GOLDEN ISLES WOMEN'S CONNECTION
Hope, Revive, Restore
March 12, 2022
First Baptist Church Brunswick
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$30 through Mar.1st includes boxed lunch.
$35 after Mar. 1st
(Tickets also available at First Baptist Brunswick, St. Simons Community Church, Wesley United Methodist at Frederica, SSI)
Jesus Lover. Bible teacher.
From her kindergarten stage debut as a bovine to performing one-woman pieces with Women of Faith, Allison Allen has always relished the power of story, the thrill of walking in the shoes of others, and, most importantly, spot-lighting the Ultimate Story-teller.
After graduating as an Andrew Carnegie Scholar from the prestigious acting program at Carnegie Mellon University, Allison (Metcalf) Allen landed on Broadway in the revival of “Grease”, and stayed there for almost two years. Following her tenure of 650 performances with the show, the hand-jive from Rydell High still returns to grace her dreams.
For three years (2007-2009), Allison experienced the joy of being Women of Faith’s dramatist, performing her original one-woman pieces for over 200,000 women in arenas around the country. She counts walking the same platform as the Women of Faith “porch-pals” among one of the profound honors of her life.
Currently, she loves weaving Biblical teaching and acting pieces together in unexpected ways, and is over the moon to teach at conferences and retreats around the country. Saddleback Church, Living the Faith, and Campus Crusade’s National Women’s Conference are just a few of the wonderful places she has been. She started speaking by believing that God is a better door opener than she ever could hope to be. As He opened doors, large or small, she responded by saying “yes”. Exploring themes of purpose, value, and identity in original and sometimes unexpected ways, Allison hopes to lead women on a rare journey toward the fullness of Christ’s redemption. Sheila Walsh says of her, “Allison is a gifted writer, a brilliant dramatist, and a profound communicator or God’s truth.”
Off-stage, Allison spends a good deal of time writing the stories of characters who find themselves between a rock and a hard place spiritually, and the Christ who specializes in just such tight spots; Allison began writing “Magdalene”, a musical theatre piece, while still a student at Carnegie Mellon University. It was picked up again for completion in 2005. The musical’s inaugural, Tennessee production featured American Idol, Jordin Sparks.
On a personal note, Allison gardens at mid-night and is married to a good and handsome man – a man with whom she can joyfully wear heels. This is no small feat, as Allison resides somewhere around 5’12”. Jonathan, her very tall husband, is the Worship Pastor at Grace Chapel. They have two wonderful boys, Levi and Luke.
More than 15 years ago, a group of women got together to explore the possibility of uniting women’s ministries from different churches in the Golden Isles. Our purpose was two-fold. The first purpose was to bring to our area quality Christian speakers and musicians that a single church might not have the resources to provide. The second purpose was to provide opportunities for non-church attending women to come to a local, affordable Christian conference if invited by a friend.
We were unsure if this idea would be well received, but after our initial introductory meeting to present the idea to area pastors and ministry leaders, we knew this was not just our dream but God’s as well. Our first event was held with the help of seven area churches in the spring of 2007 at Wesley United Methodist on St. Simons Island and featured the trio out of Atlanta called Beloved. Over 300 women attended this event.
Since that first event, we have featured Babbie Mason, award winning gospel recording artist; Liz Curtis Higgs, author of Bad Girls of the Bible books; Lisa Harper, author and featured speaker for Women of Faith events; Jennifer Rotheschild, author of numerous Bible studies and books; Carol Kent, author of I Lay My Isaac Down; and more recently Allison Allen, Kathy Trocelli, Kelly Minter, Rochelle Foster-Frazier, Sheila Walsh, and Laura Story in March, 2019. Our events have rotated among Wesley United Methodist, St. Simons Community Church, and First Baptist Church, Brunswick.
Over the next few years the conference grew in numbers from 300 to over 1000 women attending our second Jennifer Rotheschild event. In addition, the number of sponsoring churches more than doubled as well as expanded into Camden, McIntosh, and other churches in Southeast Georgia. Most importantly, we have witnessed each year numbers of women who have received hope for family troubles, personal issues, marital discord as well as joblessness, addiction, and serious illness. Many women have indicated they were beginning a new life in Christ, choosing to renew their commitment to God. Others have asked for help to connect with other women in the community or have shared their pain and burdens through prayer requests. As a result, many women have responded with open enthusiasm for the help and hope offered in the conference messages, prayer time, praise and worship time and fellowship with Christian women.
Our outreach has touched lives at our local Grace House, Remedy Project, CareNet, and The Well. We have been amazed as we have watched God each year take our meager loaves and fishes to reach and impact many women for Christ. He alone is responsible for helping us fulfill our mission which follows:
To unite women from all denominations in the Golden Isles for the purpose of reaching the lost in our community.
Our desire is to worship together, build up the body of Christ, and ultimately bring glory to His name.