SOAR 2017

October 27 – 28, 2017  |  Alpharetta, GA


Moms constantly give of themselves—planning meals, cooking, washing, cleaning, scheduling, carpooling. As moms, we desire to love and nurture our children, but if we’re honest, we don’t always feel encouraged or equipped to do all that comes with the job.

Imagine pressing pause and spending a weekend being refueled, equipped, and empowered alongside other moms! Birds on a Wire designed the Soar conference for that very purpose – to inspire moms in every stage of life with truths needed to soar and to not grow weary as we navigate motherhood.

The Soar conference bring 1000+ moms together for two days. The event will feature brand new content in three main stage sessions and multiple breakout sessions to deep-dive into topics that meet moms where they are.

Join us for three inspirational main stage sessions by Karen Stubbs on this year’s theme of Grace. You won’t want to miss this time of learning, laughing, and celebrating our role as moms.

Register today, or sign up to stay up-to-date on ticket sales and event info and receive a free audio download!

October 27 – 28, 2017
North Point Community Church
Alpharetta, GA



Kathleen Edelman
Your God-Given Temperament and the Art of Communication
Whether you’re sanguine, choleric, melancholy and phlegmatic, our temperament plays an important role in how we communicate and parent. Accepting, understanding and applying this knowledge can be life changing for you, your marriage and parenting! In this session, Kathleen Edelman will share how to understand your unique authentic temperament, so that you can communicate and love others better. A personal plan has been mapped for each believer’s life, and God provides the personality and temperament that suits. Then, He adds skills that can be developed and the spiritual gifts necessary to fulfill His mission. That includes being a mom!


Elizabeth Pehrson
How the Stress of Pursuing Success Is Hurting You and Your Family
Are you feeling unfilled by attempting to “keep up with the Joneses?” Is the pursuit of the American dream causing more stress than success? Explore the costs of materialism and overconsumption. Discover how entitlement affects us as women and how it ultimately impacts our children and our families. Elizabeth Pehrson, mom of eight and founder of The Exchange, will share some solution-oriented ideas that will combat the affluenza epidemic, dismantle the false sense of entitlement, reduce the emphasis on possessions and achievements. In this session, you’ll learn how to live a more balanced life that reflect your values!


Dawn Codrington
Dear God, Will you give me some parenting advice?
What is your overall goal as a mother? What kind of adult-child do you want to leave your home one day? How can we invite God into our mothering? What if we had a superpower that could transform the lives of our children into individuals who live the way they were designed and called to live? In this session, Dawn Codrington will discuss a mother’s secret weapon – using the power of God through prayer.


Katie Crocombe
Valuing You & Your Values: How Moms Eliminate Guilt and Gain Clarity
Are you craving clarity? Do you feel like you’re spread too thin? In this session, Katie, a professional life coach and speaker, will share how to more fully embrace your value as a mom and ditch the self-care guilt. Katie will also help you clearly identify your top values so you can confidently say no to what’s good and make room to say yes what’s best. After this session, you’ll leave feeling empowered, equipped and encouraged!


Erin Pridgen
Keeping Kids Cool, Calm, and Collected
Anxiety in children is on the rise and our kids are more stressed out than ever. “Keeping Kids Cool, Calm and Collected” will focus on giving parents tips for helping their children with anxiety and how to boost their self-esteem. Parents will learn what red flags to look for, child-friendly coping skills and rock solid parenting tips for strengthening their kids.


Jill Savage
No More Perfect Marriages
Every marriage is a fixer upper. We just need the right tools to keep our marriages refreshed and renovated as needed! In her warm, honest, personable, and often humorous style, Jill will help you identify how the Perfection Infection invades a marriage—even a good marriage, detect and correct the Seven Slow Fades, and identify and use the 8 God-Tools that will turn those intimacy-killing fades around!


Dr. Michael Sytsma
Sexual Wholeness
In the midst of distorted values, unfulfilling marriages and confused single adults, God has a sexual plan that promotes integrity, maturity, and passionate intimacy.  In this session, Dr. Michael Systma share the value of seeking Biblical intimacy and sexual wholeness and how it will translate to more fulfilling sex life.

Practical Family Budgeting

Jenny Martin
Creating a Budget that Works for Everyone
Budgets can cause a lot of stress in a home, but they don’t have to! Learn how to create a budget, decide between needs and wants and how to compromise with your spouse. Your family can reach its goals and dreams without all of the tears and stress. Discover a better way in this session.

NOTE: Registration for breakouts will be available to all registered attendees in September 2017.



