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In 2009, Heather released her first studio album, Wounded Healer, which allowed her to use music to communicate the forgiveness and love shown in Christ throughout her life. She spent two years serving as the Executive Director of a crisis pregnancy center in central Wisconsin and has training and vast experience as an abstinence speaker and communicator. Her passion for life issues comes from her own experience with an unplanned pregnancy. Through both her speaking and singing, Heather's goal is to share God's love and intentional purpose for every one of our lives.
Heather is the married mother of three children and is originally from northern Wisconsin. She grew up in the hospitality industry, learning the awesome joy of serving others, and she brings that joy into her speaking and performing.
See more at: www.heatherruesch.com or on Facebook at HeatherRueschMusic
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"The music and lyrics of Heather Ruesch reflect more than talent and skill, of which there is plenty. They also reflect an empathy with the hearer. She sings as one who understands the need to be still and hear God's voice, one who understands what it means to be wounded and what it means to be healed. Her music expresses the wounded nature of humanity because of sin and the mercy of the Wounded Healer, Jesus Christ. Her music moves us all to be wounded healers ourselves. The world certainly needs more of those!"
Dr. James Lamb, Executive Director, Lutherans For Life
"It has been my good fortune to begin working with Heather on her new material. She is a powerful and talented singer with a real heart for God. She is also a songwriter whose work reflects a REAL person's struggles and joy. You will find her message, musically and otherwise, to be spiritually and musically satisfying, as I do."
Ken Medema, Christian Performer/Composer
"We've worked very hard on this year's banquet and were delighted to have Heather as our keynote speaker. We are a small pregnancy center, in a rural community, and with just over 200 people in attendance, we raised $64,000! Heather's message, "Is There Not A Cause" was so powerful and impacted every person powerfully that night. People are still talking about it months later! God has surely blessed our ministry with much needed financial provision and has dually blessed us with the music and speaking ministry of Heather Ruesch."
Connie Riplinger, Executive Director Pregnancy Help Center, Rice Lake, WI
3 Steps Back
3 Characters, B. Alert, Action and Zoomer, walk the audience through several scenarios they could possible find themselves in where they need to be able to make a choice for themselves.
The songs, "3 Steps Back", "NO! NO! NO! You Don't Need My Help", and "Fight" Kick! Yell! & Scream!" give the children simple tools to have if they ever need to use them.
3 Steps Back helps to bring up what seems like a touchy subject to talk about with parents and kids in a fun, non-threatening way.
Mitch Samu3 Steps Back Creator Bio
Mitch is a husband and father of 2 living in Highlands Ranch, CO. He has been a professional musician & composer his entire career. Most of his works have been with Broadway Musical Theater Productions including The Lion King, Mama Mia, Hairspray, Saturday Night Fever. Mitch created 3 Steps Back to help kids with empowering choices when faced with a tough situation. He currently is working on "Bullying is for Losers", another 30-minute musical to address the issues of bullying in a fun way and to give kids choices if faced with that situation.
On YouTube, type in "3SB Mitch Samu".
Pam Stenzel, Founder of ENLIGHTEN COMMUNICATIONS Inc., tackles today's tough issues of sex with candor, insight, humor, and the challenge for young people to get the abstinence advantage.
Nineteen years have passed since Doug Herman lost his wife and daughter to an HIV-infected blood transfusion. Since then, Doug has authored 5 books, 3 DVDs, logged over 3500 public school assemblies worldwide, and launched his Pure Revolution conferences for families. His dramatic speaking and story-telling skills have placed him before concert audiences and national youth gatherings.
Doug has a very unique ability to draw you into a story. It’s not that he’s theatric...he’s just very authentic and engaging. His tragic personal story uniquely blends with his great sense of humor to inspire you along a dramatic journey you’ll never forget. If you’ve ever gone through an experience that winded your faith, Doug will bring you to a place of hope and strength.
Thirty years old and single, Abby shares
her story of abstinence to help students realize that staying sexually pure is a
realistic goal. Weaving this powerful message throughout her presentation, Abby
inspires students to choose the ‘abstinence advantage’ for themselves. Her Italian
expressiveness and clever humor make Abby a dynamic abstinence speaker with a
message students are sure to remember.
He provides training seminars nationally to help educators and parents effectively communicate the message of abstinence to teens. His career is dedicated to helping today’s teens to resist negative pressures and make good decisions for their lives. Scott and his wife Carrie have four children, and reside near Chicago. Scott holds a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and a Master’s degree from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois.
Her "Help! I Have a Teen Daughter!" message has been shared on Focus on the Family's Mother/Daughter cruises, the Girl's Getaway Cruise, Closer: Moms and Daughters conferences and women's events around the nation.
A mom who's "been there", and author of "Here For You, Creating a Mother/Daughter Bond That Lasts a Lifetime
and "What Your Daughter Isn't Telling You", Kathy's experience and insight into the world of teen girls both equips and encourages moms to help make parenting pre-teen and teenage daughters a fulfilling and memory-making experience.
Kathy and her husband Jeff have successfully raised two now-adult children and have 3 grandchildren.
Theater off the Cuff
Fee Range: $ 1500 - 2500
Colin Hearn was born in Lambeth, London in the United Kingdom. He attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Colin has been a part of numerous productions throughout the United Kingdom and the United States. Theater work includes “West End to Broadway,” “Aladdin,” “Wizard of Oz,” “Marriage of Figaro” and “Little Mary Sunshine”. He spent six years as a Musical Director for the music ministry, The Continentals. Colin served as the Musical Director for Youth For Christ in the United Kingdom for several years and has directed and performed in the drama company, Jeremiah People.
For Molly, life is an adventure and she is convinced that it was meant to be lived that way. She is committed to helping others experience life to the fullest, and does so through her upbeat, laughter filled, relevant messages.
The platform Molly stands on is her own life story. Announcing that she is 27 years old and newly married to a man that lived out the same committment to abstinence as she did. Together, they have 65 years of virginity, and that seems to get her audience’s attention! As one student put it, "She is living proof."
You can hear Chris regularly talking about the saints on Relevant Radio as the Vice President of the Dead Theologians Society and occasionally on Catholic Answers Live as one of their chastity speakers. Chris recently co-authored his first book with Matt Pinto, “Do I Have to Go? – 101 questions about the Mass, the Eucharist, and Your Spiritual Life” released in January 2008.
Chris’ dynamic and intimate stage presence enables him to connect with huge crowds as he shares gripping stories, humor, music, and drama. His dynamic presentations and retreats inspire tens of thousands of young people every year.
No Imitations! – Chastity/Abstinence Assembly