Throughout the retreat, there are sessions with Guest Speakers.
The speakers are always thoughtfully prayed through to uplift, encourage, inspire,
motivate and strengthen your walk with the Lord.
Due to the Covid -19 Pandemic the 2020 Retreat was cancelled. Stay tuned for updated information so you can register for the next event. Be sure we have your contact information for newsletters with updates.
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Ladies' Speaker for our 2020 Retreat
Grace Gayle is a Chaplain with the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada, ministering in community settings. She brings thirty years’ experience walking with wounded individuals through their journeys toward healing and wholeness. Grace believes the best medication for broken hearts and depression is meditating on Scriptures of God’s love.
Grace’s greatest passion is in growing ever deeper in her relationship with her Heavenly Father. Time spent in personal worship, prayer, and Bible study is her source of life, love, strength, wisdom and knowledge, which she pours out willingly to anyone who needs encouragement. Her desire is to use what God is teaching her to reach the lost and build up individuals in their own journeys of faith. Her joy is to watch the progress of women moving from brokenness to wholeness, to leadership in ministry.
Grace is the founder and director of “Healing Our Brokenness Ministries” (2014). Through this umbrella she reaches out to people who are struggling with the aftermath of childhood trauma, broken marriages, relational issues, addictions and depression. Grace has written eleven books on using Scripture in the healing journey. Nine are a series entitled “Healing Emotional Wounds”, with workbooks at the back of each book, designed for Small Group Bible Studies (2017). Grace has used these books in small groups within her church and with individual contacts and has witnessed lives being transformed.
Grace’s first book, “From Victim to Victor”, A personal Healing Journey, was published in 2012. In it, Grace tells her own story with transparency and straight forward illustrations of how God used Scripture to bring complete healing to her brokenness. The book is intended to be a roadmap by encouraging the reader to follow in her footsteps toward wholeness.
In 2017, Grace published her autobiography, entitled, “The Making of Grace”, in which she again in open honesty, shares the struggles of two broken individuals coming together into a dysfunctional marriage. The reader walks with Grace and her husband, Paul, through the healing of their marriage and other relationships. The book also gives a glimpse at the hurdles that needed to be overcome in publishing Grace’s first book.
Grace is a passionate conference speaker on issues pertaining to the healing journey, personal growth, reaching your God given potential and in pursuing your dream. Using the Word of God, Grace brings to life Bible characters, as God works out His plan for their lives.
Grace Gayle is married to Paul McMullen, her husband of 42 years and manager of her social media. Together they have raised three children and serve in community ministry. They are partners with “At the Crossroads Community Church” in Trenton ON.
For more info on Grace’s ministry or on her books, please check out her two websites at:
Ladies' Speaker for our 2019 Retreat
We are excited to have Tricia Gibb as our speaker for all 3 sessions. She is highly recommended by Margaret Gibb (her mother), who spoke at our retreat several years ago.
Tricia currently resides in Sarnia, where for the past 13 years she has served in
ministry at her church.
She was recently promoted as the Director of Women's Connection for the
Western Ontario District.
Her passions are to equip leaders, to mentor younger women and to see women
live for Jesus in their homes, neighborhoods and churches.
In recent years Tricia has traveled to foreign nations, teaching and preaching in
churches, camps, schools, orphanages and brothels.
Ladies' Speaker for our 2018 Retreat
Missionary, teacher, author, passionate student of the Scriptures, and cat lover, Lynda was born and raised in Timmins, Ontario, in the heart of gold mining country, in northeastern Ontario, Canada.
Lynda served with Fellowship International for most of her ministry career, beginning in Medellín, Colombia in 1976 and ending in 2010 after fifteen years of ministry in Caracas, Venezuela. She also served on Home Staff with The Fellowship as Communications Coordinator between those two overseas assignments, and as Director of Christian Education in three Ontario churches.