Friday, October 27, 2017

5:00 pm – Pre-Conference Dinner Meetups
7:00 pm – Registration & Check-In
8:00 pm – Main Session
10:00 pm – Dismiss

Saturday, October 28, 2017

8:00 am – Breakfast (provided)
9:00 am – Main Session
10:45 am – Breakout Session #1
11:45 am – Lunch (provided)
12:45 pm – Q&A
2:00 pm – Breakout Session #2
3:30 pm – Main Session
5:00 pm – Dismiss

October 27 – 28, 2017
North Point Community Church
Alpharetta, GA


Individual + Pre-Event Dinner Meetup

Access to Pre-Conference Dinner Meetups for Single Moms, Adoptive & Foster Moms, and Moms of Children with Special Needs
  • No mom has it easy, but all of our challenges are different. There are moms raising adopted or foster children, navigating special needs or doing it alone. This year at Soar, we’d like to equip these moms with a lifelong resource – community.
  • In addition to a standard pass to Soar, you’ll also gain access to a pre-conference dinner meetup where each group of moms can enjoy a couple of hours to eat and connect. We’ll have a host to guide the experience and make you feel comfortable.

Venue Information

We are excited to host Soar at North Point Community Church located at:

4350 North Point Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30022

Hotel Information

Need a place to lay your head and recharge? We recommend booking a room at the following hotel:

Embassy Suites by Hilton Alpharetta
5955 North Point Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30022
Phone: (678) 566-8800

Directions to Venue

North Point Community Church is located on the east side of North Point Parkway at Royal Drive, approximately 1.5 miles north of Haynes Bridge Road and .5 mile south of Old Milton Parkway.

From I-285
Take GA 400 north to Exit 10/Old Milton Parkway and proceed east to North Point Parkway. Turn right onto North Point Parkway. North Point Community Church will be approximately 1/2 mile on your left. Look for the signs indicating our driveway or turn left onto Royal Drive. Royal Drive leads directly to the church.

From GA 400
Take Exit 10/Old Milton Parkway off GA 400 and proceed east to North Point Parkway. Turn right onto North Point Parkway. North Point Community Church will be approximately 1/2 mile on your left. Look for the signs indicating our driveway or turn left onto Royal Drive. Royal Drive leads directly to the church.


Karen Stubbs

Karen Stubbs

Karen Stubbs is the founder and leader of Birds on a Wire, a ministry designed to equip moms through truth, encouragement and community. She is the author of 3 books, Letters to Moms, Moments with God and 80 Tips on Motherhood.  She has also developed small group curricula for moms that are being used across the United States and in nine countries.  Karen is the wife of Greg Stubbs, they have four grown children and resides in Cumming, Ga.

After graduating from Auburn University, she and Greg moved to Virginia Beach where Greg served in the Navy as a fighter pilot. It was during those tough early years that Karen, as a young mom gained her passion for motherhood and grew in her reliance on God. She is passionate about challenging moms to experience motherhood in the way God intended it for them and their families.

Dawn Codrington

Dawn Codrington

Dawn Codrington grew up in South Africa, lived in London, England for 9 years and now resides in Atlanta. She is a qualified Occupational Therapist who specializes in Mental Health, Eating Disorders and Addictions. She studied Theology in South Africa and is currently studying towards a Masters degree in theology through Dallas Theological Seminary.

Dawn has been married for 16 years and has two children – an eleven-year-old daughter and an eight-year-old son.

She is passionate about God, her family, her friendships and her community. She loves to teach the Bible and share the lessons that God has taught her to encourage others to live authentic, God-empowered, victorious lives.

Katie Crocombe

Katie Crocombe

Katie Crocombe (pronounced like the words Crow-come), is a professional life coach, who was trained through PCCI, and is the founder of Flourish + Co. She is passionate about encouraging giftedness in women and partnering with them to design an intentional life through speaking, coaching and leading workshops. Katie and her husband, Matt, live in Atlanta, with their 2 daughters, Bella (9) and Ava (7).

Kathleen Edelman

Kathleen Edelman

Kathleen Edelman is a Christian counselor and life coach specializing in personality temperaments. After earning her doctorate in Christian counseling psychology, Kathleen had the privilege of serving as the personal assistant to Florence Littauer, author of Personality Plus for Parents. She also has a published vignette in one of Florence’s books, The Blue Plate Special. Kathleen loves encouraging families to understand their individual temperaments. Her mission is for each of us to believe in and be comfortable with who God has made us to be. When not coaching, Kathleen enjoys spending time with Brad, her husband of 26 years, and their two children.

Utilizing over 20 years in Christian counseling/coaching experience and 10+ years in sales management, business leadership experience, coupled with program development, organization skills and communication expertise to fulfill the duties of a position that stimulates, encourages and impacts the lives of individuals to meet their potential both personally and spiritually. Speaker and Author. Christian speaking topics, Temperaments, Communication, High school and College Path, Parenting, Relationships, and Marriage. 15+ years experience teaching and leading biblical studies.

