WTN Two-Day Intensive: Philadelphia

September 27, 2019 - September 28, 2019
Location: 1 Fellowship Dr, Glen Mills, PA 19342, USA


Registration fee is $65.

We hope you can join us for this Women’s Training Network event hosted by Covenant Fellowship Church! Saturday lunch is included in your registration fee. When registering, women will select one track to attend at the training. Please see track descriptions below before registering. To see a basic schedule and learn more, you can visit our webpage.

Friday check-in begins at 6:00pm. Event starts at 6:30pm and ends at 9:15pm.

Saturday doors open at 8:00am. Event starts at 8:30am and ends at 5:00pm.

Keynote Sessions

Keynote 1: Colossians 1:24-29 – Taylor Turkington

Keynote 2: Colossians 3:1-4 – Mary Willson

Keynote 3: Colossians 4:2-6 – Colleen McFadden


The Women’s Training Network is part of The Gospel Coalition that exists to train women to use the Bible well, for the purpose of their own growth and for service to others, all for the glory of Christ. If you are interested in hosting a future training event in your area, please complete this form to help us envision what a training would look like in your area.

Tracks Available

Bible Interpretation

This is our foundational track that we believe everyone can benefit from, whether you are learning these tools for the first time or thinking through how you can teach them to others. This track covers Bible study methods through a series of sessions, including an entry-level story of Scripture workshop, genre work, introduction to the interpretation process, and hands-on practice in groups.  If you’ve never thought about tools for Bible interpretation, we hope you consider attending this track, as these tools are assumed in the other tracks offered.

Workshop 1: The Story of Scripture – Abi Byrd

Workshop 2: Bible Study Methods – Ann Westrate

Workshop 3: Genres of the Bible – Mary Willson

Workshop 4: Practicing Interpretation – Ann Westrate

Ministry Practicals

This track is intended for women hoping to be further equipped in practical ways to minister in the local church, our neighborhoods, our families, and our spheres of influence. Assuming a basic understanding of Bible interpretation, the workshop discussions will take the next step and get very practical about how we use our Bibles to serve others!

Workshop 1: How to Lead a Bible Study – Blair Linne

Workshop 2: How to Read the Bible One on One for Discipleship – Colleen McFadden

Workshop 3: How to Teach Someone to Share the Gospel – Rebecca McLaughlin

Workshop 4: How to Be Disciples Who Make Disciples – Abi Byrd

The Story of Scripture in Your Ministry

In this track, we will look at the metanarrative of Scripture, and then discuss in each workshop how it influences a specific area of Christian life. This track builds upon a basic understanding of Bible interpretation, seeking to better understand how biblical theology influences all of our ministry.

Workshop 1: The Beauty of the Story of Scripture – Colleen McFadden

Workshop 2: How the Story of Scripture Impacts our Evangelism – Rebecca McLaughlin

Workshop 3: How the Story of Scripture Impacts our Teaching- Taylor Turkington

Workshop 4: How the Story of Scripture Impacts our Discipleship – Rachel Gilson

Unity and Dignity

Justice. Race. Reconciliation. Sexuality. Utilizing a working knowledge of Bible interpretation skills, we want to better understand what God’s Word has to say about the value and dignity of all human beings. We will look at the clear call for unity, love, biblical truth, and seek to answer questions about how we, as Christians, are to respond.

Workshop 1: Founded on the Rock: Deuteronomy’s Ethical Vision – Mary Willson

Workshop 2: Unity, Dignity and Ethnic Diversity – Blair Linne

Workshop 3: Unity, Dignity and our Sexuality – Rachel Gilson

Workshop 4: Unity and Dignity: In Youth, Age, and in Between – Rebecca McLaughlin

Advanced Bible Topics: Epistles

This track is designed for women who are ready for higher-level workshops, giving the opportunity to do a deep dive into specific biblical principles with one passage in view.  We will focus on important topics relating to Epistles. In all of these discussions, we will see how individual parts tie to the whole and point to Christ. This track is intended for women who are already teaching the Bible and want to continue to grow in their understanding.

Workshop 1: Interpreting in Light of Redemptive History: Ephesians – Taylor Turkington

Workshop 2: Interpreting in Context when Reading Contested Passages: Romans – Rachel Gilson

Workshop 3: Interpreting a Book’s Themes: Colossians – Colleen McFadden

Workshop 4: Interpreting Epistles’ Use of Scripture: James – Mary Willson


Abi Byrd
(B'Ed honors - music and education Cambridge University) serves as Deacon of Women's ministry at Loudoun Valley Baptist Church mentoring women and teaching Bible Study. She is an instructor for the Simeon Trust equipping women to grow in their love for and knowledge of God's word. Their family served in Kosovo for over a decade as missionaries with Radstock Ministries and Abi now chairs the Board of Trustees. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband Brad and 4 children where she loves to make food for anyone who will eat it!
Rachel Gilson
works for Cru as part of the national theological team, specifically giving leadership in LGBT+ engagement. She previously spent many years as campus staff at Yale, her alma mater, and at Boston University. Rachel is completing her Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is author of a forthcoming book on how to thrive in Christ as a same-sex attracted believer. Her writing has appeared in such places as Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, and DesiringGod. She lives in Boston with her husband and daughter.
Blair Linne
is a Spoken Word poet, writer and serves as Director of Women's Ministries at Risen Christ Fellowship in Philadelphia, PA, where her husband is one of the founding pastors. Raised in Los Angeles, CA, Blair's love for God's Word blossomed as she came to Christ at the age of 22. It developed further as she attended The Masters University. As she grows in her walk with the Lord, God continues to build on the foundation of His Word that He established at her conversion. Blair rejoices in the many opportunities she has had to serve ladies with the Word, both through teaching and spoken-word poetry, She lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband Shai and three children.
Colleen McFadden
trains women Bible teachers with the Charles Simeon Trust, a ministry devoted to equipping the next generation of Bible expositors. She and her husband live in the Philadelphia area where she serves with the women's ministry at Trinity Community Church. Colleen earned a BS in Business Administration from the University of Illinois and an MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She also serves on the board of Matthias Media, an evangelical publisher of gospel-centered resources.
Rebecca McLaughlin
is the author of Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World's Largest Religion (Crossway, 2019). She holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from Cambridge University and an M.Div. equivalent from Oak Hill Theological College in London. Rebecca is co-founder and consulting principal at Vocable Communications and former Vice President of Content at The Veritas Forum. She lives in Cambridge MA with her husband, Bryan, and their three children.
Taylor Turkington
serves as director of the Women’s Training Network for The Gospel Coalition. She holds an MA and Doctor of Ministry from Western Seminary. Taylor loves Portland, Oregon, where she lives with her husband and daughter, and greatly enjoys the privilege of teaching and training women to use the Scriptures as they serve in their church and other contexts.
Ann Westrate
serves as Coordinator of Women’s Training Network for The Gospel Coalition. Ann earned a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where God grew in her a heart for discipleship and a desire to minister God’s Word faithfully to women. Ann and her husband, Ben, live in Batavia, Illinois, where they are actively involved at River Valley Community Church. Ann enjoys spending time with family and friends (including her dog Dietrich), traveling, and drinking tea.
Mary Willson
serves the saints at Second Presbyterian in Memphis, TN as the director of women in ministry. Along with being trained in the local-church context, she received formal theological training, most recently at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (PhD, Old Testament). Mary enjoys teaching and training others to teach the Scriptures, especially in the local-church context. A number of rambunctious nieces and nephews make her life all the more enjoyable.