sheleads SUMMIT 2018


The world has an old, painful story about men and women. This year the #metoo moment brought to light some of the most disturbing parts of the story and the #churchtoo moment forced us to confront how much the brokenness of the world has entered the Church. This broken story is deeply painful on a personal and communal level. 
It’s easy to believe we’ll never overcome the brokenness.

But this is not how God sees our story.

It’s time to name and lament how the world’s story has limited the Church’s imagination. 
And it’s also time to tell a better story. God is weaving a restoration project in us as individuals and as a body. It will give us a better story to tell the world.

On November 10 we’re gathering folks who both know the brokenness and have better stories to tell. Won’t you join us to hear their stories and share your own?

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Live in Pasadena, California.

Streaming around the country.

Join us onsite at PazNaz in Southern California, or attend one of the streaming sites around the country. If you're interested in hosting a streaming site, please let us know.

Be sure to check back here for more information regarding our Live Streaming experiences.




In the tradition of testimony, our presenters will all share stories of conversion, how they once saw in the world’s ways and how their eyes were opened see to the hopeful vision God has for his sons and daughters. They’ll share both what is broken and what is Good News as they bear witness to what they have seen and heard. As these brothers and sisters share their stories of partnership in the work of the Gospel, together we’ll see in richer detail the truth of God’s Good Story of reconciliation.


ONEYA Fennell Okuwobi

Oneya Fennell Okuwobi is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology studying race and religion at The Ohio State University. Along with her husband, Oladele, Oneya is founding elder of 21st Century, a church plant in Cincinnati, OH. She is co-author of Multiethnic Conversations: An Eight-Week Journey toward Unity in Your Church. It is the first personal devotional and small group study on multiethnic life and church designed for people in the pews. You can find Oneya @Ookuwobi or


Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Seminary, brings to his leadership a deep awareness of the urgency of the gospel of Jesus Christ—and a passion for the vital role that Fuller Seminary plays in the enactment of that gospel. For Labberton, this urgency is informed by a sense of the critical and unique contribution Fuller is called to make to the global church at this moment in time.

In addition to publishing articles in such periodicals as Christianity Today and Radix, Labberton has authored the books The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor: Seeing Others Through the Eyes of Jesus (2010), The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God’s Call to Justice (2007). Yet the work he considers most significant—and that speaks directly to his vision for the future work of Fuller Seminary—is his newest book, Called: The Crisis and Promise of Following Jesus Today (2014). In it he addresses, profoundly and directly, what it means in a broken and hurting world to practice our shared Christian vocation of following Jesus.


Inés is an ordained pastor, preacher and reconciler. She is currently an MDiv student in the School of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. She served on pastoral staff at two separate multi-ethnic churches in Arkansas for fifteen years. She has a passion for racial reconciliation and the full inclusion of women in and through the local church. She is originally from Nicaragua, married to Rob and mother to 8-year-old Nash. She also loves the telling of stories over a good café con leche and jamming to salsa music during sermon prep.



Tara Beth Leach is the Senior Pastor at First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena (“PazNaz”) in Southern California. She is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University (B.A. Youth Ministry) and Northern Theological Seminary (M.Div.).

She is a regular writer for Missio Alliance and has contributed to other publications such as Christianity Today, Christian Week, The Jesus Creed, The Table Magazine, Reflecting the Image Devotional, Renovating Holiness, and most recently a chapter in The Apostle Paul and the Christian Life: Ethical and Missional Implications of the New Perspective with other contributors including N.T. Wright, James D.G. Dunn, Scot McKnight, and Bruce Longenecker. Her chapter is entitled “The Symphonic Melody: Wesleyan Holiness Theology Meets New Perspective Paul.” Tara Beth is also the author of the Beacon Hill Press book, Kingdom Culture and the InterVarsity Press book, Emboldened. She has two beautiful and rambunctious children, Caleb and Noah, and has been married to the love of her life, Jeff, since 2006.


Brad D. Strawn, Ph.D. is the endowed Freed Professor for the Integration of Psychology and Theology at Fuller Seminary, School of Psychology in Pasadena, California and a Teaching Pastor as Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene. Brad is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, and a licensed psychologist. He regularly publishes in the area of psychology and religion and is the co-author of The Physical Nature of Christian Life: Neuroscience, Psychology and the Church (Cambridge).


Jo Saxton is an author, speaker, leadership coach, church planter and visionary, who empowers women, challenges societal stereotypes and helps people discover who they truly are, by seeing themselves the way God sees them.

Born to Nigerian parents and raised in London, Jo brings a multi-cultural and international perspective to leadership. She has served on staff in multiple churches in the United Kingdom and the United States. Jo is currently the Chair of the Board for 3DM, a non-profit organization that equips churches in discipleship and mission, on the advisory board for Today's Christian Woman, and co-hosts the popular podcast Lead Stories: Tales of Leadership in Life with Steph O’Brien.

Jo is the author of three well-received books; More than Enchanting: Breaking Through Barriers to Influence Your World, and High Heels and Holiness: The Smart Girl’s Guide to Living Life Well. More than Enchanting discusses the central role of women in the church and society and High Heels and Holiness is a discipleship guide for young adult women. Jo’s new book is The Dream of You: Let Go of Broken Identities and Live the Life You Were Made For –which aims to help readers confront their past, break through stifling perceptions, and live authentically.

Jo and her husband, Chris, live in Minneapolis with their two daughters.




Originally from Australia, Mandy Smith is lead pastor of University Christian Church, a campus and neighborhood congregation with its own fair-trade café in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a regular contributor to Christianity Today and Missio Alliance and the author of The Vulnerable Pastor: How Human Limitations Empower Our Ministry. She was also the director of Missio Alliance’s 2017 SheLeads summit and creator of The Collect, a citywide trash-to-art project. Mandy and her husband Jamie, a New Testament professor at Cincinnati Christian University, live with their family in a little house where the teapot is always warm.
Connect with Mandy on Twitter at @uccmandy



For detailed information regarding the below schedule, please check back closer to the Summit launch.

ChurchTogether is for men who long to lead in a way that honors and empowers women.
ChurchTogether is for all who long for the Church to live out the beauty and power of the gospel.
ChurchTogether is for women pursuing God’s call on their lives as ministry leaders.


Attend a Regional Venue

Join others in and near your community at these Regional Venues to engage during the day as you participate via Live Stream together.


 LOCATION: Malone University HOST:  Sue Nicholson

LOCATION: Malone University
HOST: Sue Nicholson

 LOCATION: Eleven:28 Ministries HOST:  Trey Finley

LOCATION: Eleven:28 Ministries
HOST: Trey Finley

 LOCATION: Details Coming Soon

LOCATION: Details Coming Soon

 LOCATION: Nazarene Theological Seminary HOST:  Dana Preusch

LOCATION: Nazarene Theological Seminary
HOST: Dana Preusch

 LOCATION: Alliance Theological Seminary HOST:  Amy Davis Abdulah    

LOCATION: Alliance Theological Seminary
HOST: Amy Davis Abdulah


 LOCATION: Details Coming Soon HOST:  Grace May , WOW

LOCATION: Details Coming Soon
HOST: Grace May, WOW

 LOCATION: Seneca Creek Community Church HOST:  Jeannette Cochran

LOCATION: Seneca Creek Community Church
HOST: Jeannette Cochran


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