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October 3rd – 5th, 2024

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.

Conference Host

Leanne Matthesius

Lead Pastor | Awaken Church

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.

Guest Speaker

Lisa Bevere

Author & Speaker | Messenger Int.

Lisa Bevere’s authentic, passionate, and witty teachings weave profound biblical truths with practical application. A New York Times best-selling author, her books are in the hands of millions worldwide. Lisa and her husband John, who’s also a best-selling author and teacher, are the founders of Messenger International.
Guest Speaker

Maria Durso

Speaker, Author | Saints Church NYC

Maria Durso is living proof that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). Having come from a childhood devastated by loss and abuse she grew up to thinking she could mask her pain with drugs. Her lifestyle could have left her hopeless and alone—yet God kept and preserved Maria’s life.

Understanding firsthand the effects of abandonment, loneliness and rejection are, she ministers to those whose hurt lies deep in the heart and works to minister to those who need hope. Armed with discernment, insight into the true character of God, honest about her own experience, and down to earth, Maria is an intercessor, teacher, and powerful speaker.

In 1975, immediately following the first most important walk Maria would ever take down a church aisle—Maria took her second most important walk down the aisle and married her life-long love, Michael Durso. Together they pastored as Lead Pastors at Christ Tabernacle, the first church to be birthed from The Brooklyn Tabernacle, since 1985. They now oversee Saints Church, formally known as Christ Tabernacle. They have witnessed, firsthand, the faithfulness and grace of God who supplies the needs of a continually growing urban church.

Believing that our greatest ministry is prayer, she has overseen the Intercessory Prayer Team for decades, a group that still intercedes daily for the needs of the congregation, various ministries, the Pastoral staff and requests that are phoned into the church as well formerly leading the Women’s Ministry for over 35 years at Christ Tabernacle.

Maria published her first book, “From Your Head to Your Heart”. With powerful examples from the Bible and redeeming stories from her testimony involving abandonment, loneliness, rejection, and drug use—this book gives you the keys to access the power in God’s Word. Begin the renewing journey from your head to your heart today. In 2019, she released her second book “Ageless”. In the book Maria bridges the generational gap and cracks the code to spiritual dryness.

Blessed with a wonderful husband and three sons in ministry, their wives and grandmother to eight, Maria considers herself wholly blessed. The Durso’s look forward to the great plans God has for their ministry, their lives, and their family.

Guest Speakers

Rex & Katrina Crain

Speaker & Author

Rex Crain is an acclaimed speaker, author, and catalyst for change to Churches, Fortune 500 companies, professional athletes, entertainers and people from all walks of life. As a young man, Rex walked away from a baseball career with the Boston Red Sox to pursue his God calling to help people. Rex has devoted the last twenty five years of his life to helping people discover and develop their own unique qualities of greatness. His gift to inspire has taken him around the world to be a prophetic voice to the nations.

Katrina is passionate about life and loves to inspire women through her story. Overcoming a fatal disease and fighting through abuse, an eating disorder, and depression. Katrina is a bright voice of life on the other side of pain. Her story has been shared with girls in the red-light district in Thailand all the way to businesses, schools, and churches in the USA.

Rex and Katrina live in Orange County, CA with their daughter Kira.

Guest Speaker

Karen Shackelford

Author & Speaker

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.

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."

Guest Speaker

Lisa Hundley

Awaken Church Campus Pastor

Lisa and her husband Michael have been part of Awaken Church since the early years of the church when it was just one campus. They helped launch our East Campus and currently oversee our El Cajon Campus with a thriving community in the east county of San Diego.

October 3rd – 5th, 2024


Marriott Marquis | San Diego Marina

**Conference Registration DOES NOT include accommodation.

This year’s conference is held at Marriott Marquis located in the bayfront area in the heart of San Diego! All three days of our Cherish Conference will be held on-site at this hotel.

333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101, US

Questions pertaining to hotel,
please call the Marriott at (619) 234-1500


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