Date: TBD

The Bridge

10025 NW 62nd Avenue

Johnston, Iowa 50131



Learn how God has uniquely wired you from experts in psychology and teachers of popular tools like the Enneagram, Myers-Briggs, and CliftonStrengths. At this conference-style event, you can choose from several different workshops that will help you discover how God has designed you to interact, create, and respond to others while growing to love Him with all your heart, soul, and mind.



The cost of the event is $10 per person and includes snacks, a $10 book voucher, and free childcare if needed.


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In this CliftonStrengths session, we explore how a strengths-based approach leads to a more joyful, hopeful, powerful, and beautiful life. Every person has a unique set of potential strengths that energize, inspire, sustain, and make their life worth living. Those strengths filter how we view the world, build relationships, influence others, think critically, and carry out tasks. By engaging the good in others and ourselves, we are faithfully pursuing God's redeeming work in the world.



ENNEAGRAM WORKSHOP, led by Kayla Craig


What's the Enneagram? Are you motivated by your heart, head, or soul? You might know you're an extrovert or an introvert...but what's behind your personality? Why do you see the world the way you do? The Enneagram explains the why of our thoughts, actions, and feelings.


In Session 1, we'll explore how the Enneagram, an ancient personality map with Christian roots, helps us understand our gifts as well as our greatest relational, spiritual, and emotional challenges. In easy-to-understand language, we'll breakdown the Enneagram in warm, easy-to-understand language. We'll explore how this dynamic tool is full of nuance—and is much more than a simple personality quiz to describe quirks and traits.


In Session 2, we'll navigate the core motivations of the nine interconnected Enneagram types, moving beyond stereotypes and into compassion for ourselves and those around us. This workshop will equip and encourage us to use the Enneagram as a window to better understand ourselves and others. We'll explore how the types on either side of an Enneagram number are called its wings, and these adjoining types help balance the types they're connected to. You'll leave with tangible resources for spiritual and relational transformation through the lens of the Enneagram.




Many of us struggle with feeling disconnected from God and knowing how to connect with God. When others talk about having an intimate relationship with God or "hearing" God, they find themselves feeling like something must be wrong with them since this isn't their experience or their relationship with God. In this seminar, we will look at how God develops a unique relationship with each of us.


In Session 1, we will explore different ways God speaks and work to identify what pathways connect you to God.


In Session 2, we will provide guided practice in utilizing those pathways to connect to God and allow you to ask questions and share about your experiences.



MYERS-BRIGGS WORKSHOP, led by Dr. Wendy Zadeh and Dr.Heidi Vermeer-Quist

Most people have heard about the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Many know their letters. Some may know characteristics about their psychological "type." Drs. Quist and Zadeh will review the merits of this time-tested and researched self-knowledge system. Was Moses an INFJ? Was Peter an ENFP? We aren't sure, but maybe! Let's explore together the MBTI—After all, it is the original personality assessment. It continues to be a research-validated tool that helps us to understand our behaviors and thought patterns.


In Session 1, we will explore the fascinating history of this indicator and help break down the meaning of the letters; E/I, S/N, F/T, P/J. Some interactive games will allow takeaway pearls even if you don't know your "type." While this session does not include a formal assessment, an educated self-typing will be possible by the end of part one.


In Session 2, we will explore the dynamics of the letters that live beneath the surface. Type is much more than the sum of the four preferences. We will explore how knowledge of personality type can help us uncover blind spots and gain more balance in life.





9:00 - 9:50 AM - Opening Worship/Workshop Previews

10 minutes to head to workshops

10:00 - 10:25 AM - Session 1 (Part 1)

5 minute break

10:30 - 10:55 AM - Session 2 (Part 2)

10 minute break

11:05 - 11:30 AM - Session 3 (Part 1)

5 minute break

11:35 AM - 12:00 PM - Session 4 (Part 2)





Josh Kester Web


JOSH KESTER, CliftonStregths Workshop

Josh Kester is a Gallup-certified CliftonStrengths coach and has been using the CliftonStrengths tool for six years. CliftonStrengths transformed his life, and as a result, he is on a mission to help more people discover the freedom, joy, and power of focusing on their God-given talents. Josh is a graduate of Northwestern College in Orange City, where he met his wife Carolyn, as well as Pastor Jonny, who provided them with premarital counseling (his advice works!) and performed their wedding. Josh and Carolyn have been married and living in Minneapolis for two years, where they are chairing their church's deacon ministry, volunteering at the church's farmer's market, and are involved in other church activities. Carolyn recently graduated from Bethel Seminary with her master's degree in Christian Thought. Josh works full-time and is pursuing his master's degree in industrial and organizational psychology. Josh grew up in Urbandale, was homeschooled, played high school baseball for Des Moines Christian School, and worked at the 86th and Meredith Fareway for four years in high school.




