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Thrive in Culpeper, Virginia

Women of faith gather for worship and prayer, encouragement, learning, and wiping the tears of our suffering sisters. Come join us! There is no charge for this event. A missions offering will be received.

October 27–29
New Salem Baptist Church
8233 Sperryville Pike, Culpeper, VA 22701


Friday, October 27

6:30 p.m. Registration
7:00 p.m. Session 1

Saturday, October 28

8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Session 2
11:45 a.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions (see descriptions on our Breakout Sessions page)
2:00 p.m. Session 3

Sunday, October 29

11:00 a.m. Worship Service



JoAnn Auger

JoAnn Auger serves on the board of ANM’s International Women’s Ministry as the training and leadership advisor. After working in the public sector for over 30 years as a leadership consultant and coach, JoAnn made the decision to “re-wire” her life. While her desire to develop and train people is still her focus, it now centers on women serving the cause of Christ.

Sol Balbero

bio coming soon

Dr. Linda Balugo

Linda’s father left a profitable medical career to serve as a medical missionary, offering free medical services to the poor and suffering while proclaiming the Gospel. Inspired by her late father’s example, Linda became a physician as well. She is now international medical director for the ministry he founded, Philippine Gospel Association. She also leads medical missions trips for ANM.

Susan Brandt

Susan is a Certified Financial Planner and a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor who focuses on comprehensive financial planning, helping clients determine the most efficient strategy for realizing a truly fulfilling retirement. She was in the accounting industry for 12 years prior to joining the financial services industry. Susan has been married for 44 years and has 3 adult kids and two grandchildren. 

Deborah Bundy-Carpenter

Deborah has over 30 years of experience in nursing and public health, and now serves as district nurse manager for the seven health departments of the Central Shenandoah Health District. Deborah also serves on several local health coalitions and advisory boards and is the chair of the commission on health for her local church. 

Deborah accepted Christ at the age of 11 and has been involved in various ministries through her local church, with her chief calling being missionary and prayer warrior. She loves studying the Bible and spending alone time in prayer and praise with the love of her life, her Lord and Savior. Deborah resides in Stuarts Draft with her husband Leroy.

Terry Lawson

Terry is a wife and mother of three children, and a Christian businesswoman, running a consignment store called Terry’s Place for the past 20 years. She has been in music ministry for more than 30 years, using her gift of worship to encourage many. She is the worship coordinator, speaker, and prayer warrior for ANM’s International Women’s Ministries. Terry is also involved in Hope for Appalachia, Women’s Aglow, and Daughters of Destiny Prison Ministry. Her absolute favorite thing to do is spend alone time with her Lord and Savior, especially in the form of worship through music and song.

Autumn Nims

For Autumn Nims, “Missions is a lifestyle, not a one-time event.” Because women wiped her tears, she values each opportunity to wipe the tears (and help other women learn how to wipe the tears) of hurting women who are serving as missionaries in various parts of the world. Autumn holds credentials in the Church of God and studied pastoral ministry and Christian leadership at Lee University. She has served in many ministry roles in the body of Christ, including church ministry. She finds great satisfaction as a licensed personal coach and church consultant. Her favorite verse, and the one she holds onto as both an instruction and a promise, is, “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10)

Sergeja Slankovic

Sergeja Slankovic was raised in Slovenia in a Christian family and gave her heart to Jesus at a Christian camp when she was a teenager.  Later, she completed business school, after which she worked for a bank for seven years. As Sergeja started to become more involved in church, her desire grew to serve God full-time. She sought God about this, and was eventually led to seminary in neighboring Croatia. In 2011 Sergeja began working full-time at the Christian Binkostna Cerkev Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia. As a native Slovene, she knows the spiritual and emotional needs of her people. She has pioneered the use of “Cleansing Streams” groups in Slovenia. This has included translating all materials into the Slovene language. The number of changed lives through Sergeja’s ministry increases year by year. She also devotes time and energy to working with children and teenagers, working with small groups, evangelizing, and helping with administrative work in the church.


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