2018 Women in the Word Conference Details

The Beloved

Women’s lives today are hectic with demands coming from all directions. Our culture can be discouraging and overwhelming. Social media serves as a constant reminder of all the ways we fall short of perfection. Jesus says in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” How do we live that full, abundant life that Jesus came to give us? Join us as we look into the book of Colossians for God’s timeless truth, wisdom and inspiration to live the life God desires for us.

Maria Peterson: 2018 Women in the Word Conference Speaker

Our Speaker

Maria Peterson and has a lifetime commitment to see the love of Christ reach the nations. Maria grew up in Colorado and has over 25 years of ministry in Colorado, Texas and internationally. After serving as field missionaries in Central Asia, the Petersons serve in their local church in Colorado Springs and work for an international organization focusing on the great commission work in Central Asia.

Jill Phillips: 2018 Women in the Word Conference Musician

Our Musician

Jill Phillips guitar based folk-rock sound combines with rich, insightful lyrics that deals with age-old topics in new and fresh ways. She considers traveling to perform at concerts and events to be one of the greatest parts of being a musician because it allows her to share her songs personally and meet great people from across this country and abroad.

A Little History

More than twenty-five years ago, godly women of vision in the Dubuque area established an annual conference designed to encourage and challenge women through God-honoring, Bible-focused ministry along with inspiring music and great fellowship. Emmaus Bible College is honored to continue this legacy, serving new generations of women who love God’s Word and thirst to know it more.


Women in the Word Ministries claims Luke 8:15 as its theme verse. In the Parable of the Sower, Christ himself explains that those who receive the seed in good soil “are the ones who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience” (Luke 8:15, ESV). Our objectives for the conference are:


  • To challenge and encourage women with in-depth study of the Bible and practical application to life.
  • To enhance fellowship among old friends and new around the person of Christ and love for God's Word.
  • To encourage a spirit of praise, thanksgiving, and joy through inspiring music and testimony.