FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember® speakers have come to thoroughly understand the importance of God’s blueprints for marriage and are living it out in their daily lives. They are a dynamic, fun-filled group of people who are committed to encourage and equip both you and your spouse to build a godly home. Their presentations are biblically centered and professionally sound. It is FamilyLife’s hope that you will enjoy and gain great insight from their unique perspectives on how putting God’s plan into action will change your marriage for the better… forever.

Our marriage advice speakers are hand picked, typically after being referred by one of our veteran speaker couples. Once they are selected, the couple usually stays with us for 20+ years! We believe they are marriage experts mostly due to their vocation, but ultimately because of their passion for the wellness of marriage and families. They agree whole-heartedly with and are totally committed to the principles taught at the Weekend to Remember. With over 50 speaker couples, the speakers in attendance at any event will vary.

Each getaway is presented by a combination of speakers from our speaker team: typically two to three married couples.

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Michael and Lucy Aitcheson

Michael and Lucy Aitcheson

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Michael and Lucy live in Orlando, FL with their four kids.

Michael is the founding pastor of Christ United Fellowship, a gospel centered diverse church in South Downtown Orlando. He earned his BA in Social Work from University of Kentucky where he played football. He earned his M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary Orlando.

Lucy is a part-time Nurse practitioner and a full-time mother. She also earned her BS in nursing from University of Kentucky where she was a gymnast. She earned her MS in Nursing from University of South Florida. They have been married for 12 years. For fun, they enjoy family trips to Destin Beach, offshore fishing, and meaningful time with friends.

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Jose and Michelle Alvarez

Jose and Michelle Alvarez

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Jose played 16 seasons of professional baseball with parts of 5 years in the major leagues. After retirement he competed professionally in golf which led to him mentoring young tour pros. He works with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Golf ministry as chaplain to the PGA’s Korn Ferry Tour players, wives and caddies.

Michelle is an event-planning consultant for corporate events and event planner for the church where they worship. They have three adult children, two are married and have 2 children each making Jose and Michelle grandparents of four!

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Corwin and Kim Anthony

Corwin and Kim Anthony

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Corwin and Kim have spent over 20 years building into the marriages of pro athletes and their spouses.

They met at UCLA, where he was a football standout who played briefly in the NFL. She was a Hall of Fame gymnast.

Corwin is the Chief Ambassador Officer for Athletes in Action, and has also served as an NFL Chaplain and Director of AIA’s Pro Ministry.

Kim has a passion to help others to overcome life’s challenges. The story behind this passion is found in her book, Unfavorable Odds.

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Matt and Sarah Hammitt

Matt and Sarah Hammitt

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Matt Hammitt is a singer, songwriter, author and speaker. He is the former lead singer of the Grammy-nominated, Dove Award-winning band, Sanctus Real. In 2016, Matt stepped away from the band to be more present at home.

Matt and Sarah have four children, and have been married for 21 years.

Matt’s latest book is Lead Me: Finding Courage to Fight for Your Marriage, Children, and Faith (Waterbrook Multnomah).

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Justin and Sharita Bilson

Justin and Sharita Bilson

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Justin and Sharita Bilson believe in marriage and family. The Bilson’s currently live in Little Rock, AR where Justin serves as a Teaching Pastor at Fellowship Bible Church and Sharita is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the owner of Grace Place Therapy. Justin received his B.A in Communications from Elon University and his MDiv from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Sharita received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy & Clinical Mental Health Counseling from John Brown University.

The Bilsons have been married since 2012 and have two beautiful children.

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Jackie and Stephana Bledsoe

Jackie and Stephana Bledsoe

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Jackie and Stephana Bledsoe, the founders of HappilyMarriedCouples.com, help couples build better marriages and Christ-centered families, which intentionally impact the world.

You may have seen the Bledsoes on ABC News, The 700 Club, Moody Radio, YouVersion’s Bible app, or through their work with LifeWay and The Wesleyan Church World Headquarters.

Jackie is an author, podcast host, and speaker who’s reached over 115,000 couples with his bestselling 7 Rings of Marriage book.

Stephana is a speaker, podcast host, encourager, and prayer intercessor for women of all ages.

They have three amazing children whom they travel the world with ministering to families.

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Bruce and Julie Boyd

Bruce and Julie Boyd

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Bruce and Julie Boyd have been on staff with the global mission organization, Cru, since 1982. They are 25-year veterans of the FamilyLife Speaker Team, and appear on the highly acclaimed video series, The Art of Marriage. In addition to being passionate advocates for the cause of marriage and family, the Boyd’s also serve with the Jesus Film Project as Regional Representatives. Bruce received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in Music Education. Julie graduated from Texas Wesleyan with a Business Management degree and has a mental wellness business coaching people with holistic solutions. They have 3 adult sons and live in Noblesville, Indiana.

