2017 Speakers

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: This year we are bringing in a licensed counselor and a pastor’s wife with a counseling degree, who will be offering FREE private counseling sessions to our pastors’ wives who attend the retreat. Sign up will be first come, first served at the time of check in on October 3rd. Kim will also be leading a break out session.

Kim Shadday grew up in Northern Indiana in a Christian home and accepted Christ as a young girl. After graduating from high school, she moved to Indianapolis and attended IUPUI, receiving a Bachelor degree in Social Work in 1995. She and her husband, Shawn, have been faithful and active members and servants of Crosspointe Baptist Church for over 20 years. Kim stayed at home to raise their two sons, and was led by the Lord to pursue a ministry in counseling once their children were both in school. After almost two years of training, she received her certification for Biblical Counseling from ACBC (Association of Certified Biblical Counselors), formerly known as NANC, in April 2011. Kim currently serves as a Biblical Counselor for women and young ladies in the TurningPointe Counseling Ministry at Crosspointe. She is currently pursuing a masters degree in Biblical Counseling through Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, Wisconsin. Kim is excited to be a part of our Pastors Wives Retreat and offers any help that she can to our ladies, compassionately turning them to God and His Word for hope and answers to life’s issues.


JoAnne Neiner has been a pastor’s wife for 37 years. Thirty-two years ago, she assisted her husband, Doug, in planting Cornerstone Baptist Church, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She is blessed when she has the opportunity to share her heart and her own ministry struggles with other  women whose husbands are pastors. Her greatest burden is to minister biblical hope  to faithful women in the area of spiritual encouragement, especially in times of personal crisis.

Leah Highfill is the founder of Embracing Grace and the host/visionary of the Heart-2-Heart Pastors’ Wives Retreat. She has served alongside her pastor husband (JD) for 10 years in Maritime Canada. They have two children (Caleb-11 and Charity-8) who are both medical miracles. JD and Leah are currently in the fundraising stage for future church planting in South Africa. Leah leads an extensive online, private  ministry to pastors’ wives, and is passionate about pouring the continual hope of Christ into other pastors’ wives, through the avenue of writing and the Heart-2-Heart pastors’ wives retreat.


Debbie came to know the Lord as a sixteen year old girl from a very dysfunctional home. Upon marrying her husband Jeff, the two of them became very involved in Christian education where Debbie taught elementary through high school students for over 20 years. After filling the position of Christian school administration for 9 years, Jeff responded to the call of God upon his life and entered the pastorate. Jeff and Debbie have served a total of 32 years in local churches in Ohio and Pennsylvania with the past 10 of those years at Faith Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. Jeff and Debbie are the grateful parents of two adult children. Their son Adam along with his wife Renee and their 3 children pastors a church plant in the Phoenix area. Their daughter Natalie, husband Evan and 5 children live in Delaware where Evan serves as an associate pastor. Over the years in full time ministry the Lord has blessed Debbie with a love for ladies of all ages. One of her greatest joys is to be able to give encouragement no matter what their situations in life may be and then to see each one move forward in her walk with Christ.




Amy Day has been married to her high school sweetheart for 25 years and is passionate about sharing what God has done in their hearts and lives as He brought their marriage from the brink of failure to a marriage of victory in Him. Although Amy and her husband live in the harsh desert of Wyoming, they find joy and contentment through loving and serving God in the place where He has planted them.



JD Highfill is Leah’s husband and Caleb and Charity’s father. He has served as a youth pastor, interim pastor, senior pastor, and assistant pastor during 10 years of ministry in Canada. He has a true pastor’s heart that loves people patiently, and is passionate about the Gospel and missions. He (and family) are currently in the fundraising stage of transitioning into church planting in South Africa.








Kelly Collier is the wife of Matt Collier, pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Brevard, North Carolina and director of CampsAbroad, the mission’s arm of The Wilds Christian Camp. Kelly had the privilege of traveling with Matt for many years to help establish and assist camps all over the world. She now stays-at-home with their three sons Gabe, Jeriah and Levi. She enjoys helping with the counseling needs at the WILDS and is also involved with the ladies’ ministries in her local church. She is passionate about knowing God and helping others come to know Him.

**We will have several participants each on both the Church Planting Forum and the Assistant Pastors’ Wives Round Table Discussion