Conference Background
Christ Our Life Catholic Regional Conference is a non-profit conference being held at Wells Fargo Arena. It is a grassroots effort of faith springing up out of the heart of Iowa and blessed by Bishop Richard E. Pates of the Catholic Diocese of Des Moines.

How Did it Come About?
Christ Our Life Catholic Regional Conference was conceived in 2008 and was inspired by the Holy Spirit pulling on the hearts of two women in central Iowa. They prayed, gathered a dedicated and spiritually motivated group of volunteers, and secured world-renowned speakers. The result was a first-of-its kind Catholic conference. Now we are offering a fifth biennial Christ Our Life conference focused on bringing Catholics together, inspiring, celebrating and exploring their faith and bringing souls to Christ.

You Are Invited!
Please join us for a weekend of faith sharing, faith building and praise as we listen and learn from world-class speakers, renowned Catholic exhibitors and most importantly, share the sacraments.

The 2018 COL Team


Marilyn Lane and Ellen Miller

Steering Chairs

  • Business/Bookkeeping – Barb Chicoine
  • Business/Treasurer – Ginny Striegel
  • Conference Coordinator – Rob Carey
  • Coordinator Assistant – Stephanie Becker
  • Deacon Liaison – Steve Reed
  • Development – Joe Lane, Sr.
  • Development Assistant – Justin Doyle
  • Hospitality – Leslie Teeling
  • Hotel Facilitator – Kathryn Pierson
  • Information Technology – Elisabeth Sheaff, Spencer Sheaff
  • Liturgy – Hugh O’Hagan
  • Liturgy Advisor – Fr. Chris Reising
  • Logistics/Facility Management – Mary Nestvedt
  • Logistics Assistant – Joe Nestvedt
  • Marketing – Lore McManus Solo
  • Minority Outreach – Mayra Banuelos
  • Minority Outreach Assistant – Eren Muniz
  • Music Ministry – Scott Rieker
  • Music Ministry Assistant. – Stefanie Harper
  • Music Assistant – Emily Schmid
  • Priest Support – Marianne Wadle
  • Recording Secretary – MaryAnn Wallace
  • Registration/Tickets – Jodi Bermel, Patty Fredrichs
  • Speakers – Marilyn Lane, Ellen Miller
  • Spiritual Director – Msgr. Frank Bognanno
  • Vendors/Books & Sales – Lois Brookhart,
    Jim Henscheid
  • Volunteers – Bruce Mehlhop, Debbie Mehlhop

Marketing Support

  • Facebook/Instagram/Media Relations
    Lore McManus Solo
  • Graphic Design – Marilyn Lane
  • Content Development – Marilyn Lane,
    Lore McManus Solo
  • Research/Advertising – Lisa Boden
  • Preview Videos – Lore McManus Solo,
    Emily Solo, Jared Cortum
  • Web Developer – Karen Quiner, Tom Quiner

Onsite Support

  • Adoration Decorating – Christine Kirkman
  • Breakout Support – Joe Hogan
  • Emcee – Jon Leonetti
  • Volunteers/Speakers – Ann Phillips and Team


  • Coordinator – Ellen Miller
  • Knights of Columbus Liaison – Bruce Mehlhop