2 CORINTHIANS 3:17
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
2 CORINTHIANS 3:17
The Bible says in Isaiah 42:12, “Make God’s glory resound: Echo His praises from coast to coast.” Each of us carries a voice that has the ability to echo the hope of Jesus to our communities and across the world.
Our hope has always been that Echo Conference would be a space for women to do just this. For years, we have witnessed women be encouraged and equipped to live out their God-given purpose and echo His praises from coast to coast. We believe this mission will continue to impact the lives of many women, especially as we continue to gather together.
This year’s theme is “This Is Freedom”. In 2 Corinthians 3:17, it says, “Where the spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.” Freedom means many things to many people. We spend most of our lives looking and hoping to attain it. The Bible reminds us that true freedom exists only through Jesus Christ. He frees us to live without hindrance or restraint. He gives us the power needed to live out the unique calling placed on our lives. And he surrounds us with a community of believers to remind us of these truths––like the community you’ll find here at Echo.
We invite you to join us as we declare, This Is Freedom.
– Christina Gard
Senior Pastor of Grace City Church & Founder of Echo Conference
includes admission to all conference sessions and choice of breakouts
DawnCheré Wilkerson is a speaker, singer, songwriter, and pastor who loves nothing more than to encourage people of all ages to never give up! Her contagious joy and zeal bring a uniquely impacting perspective on life. DawnCheré and her husband, Rich, are the lead pastors of VOUS Church in Miami, FL. VOUS is a catalyst of faith, creativity, and diversity that celebrates the unique culture of its vibrant city. After an eight-year journey through infertility, DawnCheré and Rich have seen the faithfulness of God as they have welcomed their three children, Wyatt Wesley Wilkerson, Wilde Wesley Wilkerson, and Waylon Wesley Wilkerson, into the world.
Christina Gard and her husband, Andrew, are the Senior Pastors of Grace City Church, a church in the heart of Lakeland, Florida. Christina is also the Founder of Echo Conference.
Andrew is originally from Tacoma, WA, and Christina was born and raised in Alaska. They met on a blind date in college at Northwest University and married in 2005.
Since marrying, they have been in full-time ministry and have served the church in various capacities ranging from children’s to college ministry. Christina holds master’s degrees in Ministry, Human Services, and Marriage and Family Therapy. She is also earning her Ph.D. in Psychology.
They moved to Lakeland in 2011 and are passionate about introducing people to Jesus and seeing lives transformed. Not only is she a gifted speaker and a passionate teacher, she is a devoted wife and mother of twins.
Irene Rollins is passionate about the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health of all people. As a certified Emotional Intelligence Coach, she loves to study human behavior enabling her to understand a wide variety of people and guiding them to be the best version of themselves through her teaching, writing, and coaching. Irene’s fervency to help others overcome their self-
defeating habits comes from her life experience as an overcomer of alcohol addiction and trauma. Irene models accountability and often reminds those in the addiction community to “do the work” and “If you aren’t working on your recovery, you’re working on your relapse.” She released her first book “Reframe Your Shame” in August 2022.
After almost twenty-five years in full-time ministry, serving as Senior Pastors of a thriving church called i5 City for 10 of those years, Irene and her husband Jimmy felt a shift in their ministry focus and founded the ministry of TWO = ONE with a mission to help build strong marriages that result in healthy families that impact our communities for the better.
In her downtime, Irene enjoys reading, exercising, cooking and clowning around with her husband Jimmy, their children, Kayla, Jaden, and Maya, and her two bulldog babies, Diesel and Reign at their home in West Palm Beach, Florida.
(Subject to change)
Registration Opens – 4 PM
Session One – 7 PM
After Party – 9 PM
day two (AM)
Session Two – 9:30 AM
Session Three – 11:00 AM
day two (PM)
Lunch Break – 12:15 PM
Breakouts #1 – 1:45 PM
Breakouts #2 – 3:00 PM
Dinner Break – 4:00 PM
Session Four – 7:00 PM
Personal Life Coach & FLVS ESE Coordinator
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Author, Non-profit Coach
Broadcast Journalist/Manager of Philanthropy
Grace City Tampa Location Pastor
Grace City Tampa Worship Pastor
Freelance Writer and Editor
Child Psychologist, Licensed School Psychologist, Owner of Star Psychology
Vice President of JPMorgan Chase
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Current Group Discounts
$5 off per person in groups of 10–19
$10 off per person in groups of 20 or more
When does the event begin and end?
Session 1 begins Friday, 2/17 at 7 PM, and the conference concludes after Session 4 on Saturday, 2/18. A full schedule of conference will stay up to date here.
Will there be a Mother’s Room available at Echo?
Yes! Mothers are invited to utilize our Mother’s Room. Our team will be available to guide you to its location.
Where can I eat during the conference?
We will have local food trucks available on-site so that you can stay close by between sessions. A full list of our vendors and their menu will be available closer to conference weekend.
We would like to stay and attend church on Sunday. What services are available, and where will services be held?
We would love for you to join us for one of our Sunday services at Grace City Church. Services will occur at 9:00 AM, 10:45 AM, 12:30 PM, and 6:00 PM.
Can I register at the door?
Yes! We will have registration available at the door. However, our best rates will be made available in advance.
Are there special rates available for large groups?
Yes. View our group rates here and contact our church group coordinator for additional information regarding church groups.
Are there recommended hotels in the area?
We suggest the following local hotels:
Do attendees have to stay at one of the hotels listed?
Attendees are welcome to stay at whatever hotel they choose.
Can I serve at Echo?
We would love for you to join the team! If you’re interested in volunteering for Echo, please let us know by filling out this form.
How do I apply for an Echo Scholarship?
You can apply for an Echo Scholarship by completing this form.
Can I contribute to Echo scholarships?
Yes! We want all ladies to have the opportunity to attend Echo. If you’d like to give toward registering a lady for this year’s conference, click here. Thank you for your generosity!
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