175th Annual Gathering – Sessions and Leaders

Rev. Karen Sundland, ABC/WI President 2019-2020

Rev. Sundland will "call us to order" at the start of the Friday evening banquet and chair the Saturday morning worshipful work session, where we will elect new Board of Manager members and Nominating Committee members for 2020, tend to other business items and recognitions, and take an important vote on the proposed changes to ABC/WI Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. Read about the work of the Governance Task Force, who played a leading role in the proposed governance changes, and the actual proposal that will be voted on, click HERE. Rev. Sundland is a member of West Allis, First.

Rev. Sandra Kalland, ABC/WI Vice President and Chair of the Annual Gathering Program Committee 2019-2020

As Chair of the Program Committee, Rev. Kalland will be leading us throughout the weekend, and will be assisting the President and Regional Executive Minister as needed to ensure a smooth event for all. Rev. Kalland is a member of Hudson, First.

Rev. Dr. Marie Onwubuariri, ABC/WI Regional Executive Minister

Dr. Onwubuariri will co-emcee the Friday evening Anniversary Banquet, where we will highlight God stories from our churches and partner ministries from the current twenty-five year period -- 1995-2020 -- as submitted through Project '9520....  To learn more about this storytelling project, click HERE. To read more about Dr. Onwubuariri, click HERE.

Rev. Dr. Arlo Reichter, Former ABC/WI Executive Minister

Dr. Reichter will co-emcee the Friday evening Anniversary Banquet, where we will highlight God stories from our churches and partner ministries from the current twenty-five year period -- 1995-2020 -- as submitted through Project '9520....  To learn more about this storytelling project, click HERE. Dr. Reichter served ABC/WI well as Executive Minister from 2001-2014. In retirement, he resides in Ripon, WI and is an active member of Green Lake, Federated.

Rev. Carolyn Dugan, ABC/WI Associate Regional Minister - Camping 

Rev. Dugan will lead the Saturday morning lakeside devotion time, sharing from her passion for all of God's creation and contemplative spiritual disciplines. To learn more about Rev. Dugan, click HERE.

Rev. Dr. Zina Jacque, Pastor of Community Church of Barrington, IL & Chaplain to the Board of General Ministries, with Pastor Stanley Cung, pastor of Emmanuel Chin Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Zina Jacque & Pastor Stanley Cung will be leading a session entitled Pastoral Ministry: “What is that in your hand?” It is an interactive session for pastoral leaders to explore how some biblical examples can speak into our own narratives about growth and provision; we will also use ministry tools to turn our learning into contemporary and relevant praxis.

Rev. Dr. Peter Hertzberg, Chaplain Assistant and Regional Coordinator for TAU (Theology, Action, and Understanding), the Fredrikson Center at Ottawa University – Brookfield, WI

Rev. Dr. Hertzbeg will be leading a session entitled Christian Education: “Engaging Youth to Jesus with Modern Teaching Techniques” For anyone who participates in or has potential to engage in education, spiritual formation, and living out of faith in intergenerational settings.

Rev. Dr. Peter Hertzberg is currently the Chaplain Assistant for Ottawa University for the Brookfield campus. Although semi-retired, he still finds time to perform basic ceremonies and keep active with universities religious outreach through TAU, Theology, Action, and Understanding. He has both Bachelor and Masters degrees from Ottawa as well as a Doctorate in Religious Education from ASA in Florida. Building on its foundation as a Christ-inspired community of grace and open inquiry, Ottawa University prepares professional and liberal arts graduates for lifetimes of personal significance, vocational fulfillment, and service to God and humanity.

 

Dr. Laura Miraz, Associate Executive Director for the American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) Human Resources Management Services and liaison for ABHMS’ Board of Directors

Dr. Miraz will be leading a session entitled Church Administration: "Effective Leadership Service...what are we really asking people to do?"Using a job description template as a starting point, we will discuss effective ways to develop a volunteer leadership team, whether that be a local church ministry board, leadership council, non-profit board of directors/managers, or other models of volunteer leadership teams. Best practices for overall board effectiveness will also be introduced. To read more about Dr. Miraz, click HERE.

Rev. Rick Barlow, Development Advisor with the American Baptist Foundation; assigned liaison to ABC Wisconsin

Rev. Barlow will be leading a session entitled Financial Resources: “Imagine Your Legacy” In it individuals will learn strategies to increase income and giving to your church or favorite charity. Church leaders will learn ways to transform current vision into a powerful catalyst for creative ministry support.  Wills, Trusts, Life Income Agreements and more will be discussed. To read more about Rev. Barlow click HERE.

 

Rev. Dr. Zina Jacque, Pastor of Community Church of Barrington, IL & Chaplain to the Board of General Ministries

Rev. Dr. Jacque will be our guest preacher for closing worship on Saturday  “Living Waters Spring Forth.” To read more about Rev. Dr. Jacque click HERE.

 

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