Events Summit 2018 - Be Free!

Friday, July 27th, 2018–Saturday, July 28th, 20189:00 AM – 3:00 PM



Where:  First Parish Congregational Church, 1 Church Street, Wakefield, MA. 01880


When:  We will begin on Friday, July 27th at 9:00 AM and end Saturday July 28th at 3:00 PM. Optional Energize & Exercise time starts at 7:30AM.

Are you ready for a life-changing transformation?

Are you ready to ignite your passion for God and wellness?

Are you ready to BE FREE?

The trouble with freedom is it’s hard to define and even harder to pin down.  We like formulas, ten-step plans, and tidy prayers that keep us safe and neat.  But freedom is wild.  It’s fueled by power – and the most powerful people are those who know the chains of this world are no match for the truth of God’s promises. Freedom is real because Jesus offered it.  Let’s lock arms and travel this freedom terrain together.  When we’re through, we’ll boldly be able to state, “I know the truth, and the truth can set me free.”  

Gari Meacham, popular speaker and writer, will lead be our Keynote Speaker at Summit 2018 and lead us on this journey to freedom.  She’ll be joined by Vicki Heath, Carole Lewis, Helen Baratta, Lisa Lewis, Charlotte Davis, Mary Ward, Karen Porter and others!  Read more about the speakers at Summit 2018 below.

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 Cost: Includes materials, activities, lunches and dinner
$248 -- day of the event
$90-- discount if you register before 3/28/2018 ($158)
$80-- discount if you register before 4/28/2018 ($168)
$70-- discount if you register before 5/28/2018 ($178)
$50-- discount if you register before 6/28/2018 ($198)
$20-- discount if you register online on or after 6/28/2018

One day only, 30% discount use Promo Code FridayOnly or SaturdayOnly

Hotel Information:
Hilton Boston/Woburn
2 Forbes Road
Woburn, Massachusetts 01801

For more information:
Pam Hodgson at

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Gari Meacham

A popular speaker and writer, Gari travels the globe speaking at conferences, retreats, and events for women.  Her highly acclaimed books, workbook, and DVD series Spirit Hunger, Watershed Moments, Truly Fed, and Be Free are used in book groups and churches across the country.  

Gari is President and Founder of The Vine—a ministry to orphans and widows in Uganda, and SHINE—a trendy YouTube show she hosts with her daughter Ally.  She is married to former New York Yankees Bobby Meacham, and together they have three children.  Bobby and Gari have been in professional baseball for over thirty years and call Houston their home.

 Be Free—A Real Promise from a Real God - It’s one thing to talk about freedom, and another to believe it’s real and applicable to our everyday life and struggles. Food is often put into a “not relevant” category when thinking about freedom. We’re used to managing it, controlling it, or succumbing to it in a destructive way. But what if Jesus’s invitation to freedom was real, and we could truly be set free…for life? Gari shares how in her first keynote session.

 BE Free—A Plan for Life -  In our pursuit of freedom, we need to realize this is an intentional quest, not a shallow diet. Freedom is a treasure we’ll guard for the rest of our lives. The power of tenacity and stamina are the secrets to maintaining freedom for life.



Katie Nelson

Wisconsin-born songbird Katie Nelson made the road her home for eight years. She toured the country performing music from her albums Alabaster Worship (2003), Do You Know Who He Is?(2005), and Speak To Me (2007). After a long battle with health complications and consequent songwriting dry spell, Katie is happy to be healthy and has returned this winter with a new album entitled Lavender & Lace: An Anthology of Queens. In addition to writing and performing original music, Katie spends much of her time leading worship for local churches and mentoring other musicians. She and her husband Scott Troyer, live in Greenwich where they enjoy creating music, cooking together, and gardening.





Vicki is a certified fitness instructor for the American Council on Exercise, a certified life coach and Wellness Coordinator for her church in Edisto Beach, SC. Vicki is author of the book Don’t Quit Get Fit and Wellness Journey of a Lifetime. She has led a successful First Place 4 Health ministry in her church for twenty years. Vicki is passionate about Christ and has a desire to help others understand the value of caring for their bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit. Vicki is a pastor’s wife and mother of four wonderful children.



Carole Lewis served as the national director of First Place 4 Health from 1987-2013. Carole is a popular speaker and author of 15 books. She leads conferences, Christian spas, workshops and seminars with an emphasis on personal and spiritual balance, fitness, encouragement and temperament analysis. Her audiences know her as warm, transparent, honest and humorous.  Carole became a widow in June 2014; she has two adult children and one deceased, eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.


Karen Porter is an international speaker, a successful business woman, and the author of seven books (including Speak Like Jesus and I’ll Bring the Chocolate and her soon-to-be released My Giants, God’s Victory.

She is president of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and president of the First Place 4 Health board of directors and serves on several other national boards. Karen coaches aspiring writers and speakers. She and her husband George own Bold Vision Books a Christian publishing company.

Karen says her greatest achievement is her marriage to George. In her spare time, she follows her lifelong quest to find the perfect purse. Connect with Karen at


Charlotte has led First Place 4 Health groups in Arkansas churches since 1995 and says that she never plans to stop because God forever changed her life and her priorities through the program!  She has served as Arkansas Networking Leader for over 15 years and has also served as a speaker (and sometimes Worship Leader) for many national FP4H events including Summit and Wellness Week.  Charlotte is a Registered, Licensed Dietitian, is credentialed as a School Nutrition Specialist, and works as the Child Nutrition Director for an Arkansas public school district of about 4100 students.  She has been married to Tony Davis since 1987 and they have two grown children (Kayla and Jake).  Her favorite activities include spending time/traveling with her family, serving on the Praise and Worship Team in her church, reading Christian literature, cooking, and creating stamped greeting cards to send to her FP4H friends/family.


