SAVE THE DATE: February 20, 2021

You DO NOT want to miss our 2021 Girls Conference!  Sneak Peek Details will be coming soon :)!! 

Previous Conference Highlights

Previous ‘Ignite Your Legacy’ girls conferences have been a huge success!  God gets all the glory for the many young girls who have attended this event and made the decision to follow Jesus!

We bring in popular Christian recording artists to set the tone of ‘worship’ throughout the event. Previous artists include ‘Love & The Outcome (2018)’ and ‘Riley Clemmons (2019). The event also brings in amazing speakers to speak LIFE and TRUTH into the hearts of the young ladies. 

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About Us...

2020 Event Details...


Great Worship!

Popular Christian Speakers!

Popular Christian Speakers!

The 2020 Ignite Girls Conference is featuring popular Christian artist BLANCA!

As an added bonus our local favorite Christian praise/worship band:  'Crowned In Grace' will be joining us!


Popular Christian Speakers!

Popular Christian Speakers!

Popular Christian Speakers!

We're excited about the new and returning informative speakers we're having for the 2020 event!  

Our 2020 keynote speaker is Paula Abbott.  Our local KVNE personality Nikki Martinez is returning as a breakout speaker!

Back by POPULAR demand is our very own Stephanie Ayala!  Other awesome breakout speakers include Christina Menkemeller,  and Marnie Justiss!

You do not want to miss these speakers!


Lunch AND Door Prizes!

Popular Christian Speakers!

Lunch AND Door Prizes!

Our local friends at Chick-fil-A are helping us provide lunch at the 2020 Ignite Girls Conference


Awesome Door Prizes will be given away again this year!  Door prizes include local business gift cards, tablets, wireless earbuds, iPad Mini 4, and so much MORE!

2020 Conference Speakers...


2020 Keynote Speaker: Paula Abbott

2020 Keynote Speaker: Paula Abbott

2020 Keynote Speaker: Paula Abbott

  Paula was born in El Paso, Texas, and raised in Lubbock, Texas, until the age of 17. Paula comes from a cattle ranching family. She understands simple, honest, and the importance of your word. She was given up as a child, and adopted into a family where the father grew to resent her. Her adopted father was an atheist and very abusive. She was made to feel unwanted and unloved by her father. After leaving at the age of 16, Paula found herself in a downward spiral. She tried to take her life three times. Do to the rejection and abuse from her father she turned to drugs and alcohol to make the pain go away. This lasted for 13 years of her life. All this time, she was trying to fill the void in her life and make the pain stop.

Paula now serves as an Evangelist/Pastor to people of all walks of life. She travels throughout the United States bringing a message of hope to the hurting. She has connected with many people about difficult subjects including drug and alcohol addiction, personal rejection, rape, suicide attempts, physical and emotional abuse, and the dangers of approval addiction. Paula is passionate about teaching the true Word of God and how the Holy Spirit is here to empower each of us, so that we can walk in the fullest of God 's call. 


Becky Carpenter (Emcee)

2020 Keynote Speaker: Paula Abbott

2020 Keynote Speaker: Paula Abbott

Becky is the founder of 'One Day Closer Ministries.'  She served 25 years in the mission field called 'education.'  In 2011, a family tragedy flipped her comfortable world upside down, leading to an entire 'life' include launching the outreach ministry and committing to being a full-time Christian speaker, missionary, and writer.  Becky has spoken to audiences of all ages and backgrounds throughout the United States.  In addition, Becky travels abroad and has shared with many culturally diverse audiences, delivering the powerful message of HOPE.  

Becky embraces her 25 years of experience as a high school educator by bringing messages of purpose, being different, and leaving a positive legacy, to teenagers across the schools, youth groups and various other teen events.  


