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2019  North State Conference

August 1-3, 2019 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

First Baptist Church
1615 W Louisiana St.
McKinney, TX 75069

Conference Details

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Diane Dokko Kim – Thursday,  August 1

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 – Friday,  August 2

Why 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 – Saturday, August 3

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.

 Conference Pricing

1 Day

2 Days

3 Days
(includes conference T-shirt)

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Hotel Information

Home 2 Suites by Hilton

290 Murray Farm Rd.
Fairview, TX 75069
(Allen, Texas near Outlet Mall)
(214) 677-1270