MARCH 22-23, 2019 // Lied Lodge, Nebraska City, Nebraska
Living Loved. Authentic Community. We were made for these things. Join us at the 2019 Converge Heartland Women’s Retreat and learn to soak in the Absurd Love of God and live as a Loved Woman.
SPEAKER: Gwen Adams
Gwen Adams has been married to Mark for 31 years. They have four grown children, all married, and five grandchildren. Gwen has spent 23 years in women’s ministry and as a discipleship pastor. For fifteen years she and her husband served in ministry together at ChangePoint church in Anchorage, Alaska, where Gwen started a multi-church women’s ministry called RefresHer. With 900 women in regular attendance Gwen and her leadership team believed the group was big enough to make a significant dent for the better in the community. At that time, Gwen was asked by then Governor Sean Parnell, to take part in the Task Force for Crimes of Human Trafficking in Alaska. She travelled around the state with the attorney general and a team of 8 to explore the reality of this crime on the governor’s behalf.
Her nine months on the team were difficult and dark. She knew that God was calling her to lead the faith-based community to fully engage in taking on this growing issue. Gwen started a non-profit called Priceless which is an organization that trains up the faith community to mentor survivors of sex trafficking. In addition to the mentoring program, Priceless has grown and now has a legislative team, cyber-sex crimes team, street outreach
team and prison team.
With 80% of sex trafficking survivors having spent time in a broken foster care system, Gwen, with her team, has now launched a new initiative with aged out foster kids called Chosen.
Gwen regularly speaks and challenges the church communities to engage in the margins. As the faith community owns the justice issues and works in collaboration with law enforcement,
government and networks with other agencies, the church as a chance to leave an indelible mark in the community and become a force for change that the no one else can. It is in that context that she, the church, earns the right to boldly share the gospel.