Claim It: Your Voice. Your Value. Your Valor.

Conference Sessions

• 9:15 – 10:15 – Session 1: Are Women Of Faith Allowed to Claim Power? (Grace)
• 10:30 – 11:30 – Session 2: Check Your Baggage - What's in Your Way? (Ashley)
• 11:30 – 12:30 Session 3: Claim Your Voice – Utilize Healthy Boundaries and Assertiveness (Megan)
• 1:45-2:45 Session 4: Claim Your Value – Identify and Claim Your Strengths (Kelly)
• 2:45-3:45 Session 5: Claim Your Valor - Bishop K on Breaking Through the Stained Glass Ceiling (Bishop K & Megan) 

Are Women Of Faith Allowed to Claim Power?
How do we understand power and what does it mean for women to claim power?  What do our scriptures say about power? What happens when power is abused? In this workshop, we will look at the differences between traditional models of power and Biblical models of power.  We will look at what it means to claim power in a Biblical narrative based on giving up power.

Check Your Baggage: What’s In Your Way?
This life is a trip, isn’t it?! We’ve all had junk on our journey. But, our pasts, our pain, the hard parts of our stories don’t have to weigh us down and impact our ability to claim our identity and power in Christ. Together we will explore how to set our baggage down and walk unencumbered into the abundant life God desires for us.

Claim Your Voice: Utilize Healthy Boundaries and Assertiveness
Sometimes the thought of setting boundaries can seem cruel or even goes against the messages we have received as women. However, the only way we can truly live into the life God desires for each of us is to claim authority over our own lives. In this workshop we’ll learn what boundaries are, what they are not, and how to effectively incorporate them into all aspects of our lives. We will also explore ways that we diminish our own authority.

Claim Your Value: Identify and Claim Your Strengths
Each one of us is a unique combination of gifts, strengths, and experiences. Even our weakness, suffering and vulnerability are sacred when we allow God to name us and put us to work for the Kingdom. In this moment, you are valuable, strong, resilient and brave AND you are still a work in progress. Someday is a myth. Now is the time to embrace the power, purpose and passion only YOU can bring to the world.

Claim Your Valor: Bishop K on Breaking Through the Stained Glass Ceiling
What is it like to break through any vocational gender barrier? Including the Stained Glass Ceiling of the Church?  Bishop Kammerer will share her personal journey to the episcopacy. She will highlight her exercise of leadership during her 16 yrs of service as a UM bishop. Her story will connect to your story. You too, can claim your life’s calling FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS.

Speaker Bios
Bishop Charlene Kammerer

Charlene Payne Kammerer was elected to the episcopacy at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina in July 1996, the first woman to be elected from the Southeast. Charlene was born in Orlando, Florida. She spent her growing up years in Winter Garden, where her home church was First United Methodist. She graduated from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia with an A. B. degree in Religion and Philosophy in 1970. Wesleyan is the first college in the world chartered for the granting of degrees to women. She obtained Master of Christian Education and Master of Divinity degrees from Garrett- Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. She was ordained Deacon in 1975 and Elder in 1977 in the Florida Annual Conference. She received a Doctor of Ministry degree in 1991 from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. She is the recipient of three Honorary Doctorates from Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, Florida, Pheiffer University in Meisenhimer, North Carolina, and Wesleyan College, Macon, Georgia.

Bishop Kammerer served as Chairperson of UMCOR, the relief agency of The United Methodist Church, on the Commission on the Status and Role of Women as a board member, member of the Commission on Pan- Methodist Cooperation, the Vice President of the Commission on Religion and Race, the President of the General Board of Discipleship, a member of the Board of Governors of Wesley Theological Seminary, Secretary for the Bishops Initiative in Children and Poverty, and a member of God's

Renewing Creation Task Force. She was presented the Va. Council of Churches Faith and Action Award, the Lifetime Ecumenist Award, and also received recognition as a Social Justice Maker from the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy.


Megan Seals

Megan serves as a full-time worship leader at Floris United Methodist Church and has a certificate of Christian Studies from Wesley Seminary.  Prior to her work in ministry, she taught fifth and sixth grade and has also served on the Board of Directors for the Space Frontier Foundation.  She has a B.S. and M.A.T. from James Madison University, as well as a Certificate of Christian Studies from Wesley Theological Seminary.  Megan is originially from Big Stone Gap, Virginia, which contributes to her deep faith and rich musical heritage.  Now in addition to contemporary worship ministry, Megan moonlights as a writer and speaker, with a passion for creating space at the table for Christians who do not fit the nuclear family model.  Megan's writing has been featured on The Glorious Table and Today I Saw God and often delves into the deeper issues surrounding addiction, sexuality, cultural diversity, iniquity, and atypical family structures.  

Check out her blog and original songs at
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Rev. Grace Han

Rev. Grace Han is the Lead Pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church.  As the daughter of pastors and missionaries, Grace grew up all over the world, as well as across the U.S. before calling Virginia home.  After receiving her B.A. from Oberlin College in U.S. History, Grace worked as a Community Advocate at KANWIN, a domestic violence agency for Asian Immigrant women.  Grace graduated from Yale Divinity School in 2009 with a Master of Divinity and was ordained in the Virginia Annual Conference of the UMC in June 2017.

Prior to coming to Trinity, Grace was a Pastor at St. Matthew’s UMC in Annandale, VA. She has also served as the Director of Youth Ministries at St. Matthew’s UMC, the Youth Pastor at Newtown UMC in Newtown, CT, and the College Pastor at United Church of Westville in New Haven, CT.

Grace is deeply passionate about what it means to be true disciples of Jesus Christ, including growing deeper in our spiritual formation as well as engaging with our community outside the walls of the church.

Video of Grace Han preaching at 5 Talent Academy Event



Rev. Ashley Allen

Reverend Ashley Allen is the Celebrate Recovery Pastor and Online Campus Pastor of Floris United Methodist Church. She received her Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in 2013. Her first love is music which ultimately led her to her call to ministry in 2007. Ashley is passionate about caring for the least and the lost and empowering women on their journey. 

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Kelly Johnson 

Kelly Johnson is an author, speaker, retreat facilitator and life coach. Originally trained as a clinical social worker, Kelly worked for several years in the mental health field with adolescents, adults and families. She is an outspoken advocate for The Lamb Center, a local day shelter for the homeless where she has served as a bible study leader since 2008. For the last several years, Kelly has also served on the Board of Directors for The Lamb Center. An avid blogger since 2005, Kelly’s writing has been featured on The Glorious Table, Today I Saw God, Huffington Post, and The Mighty. Her book Being Brave: A 40 Day Journey to the Life God Dreams for You was released by Abingdon Press in December 2017.

Learn more about Kelly’s writing, speaking and coaching at

Videos of Kelly Johnson