, and Luke: Part 3. She is passionate about helping women access the theological richness found in Scripture and to walk them through their suffering. She is the mother of three children, Cana, Thea, Nias, and wife to Ray, a professor at University of Incarnate Word. She loves good food, making people laugh, and being outside with her two tiny dogs. Visit At His Feet Studies.

enCourage Podcast with Hope Blanton – Cultivating a Culture of Vulnerability

Keynote Passage: Ephesians 2; Title: “True Identity”

Length of Video: 36 minutes

Rachel Craddock

Rachel is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University (B.A. Education) and a first-grade teacher at heart. Rachel has been a member of the PCA since becoming a Christian in 2003 through the ministry of Campus Outreach. She currently serves as CDM’s Regional Advisor to Women’s Ministry in Mid America. She is the author of Slowly Unraveled: Changed from the Inside Out (CDM, January 2019) and a contributor to Hinged: Vitally Connected to Christ and His Church (CDM, January 2020). Rachel is married to Michael and together they have four children: Ezra (11), Asher (10), Caleb (8), and Lydia Jane (6). She and her family are members of North Cincinnati Community Church in Mason, Ohio where her husband serves as lead pastor. rachelcraddock.com

enCourage Podcast with Rachel Craddock – Unraveled

Keynote Passage: Ephesians 2:4-9, 3:16-21; Title: “Learning to Rest in His Power”

Length of Video: 46 minutes

Courtney Denton 

Courtney is married to Alex and has two young children, Blakely and Banks. She serves as the Director of Women’s Ministries at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill, SC. Courtney’s desire is to equip and encourage women with the understanding of their God-given design and to live a life transformed by the Gospel. She is the author of KICKSTAND Devotionals. Courtney loves time with her family, Mexican food, shopping, and traveling.

enCourage Podcast with Courtney Denton – Cultivating a Meaningful Devotional Life

Keynote Passage: Ephesians 2:1-10; Title: “It Matters Who You Are”

Length of Video: 39 minutes

Ellen Dykas

Ellen Dykas is the Women’s Ministry Coordinator, for Harvest USA, a national ministry focused on gospel centered discipleship and ministry equipping regarding issues of sexuality and gender. She teaches and writes frequently on these topics, including Sexual Sanity for Women, a discipleship workbook for women needing help in their journey of faith and repentance. Ellen received her MA in Theological studies at Covenant Theological Seminary and a graduate certificate in Biblical Counseling from the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation. She delights in sharing life and the gospel with her church family at New Life Church in Dresher PA.

enCourage Podcast with Ellen Dykas – When a Friend or Family Member Says “I’m Gay”

Keynote Passage: Ephesians 1:15-23; Title: “All Things Exist to Serve Jesus”

Length of Video: 42 minutes

Stephanie Formenti 

Stephanie serves as the Chapel Associate for Discipleship at Covenant College in Lookout Mt., GA. She earned a Masters in Theological Studies from Covenant Theological Seminary where she met her husband, Gustavo. Together they served in Cape Town, South Africa as missionaries with MTW and are coming to Covenant after living in Brazil for three years. Stephanie is passionate about Word-based discipleship and is thrilled to be serving and walking alongside the students at Covenant. She and her husband have three young children and are members of New City Fellowship East Lake.

enCourage Podcast with Stephanie Formenti – Hinged to the Next Generation

Keynote Passage: Ephesians 3:14-21; Title: “A Prayer for Power and Love”

Length of Video: 38 minutes

Elizabeth Garn

Elizabeth Garn is a writer, speaker, wife, mom, and geek. When she’s not picking-up Legos off the family room floor, she’s writing about everyday theology and talking about what it means to be made in the image of God. She has her MA in Theological Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary and writes for ChristandPopCulture.com, The Gospel Coalition, enCourage, and blogs at www.ElizabethGarn.com.

enCourage Podcast with Elizabeth Garn – Freedom to Flourish: Answering God’s Invitation to Bear His Image

Keynote Passage: Ephesians 2:14-16; Title: “Hinged Together: Reconciled Through Christ”

Length of Video: 47 minutes

Ashley Hales

Ashley Hales is a writer, speaker, and holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She is the author of  Finding Holy in the Suburbs: Living Faithfully in the Land of Too Much and A Spacious Life: Trading Hustle and Hurry for the Goodness of Limits (out in 2021). She enjoys good conversation hosting The Finding Holy Podcast. Her husband, Bryce, is a church planter in southern California, and they have four children. Connect with Ashley at her website or listen to the podcast at www.aahales.com.

enCourage Podcast with Ashley Hales – Hinged to Authentic Community

Keynote Passage: Ephesians 2:11-22; Title: “Finding Peace + Unity in an Upside-Down World”

Length of Video: 37 minutes

Vanessa Hawkins

Vanessa is the Director of Women’s Ministry at First Presbyterian Church Augusta. In 2017, she received her Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary where she is currently pursuing her DMin in Cultural Apologetics and Communication. She also serves as the Diversity Advisor for the PCA’s Women’s Ministry. She is honored to be the wife of her third grade friend Marcus, and together they are the parents of Kayla, Sydney, Chelsey and a rambunctious boxer named Caspian. She enjoys a moderate hike, good conversation and a hot cup of tea.

