If you are interested in having me speak to your group, please contact me at Kelli.Worrall@moody.edu.  I love digging into Scripture and communicating what God’s Word has to say to us today. But I am also happy to share more about anything you see here on This Odd House. Favorite subjects include spiritual growth, marriage, adoption, and communication.

You can view sample messages here:  Founder’s Week 2016 (Moody Bible Institute) or Founder’s Week 2018

My husband, Peter, and I also enjoy speaking together at marriage and college/career events.

Here is more information about some of the retreat packages I/we have developed thus far, but I would also be interested in developing a series of messages based on your chosen theme…



Talk One: A bit of my story and an oral interpretation presentation of Flannery O’Connor’s short story “Greenleaf to break the ice and till the soil of our hearts.

Talk Two: When We Need to Be Honest–Jesus and the Woman at the Well (John 4)

Talk Three: When We Need to Be Heard and Find Hope–Jesus and Mary and Martha (John 11)

Talk Four: When We Need to Be Healed–Jesus and the Woman with the Hemorrhage (Mark 5)

Words of praise for the “Pierced & Embraced” series…

“I wanted to take a minute to say thank you so very much for speaking at our women’s retreat last weekend. I was so blessed by you. I feel like those messages were written just for me. I have been going through a lot in life lately and so many of your stories I can so directly relate to. I can’t thank you enough for opening your heart up and being honest about the struggles you have been through in life, and the hope that we have. Before the retreat I was feeling like I was slowly loosing hope that things would ever get better. I have come away with a renewed hope – not necessarily that things will get better but that God is going through this with me.”

“You provided a great platform and vulnerability for me to really tap into what the Lord wants and is doing in my life. Thank you. I don’t normally do women’s retreat but I went because I knew you were leading our time together. I was immensely blessed and God showed up for me in deep way. A lot of surrender happened last night and this morning. Bless you for your willingness to share your story so that the Lord could remind me of His work in my life.”

“Words seem so inadequate to convey our thanks to you! Our women came away from our retreat with hope and some healing. God used you so beautifully to bring us all closer together. Thank you for being so faithful with the gifting God equipped you with.”



Talk One: Hindsight Is 20/20-I share some of my story and read “20 Things We Might Have Told Our 20-Something Selves.” This is typically followed by small group discussion.

Talk Two: Loving God with All Our Mind–Acts 17

Talk Three: Loving God with All Our Heart–John 11

Talk Four: Loving God with All Our Strength–Deuteronomy 6

Words of Praise for the “Loving God” series…

“Kelli has such a powerful knowledge of the scriptures, and she presents it in such a beautiful way.  We loved when she made us feel as though we were right there with Mary, Martha and Jesus watching Lazarus walk out of the tomb!   She brought the stories and truths we have heard numerous times in our lives to life.   She showed us practical ways we could apply these truths to our everyday lives.  Many of our women came to me afterwards and expressed how much they loved her speaking.  Some even said they thought she was the best speaker we have had in our 8 years of hosting retreats.  Several more said they could have listened to Kelli for 2-3 more hours!  We were so blessed to have her teaching the women of Woodside Bible Church – White Lake, God’s word at our Women’s Retreat.  Thank you, Kelli!”

“Our college group at The Moody Church in Chicago recently invited Peter and Kelli Worrall to speak at our annual fall retreat. They were simply fantastic. Their sessions dealt with spiritual, relational, and theological insights that can help college-age young people thrive as they pursue God. Not only was the speaking great, but the Worralls were approachable and relational all weekend long. I highly recommend them for your next retreat as well!”–Eric Naus, Pastor for University Students, The Moody Church

“Thank you and Peter both for coming and being a part of our Crossroads family. We have not stopped talking about what an incredible weekend that was.”

“Thank you so much for allowing God to use you in powerful ways this past weekend at the Crossroads retreat. On a personal note, my wife and I saw aspects of ourselves in you and your story and it was a blessing to see and hear how God has worked and continues to work in you and your marriage, making you more like Christ for His Glory.”

