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The EPC’s Women’s Resource Council is sponsoring a variety of relevant and practical events at the 39th General Assembly. These gatherings are designed specifically for women in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. We hope you’ll join us!

In addition to the scheduled activities below, the Creek House on the campus of Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church will be open Tuesday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. as an informal “Women’s Retreat Center.” Join us for fellowship, rest, refreshments, and prayer!



12:00–1:30 p.m.
Topic: “Crossing Your Red Sea”
Host: Meredith Edman
Location: Community Center, Room 109

Impossible journeys move us to rely on our loving God. Whatever the Red Sea, we know that He provides and reveals His magnificent plan for us. Join us for this inspirational discussion of life’s unexpected twists and turns.

Meredith Edman was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis when she was only 18 months old, and has had 60 surgeries, including the loss of a left elbow and a below-the-knee amputation on her right leg. A Licensed Professional Counselor, she conducts a private practice in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Phoenix. She is a widow of six years with two grown children.

Meredith Edman


5:30–7:30 p.m.
Speakers: Sharon Beekmann, Rebecca Duvall, Jeanne Gaessler
Location: Community Center, Room 206

This year we will focus on how our unstoppable God heals our soul, body, and relationships. Each TESS Talk is a ten-minute presentation followed by 15-minute table discussions, with questions provided.

Sharon Beekmann

Our Unstoppable God Replaces Lies with God’s Truth

Christ healed Sharon during years of spiritual oppression. He did this as she gave Scripture authority over the lies filling her mind. Through the process, she learned about the life-giving power of the Word of God. She asks, Who do you listen to? Who do you believe?

Sharon Beekmann is an EPC-ordained Teaching Elder and chair of the Women’s Resource Council. She loves to write, read, play with grandchildren, and tell people about Jesus. She is the author of Rescued and Redeemed: How to Discern Demons from the Divine.

Rebecca Duvall

Unstoppable God Gives Us Choices

God picked up the pieces of a broken marriage, asked a woman to do what seemed impossible, and promised to heal her marriage anew.

For five years, Rebecca Duvall served as a Ruling Elder at Covenant Community Church in Vacaville, California, where she is Administrative Assistant, Bookkeeper, and Chaplain. She and her husband, Robert, have three children. She is the author of In His Way, a story of her life with a Law Enforcement Officer and coming to faith. Rebecca is a numbers geek, a coffee and cupcake connoisseur, and loves dancing and laughter.

Jeanne Gaessler

In the Hands of an Unstoppable God

God rescued Jeanne from a mysterious, life-threatening illness. As a result, she experienced God’s resurrection power and assurance of His love in a visible, life-saving way.

Jeanne Gaessler is Director of Congregational Life at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church. Her passion is facilitating gospel-centered formation and connections within the church, and believes that a deepening life with God through prayer and service to others is essential to Christian growth. She is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at Denver Seminary. She and her husband, Gary, have two sons.



11:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Topic: “Blessings and Challenges of Being a Pastor’s Wife”
Speaker: Norine Brunson
Location: Greenwood Community Church

Wives of ministry leaders and pastors are blessed and challenged in significant ways as they serve Christ alongside their husbands. For 25 years, Norine Brunson served in Turkey with her husband, Andrew. In our time together on Thursday, she will share how Christ met and strengthened her during Andrew’s arrest, imprisonment, and eventual release from prison. As they enter a new season of ministry, she will share how we can pray for Andrew and her. We also will have a time for Q&A, small group discussion, and prayer.

The luncheon will be held at Greenwood Community Church, approximately 3 miles west of Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church on E. Belleview Ave. Round-trip transportation on two charter buses (110 total seats) will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Norine Brunson


12:00–1:30 p.m.
Topic: “Female Teaching Elders and Candidates”
Host: Lana Roberts
Location: Creek House

All women Teaching Elders and Candidates are invited to gather for lunch on Thursday to connect, encourage, and pray for one another. Hosted by Lana Roberts, Associate Pastor for First Presbyterian Church in Fresno, California.

Lana Roberts


5:30–7:00 p.m.
Topic: “Redemptive Grief and Loss”
Speaker: Evie Bodett
Location: Community Center, Room 206

Our unstoppable God is powerful and compassionate and is with us in difficult seasons. Join us and learn from incredible real-life stories of how God transforms grief and loss into deep healing and redemption.

Evie Bodett is an ordained Teaching Elder who serves on the Ministerial Committee for the Presbytery of the West. She is an associate faculty member at Denver Seminary where she teaches Grief and Loss Therapy, Brief Therapy, and Crisis Counseling. She also conducts a private practice in Lone Tree and Monument, Colorado. She and her husband, Dave, have two adult children, Shannon and Drew, and enjoy camping and kayaking in the great outdoors.

Evie Bodett

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