Kayla Craig Web


KAYLA CRAIG, Enneagram Workshop

Kayla Craig believes in the power of a story. She brings a journalism background to her belief that love is worth the risk. She produces Preemptive Love's Love Anyway podcast and co-founded and hosts Upside Down Podcast, a place for conversations on spirituality and culture, where two of their most popular episodes explored the Enneagram. Her most recent published essays are in This Is Motherhood: A Motherly Collection of Reflections + Practices (Sounds True, 2019) and Rally: Litanies for the Lovers of God and Neighbor (Upper Room Books, 2020). Kayla and her pastor-husband Jonny are raising four young kids via birth and adoption. She's stubborn in hope and has a penchant for deep mugs of coffee, deeper belly laughs, and even deeper questions.






Jean Holthaus, LISWr Web


JEAN HOLTHAUS, LISW, Pathways to God Workshop

Jean Holthaus is a therapist and author who works as a clinician and manages two clinics for Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. She has over 25 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families dealing with a variety of mental health concerns. She also authored a book on managing anxiety and worry. Her passion is helping people experience the love of Christ in ways that bring healing to their lives. Jean equips people to live healthy, fulfilled lives rooted in Christ, and to be ministers of God's love and grace in their world.








Dr. Wendy Zadeh Web


Dr. WENDY ZADEH, Myers-Briggs Workshop

Dr. Wendy Zadeh is a neurologist and epileptologist with Broadlawns Medical Center, where she is section chief of Neurology and current chair of the Department of Medicine. She is the Neurology Education Program Director and lecturer for the BMC psychiatry residency training program. Dr. Zadeh serves as the Medical Director of Iowa and Nebraska for a company called Neurotech LLC, which performs ambulatory EEG monitoring nationally. Her vocational journey has included several clinical trials and research publications, and most recently, she served on the Iowa Medical Marijuana board. One of Dr. Zadeh's hobbies is exploring how spirituality intersects personality theory, stemming from the belief that if we know ourselves better, we can know God better—AND love ourselves, neighbors, and God better too. As we tap into our unique gifts, we will find more joy and direction serving Him.






Dr. Heidi Vermeer-Quist Web


Dr. HEIDI VERMEER-QUIST, Myers-Briggs Workshop

Dr. Heidi Vermeer-Quist is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of clinical, teaching, and consulting experience. One of her core passions is to serve the Christian church using best practices of psychology. Heidi earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College in 2002. She helped establish and build the Pine Rest Des Moines Clinic, serving thousands of patients in Central Iowa for 16 years. Heidi and her husband, Chad Quist, transitioned the Pine Rest Des Moines Clinic to Heartland Christian Counseling in 2018. She has provided psychological assessment and psychotherapy to people struggling with depression, anxiety, relational conflicts, trauma recovery, unresolved grief and adjustment, and personality disorders. In addition to her clinical training, Heidi also has obtained specialized training and extensive experience in Organizational Psychology and Family Business Governance. She has served Vermeer Corporation in various family governance roles, including serving on the Board of Directors. She continues to provide clinical services through Heartland Christian Counseling, as well as a family business and organizational consulting services through Heidi currently serves on the Iowa Board of Professional Psychology. Heidi recently released the first two books of a three-book personal growth series called Gardening Your Life. The first book, Grounding, and the second book, Grieving, are workbooks (ideal for small groups) that integrate the best practices of the field of psychology with solid Christian teaching. Personally, Heidi enjoys singing, raising their three amazing kids with Chad, and participating in the joy of each God-given moment (though she is still learning how to do this!).



Books and Resources

The following books are suggested by our speakers. If you would like to apply your $10 book voucher in advance, you can browse the selections and go to the registration form to reserve a copy. Ordering and limited quantities of copies will be available at the event. *note: some books will require payment of the difference of the cost and book voucher*


Suggestions by Josh Kester:

StrengthsFinder 2.0

Living Your Strengths

Strengths-Based Parenting

Strengths-Based Leadership

How Full is Your Bucket?

Soar With Your Strengths

CliftonStrengths For Students


Suggestions by Kayla Craig:

The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile

Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram by Calhoun and Loughrige


Suggestions by Jean Holthaus:

Sacred Pathways:  Discover your soul’s path to God by Gary Thomas

God is Closer than You Think by John Ortberg

Managing Worry and Anxiety by Jean Holthaus


Suggestions by Wendy Zadeh and Heidi Vermeer-Quist:

Gifts Differing by Isabel Briggs

Grounding by Heidi Vermeer-Quist