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Daniel and Julie Brenton

Daniel and Julie Brenton

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Dan and Julie served for 17 years with CRU working with college students before beginning their church ministry. They currently live in Grand Island, Nebraska, where Dan serves as the lead pastor at Grand Island Evangelical Free Church. Dan and Julie both graduated from the University of Kansas and Dan completed his master’s at Dallas Theological Seminary.

Julie serves as the Teaching Director for the local Community Bible Study ministry and loves mentoring and helping women thrive in their marriages and family. They have three adult children and 5 grandchildren.

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Ben and Janet Burns

Ben and Janet Burns

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As marriage and family educators Ben and Janet help couples understand and live out the biblical picture of family in their homes, churches and neighborhoods. Besides conference speaking they also assist local churches in marriage mentoring, parenting seminars and couples counseling.

Janet is an A.C.C. certified professional coach and teaches at One, a community women’s Bible study.

Ben is an adjunct professor on marriage and the family at Western Seminary and has a YouTube channel on parenting called Family Practice.

Janet and Ben have three children and live in Wilsonville, Oregon.

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Carl and Heather Cartee

Carl and Heather Cartee

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Carl and Heather Cartee live in Franklin, TN and have been in ministry together for over 20 years. While traveling the nation leading worship with Carl, Heather built a successful career as a top Mary Kay Sales director. Carl is a Dove Award winning songwriter and musician and the Pastor of Worship and Arts at Fellowship Bible Church. They are both active in teaching and mentoring families and ministers in the local church. They’re the proud parents of 4 active boys, Oak, Ezra, Abe and Ike.

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Raymond and Donna Causey

Raymond and Donna Causey

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Raymond, former director of the Urban Family Ministry; [Cru] is a licensed, ordained minister in the PCA and now pastors Redemption Fellowship Church in Fayetteville, GA. Raymond received his Bachelor of Arts in communications and biblical studies from Biola University. Raymond received his M.Div. from Metro Atlanta Seminary. Raymond is a national speaker with Family Life’s “A Weekend to Remember” Marriage Conference. Speaking engagements have taken Raymond across the US, Alaska, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Bahamas and Africa. Raymond is the author of the book, Changing for Good: Practical Steps for Breaking Your Negative Patterns: InterVarsity Press 2002. Changing for Good was reprinted for the 9th printing 2018. Raymond also is a contributing author for the book: My Heart Christ Home: Through the Year Devotion with Robert Boyd Munger and others: InterVarsity Press 2004.

Donna, a former Missionary with Campus Crusade for Christ, [Cru] is a native of Los Angeles, Ca. where she graduated from Pacific Palisades High School and attended West Los Angeles Community College. Donna is a national conference speaker with Family Life’s “A Weekend to Remember”, where she speaks to hundreds of women on the topic of marriage and family. Donna has been the guest speaker for women’s retreats, conferences and seminars across the US, Alaska, Hawaii, and Bahamas. Additionally, Donna is a contributing author for the book The Story of Us-A Couples Devotional. Donna is a homemaker, mentor and Bible teacher.

Donna and Raymond have four adult children and two grandchildren. Donna and Raymond have been married since 1979 and currently reside in Riverdale, Ga., just outside Atlanta.

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Jim and Angela Davis

Jim and Angela Davis

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Jim and Angela Davis are from Orlando, Fl where Jim serves as Lead Pastor of Orlando Grace Church (Acts 29) and hosts the As In Heaven podcast for The Gospel Coalition. Jim graduated from Florida State University and Reformed Theological Seminary (Mdiv). Angela graduated from the University of Mississippi and is currently a counseling student at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. They have four children: Turner 14, Collins 12, Ivey, 11, and James 8.

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Jon and Teresa Demeter

Jon and Teresa Demeter

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Jon and Teresa live in Phoenix, AZ where Jon is a Pastor at Redemption Church Peoria and Teresa is a softball pitching coach. They met in high school, but didn’t start dating until the middle of college at the University of Arizona. They were married in the summer of 2000 and they both served the ministry of Athletes in Action for 15 years before transitioning to church ministry. Jon recently graduated with his Masters Degree from Covenant Seminary in Missional Theology. The Demeters have 3 kids, Carson, Logan and Ryhan.

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Tim and Joy Downs

Tim and Joy Downs

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Tim and Joy Downs have co-authored two books on conflict resolution in marriage: Fight Fair and One of Us Must be Crazy and I’m Pretty Sure It’s You. Tim is also a corporate speaker, communication trainer, and co-host of the weekly Communication Guys podcast, which can be heard at communicationguys.com. The Downs are graduates of Indiana University, where Joy received a degree in Journalism and Tim received a degree in Fine Arts. The Downs have three grown children.

