Heather Renshaw is a on-fire revert to the Catholic faith whose greatest desire is for all people to know the healing power of Jesus's Divine Mercy so that they may rejoice and be free in Him.
Given up for adoption as an infant, Heather was raised by a cradle Catholic and a Methodist convert in a mixed-race household, attending Mass and many other church-related activities through young adulthood. Upon leaving for college, however, Heather spent several Augustinian years seeking fulfillment in wordly things.
Her journey back to Jesus is highlighted by a profound personal encounter with Our Lord during a family trip in 1997. Heather's time working with Evangelical Protestants who respectfully questioned Catholicism further motivated her desire to understand the teachings of the Faith and led to greater involvement in parish life and ministerial work.
Heather's heart for women's ministry stems from personal experience of hurt and healing as well as working with women in desperate need of community, forgiveness, and joy. One of the best days of Heather's life, other than her marriage and the birth of her children, was consecrating to Jesus through Mary on the Feast of the Assumption in 2013.
Heather’s work has been published with Catholic Mom, Catholic365, Ignitum Today, New Evangelizers, and others. She is also Scheduling Manager and regular contributor to Blessed is She, a daily devotion for women. Heather has appeared on CatholicTV, Archangel Radio, Real Life Radio. SiriusXM Catholic Channel, Catholic Vitamins, The Building Bridges Podcast, and is a contributing author of All Things Girl Truth for Teens, a book for girls during the formative adolescent years. Heather is Founder and Creative Director of Catholic Women Rejoice, an annual conference for women in the Pacific NW, and was founding chair of the sold-out Called to Love women’s conference in Mobile, AL. Heather is Co-host and Producer of The Visitation Project, a dynamic, weekly radio show for women on Mater Dei Radio in Portland, Oregon, and her next book will (with God's help) be published in 2016.
Prior to becoming a Catholic writer and speaker, Heather was a recruiter with a boutique recruiting firm, Employee Services Manager for an engineering company, a management consultant/trainer, and designed a successful welfare-to-work program for single mothers living below the poverty line. She has a certificate in comprehensive Human Resource Management with an emphasis in Organizational Development from Portland State University.
Heather lives with her husband and five young children in the mission territory of Pacific NW, where they are involved in Teams of Our Lady, and various other activities. Heather is a seasoned Cantor, Master of Ceremonies, and event coordinator who enjoys iced coffee, singing loudly, dancing in her living room with her kids, spending time with her husband, and wearing really obnoxiously Catholic t-shirts. She is excited about helping to make your event overflow with the power of the Holy Spirit!
Speaking Topics: Catholic Culture, Conversion Story, Divine Mercy, Family, Family Life, Marian theology, Marriage, Motherhood, Motivational, New Evangelization, Pornography, Prayer/Miracles, Pro-life, Relationships, Religious Freedom, Social issues, Suffering, Women's issues, Young Adult Topics, Youth topics (5-8 Grade), Youth topics (9-12 Grade)
Languages: A bit of conversational Spanish (good accent/delivery); Liturgical Latin.
Skills, Talents or Services: Retreat Master, Master of Ceremonies, Liturgical Musician (Cantor), Small Group Facilitator
"Heather Renshaw has been given a special gift for speaking. She offers fascinating insights with a powerful, dynamic delivery that leaves her audience riveted. If you’re wondering if you should bring Heather to your event, the answer is YES." - Jennifer Fulwiler, best-selling author, blogger, and radio host
"What I love about Heather Renshaw is that she is deeply humble. She approaches others with an authentic desire to love and to serve, and this desire comes shining through her presentations. Heather speaks from the heart, with humor and humility, in a way that touches and inspires those who hear her. She has a gift for meeting women where they are and uplifting and encouraging them with beauty, grace, and joy. A true gift to the Church!" - Danielle Bean, author (Momnipotent) and Editor-in-Chief of Catholic Digest