SPEAKER: Maggie Wallem Rowe
A farmer’s daughter born and raised in Illinois, Maggie spent 25 years in ministry in New England with her pastor-husband Mike, where she taught at Daniel Webster University and directed women’s ministries throughout the six New England states. While living in the Chicago area, Maggie served as a public relations professional for Tyndale House as well as a guest communications instructor at Wheaton College. Maggie and Mike now happily reside in western North Carolina, where Maggie writes from Peace Ridge, their home in the Smokies.
Maggie has spoken at hundreds of outreach events, retreats, and conferences throughout the U.S. As a dramatist she performs original historical reenactments of the lives of great women of the Christian faith including Mary of Nazareth, Sarah Pierpont Edwards, and Amy Carmichael. Maggie has contributed to over ten books, and her first as a solo author, This Life We Share, released in 2020 from NavPress. She’s currently at work on her second book scheduled for publication in early 2022 from Tyndale House.
In 2014 Maggie earned her M.A. in Biblical Studies from Wheaton Graduate School. Her greatest blessings are Mike, her husband of over 40 years, their three adult children and spouses, and five grandchildren. She loves hiking, mountain dancing, books, and anything chocolate, but mostly she loves people.
WORSHIP LEADER: Jen Aldana
Jen Aldana is a Boston-based singer-songwriter and worship leader. She is most known for winning Season 5 of “The Voice on Snapchat” on Team Adam and working with Noah Cyrus.
Jen started writing and playing music at the age of 7. Through years of performing, touring, and singing at special events and concerts (such as at The Apollo Theater), she quickly realized she was meant to be an artist. By college, she received a full-tuition scholarship to Berklee College of Music and eventually graduated with a degree in Songwriting.
Upon the release of her debut EP “Voices”, Jen was recognized as VENT’s Magazine’s “Top 10: Boston Bands”. Her song “Cherish You” was featured on Boston Marathon-based short film “Monster”, and was chosen for several songwriting showcases. She has had her music featured on radio stations such as Mixx 104.1 and 92.9 the River.
Jen is also a Worship Leader at Impact Church in Medford, MA. She has been singing worship music in church since the age of 14 and is passionate about leading. She is actively asked to speak and sing at different churches and retreats and enjoys sharing her testimony to encourage others.
Aside from singing and performing, Jen is also passionate about teaching and empowering youth through the arts as a teaching artist. She currently works with youth in the city and teaches voice.