WinShape Camps for Girls at Cohutta Springs is unlike any of our other overnight camp locations for more reasons than one. Between its cozy location in the mountains of northwest Georgia and its exclusive high school girl population, this one-week overnight camp offers an experience that is unique to camp at Cohutta Springs. Part of this special experience is the worship and message given each night by different guest speakers in-residence. This extraordinary opportunity gives our girls the chance to meet with and be mentored by influential Women of Christ. In fact, this has been so integral to the Cohutta Springs experience that it has been one of the highest rated elements of camp by our campers.
Continuing this tradition, we will have four incredible guest speakers this summer; one for each session of camp. To say that our speaker lineup is phenomenal would be an understatement. If you don’t believe us, why don’t you look over the bios of the inspirational women who will be leading our high school girls this summer.
Week 1: Annie F. Downs
Annie F. Downs is a bestselling author, speaker, and podcaster based in Nashville, Tennessee. Flawed but funny, she uses her words to highlight the everyday goodness of a real and present God. An author of multiple bestselling books- 100 Days To Brave, Looking for Lovely, Let’s All Be Brave, Perfectly Unique, and Speak Love, Annie also loves traveling around the country speaking at conferences, churches, and events. While Annie hosts the weekly popular That Sounds Fun Podcast, she is also a co-host on the long-running Relevant Podcast. Annie is a huge fan of bands with banjos, glitter, her community of friends, boiled peanuts, and soccer. Read more at anniefdowns.com and follow her @anniefdowns.
Week 2: Jo saxton
Born to Nigerian parents and raised in London, Jo Saxton has spread her message for the past twenty years across the UK and North America. Jo serves with a ministry called 3DM and she and her husband, Chris, have recently planted Mission Point Church, in the Minneapolis area. In addition to speaking around the world, Jo has written several books, such as More than Enchanting: Breaking Through Barriers to Influence Your World, High Heels and Holiness: The Smart Girl’s Guide to Living Life Well, Real God, Real Life. Jo’s message encourages people to engage in missional living and discipleship. Her message specifically equips women for leadership and influence and inspires all believers to engage the world in the same way God does—by going out rather than just reaching out. Jo loves running, good music, reading, and laughing loudly with family and friends over a great meal. Jo and Chris have two amazing daughters. Follow her on Twitter at @josaxton.
Week 3: Mo Isom
Mo Isom is an author, speaker and blogger. She was an All-American goalkeeper for the Louisiana State University soccer team and the first female to try out for an SEC men’s football team. She holds the LSU all-time goalkeeper record as well as the #3 SEC all-time shutout record.
She trained with the US Women’s National program, was honored as National Player of the Week, has appeared on ESPN SportsCenter Top-10 Plays, and has been featured in Sports Illustrated and appeared on Ellen, ESPN, CBS, The 700 Club, and countless other platforms.
While her life has been marked by incredible athletic successes, it has also been riddled with crushing personal adversity. Isom uses her unique experiences to challenge, encourage, and equip her generation to live boldly by the Word in the midst of a broken world. She, her husband Jeremiah, and their daughter Auden live in Atlanta, Georgia. Follow her on Twitter at @MoIsom.
Week 4: Rebekah Lyons
Rebekah Lyons is the author of You Are Free: Be Who You Already Are and Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning. She is a mother of three, wife of one, and dog-walker of two living in Nashville. An old soul with a contemporary, honest voice, Rebekah reveals her own battles to overcome anxiety, depression and consumer impulses. Find joy in raising a special needs child – she invites everyone to embrace the unique calling God has for each of us. Rebekah wears her heart on her sleeve, a benefit to friends and readers alike. Alongside her husband, Gabe, Rebekah serves as co-founder of Q Ideas, a nonprofit organization that helps Christian leaders winsomely engage in culture. Her favorite pastime is spent with her nose in a book and a discriminating cup of coffee in hand. You can find Rebekah on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
It is truly going to be a summer of growth and transformation at WinShape Camps for Girls at Cohutta Springs as we unpack this year’s theme, Shepherd. We hope you are as excited as we are to share this summer with these incredible guest speakers!