Nicky Stade

Nicky Stade is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God who serves on the pastoral staff at RefugeOC in Orange, CA. She is also the Executive Director of Women of SoCal and the Communications Coordinator for the Assemblies of God Network of Women Ministers. Nicky is passionate about seeing transformation in the lives of others through preaching the Word of God and connecting with other ministers.

Nicky has had the wonderful privilege to speak on stages at camps, retreats, conferences, and church gatherings. She loves to share her testimony to a room full of teenagers, or encourage leaders to keep going and growing. She is also a regular guest on The Women of SoCal Leadership Podcast, The Network of Women Ministers Podcast, and The Better Pastors Podcast.

Nicky is married to Jason and they have 3 children. She is currently pursuing a BA in Theology at Vanguard University. Nicky is a dynamic and inspiring leader who is making a difference in the lives of women everywhere.


Leslie Wright

Leslie Wright is a co-lead pastor at LifeWay Church in New Philadelphia, Ohio. She is married to Travis and they have four children. Leslie has been in ministry for over 20 years, and she is passionate about seeing people come to know Jesus Christ. She is also a gifted communicator and teacher.

Leslie grew up in a Christian home and she has been in love with Jesus since she was a little girl. At the age of 14, she felt a call to the mission field and she gave her full yes to God. After graduating from Bible school, she and her husband Travis felt the tug from the Holy Spirit to come back home. They didn’t expect home to be the mission field they were headed to, but God birthed a love and fire in them for New Philadelphia and Tuscarawas county.

Leslie and Travis have been youth pastors at LifeWay Church for 8 years and co-lead pastors for the last 4.5 years. Their journey has been full of glory in birthing their four babies, learning Jesus through deep grief, and seeing Jesus do the miraculous right before their eyes and in their hearts.

Leslie is passionate that all will know Jesus Christ. She believes that He is everything and she is excited to share His love with others. She is a gifted communicator and teacher, and she is always looking for new ways to reach people with the gospel

Elder Monique Williams

Conference host, Sought After Itinerant Speaker, and Entrepreneur but most importantly she is saved….

Monique Williams was baptized and filled with the Holy Ghost in 1984 and accepted the call into the ministry at the age of 16 under the pastorate of Bishop Fred Majors at Christ Temple Apostolic Faith Church in Dayton, Ohio. Monique was ordained an Elder in the Lord’s Church by Bishop J. D. Ellis of the Pentecostal Churches of Christ.

In recent years, Elder Williams has exploded onto the national scene and has been blessed to preach an teach throughout the country and abroad. She has been entrusted and anointed with a relevant and life changing Word that is setting captives free, destroying yokes and breaking chains. Elder Williams walks in a mixture of humility and apostolic boldness and recognizes that she has been called to the kingdom “for such a time as this!”

Elder Monique is married to Sr. Pastor Tony L. Williams of River of Life Ministries where she also serves as Co-Pastor. Together they are raising a beautiful family. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner and owns River Family Medicine, a primary care office in Euclid, Ohio.

Cassie Brown

Cassie Brown is the founder of On Purpose Consulting Group, a nonprofit that helps women live their lives on purpose, for purpose, and with purpose. She is also the founder of Grit & Glitz, a local women in business community that creates connection, community, encouragement, and empowerment. Cassie is a nurse, wife, mother, and community activist.

She focuses on holistic leadership strategy, coaching, content, and community. She is bi-vocational and has been serving her community for the past 17 years as a registered nurse in varying fields, including oncology, emergency room, and home care.

Cassie is passionate about being salt and light, living her life on mission, and serving her local community. She also serves in her church leading discipleship and worship. She is passionate about helping those who are in the world but not of it, and to help others understand the cost of caring and how to effectively manage combat fatigue and burnout.

Cassie has a Master’s degree from Wheaton College in Leadership and Evangelism through the Propel Women Cohort. She, her husband Nic, and their two daughters live in Uhrichsville, Ohio with their cat.