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 speak about anything you see here on This Odd House. Favorite subjects include spiritual growth, marriage, adoption, writing and communication.

You can view sample messages here: Founder’s Week 2020, Founder’s Week 2018 , or Founder’s Week 2016 .

Below is a list of some of the retreat packages and individual talks I have developed thus far. Please email me for a more complete description of anything you see here. If time allows, I may also be able to develop a message or a series of messages based on your chosen theme.

Additionally, my husband Peter and I enjoy speaking together at young adult retreats, marriage retreats, family camps, parenting conferences, and other events. Please visit us at www.peterandkelli.com for more information about our joint ministry. Or email (kelli.worrall@moody.edu) for more information.


Many of the following retreat talks can also be delivered as individual messages.

“DEFINING MOMENTS: The Book of Esther

I’m working on a NEW retreat series that will take us through the book of Esther in a series of 4 messages. I plan to have it ready for Fall 2021 retreats.

“LIVE YOUR CALLING: Discerning and Pursuing God’s Plan”

  • Talk 1: Kelli’s Testimony of Discerning God’s Call
  • Talk 2: “A Two-Way Conversation”—We Call on the Lord
  • Talk 3: “Who We Are”—Calling as Naming & Identity
  • Talk 4: “Divine Appointment”—The Work God Gives

“PIERCED & EMBRACED: Life-Changing Encounters with the Love of Christ”

  • Talk 1: Flannery O’Connor’s “Greenleaf” and Kelli’s Testimony
  • Talk 2: “Sought Out & Satisfied”—The Woman at the Well (John 4)
  • Talk 3: “Heard, Loved, & Given Life”—Mary and Martha (John 11)
  • Talk 4: “Seen & Healed”—The Woman with the Hemorrhage (Mark 5)

“THE FULL LIFE: The Story of Naomi in Three Acts”

  • Talk 1: “And the Walls Came Tumbling Down”
  • Talk 2: “The Drama of Grace”—Ruth 1
  • Talk 3: “The ‘Just Then’ Nature of God’s Work”—Ruth 2 & 3
  • Talk 4: “Uncommon Kindness (Hesed)”—Ruth 4

“TEACH US TO PRAY: Reclaiming the Power of Prayer

  • Talk 1: Problems and Basic Principles
  • Talk 2: Upward Prayers (Adoration and Thanksgiving)
  • Talk 3: Inward Prayers (Examination, Confession, Desperation, Relinquishment)
  • Talk 4: Outward Prayers (Petition, Intercession, Continual)

“LOVING GOD: Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength” 

I have shared this series at women’s retreats, and Peter and I have also used it together at young adult retreats. It correlates with our book, 20 Things We’d Tell our Twentysomething Selves

  • Talk 1: “Loving God with Our Mind”—Acts 17
  • Talk 2: “Loving God with All Our Heart”—John 11
  • Talk 3: “Loving God with Our Strength”—Deuteronomy 6


In addition to the talks above, most of which can be delivered individually, here are a few other talks that I have already prepared.

If time allows, I am also happy to prepare a new message for your event.

  • Helping One Another Toward Healing (Mark 5)
  • Clarifying Our Calling
  • Called to the Impossible: Mary, the Mother of Jesus (Great for Christmas!)
  • Managing Anxiety in the Midst of Change (Acts 1 and Philippians 4)
  • Hope in the Midst of the Fog (Lamentations 3)


“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!”

“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.”

“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.”



February 5 — Founder’s Week, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL

February 27 – 29 — Marriage Retreat, First Baptist Church, Red Wing, MN (with Peter Worrall)

March 6 – 8 —Adoption Family Retreat, Silver Birch Ranch, White Lake, WI (with Peter Worrall)

April 9 — MOMSNext, Immanuel Church, Gurnee, IL

September 11 – 13 — Women’s Retreat, Living Waters Bible Camp, Westby, WI

September 18 – 20 — Women’s Retreat, Mission Meadows, Dewittville, NY

October 2 – 4 — Young Adults’ Retreat for Moody Church, Gull Lake, MI

November 21 — Deeply Rooted, Chicago, IL

December 5 — Christmas Brunch, Evangelical Free Church, Sheboyban, WI


February 7 — Embrace Moms’ Group, Evangelical Free Church, Crystal Lake, IL

February 8 — Moms’ Group, Community Fellowship Church, West Chicago, IL

February 28 — Moms’ NEXT, Immanuel Church, Gurnee, IL

April 6 — Called Women’s Conference, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL

April 12 – 14 — Women’s Retreat, Gages Lake Bible Church, Gages Lake, IL

April 27 — Women’s Brunch, First Baptist, Winfield, IL

July 1 – 5 — Unplugged Family Camp, Conference Point, Williams Bay, WI

September 13 – 14 — Women’s Retreat, Village Church of Bartlett, IL

October 4 – 6 — Women’s Retreat, Evangelical Covenant Churches, MI


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