Mark your calendar for the

2023 Desperate for Jesus Women's Conference

July 21-22, 2023

We look forward to seeing you and experiencing God together.

Conference Hosts

Chrystal Hurst
Priscilla Shirer
Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship
The Urban Alternative

Save the Date!

Friday & Saturday
July 21 - 22, 2023

Mark your calendar for the next Desperate for Jesus Women’s Conference. You don’t want to miss the excitement and power of women coming together to experience the mighty presence of God. We can’t wait to see you at this year’s conference in July. 

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In-Person Registration Full

Virtual Registration Still Available

The DFJ Women’s Conference is just around the corner. You can still register for our VIRTUAL conference using the button below. Registration for our IN-PERSON conference has reached its capacity and is now closed.

We look forward to you joining us online for a spectacular time as we REMEMBER God’s goodness toward us.

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Niya Cotton

Worship Leader

With her dad as an original Richard Smallwood singer and her mom as a professional drummer, Niya Cotton was destined to find music as a way to communicate. She began singing in church at age 2 and has never looked back. Niya has acted and danced in several plays under the direction of Mike Malone and Debbie Allen and singing with artists like Michael Jackson, Michael Buble, Chance the Rapper, Kirk Franklin and many others. In addition to performance art, Niya has written music for tv and film with Warner Brothers in Burbank, CA and tv and film composer Kurt Farquar. Niya and her college sweetheart and husband Roy are the proud parents of three amazingly hilarious children, Rocco, Eric Stone and Nyla Jade. Learn more about Niya at

Kim Walker-Smith

Musical Guest

Kim Walker-Smith has quickly become one of the strongest voices in worship music. She is a passionate worship leader with an anointing to bring an entire generation into an encounter with God. Her heart is to see people transformed by experiencing God’s love and for this generation to see themselves the way God sees them. Kim has been a part of Jesus Culture since the beginning of the ministry. She carries a genuine heart to see worship change the course of lives and nations. Kim is married to Skyler Smith, and together they have three children: Wyatt, Bear, and Maisie. Keep up-to-date with Kim at

Jada Edwards


Jada Edwards is an experienced author, speaker, Bible teacher and mentor. She has committed her life to equip women of all ages, regardless of marital status, with practical, biblical truth to help them live more genuine lives. Jada serves at One Community Church as the Women’s Pastor and Creative Services Director. In her roles there, she seeks to serve the evolving communities of Collin County through creative expression and cultural relevance. Previously, she has served in various capacities within the youth and singles ministries at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship. Jada holds a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Organizational strategy. Jada and her husband, Conway, have two children: a son, Joah, and a daughter, Chloe. Connect with Jada at

Lysa TerKeurst


Lysa TerKeurst is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Forgiving What You Can’t Forget, It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, Uninvited and 23 other books. Her book Embraced won the ECPA 2019 book of the year. She has appeared on The Today Show many times as one of the leading voices in the Christian community. She has a passion for equipping women to study the Bible daily and teaching others with ministry dreams to write, teach and lead. She is the co-founder of the Book Proposal Bootcamp, a 10-week course to help give writers a chance to publish with HarperCollins Christian Publishing. You can connect with Lysa at

Priscilla Shirer


Priscilla Shirer is a wife and mom first. But when you put a Bible in her hand and a message in her heart, you’ll see why thousands meet God in powerful, personal ways at her conferences and through her books and Bible studies. Priscilla and her husband, Jerry, lead Going Beyond Ministries, where they provide spiritual support and resources to the body of Christ. They count it as their greatest privilege to serve every denomination and culture across the spectrum of the church. Between writing and studying, you’ll probably find Priscilla at home cleaning up after (and trying to satisfy the appetites of) her three rapidly growing boys. See the latest from Priscilla at

Chrystal Hurst


Chrystal Evans Hurst is an encourager who teaches people to love God, to love others, and to love themselves. As the daughter of Drs. Tony and Lois Evans, Chrystal has been a member of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship for her entire life and loves serving in her home church. She is a wife, mother of five, and grandmother of 3. Chrystal is also a speaker and best-selling author. You can find Chrystal sharing regular encouragement via podcasts and blogs at