What to Expect from Desperate for Jesus

General Information

Desperate for Jesus will be held Friday, July 22, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm & Saturday, July 23 from 9 am – 2 pm; doors will open at 6 pm Friday and 8 am Saturday. Conference times are in the Central Time zone (CT). You may use a time zone converter to find out what time to view from your location. 

The conference will take place at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, 1808 W. Camp Wisdom Road in Dallas Texas. The conference will also be livestreamed for those who can’t attend in person.  

Click here for directions to OCBF.

The cost is $50 per person for adults and teen girls to attend the two-day conference. Lunch from Honey Baked Ham is included in the registration for adults and teen girls.

The cost to watch the conference Live Stream is $20. Small Group or Church Viewing is available for $60. 

The attire is casual and comfortable. You may consider bringing a wrap as the sanctuary will be air-conditioned.

In-Person Registration Information

The conference is open to all women, and we encourage you to bring your teen girls entering grades 7 – 12 in the Fall. Register to attend DFJ in person.

Yes. Group registration is available for in-person attendance at the conference. When registering, you will have the opportunity to register up to nine additional women. If you are joining us virtually, we encourage you to invite your girlfriends to watch the conference with you.

Yes. You will receive an email with a QR code confirming your registration. If you requested childcare, you will receive a separate email confirming the registration of your child(ren). Group registrations will be included in your email confirmation. You must bring your email confirmation with you for entry into the conference.

You have the freedom to pick the sessions you attend. But attending the event in its entirety will help you to get the most out of the experience.

Registrations are non-refundable. However, your registration is transferrable.

Virtual Conference Information

The conference is open to all women, and we encourage you to have your teen girls entering grades 7 – 12 in the Fall participate in the virtual conference. Register to attend DFJ virtually.

Yes. Small Group or Church Viewing is available for $60. To enhance your experience, group leaders are encouraged to view the DFJ Watch Party Guide. 

Registered individuals and groups will receive an email confirmation with the details to access the virtual conference closer to the event date.

Virtual events bring the experience of an in-person conference to your personal computer, so just like an in-person conference, you have the freedom to pick the sessions you attend. But attending the event in its entirety will help you to get the most out of the experience. You will be able to re-watch sessions until 11:59 pm CST on Sunday, July 24th.

Desperate for Jesus Conference is broadcast from Dallas, Texas. The sessions streamed will follow the Central Time Zone (CT). You may use a time zone converter to find out what time to view from your location. 

For the best experience, we suggest using a desktop, laptop computer or tablet and the Chrome internet browser. If you don’t already have Chrome, you can download it for free here.  Please ensure that your operating systems and web browsers are updated prior to viewing. Additionally, a reliable high speed internet connection is required.

As a virtual registrant, you will have access to the re-broadcast of the conference until 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday, July 24.

Conference Features

Lysa TerKeurst and Jada Edwards are the general session speakers.

Kim Walker-Smith, our musical guest, will provide special music, and Niya Cotton will lead us in a powerful worship experience.

Program details are not available at this time. However, our planning team has prayed and planned a program with you in mind, so please prepare to stay for the entire two-day event.

No. Women will remain in the auditorium on both days of the conference. Teen girls will remain in the auditorium on Friday with the adults. Then on Saturday, teen girls will have separate programming in the Fellowship Center.

Yes. The teen girls will join the adults in the auditorium on Friday. Then on Saturday, they will have their own program and activities with guest speakers and topics relevant to them.

Our children’s ministry has planned exciting programming to engage your children, ages six months to 6th grade. The cost is $15 per child and must be reserved and paid for during registration. The registration will include lunch and two snacks at no additional charge.

Yes. A variety of vendors will sell clothing, accessories, home goods and much more!

Food Information

Yes. Food trucks will be available Friday evening for you to purchase food. On Saturday, food trucks will be available in the morning for you to purchase breakfast. Your registration includes a box lunch on Saturday from Honey Baked Ham.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm CT.

HAM CLASSIC (ham, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, savory mayo and hickory honey mustard on a flaky croissant; comes with bottled water)

TURKEY CLASSIC (smoked turkey breast, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, savory mayo and hickory honey mustard on a baker’s roll; comes with bottled water)

MEDITERRANEAN VEGGIE (sliced cucumber, green bell peppers, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, black olives, ranch dressing and balsamic vinaigrette on multigrain bread; comes with bottled water)

Seating & Sign Interpretation

There are no reserved seats. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Yes. Please let the ushers know that you need assistance to the wheelchair-accessible seating area.

If you require sign interpretation, please indicate so when registering. The conference will provide a sign interpreter based on need.


There is no official conference hotel, but a list of surrounding hotels is available here.

No. Shuttle service will not be provided by OCBF.

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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