Annual Gatherings



"Making A Way In The Wilderness" Isaiah 43:19
Guest Preacher: Rev. Rick Barlow

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
First Baptist Church of Beloit, 617 Public Avenue, Beloit, WI


Please call the office (262-782-3140) to Register. Lunch not guaranteed.

The annual gathering will be in-person and online.

Schedule (subject to change):

8:30-10 a.m.
Registration and Coffee House Ministry Fair
Learn about various ministries and missions such as International Ministries, American Baptist Home Mission Societies, Camp Tamarack, and more!

Zoom guests will be invited to log on at 9:30 a.m. to have a tour of the Coffee House Ministry Fair.

10-10:55 a.m.
Table Conversations
In small groups, we will share what we have learned over the past two years and what is something we hope to learn more about as we move forward. Zoom participants will have their own breakout room to participate.

10:55-11:15 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Business Meeting
Zoom participants will be given guidelines on how to participate. The Zoom portion will conclude at the end of the Business meeting

12:30-2 p.m.
Lunch and break

2-3:30 p.m.
Worship: Rev. Rick Barlow preaching
Worship will also be streamed via Facebook Live on the ABCWI Facebook Page

3:30-4:30 Reception

Online Only Option: $25
A Zoom link will be sent the week of the event along with instructions.

In-Person Registration: $50 including continental breakfast, lunch, and reception

Lunch Menu: Pulled Pork, Cheesy Potatoes, Fruit and Dessert along with beverages. Other dietary options will be available upon request

Best Western Legacy Inn and Suites--South Beloit, IL
5910 Technology Dr.
South Beloit, IL 61080

Call: 815-389-4211, hotel block is under First Baptist Church/Marshall Bown
To book your hotel online click here!

$122.50 for a room with two queen beds.

Preacher: Rev. Rick Barlow

Rev. Rick Barlow is ordained clergy of American Baptist Churches USA (ABC-USA). Rick served as a Servant Leader at Seattle’s historic Mount Zion Baptist Church, during 1994-present. In 2001, the American Baptist Foundation commissioned him as a planned giving representative particularly because of his servitude in over four hundred and fifty congregations throughout the Northwest and California. In 2010, he founded the Barnabas Exchange Planned Giving and Resource Development firm. In 2013, Rev. Barlow re-joined the American Baptist Foundation staff as a Development Consultant. Prior to his post with American Baptist Foundation, Rev. Barlow was in the financial services industry as a licensed multi-line independent insurance agent and managed over seven hundred and fifty clients. He continues at Mount Zion as a Servant Leader, while filling pulpit-supply requests throughout the Evergreen Region.

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. This gathering typically occurs the second weekend of October, starting Friday evening going into Saturday late afternoon. At times, pre-event or post-event activities are also planned. The gathering includes the Annual Meeting of ABC/WI, during which delegates engage official business of the region such as electing Board of Managers and Nominating Committee members and receive various reports from region leadership. The gathering also includes times of warm fellowship, inspiring worship, and relevant equipping for ministry and meeting.

All member churches are encouraged to minimally support the cost of attendance of their pastor and delegates, as well as encourage others from their community to join in this enriching time.