MAIN SESSION SPEAKERS
Damaris Carbaugh, a native New Yorker, grew up in Cuba, Puerto Rico and New York City. She gave her life to Christ at the age of eight and by eleven knew all she ever wanted to do was sing. As a teen, Damaris and her two sisters sang as a trio and traveled with their mother. At 15, she was asked to sing at a recording studio, and soon she was in demand by producers and advertising agencies in New York. In the years since, Damaris has sung with many well-known artists in recording sessions. She has performed vocals on countless advertising jingles and commercials, often in Spanish, which she speaks fluently. In the early ’80s, Damaris was seeking a career as a secular performer, feeling that this was the way God would give her a platform and would use her talents. In 1982 she won the American Song Festival Talent Search and received a recording contract with CBS Records. The album was released in January 1984 but, in Damaris’s own words, “It went nowhere.” A turning point came in Damaris life in 1988, when she visited a group of believers in Argentina who live in abject poverty. She was struck by their devotion to the Lord in spite of their circumstances, serving Him not for His blessings, but for the pure joy of loving Him. Damaris felt a need to give herself totally to the Lord, and began praying for ways to use her talents more fully for him. For many years, she has used her gifts to glorify the Lord and tell others about Him. Her depth of love and devotion for her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is so evident through her special gift of song and powerful speaking ministry. You will be moved and inspired as Damaris reveals a true servant’s heart through her beautiful voice and infectious love for teaching God’s Word which reflects her personal spiritual journey. This talented musician was a featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and regularly appeared on the “Day of Discovery” television program. Damaris lives in Mt. Vernon, New York with her husband of over thirty-five years, Rod. Their grown daughter, Ashley Rose (Wheaton College 2005) lives nearby. Ashley is a charter school math teacher in NYC. Their married son, James Christian (Naval Postgraduate School 2015, US Naval Academy 2007), is a Lieutenant Navy Aviator with masters degrees in Operations Research and Applied Mathematics. To learn more about Damaris, head to www.damariscarbaugh.com.
STEPHANIE & BRIAN LEE
Stephanie Lee is a wife and mama to 4 precious children. She and her husband, Brian, have lived in College Station since they graduated from Texas A&M in the late 90s and have a deep burden for this community to know and follow Jesus. This has led them to serve or come alongside various ministries in the area, pursuing holiness through deep relationships and discipleship. She has served on the club team of Jesus Said Love, founded and directed Talitha Dance Company, leads a dance ministry for young girls called Talitha Cumi, and is the Founder and Director of You Are Conference. Stephanie has been honored to share her story of radical surrender and transformation through Jesus at various women’s events across Texas. Stephanie is a spiritual mother to many and has a deep desire to invest in women, empowering them to live fully in all God has called them to.
Brian is husband to Stephanie Lee and father to their four amazing children. He currently serves as the National President of Brothers Under Christ (BYX), a National Christian fraternity on college campuses across the nation. Brian has been in College Station since 1998 and upon graduating from Texas A&M, sensed God inviting him and Steph to remain in Bryan/College Station. Since that time, they both believe they are called to continue to invest their lives in this community. Brian is dreaming about and working alongside other city leaders towards a vision of gospel transformation throughout the BCS.
Brian has had the privilege of helping start various ministries, organizations, and businesses (IMPACT, Arrow Academy, Deer Creek Camp, Kaleo Consulting Group). He has a passion for leadership development and for seeing God's people come together in unity and love for one another.
INSPIRE SESSION SPEAKERS
Sarah Stewart is a wife to Andy, mother of two preschool boys, and a senior staff at Taproot Church in San Antonio, a young church she recently helped plant that primarily reaches college students. After graduating from Texas A&M, Sarah spent the next 17 years calling Aggieland her home. While she loves San Antonio so far, she is still adjusting to big city life and missing many of her friends and former church family.
She has served college students for 16 years as a discipler, life coach, evangelist, leadership developer, missions mobilizer, and corporate prayer leader. She has a passion to help people heal, grow, and be transformed by the power of God. What fires Sarah up is when she sees people fall more in love with Jesus, surrender more of themselves to Him, and fulfill His purposes in the earth.
Even though Amber grew up in a Godly home, and attended Christian schools it was not until the age of twenty-one, that the Holy Spirit brought her to a place that caused her to cry out to him desperately. The Lord spoke one verse again and again, “You are not your own; you were bought at a price” (1Cor 6:19-20). Because of God’s patience, and through many mistakes, foibles, and sins, she knows the Savior she surrendered to better now, than she did then. Every trial has been worth it, to learn the character and attributes of such an astonishing God. She graduated from Eastern Nazarene College with a degree in English and lives in Connecticut. She is working as a make-up artist and is mother to a sixteen year old son, River.
Brittney is a widow, mother to three fastidious and tenacious children 10 and under, former homeschool teacher, current carpool driver, basic meal assembly line composer, struggling house cleaner, and reluctant bookkeeper. She also runs a ranch and 60 head beef cattle operation just outside of Bryan/College Station and has a great appreciation for design and creating beautiful spaces in her home. After graduating from LSU, Brittney moved to College Station, married her husband Brock two years later, and has called the area home ever since. Brittney has served faithfully in her current church for the past 16 years cultivating relationships with college women, young professionals, and peers alike. Her passion is learning about while imperfectly modeling the freedom in and love of Jesus through vulnerability, compassion, honesty, confession and transparency in pain and through regularly receiving and giving encouragement to pursue and trust the Lord with our hearts and lives.
The past five years of Brittney’s life have been marked by heartache and loss and layers of unexpected challenges and changes. Most of the challenges only promise to continue for the foreseeable future. She has a desire for other women to see and experience the faithfulness, goodness and kindness of the Lord as we each walk through the most deeply painful parts of life. Brittney is not living on the other side but squarely in the middle of picking up the pieces from a broken heart and shattered dreams. She wants to invite you in to see the journey that is teaching her that our ordinary lives can become extraordinarily difficult and He is still enough. No matter what.
Meredith Perryman is wife to Josh and mother of four fun and active children- two teenage girls, and twin eleven year-old boys. They have called Aggieland home for the last thirteen years, moving from Houston when their girls were little.
Meredith was raised in Galena Park, a suburb of Houston. Growing up, her family were regular church goers; but she didn’t understand what it meant to have a true relationship with Christ until her mid-twenties. This came after walking a long, dark road away from the Lord which finally ended with complete brokenness. This desperation led her to surrender her whole heart and life to the Lord. Shortly after that, Meredith began to study the Bible for herself, moving beyond the stories of Sunday School and understanding for the first time the deep and personal significance of the living word of God. This discovery changed her life and since then, she has dedicated herself to the study of the Bible. Meredith has found a passion for teaching women God’s Word, as well as discipling them in how to study and discover truth for themselves.
Currently, Meredith’s house is regularly littered with laundry and lego pieces, and there’s a fair chance that if you popped in one evening (and the family happened to be home and not at swim team, band event, or volleyball practice), you might find them all engaged in a serious battle of Mario Kart. When she’s not chauffeuring her kids or packing lunches, Meredith serves as the Teaching Director for the BCS Community Bible Study Women’s Day Class- a local inter-denominational Bible Study.