02.18.23- 02.19.23

HOD Conference 2023

Join us Online or In Person in ATLANTA

HOD Conference 2023 is a 2-day event where Christian singles will gather together from all across the globe to make friends, form romantic connections, and discover new dating tools that will actually help them find clarity, health, and joy in their dating lives.


Are you tired of hearing ONE message a year (if that) from your pastor about dating? Not sure how to navigate online dating, ghosting, or other dynamics the modern dating world brings? Does knowing HOW and WHERE to meet quality, Christian singles feel hopeless? Do you feel lost on how to date as a Christian in this post-pandemic, social-media-driven world of 2023?

We’re here for you!


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Our Heart of Dating Conference is back this time virtually AND IN PERSON!

The Heart of Dating Conference 2023, led by Kait and JJ Tomlin, is bringing together top pastors, speakers, authors, thought leaders in the relationship and dating space to create an event that is all about PRACTICAL DATING ADVICE.

Join Kait and JJ, and thousands of singles, from around the world for practical dating advice, insightful discussions, and yes… even mingling!

"Overall the HOD conference has been the single best Christian dating conference I have ever attended. Great content, great community in the forums, all very relevant and practical. I attended virtually and y'all had superb coordination of the entire virtual event."


"It was also SO nice to be around like minded people since I don’t have that sense at community at my current church in Chicago. In fact, I feel called to find a new church where I can get around more like minded people to do life with."


"The conference has encouraged me as an older single guy and given me single life/dating practical advice to use.  The conference has equipped me as a single man."


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in partnership with

Story Church atlanta

Story Church is a multicultural, spirit-filled and post-christian inspired movement rooted in Jesus Christ. Founded in Atlanta, GA. we believe in the power of prayer. We believe in the power of corporate worship through song. We believe in the power of the preached word of God (The Bible) operating as a revolutionary and mind renewing tool causing enormous change in our lives. We would love to partner with you and your family on your journey towards purpose, significance and wholeness in God. Story Church Atlanta is our first location. Pastor Sam Collier is the Lead Pastor and Founder of Story Church, Inc. His wife Toni Collier is also a significant, important and critical voice in this incredible movement.

What's Included



Whether you purchase a ticket to attend in person in Atlanta or choose to join us virtually from the comfort of your own home, you will get access to all of the powerful sessions from some of the best speakers with insight into the dating world. And guess what? This year we are focusing on bringing MORE speakers in who look like you- are currently single, have been divorced, single later in life, understand cultural differences and pains in dating… and more!



Each of our speakers are handpicked because we wanted you to not only have powerful, uplifting messages, but also get answers to specific dating questions you have when it comes to dating! Every session will powerfully pour into your life as a single and transform your dating life for the better. Grab your notebook and get ready to be CHALLENGED!



Both our in-person and virtual conference tickets include dynamic opportunities to meet and mingle with fellow Christian singles. Our community spans over 200 countries across the globe from ages ranging in their early 20’s to over 50. We want our conferences to be a place where you can make lifelong friends and even meet some eligible singles. ;)



The Speakers

Unlike previous HODC's, ALL speakers listed will be speaking LIVE In Person in Atlanta!!! Let's GOO!

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Kait Tomlin

Kait is a Los Angeles based author, relationship coach, online educator, speaker, and host of the Heart of Dating Podcast, a top 50 Christian rated Podcast. Kait's mission is to empower both men and women to have the courage to own their story, walk in victory, thrive with purpose, and discover clarity and vision in their life and relationships.

JJ Tomlin

From life experience as a millenial, single (now married) dude, JJ Tomlin knows what the digital age of post-COVID dating entails; ghosting, long-distance, virtual everything, friendationships - whatever it is, JJ loves going there with a scripture-based, wisdom-filled way of dating that is always realistic, practical and guaranteed to set our single men up for SUCCESS.

Sam Collier

Sam Collier is the Lead Pastor of Story Church Atlanta. He is also the founder of A Greater Story Ministries which houses a nationally televised interview series and podcast called “A Greater Story with Sam Collier”, as well as a partnership with Baker Publishing which recently released his first book entitled, A Greater Story. Collier was previously in ministry at North Point Ministries, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Newbirth Church, Orange Leaders and most recently Hillsong Atlanta where he was the former Lead Pastor. He also spends much of his time sitting with leaders such as Dr. Bernice King, Reggie Joiner, Andy Stanley, Nona Jones at Facebook to name a few, discussing the current issues of the day for the sake of pioneering a new World. He lives with his wife and Toni, and their two kids in Atlanta, Georgia

Toni Collier

Toni Collier is the founder of an international women’s organization called Broken Crayons Still Color, which helps women process through brokenness and get to healing and hope. She is a Speaker, Host of The Still Coloring Podcast and Author of Brave Enough to be Broken. Toni is teaching people all over the globe that you can be broken and worthy and unqualified and still called to do great things. She doesn’t want you to just face your demons, she wants you to quash the illusion of your brokenness so you can live the most colorful life possible, on and off stage.