She is the author of Divine Design for Daily Living, a 365-day devotional journey through the Bible, published both in Spanish and English editions. Her most recent book, Ordinary People With An Extraordinary God, was published in 2013. Several of her short stories appear in anthologies published by FAITHWRITERS (with more on the way). She is currently working on a third book, In the Shadow of a Cross. Lynda is also a regular blogger. Find her at: grainsofsand820.wordpress.com and lyndasgrainsofsand.blogspot.ca among several other spots!
Lynda is a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Guelph, Ontario, where she teaches two weekly Bible studies, works with a Mission Coaching Team. She also volunteers as a digital archivist with The Fellowship, and as a conversation partner in outreach ministry with International Student Ministries.
“But no one's identity is hooked to what they do, or have done, in life. If I can say I long for any ‘claim to fame’ it is as a believer in Jesus Christ, and as a follower of the Way of the Cross. My desire is to wisely pour out the life of Christ that has been given to me because of His amazing grace in a way that will excite in others the desire to know Him more intimately.”
Ladies' Speaker for our 2017 Retreat
A former teacher and sales executive, Ruth is an international speaker, author and founder of Words To Inspire - Lifelong Empowerment From God’s Word. This ministry exists to provide resources to strengthen each person’s faith through the memorizing, meditating, studying and applying of God’s Word.
For several years Ruth hosted her own radio show, which aired in Ontario and the Maritimes. Many shows are posted on her website at and on HopeStream Internet radio each Sunday.
In 2014 Ruth was appointed Canadian Coordinator for Women Together. Her responsibilities include the development of Peer Mentoring Retreats for women in leadership and providing On-line Leadership Conversations with global leaders.
Presently she is writing four Bible studies. Called the WOW series: Woman of Worth; Lifelong Empowerment From Psalm 139; Woman of the Word-A Memorizing Scripture Experience; Woman of Wisdom-Covenant Truths Woven Throughout the Pages of Ruth and Woman of Worship-A Walk through the Old Testament Tabernacle and on to New Testament Jesus.
Each study is four lessons for the time-constrained woman. The first in the series, Woman of Worth, has an accompanying teaching DVD and has been translated into three languages: Spanish, Nepalese and Mandarin.
Ruth’s vivacious personality, love of life and people, brings a transparency that is both inspiring and empowering to her audiences everywhere!
She is married to Bob and together they have four adult children and ten grandchildren. Ruth enjoys skiing, skating, Pickleball (have you heard of it?) and travelling with Bob to other countries in ministry.
“My passion is to motivate women to embrace life-changing truths through reading, studying, memorizing and applying God’s Word. What a delight to encourage and develop Christian leaders to fulfill their divine potential and calling.”
Ladies' Speaker for our 2016 Retreat
Mary-Lue Mahaffey is a passionate Bible teacher, small group facilitator and mentor. She loves opening God’s Word in communities and seeing people draw closer to the Lord.
Originally born in the Philippines, Mary-Lue grew up in the GTA and later lived in Sudbury where she attended Laurentian University and served on InterVarsity student leadership.
She has taught overseas in Sweden at a Torchbearer school, and completed her Masters of Theological Studies in Hamilton. She worked for the Alberta government as a youth worker on a Native Reserve in the Rockies and since has been heavily involved in working alongside the Anishinaabe people in Northern Ontario.
One of her greatest desires is to know and love God and see others experience His deep love.
She has spoken at Women’s Retreats, Youth Gatherings and various churches in Ontario and Sweden. Her desire is to see God’s truth and love transform the lives of people God is working in and invites her to be a part of.
In her free time Mary-Lue is often snowboarding, playing basketball and other sports, along with exploring the outdoors and the beauty of God’s creation with friends, 'little sisters’ and family.
Currently Mary-Lue is transitioning to live in the North and work full time in Native communities as a part of DayStar Native Outreach in partnership with her home church.
Messages from our Past Retreats
Margaret Gibb was our Ladies' Speaker for the 2015 Retreat.
Her messages are here for you to listen to & enjoy: