45th Annual Heartbeat International Conference
Atlanta, Georgia | March 29 - March 31, 2016
Sheraton Downtown Atlanta
165 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Heartbeat has negotiated the following group rate: $149++/Night (Single/Double). You can book your room here.
Note: The hotel will require a deposit equal to one night room and tax when you make your hotel reservation. Upon check-in, the deposit will be applied towards your hotel bill. Deposits paid are refundable, if notice is received by the Sheraton Atlanta at least three (3) days prior to arrival and a cancellation number is obtained. The hotel will require an early departure fee of $100 if you check out prior to the confirmed reservation check-out date.
Monday, March 28
5-7pm - Registration for Pre-Conference In-Depth Day
Tuesday, March 29
Pre-Conference In Depth Day (paid registration is separate)
8:00am - Registration
9:00 to 5:00pm - In Depth Day training
2:00pm - Conference Attendee Registration Opens
2:00pm - Exhibit Hall Opens
6:00pm - Annual Conference Opening Session (Dinner & Keynote)
Wednesday, March 30
8:30am - Morning Session & Keynote
Workshop Session A
12:00pm - Lunch & Keynote
Workshop Session B
Break & Prayer Time
Thursday, March 31
8:30am - Morning Session & Keynote
Workshop Session C
12:00pm - Lunch & Keynote
Workshop Session D
Workshop Session E
6:00pm - Closing Banquet (Dinner & Keynote)
|Early Bird Pricing
ends Feb 17
Feb 18 - March 4
after March 5
|In-Depth Day Only||$145||$155||$165|
In-Depth Day and Opening Dinner
|2016 Annual Conference||$389||$489||$589|
We are glad to welcome Keynote speakers for the 2016 Heartbeat International Annual Conference, who are key leaders in the pregnancy help movement, as well as prolife leaders from around the United States.
Reverend John Ensor, President, PassionLife
John Ensor is a glad co-laborer in the rapidly expanding pregnancy help movement. He is the President of PassionLife, an ordained evangelical pastor and the author of several books, including Innocent Blood: Challenging the Powers of Death with the Gospel of Life. He and his wife, Kristen, have been married 34 years. They have three grown children and live in Roswell, GA
Bishop Harry R. Jackson, Jr., Senior Pastor, Hope Christian Church
Harry R. Jackson, Jr. is senior pastor of Hope Christian Church, a 3,000-member congregation in the nation’s Capital with his wife Vivian Michele. Bishop Jackson is also the Presiding Bishop of the International Communion of Evangelical Churches. This network of networks currently oversees 1,000+ churches around the world. He also is founder and president of High Impact Leadership Coalition, which exists to protect the moral compass of America and be an agent of healing to our nation by educating and empowering churches, community and political leaders.
Shawn Carney, Co-Founder, 40 Days for Life
Shawn Carney, co-founder of 40 Days for Life, is one of the youngest and most inspirational pro-life speakers in America. Shawn began in the pro-life movement in college as a volunteer and after college was asked to be the Executive Director of the organization he volunteered for, the Coalition for Life which is made up of over 60 churches. Shawn’s passion for local pro-life ministry led to rapid growth during his years as executive director. Shawn helped recruit and train thousands of volunteers, increased the income of the organization’s annual banquet from $80,000 to $322,000, and orchestrated the purchase and remodeling of a new office next door to the Planned Parenthood abortion facility to offer free pregnancy tests, free ultrasounds, and loving support to women.
Andy Merritt, Pastor, Edgewood Baptist Church
Andy is the pastor of Edgewood Baptist Church in Columbus, Georgia, where he has served for over 38 years. In addition to his pastoral duties, Andy is one of the early pioneers of the Pregnancy Center Movement. In 1981 Andy led his church to establish the nation’s first church sponsored Pregnancy Center, which now has had the opportunity to minister to over 65,000 different women.
In addition to the Center, the church established the New Beginnings Adoption Agency in 1984. Andy has traveled nationwide assisting in the establishment and training of over 500 Pregnancy Centers, and his church hosts a National Pregnancy Center Conference every other year the first weekend of March.
Joy and Jim Pinto, At Home with Jim and Joy
Jim and Joy have been recognized locally and nationally for their ministry to the poor, and for promoting racial reconciliation and the dignity and sacredness of every human life. Their radio and television show At Home with Jim and Joy plays on EWTN every week promoting life, marriage, and family. Joy serves as Executive Director of Her Choice Birmingham Women’s Center, a Pregnancy Resource Center in the heart of Birmingham, Alabama where Jim also serves in Ministry Development. The Pintos are proud parents of 4 children and 15 grandchildren and have been married for 38 years.
