Children are a gift from the Lord;
they are reward from him.
Psalm 127:3

2019 Central Texas State Conference

July 11-13, 2019 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Hyde Park Baptist Church
3901 Speedway
Austin, Texas 78751

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Conference Details


Session Descriptions

2019 Summer Conferences offer more choices for your training needs and allows us to offer high quality training without an increase in conference fees.  The daily conference schedules allow more opportunities to earn training hours by not designating a specific lunchtime and not including lunch in the conference fee. However, food will be available for purchase and a substantial morning and afternoon snack will be provided. You may also choose to “go out to lunch” at nearby restaurants at anytime during the day. You choose the time! Food will not be allowed in breakout sessions as it is distracting to presenters and other conferences.

Opening Keynote Speakers

Diane Dokko Kim

Thursday, July 11

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Richard Louv

Friday, July 12

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Dr. Barbara Sorrels

Saturday, July 13

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Closing Keynote Speakers

Audrey Rowland

Friday, July 12

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Micah Davidson

Saturday, July 13

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Diane Dokko Kim

How could God let this happen? Is He going to fix it?

How will I get through this?
Nobody understands what I’m going through!

What does the Bible have to do with this?
Have you struggled with these questions? Do you want to help parents who struggle with these questions?

Come and hear from a parent’s perspective, the struggles of parenting a child with special needs. In 2004, Diane’s son was diagnosed with autism and later ADHD which triggered a profound personal, professional, and spiritual crises. As a mother to a child with multiple special needs, Diane shares candid stories of universal struggle, anchored in Christ-centered hope — with unexpected twists of hilarity. An engaging storyteller, Diane is the author of Unbroken Faith: Spiritual Recovery for the Special Needs Parent. Since 2008, Diane has served as a special needs ministry consultant, training and equipping churches into becoming inclusive faith communities. She is honored to partner with Joni and Friends as a ministry ambassador and national speaker.

Richard Louv

RichardWhy are we hearing so much about the importance of spending time in the natural world?

How can we enrich the lives of children in all areas of development through nature? 

Some of the answers may surprise you!

Richard Louv is a journalist and author of nine books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age, and Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life: 500 Ways to Enrich Your Family’s Health & Happiness. His books have helped launch an international movement to connect children, families and communities to nature. He is co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network, an organization helping build the movement. He appears frequently on national radio and television programs, including the Today Show, CBS Evening News, and NPR’s Fresh Air. He speaks internationally on nature-deficit disorder, a concept he first introduced in Last Child in the Woods; on the importance of children’s and adults’ exposure to nature for their health, and on the need for environmental protection and preservation for greater access to nature and the health of the Earth.

Dr. Barbara Sorrels

What is healthy attachment?

Why is it so important to a child’s growth and development?

How can you nurture connections in various ages and stages?

Dr. Barbara Sorrels, a mom and grandmother whose experience as a university professor, consultant, and Children’s Pastor, will bring answers to these questions and more! Dr. Barbara Sorrels is the Executive Director of The Institute for Childhood Education, a professional development and consulting firm for those who live and work with children. She has had over 20 years of classroom experience teaching children of all ages in child care, kindergarten, and elementary school classrooms, as well as over five years’ experience teaching graduate and undergraduate students at the University level. She also founded and directed early childhood centers located in Washington, D. C. and Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Sorrels holds a doctorate in Early Childhood Education from Oklahoma State University, a master’s degree in Christian Education from Southwestern Seminary, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland. She served for over five years on the faculty of Oklahoma State University teaching in the Early Child Education program. She is the author of Nurturing Healthy Attachments.

Audrey Rowland

Audrey Rowland has over 20 years of experience as an early childhood professional.  Drawing from her expertise as a teacher and administrator, Audrey creates resources and provides professional development for early educators, administrators, parents, and policy-makers.  Audrey is grounded in theory and practice that emphasizes developmentally appropriate practice and high-quality early education. She is an engaging speaker and trainer, translating information into application and inspiring teachers and professionals.  Audrey earned a MS from the University of North Texas in Child Development and Family Studies and a MBA from Texas Woman’s University.

​  In 2018, Audrey founded Play Studio, Fort Worth’s premier space for young children. Play Studio’s unique materials are inspired by RIE®, Reggio-Emilia, and Montessori methods. The experienced staff is dedicated to fostering open-ended play, exploration, and wonder. Childcare centers are regularly welcomed at Play Studio for custom trainings; and, parents find support through RIE®-inspired parent-child classes.

Micah Davidson

Micah is a husband, father and pastor. He has a Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages and Ph.D. in Theology from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. Micah has been in ministry for 25 years and the Lead Pastor of Real Life for 14 years. Micah brings his 9 years of seminary education and his 25 years from the School of Hard Knocks to create a practical, fresh approach to learning and applying real life principles every church leader needs.

Hotel Information

Hyatt Place Austin North Central

7522 N. I-35
Austin, TX 78752

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Call 888-492-8847 and ask for group code G-TBW2

Map (4 miles to HPBC)

Group Block: TBCWE

$119 Double or King (includes breakfast)
Make Reservations by June 20, 2019 for special rate

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

10711 Research Blvd
Austin, TX 78759


$115 Deluxe King
$125 Deluxe Double Queen

Please ask  for group name” Texas Baptist Church Weekday Education” when making all reservations.

Make Reservations by June 19,2019 for special rate

Conference Pricing

(Early Bird Rates through Friday, June 21, 2019)

Mailing Address:

Texas Baptist Church Weekday Education Association
P.O. Box 91135
Austin, TX 78709-1135

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