“THE DRAMA OF GRACE: The Story of Naomi in Three Acts

Talk One:  The story of Naomi is introduced by reading  “And the Walls Came Tumbling Down.

Talk Two: Act One of Naomi’s story (Ruth 1)–when life doesn’t meet our expectations

Talk Three:  Act Two of Naomi’s story (Ruth 2 & 3)–the obstacles that Naomi faced and the concept of hesed

Talk Four: Act Three of Naomi’s story (Ruth 4)–the providence of God in the life of Naomi



Talk One: The Truth about Prayer

Talk Two: Prayers Directed Upward–Adoration and Thanksgiving

Talk Three: Prayers Directed Inward–Confession, Lament, and Relinquishment

Talk Four: Prayers Directed Outward–Petition and Intercession

Words of Praise for the “Teach Us to Pray” series…

“The Lord has woven Kelli’s life together in such a way that a perfectly tender blend of wisdom, brokenness, transparency and scholarship is the result.  The listener leaves fully satisfied that all things are possible and purposeful in God’s economy, not only in the broader sense but in their own heart and home.”




January 19 — Moody Bible Institute Chapel, Chicago, IL (with Peter Worrall)

February 7 — Founder’s Week, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL

March 1-3 — Marriage Retreat, First Baptist Church, Red Wing, MN (with Peter Worrall)

March 9-11 — Adoption Family Retreat, Silver Birch Ranch, White Lake, WI (with Peter Worrall)

April 7 — Called Women’s Conference, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL

May 4-6 — Women’s Retreat, Village Church of Gurnee, IL

July 1-6 — Unplugged Family Camp, Conference Point, Williams Bay, WI (with Peter Worrall)

Aug 31 – Sept 2 — Labor Day Family Camp, Cooperstown Bible Camp, ND (with Peter Worrall)

Sept 14-16 — Midwest Women’s Conference, Warrenville Bible Chapel, WI

Sept 21-23 — Women’s Retreat, Village Church of Bartlett, IL

Oct 6 — Women’s Retreat, Trinity Community Church, Libertyville, IL

Oct 12-13 — Marriage Retreat, Grace Community Bible Church, Grayslake, IL (with Peter Worrall)

Oct 19-21 — Women’s Retreat, Evangelical Free Church of Bloomington, IL

Oct 27 — Evangelical Church Library Association Conference, Wheaton, IL

Nov 3 — Festival of the Arts, Chinese Christian Union Church, Chicago

Nov 9-11 — Shuvah Yisrael Sisterhood Retreat, Carlsbad, CA

Dec 11 — MOM’S Group, Village Church of Gurnee, IL



February 4-5, 2017–Light Co. College Retreat, Newton, Iowa (with Peter Worrall)

February 18, 2017–“Ask the Author,” Village Church of Gurnee, Gurnee, IL

February 24-25, 2017–Marriage Retreat for Gages Lake Bible & Grace Community Bible, Gages Lake, IL (with Peter Worrall)

March 4, 2017–Inspire Women’s Conference, Elmbrook Church, Brookfield, WI

March 17, 2017–Springbrook Marriage Workshop, Springbrook Community Church, Huntley, IL (with Peter Worrall

April 1, 2017–Rooted Young Adult Conference, Grace Community Bible Church, Grayslake, IL (with Peter Worrall)

September 14-15, 2017–First Year Experience Retreat, Moody Bible Institute, Lake Geneva, IL (with Peter Worrall)

September 21-23, 2017–Lake Ann Women’s Retreat, Lake Ann Bible Camp, Lake Ann, MI

October 27, 2017–Sword Girl Conference, Torch of Faith Church, Grayslake, IL

October 28-29, 2017–Woodside Bible Church Women’s Retreat, Gull Lake, MI

November 10-12, 2017–Shuvah Yisrael Congregation Women’s Retreat, SanDiego, CA

December 2, 2017–North Bridge Church Women’s Christmas Brunch, Antioch, IL

December 7, 2017–Getting Real! Ministries Christmas Brunch, Aurora, IL