JuST Faith Summit

June 20-22, 2018 Bethel University
St. Paul, Minnesota

Keynote      Speakers      Concert      Tickets      Agenda      Accommodations      Exhibitors      Sponsors      Volunteers

What is the JuST Faith Summit?

The 2018 JuST Faith Summit is more than an event – it’s a three-day experience loaded with inspiring speakers and educational workshops, all designed to prepare attendees with practical knowledge and effective action steps to address trafficking in their own community.


Eric Metaxas is the New York Times #1 bestselling author of Bonhoeffer and Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery. His most recently published work is Martin Luther

He is the host of the Eric Metaxas Show, a nationally syndicated radio program heard in more than 120 cities around the U.S., featuring in-depth interviews with a wide variety of guests.

Metaxas speaks to thousands around the U.S. and internationally each year. He was the keynote speaker at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC, an event attended by the President and First Lady, the Vice President, members of Congress, and other U.S. and world leaders.

ABC News has called Metaxas a “photogenic, witty ambassador for faith in public life.”

Eric lives in Manhattan, New York, with his wife and daughter.

Worship Concert Featuring Alisa Turner

Attendees of the conference are invited to join us Thursday, June 21 at 7pm, in Bethel University's Great Hall, for an inspiring Worship Concert led by the talented Alisa Turner.

Worship artist Alisa Turner sings with passion and vulnerability. Her songs capture something almost mystical, yet deeply rooted in the hard stuff of the “now and not yet” grit of the everyday.

It’s the lilt and innocence in her voice and the heartbreaking, but hopeful truth of her story.

That story is inextricably woven throughout her self-titled EP (Integrity Music) in a tapestry of grief, suffering, hope and redemption for which there is only one appropriate response: unfettered, unfiltered worship.

“I’ve always written songs about what I’m going through,” says Alisa, who in her early 20s played coffeehouses and colleges and once drove nine hours and played to what turned out to be a completely empty room. “It all comes from the same place, that 13-year old sitting at the piano in the bonus room, writing 90-second songs, playing her heart out for the joy of it, for the hope of it.”

For the joy, for the hope... These are not small concepts for Alisa. These are hard-fought battles, choices made when her faith was just a whimper in a dark corner of the room.

Shared Hope

The Faith Summit is presented by Shared Hope International, a leading faith-based non-profit and recognized expert on the issue of child sex trafficking for almost twenty years. Shared Hope strives to prevent the conditions that foster sex trafficking, restore and empower survivors, and bring justice to vulnerable women and children. We envision a world passionately opposed to sex trafficking and a community committed to restoring survivors to lives of purpose, value and choice – one life at a time.



Located 20 minutes from downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, Bethel University (3900 Bethel Drive, St. Paul, MN 55112) is a world-renowned institution with a beautiful 245-acre lakeside campus. Deep in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, the Summit’s setting offers a refreshing environment to learn, to be edified, and to connect with the faith community nationwide under the common banner of eradicating sex trafficking. Bethel University, whose mission is to educate and energize leaders that will live out biblical truth and transform culture, provides the perfect platform for this year’s JuST Faith Summit. Attendees will enjoy state-of-the art classrooms, a brand-new dining hall, and have the option of staying on campus to get the full Bethel experience. For more details, visit the Accommodations section.



HOST: Linda Smith

Linda Smith, Founder & President, Shared Hope International

KEYNOTE: Eric Metaxas

NY Times Best Selling Author and Talk Show Host

Plenary Speakers

Benjamin Nolot

CEO & Founder, Exodus Cry

Rev. Marian Hatcher

Senior Project Manager, Cook County Sheriff's Office

Lexie Lavallee

Survivor Leader

Edward Sumner

Director of Engagement, Rescue: Freedom International

Dr. Judith Reisman

Liberty University School of Law; Founder, Director- Child Protection Institute

Bob Rodgers

President & CEO, Street Grace

John Pulley

Man Alive Expedition

Rebecca Bender

CEO & Founder, Rebecca Bender Initiative, Survivor Leader

Caleb Kaltenbach

Author, Speaker, Pastor, Teacher

Kelly Dore

Executive Director, National Human Trafficking Survivor Coalition

Grant Snyder

Sergeant, Minneapolis Police Department

Vednita Carter
Founder, Breaking Free

Workshops & Presenters

Sarah Batley

Director, Church and Community Engagement, Araminta Freedom Initiative

Lucy Bloom

Successor Executive Director, Veronica's Voice

Kjersti Bohrer

Founder and President, Beautiful and Loved, Inc.

