2018 Schedule

Many churches, schools, and conferences are now partnering with others in their area to sponsor a “mini speaking tour.” I’m always happy to work with them, tailoring my talks to the specific needs of each group and community. In 2019 I will continue to limit my speaking engagements as I complete work on a new memoir and begin the practicum year in my Christian Formation and Spiritual Direction training. If you’d like to arrange for me to speak, please email me at heather@icktank.com and we’ll try to make it happen!

“When Heather speaks, people listen! She is relevant, inspiring, winsome, hopeful and so very relatable. Her breadth of knowledge and insight enable her to connect with every gathering of listeners: young and old, new Christians and clergy steeped in theology.”
Rev. John Sattler, Senior Pastor,
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Indianapolis, IN

FEBRUARY 22-24, Best Practice for Ministry, Phoenix, AZ

Resurrecting the Priesthood of All Believers; and SOLA!What are we fighting for? (w/ Leann Luchinger)

MARCH 26-APRIL 7, Pilgrimage to the Isle of Iona

MAY 10, Concordia Seminary St. Louis

Man Turned in on Himself: Understanding Sin in the 21st Century

“Heather Choate Davis traces the history of the concept of Man Turned in on Himself and shows how it explains so much of the unhappiness people are experiencing in the 21st century…promiscuity, consumerism, obesity, narcissism, apathy, and greed, just to name a few…and how each one of us, acting as if we are God, leads to chaos and distrust— then that chaos bounces back on the modern man in the form of increasing anxiety and depression. Our self-centeredness turns our fellow man into our competition. Isn’t that the sad truth? Her book is a must read for pastors!”
Rev. Dr. Dale Meyer
President, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

MAY 12-13, St. Paul’s Lutheran, Decatur, IL

Special Mother’s Day Weekend Event

MAY 18-20, St. Andrew, Cape Girardeau, MO

The wisdom of the psalms and the gift of contemplative prayer practices.

“Heather is a whirlwind of theological insight, powerful writing, and an intentional…and intense…desire to communicate the beauty of Jesus Christ and His love for humanity to those who may find themselves as Christian “outsiders”. I have had the pleasure of listening to Heather speak, have debated some of her writings with other pastors, and have shared a glass or two of good bourbon with her. I am thankful for her intellect and for her friendship. She is a gift to the Church and her writings should be reflected upon deeply by any who desire to connect with those beyond our Sunday pews.”
Rev. John Dehne, Senior Pastor
St. Andrew Cape Girardeau

OCTOBER 4-6, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. St. Charles, IL

Tough Talks: God or Transcripts, where do you put your trust?

“It was a great multi-generational conversation. The teens all texted me to say how much they loved Heather’s talk!”
Rev. Tim Bayer
Senior Pastor, St. Mark’s Lutheran, St. Charles, IL

OCTOBER 8-10, Northern Illinois Regional Pastor’s Conference

Keynote Speaker “To Hear That Voice Again”

“The moment Heather started speaking it was like the air conditioning went on in a humid room.”
Brian Davies
Pastor, Lord of Glory, Grayslake, IL

OCTOBER 15-16, Oklahoma District Pastor’s Conference

Two days of icktank teaching (with Leann Luchinger).

“It was the first time in 30 years of my planning these pastor’s conferences that people actually thanked me for bringing the speakers here. Usually by the second day the attendance drops by half right after lunch. Not this year. Every single person stayed until Heather and Leann finished the very last word of their fifth and final session.!”
Rev. Ken Wade
Pastor Emeritus, Oklahoma District

“Outstanding! I am so grateful for Heather’s honesty, vulnerability, and passion. She is a true blessing to the church!”
Rev. Dr. Robert Newton,
CNH President, LCMS

“Heather was not only a gift to us but also a powerful prophetic word and presence. Her keynote exceeded expectations, not only supplying direction and thoughtful first application, but also personalizing a message making it even more palatable”
Rev. Michael Lange, Mission Advancement

“Heather excels at combining deep theological issues with her personal narrative. She was able to connect with our guests through story and challenging and thought-provoking statements. At Arcadia we are used to hard-hitting presenters and Heather delivered. It has been years since I have heard a presenter so eloquently and directly tackle the issue of sin. Heather’s willingness to engage the guests outside the lecture hall also was key to her impact on our guests’ experience. She listens very well and took time to dialogue with individuals throughout the entire retreat.”
Chip May, Executive Director
Camp Arcadia

“Ever since Heather came to us last year, our congregation has been dying to get her back! Many of our members went to four of her talks throughout the Milwaukee area—each one focused on a different book and teaching. They never heard her say the same thing twice! We’re so excited to have her with us for our Reformation Celebration!”
Rev. Jeffrey Dorth, Senior Pastor
St. John’s West Bend, WI

“As our school intensifies movement to a more personalized academic program we continually seek out thought leaders who bring valuable perspectives and experiences to the conversation on education. I was able to spend a few minutes in the presence of one such thought leader this past week at a lecture at St. Peter’s church in Arlington Heights. Heather Choate Davis is a Christian, a Mom, a writer and a prophet in the lineage of Old Testament visionaries. In fact in one of her works entitled “Elijah & the SAT,” we learn from stories of ice skating, baseball, cupcakes and the hairy old desert prophet. There are many nuggets of value in Davis’s words for those who seek to find the balance between high stakes testing and spread your wings “liberal arts education”. The book draws attention to the Sorting Hat in Harry Potter, where we are allowed to fantasize how easy life would be if there was a Sorting Hat that places us in a house that guides us along a designated path toward our best educational outcome. But there is no magical career counselor. Perhaps our singular purpose as Christians is to find that place where God would have us.”
Don Gillingham, Executive Director
Rockford Lutheran, Rockford, IL

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