Go Be Love Conference 2019

Pursuing Excellence in Short-Term Missions

Go Be Love Conference 2019

SAVE THE DATE: Go Be Love Conference 2020 will take place
February 27 – 29, 2020
at Village Church Vinings in Atlanta, GA
3200 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Suite 102, Atlanta, GA 30339
Information below is from 2019. We are working on details for 2020 and will update this page very soon. 

Since 2005, Go Be Love International has prepared and sent thousands of short-term trip participants to mission fields all over the world. Engage with us as we tackle big topics with global relevance together.

Be inspired.
Be equipped.
Go. Be. Love.

Since 2005, Go Be Love International has prepared and sent thousands of short-term trip participants to mission fields all over the world. Engage with us as we tackle big topics with global relevance together.
A comprehensive 3-day conference providing teaching and training in best practices for short-term missions.
A comprehensive 3-day conference providing teaching and training in best practices for short-term missions.

2019 Conference Details

We offer a “First Timers” track for those new to short-term missions and a “Go Beyond” track for missions veterans. Registration includes a variety of break-out topics to choose from: learning from global partners, starting a non profit, being prepared for anything on the mission field, holistic orphan care, attachment, transitioning into serving as a long-term missionary, youth trips, long-term impact from short-term teams, and more. You’ll hear from amazing guest speakers including Bob Goff, Dave Buehring, Mark Stuart and many more. Guest speaker bios, sponsors and vendors, and more information can be found below (scroll down).

Also included in your registration: an entry into our 9th annual Mission Trip Giveaway drawing (register on or before 2/20/19), free parking at the venue, all conference materials (team training materials for each attendee, program book, other handouts), light breakfast on Friday and Saturday including a delicious donut bar one of the mornings from Marietta favorite Doughnut Dollies, catered lunch on Friday, as well as snacks and beverages.

The Go Be Love Conference 2019 will feature exhibitor booths and designated exhibitor times where attendees can learn about other organizations and shop for merchandise that helps support the ministries represented. On Thursday, Bob Goff will draw the winner of our Mission Trip Giveaway live from the conference. Everyone who registers for the conference is entered to win. On Friday, we’ll offer limited spots for a unique “field trip” breakout session hosted by our title sponsor, Glory Haus, Inc. Participants will gather for a casual meal at the Glory Haus headquarters, tour their “Repurposed on Purpose” workroom, have an opportunity to design their own “repurposed” creation, hear about Glory Haus’s work to empower women with fair trade products, and participate in a private shopping experience. Please register for the Conference first and then register for this additional field trip under 2019 Conference Info.

For questions related to the Go Be Love Conference, email: Autumn.Kerr@GoBeLoveInternational.org

2019 Conference Info


Thursday, 2/28/19
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Friday, 3/1/19
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Friday evening optional “field trip” (limited spots): $5 casual dinner at Glory Haus headquarters (See 2019 Conference Details for more info) Register for the conference first and then register for the field trip HERE. Only a few spots left.
Saturday, 3/2/19
9:00 am – 1:00 pm


Late Registration: $225

Registration has now closed.
Contact autumn.kerr@gobeloveinternational.org 
with questions. 


Piedmont Church
570 Piedmont Road
Marietta, GA 30066


KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Bob Goff, Author of “Love Does” and “Everybody, Always”
Bob Goff is the New York Times Best-Selling Author of “Love Does” and Author of “Everybody, Always” which was released in 2018. Bob is an attorney who founded Love Does, a nonprofit human rights organization operating in Uganda, India, Nepal, Iraq and Somalia.

Choosing to live audaciously, Bob connects to audiences in a powerfully inspirational, yet down to earth manner. He lives an outside the box lifestyle traveling to distant and sometimes dangerous countries with his organization Love Does, in efforts to help some of the worlds most vulnerable and forgotten people. Bob shares stories from his experiences as a lawyer, husband, father, justice seeker and friend as relatable and hilarious life lessons. Bob’s messages of Love Does and Love Everybody Always draw attendees in to examine their own dreams and unique abilities, and as a result motivates action and hope amongst those engaged.

