Have you ever felt that way?
Like the prodigal son, she ran. And like the prodigal son, she came face-to-face with grace. God's grace. Amazing grace. Saving, sustaining, life-giving grace.
And she's coming to Punxsutawney to tell you her story.
We are excited to announce JAN HART as the speaker for the 2015 Punxsutawney Christian Women's Conference. Read on for Jan's bio. Click on the tabs for insight into her heart.
|Jan Hart with her husband, Marty|
For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. - Ephesians 2:8-9
A type-A personality who liked her ducks all in a row, saw others’ failures as flaws in their character, concerned about what the neighbors thought and believed that her children and job performance were direct reflections of her own competence, Jan Hart was one busy woman! Unknown to her, this was the perfect foundation to be encrusted in legalism while doing the “Christian” life.
Then, life fell apart. Completely. God was nowhere to be found, or so she thought. A widow with four children at 29 years old, she wondered, “Where were all those answers to prayer now? Where were all those promises? Where was that good life being a Christian supposedly brought about?”
Jan’s story is one of a true prodigal daughter who knew God and then drifted away from Him for over a decade. She shares her homecoming story with all who will listen. In a casual, simple way, she speaks to human beings that Jesus died for. Although she knows she deserves it to be, her story is not one of guilt and shame. She is fully convinced that the unimaginable, unthinkable, undeserved grace and mercy she has experienced is available to any who would receive it. And that not only for salvation, but for the rest of their earthly days ahead.
Jan Hart resides in Findlay, Ohio, with her husband, Marty. They are the parents of six children and what she refers to as her “perfect fifteen grands.” She loves documenting her experiences through the creative writing of parables and allegories. She has a tender heart for families raising children with special needs, feeding the hungry around the world, and especially for women who have been shattered by life.
She loves “keeping it real” as one of her favorite quotes shows: “I would like to think I will die some kind of heroic death. But truth be told, I’ll probably die tripping over my dog while choking on a spoonful of chocolate frosting.”
“She is an outstanding woman, a true team player, a leader, and event planner, and a good friend to all. She gets things done. Best of all, she loves and supports Jesus first and foremost. As her pastor, she was a pleasure to work with, from beginning to end.” - Pastor Mike Greiner, Lead Pastor Harvest Community Church
“Jan’s speaking and teachings impacted so many that she was asked to speak at several events at Harvest even after she left. She not only has the ability to accurately present God’s word but also testify to how His word impacts her life. I believe one of her best traits is her obedience to God when He asks her to reveal pieces of herself to others who may be struggling with similar experiences to hers. Her confidence in Christ and love for His children enables her to deliver a relatable testimony that gives the listener comfort and hope.” - Janette Scherf; Women’s Ministry, Harvest Community Church
“Her personal compassion, commitment and relationship abilities along with her impressive hard skills create a combination that is a rare find.” - Mindy Knappenberger,Executive Director Armstrong County Community Foundation