Kelley Tyan – October Speaker

Speaker Kelley Tyan

Speaker Kelley Tyan

Kelley Tyan – I am a wife, mother of two, an author, speaker, podcaster, and overcomer of many things, one, being breast cancer. Both my book and podcast is called Addicted To The Climb.

As far back as I can remember, I have always been addicted to the climb. It all started after college, when I signed up with a network marketing company, to try in my free time.

I learned all about commitment, consistently showing up, goal setting, and in order to elevate in the company, it was up to me! Nothing made me more excited than reaching a new level and getting a new title so I climbed that ladder real fast. Although working for that company taught me so much about business and connection to a tribe, I knew I wanted more.

Through my searching, and love of fitness, I decided to open my own business, naming it Kelley’s Bootcamp for Women. As excited as I was to open the doors, 2 months before launch date, I got the call from the doctor, “you have cancer.”

Here I was, about to lead women in health and fitness, and then there I was, with breast cancer. How could this happen to me? Why me? Right then, I was faced with a life changing decision: to keep climbing and open the doors, or to allow the negativity and the spiral of emotions to take me down.



The wave of emotions and the cancer itself, was trying to beat me down, but I decided not to let it. I had women to lead, and they were counting on me to show up, and that is exactly what I did.

My class started with 12 women, then grew monthly from there. As I mentioned, I loved to climb the ladder and my mission was to transform thousands of women in my community in mind and body. In order to reach the amount of people I wanted to, I had to go out and find them and show them that if I can wake up early (4:30 am), and go through my treatment, nothing should stop them. I wanted to be an example and prove that strength comes from having faith and not giving in to the lies that were creeping up inside my head.

My next climb came at 38 years old. I decided to enter a fitness competition…
which I knew nothing about, nor did I know anyone that ever did one. I trained hard, with discipline and tenacity. I won that first show and competed in 3 more shows nationally. I won all 4 titles and to this day, it is still surreal. Competing taught me more about hard work, commitment, discipline, goal setting, and that giving up was not an option. I believe that once you commit to something, you must finish the journey no matter what roadblocks try to get in the way, because they always try to.

Business was booming after that with photo shoots, magazine articles, radio interviews, and speaking, until the next phone call came in. My healthy and fit dad was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer and would need a stem cell transplant and be in isolation for 1 year. My mother, who had rheumatoid arthritis since I was born, was in no shape to care for him. I would need to step in and that is what I did, giving as much time and help as possible. 

3 weeks into my dad’s recovery, my life came to a full STOP. My precious mother passed suddenly from an aneurism. I felt pain like I have never felt before. It gripped me to my core, but as the days and weeks passed by, I had to pull myself out of the deep dark hole I dug. I had a business to run and a family to serve. My decision was to start climbing back upward because I was all the way at the bottom. IT WAS HARD.

I know you have also gone through some difficult times, the toughest trials, failures, and setbacks. These things do not define you, nor can they make you feel defeated, unless you let them. Losing my mother was one of the absolute most devastating thing to happen to me, but also gave me a new strength to lead and help others to get back up and face their most terrifying fears.

Who’s Really Accountable?


“But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?” – Romans 10:14

The COVID-19 pandemic might be over. Its impact on our psyches remains.

Everyone claims to value accountability. It’s a trait that reflects responsibility, diligence and “get it done” perseverance.

Accountability seems to be in short supply, though. Consider politicians who continually castigate “the other side” for a variety of ills. Or organizational heads who blame failures on those beneath them. Or spiritual leaders who lambaste parishioners for committing all-too-human acts of sin.

Looking in the mirror is hard. Yet, it’s where accountability is found.

We, as disciples of Christ, are accountable to many: spouses, children, co-workers, bosses, fellow church members and more.

Why aren’t we better partners, parents or team members? Why don’t we get things done? Do we have good reasons for not cutting it?

We all fall short. No one is perfect.

Here is where blame-making begins. It’s easy to fault others, and become a victim. Yet, by doing so, we bring ourselves and others down.

Besides, who wants to associate with those who aren’t accountable? They don’t grow. They’re hard to be with. Their excuses get old really fast.

We grow by taking chances, going outside our comfort zones and, occasionally, failing. When we trip and fall, it’s best to stand up, dust off, and keep moving ahead. Remaining

 on the ground, and making excuses for how we got there, gets us nowhere.

Time to Take Account

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.” – Hebrews 4:13

Spiritual accountability should be at the top of any Christian’s list. If we don’t answer God’s call, there’s no guarantee we get to heaven. We can’t “Cover the World in Christ” by ignoring His directives.

So, consider how we interact with the world around us. God brings many people into our lives. If someone doesn’t believe in Jesus Christ, they won’t start on their own. Do we talk to them about Jesus? Do we actively work to save them?

