JuST Faith Summit

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

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

HOST: Linda Smith, Founder & President, Shared Hope International

KEYNOTE: Eric Metaxas

NY Times Best Selling Author and Talk Show Host

Plenary Speakers

Benji 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

John Pulley

Man Alive Expedition

Rebecca Bender

CEO & Founder, Rebecca Bender Initiatives, Survivor Leader

Caleb Kaltenbach

Author, Speaker, Pastor, Teacher

Kelly Dore

Executive Director, National Human Trafficking Survivor Coalition, Colorado State Representative

Grant Snyder

Sergeant, Minneapolis Police Department

Vednita Carter
Founder, Breaking Free

Workshops & Presenters

Emily Aikins

Director, Survivor Services, Second Life Tennessee

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

Niki Cross

President, Founder, STAAR Ministry

Rebekah Charleston

Executive Director, Valiant Hearts

Pamela DeWitt-Meza

RN, SANE, Founder, Create Impact Consulting, LLC

Kelly & Tim Dore

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

Jerome Elam

President and CEO, Trafficking in America Task Force

Amy Engle

Director of Clinical Services, Phoenix Dream Center

Michael Engle

Volunteer Patrol Member, Arizona Anti-Trafficking Network

Christine Erickson

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

Emily Fitchpatrick

Founder, Flagship Equip

Danielle Freitag

Survivor Advocate & Speaker, Danielle and Corey Frietag 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

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
Joseph Martin

Pastor & Survivor Leader, Theology Forums, Tattooed Theist

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

Kimberly Oros

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

Christine Raino

Senior Director of Public Policy, Shared Hope International

Jerry Redman

CEO, Second Life Tennessee

Bob Rodgers

President & CEO, Street Grace

Amy Rouleau

Executive Director, Restoration Place

Lauren Ryan

Statewide Safe Harbor Director, MN Dept. of Health

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

Shawn Wood

Community Outreach Specialist, House of Refuge

Rick Walter

Retired Sheriff, Scott County

Registration and Ticket Information

(Attendees must be 16 years or older)

Registration is open! Earlybird admission is $275 until February 28. General admission is $300. All JuST Faith Summit tickets include the following: breakfast, lunch, dinners, snack breaks, access to all workshops, free wifi access and the worship concert.

Registration ticket price does not include lodging.

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.


Our preliminary 2018 lineup of speakers and workshops is now available. The full event program will be posted in May.

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: 7:30am – 9:00pm

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

Friday, June 22: 7:00am – 1:00pm

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


This could be the most affordable conference lodging to date!  Attendees have the option of staying on campus in dormitory housing within walking distance of the conference facility and dining hall.  For those attendees who prefer to stay in more comfortable accommodations, hotel room blocks are available near the campus.

Dorm Room Options and Rates:

For any of the following options, attendees can select their roommates, or request to be assigned (by gender) to a room.    

  1. Shared Suite (3 shared bedrooms) 6 people per suite - $44.99, per person, for two nights (includes tax and linens).
    Suites have 3 bedrooms, each with 2 twin beds, living area, and private bathroom. Bathrooms are divided into a shower room, sink/vanity area with double sinks, and a separate toilet.
  2. Shared Suite (3 private bedrooms) 3 people per suite – $125.34, per person, for two nights (includes tax and linens).
    Suites have 3 bedrooms, each with 1 twin beds, living area, and private bathroom. Bathrooms are divided into a shower room, sink/vanity area with double sinks, and a separate toilet.
  3. Private Apartment – $229.24 for the whole apartment for two nights (up to six people) including tax and one linen pack. Additional linens $12/person.
    1 person or family per apartment (up to 6 people) Apartments have a private bathroom and a kitchen (with a stove and fridge), but no microwave, dishes or cookware.

Click here to reserve a dorm room on campus

Hotel Room Options and Rates:

Please note: Conference goers who choose to stay off-campus are responsible for their own transportation. 

The following hotels are offering a block rate discount for the JuST Faith Summit.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis

Rates:  Average Cost is $119 per night, per person for guests staying Wednesday& Thursday nights.
To Book:

  1. Call Hotel directly at 763-566-8000 and refer to group code: JFS, or
  2. Go online to book your room at the DoubleTree

Courtyard Minneapolis St. Paul/Roseville by Marriot Hotels
Rates: $169 per night, per person for guests stay Wednesday& Thursday nights.
To Book: Go online to book your room at Courtyard Minneapolis

Radisson Hotel/Minneapolis St. Paul North
Rates: $139 per night, per person for guests stay Wednesday& Thursday nights.
To Book: Go online to book your room at Radisson Hotel

Additional Hotel Options (NOT offering a Shared Hope Group Discount) can be found at this link.

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.

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.


We want your organization, business or ministry to be the focus for summit goers who want to know more and do more!  Fair trade products, survivor-led organizations, non-profit service providers, corporate or business leaders and civic groups are welcome to set up shop and share in the excitement.

Whether you’re attending the conference or not, an exhibit table at the Faith Summit is an excellent way to promote your organization and resources to hundreds of people. Exhibitor tickets include one 6’x 3’covered table, two chairs, and your organization printed in conference materials. Conference meals are included in the ticket price of $250 for one individual. Registration for exhibitors includes access to general sessions and the Thursday evening concert. Workshops are not included in your table price.

After your application is approved, you will receive an email with a discount code to register as an Exhibitor..
You may also register for an additional meal ticket for one other person serving at your table.  All information will be included in the Exhibitor section of the registration page.

Exhibitor Application


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


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 desire to volunteer for the 2018 Faith Summit. We welcome you to volunteer as long as you understand that for our purposes, your priority would be to support the needs of the conference. 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 I would encourage you to attend the conference as a registered attendee. We wouldn’t want you to be disappointed with your experience. In the past we have had people volunteer because they wanted a discount/opportunity to attend the conference for free but found themselves frustrated with the constant behind the scenes responsibilities and realities of what volunteering really is. Responsibilities of volunteering don’t allow you the freedom to select workshops, to attend every general session or be in the flow of the conference if you are assigned duties elsewhere. 

If you understand these responsibilities, and want to volunteer, fill out the information requested below and you will be notified of your shift assignments. The conference is a lot of work, and our volunteers are so important to it operating smoothly and to its overall success.

Email if you have questions.

2018 Faith Summit Volunteer Form

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!"