174th Annual Gathering of ABC/WI

American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin 174th Annual Gathering for all ages

Friday-Saturday, October 12-13, 2018


Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church
Rev. Martin Childs, Jr., DMin, Senior Pastor
3456 N. 38th Street, Milwaukee, WI

Your presence, your voice, your gifts enrich our gathering...

Our American Baptist family from across the state with guests from around the country join together once a year for Christ-centered fellowship, worship, and equipping for ministries and mission. 2018 continues our journey under the vision, Together Living Faithfully Through Christ Today, responding to the imperatives of rootedness, collaboration, growth, and  transformation, and inspired by Ephesians 3:18-19. This year we highlight the collaborative nature of our common mission.

Registration will open the week of July 23.

Registration Booklet - 8.5x11 PDF   11x17 PDF
Registration Form - 8.5x11 PDF
Poster - 11x17 Poster


Particicpate in the region-wide nomination election process for region leadership and representation to our partner ministries. Click HERE for more details.

Contribute Pictures of your Faith Community

We ask each church to email no more than four (4) pictures that depict the PEOPLE of your congregation and community; these pictures will create a slide show that represents the breadth of God’s people of and related to our ABC/WI family. Send by Tuesday, September 4 to annualgathering@abcofwi.org.

Call for Worship Participants for Friday Evening Worship Service:

Friday evening worship service is being designed with the framework of “Naming our Journeys of Faith—The Psalms and the Arts.” We are seeking individuals or groups who would like to share their story of faith through song, dance, poetry, spoken word, or visual arts and who collectively represent that breadth of expression in the psalms and in our regional family. Learn more and download application: MS Word Version-Fri  PDF Version-Fri

Call for Saturday Morning Session Leaders:

Saturday morning’s sessions are designed with the framing “Converging our Journeys of Faith—Collaboration and Equipping for the Mission.” We are seeking persons who can  co-lead a 50-minute breakout session that: 1.) addresses a contemporary missional concern relevant for Wisconsin churches (i.e. poverty, mental health, human trafficking, opioid crisis, intergenerational concerns, racism, incarceration, immigrant/refugee concerns, active discipleship, etc.); 2.) exemplifies collaboration in their session leadership and content; 3.) presents proven or potential solutions/ideas to the topic at hand. Learn more and download application: MS Word Version-Sat  PDF Version-Sat


Hotel Accommodations:

1.  Quality Inn 20150 W. Bluemound Rd. Brookfield, WI 53045 -- $55 per night tax free if reservation is made through ABC/WI. Hotel is approximately 15 miles (20 min drive) to host church. You will provide payment upon arrival. If interested, please note this on your registration form or send an email to annualgathering@abcofwi.org with the following information BY SEPTEMBER 1:

Name for Reservation: ____________________

Check in/out dates: ___________         ___________    # of rooms: ______   Single/double bed?  S  D

2. NEW!
Holiday Inn Milwaukee Riverfront   4700 N Port Washington Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53212 -- $139+tax for Friday night stay, Oct 12. Reserve by September 1 with “ABCWI Baptist Church Annual Gathering” group rate; Phone: 414-962-6040.(About 4 miles from church). Wisconsin nonprofits organizations/churches can arrange for tax exemption directly with the hotel. Complimentary Parking; Complimentary Wi-Fi; Indoor Saline Pool and Whirlpool; 24 Hour Fitness Center

You can also reserve online using the following link, only if you are only staying over on Friday, October 12:   ABCWI Baptist Church Annual Gathering Roomblock

3. NEW!
Embassy Suites by Hilton Milwaukee Brookfield   1200 South Moorland Rd, Brookfield, WI 53005 -- $139+tax per night for each night, Thursday, October 11 through Saturday, October 13.  Reserve by September 14, 2018. When making your reservation you must state you are with "American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin" to get the group rate; (262) 782 - 2900.  (About 13 miles from the church). Wisconsin nonprofits organizations/churches can arrange for tax exemption directly with the hotel. Complimentary Parking; Free Made to Order Breakfast; Two Room Suites; Complimentary Wi-Fi

You can also reserve online using the following link: ABCWI Embassy Suites Roomblock

4. Given the metropolitan setting, you may also find hotel deals through online searches. Host church address is 3456 N. 38th St, Milwaukee, WI if you would like to estimate distance from event site. Call the region office if you need assistance.


Rev. John W. Polite III
Friday Night Worship Leader and
Saturday Youth Track Workshop Leader

Rev. Polite is well known across our ABC denominational family for his passion for and giftedness in bridging faith and the arts—in all its various forms—and people of all cultures and generations in worship and community.  His breadth of ministry experience includes settled and interim pastorates, serving on the ABC Biennial Worship Team (2009, 2011),  Youth Ministry Resource Team, Planning and Worship teams for ABC National Youth gatherings, to name a few. He currently serves as Pastor of Granada Hills Baptist Church, CA. He earned his Master of Divinity at the American Baptist Seminary of the West, where he also serves on the Board of Trustees, and his BA in Communications from Cal Poly Pomona, where he was active with campus journalism, NAACP, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and Campus Crusades for Christ.

Rev. Dr. Lee Spitzer
ABCUSA General Secretary Friday Pre-Event Presenter and Saturday Co-Preacher

Read full bio HERE.

Rev. Dr. Don Ng
ABCUSA Board of General Ministries Past President
Saturday Co-Preacher

Read full bio HERE

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