Iron Sharpens Iron Conference Speakers

We are so excited about the women who have made time in their schedules to encourage us at this year's Iron Sharpens Iron Women's Conferences! It is going to be a wonderful opportunity for women all across the Northeast to gather together and enjoy stories and seminars that will inspire and build you up as a unique creation of God. 


Every Iron Sharpens Iron Women's Conference consists of two keynote sessions and sixteen different equipping seminars. These sessions will cover topics specific to women in every season of life. We will be sure to update the website regularly as the speakers are confirmed. Stay tuned!

Keynote Speakers

Carol Kent is a bestselling author and international speaker.  With vulnerable openness, irrepressible hope, restored joy, and a sense of humor, she directs you to choices based on God’s truth.  Carol says, “When God writes your story, you will be in for the adventure of a lifetime!”


She is the president of Speak Up Speaker Services, a Christian speakers’ bureau, and the founder and director of the Speak Up Conference, a ministry committed to helping Christians develop their speaking and writing skills. She and her husband, Gene, have founded the nonprofit organization, Speak Up for Hope, which benefits inmates and their families.  Carol holds a master’s degree in communication arts and a bachelor’s degree in speech education.


Carol has trained Christian speakers for over twenty-five years and she has been a featured speaker at Women of Faith, Extraordinary Women, and Women of Joy arena events.  She is the author of over twenty books, including the bestselling When I Lay My Isaac Down, Speak Up with Confidence, and Becoming a Woman of Influence.  Her newest books are titled, Unquenchable and Waiting Together.

More info coming soon...


Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Lucinda McDowell is a lifelong learner with degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Furman University. She’s a word girl and storyteller who has written 11 books including Live These Words, Amazed by Grace, Spa for the Soul, Role of a Lifetime, God’s Purpose for You, Better Together, A Southern-Style Christmas, 30 Ways to Embrace Life, Fit & Healthy Summer and Quilts from Heaven. She co-directs the “New England Christian Writers Retreat” to encourage writers and speakers. And she absolutely adores my whole family scattered across the country doing amazing things while she writes from “Sunnyside” cottage here in New England.

Gail Cooper

Gail is a fun-loving, beach-goer, God-fearing, Jesus follower, New Englander. The passion of her heart is to share the truth of God's word with other women. Her scars are deep, but they remind her of the darkness God has brought her out of. God has shown her that it is truly possible to choose joy in any circumstance. It is because of his transforming Grace that she is able to share from her heart and speak into the lives of others.Gail is a inspirational speaker and the co-founder of Take Two Ministries.

Rhonda Corey

Do you remember laughing so hard that your side hurt? Chances are it's been way too long. Comedian Rhonda Corey will change all that! Her quick wit and comical take on ordinary life will leave you gasping for air! She knows the importance of laughter not to mention all the health benefits. Rhonda believes this with all her heart which is why she loves to minister to women in this way. Rhonda is co-founder of Take Two Ministries.

Collette Allen

Collette Allen is the Director of Mentoring, Pastors’ Spouses Network of Vision New England which seeks to unifies, encourage and equip caring Christ-centered relationships among pastors’ spouses. She provides mentor training which furnishes leaders with a biblical framework for addressing the unique needs of a pastor’s spouse. She is also the president and founder of Meet Me At The Well Women’s Ministry where she has served for the past 11 years, facilitating workshops, retreats and bringing women together in Christ for encouragement, service and spiritual growth.  Collette speaks with honesty and transparency, sharing her personal experiences as a testimony of God’s faithfulness. She has been married for 30 years and the mother of 3 children and 1 one granddaughter. She loves to read, travel and cook.

April Williams

April Williams-McCrory has a passion for marketing and more importantly for Jesus Christ. Starting as a one-person consultancy business out of her home in 1997, April’s business has grown to a 15-person agency known as one of the most innovative creative communications firms in Rhode Island. April became a Christian in 2000 and the journey really began. 


In 2009, April became one of the original members of C12 New England – a Christian CEO group.  And her business over the past 3 years has seen many humorous moments, amazing stories and dramatic differences as April embraced who she was in Christ and God’s plan for her business.  April has been featured as an industry expert by many media outlets including Direct Marketing News, The Wall Street Journal, Enterprising Women Magazine, PRWeek, Boston Herald, NPR and SmartMoney. April also speaks at various business and Christian seminars throughout New England each year.  


April is married to Ned McCrory and has a son Alex and daughter Kate. When she’s not cheering for her children’s schools (Go Dawgs and Gamecocks!), she enjoys friendly competition on the links with her fellow golf-loving husband.


Lori Stanley Roeleveld

Lori Stanley Roeleveld is a disturber of hobbits who enjoys making comfortable Christians late for dinner. She’s authored an unsettling blog since 2009; a pursuit that eventually resulted in her first book, Running from a Crazy Man (and other adventures traveling with Jesus). Her next book, Jesus and the Beanstalk (Overcoming Your Giants and Living a Fruitful Life), releases September 2016. Her speculative Christmas novella, Red Pen Redemption, is a quick but challenging read if you love history and life’s big questions. Lori grew up in Rhode Island and lives there now with her husband, Rob. She has two grown children, one son-in-law, a day job, and her own Jesus adventure.

Vicki Kardos

Vicki is a Pastoral Sexual Addiction Specialist and certified Genesis Process Relapse Prevention counselor for women.  Vicki brings real life experience of being married to and dealing with the compulsive behavior of an addict.  Vicki, along with and her husband Rick, co-founded the Nathan Project, a ministry providing hope and healing for men and their families trapped in the cycle of sex addiction and pornography. She has extensive training and experience building and leading For Women Only (FWO) support groups for spouses. She is the author of S.T.O.R.M—Surviving Trauma and Overcoming Relational Mistrust and Changing the Shadow of our Future support group workbooks for wives and ex-wives.

Rachel Britton

Rachel is a British-born author, blogger and speaker. Her passion is to empower women to know their worth so they can be bold on their journey. With a Masters in Religion from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Rachel uses God’s Word to lead others into a deep relationship with the God who loves them. Her appreciation for study translates into interesting details embedded in her messages. She is author of Prayer Zone Workout: Spiritual and Physical Exercise for the Heart and it’s accompanying app for iPhone and Android. Having worked on ministry staff to women at Grace Chapel, in Lexington, Massachusetts, Rachel has valuable experience for reaching women of all ages.

Vicki Heath

Vicki Heath is National Director, First Place 4 Health. Vicki is a certified fitness instructor for the American Council on Exercise, a certified life coach and Wellness Coordinator for her church in Edisto Beach, SC. Vicki is author of the book Don’t Quit Get Fit and Wellness Journey of a Lifetime. She has led a successful First Place 4 Health ministry for over twenty years. Vicki is passionate about Christ and has a desire to help others understand the value of caring for their bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit. Vicki is married to her pastor, Rob and they have four children and six grandchildren.

Tammy Gerhard

Tammy has a passion for coffee, people and most importantly Jesus. As a counselor and mentor, she has spent many years walking others down paths that lead to freedom and joy in the Lord. Tammy serves as a high school counselor and leadership program coordinator at a Christian school, supporting teens to serve the Lord by using their gifts to bless their communities. As part of a local grassroots prayer movement, she has been given a front row seat to see God at work all around her. Tammy and her husband, along with two of her former students, recently opened a Christ-honoring coffee shop in the center of their town.  On any given day, she can be found there, latte in hand counseling and encouraging whoever God places in her path. Tammy and her husband Glenn live in Manchester, CT along with their two teenage children