enCourage Podcast with Vanessa Hawkins – Image Dei–Being an Image Bearer

Keynote Passage: Ephesians 1

Length of Video: 34 minutes

Karen Hodge

Karen serves as the Coordinator for PCA Women’s Ministry, where she seeks to connect women and churches to one another and to sound resources. She is also having the time of her life serving alongside her husband, pastor and best friend Chris, as they plant King’s Cross Church in Fort Mill, SC. Chris and Karen have two adult children, Anna Grace Botka and Haddon Hodge. It is from the perspective of a wife, mother, leader and fellow pilgrim that she hopes to offer insights from God’s Word concerning how she and they can most effectively learn to enjoy and extend God’s glory. Karen, along with Susan Hunt, authored Transformed: Life-taker to Life-giver and Life-giving Leadership.

enCourage Podcast with Karen Hodge – Christ-Centered Marriage with Chris and Karen Hodge

Keynote Passage: Ephesians 3;14-21, 4:1-16; Title: “It Matters How You Walk”

Length of Video: 45 minutes

Abby Hutto

Abby is Director of Spiritual Formation at Story Presbyterian Church in Westerville, Ohio. Abby loves to study and teach God’s Word and delights in helping others experience and know their Heavenly Father better. Abby is married to Ken, and they have two teenage children, Hannah and Harry. Abby is also the author of God For Us: Discovering the Heart of the Father through the Life of the Son, (P&R Publishing). You can get more information about her book, check out her upcoming speaking events or read her blog at www.godforusministries.com.

enCourage Podcast with Abby Hutto – God For Us

Keynote Passage: Ephesians 1; Title: “A Heart that Sings”

Length of Video: 48 minutes

Melissa Kruger

Melissa serves as Director of Women’s Content for The Gospel Coalition (TGC). She’s the author of The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World, Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood,  In All Things: A Nine Week Devotional on Unshakeable Joy, 5 Things to Pray for Your Children, and editor of Identity Theft. Her husband, Mike, is the president of Reformed Theological Seminary and they have three children. Blogs at The Gospel Coalition.

enCourage Podcast with Melissa Kruger – Five Things to Pray for Your Kids

Keynote Passage: Ephesians 1:3-23; Title: “It Matters What You Know”

Length of Video: 44 minutes

Susan Tyner

Susan Tyner enjoys teaching and helping women involved in their local churches as well as serving Jesus’ church beyond the local level. She just finished her term as a PCA Women’s Ministry Mid-South Regional Advisor and is currently an Advisor to the PCA Reformed University Fellowship Permanent Committee. Since moving to Fort Worth, TX, from Oxford, MS, Susan recently joined the staff at Trinity Presbyterian Church as Women’s Ministry Coordinator. Susan and her husband, Lee, have five children and an almost empty nest.

enCourage Podcast with Susan Tyner – The Cross Shaped Life: Farewell Words; Upper Room Discourse John 14

Keynote Passage: Ephesians 1; Title: “Gushing about Glory

Length of Video: 35 minutes

Hinged Charlotte Speakers:

Melissa Kruger, Courtney Denton, Karen Hodge

Hinged Chicago Speakers:

Abby Hutto, Rachel Craddock, Karen Hodge

Hinged Birmingham Speakers:

Vanessa Hawkins, Stephanie Formenti, Karen Hodge

Hinged Delaware Speakers:

Ellen Dykas, Elizabeth Garn, Karen Hodge

Hinged San Diego Speakers:

Jeany Jun (no video available), Ashley Hales, Karen Hodge

Hinged San Antonio Speakers:

Susan Tyner, Hope Blanton, Karen Hodge

Starters Speakers

Katherine Ashbaugh

Belonging/Authentic Community

Westminster Presbyterian Church, Rock Hill, SC

Winfree Brisley

Hinging to the Next Generation of Women

Uptown Church, Charlotte, NC

Cathy Chang


New Life Presbyterian Church, Fullerton, CA

Pey Chu

Vitally Connected to Christ through Prayer

Naperville Presbyterian Church, Naperville, IL

Melanie Cogdill

Biblical Sexuality

Christ Covenant, Matthews, NC

Tara Gibbs

Intergenerational Conversations

Redeemer Presbyterian Church, San Antonio, TX

Judy Honeycutt

The Church Community: Hinging the Generations

Westminster Presbyterian Church, Rock Hill, SC

Sarah Ivill

Why We Need the Church

Christ Covenant, Matthews, NC

Kaye Jordan

Awe for the Seasons

Fort Worth Presbyterian Church, Fort Worth, TX

Aimee Joseph

The God of Gaps

Redeemer Church, Encinitas, CA

Janet LaRocque and Cindy Hennessy

Becoming: Intergenerational Life on Life Discipleship Builds Authentic Community

Naperville Presbyterian Church, Naperville, IL

Jeannie Martinez

Unity and Diversity Hand in Hand

Redeemer Presbyterian Church, San Antonio, TX

Mandy McBride

Hospitality as Evangelism

Rebecca Meyer

Vitally Connected to Christ through His Word

Covenant Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL

Cheryl Mullis

Looking for Who’s Next: Intentionally and Prayerfully Investing in the Next Generation

Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Annapolis, MD

Annie Sostok

Belonging at the Feast

Grace Presbyterian Church, Danville, KY

Lisa Tarplee

Creating Safe Places for Women Who Struggle Sexually

Denton Presbyterian Church, Denton, Texas