Liz Corbett is founder of the Hearts Matter Conference Ministry at Connection Church in Statesboro. Inspired by Proverbs 4:23, Corbett said: “God instructs us to ‘keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts.’ I want to explore what does that really mean? Why do our hearts matter to God? What’s the big deal?”
So, Corbett organized the “Heart of the Matter Women’s Conference” that is set for Saturday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Connection Church on Cawana Road, next to Sallie Zetterower Elementary School. Tickets are $5 online and at the door.
Corbett encourages women of all ages to attend the conference to help discover answers to the questions of why God cares about our hearts. Katie Bulmer, Jennifer Fordham and Corbett will share heartfelt messages during the conference and Connection music will lead worship. Lunch will be provided.
Much of the conference is geared towards young college women, Corbett said.
“I am passionate about sharing the love of the Lord with women and I spend a great deal of time with university women,” she said.
Corbett, wife of Shawn Corbett of Southeast Roofing Solutions, and mother of McKenney, 17, Michael, 15, and Grace Ann, 9, leads college women in Bible Study through Connection Church, but said she “does life” with them outside of the church, as well.
So much so that she found the need to have a special place for sharing, praying and having Bible study with the women.
“Some conversations you can’t have in a coffee shop. Sometimes we would drive around and around the bypass,” said Corbett when she and a college student were in deep conversations. “We needed to find a quiet place.”
With encouragement from her husband, Corbett secured a home on Savannah Avenue and refurbished it with cozy furniture and books about faith, painted bible verses on the wall and placed a prayer board in one room. And then named the building, “A Quiet Place Where Hearts Matter.”
During certain hours, the building is open for college women to come for bible study, homework studies, prayer time, to chat with Liz who is almost always there or just hang out in a quiet place.
About her ministry, Corbett said, “College is so pinnacle. Life is going to get tougher. If they leave with their identity found in Christ and remember who they are, then bring on the storms, because they have something to stand on. That’s my passion.”
Corbett’s passion may have been born through her own storm as a teenager. At 16, Corbett was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, a type of cancer that is rare for her age. She was actually considered “terminal” and her parents were told she had three to six months to live.
Corbett received a clinical trial for six months in Vanderbilt and made a full recovery.
“Jesus saved me, but the chemo healed me,” Corbett likes to say.
Corbett’s faith was strong then, even as a teenager, but even stronger now and she is passionate about passing that faith on to the next generation.
For more information about the conference, visit the Hearts Matter Facebook page.