I love teaching the Bible–whether it’s at a weekly study, on a women’s retreat, or to groups of teenagers or college kids.  Here’s an excerpt from one of my recent lessons on Paul’s letter to the Galatians.

Event Speaker

I know plenty of great people who don’t go to church or who aren’t plugged into any sort of small group or Bible study.  I want to connect with women in places where they feel comfortable, where we talk about living lives that are marked by things like hope and joy and a sense of purpose!  Here are a few clips from a series I did on Friendship, which was held at a country club in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Talk Show Guest

Once upon a time, I used to interview people on television.  Now, I get to be the guest–and it’s so much fun!  Here’s a recent clip from the 700 Club, with co-host Terry Meeuwsen.

Special Programs

 Who doesn’t like a good party?  Whether it’s Christmas, Mother’s Day, or some other special event, I would love to be included in your celebration!  Here’s an excerpt from a talk I gave at the Women’s Community Bible Study Christmas Program in Atlanta, Georgia.

Speaker Bio

Jodie Berndt is a popular speaker and the author of several books, including Praying the Scriptures for Your Children, Praying the Scriptures for Your Teens, and The Undertaker’s Wife (a poignant and funny memoir she wrote with her pal Dee, who is an expert on surviving the loss of someone you love).  The mother of four grown children (and two new sons-in-law), Jodie has been married to Robbie, her University of Virginia sweetheart, for 30 years.  They live in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Statement of Faith

I believe in one God who exists in three persons:  The Father (the all-powerful, all-loving Creator who made us in his image), the Son (Jesus Christ, who suffered and died to give us life and then manifested his divine power via his glorious resurrection), and the Holy Spirit (who indwells all believers and offers guidance, power, and all manner of spiritual gifts we can use to edify others and glorify God).

I believe that the Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God, and that its truth equips us to live lives marked by things like purpose, endurance, wisdom, and joy.

I believe that Satan is the enemy of God and his people, that hell is a real place, and that being a Christian doesn’t exempt us from pain and suffering—but that God promises to be with us through it all, bringing us through life’s battles and leading us in triumph as we rely on his strength and provision.  

I believe that our salvation comes through grace alone and not through any good works, earthly accomplishments, or gold stars on the behavior charts.  

I believe that we were created for a purpose and that God has good works prepared for us to do.  We are to go and make disciples.  We are to tell the next generation about God’s power and the marvelous things he has done.  Above all, we are to love one another, holding fast to God’s love and keeping his commands so that our joy will be complete.

(Scripture references that support these beliefs include Deuteronomy 6:4, Genesis 1:26-27, John 3:16, Romans 4:25, John 14:26, Acts 1:8, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Luke 10:19, 1 Peter 5:8, Isaiah 41:10, 2 Corinthians 2:14, Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 Corinthians 15:58, Ephesians 2:10, Matthew 28:19, John 13:34, and John 15:10-12.)


Here are a few of my favorite topics.  I also offer messages that are rooted in Scripture (such as GRACE in Galatians, JOY in Philippians, WISDOM in James, and TRUST in the Psalms), and I can tailor a talk to meet your group’s particular need or area of interest.  

  • Created for Connection: Life-Giving Friendships and How to Find Them.

    We all long for connection, and in this talk Jodie looks at four keys to fabulous friendships, as well as the things that can derail them.  Using real-life stories about things like betrayal and forgiveness; gossip, criticism and confrontation; and the powerful longing we all have to “belong,” she charts a course toward discovering true and life-giving friendships—with others and with God. (Note:  This message can be presented as one talk or divided into three or four sessions.)

  • Discovering God’s Best for Your Family.

    In this encouraging message, Jodie draws on the stories and prayer principles in her popular books, Praying the Scriptures for Your Children and Praying the Scriptures for Your Teens.  It doesn’t matter what your child needs—good friends, a stronger work ethic, a heart of compassion, safety and protection, physical or emotional healing, or anything else—God has the answer, and his Word holds the key to praying effectively and releasing his power and blessings in your children’s lives!

  • Trusting God in Life’s Tricky Places.

