Michele Telfer

Retreat Speaker

Born to non-Christian parents in Zambia, Africa, Michele Telfer grew up in the neighboring country of Zimbabwe. It was there that she met her husband, Colin; and the couple were married in 1983. During their first year of marriage, Michele and Colin relocated to Botswana, another South African nation. It was there—after living a life far from God—that they both became totally committed followers of Jesus.

Michele first began teaching Bible classes in Botswana; and when she and Colin moved to the U.S. in 1999, the Lord opened up new opportunities in their new homeland (the Telfers became U.S. citizens in 2008). Within a few years, Michele was teaching hundreds of students in multiple Bible study groups in Southern California. Invitations started to come in from around the globe, leading to speaking engagements in places across Africa, Australia, Canada, and the U.K., as well as other parts of the U.S. Michele still presents weekly Bible classes to large groups and she leads short-term missionary trips to Uganda each year with a focus on Biblical teaching and pastor training. She has also been the guest teacher on several trips to Israel.

Michele is the founder of Michele Telfer Ministries as well as In The Word Ministries, both of which are devoted to communicating the two greatest realities of all—the Living Word of God, Jesus Christ, and the Written Word of God, the Bible. To her, “In The Word” means being in Him, and being in His Truth. Michele’s in-depth Bible studies and video teachings are designed to guide and encourage students as they “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).


Additionally, Michele is partnering with The Strategic Communications Group and their VOICE OF HOPE missionary radio stations. VOICE OF HOPE will be broadcasting Michele’s thirty-minute English messages out of their Africa and South America stations (with a footprint of 2 billion people). Some of Michele’s mini-messages have also been translated into five-minute Arabic broadcasts which are currently aired on the VOICE OF HOPE ISRAEL station, reaching people in Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Egypt and Morocco.

Mary Wong

Workshop Speaker

Mary Wong is a beloved daughter of God, disciple of Christ, wife and mom.  Mary has lived in Ventura with her husband, Bryan for over 14 years and together they raise three remarkable children, Josiah, Kiah and Isaiah. She is passionate about equipping believers and preparing the church as His bride by making mature disciples. As a substitute teaching leader in Bible Study Fellowship, she loves growing with women through the in depth, transforming study of His Word.  

Currently, Mary is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary with an emphasis in Asian American contexts. She most recently enjoys racing sprint triathlons, rowing in Lake Casitas and learning to surf.