Leo Severino, Producer, Metanoia Films
Leo Severino is a writer and producer of the films Bella, Crescendo and Little Boy. He graduated from the University of Southern California Law School in 1999 and started his career as a young lawyer in one of the world’s largest law firm’s (Gibson Dunn & Crutcher) prestigious Los Angeles and London offices. In 2001, he moved to the Fox Networks Group where, as Director of Business Affairs, he was the youngest executive in the department and worked for three years with the company handling the national programming division. A chance meeting with Eduardo Verástegui in 2004 resulted in Leo’s departure from 20th Century Fox to become a partner and producer, in charge of Business Affairs, for Metanoia Films.
The 2016 Heartbeat International Annual Conference is offering a rich lineup of workshops, with a total of 75 workshops organized in 15 distinct tracks. Two tracks (Medical Advancement and Ultrasound Advancement) are tailored for nurses and medical professionals in the pregnancy help community, and offer Continuing Education Nursing Contact Hours provided through Heartbeat International. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1.25 contact hours each workshop. All courses are eligible for Life-Affirming Specialist credit hours.
Whether you've been a pregnancy help leader for 20 years or 20 minutes, Advancing Leaders is designed to give you the tools you need to walk out the door the best leader you can be.
The Millenials are Coming! How to Connect with the Emerging Generation
Joe Baker and Mark Vermillion
Just Say "No" to Secondhand Scraps
Change Your Questions, Change Your Life
Deborah Taylor LAS
Leadership: The Great Multiplier
Exploring Servant Leadership
Shawn Stevenson M.Div.
Designed for board members and primary leaders who govern and guide, Board Business will challenge both veterans and novices alike.
Are You Ready? Defending Your Ministry
Jeff Mateer J.D.
Why Policies Matter
Tom Lothamer MA
Wielding Data to Extend Your Reach
Trudy Bodenbach and Debbie Case
Protecting Your Pregnancy Help Organization
Elissa Graves J.D.
Pregnancy Help FAQs
Panel: Tom Glessner J.D., Anne O'Conner J.D., Danielle White J.D., and Ellen Foell Esq.
Establishing a culture of life is a challenge, especially with clients. Help them develop that life-affirming culture.
Evie Lastra West
Making Heroes with Incentive Programs
Multicultural Evangelism and Pregnancy Help
Tom Lothamer MA
Seven Habits of Effective Decision-Making
Our Clients are Heroes
Dealing with clients is no simple task. Increase your awareness and deepen your understanding of your client's behavior, culture, and needs, with Client Intervention.
Competing with the Abortion Industry
Helping Mom and Baby Bond
Martha Shuping MD
Helping Clients Construct Safe Relationships
Catherine Wood LAS, SRA
Identifying Predatory Relationships, Sex Trafficking, and Forced Abortion
Cindy Collins BCBT
The A Team: A Collaborative Pro-Life Approach
Kristin Meyer LMSW and Michelle Thorne
Looking to start or enhance an initiative at your organization? Look no further than Client Programs.
Heroically Presenting Adoption
Traci Newell LBSW
Empowering Dad as Part of the Solution
Daphne Nicely LAS, SRAS and Wayne Paul RES, CPST
Helping Heroes Conquer the Culture Conversation
Grab Your Toolkit: Let's Build a Men's Program!
Moving Forward with Trauma-Informed Care
Judi Weldy LAS, DEM
Fundraising and friend-raising are critical for ministry and mission. Fundraising Dynamics offers essential tips for engaging new donors and increasing long-term support.
Crafting a Planned Giving Program
Debbie Nieport LAS
Banquet Success in Changing Economic Times
The Art of Envisioning - Not Fundraising
The Leaky Banquet: How to Avoid 5 Common, but Costly Mistakes
Reverend John Ensor
Go deeper by discovering how abortion is affecting - and is affected by - the bigger picture of our world in Gaining Perspective.
Secrets to a Persuasive Presentation
Christina Terrenal and Bruce Smith
Creating Hero Films with a Message
Kathy DiFiore Ph.D.
