Fall Out of Camp 2018

Help us “fall” out of camp…October 20th  and 21st


  • Forestry – trimming trees/branches
  • Waterfront – bring in boats, raft, lifejackets
  • Winterize cabins

There are other bigger projects that still need to be done – any time, so let Kim or Carolyn know if you are interested and when you are available.

Kim Drost –


Carolyn Dugan –    


For this event let us know by 10/17 if you plan to attend.

CONVOCATION & COOKOUT – Saturday, September 15






Saturday, September 15 – 11am to 2(ish)

Hoyt Park Area #1 (map) – 1800 Swan Blvd., Wauwatosa

Please park in main parking lot beside Area #1 and playground.

For all Students, Alumni, Faculty, Ministers Council Members & Families

Brats, Burgers, Hot Dogs & Buns Provided

RSVP by September 5:



Last year was a real blast.  Come out and enjoy fellowship, a blessing, and support from within this LEARNING COMMUNITY.

Aside from some good food and fellowship, we will have some organized games and activities.  There will be a brief devotional and time of blessing for the new academic year.  The Ministers Council will be in charge of games and “entertainment.”  This will be an opportunity to give and to receive support, making explicit our connections and commitments.

Hope to see you there!

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
please use this address for your GPS systems)

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 NOW OPEN!!!
Early Registration Deadline is September 27.

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

Some Program Highlights

Friday, October 12 Pre-Annual Gathering Events

Saturday, October 13



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. Patricia Hernandez
ABCUSA Associate General Secretary, Women in Ministry
and Transition Ministries
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

Additional Information

Hotel Accommodations:

Given the metropolitan setting, you may 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.

The following three hotel deadlines have passed; however, you can call the hotel directly to see if they still have availability and would honor the group discount:

Quality Inn 20150 W. Bluemound Rd. Brookfield, WI 53045 -- $55 per night tax free (double occupancy). Hotel is approximately 15 miles (20 min drive) to host church. Complimentary Wi-Fi; Complimentary hot breakfast; Free accessible parking; Exercise Room. You will provide payment upon arrival.  Mention ABC Wisconsin group rate.

Holiday Inn Milwaukee Riverfront  4700 N Port Washington Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53212 -- $139+tax for Friday night stay, Oct 12. Ask for Laura at 414-431-3553 and inquire about the "ABCWI Baptist Church Annual Gathering” group rate. Hotel is 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

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. If the deadline has passed but rooms are still available you may still be able to get the group rate by calling Audrey Bosch directly at 262-796-9101.  When making your reservation you must state you are with "American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin" to get the group rate; (262) 782 - 2900.  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.


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 - DEADLINE is now past. 

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.

Call for Worship Participants for Friday Evening Worship Service: - DEADLINE is now past.

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: - DEADLINE is now past.

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

Congregational Missions – 2018 Web Conference #1

Web Conference:
“Developing Community Partnerships: When all you have is a peanut butter sandwich…”
MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018  @ 7:00 PM

Link to audio recording available HERE

The ABC/WI Commission on Congregational Missions had its first mission web conference. This was the first of a series of web conferences, which hopes to offer churches that are engaged in similar mission an opportunity to network with each other to share ideas and learn together.

The theme of the first web conference was “Developing Community Partnerships,” and focused on ways to invite people outside of the church to participate in mission, and how to get involved with mission that is already happening in your community. Knowing that it can feel especially challenging for churches to have enough volunteers or energy to engage in mission in the community, this web conference discussed what to do if you feel like the disciples trying to figure out how to feed thousands of hungry people have nothing but a kid’s bag lunch.


1.) Apprenticing – learning from another person/group

2.) Finding a need and those who already have relationship in the midst of that need

3.) Listening – letting the community tell us what the need is, instead of assuming we are framing the answers to the questions they’re asking or needs they have

4.) [Reflecting] What is a simple resource you have available — and — also ask of and listen to those with whom you hope to connect/develop community

5.) Who else might have resources that could enhance the mission and what might you have to offer for mutual sharing?

6.) Announce/articulate needs (i.e. social media) – you never know who might respond.

7.) Tell the stories – in all kinds of contexts

8.) Be prepared as you can be but leave room for contributions from others and for God to move in unexpected ways

9.) Churches networking and trusting that people will be connected to the appropriate place (church) [as opposed to being competitive with one another]

10.) Invitation for people to participate: People may need specific guidance on what they can do beyond the church

11.)  Mission work does not always have to be “organized” — sometimes you just share what you are willing and have a heart to do.

12.) Rule of thirds: only a third of core group from within the church, another church from the “fringe” of the church, and another third from the community you seek to connect with/serve alongside


Stone Soup Community on Facebook –

Love, Inc.  (Love in the Name of Christ) Wisconsin Rapids, WI, local affiliate of national organization. –

To listen to an audio recording of the web conference, click HERE.


Here are three questions that were asked of participants ahead of the web conference:

1) What are a few of the areas of need in your community/context that God seems to draw the heart and attention of you and your congregation?  (it may be something you are already involved in, or something you care about but haven’t yet found leverage into)

2) In those areas of need, do you know of any potential partners in terms of agencies, churches, or individuals who are already active in that area or who share that passion and concern regarding that need?

3) Who are some people in your ministry setting that have a passion or concern about this (or other) areas of need, looking for an opportunity to do something about it?


Stay tuned…date and topic of next online discussion will be posted soon.

Minister Meet-Ups : Spring/Summer Series 2018

…A time for American Baptist ministers to come together for mutual support, networking, mental and physical nourishment, and Holy Spirit stirring around topics that matter to our vocational health and missional purpose…


Below is a list of the events this year. Please let the region office know if you are interested in information from these gathering. Thank you to everyone for participating in the 2018 Spring/Summer Series.  We look forward to gathering again next year.


Open House Fellowship for Women in Ministry

→ Friday, April 6, 2018    →11 AM-3 PM    ⌂Home of Marie Onwubuariri – Brookfield, WI
→ Hosted by Marie Onwubuariri; Co-Sponsored by American Baptist Women in Ministry (ABWIM)

The women of the American Baptist National Leadership Council (NLC*) and the women ministers of the American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin are invited to a time of food and fellowship at the home of Rev. Dr. Marie Onwubuariri, ABC/WI Regional Executive Minister.

*The NLC meets annually at the Green Lake Conference Center and includes American Baptist executive leadership of our national boards, regions, and affiliated ministry partners. More can be learned at (page 37-38.)

National Week of Conversation: helping to bridge the divides in our country

→ Wednesday, April 25, 2018    →12-1:30 PM    ⌂ABC/WI Region Office
→ Facilitated by Marie Onwubuariri

National Week of Conversation is a unique opportunity for Americans of different views to talk with each other and, more importantly, really listen to each other. To learn more about this national initiative, visit

Tending our Roots: In Faith and Work

→ Friday, May 18, 2018    →2-3:30 PM    ⌂Camp Tamarack –  E879 Golke Road, Waupaca, WI

→ Facilitated by Carolyn Dugan, Associate Regional Minister – Camping

This will be a time to reconnect with God’s creation as we explore how we stay rooted in our faith and discuss the challenges as ministers being pulled in many directions.

In nature there is a rhythm of growth, a time when roots are growing deeper or reaching out and a time of maintenance or even dormancy.

* What is your initial faith story and how does it affect your current story of “be”ing with God?
* How do you respond to the rhythm in your own faith journey?
* What are reasons our roots would need to grow deeper, outwards and sometimes be uprooted?
* What does this mean in our current ministry or faith context?

You are also invited to participate in tending the physical space of Camp during “Spring in to Camp” or tend to your own physical needs by being a part of creation: hiking, canoeing, “being”, before or
after the structured time.

Sabbath and Sabbaticals

→ Tuesday, May 29, 2018     →12 – 1:30 PM      ⌂Location: Underwood Memorial Baptist Church (Stable House) = 1916 N Wauwatosa Ave, Milwaukee

→ Facilitated by John Jones, Associate Regional Minister – Education, with contributions from Rev. Karen Gygax-Rodriguez of Federated Church, Green Lake and Rev. Jason Mack, Minister of Community at First Baptist, Madison, and guest Rabbi Michal Woll of Congregation Shir Hadash

What is a “Sabbatical”? Join us for a practical discussion of the meaning and value of ‘Sabbatical,” grounded in a textual study of “Sabbath” facilitated by Rabbi Michal Woll of Congregation Shir Hadash.

