WOMEN’S MINISTRIES

OUR MISSION

The purpose of the Women’s Ministries is to lift up Jesus Christ and to encourage women to grow in their relationship with God and understanding of His love through the value He gives them. As we are impacted by this deeper relationship with Christ, we will share Him with our family, friends, church, and community.

OUR EVENTS

Women’s Retreat at Laurel Lake Camp
Tired? Discouraged? Hungry for something more? Weary of the news and challenges in our world and lives? Longing for God to restore joy? Hope? Courage? To find rest?

Join us for a weekend away in a beautiful wooded setting, with peaceful trails and pond, creeks, and beauty. For inspiring worship. God’s Word. Friendships. Delicious meals. Laughter. And time allowing God to restore our hearts and souls.

August 26-28, 2022

Laurel Lake Camp

76 Lodge Rd

Rossiter, Pa.

Our Speakers

DeeAnn Bragaw joyfully serves as Director of Women’s Ministries for the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists and has master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. In addition to being a fervent champion of prayer, DeeAnn’s passion is connecting women to Jesus, each other, and their communities; she thrives on creating space for those connections to happen. A Colorado native, DeeAnn loves to be outside hiking, biking, paddle boarding, snowshoeing, and camping with her husband, Paul. They also love spending time with their two young adult sons.

Janet Salazar is a recovering Pharisee striving for an authentic, personal relationship with God.  Her passion is to inspire others to grow their relationship with God by sharing what she is learning.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska; and a Master of Arts in Teaching from La Sierra University in Riverside, California.  Janet met her husband at Union College and has been a pastor’s wife for 35 years and counting. They have two boys, Nolan and Josiah.  She and her husband, Rudy, are living in Maryland where Janet is focusing her energy on her writing career.  You can connect with her at janetfsalazar.com.

Michelle Perez was raised in State Line, Pennsylvania and lived for many years outside of Philadelphia and is happy to be coming home.  She works as an Administrator at a nonprofit healthcare facility.  Michelle also serves as a domestic violence awareness advocate and speaker. She and her husband, Zeke, have recently joined the Pennsylvania Conference team serving the Laurel Lake and Clearfield churches as well as Laurel Lake Camp, Rossiter, Pa.

Summer Princess Tea
Girls ten and under are invited to bring their moms, grandmoms, and friends to our spring princess tea:
August 21, 2022
2:00 pm
Grace Outlet Seventh-day Adventist Church
150 Green Valley Rd, Sinking Spring (Reading, Pa.)
We will play games. Make crafts. Enjoy a light tea refreshment. And learn what it means to be God’s princess through stories of God’s princesses in the Bible.

OUR MINISTRIES

Women’s Retreats

We offer two annual women’s retreat–one held at a hotel with guest speaker and a more intimate, casual event held at Laurel Lake Camp with a local speaker. Both are designed to give women the opportunity to get away, recharge, build friendships, and grow deeper in their relationship with Christ. The hotel conference includes breakout seminars on a variety of practical topics. The events also feature a track for teens.

Princess Teas

Princess Teas, created for little girls under 12, are a great church and community outreach. designed to help little girls grow up with the foundational truth that they are God’s princesses, planned uniquely and loved deeply. The afternoon event features stories of princesses from the Bible along with crafts, games, and fun. Attend a Conference event or plan your own. Download our Princess Tea Ministry Resource.

God’s Girls Gala

God’s Girls Gala is our ministry to middle-school aged girls. Our focus is encouraging and equipping young women as they transition from little girls to teens. Each Gala tackles relevant topics with a Seventh-day Adventist biblical background, intentionally designed to remind girls of who they are in Christ and to learn to live confidently as the young woman He specifically created them to be

Teen Conferences

Today’s teens face a myriad of challenges. Our Teen Conferences are designed to explore real-life topics with practical and biblical answers. Attend our annual one-day conference for teens (which features a track just for moms/youth leaders) or join us at teen track offered during one of our women’s retreats. Check out the gorgeous2god blog and Facebook page. Also check out the Youth Alive Portal for resources, training and much more!

Young Adults

We are intentionally seeking ways to connect with young adult women in relevant ways that build friendships, community and deeper relationships with God. Watch for upcoming events offering practical-real life topics, a meal, and conversations. Contact Tamyra Horst to be a part of this ministry and to share your ideas for ways to engage and connect.

OUR TEAM

Tamyra Horst

Tamyra Horst

Communication Director/Women’s and Family Ministries Director

Women’s Ministries Director Tamyra Horst has been serving God and His daughters in women’s ministries for more than 25 years. Her desire is to “encourage, equip and challenge women to grow deeply and serve uniquely.” She is passionate about helping women of all ages–young, old and in-between–learn to truly believe that God loves them and live like it. An author of ten books including her newest, “Enough: Discovering a God Who is Enough When You’re Not”, along with many women’s ministries resources, Tamyra is a speaker and leader with a passion for God’s Word and sharing Him with others. She serves not only as the Pennsylvania Conference Women’s Ministries Director, but also as the Columbia Union Women’s Ministries Director.

She is also the author of “Strengthening Your Church Through Women’s Ministries,” a practical guide filled with ideas for creative and impacting ministries local church women’s ministries groups can do that will help connect women in their churches and communities with each other and with a God who is crazy about them. She’s also written the Real series of seminars for teens, Real Love, Real Me, Real Friends, and Real Beauty. Click on the book title to learn more.

Resources