Meet our speakers


  • Portia Allen


    It is a phrase I often use with my friends, In the spirit of child likeness, "I want to be YOUR friend"...truly. If you’re reading this, we are on our way. Here are some things you may want to know about your new friend.

    I’m married to the love of my life, Clinton Allen and we have three amazing BOYS (ages 8,7, 2). We live in Minneapolis, Minnesota and there is way more to this state than the cold. Portia has been in ministry for 9 years and leads alongside her husband Clinton at River Valley Church in Minnesota under their lead Pastors Rob & Becca Ketterling. She has had the opportunity to speak in Minnesota and across the country and is passionate about uplifting and empowering women.



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  • Jen Krebs


    Many are the experiences and life stories I have gathered in my 23 years of being married and ministering alongside my HOT Pastor Husband and raising 3 pretty good looking, remarkably normal children. Through emotional and physical struggles, the expected ups and downs of marriage and the worries and grand plans of parenting, I am learning to lean wholly on my God and to pursue His truths for my life. I live and breathe because of Him! I enjoy reading, decorating, and making soup during the long cold Wisconsin winters. Oh, and trying to keep my house clean! Early morning walks with my husband, hiking and camping with our kids and getting my fingers dirty gardening when the warm sunshine returns. Oh, and trying to keep my house clean!

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  • Cynthia Ruchti

    Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in Hope through her novels and novellas, nonfiction books, devotionals, and speaking for women’s events or retreats, drawing from 33 years writing and producing an on-air radio broadcast. Her books have been recognized by RT Reviewers’ Choice, Selah Awards, CR’s BEST Awards, Carol Award honors, Christy Award honors, Family Fiction Readers’ Choice Award, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year honors and others. Cynthia is the professional relations liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers. She’s been privileged to write and publish more than 30 books, with more contracted. Cynthia and her plot-tweaking husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and six grandchildren. Since 2017, she’s also served as a literary agent with Books & Such Literary Management.

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arise conference 2019

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