Jenny Martin

Jenny Martin

Jenny Martin manages a household of 7 people and way more animals than she wants to count.  Embracing the craziness of life is fun and never boring but many times isn’t cheap either.  Jenny started a blog 9 years ago as she fought to get their budget and spending under control, and quickly found herself helping most of the southeast cut costs on grocery and household items.  Her site is a free resource that helps thousands of families each week to cut their budgets and still have all the things they need.  While it started as a desperate need, budgeting and saving money has become a passion for the Martin family that they try to share with everyone.

Elizabeth Pehrson

Elizabeth Pehrson

Elizabeth Pehrson wants to live in a world where her children pick up after themselves without being asked, a Diet Coke dispenser is attached to her refrigerator, a short order cook shows up every night to make dinner, and laundry folds itself. As a mom of eight children—ages 18, 17, 16, 14, 13, 11, 9, and 7, she thrives on coffee and chaos.  She is married to her best friend, David, also known as the most patient man in the world! She loves Jesus, investing in women, and is so grateful for God’s great grace in her very imperfect life. When she is not taking care of her small army, her flock of chickens and her puppy, you can find her fishing on a lake somewhere, dreaming about a day where she doesn’t have to fill out forms for the first day of school.  Elizabeth is the founder of The Exchange, which is a monthly gathering that seeks to inspire women to live on purpose and with intention. Learn more about Elizabeth and The Exchange at




Erin Pridgen

Erin Pridgen

Erin (Pridgen) Nicolas, M.S. is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist. Her interests include working with children and their parents. Her areas of specialty include working with children struggling with anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, divorce, grief, behavioral issues, and self-esteem. As a play therapist, Erin makes use of both directive and non-directive approaches with her child-clients based on their individual needs. Erin utilizes the creative and playful nature of children to enhance their resiliency and coping abilities with whatever struggles they may face in a welcoming and supportive environment. Erin is also extremely passionate about working with parents on strengthening the parent-child relationship and developing sound parenting skills. The more parents are involved in therapy then more growth can occur with children. Additionally, Erin leads divorce care groups for children at the Summit Counseling Center.

Erin has a master’s degree from Georgia State University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Before becoming a licensed counselor, Erin was a behavior data specialist and clinical specialist at the Marcus Autism Center (formerly the Marcus Institute) where she conducted behavioral therapy with children on the Autism Spectrum. Since 2008, Erin as worked in private practice settings conducting individual and group therapy with children and their parents.

Erin lives in Johns Creek and attends North Point Community Church with her husband. Together, they enjoy going for bike rides on the Greenway, cooking/baking delicious goodies, and traveling to new places.

Jill Savage

Jill Savage

Jill Savage is an author and speaker who is passionate about encouraging and empowering others.

A graduate of Butler University in Indianapolis, IN, Jill’s holds a bachelor’s degree in music education. After founding Hearts at Home, a non-profit organization for moms, Jill moved from teaching music to teaching mothers. Today she travels all over the world as an author and speaker. Called one of today’s most exciting female speakers, Jill’s honest, engaging communication is strengthened by her ability to make her audience laugh while they learn.

Jill’s is the author of seven books and the co-author of five including the bestselling No More Perfect Moms, No More Perfect Kids, and her newest book co-authored with her husband No More Perfect Marriages. She and her husband Mark have five children, three grandchildren, and a whole herd of barn cats. You can find Jill online at

Dr. Michael Sytsma

Dr. Michael Sytsma

Michael Sytsma, PhD, LPC, CST, CSAS, CPCS, is a pastor at heart with a clear gift for teaching. He is passionate about marriage and helping couples grow in their marriage. This passion is clearly evident as he engages a room full of couples in looking at their marriage with hope and increased confidence. His giftedness in teaching helps couples learn important truths about marriage in a fun and interesting way.

Michael has been working with couples in a variety of capacities since 1987. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia, a Certified Sex Therapist, and a Certified Sexual Addictions Specialist (Trainer level). He is also an ordained minister with The Wesleyan Church and has served as a staff pastor for churches with attendance from 30 to over 1000. He is currently appointed to Building Intimate Marriages, Inc. by The Wesleyan Church. Michael received his BS in Christian Ministry from Indiana Wesleyan University, an MS in Community Counseling from Georgia State University, and a diploma in Christian counseling from Psychological Studies Institute. Michael also has a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in Child and Family Development / Marriage and Family Therapy where he specialized in marital sexual therapy. His dissertation was on “Sexual Desire Discrepancy in Married Couples”. Michael has recently joined with three Christian sex therapists in founding Sexual Wholeness, Inc.

Michael and Karen have been married since 1985 and have two sons, Josiah and Caleb.

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