Activating Pregnancy Centers for Election 2016
Fr. Frank Pavone and Janet Morana
Engaging Donors, Churches, Media, and the Community for Life
Mobilizing First Responders in the Church
How does your organization minister to women and men dealing with long-term effects and guilt often associated with abortion? Sharpen your approach with Healing Care.
Grieving the Children We Could Not Save
Janet Morana and Fr. Frank Pavone
Abortion's Impact on Siblings
Helping Men be the Heroes God Intended
Brad Mattes MA
Weekend Warrior on the Retreat
Understanding the Impact of Medical Abortion
Presented by pregnancy help housing experts, Housing Helps highlights the process of extending care beyond the first visit, solidifying a life decision for a lasting impact.
How to Start a Housing Program
Panel: Chris Bell MA, Kathy DiFiore Ph.D. and Anne Pierson
Encouraging Success with Consequences and Rewards
Loving Her: Individual Roles and Group Dynamics
Taking on the Toughest Scenarios
Panel: National Maternity Housing Coalition
In the Hood: Addressing Crisis in an Urban Setting
Marketing is key in connecting to a community, particularly as you seek to extend your reach to the women and families in your sphere.
Strengthening Church Relationships
Online Marketing Tactics: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Being a Hero to an Internet Generation
Dawn Marie Perez LAS
The Optimized Website: Good, Fast, Secure
The Big 5 of Google Ads
Bri Laycock, LAS
Gain insight from medical professionals covering a wide range of topics related to your pregnancy help organization while earning nursing contact hours in Medical Advancement.
Abortion Pill Reversal 101
George Delgado, MD, FAAFP
God's Miracle of Life in the Womb
William Lile DO, OB-GYN, ACOG, FACOG
The Healing Touch: It's Always Good News
Karolyn Schrage RN, BSN
Susan Dammann RN, LAS
GO-Mission: Taking it to the Streets
Karolyn Schrage RN, BSN
Reflecting the core of Heartbeat International's Sexual IntegrityTM Program, Sexual Integrity features presentations that reinforce the proper expression of the gift of sexuality.
Discover the Key to Authentic Intimacy
The Top 10 for This Gen
Saving Lives on Campus
Ketra Hancock RN, LAS and Melissa Killen, LAS
Showing the Value of Marriage to a Cohabitating Generation
Joneen Mackenzie RN, BSN
Fertility Awareness and the New Feminism
Marybeth Adams FNP, MSN, APRN
The heart of our work is spiritual. That's why Spiritual Refreshment addresses the spiritual dynamics pregnancy help leaders like you face every day.
Living Water: Essential for LIFE
Julie Parton Ph.D.
Walking the Paths of Spiritual Health
Chris Bell MA
LOVE: The Real Superpower
Be Grateful for Local Heroes
Kim Padan LAS
Building the Best YOU
Change is Good... Right?
Amy Scheuring MS, LAS
Empower Your Team of Heroes
The "Redemptive Gifts" for Life-Giving Management
Kaye Gauder MS
Make the most of your ultrasound services and gain nursing contact hours thanks to Ultrasound Advancement.
Images: Unexpected, Unusual and Abnormal
Audrey Stout RN, RDMS
Instrumentation, Image Optimization, and Documentation
Jim Scheffler RDMS
Ultrasound and Doppler Safety
Kevin Rooker RT(R), RDMS, RVT
Ultrasound Systems, Supplies, Support, and Maintenance
Updating Ultrasound Standards for the PMC
Connie Ambrecht RDMS, CMB
The 2016 Annual Conference experience will start with 15 different In-Depth Day opportunities. This exclusive all-day training goes from 9 am to 5 pm with an inspirational keynote at lunch.
Invisibility is Not a Superpower Heartbeat International Panel
No offense to the invisible man, but there’s not much upside to remaining unseen. Internet invisibility can be particularly painful for your pregnancy help effort for the simple reason that if a client can’t find you, she’s not likely to be helped by you. Likewise, if potential donors can’t find you, their dollar is going to end up somewhere else. Join Heartbeat International’s five-expert panel as they help you down the road to visibility through social media, local search, websites, newsletters and more.
Volunteer Training: The L.O.V.E. Approach Carrie Beliles, Heartbeat International
This interactive training is for new volunteers, trainers of new volunteers, and will be a refresher for experienced client services staff. This training in effective and compassionate outreach is used by pregnancy help organizations all over the world. Those in attendance will receive The LOVE ApproachTM Training Manual.