Nikki Martinez

2020 Keynote Speaker: Paula Abbott

Nikki Martinez

Originally from the Houston area, Nikki is a Baylor Grad who’s been in the radio industry for 10 years. The Lord has taken her to all different parts of the country, but she’s glad He brought her (and her California-native husband, Nathan) to East TX almost 5 years ago! Besides working at 89.5 KVNE & 91.3 KGLY as an On-Air Host and Music Director, she also volunteers with Tyler YoungLife, helps on the media team at her home church, Grace Community Church  - University Blvd Campus, and loves to go on adventures with Nathan and their 2 dogs, Alice and Anna.

More About Our Speakers. . .


Stephanie Ayala

Christina Menkemeller

Christina Menkemeller

Stephanie Ayala is part of the 'Ignite Your Legacy' conference family!  She captivates the audience every time she takes the microphone.  Stephanie has a heart for Jesus, family, others, and especially young hearts!


Twenty four years ago Stephanie Ayala and her husband Edgar embarked on a ministry adventure. They have served students in Oklahoma, North Texas and South Texas.  Stephanie communicates with humor and compassion and truly believes that students passionately in love with Jesus can change the course of history.  Stephanie is a wife, mother, Children’s Pastor, friend, and Jesus lovin’ hot mess!


Christina Menkemeller

Christina Menkemeller

Christina Menkemeller

 In August 2016, Christina found herself unemployed and depressed. After finishing graduate school, getting married, and moving to Florida – the dust had settled, and now there was nothing left to distract her from her diagnosis.

One day, while listening to the radio, a woman explained that when we feel lost or stuck, that’s when God is strategically positioning us to do something greater. The idea of Being Positioned immediately shifted Christina’s perspective. From that day on, she discovered a new hope and a sense of purpose. She knew that her biggest struggles would soon turn into her greatest gifts. And that no matter how much she had to suffer, something good was going to come from her condition.

Regardless of religious beliefs, the idea of Being Positioned can offer hope for everyone. No matter what you’re facing right now, you have a purpose and good things can come from your suffering.

Christina and her husband, Cardin are the founders of:


Marnie Justiss

Christina Menkemeller

Marnie Justiss

  Marnie is a life-long follower of Jesus Christ.  She has faced many internal and external battles growing up  that would lead many to question God's goodness.  However, those challenges inspired her to pursue God on a deeper level.   Marnie has also experienced the full dependence and stretching of God as she's had to relocate her family several times into areas thousands of miles apart from family and friends.  It is during those times that God sent continuous reminders of His love and protection.

Marnie has a beautiful family of four and resides in the Houston, Texas area.  

Audiences  enjoy Marnie's animated sense of humor and confidence while also learning how to overcome 'real life' struggles and challenge

Featuring - BLANCA


Visit Blanca's Website:

Conference Worship: Blanca & 'Crowned In Grace'



Crowned In Grace

Crowned In Grace

Popular Christian Recording Artist is coming to East Texas to be a part of the "Ignite Your Legacy Girls Conference!"

Blanca's hit songs include:

 -- Real Love

  -- Who Am I



Crowned In Grace

Crowned In Grace

Crowned In Grace

A local favorite Christian Praise/Worship group, 'Crowned In Grace' will also be joining the conference this year!  

Lead singer, Laci Caviness joined us in 2018 as she talked to the girls about their true identity in Christ.  Laci and her band joined us in 2019 as their passion for Christ shines throughout the songs her and the 'Crowned in Grace' band perform as they bring all audiences into a sweet spirit of worship.

Contact Us

Request Scholarship and/or Ask Your Conference Questions HERE:


Please feel free to contact us with questions via this submission form or by calling a number below.
 We look forward to seeing you February 15, 2020!

Conference Location: Forest Home Baptist Church

15746 County Road 173, Kilgore, Texas 75662, United States

(903) 984.2117 (FHBC Office) (903) 767.7918 (IYL Event Coordinator) (903)360.4674 (One Day Closer Ministries)

Sponsored by: 89.5 KVNE / Lift 91.3 -- Encouragement Media Group

A HUGE thank you to our friends at Encouragement Media Group for partnering with us again this year!  

Tune in to 89.5 KVNE or Lift 91.3 for encouraging and uplifting music 24/7!