Anew is a One-Day Conference For Women

Our desire is to provide women with a unique opportunity to gather and grow in understanding of our great God. As we spend time in worship and teaching we renew our minds with the truth we find in His word. The truth of His love, mercy, faithfulness and goodness drives us to seek Him for hope each day, anew. 

When: Saturday, April 13th

Where: Soteria Des Moines Church

Cost: $40 before March 24th ($45 after March 24th)
Registration is now closed. Please contact Julie Mason with any inquires (julie@soteriadsm.com)

What’s Included?
Two main sessions, workshop of choice, canvas tote bag, the book Hope When it Hurts by Kristen Wetherell, custom notebook, catered lunch & dessert by Cyd’s Catering

Please note:

  • Registration closes March 31st

  • Childcare not available

main Speaker


My name is Kristen. Nice to meet you.

I’m married to Brad, who’s a pastor, and we have one daughter, Joanna. When I’m not wearing my “mom hat,” I write books and articles and occasionally speak.

I see writing and teaching as God-given means to unfold the truth of his Word and apply the gospel to every nook and cranny of life. The greatest Story ever told is the one about Jesus Christ.

My goal is to “proclaim the excellencies of him who called [me] out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9), to hold out the word of life so the Church might know and treasure Jesus more.

In October 2014, I was diagnosed with Lyme disease. How we grasp the gospel in our suffering is one focus of my writing. My dear friend, Sarah Walton, and I wrote a book about this: Hope When It Hurts: Biblical Reflections to Help You Grasp God’s Purpose in Your Suffering. 

My great passion is to see believers love Christ, learn the Bible, and live the gospel. I especially love teaching the Bible to women at our church and through other local church’s events and retreats. 

conference Schedule


Registration, Coffee and Pastries


Session One with Kristen Wetherell






Lunch (Served at Soteria)


Session Two with Kristen Wetherell


Closing and prayer


Conference Ends


Trayla Carter &  Jamie Green

Trayla Carter &
Jamie Green

My House is Your House

Christians are called to show love to others through hospitality, but it can be a challenging command. How do you roll out the welcome mat for a difficult person? What does it look like to say “Come on in!” when you feel inadequate? In this workshop, Trayla Carter and Jamie Green will explain what the Bible says about hospitality, address the barriers women often face and share practical ways to prepare to open your home to others.

Lydia Hol

Lydia Hol

What’s Your Home Worth?

What is your home’s value? Not the amount you could sell it for -- but the role it plays in your family life? Lydia Hol is passionate about making her home an inspiring environment for her husband and daughters. In this interactive workshop, she will demonstrate how to create and manage a home as well as make it a pleasant place to live and welcome others.

Jasanna Czellar

Jasanna Czellar

Ready, Set, Serve!

Do you have a desire to serve your community? In this panel moderated by Jasanna Czellar, representatives from ministries in the Des Moines metro will share about the needs their organization meets, the opportunities available for you to partner with them and the specific ways you can get involved.

Liz Augsburger

Liz Augsburger

Great Expectations

Like the song goes, “So no one told you life was gonna be this way.” We all have expectations for our lives. But how do we respond to the circumstances that threaten to derail our dreams? In this panel moderated by Liz Augsburger, ladies from Soteria will share their unique challenges, how they walked through those hardships, and where they found the hope to endure.

Leah Dietrich

Leah Dietrich

Suffering Soul

God’s word is supposed to be a source of hope and comfort to those who are suffering. But what do you do when his promises don’t seem like anything more than words on a page? How do you fight to believe when you just don’t feel like you have the faith? In this workshop, Leah Dietrich will offer reflections on reading scripture during months of intense sickness to both encourage those currently suffering and equip those who want to come alongside them.