Doing so is more important than ever. We’re at an inflection point. God is being driven from our schools and public places by secular entities pushing divisiveness.

Prayer is controversial at sporting events. A cross hung in an office can trigger all sorts of outrage. It’s open season on Christians.

The secularists are winning. They are turning people of faith into societal outcasts.

Who’s to blame? Facing declining membership, many traditional churches concentrate on people in pews and dollars in collection plates. Their focus is on stopping the bleeding.

Let’s not point fingers at others for allegedly falling short. Instead, let’s take spiritual accountability.

Speak Up!

“And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, ‘How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!’” – Romans 10:15

We are all sent to share the Word. Now look in the mirror. How can we win the world back for Christ?

The Great Commission (Matthew 26:18-20) is straightforward. It’s a call to action. It’s not the Great Suggestion.

Doesn’t mean it’s easy, though. Christianity is not a popularity contest. Evangelism is about opportunity. Pray to God, asking for chances to share the Word … and to be accountable to not pass them up.

When opportunity appears, be open. Share stories of how God has blessed you. Explain why you believe.

Often our encounters with others are brief – too short, in fact, to go into any depth. In these scenarios, ask simply: “How can I pray for you today?”

Maybe you’ll get a “No, thank you.” Or a funny look. Or, perhaps, an honest response about a challenge that someone is facing, and possibly losing hope over. Say you’ll ask for God’s blessing on them … and do so.

This is a “one person at a time” crusade. Secularists control the means of mass communication. We’re on our own.

Know that you might be shunned, or cancelled, or uninvited from places you were once welcome. Jesus knew this feeling. The Pharisees wanted nothing to do with him.

Someday, our Holy Father will face us in heaven. He’ll ask us how we shared Christ’s love, and his teachings. What will we tell Him?

Jesus was a solo act, apart from a dozen devoted followers (to varying degrees). We’re in a similar boat.

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John Wagenveld – September Speaker

Speaker John Wagenveld

Speaker John Wagenveld

John Wagenveld – John Wagenveld is the Founder and President of Multiplication Network. God began preparing him for international ministry at an early age. John was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan but when John was two, his family moved to Argentina to serve with Christian Reformed World Missions, now called Resonate Global Mission.

After college, John and his wife Angela were missionaries in Puerto Rico from 1994 to 2001. John served on the Board of Directors for Miami-based FLET University, which provides theological and biblical training throughout the Spanish-speaking world. Joining Bible League International as the Associate Director of Latin American Ministry, John’s passion for ministry and his leadership strengths led him into the roles of Vice President for Asia and later Executive Director of Global Ministry.

John’s postgraduate education refl ects his dedication to the idea that church planting should be front and center on the missions agenda of churches. He received a B. A. in Theology from Dordt College and an M. A. in Missions and Church Growth at Calvin Theological Seminary. John received his Doctorate in Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Multiplication Network was birthed in 2000. As John traveled widely, he saw the need for more tools and training for churches to become healthy and then to catch the vision to plant daughter churches. Because of his exposure to ministry on many levels, John has a good understanding of spiritual needs throughout the world. “The Church is a signpost and foretaste of the Kingdom,” says John. “Local churches are demonstration plots of what it is like to live life in community under the reign of Christ. These proclaim and embody the message of the Gospel through faith, hope, and love. We need more churches and stronger churches!”

John has authored the book Iglecrecimiento Integral (Wholistic Church Growth), which was published in Spanish. He led the team of 22 authors who joined together to produce the book Sembremos Iglesias Saludables (Let’s Plant Healthy Churches), and then edited the compilation. In 2014, he coauthored the book Take Your Church’s Pulse: Ten Vital Signs of a Healthy Church and was also an editor and contributor to Planting Healthy Churches with eight other authors. The Spanish translation, La Siembra de Iglesias Saludables, became available in 2017. In 2021, John co-edited Multiplication Network’s newest book, A World of gods: Church Planting in a Pluralistic World. In December 2020, John was appointed to the position of Global Co-catalyst of the Church Planting Issue Network with the Lausanne Movement.

John and Angela have four adult children, one granddaughter, and live in Zeeland, MI. John loves a good game of soccer.

Marques Ogden – August Speaker

Marques Ogden

Marques Ogden – Growing up in a single parent home with a father that inspired perseverance and fairness, Marques Ogden learned how to define his values and set goals. Ogden attended Howard University from 1998-2002 where he played Division I football.

He then followed his dream and his brother Jonathan’s footsteps, eventually getting drafted into the NFL in 2003. Overall, he played for 5 years as an offensive lineman with the Titans, Bills, Ravens and Jaguars. Even during the off season, Ogden helped train football players in Europe, both physically and mentally.