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Senior duo to host new conference

ORU seniors Galen Jernigan and Holly Erickson began collaborating in August to birth the My Beloved Conference. After months of planning, they’re excited to see how God will move in the hearts of young women on March 1.

The conference will be held at Woodlake Church in south Tulsa. It is centered-around young women finding their identity in Christ.

“My heart is that girls will rediscover their value,” said Erickson. “Also, to have a genuine, organic experience with Christ.”

Jernigan and Erickson had the choice of writing a senior paper or completing a project. They chose to do a project. The My Beloved Conference is the result.

“Both me and Galen’s hearts are marked to minister to the hearts of young women, and we both felt God calling us to do something like this,” said Erickson.

Through the planning process, they have learned much about themselves and about each other. Jernigan has a talent for envisioning, while Erickson focuses on getting things done.

“People think we are the same, but we really aren’t,” said Jernigan. “I am better at seeing the big picture, and she is better at taking one day at a time.”

The pair realizes there will be setbacks and successes with a process such as this.

“You have to work hard for your victories,” said Erickson.

A number of ORU alumnae will speak at the conference.

Lynne Ray has a heart for girls and healing, while Hannah Ouellette is passionate about women realizing the calling God has placed on their lives.

“The speakers have very different styles, but are both amazing,” said Erickson.

Worship will be led by Daniel Jones and Alexis Sauter. The duo also leads worship at ORU.

Jernigan said they could not have done it without the help and support of loved ones. They have received support from their friends and families and also from professors.

“Support of people with the same vision has helped so much,” said Jernigan.

Planning the conference has given the women experience they feel is priceless.

Jernigan and Erickson said God has given them peace as the conference approaches.

The girls hope to see God work and hope people genuinely experience Him.They are expecting the Holy Spirit to move. Their goal is for 150 girls to attend.

“I know those who do come will be there for a purpose,” said Jernigan. “If they are willing, they will get a lot out of it.”

Doors open at 8 a.m. March 1. The event starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door for $30 and $25 online. Scholarships are available.

A booth will be set up on the third floor of the GC from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 26 for more information.

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