July 28–29, 2023
The Hosts of
Called to Freedom is a conference for the purpose of rebuilding theology, faith, and community for those who have left or are leaving hyper-fundamentalism (or supporting those who are).
While the hosts’ personal experiences are in Oneness Pentecostal and Trinitarian Holiness Pentecostal groups, we look forward to welcoming attendees who have backgrounds in the Conservative Holiness Movement, Branhamism, Independent Fundamental Baptist churches, Bill Gothard’s teachings, Mennonite churches, Seventh Day Adventism, and more!
Leaving exclusive church groups where extra-biblical rules are priotized often results in loss of community, loss of identity, and even loss of faith—especially when spiritual abuse was endured. The thought of finding a healthy church and starting over is overwhelming. Where do you begin?
At the Called to Freedom Conference, we are going to grapple with this question head-on. We are looking forward to two days filled with:
- Powerful speaking sessions,
- Thought-provoking panel discussions,
- Inspiring testimonies of thriving after hyper-fundamentalism,
- Relational table discussions (small group style),
- A night of games and fun!
Join us for a weekend of learning from the hosts of the top-ranked podcast on cults and world religions, making new friends, and encouraging one another in Christ—all while focusing on the grace, love, and freedom found in the gospel!
“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”
— Galatians 5:13 —
More About Our Speakers…
We’re honored to have Jeremiah Roberts and Andrew Soncrant, hosts of the Cultish show, as our speakers! The Cultish podcast lauched in October 2018. In the 4 1/2 years since, it has been consistently ranked in the top 100 podcasts under religion and spirituality. Last fall, World Magazine published an op-ed about Cultish, “Off the Narrow Path: Understanding the Cult Mentality.” In their 200+ episodes, Jeremiah and Andrew have interviewed a wide variety of guests, from Warren Jeffs’ 65th wife to Mike Rinder from Scientology and the Aftermath. They have personally made several appearances on Relatable with Allie Beth Stuckey, among other shows and podcasts.
Given Jeremiah and Andrew’s years of research into high-control groups and extensive interview experience with cult-survivors, they are the perfect speakers for breaking down red flags of an unhealthy group, discussing the process of finding healthy faith community, and helping us better understand how to establish our identity in Christ (in contrast to finding our identity in a church group). The Cultish hosts don’t speak on the road often, so this is a special treat. ‘See you in the live audience, July 28-29!
Sharing Their Stories
We’re honored to have Tracy Bowen, Jennifer Brallier, and Anna Bledsoe coming to share their stories of transitioning out of hyper-fundamentalism and finding freedom in the gospel of grace. We pray their testimonies of God’s stedfast love and faithful guidance will encourage you in your pursuit of biblical truth.
Tracy Bowen was raised and married within the Conservative Holiness Movement. She knows what it’s like to experience soul-crushing abuse, to the point of believing that God could never love her. She knows what it’s like to feel such discouragement that she didn’t see the point in going back to church, and only did so for her children’s sake. But Tracy also knows what it’s like to be “loved back to Jesus.” She has experienced the goodness of God when He not only repaired her marriage, but wrapped her in His love and restored her heart.
Tracy and her husband, Matt, have served in full-time ministry for over eight years at Christ Fellowship Church in South Florida. She feels deeply for those who are impacted by abusive and toxic religious environments, and is passionate about sharing with them the healing, hope, and joy she has found in Jesus. You can find her at “The Hard Work of Hope” on Instagram and Facebook, and listen to her appearance on Not Ashamed, episode #3, “What Does it Look Like to Distort the Gospel with Fear and Shame?”
Jennifer Brallier was raised within the Independent Holiness Pentecostal Movement. She did her best to measure up as a “good Holiness girl”—she didn’t cut her hair, wear jewelry, makeup, or pants. But even with all outward rule-following, she was still immodest in the biblical sense. She testifies now that God opened her eyes to see that she was full of pride and self-righteousness. As Jennifer began to study the Bible for herself, the Lord transformed her life. He convicted and delivered her from sin, and showed her that she did not have to earn His love—it was freely given. She now walks in genuine relationship with Christ, rejoicing in the peace and security He brings.
You can follow Jennifer on Instagram at @jenbrallier, where you’ll find her sharing her journey from legalism into the freedom of the gospel, her testimony of surviving type 1 Chiari Malformation (a rare chronic brain condition), and the biblical gospel of grace.
Berean Holiness exists to guide believers out of fear and shame and into the gospel of grace. This mission is accomplished through seasonal community groups and Bible studies via Zoom, private discussion forums, website articles, a podcast, social media, in-person events, and other educational and community-oriented resources.
