First Things First:
Your event is a big deal to me. My heart as a communicator is to serve you and your people. My prayer is that God uses me to encourage the hearts and equip the hands of the attendees. One of my absolute favorite things to do is to connect with individuals before and after the event; and hear their stories with an undistracted ear and an understanding heart. I know that a successful event begins long before the day of the event and continues even after my talk is given, and I look forward to partnering and planning with you.
More About Colleen:
Colleen Swindoll Thompson has tackled—and continues to tackle—some of life’s toughest experiences. Being raised in a Christian home didn’t shield her from a difficult divorce, raising a son with multiple disabling conditions, working through mental health issues, and living with chronic pain. Instead, Colleen’s daily challenges cause her to examine her faith and find meaning in the Christian life. Colleen is known for her witty and warm charismatic spirit, always seeking to authentically encourage others with grace and truth.
In 1993, Colleen graduated with a degree in Communications and a double-minor in Education and Psychology. Colleen’s passion is to connect with and encourage caregivers, domestic-abuse survivors, the disabled, and those struggling with challenges of faith and life. She also loves to integrate real life with God’s Word through writing, speaking at events and conferences, and teaching Bible studies. Apart from work, Colleen treasures time with her family, reading on quiet afternoons, and fulfilling her never-ending wish to win yard-of-the-month through gardening.
Most Requested Topics:
- Finding Purpose and Passion From Life's Painful Events
- Reframing Family Life: Putting Fun and Freedom Back into Your Family Relationships
- Focusing on God When Life Gets Sideways
- When Life Isn't Fair: What They Didn't Tell Us in Sunday School
Custom topics available
What People Are Saying:
“People who hear Colleen speak are drawn to her by her authenticity and vulnerability. She offers encouragement and hope through sharing her experiences of God’s love and grace while raising a son with autism in a home affected by trauma and mental illness. Her deep and mature faith represents a powerful response to stigma that for too long has caused many in the church to suffer in silence.”
Stephen Grcevich MD
President and Founder of Key Ministry
"With tenderness, experience, and reality Colleen speaks to the hope we have in Christ as He reframes our life to become more like Him.
Colleen is living what she believes, sharing it with others, and helping us all to grow! We appreciate her enthusiasm and encouragement!”
Dr. Joe and Cindi Ferrini
Authors of Unexpected Journey - When Special Needs Change Our Course
2019 Speaking Schedule:
- Key Ministry’s Inclusion Fusion, April 2019, Ohio
- Insight for Living Cruise, July 2019, Alaska
- S.O.A.R. Wonderfully Made Conference, October 2019, Kansas
Colleen has spoken for the following events, people, and organizations.