OCTOBER 6TH – 8TH, 2022

Leanne Matthesius


Leanne’s ministry style is wonderfully feminine, and refreshingly humourous. She moves powerfully in the anointing seeing many released and set free from the bondage and limitations keeping them from becoming all that God has designed them to be.
Leanne uses personal stories and testimonies to connect with people on a very real level. Her prophetic insight and practical down to earth ministry style will ensure her audience is refreshed, equipped and empowered to take on all that life has to offer.

Kim Walker Smith

WORSHIP LEADER | Jesus Culture

While she maintains a solo career, Kim Walker-Smith is also a member of the Jesus Culture band and youth outreach ministry. Born in Albany, Oregon, the future singer, songwriter, and worship leader moved to Redding, California to attend college. It was there that she began attending the Bethel Church, where she later became worship leader, and in 1999, the church launched its Jesus Culture ministry. She made her recording debut in 2006 on the first Jesus Culture Music release Everything, then two years later her solo album Here Is My Song appeared under the name Kim Walker.

Further Jesus Culture releases and her marriage to photographer Skyler Smith kept her from returning to her solo career until the 2013 live album Still Believe arrived as a Kim Walker-Smith release. The Smiths put out a collaborative effort later that year with the folkier Home, and in 2014 Walker-Smith presented her first seasonal album, When Christmas Comes. It reached the top half of the Billboard 200. Her first LP to consist entirely of original songs and no covers, On My Side followed in 2017 faring similarly well on both the Christian and pop charts and prompting the release of a live concert album, On My Side, in early 2018.

Aubrey Matthesius


Aubrey Matthesius is the director of Dream City Church’s women’s ministry and is a part of the multi-campus marketing department. Her marketing experience includes social media management, online campus host; and her current role, producer of Hope Heroes Tv show.

She and her husband Ash Matthesius are passionate about the next generation and she believes that doing ministry through digital platforms can only enhance the church's impact.

Karen Shackelford


We're excited to introduce you all to Karen Shackelford: mother, wife, three-time cancer survivor, and author of the informative blog “The Good Stuff Girl.” She’s had several wake-up calls throughout her life and believes she is a true miracle after surviving through a large fibroid tumor in her uterus at 21, Stage 3 breast cancer at 42, and a thyroid crash at 48. Her battle with breast cancer led her to start asking what she could do to ensure that the rest of her life would be healthier. Her oncologist told her to start taking vitamin D3 and fish oil and to start exercising, but Karen knew there must be more out there to help her become happier and healthier.

She began what she calls her “real health journey” as a middle-aged mama with a loving and supportive husband, and 3 awesome kids. At that time, her kids were in kindergarten, 5th grade, and 7th grade. It became Karen’s passion to discover everything there was to know about food, nutrition, and healthy living. She wanted more time to raise her kids, to love her husband, and to teach others who were struggling with their health all she had learned.

She states, “I set about trying to figure out more about cancer (and thyroid) and how to stay in remission. I went to many great functional doctors. I got great advice and was put on a wonderful new path from a local chiropractor. I began to juice, take supplements, and work on my vitamin D level. (My vitamin D blood level was 14 when diagnosed with breast cancer and I am at 84 presently). I had always worked out diligently, but now I was working out for my well-being instead of for a cute figure. I adopted a new philosophy about food. I wanted to eat to live, rather than live to eat. I began looking at foods and asking, “is this GOOD for me?” “Will this help me?” I have read many books, many articles, listened to so many lectures, have taken classes, taught classes, researched and studied so many health issues because I know what it’s like to be sick and I know what it’s like to be well. If I can help it, I am determined to stay on course, and also take as many of you with me as possible.”

Karen loves teaching and cheering you on; she was an elementary teacher for years and a cheerleader in high school. She is not a doctor and does not hold any degree with the exception of holding a health coach certificate. However, she is a mama who loves life, loves to learn, loves to teach, and mostly, loves people.

Melissa Higginbottom

Pathfinders Ministry Lead

Growing up in the Northwest, Melissa graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a degree in Dance. Melissa's husband, Colin, calls her the greatest business partner he’s ever had, when it comes to Sustainable Interiors. Melissa has always been Colin’s sounding board for some of the biggest business decisions for Sustainable Interiors. Sustainable Interiors is continuously voted as one of the Top 100 Companies to work for because of the genuine relationships Melissa has helped grow within the company. Melissa also uses her gift of relational equity on the Pathfinders team, as she oversees the Pathfinders Sponsors Relations Team.

Katy Yeager


Katy and her husband Mike are the Campus Pastors at the Awaken Church Eastlake Campus located in Chula Vista area of San Diego. Katy is passionate about people and has a desire to see women rise to their God-given potential and step into their best life!

