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Dr. Sheryl Giesbrecht

Vital - Genuine - Practical - Inspirational

From Ashes to Beauty: Healing from the Past, Hope for the Future - Isaiah 61:3

"Exchanging hurt for hope," is Dr. Sheryl Giesbrecht’s focus. She is a radio personality, author and speaker. A pastor’s wife for over twenty-eight years, mother of two adult children, cancer survivor and widow, she is passionate about sharing how God takes the ashes of our losses, bitterness, and mistakes; and turns them into something remarkably beautiful.

A dynamic teacher and motivating leader, Sheryl has equipped hundreds and facilitated the training of thousands of leaders in the fifteen years she directed the annual Christian Ministry Convention of the Central Valley. In ministry and leadership, Sheryl has endured changes and challenges, moving her to a deep faith, trust and dependence on God. Healed of stage 4 lymphoma, Sheryl knows the heartbreak of disappointment, discouragement and disease. Recently widowed, Sheryl has walked through the valley of the shadow of death. From the depths of these experiences, her desire is for believers to be set free from past hurts, to be healed and whole emotionally.

Sheryl’s own story began with her conversion to Christ over 30 years ago. Once a rebellious teen-ager, alcoholic and drug addict, Sheryl knows what it is to overcome physical addictions. As Focus on the Family's columnist for Pastor's Wives for four years, Sheryl’s audio interview with H.B. London on the topic, "Success In Ministry, Call To Ministry;" continues to be offered through Focus on the Family’s Pastor’s Family Resources. Hundreds of her columns, magazine and devotional articles have appeared in Focus on The Family Magazine, Just Between Us, Discipleship Journal, CCM, Walk Thru the Bible’s - InDeed and Tapestry publications. 

Sheryl’s radio show, "Evenings at the Oasis" can be heard each weekday evening and Sunday afternoons on KAXL 88.3 FM Music for Life. ( her nationally syndicated radio show, "Turn Up the Music with Sheryl Giesbrecht" is heard on numerous networks across the United States. ( Sheryl is avid about reaching out to the poor and needy, locally through local community service projects and world-wide through Compassion International.

Sheryl is the Director of Women’s Ministries, Public Relations and Marketing for International Christian Ministries (ICM); which trained over 2 million African leaders in 2008. Sheryl carries the baton mobilizing believers to come alongside to facilitate training African and Middle Eastern pastors and leaders as it was passed to her by her late husband, Paul, former Vice President of International Operations with ICM. Sheryl is a sought-after international speaker offering the hope and healing only found in the Lord Jesus Christ. (
The joys of Sheryl’s life are her two children, son-in-law and memories of her beloved husband. Sheryl holds a bachelor of arts from Biola University, a master’s in ministry and a doctorate of theology from Summit Bible College.

Message Topics

How Transparent Teaching Transforms Lives
Find out, through study of the Beatitudes in Matthew 5, how the ‘Ten Traits of Transparent Teaching’ ™ can transform, renovate and renew your women’s ministry or pastoral leadership team. As team leaders are challenged and recharged, the infectious and life changing results transfer to those they lead, impacting individuals, families, neighborhoods, churches and even cities.

When Eagles Soar – Imparting the Legacy of Leadership
Want to multiply your impact? Leave a lasting legacy. Legacy is defined as "a leaders’ lasting value which is measured by succession." Learn to understand and apply John Maxwell’s Law #21- The Law of Legacy which happens only through achievement, success, significance and intentional legacy.

The Ingredients of a Leader
What makes a leader? Classes? Reading the right Christian books? This message is a study of why Jesus called the disciples and how Jesus trained them for leadership.

The Making of a Leader
Does a leader learn to lead by studying the life of Donald Trump? No, but by studying the life of Moses. This message from Exodus examines Moses’ call into ministry and how God used the wilderness as his seminary.

The Time Crunch
Ever felt crunched for time? Find out what to do when you can’t do it all. Managing your time is a misnomer. We must learn to manage ourselves and our priorities in the time we have. Time logs, humorous quotes, vision statements and practical helps will be shared.

H.O.P.E. For All Time
Ever felt overwhelmed by change? God never changes, though our circumstances do. We must ask ourselves, will a time of transition become an obstacle or opportunity? God’s Word gives us all the answers we need. This message inspires and encourages audiences to embrace change.

Loving Your Life Story
'We are all products of our past but don't have to be prisoners of it.' says best sellingauthor, Rick Warren. Hear Sheryl's remarkable testimony and learn how to encourage those in your ministry to be set free. People can experience freedom from the "prisons" they may be in.

Giving Up the Grudge
Is freedom through forgiveness possible? Can we really give up the grudge once and for all? Find out what God’s word says and receive practical application for your life.

Finding Faith in Adversity
Trials are inevitable. Pain, trouble and heartache strike every person on the road of life. Sometimes we feel like we are between a rock and a hard place. Discover how we face adversity through faith.

Finding Balance in Life
Is balance possible in the constant spin of this crazy world? Discover three foundational principles to maintaining your life’s stability, refocusing your priorities, and glorifying God in the midst of your hectic schedule.

