Meet our Speakers!

We are excited to announce our teaching staff for the 2019 U.S. and U.K. Summit. All speakers have personal experience with single parenthood or have worked closely with single parents on their journey.

  • Dawn VanderWerf - U.S. and U.K.

    Dawn VanderWerf is the Director of Single Parent Missions, co-founder of the Single Parenting Summit and author of Hope Notes, daily encouragements for single parents read by subscribers worldwide. Co-author of The Daddy Gap and a single mom herself for almost six years, Dawn is passionate about encouraging single parents and envisioning and equipping leaders to respond to the growing population of one-parent families. Dawn is recently remarried and lives in Hudsonville, Michigan with her husband Steve and their shared kids.

  • Kathey Batey - U.S.

    Kathey Batey is a Corporate Trainer, Consultant, Facilitator and Domestic Mediator. Founder and facilitator of Divorce Support Anonymous groups and ReDesigning Your Life workshops, Kathey has helped hundreds of women and men through divorce, death of a spouse, empty nest, job loss and other life changes. Combining her faith with practical applications, Kathey inspires people to leverage change and find gratitude in life’s challenges. Kathey has often been a featured speaker on radio and TV and resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 


  • Christy Johnson - U.S.

    Christy Johnson is a certified life coach, inspirational speaker, ordained minister and soul-health advocate who knows the pain that accompanies toxic relationships. After a disastrous first marriage filled with addiction, adultery and the tragic death of her youngest son, Christy has found the beauty on the other side of brokenness. Author of the book Love Junkies and a national speaker, Christy spends her time sharing her story and encouraging others about what the hope and power of God can do. Christy, her heaven-picked husband John, and their family reside in Edmond, Oklahoma.

  • Kris Swiatocho - U.S. and U.K.

    Vivacious. Knowledgeable. Passionate. That's Kris Swiatocho, Director of From His Hands Ministries and The Singles Network Ministries. Kris has served single adults and churches for the last 25 years. An accomplished trainer, mentor and author, Kris has a heart to reach and grow people so they will reach and grow others. Kris is the author of multiple books including: Jesus, Single Like Me, From the Manger to the Cross; The Women in Jesus' Life, and Everyone Knows a Single Adult: The FAQs of Single Adult Ministry (co-authored with Dennis Franck, Former National Director, Assemblies of God.) Kris loves to travel and lives on the road, but calls North Carolina home.

  • Dr. Kate Lyzenga-Dean - U.S.

    Dr. Kate Lyzenga-Dean is an associate at DBC Natural Holistic Health Center, a Functional Medicine and Chiropractic clinic based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

    Dr. Kate is passionate about wellness in all areas of life, and works alongside her patients to seek health no matter what challenges they may face in their wellness journey. An expert in natural, holistic medicine, Dr. Kate focuses on finding the root cause of health concerns, and utilizes lifestyle, nutrition, stress management, and physical modalities to help them heal. A lifelong learning enthusiast and educator, Dr. Kate is the host of Wellness Visits Blog, a platform she utilizes to explore the things that make wellness such a powerful, life-giving concept, and discover how differently we apply this idea to our lives, work, relationships, and selves. Find her at

    Dr. Kate loves chatting with interesting friends, sipping tea, reading good books, and trying to keep up with her husband on long walks in the woods.

  • Wayne Ondersma - U.S.

    Wayne Ondersma has a passion for people who don't know how loved they are by God. Along his journey, he worked in industry for 15 years, volunteered and worked in youth ministry for 35 years, and has now been the pastor of The PIER Church in Wyoming, Michigan for 5 years.  He was born to a single mother in 1959 (which makes him slightly over 21) and was adopted the same year.  He feels honored to be the adopted son of Jacob and Fran Ondersma who told him about the Jesus who loved him so much that he was willing to obey his daddy and die for Wayne. Wayne is a husband of one wife Sue, and father to three children: Kimberly, Benjamin, and Kristina.  He is also a grandfather to 10 grandchildren with his son threatening to have number 11.  

  • John Dennis - U.K.

    John Dennis is the author of the bestseller MEN RAISED BY WOMEN: WHAT HE WON’T TELL MOM and his new release THE SINGLE MOM, HER SON AND THE STRAWMAN.  He is a sought-after expert on dealing with the issues single moms face raising boys alone. John was raised by a single mother and saw firsthand the challenges of growing up without his father in the household. This experience led him into a life of service as a mentor, coach and then an author to help single parented families overcome the obstacles that are hidden and neglected by normal sources of aid for families. A father of 3 sons and 2 adopted children, John brings his experiences, insight,and passion and provides candid and practical solutions to help any mother, dad or mentor help develop secure, well-rounded young men.