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James and Heidi Drake

James and Heidi Drake

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James and Heidi Drake have helped fulfill the Great Commission with Cru since 2004. James serves as a teaching pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America and chaplain for the Army Reserves. He was recently appointed by the Governor to Florida’s Faith Council. James has been featured on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior and NetFlix’s Ultimate Beastmaster.

Heidi is a licensed Physician Assistant and leads the Christian Medical & Dental Association in South Florida. She is headmaster, chief instructor and transportation authority at the “Drake Academy” homeschool.

The Drake family lives in Miami with their four children and foster daughter. They are passionate about faith, family and fitness. You can join them on a journey to optimal health and fulfilling life in Christ at jamesandheidi.com

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CD and Melody Fabien

CD and Melody Fabien

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Claudaniel and Melody Fabien are known for their transparency, humor and animated style. Together, they have become strong mentors and communicators on sexual education, manhood and womanhood, healthy relationships, marriage and living with purity and purpose.

Melody and CD married in 2008 and have been featured on Fox News, CNN, Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times for their unique love story.

They have three daughters and one son in love. CD & Melody reside in Davie, Florida with their two youngest daughters. Find them online at CDandMelody.com

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Chris and Alisa Grace

Chris and Alisa Grace

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Dr. Chris and Alisa Grace met in 1986 when they were seated at the “singles” table at a friend’s wedding. He fell in love with her quick wit, she fell in love with his motorcycle, and (after selling the motorcycle to buy her engagement ring) they were married just a year later.

Now, for more than 30 years, the Graces have been writing, teaching, and speaking nationally to thousands of couples, churches, and college students on healthy Christ-centered relationships, dating, and marriage. Together, they co-lead the Center for Marriage and Relationships at Biola University, where Chris is a social psychologist and full professor, and Alisa is an adjunct faculty member. They also co-teach an undergraduate course on Christian relationships and co-host the popular podcast, The Art of Relationships.

The Graces co-authored the Marriage Mentoring Workbook and Video Series, and serve on the speaking team for FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember marriage conferences. Chris and Alisa live in Southern California and have two adult children married to fabulous spouses, as well as their unexpected blessing who is a freshman at Biola University.

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Trent and Andrea Griffith

Trent and Andrea Griffith

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Trent is the Vice President of Content Development for FamilyLife and speaks frequently with Andrea at FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember Marriage Getaways. Prior to joining FamilyLife, Trent planted and pastored Gospel City Church in Granger, IN for 13 years. Trent and Andrea also spent 15 years as conference speakers with Life Action Ministries.

Trent is a graduate of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. Andrea graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Trent and Andrea have four children and live in Orlando, FL.

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Doug and Susan Grimes

Doug and Susan Grimes

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Doug is the directional leader/teaching pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Searcy, AR. Doug received his bachelor’s in Speech Communication from the University of Montana, and Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary.

Susan received a Bachelor of Arts in interior design/housing from the University of Kentucky.

The Grimes have been married for 34 years and have three grown daughters. They share a passion for helping equip marriages and families to be all God intended them to be. They make their home in Searcy, AR.

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Brian and Jen Goins

Brian and Jen Goins

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Brian & Jen Goins live Melbourne, FL where Brian is the Senior Director of Strategic Projects with FamilyLife and helps lead the Weekend to Remember team. He is also a producer of the documentary, The Brain, The Heart, The World, a series exploring the dangers of pornography.

Jen enjoys leading Bible study groups and connecting with women through mentoring.

The Goins have 3 kids: Brantley, Palmer, and Gibson. As a family they enjoy making annual treks to Montana to hike and ski and have loved attending Pine Cove family camp together.

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Sarah and Matt Hammitt

Sarah and Matt Hammitt

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Matt Hammitt is a singer, songwriter, author and speaker. He is the former lead singer of the Grammy-nominated, Dove Award-winning band, Sanctus Real. In 2016, Matt stepped away from the band to be more present at home.

Matt and Sarah have four children, and have been married for 20 years. Matt’s latest book is Lead Me: Finding Courage to Fight for Your Marriage, Children, and Faith (Waterbrook Multnomah).

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Chris and Mary Herndon

Chris and Mary Herndon

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Chris and Mary embrace life, all things family, and especially their 3 kids, 2 sons-in-law, and 2 granddaughters. These native North Carolinians have served full-time with FamilyLife for the past 10 years and currently live in Orlando, FL. Chris serves as COO while Mary serves in Women’s Ministry. When not leading small groups or serving other couples in marriage ministry, they can probably be found hanging out with their kids, on the beach, or at a favorite outdoor restaurant.

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Bruce and Janet Hess

Bruce and Janet Hess

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Bruce and Janet deeply love interacting with couples and have spoken on marriage internationally for 27 years. They have four children and eight grandchildren.