"Draw Me Close"
Women’s Retreat

"But as for me, it is good to be near God.
I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;
I will tell of all your deeds." Psalm 73:28

Message # 1
My Heart’s Desire

How do you see yourself? Are you like Cinderella, left behind, scrubbing the ashes in the fireplace while everyone else goes to the royal ball? Regardless of her place in life, inside every woman is a princess waiting to be swept off her feet by the love of her life. Once we see ourselves through the eyes of True Love, we are set free to fulfill our important destiny. (I Peter 4:8, Psalm 45:11-15)

Message #2
Refuge in Time of Need

Naomi knew adversity – an immigrant in a strange land, suffered the death of her husband and both sons. Grieving, Naomi asked her name to be changed to Mara, which meant bitter. God’s purpose prevailed through Naomi’s adversity. Pastor David Jeremiah said," The moment we accept the fact that our ordeal has been permitted, even intended by God, our perspective on disruptive moments with totally change." (Ruth 1 – 4)

Message #3
Call to Commitment

Ever experienced unforgivenessin your family, church or life? Is freedom through forgiveness possible? Can we really give up the grudge once and for all? Find out what God’s Word says and receive practical helps for everyday life. (2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Corinthians 13:5, Romans 8:1)

Message #4
H.O.P.E for My Future

Ever felt overwhelmed by change? God never changes, though our circumstances do. We must ask ourselves, will our time of transition become an obstacle or opportunity? God’s Word gives us all the answers we need. Find out how to embrace and enjoy change. (Various scripture)

Rave Reviews:

"Sheryl's message at our Women's Fellowship's Christmas luncheon was clear and her challenge brought with love and gentleness. Mary Younger, Director of Women's Ministry - Riverlakes Community church, Bakersfield, CA
Sheryl has such an amazing gift, she uses her life's testimony to show you how to find God and hold on to him. Our ladies were very blessed by her presentation."
Carolyn Kurz, Womens Ministry Director, Porterville, CA

Sheryl is the best speaker I have ever heard.
Anonymous at a Women's Luncheon

"Sheryl's messages have wide appeal - recovery from drugs, struggle with illness and hope for the future."
Sharon Hopper, Porterville EV Free

"Sheryl's passion for God's truth and freedom in Christ is evident in the way that she shares her powerful testimony and calls people to move beyond hurt and find healing in the love of God. Sheryl is approachable and real. Students feel they can connect to her story and appreciate her genuine honesty."
Lauren McCartney, Chaplain - Biola University

"Sheryl reached out to our high school girls on our retreat to Catalina by sharing her testimony to start out the trip. This was huge in making the girls feel comfortable and connected to her. I think it was so important for them to know that even though we can make bad decisions in our past God has the power to cleanse us from all our sins and we can be made new. Another highlight was Sheryl's teaching the girls that God created and loves them just how we are and no matter what. This is so important especially when we live in a society that tells us we are never good enough the way we are. The girls felt special when Sheryl sought out one-on-one time with each of them and were thrilled when she got right in the mix with them during their silly antics. For some of them, having an adult give them this much positive interaction is a new experience and definitely something they are missing. The trip was a huge success!"
Jennifer Kirstine, Youth Pastor's Wife and HS Girls Retreat Planner, Bakersfield, CA

"Sheryl's ability to share her life experiences along with the wisdom God has given her, has not only made her a gifted speaker but a devoted wife, mother and mentor to many."
Kathy Bethell, Women's Ministry Director, Community Christian Fellowship

"Whether behind a microphone of a radio studio or in front of a sea of faces at a women's retreat, Sheryl's love for the Lord and passion for encouraging women from all walks of life are evident. When you see her enthusiasm for life and her joyful attitude, you would never know the difficulties she has faced in recent years, including her own personal battle with cancer. Yet, through these difficult times she has allowed God to use her testimony to change the lives of countless women. Each time I hear her speak, Sheryl combines her knowledge of the Bible with her love for teaching and her passion for changing lives. Sheryl's desire to see revival in the hearts of women across our country is apparent each time she steps up to the podium. The only regret you will have after hearing her life-changing messages is that you didn't invite more of your friends to hear her speak."
Janet Ables, President and Founder, Heart of the Home Ministries

"Sheryl is an accomplished teacher and speaker, speaking regularly in conference settings and on several occasions has teamed up with her pastor husband to bring the message in our own church during Sunday morning services. Sheryl's deep life experiences from her own personal testimony, the raising of a family, leadership in the Christian community, marriage to Paul and other faith journeys give her wide appeal to many diverse audiences."
Dr. Mike Popovich, Senior Pastor, Olive Drive Church

"Years of experience in ministry as a pastor's wife, Sheryl has experienced the joys and trials of motherhood and recently an overwhelming struggle with cancer. Her sincere walk with the Lord and life experiences have seasoned and prepared her for ministering to people in her own precious way. Anyone who has the pleasure of sitting under Sheryl's teaching will not be disappointed, they will be blessed and encouraged in their walk with Christ."
Becki Stine Saltee, Director of Women's Ministries, Hume Lake Christian Camps

Sheryl has a way of encouraging ladies in a multitude of ways to desire a closer walk with the Lord. She is eager to show them God's love and working in all aspects of their lives. She shares the truth of God's Word in a relevant fashion for today's Christian women who desire a deeper walk with God. Sheryl is the perfect example of a woman who desires to be used of God.
Cheryl Burke, Ministry Coordinator, Heart of the Home Ministries

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