Jonathan Pokluda

Jonathan “JP” Pokluda is lead pastor of Harris Creek Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, and former leader of The Porch, where he saw the ministry grow from 150 to more than 7,000 young adults. The author of the bestselling Welcome to Adulting and Outdated, as well as the Welcome to Adulting Survival Guide and Welcoming the Future Church, Pokluda came to understand the grace of the gospel in his early twenties, which ignited a desire in him to reach people in their twenties and thirties for Christ. He lives with his wife, Monica, and their three children.

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams is an American Grammy Award-winning singer, actress, and author. She rose to fame in the 2000s as a member of one of the best-selling female groups of all time Destiny's Child. Michelle is a mental health advocate, she was one of the first celebrities, who talked about their depression in public, she also hosts a podcast to discuss such issues. Williams is an ambassador for the Office on Women's Health, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 2021 she released her first book ”Checking In: How Getting Real about Depression Saved My Life — and Can Save Yours” and a follow-up Journal, “The Daily Check-In” in 2022. She is also the host of the “Checking-In with Michelle Williams” podcast on the iHeartRadio Network.

Riley Sewell

Riley Sewell was born in England, raised in New Zealand, and now embraces America as her home. Riley has traveled to over 30 countries, mainly for volunteer work in third-world countries. She has a degree in Commercial Law and Management from Auckland University (New Zealand) and graduated with her Master’s in Global Leadership with Honors at Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, California) in 2020. In 2004, Riley and her family were holidaying in Thailand when the Boxing Day tsunami struck. After living through an event that killed over 230,000 people, she set her sights toward helping others choose “courage over fear” in their everyday lives. At the age of twenty-six, she is in the process of writing her first book on the contagiousness of courage and dreams of writing more books.

Elyse Murphy

Elyse Murphy is a writer, speaker, and influencer who is committed to using her platform to have authentic conversations and help women shake off shame and step into their God-given light. Elyse also coaches women on a regular basis, and it led her to create Breakthrough Bootcamp -- a six week program for women to get unstuck, shake off shame, and go deeper with God. Most recently she is the co-producer and host of “On A Lighter Note” with Lightworkers, and works with media outlets to create content that will help people find hope and have honest conversations about faith, health, and relationships.

Bethany Allen

Bethany Allen is the Pastor of Spiritual Formation & Leadership Development at Bridgetown Church in downtown Portland. She has a deep passion to see people defined by who they were created to be: image-bearers of God. Compelled by her affection for the scriptures and her desire to be an effective learner in order to be an effective teacher, Bethany works hard counseling, developing curriculum, and planning alongside Bridgetown’s pastoral team. A southern belle by birth, Bethany moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2007. She earned a Master of Arts in Specialized Ministry with a focus in Pastoral Care to Women from Western Seminary in 2011.

Hannah Brencher

Hannah Brencher is a writer, TED Speaker, and mental health advocate with a heart for building leaders. She is the author of 3 best-selling books- Fighting Forward, Come Matter Here, and If You Find This Letter.She is the founder of More Love Letters-- a global organization using the power behind socialmedia to write and mail letters to strangers in need across the world. Named as one of theWhite House’s “Women Working to Do Good,” Hannah and her work have been featured inpublications such as CNN World News, the Wall Street Journal, Oprah.com, and Glamouramong dozens of others. Hannah lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband Lane and daughter Novalee.

Faitth Brooks

Faitth is a writer, speaker, activist, avid traveler, and co-host of the Melanated Faith podcast. Faitth is also a social worker and advocate for those in need. She is the Founder/CEO of Hannah’s Hope (HHope) a non-profit for teen mothers. Faitth has a way of connecting with anyone she meets and captivating audiences when she speaks.

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2023 Conference Theme... UNEXPECTED

Our vision for HODC 2023 is that Christian singles around the world would break free from hopelessness, disappointment, and stuck-ness, and be re-awaked and activated into newfound HOPE and EXPECTATION for God to do the UNEXPECTED in their life.

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How to Join

Choose between being there in person or watching online!


Regular Admission: HODC Atlanta

Your ticket will give you IN PERSON access to a packed Saturday of content in Midtown, Atlanta at the Stave Room. On day 2, we join Story Church for Sunday morning service and end our day all together with an epic SINGLES party Sunday Night February 19th.

All In Person Tickets Include:

  • An In-Person Goodie Bag
  • Access to our HODC App
  • Access to ALL content after the event for 3 months!
  • Digital HODC Workbook
  • Snacks
  • Sunday Night Singles Party


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Singles Party

Online Admission+ HODC Atlanta Singles Party

Want to meet HUNDREDS of Christian Singles at a FUN Y2K throwback party? Join us in Atlanta for our Heart of Dating SINGLES PARTY on Sunday Night February 19th starting at 6pm EST at the Stave Room!!! We will have an organized mixer, games, a photo booth, karaoke, a 2000's dance party, and even a food truck!

