Welcome to the Cultivate Speaker Series! At the conference, we'll have a variety of workshops that offer tools to equip and empower your faith journey. Speaker Series is an interview-style editorial about each speaker at Cultivate.
Let's meet our keynote speaker Allie Fultz, learn more about her breakout session (Light That Leads to Life) and, how God has been working out this in her life.
Allie has a deep passion for developing leaders in the next generation and wishes to share the life-giving message of Jesus around the world. In Light That Leads to Life, Ally will teach that every person was born on purpose, with a purpose, and for a purpose. Yet, so often, we allow our fear, our circumstances or our insecurities to control the calling God has placed on our lives. Let us stop living in fear and instead live in the light that God has called us to.
Tell us about you and your family.
I am 25 years old. I am a children’s pastor. I graduated with a degree in Child Development. I love God and love people! My parents have been married for almost 30 years. They are the most loving people you will ever meet. My brother is a youth pastor at District Church and my sister attends Hillsong College in Australia. My family is very close and we all talk everyday.
Tell us about your faith journey.
I never had a true relationship with God until a few years ago. I knew I wanted one, but I was too busy living a selfish life to care what God wanted for me. I suffered from anxiety and panic attacks constantly. I felt empty and angry all the time. There finally came a point when I felt so broken that I decided to do the scariest thing imaginable…. surrender to Him. That meant I would have to change almost everything about myself and start over with almost every aspect of my life. But God took me in my brokenness and gave me an incredible life filled with joy. I now have the opportunity to share about His love and grace!
When you were asked to speak at Cultivate, what was your first reaction? Why?
“I’m not qualified.” That was the first thought. Followed by the fears of what if questions, like “what if they don’t like what I have to say” or (if I can be completely honest) “what if I throw up while I’m speaking”. But God continues to push me out of my comfort zone for His glory, and every time I am so glad He does!
Looking back up to this point, how has God worked out this topic in your own life?
I was not surprised because I have felt God giving me this message for a year. He wants me to speak about facing fears while I am facing my fear of public speaking.
In what ways do you struggle with your topic?
Over the past few years I have constantly had to face fears so that I can spread God’s love and His Word. I tend to have to constantly remind myself that God is in control and there is no reason for me to worry. My thoughts go in a downward spiral of “what-if” questions and dwelling on past mistakes.