Saturday, January 26th

The Mission Church, Urbandale

Featured Speakers

Gary Wilkerson

Gary Wilkerson’s passionate desire is to help people lead a better life and make a better world.  He pursues this through creative writing, blogs, podcasts, YouTube Videos, books, and leadership conferences he has held in over 60 nations, touching tens of thousands of activists, pastors, politicians, social workers, missionaries, leaders, and change agents.  He believes God designed us to live for something bigger than ourselves, and that love should be our greatest ambition.  He brings this message through a news letter touching 250,000 people monthly and social media encouraging thousands daily. He is the president of World Challenge, which brings poverty solutions within reach some of the poorest communities in the world, and helps people live out their highest calling and fulfill their God-designed destinies. Gary is an avid Cross Fit workout enthusiast and health food aficionado. He is blessed with an amazing wife, Kelly, and four children who are all in their own way making a better world.  Gary’s Keynote address will highlight the necessity of physical availability as the church engages the great needs of our time, and how his own body stewardship testimony highlights both the costs of neglect and the rewards of investment. His breakout will be of special encouragement to pastors and those who serve in the church, as he helps inspire a vision for a church that is fully engaged and available to bring light and salt to a world in need.

Becky Tirabassi

Becky Tirabassi has an appeal that is universal because she understands that all men, women and students face problems, obstacles and challenges. Having confronted and overcome many difficulties, Becky has emerged with a zest for life and a passion for sharing simple techniques that help people change their lives for the better. As an author, life coach, pastor, and speaker, she lives and teaches a balanced approach to the physical, emotional, spiritual and mental aspects of life. For over 30 years, Becky has motivated hundreds of thousands of men, women and students to change their lives through best-selling books, extensive media appearances, and a wide-range of speaking events Becky speaks to men, women, and students on a variety of topics including prayer, leadership, balanced living, mentoring and parenting. After years of traveling and many appears on television and radio empowering people with her dynamic message of how to live disciplined lives in the current “out-of-control” culture, she is investing in her community as a pastor to women and students, and a frequent speaker on Sundays at Viewpoint Church in Newport Beach, CA. Becky was recently in Iowa as the featured speaker for the 2018 Iowa Governor’s Prayer Breakfast.  For her Keynote address, Becky will draw on her experience as a Certified Life Coach and Fitness Instructor to  bring The EMPTINESS ANTIDOTE: Why we are filling, thrilling, even killing ourselves with things that can’t last and won’t satisfy. She will look at the problem (“things” that are only temporary) and offer a practical solution: God’s Word. Becky will share the practical practices that she has used to overcome addiction to drugs and alcohol, being overweight, and how she has been successful at restoring balance in her life.Her breakout is titled 8 Daily To-Do’s that will change your life. Change begins with awareness, is empowered with admission, achieved with an action plan, and sustained with accountability (from her books, Change Your Life and The Change Your Life Daily Journal). The practical “eight” daily to do’s will be taught and are easily “caught”: Eat right and Exercise Regularly, Forgive and Give, Talk to God and Listen to God, Detail Your Day and Define Your Dream.

Matt Perman

Matt  Perman is an author, speaker, and consultant eager to help you do work that matters, and do it better. More than that, he wants to help you do your work and influence the culture in a gospel-centered way. Matt is the author of the best-selling book What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done and is a popular speaker on leadership, productivity, and theology from a God-centered perspective. His work has been featured in Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, and Desiring God. In 2015 he co-founded the organization, What’s Best Next, to help empower Christians to be more productive in all areas of life, and to do so in a way that is God-centered and gospel-driven.Prior to that he served for 13 years at Desiring God leading the web department, serving as director of strategy, and helping build the ministry. He has also served as director of marketing at Made to Flourish, an organization dedicated to equipping pastors to connect faith and work. Matt received his undergrad in philosophy (with a minor in business) from the University of Northern Iowa, studied under John Piper at The Bethlehem Institute, and received his M. Div. in biblical and theological studies from Southern Seminary. He lives in New York City. Matt will explain biblically why being more effective and productive is part of our calling as followers of Christ, and how this connects with our physical stewardship. He will connect the gospel, the greatest commandment, and the Great Commission to our pursuit of greater effectiveness, productivity and health. Pastors will especially appreciate his breakout focusing on the themes he developed as part of Made To Flourish.