Dave Buehring, Founder & President of Lionshare
David Buehring has been a devoted follower of Jesus for more than 40 years. He’s passionate about stirring the Church to follow Jesus, teaching God’s people His ways, and raising a new generation of disciple-makers. Following many years as a missions leader and local church pastor, Dave has spent the last decade speaking broadly throughout the country and various parts of the world, while also guiding and advising spiritual and societal leaders in the ways of God. He’s the author of several books including The Jesus Blueprint and A Discipleship Journey. Dave serves as the Founder & President of Lionshare, a nonprofit organization that ignites and resources churches and leaders in making disciple-makers. Dave also has a 365 Daily Video Devotional that offers reflections on the nature, character & attributes of God for 2 minutes each day.
Mark Stuart, Founding Member of Hands & Feet Project, Founder of Audio Adrenaline
Mark, a founding member of the Hands and Feet project, has been passionately connected to Haiti for over 25 years. Mark visited Haiti for the first time during high school with his father Drex and fell deeply in love with the nation and its people. In 1991, Mark founded Audio Adrenaline with band mates Bob Herdman and Will McGinniss and went on to win two Grammys over a 17 year career as the lead singer. Mark currently resides with his wife Aegis and two children, Journey and Christela, in Franklin TN.
Joelle McNamara, Founder and CEO of BADALA
Joelle McNamara is the Founder and CEO of BADALA, a non-profit organization providing sustainable employment opportunities to women and artisans in East Africa, India, Central America, and the United States. With partnerships with companies like Target and TOMS, BADALA has given the gift of employment (either short-term or ongoing) to over 1000 people in oppressed communities across the world.

Through BADALA, Joelle has given these precious sons and daughters a space to heal from past trauma (commercial sexual exploitation/trafficking, sexual assault and abuse, orphanhood, physical abuse, abandonment, FGM), explore the gifts that God has given them, and have life to the full in Christ.

Kara & Ryan Higgins, Founders and Co-Directors of Imana Kids, Go Be Love Team Leaders

Ryan and Kara Higgins have been leading Go Be Love teams since 2013 and are the founders and co-directors of Imana Kids: Orphan Care Ministry, a sponsorship program in Rwanda. Imana Kids was founded after their very first Go Be Love trip and has since grown to provide education and trauma informed care to over 175 children and young adults in Rwanda. They are currently developing Hope Village, a foster care community, school and church with a focus on healing and trauma care. Ryan and Kara are parents to 5 (two the old fashioned way, 1 through foster care and two adopted). Ryan teaches high school engineering and Kara is a nurse practitioner and midwife in her spare time.
Gabriel Brown, Assistant Vice President of Sales & Special Markets at Brotherhood Mutual
Gabriel Brown is the Assistant Vice President of Sales & Special Markets at Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company. He oversees the Mission Travel division for Brotherhood Mutual that equips mission teams with resources needed for their trip, including medical and security insurance, flight planning, and trip management. Gabriel has led many mission trips to Central America and East Africa. He is actively involved in orphan care and adoption advocacy. He lives in Ft. Wayne, Indiana with his wife, Shelley, and their five children.
Sandy Spengler, Regional Director at Lifesong for Orphans
Disciple of Christ who’s a mess! So thankful He continues to call me to Himself! I Love my family, my puppies and laughing my head off. I am an adoptive mom with some Missionary Sending, Missionary Training, STM Team Training/Leading, International Missionary, Global Orphan Care, and Donor/Partnership Development experience. With so very much more to learn.
Mike Snyder, Founder and President of MKI Group Travel
Mike Snyder is the founder and president of MKI Group Travel. After serving nearly 20 years in missions with Campus Crusade for Christ (U.S.A. and Lithuania), and as the national director of short-term missions for the Baptist General Conference, Mike launched MKI Group Travel, and continues to serve churches and organizations sending missionaries worldwide. MKI Group Travel specializes in missions, student, and adoption travel and is based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Mikes’ passion in ministry is ‘connecting people to opportunities, and opportunities to people’. He loves to network, think creatively, and also consults organizations on how to effectively utilize short-term missions for long-term impact! He is married to Valerie (a chaplain), and has one son Liu, who they adopted from China a very short 11 years ago. *MKI stands for ‘Maximum Kingdom Impact’.
Kate Borders, Senior Mobilization Director at World Orphans
Kate has been with World Orphans for 10 years and is passionate about the mission of World Orphans to equip, inspire, and mobilize the church to care for orphans and vulnerable children. She is honored to be a part of a ministry working to see churches engaged, children restored, and communities transformed by the Gospel of Christ. Her Mobilization crew empowers teams to engage with international church partners to learn from, encourage and equip the church to best care for orphaned and vulnerable children. Kate lives outside of Knoxville, TN with her husband and two daughters.
Kyle and Barb White, Veteran Youth Workers
Kyle White is a veteran youth worker. He currently serves as a youth pastor and is the founder of Neighbors’ House, an organization that provides literacy and academic enrichment in low-income housing complexes. Also an author and illustrator, Kyle’s latest book is “Haiti! Up!”, a story from his group’s trips to Mirebalais, Haiti.

