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2021 Womens Retreat Speaker Bio

Nana A. Dolce is thNanaDolce Cropped Resizede Associate Director of Women’s Workshops for the Charles Simeon Trust. She trains women Bible teachers across the globe. Nana’s first book, Old Testament Women & Christ, the Promised Seed: Seeing Jesus in the Narratives of 30 Biblical Women (10ofThose) is forthcoming. She has a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Palmer Theological Seminary and will instruct at Reformed Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.’s first Women’s Teaching Lab. Nana serves in her local church and writes for several ministries including Christianity Today and Risen Motherhood. She was born in Ghana and lives today in Washington, DC with her husband Eric (Director of Discipleship at The New Macedonia Baptist Church) and their two daughters. Her prayer is to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord (Col. 1:9-10). 

Rev. LaurMtrLGarramone BESTie Garramone is a certified church geek and the Rector of St. John’s Church in Johnstown, NY where she has served for eleven years. She has led or contributed to several different retreats, and was a co-founder of Advent Retreats for Women in Albany. While she blessed to do many things as part of her ministry, she is currently leading a large group of parishioners and online folks in reading the Bible in a year, teaching two Bible Studies in conjunction with that (Comedy Hour Bible Study and the shorter Wee Bible Study), and writing a daily blog about the readings. Doing Bible study in community creates a strong foundation of knowledge, faith and connection, and we will be creating that same environment on our retreat. The Spirit moves so powerfully when we gather together intentionally to study God’s word, and she is excited to be a part of a group of women who are seeking the heart of God!  “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29: 13  Laurie is also the wife of Rev. Alistair Morrison (Christ Church, Duanesburg), and the mother of two beloved sons: Alex, who is 31 and Christian, who is now with the LORD and hopefully saving a place for her at the heavenly banquet!!