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Hello my Beautiful Sister Friends!


On behalf of the conference planning team I am announcing that we will be canceling the 2020 Brave Conf.

There are women already registered who live outside of MA and some who are in MA who would be considered at high risk. We don’t want anyone to be left out.


🙏 We desire to remind you that you’ve been Entrusted with an amazing gift. The gospel of Jesus Christ. Even if you feel broken, the Light of Jesus is still within you. Be bold and confident every single day...to share about it with at least one person. Don’t grow weary in doing good 💕

You will be refunded if you’ve already paid registration. Please be watching your inbox and junk mailbox for details. If you have not received your reimbursement by the end of the month please contact Deb Sylvia 💜💜💜

- Tina Sorel, Conference Director

Saturday, September 12, 2020
Christian Fellowship Center
822 Church St. New Bedford, MA
Details about reimbursements coming to your email soon​
$20 per person 

Welcome to our page! I truly hope you will come to this year’s Brave Conference. It’s a time for all of us to gather and be strengthened in our faith. We need strong Christ following women to speak into our lives and to pray for us. We hunger for time away from our regular responsibilities and the distractions of life to hear the Voice of God. This is a great opportunity to do so! I know that you want to to effectively live your life to please God or you wouldn’t even be looking at this page. Trust Him to help you come and be a part of this special day. Our Team is praying for you. 💜 - Tina Sorel, Conference Director

Hello Beautiful!


You are invited to Brave Women 2020!!!


This is our 14th conference and The Holy Spirit has been working the message in our hearts in profound ways! The theme scripture is from 2 Corinthians 4:7 "We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure".  We are indeed like fragile clay jars, with some cracks and some broken pieces; however, when we are in Christ and Christ is in us, this fragility doesn't matter.  He decided to entrust us with the light of the knowledge of God through Jesus.  This light within us shines wherever we go.  Take courage in knowing that no matter how dark the place might be, if you are there, God's light is there too. Shine brightly dear Light-Bearer!   God has Entrusted us with this great treasure. Now what will we do with it? One thing we must remember: we must not grow tired of doing good (Gal 6:9).


The conference length has been shortened a bit, but you will still come away encouraged and empowered through worship times, precious 1:1 time with God, and through solid teaching by our two main speakers: Christan Causey and Ray Rios.


We will be offering a late morning snack for you.  There will be opportunities to meet with various ministries and support their work.  Be entered into a special raffle by bringing In some rolls of toilet paper, paper towel or a couple boxes of tissues for Bloom Home for Girls.


Tina Sorel

Conference Director


Christina Rivera & team will be leading us in worship again this year! Join us in lifting up His name & spending time in His presence, as sisters through Christ.

+ Highlights

Featured Speakers

We are blessed to host such powerful followers of Christ who will be taking us deep into the Word throughout the day. More information on them below.

Sisterhood & Fellowship

Through it all, we have amazing sisters to turn to--in laughter, in tears, & in prayer. Matthew 18:20 says, "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." We encourage you to invite the women in your life, saved and pre-saved, to this fun and faith-filled day!

Rev. Christan Causey

   Rev. Christan Causey is passionate about discipleship and helping others experience transformation in Christ.  She is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and currently serves as the Southern New England Ministry Network Women’s Ministry Director.  Christan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, a minor in Biblical Studies, and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Christian Counseling through Regent University.

  As a leader of women, Christan’s greatest passion is to help those that have been broken by life's difficulty to experience inner transformation and healing, both spiritually and emotionally.  She is married to her high school sweetheart, Brad. They Co-Pastor Essence Place, a new church plant in Hartford, CT. They have three wonderful children, Cavin - 10, Paxton - 7, and Havyn -6.  Christan enjoys time with her family, Starbucks, a good book, and writing for her blog (www.christancausey.com).

+ Featured Speakers

Pastor Ray Rios

Rev. Raymond Rios is a graduate of Zion Bible College and is a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God. Ray has served the Lord Jesus since he was a child.  He loves God’s church and has served various ministries throughout the years: Youth Pastor, Worship Pastor, Assistant Pastor, and Church Operations.

Ray has been married to his wife Cheryl for 34 years and they have 3 children together. All three children are married and serving The Lord. They have 4 grandchildren and another is on the way!

Ray has worked at R&W Rope for the past 30 years. He enjoys singing, playing volleyball & basketball, and life itself! 

+ Also Featured

Christina Rivera is a New Bedford native who has been singing for the Lord since she was 14 years old and believes the best way to lead others into worship is by example.  “When others see you pressing into His presence and you are displaying what a moment with God looks like, others will want to press in for themselves. It’s that simple.” Christina is the worship leader at Christian Fellowship Center in New Bedford, MA where her husband William and their five children also attend and serve faithfully.

Christina Rivera

Worship Leader

Grace Bongiornio

Prayer Leader

Grace Bongiorno was born in Holland and at the age of nine her family moved to Switzerland to pastor a growing congregation near Zurich. She graduated as a licensed nurse and worked for three months before she decided to work as an au pair (Nanny) in America. During her first month in America, Grace visited First Assembly of God Church in Lynn, MA. It was there that she met her husband Kenn, the senior pastor at Christian Fellowship Center. One year later the two of them were married. Grace earned a Masters Degree in counseling at UMass Dartmouth; she now works as a LMHC licensed mental health counselor. Grace and Kenn live in New Bedford raising their three children. They love their church family, the city life, and the many opportunities to reach their city with the Love of Jesus Christ.

Called by God to be a Shepherd of Women, Tina’s heart is to lead and nurture.  Tina is a wife, Mom, and G-Ma to 8! Her one true focus is to put a smile on Jesus' face!


Tina Sorel

Conference Director

+ Schedule


  Doors open
  Bring paper product donations into the gym (for Bloom Home)


  Praise and worship time
  Christian Causey


  Snack Break

  Opening songs
  Christan Causey

  1:1 time with God

  Special Presentation
  Pastor Ray Rios
  Raffle Drawing


  Closing Prayer

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