This ticket also grants you FULL access to HODC 2023 ONLINE to live-stream all day Saturday as well as gives you access to our HODC Conference App!


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Watch Online

Regular Admission: HODC Online

Your virtual ticket will give you access to all live streamed sessions on Saturday, February 18th! Additionally, we have a fun and organized platform for you to meet other attendees, access scheduling, and live stream all from inside a customized APP. You will also gain access to our virtual watch guide and workbook. Registration includes a virtual singles PARTY on Sunday evening, February 19th.


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HODC Online: Small Group

Regular Admission: HODC Online

Invite Friends (new and old) to join you for HODC 2023 in your home, and stream it right where you are. This option includes 6 small group tickets. How does it work? If you purchase the HODC Online Small Group Ticket, you will get a welcome email with a Small Group host guide! You will also get a unique code to share with the 5 other small group attendees so they can register for conference and join our conference app!


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With our social network, mobile app, and conference technology, you will feel like you are attending IN PERSON. We go above and beyond to make the virtual experience of our conferences connected, special, and filled with community.

All Online Tickets Include:

  • Live Sessions
  • Access to our HODC App
  • Ability to build a profile and connect with other singles
  • Live Chat
  • Access to ALL content after the event for 3 months!
  • HODC Digital Workbook
  • Digital Singles Party
  • Organized meetups in your city

"I got connected with people and hopefully made some lifelong friends. I began opening up more about why I don’t date. My prayer life was rejuvenated."


"I feel empowered. I'm ready to let go and be lead in my singleness because of this conference. I've got a new understanding of my value and my worth when it comes to my relationship statues and the conference gave me this intense understanding that I need to start saying "yes" during this season. It's time to start living life to the fullest and conquering dreams, building HIS kingdom. All with the understanding that it's not my timing, not societies timing, but rather it's all in HIS timing!"


"It was a breath of fresh air to gather with hundreds of like-minded singles from across the US and around the world (the furthest I met in Orlando came from Germany). A chance to worship and learn together was amazing, then spending most of Sunday simply having fun in groups was wonderful."


"The Heart of Dating Conference introduced me to Christian men and women who are thriving in their singleness. It's allowed me to create awesome friendships, and allowed me to meet virtual people in real life. I left the conference with more encouragement than ever before. The speakers gave me hope, introduced me to new ways to date and meet others, as well as I left with a blueprint of sorts on how to further excel and thrive as a single to do work for God's kingdom. Where are all the single Christian men and women? They are at HODC - in person and virtually."


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a HYBRID event?
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This conference is a HYBRID event! This gives attendees the option to either come watch the content and meet other singles in REAL LIFE while still giving online attendees the option to join virtually from the comfort of their own home. Here’s how it will work: 

LIVE Sessions:

To create a conference feel for all attendees, on Saturday the 18th all sessions throughout the day will be LIVE STREAMED for all online guests. Live streamed sessions include worship/ entertainment, Q&A panels, and all guest speakers.

Meet Singles:

Both online and in-person attendees will have the opportunity to meet other singles.

For online attendees, your ticket includes access to our fully online 2nd day of the conference complete with our Online Singles Party.

For In person attendees, your ticket includes an in-person Singles Party that will cap out Day 2 of the conference in the evening.

Continued Content:

We are providing you with a LOT of content (because we love you that much) and it will likely take more processing … which is why you will have access to ALL content (and chats with attendees) for 3 months from the conference launch!

We will also provide a digital workbook so you can continue watching and processing through the content.

There will also be multiple opportunities for conference attendees to continue connecting with the HOD Community through our  conference app as well as additional resources we will be providing (app launching a few weeks PRIOR to conference)

Is this a 2 day event?
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Yes!!! Our Main Sessions will be Saturday February 18th.

On Sunday the 19th we will go participate in church with STORY Church and have a Singles Party that evening starting (virtual for all online attendees)!!!!

What topics will you be covering?
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This event is intentionally created to be practical and filled with wisdom to empower you! Because of that, we've compiled the BEST possible speakers to cover and speak on a variety of topics answering questions that you guys ask us all the time!

Our Heart of Dating Conference 2023 Theme is UNEXPECTED.

This year we plan to offer breakout sessions that are more niche giving you the option to attend whatever session best suits you.

Here are some topics within these themes we'll LIKELY* be discussing (subject to change):


.... and SO much more!

What is the price?
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Pricing varies on if you are attending in person or joining us online.

There are a LIMITED number of VIP tickets available.

