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Founded in 1996, we have held a total of 27 conferences in 17 years and literally hundreds of women have found Christ or re-dedicated their lives to Christ.

2012

  • Speakers: Ellie Lofaro & Barbie Erasmus
  • Theme: The Faithfulness of God
  • Ballet: Iain MacDonald & Shannon Glover
  • Dance: 13th Floor
  • Drama: Campbell Meas & Kirsty Marillier
  • Guest artist: Ansua Steyn

2011

  • Speakers: Jennifer Rothschild & Lisa Whelchel
  • Theme: Everyone Has a Story to Tell
  • Venue: New Life Conference Centre, Bryanston
  • Guest artist: Lyndon Peterson
  • Drama: Taryn Bennett

2010

  • Speaker: Angela Thomas
  • Guest artists: Kim Hill & Paulette Wooten
  • Theme: Do You Know Who I Am?
  • Ballet: Iain MacDonald & Shannon Glover
  • New Cape Town venue: Jubilee Conference Centre
  • JOY! magazine partners with us

2009 (Sept)

  • Speaker: Angela Thomas
  • Guest artist: Nicole C. Mullen
  • Opening soloist: Oliver Toorn
  • Guest artist: Neville D – Cape Town only
  • Theme, Cape Town: A Beautiful Life
  • New Cape Town venue: His People Conference Centre, N1 City
  • Cape Town, Nicole C. Mullen concert at the Lighthouse
  • Theme, Johannesburg: Do You Know Who I Am?
  • New Johannesburg venue: New Life Conference Centre, Bryanston
  • One Gospel (channel 331 on DSTV) partners with us

2009 (May)

  • Speaker: Liz Curtis Higgs
  • Guest artist: Babbie Mason
  • Guest ballet dancers: Iain MacDonald and Lauryn Summerley
  • Conference theme: Beneath His Wings (the book of Ruth)
  • New venue in Cape Town: Common Ground Church, Rondebosch

2008

  • Speakers: Carol Kent and Anita Renfroe
  • Moved to Mosaiek Teatro, a 3,000-seater auditorium in Johannesburg, AND held a Pre-conference
  • First ever Beauty for Ashes conference in Cape Town!
  • Theme: Celebrate! He is our hope!
  • Pre-conference theme: Choices That Will Change Your Life!
  • Guest ballet dancers: Iain MacDonald and Sarah Hurter
  • Radio CCFM (Cape Community FM) partners with us

2007

  • Speakers: Priscilla Shirer and Julie Ann Barnhill
  • Theme: Indescribable God!
  • Guest artists: Lionel Petersen, Stella Katombe, Ansua Steyn
  • Guest dance and drama: 13th Floor
  • Guest ballet dancers: Iain MacDonald and Lorna Maseko
  • We had two identical conferences over two weekends and were unable to accommodate all the women who wanted to attend

2006

  • Speakers: Angela Thomas and Cheryl McGuinness
  • Theme: A Beautiful Offering
  • Guest artists: Janine Price, Linda Gordon, Trevor Sampson, Abigail Layman, Lyndon Petersen
  • Guest dancers: Xander and Ansua Steyn, Marlee van der Merwe
  • Guest dance and drama group: 13th Floor (formerly C-Kruis)
  • Our first double conference over two weekends to accommodate the numbers
  • Two conferences over two weekends
  • Struik Christian Media partners with us

2005

  • Speaker: Liz Curtis Higgs
  • Guest artist: Babbie Mason
  • Guest ballet dancers: Iain and Karen MacDonald
  • Guest mime artist and dancer: Meilene Els and Denise Auths
  • Theme: Loved by God
  • Christian Living Today magazine partners with us

2004

  • Speakers: Angela Thomas and Chante Hinds
  • Guest artist: Pianist Andre Kempen
  • Guest dancer: Denise Auths
  • Theme: When Wallflowers Dance

2003

  • Speakers: Jill Briscoe and Judy Briscoe Golz
  • Theme: Building Better Relationships

2003

  • Held a separate conference for Women in Ministry
  • Speakers: Jill Briscoe and Judy Briscoe Golz
  • Theme: Heart Hunger – Heart Cry

2002

  • Speakers: Linda Strom and Terry Meeuwsen (700 Club presenter)
  • Theme: Beauty for Ashes
  • From this time on Beauty for Ashes became our name
  • Guest artist: Andre de Villiers
  • Guest dance group: Rejoice Dance Company
  • Special event: ‘Princess and Pauper’ dinner

2002

  • Held a separate conference for Women in Ministry
  • Speakers: Linda Strom and Terry Meeuwsen
  • Theme: Be Still and Know That I am God
  • Special dinner: Winter Wonderland
  • Special event: Thanksgiving breakfast

2001

  • Speakers: Judy Mbugua from Kenya, and Maureen Onions
  • Theme: The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me to be a Woman of God in Today’s World
  • Guest dancers: Verna Snyers and Jessica Lee
  • Drama: The Covenant Players
  • Special event: ‘Grace Odyssey 2001’ dinner

2000

  • Speaker: Kathleen Porter, missionary from Russia
  • Theme: There is a Season…
  • Special event: International dinner
  • Guest dancers: Verna Snyers and Yolande Murphy

1999

  • Speaker: Jill Briscoe
  • Theme: Prayer That Works
  • Guest mime artist: Meilene Chalklin

1999

  • Held a conference for Women in Ministry
  • Speaker: Jill Briscoe
  • Theme: Renewal on the Run
  • Special event: An African Breakfast
  • Special dinner: If Music Be the Theme of Love, Play On…

1998

  • Speakers: Marlene Holtzhausen, Julia Blackbeard and Rex Mathie
  • Theme: Walk in the Light
  • Drama: The Covenant Players
  • Special event: ‘Masks Until Midnight’ late night supper
  • Held at Good News Conference Centre, Honeydew, for the next ten years from 1998 to 2007

1997

  • Speakers: Walty and Colleen Snyman
  • Held at Henly-on-Klip
  • Theme: Becoming the Woman God Wants You to Be
  • Special event: ‘Mad Hatters High Tea’ with musicians, Derek and Linda Gordon, arriving in period costume in a horse-drawn carriage

1996

  • Speakers: Anne van Niekerk and Vicky Chilvers
  • Theme: Putting Down Roots in Christ – Anne van Niekerk
  • Theme: What a Woman Can Do – Vicky Chilvers
  • Held at the YFC campsite, CYARA, in the Magaliesberg

5 Responses to “Historical Timeline of Beauty for Ashes”

  1. Aldyth Says:

    Hi Nicole

    We never give out email addresses. Sorry about this.

    Kind regards
    Aldyth Thomson

  2. Di Andrews Says:

    hi there,
    i see you had a mime artist as part of this year’s programme! i am wanting to find a christian mime artist in cape town – please could you give me contact details if you have any?
    blessings
    Di Andrews

    • Aldyth Says:

      Hi Di

      We used a woman who lives in Johannesburg at that conference only. unfortunately, I don’t know of anyone in CT. So sorry i can’t be more helpful!

      Kind regards
      Aldyth Thomson

  3. Lady Vanessa Mmolawa Says:

    Hello there,
    I’m interested in coming to this year’s conference but first i would like to know about accomodation arrangements.

    Regards,
    Lady Vanessa


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