Keynote Speaker, Sonja Corbitt, a popular Catholic author, speaker, and radio host who erupted on the scene with her explosive book, Unleashed, where she shared how the Holy Spirit is freeing her from her patterns of toxic relationships, self-medicating habits, awful circumstances, and overwhelming desires. A Carolina native who was raised as a Southern Baptist, Sonja attended Mitchell College and the Southern Baptist Seminary Extension and then converted to Catholicism. She served as director of religious education at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Gallatin, Tennessee, and as executive director of Risen Radio in Lebanon, Tennessee. Sonja is the host of Bible Study Evangelista on Breadbox Media, in formation as a Third Order Carmelite, a columnist at Jeff Cavin’s The Great Adventure Bible Study blog, and a contributor to Magnificat. The goal of her Bible study resources are to help you create a space in your busy heart and schedule for God to love and lift you all the way up to His great lap, where all we have is loved and lifted too. Sonja lives in Tennessee with her husband, Bob, and two sons.
Morning reflection speaker, Ann Winkle, is the founder of Mary’s WAY. Originally born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Ann attended Catholic school all her life, until she attended Miami University where she received her degree in Special Education. Ann was named the 2007 “Catholic Woman of the Year” in the Rockford Diocese, as nominated by her parish. While attending a woman’s retreat in Rockford, Il. in 2002, she felt a strong call to begin a ministry which would unite women to increase their desire to grow closer to Jesus and re-ignite their passion for a most powerful prayer, the Holy Rosary. With the assistance of her Annunciation Rosary group, Mary’s WAY was conceived. Ann has been married for 30 years to her wonderful husband, Dave, and considers her greatest honor and achievement to be that of motherhood, blessed with 4 amazing children. Ann is an active member of St. Mark Catholic Church and lives in Mooresville, NC.
Fr. Matthew Kauth was born and raised in Peoria Illinois & attended Catholic grade school and High School there and began his studies at St Mary’s College and Seminary in Winona, Minnesota. He completed his studies in philosophy at St Charles Borromeo in Philadelphia. He transferred to the Diocese of Charlotte following graduation to assist in the missionary efforts faced with the burgeoning Catholic population. He completed his graduate work at Catholic University in Washington, DC earning his ecclesiastical degree (STB) and was ordained to the priesthood in 2000. He first served at St Matthew’s parish in Charlotte. After a brief assignment as pastoral administrator, he was sent to Spain to study Spanish. He was the pastor of St Francis in Franklin, North Carolina, and was chaplain and Charlotte Catholic High School. Fr. Kauth studied Moral Theology in Rome for four years, earning his doctorate, and is particularly noted as a speaker on Theology of the Body. He serves as a professor at Belmont Abbey College, and rector of St. Joseph’s College Seminary in Charlotte, NC