Are there scholarships available?
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We have a limited amount of scholarships available. Please fill out THIS FORM if you’d like to be considered for a scholarship by February 1, 2023,

Are there discounts available?
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Discounts are available for members of our internal programs- The School of Dating and The Singles Academy.

However, if you already purchased your ticket, we are unable to change your ticket price.

Please note if you did receive a discount code, it does not apply to VIP tickets.

After the main conference weekend what can I expect?
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We are providing you with a LOT of content (because we love you that much) and it will likely take more processing … which is why you will have access to ALL content (and chats with attendees) for 3 months from the conference launch!

We will also provide a digital workbook so you can continue watching and processing through the content.

Will the In-Person event be live streamed?
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YES! All sessions on Saturday, February 18th will be available to live stream and watch from the comfort of your own home. We recommend pulling together your church, community group, or friends to watch the livestream together. Please note that as a group, every member will need their own ticket to the conference in order to access their conference account, content, resources and mingling events.


Where can I find the schedule of LIVE events?
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Please make sure to check your email to download our Conference App: Whova! This is where ALL our updates will be housed as well as the weekend schedule!


Friday the 17th-VIP Party (special ticket required)
~5-7PM, casual attire but dress to impress! (think nice dinner out)

Saturday the 18th
8-9AM arrival & check-in
9AM-9:30PM with breaks for lunch and dinner (not provided)— it’s a long and filled, FUN day! We recommend bringing a refillable water bottle, any snacks you want (we will also provide snacks), a journal, wearing comfortable attire, and even bringing a blanket if you really want to get cozy!

Sunday the 19th
10:15AM-12:30PM Story Church (not live streamed)
5:30PM-9PM+ Singles Party, Y2K Theme! (stay tuned for exact timing for VIRTUAL singles party)

EVERYTHING above will take place at THE STAVE ROOM for In Person Attendees!!!

Location: 199 Armour Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

SINGLES PARTY THEME: we are THROWING IT BACK to the early 2000's with a Y2K theme singles party!!!! 

That's it for now, more to come!!!

How do I contact Heart of Dating if I have a question about the event or payment?
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You can contact us at info@hodpodcast.com

What is your refund policy?
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Online Tickets are nonrefundable or transferrable.

Can't come anymore In PERSON? Sell your ticket or give your ticket to a friend to join us! This means HODC 2023 tickets are non-refundable but are transferable to another individual at any time. Once you do please fill out THIS form.

What Speakers are In Person at HODC 2023 Atlanta?
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Unlike previous HODC's, ALL speakers listed will be speaking LIVE In Person in Atlanta! Let's GOO!

How can I find out more about the HODC Watch Parties?
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We are too! For the first time ever, we have watch parties set up through host churches throughout the United States! If you have been feeling FOMO because you can't come in person to Conference? This is perfect for you! You will get to go through all the conference material with other singles in your area! Each watch party will look a little different as each church will have more details on what exactly you can expect!

See HERE for more information on each church's Watch Party.

Parking Updates
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Parking at the venue is limited. There are few spots in the lot and then street parking. If you absolutely need to bring your car, get there early to park. For everyone else we highly encourage you to UBER/ taxi to the venue. Even if you are local to Atlanta, please consider ubering! There are tons of attendees who are sharing ubers from The Canopy Hotel and other hotels in Midwotn.

For breaks and food, there is a coffee shop and some restaurants within walking distance. We will also be providing snacks, a coffee cart, and food trucks. :)

What to bring in person?
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Our main conference day on Saturday will be approximately 9AM-9:30PM with breaks for lunch and dinner (not provided)— it’s a long and filled, FUN day! We recommend bringing a refillable water bottle, any snacks you want (we will also provide snacks), a journal, wearing comfortable attire, and even bringing a blanket if you really want to get cozy!

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Please note you need a VIP ticket to come to our VIP soirée!

Make sure you reserve your calendar on Friday, February 17th from  5-7pm. THE VIP night will be 2 hours long! That means you should be looking to make your travel arrangements to Atlanta accordingly!

The soirée will be at The Stave Room: 199 Armour Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

Let's clarify attire! Attire is Casual BUT Dress to Impress!! Think of a nice dinner or evening out- but NOT as fancy as actual cocktail attire! :)

We will be providing drinks and light bites for everyone (but plan to eat a full dinner outside of the soirée)!!! :)

What can you expect for the evening?

You will be able to spend time with JJ and Kait as well as some other HODC speakers (SHHH it's a surprise who will be coming, but it's gonna be AWESOME!).

You will get to take photos, hang with us, ask us any questions you want, meet some of the speakers, AND get to meet some of your other attendees in a private and pretty setting.

You will also get an INCREDIBLE goodie bag which we have worked so hard on to make it AWESOME for our special VIP's.

Last but not least, on Saturday at the conference you will get your own VIP Seating section! :)