The Art of Homemaking Conference will focus on topics such as: God's paradigm for the homemaker, the impact of feminism on the home, spiritual formation through family worship and more. The conference will be held in the Riley Center, October 25-26. The cost of attendance is $50 for non-students, $25 for students, or $10 for just the plenary sesisons. Spouses of Southwestern Students may register as students.  3 hours of Women's Studies class credit is also available.

For overnight accommodations, contact Guest Housing at the Riley Center at 817.921.8800 or If you wish to purchase exhibitor space please contact Shelley Snyder at or 817.923.1921 x2442.

These are the Art of Homemaking ticket options:

$10 Plenary Sessions Only
-Includes 4 plenary sessions featuring Michelle Duggar, Elizabeth George, and Dorothy Patterson. Does not include breakout sessions, meals, or conference resources.

$25 Student Ticket
-All conference access including plenary sessions, breakout sessions, breakfast, lunch, and conference resources.

$50 Regular registration
-All conference access including plenary sessions, breakout sessions, breakfast, lunch, and conference resources.

IMPORTANT: Registration has closed for this event. If you would still like to attend, please arrive between 3:00pm and 6:00pm on October 25th. You will be able to do late registration. There will be no meals provided for late registrants.

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Speakers Include:

Mrs. Dorothy Patterson

Dorothy Patterson serves as the first lady and as a professor to women in the School of Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is the wife of Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Seminary, the mother of Armour and Carmen, and the doting grandmother of Abigail and Rebekah. Patterson received a Bachelor of Arts from Hardin-Simmons University, a Master of Theology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, a Doctor of Ministry from Luther Rice Seminary and a Doctor of Theology from the University of South Africa. Patterson has authored a number of books and articles including, Where's Mom: The High Calling of Wives and Mothers, A Woman Seeking God: Discover God in the Places of Your Life, and Touched by Greatness: Women in the Life of Moses. She has also edited the Women's Evangelical Commentary series and The Women's Study Bible.

Michelle Duggar

Michelle Duggar serves as wife to husband, Jim Bob, mother to 19 children and grandmother to two “GranDuggars.” The Duggars, who married in 1984, began their marriage using the birth control pill. After Michelle conceived and miscarried while on the pill, though, the couple realized that the pill does not keep a woman from conceiving 100 percent of the time, and that when it fails to do so, the medicine often forces the woman’s body to miscarry. The Duggars were grieved. From that point on, the couple decided to leave family planning to the Lord, asking Him to show them how to love children like He does and trusting Him to give them the right number of children. The Duggars have since appeared on news programs, in magazines, in documentaries and in a reality show on TLC. They have also authored several books including The Duggars: 20 and Counting and A Love that Multiplies: An Up-Close View of How They Make it Work.

Elizabeth George

Elizabeth George serves as an author and national speaker alongside her husband, Jim. Together they have written more than 70 books. George’s book, A Woman After God’s Own Heart, has sold more than 1 million copies. The author also hosts a radio broadcast, A Minute for Busy Women, and holds a bachelor of science in education degree from the University of Oklahoma, which allowed her to teach in both public and private schools. Elizabeth and Jim have two married daughters and eight grandchildren.


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