Teddi Tipton’s son was killed in a motorcycle crash in October 2009. Six months later, Tipton offered a ticket to a Women of Faith event to the mother of the 19-year-old college student who was driving the car that killed him.
Tipton had been attending the annual gathering of musicians, speakers and performers since 2008 and thought the other mother might find some healing there.
“They were just such sweet people, and they were suffering so much, and I knew there would be something very definite for them at Women of Faith,” said Tipton, 76. “God just worked out the details, because it was such a blessing for her to go and feel the peace … and know that she was forgiven.”
Tipton, of Piqua, Ohio, plans to attend the two-day event again this year when it begins today at Nationwide Arena. Columbus is the first of 23 cities on the “Celebrate What Matters” three-month U.S. tour.
More than two dozen speakers, authors, performers and musicians expected include CeCe Winans, Mandisa, Amy Grant, Sandi Patty, Patsy Clairmont and Lisa Harper. The 2012 production introduces a new stage and adds a live worship band and the Ballet Magnificat! Christian dance company to the agenda. Patty, the Grammy-winning performer known as The Voice, rehearsed at the arena on Wednesday alongside a trio of other women, one wearing a pink T-shirt emblazoned with “High Heels High Hopes.”
“It really is like girlfriends gathering together, being real, being honest, having fun, being serious, laughing a lot, singing together, shedding a few tears,” Patty said. “And I do feel like we go back into our lives better women having been together.”