Barb White has worked in the public schools as an English teacher for over two decades. In addition to teaching, she has spoken at conferences and retreats on various topics such as identity, prayer, leadership and parenting. She currently teaches AP classes to sophomores and juniors, volunteers as a high school youth leader, and serves as the director of adult discipleship at her church.

Kyle and Barb have traveled on short-term mission trips to Venezuela, Ghana, France, Mexico, and Haiti. They have two adult children and live in northern Illinois.

Julie Richards, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Go Be Love Team Leader

Julie Richards is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with advanced trauma training in Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and Developmental and Relational Trauma Therapy (DARTT). She is an adoptive mom and works with adoptive families in her clinical practice. She has led Go Be Love teams since the ministry began in 2005 and previously served on the Go Be Love staff.

Lori McMurphy, Special Education, Go Be Love Team Leader

Lori has a degree in special education and has worked with kids with special needs off and on for the past 25 years. Her area she is most familiar with is those children with mild to severe needs. Lori and her husband have five children – four biological and one adopted daughter from Inner Mongolia, China who has been home since Christmas Day 2009. Her love for China grew after their adoption trip and she was thrilled to be a part of a Go Be Love Chaoyang, China team in 2013. Lori has been leading yearly China trips for Go Be Love since 2014. 

Dr. Pete and Angela Olsen, World Gospel Mission

Dr. Pete and Angela Olsen are missionaries with World Gospel Mission, currently on special assignment in the United States with their two children. They previously served at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya where Pete taught as faculty for the family medicine residency, served as head of pediatrics, and worked on the internal medicine and obstetrics services. You can follow their journey at TheMangoMemoirs.com and on Instagram @TheMangoMemoirs.


Billy Nolan, global(x)/North Point Ministries
Billy Nolan is the Director of Global Partnerships for North Point Ministries- global(x). Leveraging 6-years as a missionary in Asia, leadership coaching, and organizational leadership, for the past 15 years, Billy has had the privilege of helping global organizations to be more effective at carrying out their mission. He is also the founder of Further Faster Leadership LLC, a company dedicated to helping organizations discover how to achieve their goals. Billy has been married to his wife for almost 25 years, and they have three amazing children 15, 13 and 8.
Shelly Owens
Chief Executive Officer
Autumn Kerr
Chief Operating Officer
Jean Ann Murphy
Executive Director
Casi Young
Missions Specialist
Frank Pass
Missions Specialist

We’re giving away a 2019 Go Be Love mission trip!

Bob Goff will draw our 9th Annual Mission Trip Giveaway winner at the Go Be Love Conference on February 28, 2019. Every person who registers for Go Be Love Conference 2019 by 2/20/19 will automatically receive an entry into the Mission Trip Giveaway.

The winner will get to choose any regular 2019 Go Be Love mission trip departing between March and December 2019. We have over 20 trips to choose from to mission fields all over the world! See complete details at: Mission Trip Giveaway.

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