Morgan Ervin

CEO at Prophetic Creative

Morgan has been part of the Awaken Church family for almost a decade and has been involved with everything from our Theater Musicals to being a part of starting our Awaken Recovery ministry which has seen hundreds of peoples lives changed and transformed. Morgan regularly speaks at our Sunday and Wednesday services and has a depth of knowledge and an ability to weave stories, Bible, and culture together that few possess.

Morgan has also been involved for over two decades in Marketing and Branding with many of the worlds largest brands and companies. Part story-teller and part strategist, Morgan brings clear vision and an ability to guide businesses (both big and small) in all creative aspects. He currently is the CEO and Co-Founder of Prophetic.

Morgan lives in beautiful and sunny La Jolla, CA with his amazing wife Jenny and their two children.

Cherish Conference is designed to take each woman to the next level in their personal life and relationship with God. Our Cherish Conferences are known to fly in the world’s best speakers. We pull out all the stops, and truly make this event one of the highlights of every woman’s year!

Life-changing, destiny-altering moments are commonplace at our Cherish Conferences. What is deposited in the heart and spirit of women when they attend Cherish Conference is too great and profound to put into words–it has to be experienced! This event, quite simply, changes lives.



2pm – Hotel CheckIn opens
4:30pm – Welcome Party Reception
6:30pm – Session starts

8:30am – Morning Sessions
12:30pm – Afternoon Break
6pm – Evening Session
8pm – After Party

*After Party Dress Code: Disco-Fever
(Dress in your Disco Best)

7am – Cherish 5k
9am – Doors open
9:30am – Session starts
1pm – Conference Finishes


What do I do if I  can’t find my confirmation email? Email [email protected] and they can resend you your confirmation.

Harrah’s Location Address
777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Funner, CA 92082

Conference Room Location
The Conference will be held in the Events Center – TEC Rooms 5-13

What to Wear
As women, I’m sure your conference outfits are already in the back of your mind! Here’s a little guide to help. Conference attire is smart/casual.

Don’t forget to plan on a later night on Friday Night… It’s our Annual Cherish After Party, This years theme is Disco Fever! This is happening straight after the night session and will be outdoors in the courtyard. So Come dressed in your Disco Fever Best!!! Bring out the colorful, bright, outfits ladies!

Minors: (12-17 years of age)
Minors will need adult supervision at all times for the duration of Conference and being at Harrah’s Resort & Casino. Minors will not be able to walk around unattended without a parent or guardian while on the property.

Harrah’s resort has a free onsite parking structure and guest parking lots. There is Valet for purchase at the West Entrance- follow south resort drive and the Valet parking signs.

Electric Car Charging Stations
There are electrical car charging stations, however guests that own a Tesla will require to bring their adapters.

Pool Accessibility
The Dive Pool is available to all guests- however if you are staying at the Resort- you can pick up your pool pass at check in. IF you are not staying at the Resort you will need to purchase a Pool Day pass at https://harrahssocal.uvtix.com/

• Day Passes include the Lazy River- you are able to bring your own pool floaty. Tubes are not included in the Day Pass or Pool Pass.  Tubes cost $20-40 based on size on site at Harrahs Dive Pool Store. We suggest you bring your own!!
• The Dive Pool has a 21+ section and a family section.
• Minors that are in the family section must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
• Cabanas are available for purchase until sold out- cabanas come with a certain amount of wristbands (view the website for further information) Harrah’s sells cabanas and pool passes- not Awaken Events Team. https://harrahssocal.com/resort/swim/the-main-pool

We will be providing light appetizers and refreshments at Thursday Welcome Party and Friday After Party in the Corked Courtyard. As well as breakfast on Saturday Morning. The breakfast will be served in Tec rooms 1-4 in the Events Center, we will have Breakfast Burritos and coffee.

Please plan for additional meals- here are a list of the restaurants on site at Harrahs: https://harrahssocal.com/dining

The hotel has graciously opened up Check in to begin at 2PM you are able to check in whenever you’d like. If you are rooming with multiple ladies- ensure that all the names are on the reservation so that you are able to all get pool passes for pool access.- Call ahead to avoid lines!

Check out is 11am on Saturday- Plan ahead and try to check out early before session so that you don’t miss a minute of conference! We will have a room for your luggage in the Event Center in TEC Room 1-4.

• The 5K will take place on the Nature Trail- exit Resort Lobby/Valet entrance, walk across the parking lot to the Nature trail entrance.
• We will have check in for the 5K open on Thursday at the registration table in the Event Center beginning at 4:30PM . Cherish 5K will begin at 7AM on Saturday, we will have check in available at 6:30AM on the morning of as well.


Harrah’s Resort in SoCal

**Conference Registration DOES NOT include accommodation.

This year’s conference is held at Harrah’s Resort which is tucked away in the beautiful northeast corner of San Diego County! All Three Days of our Cherish Conference will be held on-site at the resort.




At this moment our discounted block of ROOMS are FULLY BOOKED out.

Questions pertaining to hotel,
please call Harrah’s Resort


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