Allume 2013 Keynotes


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Ann Voskamp is a farmer’s wife, the home-educating mama to a half-dozen exuberant kids, and the author of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, a New York Times 60 week bestseller and translated into more than a dozen languages.

Named by Christianity Today as one of 50 women most shaping culture and the church today, she’s a writer for DaySpring, a speaker with Women of Faith, and, with her family, partners with Compassion International as a global advocate for needy children.

Featured on the TODAY Show, in WORLD Magazine, and Focus on the Family magazine, Ann loses library books, usually has a sink full of soaking pots, and sees empty laundry baskets rarer than a blue moon. Her blog, one of the Top 10 Christian blogs on the web, has become a daily well for the weary and soul-thirsty:


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Melanie Shankle lives in San Antonio, Texas with her husband, Perry, and daughter, Caroline. She graduated from Texas A&M in 1994 while possibly on scholastic probation. Melanie began blogging in July 2006 when she started her blog, Big Mama. She’s also a regular contributor to The Pioneer Woman blog and Homelife magazine. In her spare time she like to shop good sales, watch too much television and laugh at things that are sometimes inappropriate. Her first book, Sparkly Green Earrings, will be released in February 2013.


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Jennie is a Bible teacher from Austin, Texas. She serves alongside her husband Zac, a pastor at Austin Stone Community Church. They have four children including their youngest who was recently adopted from Rwanda. Jennie graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Masters in Biblical Studies. She has two DVD bible studies entitled, Stuck: The Places we get Stuck and the God who sets us Free and recently released, Chase: Chasing After the Heart of God as well as her first trade book, Anything.


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Bianca Juarez Olthoff is a writer and teacher in love with two men: Jesus and her husband Matt. She spends her week working as Chief Storyteller for The A21 Campaign, an anti-human trafficking organization, but loves having dance parties in the living room with her two step-children or cooking for friends.

Passionate about God’s word, she teaches around the globe and blogs about life, love, and the pursuit of Jesus. Whether discussing topics about justice or pop culture, Bianca has spent over 10 years dedicated to mobilizing God’s people to action inside and outside of the Church.


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Jeff Shinabarger is a social entrepreneur, experience designer, co-founder of the Q event, and creative director at Catalyst. He is also the founder of and Plywood People, an innovative community addressing social needs through creative projects. And author of the forth-coming book More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity. He and his family living Atlanta, Georgia.


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Logan is a regular gal with a desire to see the things of our extraordinary God manifest here on earth. Wife to Jeremy, and mother to 2 spirited boys, Logan believes that true discipleship begins with a hospitable heart. She strives to find redemption in brokenness, fun amongst the mundane, and beauty in the midst of chaos. Sometimes she succeeds, and sometimes she doesn’t.

God recently dropped her at the helm of the Allume Conference, and most days she pinches herself over the opportunity to serve such a phenomenal community of women. Her passion for people drives her to encourage, teach, and enable others to fulfill their God given callings & destinies. She regularly and candidly chews on bits of truth and life at her blog


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Sarah Mae has a past that would be her present if it weren’t for Jesus; His wild saving grace and gentle leading keep her in awe. Sarah Mae is the author of several eBooks, the co-author of the recently released, Desperate-Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe (written with Sally Clarkson), and the co-founder of the national Christian women’s social media conference, Allume. Sarah Mae spends her days home-making, home-educating, writing, reading, and drinking salted caramel mochas. Her family embraces life in the beautiful Amish country-side of Pennsylvania. She blogs at

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