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Kathy Weckwerth, Founder & Executive Director

Kathy Weckwerth, Founder & Executive Director

Kathy Weckwerth is the Founder and Executive Director of Best Life Ministries, author, speaker, blogger, newspaper columnist and radio host. She has served in church leadership for the past thirty years in worship and women’s ministries. After an attack on her daughter, Kathy founded the ministry for women called Best Life. For nine years, her team […]

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Best Life Ministries Team

Best Life Ministries Team

  We speak to women at conferences and events, delivering an inspiring message of help, hope, and healing. You will hear us share tears and laughter from our personal journeys, teach from scripture what it means to walk out your best life, encourage through worship and provide the message that women should not settle for […]

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Kathleen Sogge, Director of Prayer & Speaker

Kathleen Sogge, Director of Prayer & Speaker

Kathleen serves as a Director of Prayer for Best Life, and a speaker.  For over thirty-five years, Kathleen has been a part of women’s groups and facilitated numerous Bible studies. She served as the Women’s Director at River of Life church in Cold Spring MN for thirteen years. Her passion is to encourage women of all ages to “connect […]

Bernadette Fuchs, Executive Assistant

Bernadette Fuchs, Executive Assistant

Bernadette serves as our ministry assistant and blesses us continually with her servant-spirit, genuine smile, and love for others. She also serves as secretary for MamreLund Lutheran and Salem Covenant Churches in Pennock, Minnesota, as well as secretary for Family Promise of Kandiyohi County, and Treasurer for Mamre Township. She has been married to Bob […]

Sandra Sheih, Speaker

Sandra Sheih, Speaker

  Sandra Sheih serves as a speaker with Best Life Ministries.  She is a professional musician, mother of two children and the author of Abundantly Free Cooking , a gluten free cookbook that was featured in a Twin Cities magazine.  Sandra is passionate about bringing people into an intimate relationship with Jesus. Sandra has been actively engaged […]

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Gary & Susie Esboldt, Speakers

Gary & Susie Esboldt, Speakers

Associate Pastor Gary Esboldt and his wife Susie, have been married for over 35 years and bring incredible experience as they relate to our Best Life attendees in their workshop.  They are passionate about the union of marriage-their own and others.  Esboldts have facilitated numerous marriage conferences.  They reside in Willmar, MN.  

Dr. Scott Abrams, Speaker

Dr. Scott Abrams, Speaker

Dr. Scott Abrams is a family practice physician, who also happens to be a recovering drug addict. His story is one of self-destructive behavior, faith, and recovery. Though he currently works as an Urgent Care physician, he left his Emergency Room position in 2014, due to his addiction to pain medications. Through the disaster of […]

Jena Hillenbrand, Speaker

Jena Hillenbrand, Speaker

Jena Hillenbrand has recently joined the staff of Best Life Ministries and brings with her years of ministry experience and a passion for women to find the silver lining in every situation while encouraging them to live inspired. She has served as an Account Executive at a local radio station for the past 17 years.  […]

Kristen Kay Johnson, Speaker

Kristen Kay Johnson, Speaker

Kristen Johnson is a music lover, a foodie, and a writer/blogger with a passion for encouraging mothers to live life abundantly. Leading her local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group, Kristen helps women deepen their knowledge about Jesus and encourages them to become their best. Kristen is currently writing her first book about the moms of […]

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Dr. Mary Michener, Ed. D., Speaker

Dr. Mary Michener, Ed. D., Speaker

Author, blogger, speaker, and teacher, Mary uses life, over 20 years of ministry and a doctorate in education to share with others how God has set her free from life’s burdens.  Mary blogs about her journey at marymichener.com, and has a book entitled Clean Your Inner House with God. Mary  works at Bethel University in […]