Mary Ward has been teaching fitness classes for most of her adult life. She is a certified group fitness instructor through American Council on Exercise (ACE) as well as an ACE Faculty member leading various Continuing Education classes for fitness professionals. She currently teaches Boot Camp, Power Strength, Cardio/Strength, Gold and Dance Blast classes for Body & Soul Fitness.  She is also certified with Refit Revolution. Mary is the Marketing Director with Body & Soul as well as leading the Northern Virginia Instructor Area. When not teaching fitness classes, Mary is the CEO of Integrity Enterprise Solutions (IES), providing professional services to the federal government. She is also honored to sit on the Board of Directors for First Place 4 Health. Mary's philosophy is "Don't think about why you can't, think about how you can." 


Lisa Lewis is the Author of Healthy Happy Cooking and the First Place 4 Health Chief Operating Officer, overseeing publishing, social media and day-to-day operating functions of the First Place 4 Health office. Lisa's cooking skills have been a part of FP4H wellness weeks and other events for many years. She provided recipes for 12 of the First Place 4 Health Bible studies and is a contributing author in Better Together and Healthy Holiday Living. She partners with community networks to bring healthy cooking classes to underserved areas. She is dedicated to bringing people together around the dinner table with healthy, delicious meals that are easy to prepare. Lisa lives in Galveston and is married to John. They have three children: Tal, Hunter and Harper.

Helen grew up in the dysfunction of alcoholism, drug addiction, divorce, ending up leading a life far from God.   Obese and unable to walk without pain, God transformed her life as she released and now miraculously maintains a 116-pound weight loss.  Helen started her wellness journey as a First Place 4 Health leader in 2006 and now on staff as Director of Development.  Helen is speaker, author, leader and coach. She is a certified fitness instructor by American Council on Exercise and a certified Personality Trainer.  She passionately encourages others to follow God and lead for Him. Helen and her husband, Vince, have two grown sons and reside in Hawaii. 

Becky Turner, Master of Ceremonies
Before Christ, Becky Turner had made a complete mess of her life – relationally, financially and, especially spiritually.  In 1992, when she came to the end of herself and cried out to God, He graciously swooped in, lifted her out of the pit of her own making and set her feet on a solid Rock.

Since that time, the Lord has done an amazing work as bit by bit and inch-by-inch He has delivered, transformed and renewed Becky to become the woman of God she is today.  Becky has been blessed to minister around the world and experience God’s work in the villages of Africa, the high-rise apartments of Moscow as well as the streets of downtown Atlanta and Houston.

Becky currently serves as the National Managing Partner for the Barnabas Group.  In this capacity, she is able to use her unique giftings and skills to fulfill her passion for discipleship and stewardship by serving the national network of TBG leaders and members who are impacting Kingdom advancing ministries.
Becky graduated from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia with a degree in Communications and, for now, God has called Becky to walk in the gift of singleness.


Join us for more!

VIP Experience

Red Sox Game

Networking Leader Day

Come early or stay after and spend time in Boston and walk on the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile, red-lined route that includes 16 historically significant sites — each one an authentic treasure. Explore museums and meetinghouses, churches, and burying grounds. Learn about the brave people who shaped our nation. Discover the rich history of the American Revolution, as it began in Boston, where every step tells a story.

Do I need to rent a car?

Airport to Hotel $12 When you arrive at Logan you will go to baggage claim to retrieve your luggage. From there, look for the signs for ground transportation and proceed out the door to Logan Express, you’ll want to take the Logan Express Woburn bus. Very easy to find, the buses run every half hour and the cost is $12.  Once you arrive at the Woburn bus terminal, call the hotel and their shuttle will pick you up at the Woburn bus terminal and bring you to the hotel free of charge.

Hotel to Church - No Charge, the hotel will run a shuttle back and forth from the church, free of charge.

Hotel to Airport $12 - Just reverse the above. The hotel shuttle will take you from the hotel to the bus terminal free of charge. The bus will take you to the airport for $12 and drop you off at the appropriate airline terminal.

Praises from past Summits

  • Continually helps me keep my head and heart in the game.
  • Learned to be free from the control of food.
  • Motivated me to persevere.
  • Loved the stories at Summit.
  • Last year was my 1st year, and afterward I joined a group and became free. This year, I have gained a new level of freedom!
  • Excited to be refocused on improving my health.  Having the food portioned and controlled helped me restart my tracking!
  • More aware of the importance God has placed on me.
  • I am not an island. I do not need to isolate. Others want to spend time with me.
  • Challenged - to use my group leadership as a ministry.
  • Committed to do my part to share our mission to bring hope to the hopeless.
  • Praise for the rejuvination & inspiration to stay on track. Praise God!!
  • God's not done yet. Praise the Lord He has begun a good work.
  • Rejuvenated me. Gave me more initative toward my purpose to glorify God.
  • Encouraged to continue my pursuit of a balanced life that includes how I achieve a healthier lifestyle and maintain it so I can do all God has purposed for me.
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