Fall Refocus on Missions

Breakout Session Speaker - Erin Gorham


Erin Gorham is a 3rd generation preacher's kid who is married to Jeremy Gorham, the lead pastor of CrossTown Alliance Church located in Wellsville, Olean, & Arcade, NY and most recently Shinglehouse, PA. She is a mother to 4 active boys, ages 14, 10, 6, and 4. They are a basketball family through & through! Erin is passionate about her faith, her family, & all things health/wellness/fitness/nutrition, & loves inspiring others to be healthy both spiritually & physically. 

Breakout Session Speaker - Miki Reaume

Miki Reaume resides in Elmira, NY, where she is a Co-Founder, along with her husband, Tre Reaume, of Elmira Discipleship Ministries. She is also the Creative Arts and Social Media Director at Southside Alliance Church, Elmira where her husband pastors. She teaches musical theatre dance at Dancer's Alley in Horseheads. Miki has been a professional musical theatre performer and actress for 15 years, and has recently begun pursuing film acting. Miki has experienced anxiety since she was a young child and now speaks openly about her journey through social media and public speaking. She has started a local group, called The Wildflowers, of women who are on their journey of healing from debilitating anxiety by living and believing Luke 12:27-32. 

Global Impact Moment - Laura Swanson


Laura Swanson is a Senior at Fredonia State University, working towards a Bachelor's in Social Work, with a minor in School & Counseling Psychology. She plans to attend graduate school for her Master's and wants to work in foster care and adoption services. Her desire is to start a non-profit orphanage in Northern Africa. God called her to overseas missions when she was 13 years old. She recently went on her first missions trip to the Dominican Republic in March. She loves working with people with developmental disabilities, and enjoys reading, writing, and experiencing diverse cultures. .

IW Speakers - Heather Wallace & Renee Valach


Heather Wallace has been married to Shawn for 22 years and they have 4 children. They have been living in Nairobi, Kenya for 3 1/2 years and work with Serge. Heather teaches English, helps run an apprenticeship program, oversees the internship for Serge, and mentors young people from church.

Dr. Renée Valach grew up in Victor, in the Finger Lakes region of upstate NY. Her grandmother took her to Sunday School as a preschooler. As a child in summer camp Renée made a decision to follow Jesus, and later as teenager in camp she felt called to missions. She attended Cornell University and Penn State College of Medicine before going to Bongolo Hospital where she has been for 11 years, and is now the Medical Director and Director of both the HIV and Tuberculosis Treatment programs. Her favorite patients are the children with HIV, because when they are well, they smile and bounce. 


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