Bruce is a graduate of the University of Nebraska (broadcast journalism) and Dallas Seminary. He has served as pastor at Wildwood Church for 43 years.

Janet is also a Nebraska grad and loved teaching kindergarten, and later English as a second language at Oklahoma University.

Both Bruce and Janet have a long history of ministry in the Eastern European nation of Latvia, including Bruce’s twice weekly broadcast on Latvian Christian Radio.

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Larry and Anne Kayser

Larry and Anne Kayser

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Larry is the Marriage Pastor at Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, Tennessee. He graduated from Bowling Green State University and spent 10 years as a photojournalist. Larry earned his Master of Divinity from Grace Seminary.

Anne graduated from Bowling Green State University, and spent 25 years caring full-time for their four daughters. Anne worked full-time with special needs children in the public school system for 12 years.

They currently lead a marriage ministry focused on the development of lay mentors. In addition, they have invested many years teaching, training, and encouraging couples in their marriage and in their role as parents.

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Jeff and Stacy Kemp

Jeff and Stacy Kemp

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Jeff and Stacy Kemp married in 1983, early in Jeff’s 11-year NFL career as a quarterback for the Rams, 49ers, Seahawks and Eagles. Jeff  founded Stronger Families in Seattle and later worked for FamilyLife. He authored Facing The Blitz and speaks at corporate and men’s events. His mission at MENHUDDLE.com  is soul coaching leaders and helping Men Huddle in friendship and faith.

Stacy loves mentoring  young wives and moms. She graduated from the University of Southern California and Jeff from Dartmouth College and Pepperdine Business School.

Jeff and Stacy have four married sons, six grandchildren and three expected in 2023. They enjoy tennis, snow skiing and time with family.

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Stephen and Mandy Love

Stephen and Mandy Love

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Stephen and Mandy live in South Bend, IN where Stephen is the Lead/Planting Pastor of Redemption City Church (est. 2020). Stephen was born in South Bend but moved to Chicagoland in 5th grade; meeting Mandy 1 year later. Stephen and Mandy have been married for 11 years and have 4 children: Stephen (b. 2012), Elias (b. 2014), Jade (b. 2015), and Simeon (b. 2017).

Stephen received a B.A. from Moody Bible Institute, M.Th from Reformed Theological Seminary and a Cert. History from University of Oxford, England.

Mandy received a B.A. in Social Work from the University of Kansas and has been serving the church and under-resourced communities ever since. Mandy is an avid KU basketball fan and Stephen an avid Notre Dame football fan. Agreeing to cheer for one another’s team has eased division in their marriage.

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Darrin and Vivian Mabuni

Darrin and Vivian Mabuni

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Darrin and Viv have served on staff with Cru for 34 years.

Darrin has led in various leadership capacities locally, regionally, and nationally. They served ten years on the Epic National Executive team, helping to launch the Asian American ministry of Cru. Now they serve with FamilyLife as speakers for Weekend to Remember. Darrin also serves as a local leader with FamilyLife helping to resource and reach marriages and families in Southern California.

Vivian is a national speaker and author of Open Hands, Willing Heart. She is also the founder and podcast host of Someday Is Here Collective for AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islanders) leaders. You can connect on social media IG/Twitter: @vivmabuni.

Married 31 years, they are parents to three fabulous young adults and recently welcomed their first daughter-in-law to the family. They live in Mission Viejo, CA .

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Bob and Judi Maddox

Bob and Judi Maddox

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Bob & Judi Maddox live in Portland Oregon. They have been married for 48 years, have 5 children and 12 grandchildren.They were on staff with Cru High School for 13 years.

Since then Judi worked in a Pregnancy Resource Center, local schools and invested in kids & grandkids.

After 13 years with Cru High School, Bob pastored for 30 years. He is now back working with Cru, training ministry leaders all across the world.

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Tony and Venita Mitchell

Tony and Venita Mitchell

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Tony served for 30 years in executive capacities at organizations ranging from $2 million to $2 billion in revenue. After leaving corporate America, Tony now serves as COO of Christian Alliance for Orphans (cafo.org), and as an independent board director, national speaker, and strategic advisor (tmLeadership.com).

Venita has worked in both public and private accounting, served as Women’s Ministries Director, and now serves as a board member, speaker, and mentor.

Tony and Venita reside in Atlanta, Georgia and have two adult children.

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Tim and Noreen Muehlhoff

Tim and Noreen Muehlhoff

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Tim and Noreen served with Cru for over 30 years. They are the proud parents of three adult sons.

Tim has a Ph.D. in communication theory from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Noreen has her degree in business from the University of Connecticut.

They currently serve at Biola University where Tim is a professor of communication studies and Noreen works in Student Development. Tim’s weekly podcast, Winsome Conviction can be found at winsomeconviction.com.

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