Nicola Brown

Chief Partnership & Strategy Officer, Cultivate Connexion

Josh Causey

Pastor, Living Hope Fellowship

Rebekah Charleston

Executive Director, Valiant Hearts

Pamela DeWitt-Meza

RN, SANE, Founder, Create Impact Consulting, LLC

Kelly & Tim Dore

Executive Director, (Kelly) National Human Trafficking Survivor Coalition, (Tim) Colorado State Representative

Amy Engle

Amy Engle, Therapist at Thrive Therapy; CSEC Consultant, Trainer

Christine Erickson

Director, Children-at-Risk “OneLess” Ministry Grace Church

Emily Fitchpatrick

Founder, Flagship Equip

Danielle Freitag

Director,Survivor Advocate & Speaker, Danielle and Corey Freitag are Co-Founders of Action169

Debbie Haltom

Survivor Advocate, Living Hope Fellowship

Ed Heisler

Co-Executive Director, Men As Peacemakers

Christa Hicks

Executive Director, The Porch Light

Ebony Johnson

CSEC Case Manager, Children’s Law Center of California

Megan Kelly

Minister, Living Hope Fellowship

Rebecca Kotz

Trafficking Services Coordinator,Central MN Sexual Assault Center

Nick Lembo

Coordinator, Epik Project, Just Men AZ

Tara Madison
Survivor Mentor, CHS/Voices for Florida, Open Doors
Mary McAlister

Senior Litigation Counsel, Liberty Counsel

Robyn Metcalf

Open Doors Statewide Director, Voices for Florida

Kyle Miller

Director and Counselor, Global Care and Response

Beatriz Menanteau

Supervisor, Violence Prevention Programs Unit, Minnesota Department of Health

Kimberly Oros

CSEC Specialized Dependency Attorney-Children's Law Center of California

Jerry Redman

CEO, Second Life Tennessee

Amy Rouleau

Executive Director, Restoration Place

Rev. Mike Sloan

Director, Child Safeguarding Certification, GRACE

Tawanda Spaulding

Professor, Florida Memorial University

Christopher Stollar

Demand Reduction Coordinator, She Has a Name

Kim Spicer

Prevention Education Supervisor, Growing Strong Sexual Assault Center

Michelle Thielen

Founder, YogaFaith International, Complex Trauma Specialist

Noelle Volin

Founder, Do Justice Consulting, LLC


Faith Summit online registration is closed.  We will continue to accept registrations from those who walk in at Bethel University on Wednesday, June 20th. All registration tickets are $275 for attending any part of the Faith Summit. We are anticipating an incredible 3-day experience with our attendees from across the nation!

Each attendee receives the Faith in Action kit (value $129) that includes the complete Chosen Plus community awareness tool, USB with print resources for discussion guides to share about the issue, scriptural perspective and action items in a 4-week study for men’s, women’s and youth groups. This incredibly versatile tool will help you educate your faith community and reach out to your area to protect children from sex trafficking.


If you are an Exhibitor, Survivor of Sex Trafficking, or a Full-Time Student:
Exhibitors: Submit the Application . Upon approval you will qualify for a discount code to register.
Survivors: Email to qualify for a discount code to register.
Full-Time Students: Email with a copy of your current student ID to qualify for a discount code to register.

We are continuing to use the Faith in Action Toolkit in our curriculum and are so grateful for access to high caliber resources. Thank you so much for sharing them with us! We always highlight Shared Hope when we use these tools and point to your website for other great resources. - S. Hauser / CO received her kit at the 2016 Faith Summit

Refund Policy

Full refunds available until June 6.
Partial refunds (50%) available until June 13.
No refunds after June 13.
**To request a refund, you must email and provide the attendee’s name, the purchaser’s name, and the ticket order number. All refunds will be subject to a $20 administrative fee. Refunds will be issued by check to the billing address on file within 30 days of request.


Wednesday, June 20: 2:00pm-8:30pm

  • Registration
  • Dinner
  • Opening Plenary and  Keynote address by Eric Metaxas
  • Program followed by book signing
  • Optional post-program film: The Heart of Man

Thursday, June 21: 7:00am – 9:00pm

  • Breakfast
  • Worship
  • Plenary Session -Prevention
  • AM Workshops
  • Lunch
  • Plenary Session  -Restoration
  • PM Workshops
  • Dinner
  • Worship Concert

Friday, June 22: 7:30am – 1:00pm

  • Breakfast
  • AM Workshops
  • Break
  • Plenary Session - Bring Justice
  • Closing Plenary: Motivated and Equipped


If you are registered for the Faith Summit and still need accommodations, you may click here for lodging options.  The Shared Hope discount block expired June 4th for the Faith Summit, but some hotels may offer a Bethel University discount upon request.

Ground Transportation and Parking

There are a variety of transportation options between Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and the Bethel University campus and local hotels including Uber, taxis, and various local shuttle services. Bethel is located about 30 minutes from the airport and offers an interactive map to assist drivers in locating designated buildings or parking lots on their campus.


Road Construction Alert

For those who live in Minnesota, you know there are four seasons: Fall, Winter, Spring and Road Construction.  This year is no different with some major roadwork going on around Bethel’s campus.