Why does God command something as basic as rest?  How might we understand both Sabbath and Sabbatical as forms of faithfulness?  Is a Sabbatical just a vacation?  How can a specific and structured time away in the form of Sabbatical be something that enlivens and sustains ministry?  On a practical level, how does one go about requesting, organizing, financing, planning, and executing a Sabbatical?

We may not answer all of these questions, but we will do our best to ask them and many more in a wide ranging discussion of Sabbath and Sabbatical.  Bring your concerns theological and practical.

A light lunch will be served.  Please RSVP to dawn.armstrong@abcofwi.orgat least five days prior with any food restrictions.

Pastor, Minister, Shepherd: What does authority look like in the church?

→ Monday, July 23, 2018     →12 – 1:30 PM     ⌂ Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church, 3456 N. 38th St, Milwaukee, WI

→ Roundtable discussion facilitated by John Jones, Associate Regional Minister – Education

What’s in a title? Come together to examine your own and other different notions of what Pastoral Authority means in the church. 

We’ll be using a reflection tool to think through our notions of what a “Pastor” is, has been, and should be.  We’ll also be looking at different models of pastoral leadership based in different cultural and cross-cultural perspectives.  Bring your reflections and contributions as well as an openness to those of others.

Diversity in ABC life is a gift – a challenging gift, but a gift nonetheless.  Let’s learn together how God accomplishes ministry in our different ABC congregations.

Brave Conversations About Race

→ Sunday, July 29, 2018     →5-6:30 PM    ⌂Location: 3117 Lathrop Ave, Racine, WI 53405

→ Facilitated by Marie Onwubuariri, Regional Executive Minister and guest, Rev. Dr. Zina Jacque

At the direct request from the participants of this table topic at the 2017 Annual Gathering, we will continue to explore obstacles to, helpful approaches for, and hopeful impact of brave conversations about race and its effects upon humanity and the church.

In this session, we will explore ways to incorporate deeper discussions about race in the context of our church ministry and personal relationships, particularly as it pertains to identity, meaning-making, and faith, and the impact upon fostering beloved community within and beyond the local church. Guest Pastor, Rev. Dr. Zina Jacque, will share from her cross-cultural experiences, especially as a Pastor who has been a “minority in her own ministry context,” and will highlight the role of modeling brave conversations in our congregations through sermons and Christian Education. Read more about our guest pastor here.

Story Telling Event – PRMBC

On February 11, 2017, CENTRAL Wisconsin held a Story Telling event, hosted by Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church.  These stories were the culmination of work for a course taught at the seminary in the Fall of 2016 and Winter 2017.

We now have these stories gathered together and linked here on YouTube.

Here’s the whole PLAYLIST.

Here’s each video, referenced by the story teller:

Amos Green  “165 Years Old … and Still Growing”

Darlene Turner-Harper “A Gift of Encouragement”

Reggie Ivy  “What God has Joined Together”

Delores Wilkins  “The Vision Unfolds”

Carolyn Parker  “Taking Care of Ms Taylor”

Brice Smith  “How She Got Here: The 170-Year Progressive Call of Underwood”

Kendrick Allen  “Pioneers of Faith”


Many thanks to our Story Tellers.  Thanks also to Dallas Flippin who filmed the stories and prepared the video for publishing.

173rd Annual Gathering

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7 NRSV

Thank you to all who made this year's event possible and for all those
who attended and contributed to this blessed gathering.

October 13-14, 2017

American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin
at Green Lake Conference Center

Our American Baptist family from across the state joined for Christ-centered fellowship, worship, and equipping for ministries and mission. 2017 begins 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's Annual Gathering focused on Rootedness.

Reflections from the Annual Gathering

(by Regional Executive Minister, Wisconsin Baptist November 2017)

2017 State of the Region Report

2017AnnualGathering_ProgramBooklet Final

2017 Annual Gathering Draft Minutes

Learnings from Mission Table Conversations - Saturday Morning Plenary

Event Photos: