Seminar Descriptions & Leaders

Gladness in the Gloom - Naty Tully

Seminar Description:
How can you stay sane when problems snowball? How to cope with pain, and find gladness in the midst of it? Sharing from a struggling heart: practical examples, Biblical teaching, and some other unplanned incidentals (that might surprise me as well). My life themes are health issues, adoption, parenting trauma, kids, and a few extra freebies. “The Lord is my strength  and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my  heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” Psalm 28:7 Seminar Leader:

I‘m Naty Tully. I am a citizen of three countries. Yet, if you scratch me, I  bleed Moldovan. I’m an ESL teacher by trade and a pastor’s wife by day and night. Please don’t judge  neither my English skills nor my Bible knowledge (I’m a work in progress). My kids daily call me ‘cute’. It  doesn’t boost my self-esteem, but that’s okay because my confidence rests in Christ alone. I get energized by music, writing, hot tea, and a rainy day.  My  motto is Psalm 16:2 “You are my Lord, apart from you I  have no good thing.”


Developing a Deeper Prayer Life - Hope Stockman
Seminar Summary:

Rooted & Refreshing, Principles and Practices of Prayer

Do you desire a deeper more fulfilling prayer life?  Have you wondered if it’s really possible to pray without ceasing? Are you consumed with continually meeting the needs of serving others? Wondering how to stay rooted and growing in your prayer life?  Do you need a rest from the demands and “to do” lists of your day?  Join us for this surprising, refreshing seminar on prayer.  Learn and live as Jesus did, full of desire and delight, fueled by your relationship with God.  Jesus said,

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.  I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.  I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.  Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)

Seminar Leader:

Hope Stockman comes to IBC Women’s Conference so grateful to be a part of a community of hearts pursuing the Triune God.   Hope spent most of her early career years working in the legal field with victims and perpetrators of abuse,  addiction, and crime. During that time, she developed a heart for those who are struggling and in need of hope, encouragement and freedom that only comes through a relationship with God.

Her focus continued as, early in marriage, God opened doors for Hope and her husband to move to Shanghai, China. Trusting God’s leading, they packed two boxes and boarded the plane.  That time allowed Hope to serve the homeless of Shanghai, teach students of all ages from post-graduate to primary, and adopt a beautiful daughter.   Since then, she and her family have moved cross-culturally several times and landed most recently in Brussels, Belgium. Over these recent years, Hope facilitates classes, workshops and seminars exploring how to care for our souls by developing sacred rhythms that deepen and expand our relationship with God through spiritual disciplines centered on prayer through her outreach of Abundant Joy Wellness.

Hope loves connecting with people of all cultures and sharing God’s truth and hope in any way she can.  She has learned that following God’s plan offers a life of adventure, including heartache and joy, that is hardly ever the shortest distance between two points,  and just when you think you know where you are headed…get ready for a turn!  Her heart’s desire is to always say “It is well with my soul.”


Managing Conflict Effectively: Inner & Outer Approaches - Didi Oprenova


Seminar Summary:
The seminar consists of two different parts. The first one deals with how people normally view conflict. Whatever we think and however we view it, it is part of life, it cannot be avoided despite our desires and attitudes, it simply is there. As such, conflict can be very destructive but it can also be constructive and a source of growth on a path of adventure and maturity. It all depends on how we respond to it. The second part of the seminar takes us into:

  • learning about the various personality types and response conflict model;
  • discovering  which model we instinctively react with in our own behaviour in conflict situations;
  • going a step further in looking into how the various models are helpful in different situation. 

Seminar Leader:

Dimitrina (Didi) Oprenova was born in Sofia, in communist Bulgaria. She spent her childhood there with the privilege of growing up in a Christian home and being part of the Sofia Baptist Church, which at that time was the only Baptist Church in the capital city. She has been happily married to Teodor for 28 years, she has two grown up girls Anna-Margarita and Sophia.

Dimitrina became a Christian in her teenage years still during the communist time. She studied theology and graduated from Spurgeon’s College with a Bachelor Degree of Divinity (BD) and later gained a Masters Degree in Applied Theology (MTh) at the IBTS, a Central European Institute. She has serve God locally and nationally, in her own country for over 29 years, also internationally for the last 15 years speaking at Conferences and Seminars.

At present she is ministering in a team-ministry in pastoring the Sofia Baptist Church. She serves on various committees nationally and internationally. She has been involved in a number of social projects and ministries, as well as in preaching, teaching, leading and organising of Bible studies and different educational courses, projects and conferences in and outside Bulgaria. She loves people and working with others brings joy and fulfilment. Serving God in various circumstances she finds challenging, but also rewarding.



Restoring Kingdom Vision of what God can do through women in the church - Lana Packer

Seminar Summary:

Each International Church is unique, with unique challenges and unique opportunities.  Join us for some practical help and a time for questions and discussion. 

“I was raised in a good Christian home and went to every event that was offered at the church – even in the midst of my teenage rebellion.  In college I got involved with a parachurch organization where I was the one who was leading the team for Bible Study.  Yet, even though I had been exposed to the Word of God, I never really allowed the Holy Spirit to use the Scriptures to encourage me; rebuke me; shape my marriage, my parenting, and my outlook on life until I started teaching Bible Studies and leading a Women’s Ministry at IBC of Singapore.  Each church is unique, and each women’s ministry will also be unique.” 

Seminar Leader:

Lana Packer was born in the US and found Christ at an early age, and from the start of her Christian life God has placed the needs of the world on her heart. Together with David her husband, they have served in the Philippines for eight years, Singapore for 12 years and now for 10 years in Germany. During this time, Lana has spoken around the world, counseling many, and authored a book: Women Making A Difference in Marriage.

David and Lana call Stuttgart, Germany home now. When they are not in Stuttgart or traveling around the world ministering, they are with their three grown up children and their spouses and four grandchildren who are living in the United States.

In 2014, the focus of Lana’s ministry broadened as she became aware that there were more than 35.8 million sex slaves and this was happening in Stuttgart, Germany as well! In June 2014, Kainos-eV was officially organized, with a mission to end, reach, and restore victims of human trafficking. There have been so many life lessons while undertaking a ministry of this magnitude that apply to each of us.

  • We can call on God’s name anywhere and He hears and answers our prayers.
  • Every woman and child has been created by God and He has a purpose for their life – a good purpose!
  • Jesus-like compassion is strong, bold, courageous, and disrupts the darkness in life-changing light.

My Mission Statement: “That my life would be focused on serving God’s purposes in the world so that His kingdom will be more firmly established wherever I go. In my dealings with people I want to be a source of hope, encouragement, friendship, loving and willing to serve. I will seek daily to be a deeper person walking each step with Jesus.”


The 5 Love Languages: Speaking to those you love in the language that they will hear – Carol Griffin

Seminar Summary:

Sometimes it can be very difficult  to express ourselves when we are communicating in different languages.  Our message can become muddled and the true meaning can become lost.   The same is true in expressing ourselves to those we love.  When we speak a different ‘love language’ to our spouses, children, or friends, our loving spirit may not come across in the way it was given.  In this seminar, we will:

  • Learn the 5 love languages and how they are expressed;
  • Determine your primary love language;
  • Try to determine if your approach to those you love is the most effective approach for them.

Seminar Leader:

I am Carol Griffin. I grew up in California and accepted Christ when I was nine and have loved Him ever since.  I have been married to my wonderful husband, Tom, for 34 years and have we 2 daughters, Anne (21) and Rebecca (19).  We have recently moved back to Germany after being away for 20 years.

With our church, I have been very active with drama ministry, Awana, women’s ministry, and our Mothers of Preschooler group as a mentor mom.  I enjoy crafts, singing, baking (with my latest craze being sourdough bread), and family camp.

Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”

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