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"The most unique and hilarious description of Solomon's wife I have ever heard. We laughed till we cried! Vonda is a phenomenal story teller. As she was describing different women in the Bible and their stories, she made us feel like we new those women personally and painted such a vivid picture of their journey and lives." ~ Tiffany Hearn, Louisville, KY
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Vonda Skelton is an entertaining teacher and speaker with a heart for women and their families. Whether you need a night of humor or a weekend of study, Vonda’s final message is always the same: You are not alone, and Jesus loves you.
With topics ranging from marriage to children, and spiritual growth to seasons of life, Vonda has something special for every facet of women’s ministry. God’s Word is the authority and His Spirit is the teacher as Vonda leads women on a delightful journey of seeking, finding, and growing in Christ. By incorporating drama, music, and visuals, her programs offer engaging and practical application of spiritual truth. Her years as a wife, mother, grandmother, writer, women’s ministry leader, and registered nurse have given her a unique and varied background from which to share her experiences of life.
As a little girl growing up in South Carolina, Vonda Skelton never wanted to do little girl things. Instead of being a cheerleader, she played on the boy’s baseball team. Instead of running from the boys who pulled her hair, she chased them, threw them to the ground, and beat them up. Life was good.
Then she grew up and found out that girls couldn’t play on the boys’ teams. Vonda had always dreamed of being an undercover detective, an investigative reporter, or a movie star. But the world told her that she had to become what all little girls became at that time—either a nurse, a teacher or a secretary. It took her over 40 years to decide she was going to be what God had created her to be—a writer and speaker!
Seeing through the Lies: Unmasking the Myths Women Believe is Vonda's first women's book and can be used for group or individual study. You'll love the humor and the stories as we address the very serious message about lies. With topics ranging from beauty to marriage and pride to fear, the book is a fun journey that will lead you to the only truth we can depend on God's Word.
But women’s ministry isn’t her only speaking arena. She loves teaching adults and students how to pen words that touch lives. She's had the privilege of teaching at writer’s conferences from Delaware to New Mexico and has taught her Writing is Fun! workshop to over 15,000 students in pubic and private schools.
The Bitsy Burroughs Mysteries, Vonda's three-book children's series, takes 12-year-old Bitsy from Tybee Island, Georgia to Amelia Island, Florida and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, where she can't seem to stay out of trouble and always finds herself in the middle of another island mystery. Appropriate for boys and girls 8-13 years old.
As a freelance writer, Vonda's articles have appeared in Focus on the Family publications, HomeLife, Christian Single, New Man Magazine, Family Doctor Magazine, The Charlotte World newspaper, www.keepkidshealthy.com, and many others. She is honored to be the four-time winner of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference First Place Scriptwriting Award and have several screenplays running around in her head. Perhaps one day they’ll make it to paper.
A frequent instructor at writer’s conferences, she is an award-winning playwright and lyricist and enjoys performing in church and community theater. Vonda is the founder of Christian Communicators, and is a graduate of CLASServices and Proverbs 31 Ministries. She is also a member of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.
South Carolina is still her home. Vonda and her husband, Gary, are blessed with two beautiful daughters, two devoted sons-in-law, and four precious grandchildren who are always asking, “MaMa, will you tell us another story?” Life is good!
Seeing Through the Lies: Unmasking the Myths Women Believe
Join Vonda on a hilarious journey through all things female as she searches for real truth in a half-truth world. From spider veins and webs of deceit to cartoon characters and feminist funnies, this message will help you recognize the lies and take joy in the light of His truth. You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You won’t be the same! Suitable for women and older teen girls.
Celebrating Womanhood: Bubbles to Beaus, Babies to Bedpans
Celebrating Womanhood—sounds kind of liberating, doesn’t it? Almost makes you want to build a big old bonfire and burn a bra or two! But instead of burning bras, you’ll laugh out loud as this entertaining and multi-faceted program takes you on a humorous journey through each season of a woman’s life. In the midst of the laughter, Vonda turns to Scripture and reveals the truth—that God can use every woman, no matter her age. Suitable for women and teen girls.
Jesus and His Heart for Women
In Jesus' time, women were often treated like property to be used, abused, and tossed aside. Vonda shares an eye-opening look at several interactions Jesus had with women. In each case, we see that His gentleness and kindness was in complete opposition to the cultural norm. Because of His heart, women can be confident of who they are in Him. Appropriate for women and teen girls.
I'm So Proud of My Humility
With humorous and touching stories, Vonda delivers the serious message that works-based salvation doesn't exist. As a former Pharisee, Vonda guides women to the truth, that we are called to a humble life of love and sacrifice, not a Pharisaical one of judgement and works. Suitable for women and teen girls.
Although the culture focuses on outer beauty as the indication of worth, God's Word is clear that it's a matter of the heart. With humorous stories, godly wisdom, and biblical insight, Vonda encourages women to "be the YOU God created you to be." Great for women and teen girls.
A Call to Holiness
How can we live a holy life while living in an unholy world? In this program, Vonda compares what the world has to offer with the message from our Lord to “be holy.” The world’s garbage is an unavoidable part of our daily lives, but we, as Christians, can’t allow that garbage into our hearts and minds. Vonda will teach you the Scripture’s Test Verse for Garbage, as well as practical steps for keeping the trash where it belongs—on the curb. Suitable for women and teen girls.
Submission is Not a Four-Letter Word
Society teaches women that being submissive is not “politically correct;” that we should be strong and independent. As a strong-willed woman, Vonda confesses that the Lord took her kicking and screaming all the way to submission. But through that defiant struggle, she discovered the truth—that God’s plan has nothing to do with being weak. Join in the laughter and the tears as Vonda opens the Word and shares God’s vision for women and their families. Great for any women’s event.
How to Raise Your Kids Without Raising the Roof
When your children were born, you wanted to shout from the roof-tops. Now you’re simply hoping your roof will survive! While carrying out our greatest parental priority—shepherding our children’s hearts to love the Lord—we must learn balance. Gentleness without authority won’t work, but neither will authority without gentleness. Vonda shares The Rod of David—A Psalmist’s Discipline and Four Basic Guidelines of Raising Children. You will leave equipped and encouraged as a parent. Appropriate for mothers and fathers.
Prayer Conference / Retreat
Writing is Fun! Children’s Writing Workshops—interactive workshops generally lasting 50-60 minutes (programs can be expanded or shortened as needed)
School Programs for Students and Teachers
Whether you’re looking for a one-hour session for students or a day of instruction for teachers, Vonda’s programs always generate excitement for writing. Energetic, interactive, and entertaining, her classes bring a new dimension to writing education.School Programs for Students and TeachersWhether you’re looking for a one-hour session for students or a day of instruction for teachers, Vonda’s programs always generate excitement for writing. Energetic, interactive, and entertaining, her classes bring a new dimension to writing education.
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"Vonda is such a genuine person. Would love to have her back sometime." ~ Christine Mann, Inman, SC
"Vonda was pure enjoyment." ~ Frances Stone, Greer, SC
"Vonda has an amazing ability to entertain while presenting Biblical Truth in such a way that she kept our audience totally captivated. The feedback from the women who were there was just 'over the top' positive!" ~ Judy Vader, Escanaba, MI
"From the moment I walked into the room to meet Vonda for the first time, she jumped to her feet, gave me a huge hug, and I felt like I was reacquainted with a long lost friend." ~ Tiffany Hearn, Louisville, KY