Betty Southard is an inspirational speaker who encourages her listeners while motivating them to change and grow. As a ministry leader who has been involved in planning numerous retreats, conferences and specialty events, she understands how important it is for a speaker to understand a group’s specific needs. You will find her an excellent choice as you work with her to plan your event and make a positive impact in your group!
In both her speaking and writing, Betty merges her own life lessons with solid scriptural principles to bring inspiration and practical encouragement to a broad audience. Drawing from her years of parenting and grandparenting, she offers unique help for today’s family issues. Her husband Fred’s unexpected death in 2012 has given Betty a whole new series of life experiences. She honestly shares that it is possible to grow through grief.
Betty’s exciting and humorous personal examples, combined with her honesty & vulnerability, make her speaking something you won’t forget. Her ideas are practical, challenging and doable. Betty has a passion and an expertise for communicating the importance of relationship with God and others. Her spiritual depth is rooted in a lifetime commitment to prayer and over twenty five years of Bible teaching.
Betty has a passion and an expertise for communicating the importance of relationship with God and family. In addition to many published articles and devotionals, Betty has authored three challenging and practical books-The Grandmother Book, on the pleasures and perils of grandparenting, Come As You Are, how your personality shapes your relationship with God, andThe Mentor Quest, practical ways to find the guidance you need. She has also contributed to dozens of compilation books, published articles and written several devotionals.
Betty has a Master’s Degree in Theology from Fuller Seminary, and is an excellent Bible Teacher. She has been a teaching staff member for Christian Leaders Authors Speakers Seminar, CLASS, since 1984. Betty’s years of leadership training have led her to expand her ministry to include Spiritual Direction, helping others find God’s direction through the practice of Spiritual Disciplines. Betty merges her own life lessons, with solid scriptural principles, in both her speaking and writing, to bring inspiration and practical encouragement to a broad audience. She is a dynamic communicator who lives in the fullness of what God has taught her and shares from the abundance of what she has learned.
“You were absolutely the RIGHT speaker for us… More importantly was the servant heart I saw… your desire to please not based on your needs, but on ours: your willingness to adjust your talk at the last moment to meet our needs (a rare quality in a speaker): your vulnerability with your motivation keeping yourself pure. Thank you.”
– Becky, retreat director
“Rarely does a speaker so captivate me that I forget to take notes. You have that spell-binding capability. The light of the Lord shines so brightly from you that there is no doubt that you are in His will. What a blessing and an inspiration you were. I wish every woman in America could hear you.”
– Joy, a conference attendee