    Is God always good?  Is he paying attention?  And is he really in control?  That’s what the Bible teaches, but when you find yourself facing difficult relationships, health problems, challenging financial circumstances, or any one of life’s “tricky places,” trusting God can be hard!  Using lessons gleaned from the Psalms, Jodie shines the spotlight on the transformational power of trust and shows us how to make the challenge of Psalm 31:24 a reality in our lives:  “Be brave.  Be strong.  Don’t give up.  Expect God to get here soon.”

  • Listening to God.

    God speaks!  As crazy as it sounds, the Creator of the Universe wants to communicate with us, one-on-one, to transform our common, everyday lives with things like wisdom, guidance, comfort, and love.  So why don’t we always listen?  In this very practical talk, Jodie identifies several “blockers” that can keep us from hearing God’s voice and then explains four strategies we can use to listen to him today and tap into the great adventure that he has in store. 

  • Rest for the Restless: Finding God’s peace in a world filled with worry, fear, and dirty dishes.

    We all know what it’s like to be overworked, overcommitted, and overwhelmed.  God understands all that (he created us to do good work!), but spiritual lethargy and physical exhaustion are not part of his plan.  Find out how to guard against the things that want to steal your peace and learn to enter God’s rest—even when the boss is yelling, the kids are sick, and the laundry pile covers the floor.  

  • Hannah: A Mother’s Heart.

    There is no perfect mother, and no sure-fire parenting style, but modern mothers can learn a good deal from Hannah.  Jodie brings Hannah’s story to life against the backdrop of contemporary culture in a message designed to equip moms to trust God with their children, pray for them effectively, and give them a sense of destiny.  (This topic can be presented as one talk, or three.)

  • A Journey to the Heart of God.

    The biblical story of Ruth is one of the world’s greatest love stories.  By tapping into the characters’ emotions and experiences, Jodie shows how Ruth’s journey—marked as it is by things like fear and uncertainty, loyalty and courage, vulnerability and hope—serves as a road map for our own search for God.  Anyone who’s ever longed for her own fairy tale ending will find joy and redemption here, along with a remarkable sense of connection with women who lived more than 3,000 years ago.


May 03, 2018

Changing Seasons Richmond

Willow Oaks Country Club // Richmond, Virginia

“Trusting God in Life’s Tricky Places”

I’m giving two talks; one on Thursday evening and one at the luncheon on Friday. All are welcome to attend either event!

For more info, please contact Donna Davis at changingseasonsrichmond@gmail.com or 804.282.3226.

Dec 08, 2017

Praying the Scriptures for Your Adult Children

Private Home // Greenwich, Connecticut

Encouragement for Parents of Grown-Ups!

I’m so excited to share my new book, Praying the Scriptures for Your Adult Children, with you! I’ll be speaking in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in December and in other parts of the country in January…check back for locations and details, or contact me for your own event!

Oct 19, 2017

TEEN STUDY, Winston-Salem

Teen Study // Winston-Salem, North Carolina


“Can I get a little help here?”

I’m speaking to a fabulous group of moms who have teenagers – women who want to discover God’s best for their families!

(This is a private event…but I’d love to come encourage parents of teenagers in your town!)

Sep 28, 2017

The Gifts that Keep On Giving

Galilee Church // Virginia Beach, Virgnia

“You’ve Got Gifts!”

We’re talking about spiritual gifts this fall at Galilee – everything from hospitality and administration to healing and prophecy. Come discover the unique graces God has planted in you…and find out how to use these gifts to bless and encourage others!

(Today’s teaching is from Romans 12. All are welcome, even if you can’t get to every session. Childcare provided.)

Thursdays, 9:15 – 11:00 a.m.

Galilee Church (Tucker Hall)
3928 Pacific Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA

May 07, 2017

Call on God

Galilee Church // Virginia Beach, VA

IMG_9083High School Students meet every Sunday at Galilee Church (3928 Pacific Ave), 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Do our prayers make a difference? Can God be trusted to answer? And should we really pray about everything?

Join us on May 7 as we explore what it means to “Call on God.” All high school students are welcome.

For more information, contact Marty O’Rourke, marty@galileechurch.net.

May 02, 2017

Tea Time with MOPS

Spring Branch Community Church // Virginia Beach, VA

tea partyDo you live in Virginia Beach and have a preschooler? Treat yourself to a break and join other moms at the annual MOPS Tea.

