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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 


  • 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.

  • 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.

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