2019 North Star ConferenceMarch 15-17, 2019 | Salt Lake City
Special Guests: Music and Keynotes
“Sistas in Zion” Tamu Smith & Zandra Vranes
Tamu Smith and Zandra Vranes are popular multimedia personalities and the authors of SISTASinZION.com. Known on Sistas in Zion as “Sista Beehive” and “Sista Laurel,” the duo also hosts a weekly online radio program, Sistas in Zion Radio. Their media entity, which focuses on humorous aspects of faith and Mormon culture, seeks to uplift, inspire, bridge religious divides, and create healthy dialogue. Their lives are blessed by amazing family and friends. Tamu enjoys spending time with her husband of twenty years and their six wonderful kids. Zandra loves getting together with family and spending time with her husband. Tamu and Zandra are co-authors of Diary of Two Mad Black Mormons.
Ganel-Lyn loves teaching others with speaking and writing. She has experienced healing from a major chronic illness and is the mother to two miracle children. After the heart-breaking suicide of her 40 year old sister, Ganel-Lyn is constantly working towards prevention. Ganel-Lyn lives with an open heart and feels passionate about sharing principles that will empower others to live life with more joy.
She is a regular television and radio guest. Ganel-Lyn’s talks and books have now encouraged thousands of people all over the world. She loves growing older with her cute husband Rob and aims to keep learning and loving. Learn more about Ganel-Lyn at www.ganellyn.com.
Brad Wilcox grew up in Provo, Utah except for childhood years spent in Ethiopia, Africa. He served his mission in Chile and later returned to that country to serve as a mission president. He is a professor at Brigham Young University and has served as a member of the Sunday School General Board.
Musical Guest: Calee Reed
Calee Reed Adams grew up in San Diego, California and was taught to sing by her mother at a very young age. When Calee’s mother passed away in 2011 after a battle with cancer, Calee decided to write her first album, The Waiting Place, as a tribute to her. Her second album, What Heaven Feels Like, was released in 2015 and features inspirational songs in Calee’s unique, fresh style. Calee experienced another painful loss when her first marriage ended in divorce. She penned her third album, Believer, during her years as a single, full-time mom. She remarried in 2017 and is now experiencing the joys (and chaos!) of blending a family with five adorable children.
Calee will be performing at Saturday afternoon’s keynote session. Open to registered conference attendees only.
Tim Timmerman is a Christ-following, maker, humorist, sojourner, curator, writer, blogger, goodness seeker, teacher, storyteller, collector, truth-hound, uncle, brother and notorious friend. Tim is also a professional artist and professor at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. He has taught college students how to make stuff for over twenty-five years.
In April of 2011 Tim’s book A Bigger World Yet; Faith, Brotherhood, and Same-Sex Needs was published by Bird Dog Press. He continues to listen, look, create, write and lean into the Spirit to negotiate his way.