The Story Behind

The Wonder Years



Our prayer

The Wonder Years Gatherings are designed to address the needs of this underserved majority, to lift and encourage women discouraged and fearful of the aging process; to provide a means of equipping, empowering and restoring women over 40 to their true place in the kingdom: as joyful women rich in experience and wisdom called to unleash their resources of life skills, finances, time and spiritual gifts to impact the world with the wondrous love of Jesus Christ.


Our purpose

Leslie Leyland Fields and Michelle Van Loon are speakers and authors who care deeply about discipleship at every life stage. As a result, they long recognized that because of our culture's value on youth, Wonder Women in the second act of life often feel a loss of value, joy, direction, and purpose. They also noticed that some women seemed to "retire" from Christian service when the Church and world need their skills, gifts, resources, and experience the most.


What you’ll gain from this experience


Rich learning environment
together with other women


Focused prayer
and God-honoring worship


Beautiful and relaxing
retreat space


Life-giving, practical workshops
led by wise, thoughtful facilitators


Opportunity to connect
with others at the same life stage, facing the same questions


The book that
started it all

We're all getting older. How do we make the second half of our lives the best half? Forty incredible women of faith including Elisa Morgan, Patricia Raybon, Luci Shaw, Jen Pollock Michel, and Madeline L'Engle tackle aging anxieties head-on—and upend them with compelling first-person stories full of humor, sass, and spiritual wisdom.

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