“Joy in the Journey”
Mandy Harvey is an award winning singer, songwriter and sought after motivational speaker. She has faced adversity head on and overcame a life changing event at the age of 18, the loss of hearing. Mandy quickly realized that her hearing may have left but her passion for music and the sharing of this joy would not hold her back. Her music has begun to attract the attention of those around the world. Most recently, Mandy was among the top finalists in America’s Got Talent finishing nationally in fourth place. Her first book released on September 26th is titled Sensing the Rhythm. While her dream of being a choir director has died, the music is still alive and well within her. With her faith and support from family and friends, Mandy continues to find joy in the music. Lincoln Christian University is proud to claim a personal connection in that Mandy’s father, Joe Harvey, is a graduate of LCU’s Doctor of Ministry program and is Professor of Ministry at Johnson University Florida.
Gwen Smith is an author and volleyball enthusiast who lives in sunny North Carolina and has been married to her husband, Brad, for 24 years. They are tired parents to three tall, competitive-sport-playing young people who keep them on their toes and on their knees. Gwen’s latest book, I Want It ALL, was released in 2016 and comes complete with a Bible study guide and questions for reflection. Gwen speaks, leads worship, and eats potato chips at women’s events everywhere, and she is a co-founder of the conference and devotional ministry Girlfriends in God. Her ministry goal is to help women know and trust God more, and her online friends meet to connect and be encouraged at GwenSmith.net.