Getting Unstuck - Selah 2012 - A Seminar for Women


Elisa MorganKeynote Speaker: Elisa Morgan

President of Mission: Momentum and publisher of FullFill; former CEO and current president emerita of MOPS International

Elisa is one of today’s most sought-after authors, speakers and leaders. She has authored more than 15 books on mothering, spiritual formation and evangelism. Her latest work is She Did What She Could (SDWSC): Five Words of Jesus That Will Change Your Life (

For 20 years, Elisa Morgan served as CEO of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International ( Under her leadership, MOPS grew from 350 to more than 4,000 groups throughout the United States and in 30 other countries, impacting over 100,000 moms every year. Elisa now serves as president emerita.

Elisa received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and an MDiv from Denver Seminary. She served as the dean of women of Western Bible College (now Colorado Christian University) and on the board of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. Currently, she serves on the board of Denver Seminary. She is married to Evan, vice president of strategic development for RBC Ministries, and has two grown children and one grandchild who live near her in the Denver area.

As the president of Mission: Momentum and the publisher of FullFill (, a free digital magazine for women of all ages, stages and callings, her current mission is to mobilize women to invest their influence in God’s purposes.

Sheri PhilipsEmcee: Sheri Philips

Sheri’s passion is helping women walk out of their “stuck” places and into the fulfillment of their calling with courage and authenticity. After serving in leadership positions in human services and higher education organizations for the past 20 years, Sheri is now working independently as a life coach and spiritual director with a particular emphasis on helping current and emerging women leaders.

Sheri’s vision for serving women led her to launch and successfully operate the annual Selah conference for women since 2004. Today, Sheri oversees the Women’s Leadership Development program for George Fox University and serves on the board of M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust’s advisory committee for women’s leadership development.

Sheri and her husband, Scott, make their home in Wilsonville, Ore., and have three grown children and three grandsons. Sheri is currently completing a master’s degree in spiritual formation at George Fox Evangelical Seminary.

Laura ScharerWorship Leader: Laura Scharer

Laura is currently the pastor of worship at Salem Alliance Church. She has been married to her husband Nate for almost 20 years and has two children, Malia (14) and Travis (12). Laura loves to read, be outside, watch her kids participate in their various activities, and engage in great conversations with friends. Laura is pursuing a master’s degree in spiritual formation at George Fox Evangelical Seminary and enjoys the ways that her classes stir both her mind and her soul.

Breakout Session Speakers

Cathy Roberts

Cathy Roberts has been involved in teaching and encouraging women for over 25 years – both in the US and around the world. She teaches counseling classes for Regis University, directs women's ministries at her church, and works with Member Care for Greater Europe Mission.

Pamela Havey Lau

Pam is the author of Soul Strength and currently writes devotionals for women in leadership. She is also working on her second book The Distance Between Us: Life lessons that bring peace to our closest relationships. Pam earned a degree in English and journalism from Liberty University and a master's degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University. Pam is a wife and mother of three daughters.

Donna Buhrow

Donna Buhrow graduated from Wheaton College with a bachelor's degree in biblical studies, then attended Dallas Seminary and earned a master's degree in biblical studies. She is a full-time mom and in her spare time leads Bible studies, develops a mentoring ministry, co-leads the "Getting Ready for Marriage" class with her husband, Bill, at George Fox University, is a retreat speaker, and serves as an adjunct instructor at Multnomah University. Donna has been married 25 years to her husband and has two children.

Diana Greene

Diana Greene, MA has created a powerful assessment tool to help women discern false emotions, their top five values and the four lies that control their life. She encourages women to accept God’s grace of hope, joy and peace. In her book Undivided Heart, she combines the concepts of psychology and Christ’s eight Beatitudes to uncover the redemptive power of God.

Stefanie Stern

Stefanie Stern graduated from George Fox University with a bachelor's degree in organizational communications and currently works with college students as a "success coach" for InsideTrack, a coaching organization located in Portland, Ore. Overseas ministry has pulled Stefanie's heart for many years now, and she has had the opportunity to travel to places like the Philippines, Nepal, and most recently Pakistan in pursuit of furthering the gospel. She and her husband, Mike, are now involved in a local ministry serving the Muslim community in the Portland area and hope to return to Pakistan for long term ministry within the next few years.

Lori Clark

Lori Clark is the women's minister and church planter for the Agape Church of Christ in Portland, Ore. She has been working in the area of domestic violence as a volunteer and facilitator. She has helped start recovery groups along with her husband Ron. Lori and Ron have been married for 24 years. They have three sons: Nathan (19), Hunter (9) and Caleb (7). She enjoys reading, walking and camping with her family.

Laurie Sheffield

Laurie is celebrating 30 years of marriage this year and has three amazing children. She has been teaching women's Bible studies and leading women for more than 20 years. Laurie has a passion for women and their relationships with their husbands, their children and friends, but most importantly with their walk with our Lord & Savior!

Bev Hislop

Bev Hislop is currently associate professor of pastoral care and directs the Women's Center for Ministry at Western Seminary in Portland. She has authored Shepherding Women in Pain and Shepherding a Woman's Heart (Moody Publishers). Bev has also established and led ministries for women in churches and communities on the West and East coasts of the U.S. and overseas. Bev has an earned doctor of ministry degree and is a pastor's wife.

Jan Marshall

Jan Marshall, senior ministry specialist at Portland Rescue Mission, has been in rescue mission ministry for 42 years. Through the years her passion has never wavered ... to see men and women choose transformational biblical recovery affecting the generations to follow.

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