Carol Kent

Carol Kent

Dear Friends,

The 2016 Speak Up Conference is over and the evaluations tell us that participants were greatly encouraged by what they received at this annual equipping conference for speakers and writers.

The dates for our next conference are July 13-15, 2017 at the Prince Conference Center in Grand Rapids, MI.  So many people have asked if they can register early and hold their spot now that we are offering you an opportunity to do just that.  We will again offer a speakers’ track and a writers’ track.

To save your place at next year’s conference, call Gene Kent with your credit card number at 586.481.7661 and choose one of these options:

  • One payment of $550
  • An initial payment of $150, with four additional payments of $100 on the first day of the next four months.

If you’re an alumnus of the Speak Up Conference, you qualify for a $100 scholarship and your options are:

  • One payment of $450
  • An initial payment of $150 with three additional payments of $100 on the first day of the next three months

These amounts include all of your conference meals.  As soon as all of our pre-conference options and our six breakout sessions are in place, you will receive an email from and you’ll have an opportunity to make your workshop selections.  At that time you’ll have the opportunity of paying for any of the pre-conference sessions and for the pre-conference lunch and/or dinner, if you’re arriving in time for those sessions.  The main conference begins at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 13.  The pre-conference lunch will be at 12:00 noon, with pre-conferences options beginning at 1:00 p.m. Thursday.  The conference ends at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

If you have questions, email

We expect to sell out, so registering for the main conference now will secure your seat.  We’re praying that God will open the door for you to attend.  Be sure to register separately for your lodging.  Most participants will be staying at the Prince Center or at the Comfort Inn.  Be sure to request the Speak Up Conference rate.

We hope to see you in Grand Rapids on July 13-15, 2017!


Gene and Carol Kent

Conference payments are transferable to another person or to a future year, but $100 is non-refundable.