Nathan and Natalie (pictured with their spouses, Cole and Abbie) founded Berean Holiness in 2019, after transitioning out of Holiness Pentecostal churches and into mainstream Christianity. Their stories can be found in their team bios and guest interviews. Nathan currently serves as the Network Director for True Charity Initiative. Natalie is completing her Master’s of Biblical Exposition.
Amateur Faith Night Podcast
Gary, Jereme, and Jennifer are the hosts of the Amateur Faith Night Podcast. Jereme and Jennifer came out of the United Pentecostal Church in 2016 and have been ministering to others who have left ever since. Jennifer is the author of Free, From Legalism to Faith: Breaking Out of the United Pentecostal Church, as well as “Finding My Freedom Doing My Life” blog. She was also featured on the Cultish Podcast in 2019.
Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport – SDF ~31 mins from the venue
If you are flying into the Louisville International Airport and staying at the Simpsonville Hampton Inn, let us know if you are interested in carpooling possibilities. We may be able to connect you with conference guests who have generously offered to give rides to those who are unable to bring or rent their own vehicle. (If you accept their kind offer, please bring cash tips to help reimburse for time and gas.)
Hampton Inn Simpsonville ~12 mins from the venue
814 Aristocrat Ct, Simpsonville, KY 40067
Will There be Childcare?
We apologize for the inconvenience, but at this particular venue, we are unable to provide childcare and we are also unable to provide a separate room for parents to care for their children. There are hazards around the venue property, including a pond and a private in-ground swimming pool (across the driveway), so for their safety, we cannot allow children to be outside without adult supervision. Conference hosts and volunteers cannot be held liable for the safety and wellbeing of your children.
Please take into consideration that it’s possible sensitive topics will be discussed, or at least mentioned, in conference content (e.g. references to sexual abuse). We encourage you to arrange for childcare elsewhere, but understand this is not always an option. If you believe your child(ren) will benefit from attending the conference with you despite our limited facilities, we have discounted tickets for children (ages 4-12 years) to be bought with parental discretion. Children ages 3 and under are free.
What to Wear?
Wear what you are comfortable in! Shorts, jeans, a jean skirt, dress slacks, a homespun dress… There will be variety and that’s okay. Whatever you choose to wear, we highly recommend dressing for warm weather. Our venue is air-conditioned, but with peak summer temperatures, we cannot guarantee we’ll be able to keep the venue as cool as some would prefer. Thanks for understanding and packing accordingly!
Tickets include two, day-time conference sessions on Friday, a fun time of games, food, and fellowship Friday night, and two, day-time conference sessions on Saturday. Snacks and beverages will be provided during conference sessions (complimentary), but not full meals (we recommend local restaurants). Tickets are non-refundable.
The first conference session will begin Friday, July 28, at 12 PM (Eastern Time). We highly recommend guests eat a full meal before arriving. The last session will end by 5 PM, Saturday, July 29. We hope starting later on Friday and ending earlier on Saturday will be beneficial to those traveling in from a few hours away. For those coming/leaving the 27th and 30th, consider enjoying the extra time for relxation and/or exploring the local area with new friends! Either way, we’ll all make the most of the time in between 12 PM Friday and 5 PM Saturday. We are looking forward to two days packed full of equipping one another in our journeys of rebuilding faith!
Fund a Scholarship
Do you believe the Called to Freedom Conference could connect someone to godly friends who is experiencing shunning by their former faith community? Could it help them find and join a healthy church after enduring spiritual abuse? Could it be the difference between them growing in Christ or walking away altogether? If so, please partner with us to help make that difference! We will use donations made to our scholarship fund to grant full and partial scholarships to qualifying applicants.
For every $50 donated, we will offer one half scholarship. For every $100 donated, we will offer one full scholarship or two half scholarships. In the unlikely event that not all scholarships are claimed by the time of the conference, scholarship donations will be rolled over into future scholarship funds (for virtual community groups, events, etc.) or go towards conference expenses.
Thank you so much for partnering with us to guide believers out of fear and shame and into the gospel of grace!
Do you believe you could greatly benefit from Called to Freedom but are hindered by finances? Apply for a scholarship here.
Questions? Contact us!
Sponsor Game Night!
Provide a catered full meal for all attendees, as well as games: cornhole, giant Jenga, table games, group trivia, and so much more. Many attendees are going through a season of loss, especially loss of faith community, given that cult-like churches shun former members. Game night is an incredible opportunity for us to relax, be ourselves, and connect with believers who can relate. We hope and pray supportive friendships will be formed that last long beyond the event itself.
Sponsor the Called to Freedom Snack and Drink Table!
Provide snacks and drinks, including quality coffee for our Saturday morning session. Given the summer weather, keeping bottled water and drinks at hand will play a key role in keeping everyone hydrated and focused. The complimentary snacks will not only keep hunger from becoming a distraction, but also create a natural hang-out spot between sessions.