Surrendering the Secret Pat Layton, Surrendering the Secret
This is an excellent training resource for independent post abortion recovery leaders, pregnancy resource center volunteers and staff; church ministry leaders and Christian Counselors and Coaches. This training will equip attendees to fully understand the STS healing process and includes tools for engaging the church; reaching women and men who need help and step by step tips on how to get your ministry started.
Trauma Informed Care in the Maternity Home Belinda James MOFDC, MSW facilitated by Mary Peterson LAS
Join maternity homes and other life-affirming organizations for a day of learning and discussion on how to be aware of and sensitive to the role that traumatic events play on the women we serve. This training, geared toward those without counseling training, will focus on creating a culture and environment of safety and healing. Topics will include trauma-informed care, overview of mental health, and practical examples of how to address trauma within a life-affirming context.
Messaging for the Court of Public Opinion Bruce Smith, Alliance Defending Freedom
Is your community on your side? How do you get them there? Take this chance to focus on the strategy and mindset needed to successfully manage interviews and the verbal and non-verbal communication techniques to persuade and motivate the court of public opinion.
Executive Round Table: Strategic Foresighting Tim Welsh, PDHC and Jor-El Godsey, Heartbeat International
Rapid changes are driving a dynamic future PHOs will have to adapt to. This Roundtable will explore “futuring” by discerning global trends beyond our normal strategic planning window. Understand the future more clearly with this fast paced, cutting edge forum that will help you lead your organization in, and into, the future. Executive Roundtable is reserved for executives of organizations ≥$350K, or are multi-site.
Five Guarantees When Doing Pregnancy Center Work Andy Merritt, Edgewood Baptist Church
Join us for a day of spiritual refreshment. Drawing lessons from Nehemiah 4, we will discover five guarantees when doing God’s work and how God’s grace is adequate for any and every circumstance we face in pregnancy help ministry.
Ultrasound Scanning and Optimizing Your Staff Connie Ambrecht RDMS, CMB, Sparrow Solutions Group
It’s time for some scanning practice for the RDMS or the RN in a pregnancy medical clinic. Whether you serve together or independently, the PMC of today benefits from both of you, especially when you work well together. Get ready to do both at this in-depth day. This training is provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 16061 for 6 contact hours.
Integrating STI Services for Today's Client Karolyn Schrage RN BSN, LifeChoices Health Network
STI testing creates access-points for your center - giving you a pro-active response to help prevent unwanted pregnancies and intervene in the lives of men and women who are most abortion-vulnerable. Learn the steps to integrate STI testing and treatment and develop a clinic strategy to be an answer to the sexual health crisis of your community. This training is provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 16061 for 6 contact hours.
Legal Essentials Danielle White J.D. and Ellen Foell Esq., Heartbeat International
Many of the topics discussed at this in-depth day are applicable for any non-profit organization, including pregnancy help centers, maternity homes, post-abortion programs, adoption services, and other pro-life ministries. Legal Essentials will highlight parameters for successful legal compliance, real-life examples to help you protect your ministry, and criteria to evaluate when to seek legal help.
Ministering Meaningfully with Major Donors Wesley Rediger, Rediger Taylor Group LLC
Effective compassionate ministry focuses on donors as much as on clients. Uncover the Biblical basis for ministry with donors, principles of cultivating donor passion and how to draw major donors into your circle.
Making the Case for Life Mike Spencer, Life Training Institute
Do you ever find yourself struggling for the words to defend your pro-life stance? Mike will equip you to respond to popular "pro-choice" arguments and to expose the logical fallacies of abortion-choice rhetoric without the need for vitriol and angry dialogue.
Abortion-Minded Caller Start to Finish Brad Imler Ph.D., ACP
Talking to abortion-minded clients is intimidating. Gather the tools needed to gain confidence as you engage in these conversations about life and death situations.
Violence Against Women and Abortion Martha Shuping MD
In this course, nurses/attendees will learn to identify clients who are victims of intimate partner violence (domestic violence) and/or reproductive coercion, how to conduct screening, and best practices for responding and referring patients for further services to increase patient safety, and improve bio-psychosocial outcomes. This training is provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 16061 for 6 contact hours.
Teaching Virtue in a Complicated Culture Leslee Unruh, National Abstinence Clearinghouse
Almost half of pregnancy tests at a pregnancy center are negative. With so much information on how to talk to youth about sex, what information is best? This in depth day will help you maximize the opportunity to talk with youth about sexual integrity both inside and outside the pregnancy center.