The fifth annual Waves Girls Conference in Destin is just a month away. Waves Ministry Inc. has expanded their horizons this year in doing teen and college girls' conferences in Fort Walton Beach, Destin and Tanzania, Africa.

In 2019 the ministry has plans to expand even to Longview, Texas, and Brazil doing girls conferences. They want to hold true to their mission statement to start making waves for Christ in their homes, communities, and world. In a few weeks, on Oct. 5-6, the teen and college ministry will come home to Destin.

The conference will have three impactful sessions, six breakout sessions, a panel answering questions, photo booth opportunities, a candy bar bonanza, a free youth leader luncheon with the keynote speaker, a free lunch for the girls, gold face painting, and booths with merchandise and books.

Worship will be led throughout the weekend by the Waves Worship Team led by Taylor Maraman and Amanda Wilders. The keynote speaker for the Friday night session on Breaking Points in Faith will be the Rev. Jen Tringale, a former youth pastor and author. She has curriculum and books called "The 7 Mountain Strategy," "Your Defining Moment," and "Calling." She will also share words of encouragement at the youth leader luncheon for those who help in youth ministry.

The Saturday speaker lineup includes Christy Maraman, Waves vice chair, who will speak on Currents. She plans to tackle the topics of depression and suicide. Caroline Hare, Waves founder, will speak Saturday evening on Making Waves for Christ, as well as having faith over fear.

In addition, Hope Lamberson, the Next Gen pastor at Word of Life Church in Flowood, Mississippi, will talk about belief systems and voicing your values. Amanda Wilders, Waves Worship Team, will speak on her book, "Shall We Dance?," which is focused on relationships. Taylor Maraman, Waves Worship leader, will speak on singing in the midst of storms.

“This year our theme is all about boldness,” Hare said. “In Proverbs 28:1 it says, ‘The righteous are as bold as lions.’ Our hope is that the girls will come to know who they are in Christ so that they can boldly go after the calls of God on their lives and start making waves for Christ in their homes, communities, and the world.”

Everything about the weekend is reflecting boldness including the face paint that will mirror war paint, as well as the colors for the theme and even the choice of music.

Sponsors for Waves include Destin United Methodist Church, Thrivent Financial Group, State Farm Insurance-Jim Liufau, The Donut Hole, The Buccaneer Pirate Ship, Craft Exploration Company, EMR, and several personal sponsors.

Waves Girls Conference will be held Oct. 5 and 6 at the Destin Life Center, 200 Beach Drive. Tickets are $30 and available online at