I’ll be speaking about how we can partner with God to accomplish his best purposes in the lives of our little ones!

This event is free, and the dress is casual. Contact Janet Phillips (janetphillipsvb@gmail.com) for more information.

Apr 20, 2017

Veritas School Speaker Series

Veritas School // Richmond, Virginia

veritaslogo_stacked_4c_wtagVeritas School in Richmond, Virginia, 7:00 p..m. – Open to the public.

The Veritas School offers a classical education designed to cultivate students’ minds and souls  and equip them to discover God’s purposes, both for the world and for their individual lives.

I’m looking forward to speaking to the Veritas community about how parents and grandparents can pray effectively for their children and partner together to raise kids who will lead and serve their friends, their families, and their communities. You don’t have to have a child in the school to come – all are welcome!

For more info, contact Sara Kennedy at skennedy@veritasschool.com.

Apr 18, 2017


Williamsburg Community Chapel // Williamsburg, Virginia


I love the mamas who are part of MOPS, and I can’t wait to speak to the group that meets at Williamsburg Community Chapel. We’ll be talking about discovering and praying God’s best for your little ones – and for yourself (even when you haven’t slept through the night in a year)!

To learn more about MOPS in the Williamsburg, Virginia area, please contact Stephanie Barrell at stephanie.barrell@gmail.com.

Jan 12, 2017

Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

Galilee Church // Virginia Beach, Va


If you live in Virginia Beach, join us for the kick off of a new study on PRAYER. I’ll be teaching the first session about how we can use the Bible to shape and give life and power to our prayers…and talking about what happens when our prayers don’t get answered the way we want them to!

If you want to watch this (or other teachings in this series) online, please visit Galileechurch.net. All are welcome!

9:00 – refreshments, followed by teaching at 9:30 and then small groups. Come dressed in your workout wear if you wanna sweat with a personal trainer from Jim White Fitness after Bible Study, 11 a.m. – noon!

Jan 02, 2017


Trinity Broadcasting Network // Television Appearance

img_8571Joy in Our Town!

Tune in on January 2 at 6:00 p.m. as talk show hostess Anne Ferrell Tata interviews me about things like miracles, praying the scriptures, and what happens when your prayers don’t get answered how or when you want.

Joy in Our Town is on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. The program will re-air on January 7 at 3:00 p.m.

Nov 17, 2016

The Psalms of Ascent

Galilee Church // Virginia Beach, Virginia

The PsalmsWe’re studying the Psalms this fall at Galilee Church. I’ll be teaching this week on some of the Psalms of Ascent, songs that Jewish pilgrims sang as they made their way to the feasts every year. These tradition-rich psalms offer fabulous insights on things like worship, work, hope and joy – come join us! Thursdays, 9:15 – 11:00 a.m., 3928 Pacific Avenue in Virginia Beach. Childcare provided. More info at Galileechurch.net.

Oct 20, 2016

From Doubt to Worship: Studying the Psalms

Galilee Church // Virginia Beach, VA

The PsalmsWe’re studying the Psalms this fall at Galilee Church! All are welcome – Thursdays, 9:15 – 11:00. I’ll be teaching this week, with a special emphasis on Psalms 73 (a great help for those who doubt or struggle when “the wicked” seem to prosper) and 84 (which shows us how to find strength, delight, and trust in the Lord). More info at Galileechurch.net.

Oct 17, 2016

Marriage, Motherhood, and Work

The University of Virginia // Charlottesville, Virginia

photo 2Brad Wilcox directs the National Marriage Project and teaches classes at The University of Virginia. I’ll be part of a panel discussion on Marriage, Motherhood, and Work for Wilcox’s popular “Sociology of the Family” class.

Not a U.Va. student? You can still get access to Wilcox’s excellent research on marriage and family issues by following him on Twitter @WilcoxNMP.

Sep 09, 2016

The Vintage Life: Hannah Whitall Smith

Common Grounds // Charlottesville, Virginia

IMG_7212The Vintage Lunch series, sponsored by Theological Horizons at the University of Virginia, offers students and others in the university community a chance to meet some of the best writers from the Christian tradition – “vintage” people whose work and faith has endured for centuries.