Van Harden - MC

Van Harden, a Marconi Award-winning broadcaster and Iowa legend, will be emceeing the INSPIRE 2019 conference. His own experience of losing and keeping off 100 pounds of excess weight have given rise to a book and a greater level of awareness among his vast audience of the simple changes we can make to our diets and exercise that can pay huge dividends.

Breakout Presentations

Holly Houg

Holly has a passion for teaching others how to cook and eat healthy.  She loves to show others how they can quickly cook simple recipes using whole foods.  The highlight of her year is teaching kids' summer cooking camps and classes.  She has a talent for getting kids and adults to love vegetables! During her breakout session, she will demonstrate several recipes for you to sample.  She will explain how you can  eliminate sugar from your diet without missing out on flavor.  

Kim Harms

Kim Harms is a freelance writer and speaker. A breast cancer survivor,  she uses her personal experience with mastectomy and breast reconstruction and her love of Scripture to give her audience a biblical perspective on struggles that are common among women. Kim’s work has been featured in Today’s Christian Woman, CT Women, Guideposts, Creation Illustrated and more.  Represented by Credo Communications Literary Agency, she is working on her first book, Life Reconstructed: A Girlfriend’s Guide to Mastectomies and Breast Reconstruction. Her breakout is titled A Biblical View of Body Image When Your Body Fails You.

Dr. David Groen

Dr. David Groen is a local podiatrist and cross country coach who has been a frequent participant with INSPIRE. He has seen firsthand how both neglect and overuse have given rise to many serious issues with his patient’s feet and ankles. Dr Groen will identify several of the most common injuries and conditions that he treats, as well as give prescriptions for how to avoid and overcome them.

Heidi Quist

Heidi Quist owns Heartland Christian Counseling (formerly Pine Rest Counseling), and has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College. From her training and practice, she understands firsthand how we operate as holistic beings, and how our physical health directly impacts our psychological, emotional and spiritual health. Her breakout is titled Gardening Our Lives: Staying rooted in Christ so we can help ourselves and others.  This session will give examples and practical applications in challenging negative thought patterns, setting appropriate boundaries, and living in the moment.

Welcome to the New You

Our fifth annual conference continues to build on the excitement and momentum of our previous events! Each January we provide inspiration and information designed to help the church grow in its understanding and application of sound nutrition and fitness principles. Better body stewardship and greater availability is our goal, and we invite national and local experts in discipleship, physiology, nutrition, exercise and healthy living to encourage and teach us how to honor God with our physical bodies!

Saturday, January 26, 2018


8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
(Same-day registration opens at 7:30AM)


Military, Pastor, Student, and
Couple Discounts Available
(Online registration ends January 25)


3 General Sessions
2 Breakout Sessions


Lunch provided by Chick fil-A
and Anderson Erickson Dairy


New to INSPIRE? Start Here


Check out what we have lined up for this year's conference
Saturday, January 26th
7:30AM - 8:30AM
Same-Day Registration and Packet Pick-up
8:30AM - 9:45AM
General Session 1 - Becky Tirabassi - The Emptiness Antidote
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Breakout Sessions 1
BeckyTirabassi - 8 Daily To-Do’s that will change your life.
Gary Wilkerson – Out of the Salt Shaker: Helping your church remain engaged and available.
Holly Houg - Happiness in the Kitchen with Holly
Heidi Vermeer-Quist – Gardening Our Lives: Staying rooted in Christ so we can help ourselves and others
11:15AM - 12:30PM
General Session 2 - Gary Wilkerson – Sowing and Reaping in Light of our Great Calling
12:30PM - 1:30PM
Lunch (Provided), Meet and Greet, Resource Tables
1:45PM - 2:45PM
Breakout Sessions 2
Matt Perman – Made To Flourish
Dr. David Groen – Running Through the Pain: Causes and Cures for Common Athletic Injuries
Kim Harms – Life Reconstructed – A Biblical View of Body Image When Your Body FailsYou (Women only)
Holly Houg - Happiness in the Kitchen with Holly
3:00PM - 4:30PM
Matt Perman – What’s Best Next: How The Gospel Transforms The Way You Get Things Done.
Conference Concludes

Sign Up

Ready to start? Get signed up for the conference below:
Online registration will end at 11:59PM Friday, January 25.
Same day registration will be available at the conference site
beginning at 7:30AM on Saturday, January 26.
Cash, Check, and Credit Cards will be accepted.
When filling out the registration form please select an entrée for lunch from Chick-fil-A.
  • Grilled Chicken Wrap
    Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap
  • Spicy Southwest Chicken Salad
  • Grilled Market Salad