Marion Ingegneri  // Director // Keynote Speaker

As an ordained minister with the Foursquare Church, Marion Ingegneri takes her calling seriously, presenting messages and living life in a way that challenges people to respond to God.  Her visionary insight opens hearts and creates a readiness for the Holy Spirit.

As the founding pastor and eight years as senior pastor of Grace North Church located in the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area, Marion says, “opening the doors of this amazing church is one of the most exciting assignments I have ever responded to.”  Grace North Church is a fast growing church with a vision to build lives dedicated to kingdom purpose. Responding to a call to multiplication of the church, Marion handed over the senior leadership of the church to her son, in September 2011, while she focuses on planting four new campuses in the next decade. Since that time, two of the four in her goal, are now open (Gilbert, AZ and Prescott, AZ)! 

Church planting for Marion is to train, equip, authorize, and mobilize a force of believers willing to reach into the surrounding communities, while at the same time training up leaders to do the same. Of great importance to Marion is to hear and execute what the Lord is saying.  This value is evident in the strong discipleship processes that are at the core of her ministry efforts.

Her leadership encourages a global impact with ministry travels to Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, and South Africa. She is known for her prophetic ministry and calling to release others to their God-given purposes in life.  Marion speaks to all groups but is often found focusing on releasing and empowering ministry leaders.

Marion is the founder and director of Essential Conferences for Women.  The conference speaks to the needs of women and includes a leadership track.

Marion is the author, executive producer, and primary presenter of a video series entitled, Unlocking the Gifts in You.  She is also the executive producer oF a video series addressing the topic of women in ministry leadership.  Both video series are available free of charge on the resource page of this website..

Marion serves the Foursquare Church in a number of capacities. Her current areas of service with the Foursquare Church include board member of the Foursquare Foundation and also leader in the Pacific Southwest District of Foursquare churches. For five-years, she served the  U.S. Foursquare Church as the vice-chair of the board of directors (2011-2016). 

Marion is a lifelong learner.  She graduated in May 2015 from LIFE Pacific College with a masters of arts in strategic leadership. She is a certified coach through LIFE Forming Leadership Coaching and was personally trained by the founder, Dr. Joseph Umidi of Regent University.  Marion is also a certified trainer in the gifts ministry associated with Don and Katie Fortune, authors of the Discover Your God-Given Gifts books.

Her radical conversion to Christ in 1971 was followed by her marriage to Joe in 1972.  Joe is also an ordained minister and according to Marion “one of her biggest supporters in ministry.”  They have three married children and ten grandchildren.  Their family is fully dedicated to the Lord. 

Awaken Ministries International //  Worship and Ministry


Awaken Ministries International is a movement with a global reach and a strategic call to awaken leaders and individuals to their divine purpose, calling, and destiny. This thriving ministry is based in Nashville, Tennessee and is co-founded and led by Pastors Scott & Lydia Ingegneri.  Awaken focuses primarily on worship leading and resourcing, preaching and teaching the depth and truth of Gods word, leadership development, discipleship, strategic planning and vision casting, and partnering with local churches to help establish and release ministries and individuals to their fullest potential.

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Candy Killman //  Assistant Director

Candy is a wife, mother, and daughter of the King who longs to live in the greatest revival the world has ever seen. She is passionate to see the body of Christ celebrating each others God given purposes and helping them walk it out! Being raised in a home that was saturated in God's love it is only evident that has carried her through life. Candy's greatest joy is seeing with God's eyes the gifts, anointing and call He has given to His children. She strongly desires to walk in the fullness of the Spirit (Matthew 10:8) and be the tangible love of God to others.

Candy has served on the Essential Team for the past few years. This year as the assistant director for the Essential Conference, Candy will assist in making this one of the best conferences yet! She Co-Pastors Grace North Church-Prescott alongside her husband Randy. Her skill and care is only outmatched by her passion for what she does. You will enjoy meeting Candy and connecting with her.  

Diana Barnes //  Registrar

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For the past several years, Diana Barnes has faithfully served the Essential Conference in many different roles. This year Diana is serving as Essential's Registrar. She will be available to answer any of your questions regarding registration. Diana is an amazing leader who is passionate about the things of His Kingdom and we are so excited and thankful to have her serve in this role.