I’ll be facilitating a discussion on Hannah Whitall Smith’s classic work, The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life. This event is free, and all are welcome – and you get a homemade lunch, too!

Friday, September 9, 2016, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., 480 Rugby Road (temporary new location while the Bonhoeffer house is closed).

For more information, click here.

Aug 27, 2016

Mother-Daughter Retreat

Vail, Colorado //

WhIMG_9214at could be more fun than a gathering of moms and daughters to talk about family life, business ventures, friendship, and faith? I’m honored to be with this crew in Vail, Colorado!

Aug 03, 2016

PGA Tour “Girls Gathering”

PGA Tour - Travelers Championship // Hartford, CT

511sCONoTALWhat a privilege to speak to these amazing women as they support their husbands and find community on the PGA Tour. We’re talking about motherhood, friendship, and the power of prayer for our families!

Jun 21, 2016

Leaving and Cleaving

// Virginia Beach, Virginia

Young MarriedsSummer StudyA man shall leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. This is a profound mystery… (Ephesians 5:31-32)

Jodie and her husband, Robbie, speak to a group of newlyweds about the “profound mystery” that is marriage…and how our different backgrounds and family experiences can make leaving and cleaving a challenge for today’s young couples.

(This event is not open to the public.)

Jun 06, 2016

Guest Appearance, Trinity Broadcasting Network

"Praise the Lord" television program // 6:30 p.m. (EST)

Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 5.06.16 PMWhat a privilege it was to talk about praying for your children with TBN host Bishop Kim Brown! We discussed many of the challenges today’s families face, shared some powerful prayer strategies, and prayed for the TBN viewers. Such fun!

Apr 17, 2016

Parenting Teenagers

Galilee Church // 3928 Pacific Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA


It’s probably never been tougher to be a teenager – or the parent of one! In a fast-paced world where things can change faster than a snapchat, it can be hard to keep up or know if you are doing the “right” thing. Thankfully, God knows just how our kids are wired, and he loves them even more than we do. Whether we are concerned about our teenagers’ safety, character, relationships, or anything else, we can take our cares to God, knowing that he has great plans for for their lives, and that he is powerful enough to accomplish them!

Mar 25, 2015

The Undertakers Wife

The Princess Anne Country Club // Virginia Beach, Virginia

417Ok73aWpLJoin us for our very first Changing Seasons book launch!  I’ll be interviewing Dee Oliver, whose story about her life as an undertaker’s wife is touching, practical, and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny.  Tickets are just $20 each for this evening event – please visit www.changingseasons.org for more information.

Wednesday, March 25th, 7:00 p.m.

The Princess Anne Country Club

Virginia Beach, VA


Mar 20, 2015

Created for Connection

Willow Oaks Country Club // Richmond, VA

Created for Connection: Life-giving friendships and how to find them

Friday, March 20th @ 12:00 noon
Willow Oaks Country Club
6228 Forest Hill Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23225

CONTACT: Donna Davis

Jan 11, 2015

The Marriage Course

Galilee Church // Virginia Beach, Virginia

photoThe Alpha Marriage Course runs Sunday evenings, January 11 – February 22, 2015.  Topics covered include communication, dealing with finances and in-laws, knowing how best to show and receive love, increasing intimacy, extending forgiveness, and more!  Teaching is lecture format, with extended time for couples to talk privately with one another (no small groups or open discussion time).

Cost:  $65 per couple (includes two guest manuals and six candlelit dinners!)

Space is limited to 25 couples.  For more information or to register, please contact Ruth Wilkins at 757-428-3573 or ruth@galileechurch.net.

Nov 13, 2014

Galilee Church

Galilee Church // Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Topic: The Stories You Grew Up On (and why they still matter today)

3928 Pacific Avenue
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451

Oct 02, 2014

Galilee Church

Galilee Church // Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Topic: The Stories You Grew Up On (and why they still matter today)

3928 Pacific Avenue
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451

Sep 25, 2014

Galilee Church

Galilee Church // Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Topic: The Stories You Grew Up On (and why they still matter today)

3928 Pacific Avenue
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451

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