Attached maps (large map and zoomed in map) show you the detours from major arteries, and how to access the campus.  Detours to campus are clearly marked but please factor the extra time into your arrival plans to insure you are able to be on time for opening night!

Check out Bethel's Maps and Directions page for more information.


Wednesday Arrival Schedule

Here are the important times for your arrival on Wednesday June 20:

  • 11 am – 8 pm Dormitory check in (park your vehicle at your dorm and walk to Benson Building for events)
  • 2 – 5 pm registration in the Benson Building
  • 5 pm dinner in the Munson Dining
  • 6 pm doors open to the Great Hall
  • 6:25 pm Evening Opening Session with Keynote speaker Eric Metaxas


Faith in Action Kit

All attendees will receive our a free Faith in Action Kit! Designed to equip church leaders with the most comprehensive array of tools to raise awareness in their community, the Faith in Action Kit prepares the user to educate men, women, youth and faith leaders with audience-appropriate resources. The tools can be used in sermons or Sunday School, on retreats, with VBS and youth camp.


You’ll want to visit the Exhibitor tables and find out how others are fighting to end sex trafficking around the world! The exhibitors at the Faith Summit showcase organizations, businesses, and ministries with their fair trade products, survivor-led organization products and information, non-profit services and ways to help, along with businesses dedicated to ending sex trafficking! Conveniently located in the thoroughfare by the dining hall, each exhibitor is here to enhance your experience. Plan to get acquainted with these passionate people and find out what they have to offer you!

There’s something for everyone! Exhibits feature free giveaways and for sale items such as unique gifts, clothing, training tools, free educational materials, puppets, kits, message hats, books, organic bath & body products, survivor-made apparel, inspirational products and accessories – there’s so much more waiting for you at the Summit!


We believe students and professors are key to the fight against sex trafficking. In order to make this Summit more affordable, you can apply for a scholarship which provides FREE REGISTRATION and FREE dorm housing. We will give out 50 scholarships to selected students and faculty members in this field. To apply completely fill out the application and email to
We know you've been really busy with finals so we've extended the application deadline to June 1, 2018!


Volunteers are an essential part of the event’s success. Shared Hope is looking for students and local community leaders with a heart to serve and time to donate. Staffing the event is no easy task! Volunteers are the hands and feet behind the scenes, responsible for a host of duties including (but not limited to) set up, registration, facilitating workshops, directing attendees, and much more.

Benefits to volunteering include access to the conference plenary sessions and Thursday evening concert. We need you!

Register to Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the 2018 Faith Summit. We are grateful for your time and welcome you to the team! Please understand that during your volunteer shift, our first priority will be to assign you to a specific task and location to help support the conference coordination. You may or may not be able to listen in on the plenary and sessions during your shift. If you would prefer a full conference experience (choosing the workshops you’d like to attend, free time to network and socialize with other attendees, etc.) then we would encourage you to attend the conference as a registered attendee. We wouldn’t want you to be disappointed with your experience and need our volunteers to be fully engaged with supporting the behind the scenes responsibilities..

If you understand these responsibilities, and want to volunteer, please fill out the information requested below, and we will be in touch with you with additional details about your shift and assignments. The conference is a lot of work, and our volunteers are so important to it operating smoothly and to its overall success. Thank you!

Email if you have questions.


2018 Faith Summit Volunteer Form


Want to help underwrite costs and support the important task of equipping and empowering the Church nationwide? We need you!


Why Should You Attend the JuST Faith Summit?

Be Equipped

You want to help but don’t know where to start. We do. Join us to learn practical tools for getting started and finding a dynamic and sustainable way to leverage your community’s resources to tackle trafficking.

Be Connected

There is a committed, dedicated team across the nation making meaningful strides in the fight against sex trafficking. We want you to meet them. Learn from others and share resources to make the biggest impact possible.

Be Inspired

Hear amazing stories of freedom, restoration, and change. We are launching a movement within the church to face the overlooked and ignored issue of sexual exploitation and abuse and want you to be a part of it.

What People Are Saying About Shared Hope’s JuST Faith Summit

"Living in a small rural community I felt it opened many eyes to an epidemic that churches were not aware of before, much less that it is going on in this area. Often times people believe this only happens in other countries or big cities, to be able to make them aware is important and essential in reaching out to others."

"The Faith Summit is a wonderful teaching resource for the church and the community. As a Christian professor, my students were excited at the quality of information that was available and the resources to implement them with minimal difficulty."

"The tools I received equipped me to present quality information on sex-trafficking to a wide variety of populations. It has given me the confidence to speak on the issue of trafficking as well as provide people with hope on how to end the issue of sex-trafficking in their town!"

"We are continuing to use the Faith in Action Toolkit that we received and are so grateful for access to such high caliber resources. Thank you so much for sharing them with us! We always highlight Shared Hope when we use these tools and point to your website for other great resources. Because of your generosity in sharing what you have, literally 3000+ more people in Northern Colorado have been awakened to the issue of DMST. Thank you!"