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Women of Prism

We believe something powerful happens when we gather: we find solidarity, the matchless comfort of knowing we are not alone.

HOW WE BEGAN

 

In 1999, Renee Ronika envisioned attending Spirit-led events that included every woman—from the working mother to the divorced creative, the stay-at-home mom to the college dreamer, or the professional single to the retired adventurer. That year, the Lord emboldened her to stop waiting for an invitation and launch the ministry of her dreams, thus Renaissance Women’s Conferences began. After two successful events, Renee followed the Lord’s leading to pursue her academic and career goals, which meant pausing event hosting.

 

Through her professional, ministerial,  and personal experiences, God has since equipped Renee to empower others to lead and serve confidently from a whole heart, exactly where they are.

 

In 2013, Renee returned to her initial dream and Prism was launched. While the wait was long, the timing was perfect. Renee invited others into her vision, asking Nicole Cottrell and Jennie Forsberg to join her in fostering and allowing women to walk in their true identities in Christ.

 

Prism values community, identity, and freedom—all of which we know are extravagantly given in and through Jesus.

 

Every gathering is designed to equip women to understand their roles in both the Kingdom of God and their respective environments.

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Renee Ronika

Founder and Visionary

 

Renee’s passion is giving women permission to be themselves in what God has called them to do. For fifteen years, she served hundreds of hopeful writers and determined academics as an English instructor. Currently, Renee trains university faculty in better understanding and teaching international students. Renee commits to honest faith and bold vulnerability as a writer, speaker, event host, and minister. Her thoughts on Christianity and womanhood appear in What a Woman Is Worth (Civitas Press, 2013) and Provoketive Magazine. Renee resides with her husband Gregory, a pianist and composer, and their three observant, loquacious children in the Wild West–her hometown of Phoenix, Arizona—where she’s discovered green grass and true community after twenty years of living abroad and throughout the country. She speaks her mind and is the woman you want in your corner.

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Nicole Cottrell

Director of Excellence

 

Nicole loves to empower women to walk in their true identities in Christ, where freedom and love reign. She entered the blogosphere in 2010 when she debuted her popular blog Modern Reject. While daily wrestling with big questions and shattering common Christian clichés, Nicole received national recognition for her writing and landed on the Top 200 Christian blogs list. She is also the Founder and CEO of Love & Startups, an organization committed to strengthening​ ​​marriages between entrepreneurs and​ ​​non-entrepreneurs​, a venture she’s appropriately suited for as wife to Jonathan, a serial entrepreneur, and mother to three animated, adventurous children. Nicole is a speaker you will hear at any one of Prism’s multiple gatherings. She likes to push buttons. And​ ​​you’ll love that about her.​

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Jennie Forsberg

Creative Director

 

Jennie values freedom and longs to see women equipped, so they can greater impact their own church homes. A master of creating lovely and welcoming environments, Jennie shows hospitality to women across Phoenix, day in and day out. She and her husband Ben planted Citizens Church in Phoenix, where she leads the children’s ministry, serves as Creative Director, and guides ministries to fruitfulness. She blends her talents and passions to bring about aesthetic beauty and creative abundance. Jennie also lends her unique eye and style to a local event planning company, Modern Gig Co., where she also serves as Creative Director. Jennie is mom to four spirited, fun children. She is our sassy voice of reason and the friend you’ve always wanted.

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Rachel Oludiji

Worship Leader

 

Singer-songwriter Rachel O. began her musical journey as a teenager. She initially wrote worship songs for her youth group, and that blossomed into her becoming one of the worship leaders at her church. She describes her songs as “simple prayers with melodies.”

Rachel has sung in church choirs, festivals, weddings and outdoor concerts over the past decade. Her debut album Borderline was released in the fall of 2009 and is comprised of life experiences through which listeners from any walk of life can find encouragement. Since the release of Borderline, Rachel has performed in showcases in Nashville, TN, was a nominee for the 2009 ISSA Christian Songwriting competition, and her music has been featured on the Woman of Substance internet radio show. Rachel has had the opportunity to open for Christian artists such as The City Harmonic, Future of Forestry, and Chris August. Her album Discovery released in 2014.

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Renée Kinworthy

Photographer

 

Renee loves the Lord, pursues peace and enjoys serving others. She is a trained fine-artist and delights in capturing the rawness of beauty. Romantically wooed to Phoenix three years ago, she is married to the man of her dreams and a proud mother of three. Having met the women of Prism through her organic house church, she stands by the dreams that God has planted within their hearts for this ministry. Renee uses creativity for encouraging others and is a firm believer in healing the soul through artistic expression, forgiveness and love.