2022 ABW Annual Retreat – June 3 – 5, 2022, Green Lake Conference Center

"It Is Well With My Soul"

American Baptist Women's Ministries 2022 Annual Retreat

June 3 - 5, 2022 | Green Lake Conference Center


Join the American Baptist Women of Wisconsin as they join for their Annual Retreat on the grounds of the beautiful Green Lake Conference Center. Registration form and agenda can be found below. For more information, contact Aubri at


Authentic Diversity event by Underwood

On Saturday, March 5, 2022, Underwood Memorial Baptist Church hosted our first event supported by the New Wineskin Events Grant called Authentic Diversity. Authentic Diversity was an online event in partnership with Rhonda Hill of Race and Faith, Emerald Mills of Diverse Dining, and the Wisconsin Council of Churches. Fifty registrants gathered for just over three hours. We began with a grounding worship service. We then learned about the difference between working as an “actor,” an “ally,” or an “accomplice” in racial justice work. We spent time in small groups digesting what we were learning and ended the day with a panel that included local activists, political leaders, and clergy. All in all, it was a great day and was appreciated by all involved.

Thank you to the Finance Committee and the New Wineskins grant for making it possible. We will begin planning our next event in the coming months.

Camp Dates for Programming 2022

Camp Tamarack is pleased to announce the dates for this summer:

Sr. High (just finished 9-12 grade): June 12-18

Jr. High (just finished 7-8 grade): June 19-25

Junior (just finished 5-6 grade): June 26-July 2

Grandily Camp (for families and anyone over 18 that wants to attend): July 3-6

Kayak/Canoe Camp: July 8-10

Middler (just finished 3-4 grade): July 10-16

Primary (just finished 1-2 grade): July 10-13

Reunion Camp: July 29-31

There will also be a project “week” camp where you can come help us work on a project or two – week and projects are TBD and info will be added as we know more.

We are assessing our COVID protocols for the summer, but it appears that we may be close to running camps “normally” while keeping a few of our enhanced processes such as quarantining anyone who has symptoms and sending them home, plus we will be keeping up our current cleaning regimen.

Registration will open in April and we will be encouraging on-line registration and payment again.

If there are any questions, please let Carolyn know: or 715-281-2269.

Looking forward to a great season!

Ice Fishing at Camp Tamarack – Feb 12th, 2022

You are invited to join us at Camp Tamarack on Saturday, Feb 12th for a day of ice fishing! If you have your own equipment, come on up and set up for a fun day on the ice. If you don’t have equipment and want to try or see what it is all about, come on up and we will get you started.

There will be a campfire on the shore to keep warm, plus we will have a lunch available for $5/person.

All you need to do is email Carolyn at to let us know you are coming and you can either pay for your meal on line at or bring $5 the day of the event.

Looking forward to spending some time in God’s creation!

(Picture was taken on Jan 22, 2022 at Camp Tamarack during a break from the Winter Youth Retreat – photo of Patrick Lehman and photo credit to Caleb Patrie 🙂 )

It's Time to Camp!

It’s Time for Spring Into Camp!

Spring has sprung at YOUR Camp Tamarack!

We have four work days planned for getting the camp ready for the upcoming summer season, and we need your help. After a long layoff where many facilities were not used in 2020, we have a lot of sprucing up to do before the campers can use the camp.

Contact Carolyn at 715-281-2269/ or  Kim at 715-281-7816/

We hope to see you here!


Summer 2021 Camp dates

Tentative camp dates have been set for this summer – please note we will finalize all dates two months prior to the camp as we watch CDC data and work with health officials.

Sr High – completed 9-12th grade June 20-23
Jr High – completed 7th/8th grade June 23-26
Primary – completed 1st/2nd grade June 27 – 30
Middler – completed 3rd/4th grade June 27-30
Grandily – All ages June 30-July 3
Junior – completed 5th/6th grade July 4-7

Set aside Thursday, May 13 through Sunday, May 16 NOW for Spring Into Camp 2021 — and get to praying that we will actually have an on-site camping season at Camp Tamarack in 2021!

ABC/WI 176th Annual Gathering

The 2020 Annual Gathering...transformed to a virtual gathering.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2020 | 9 am - 3 pm CT

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds,
so that you may discern what is the will of God--
what is good and acceptable and perfect

2020 Materials

176th Annual Gathering Program

2020 Delegate Packet

2020 State of the Region Report_ABC/WI (revised 10/10/20)

Thank you to our Sponsoring Churches

Brookfield, Immanuel Church

Madison, Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Milwaukee, Community of Greater Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Greater Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church

Milwaukee, Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church

Milwaukee, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church

Milwaukee, Progressive Baptist Church

Milwaukee, Tangible Word

Racine, First Baptist Church

Waukesha, First Baptist Church

Wyocena, Community Church


If you would like to see video recordings of any of the workshop sessions or other offerings mentioned in the PROGRAM, check out this PAGE which contains all the links.


You can also access the closing worship video on the region's Facebook page.

Taking Inventory: Preparing for the Next Phase in Ministry

Clergy Well-being & Self-Care


You are invited to a Zoom gathering, co-hosted by ABC of Wisconsin and CENTRAL Wisconsin.

THURSDAY, May 21, 2020 @ 12:00 PM Central Time

As our society cautiously enters a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, this Zoom meeting will be an opportunity for those providing Pastoral leadership and care in this unprecedented situation to:

  • pause
  • take inventory of their own spiritual, emotional, and intellectual well-being
  • and gain tools to help them process through their own experiences before fulling immersing into a new set of decisions and ministry shifts

     Dr. Kristina Ricketts Gutiérrez of Midwest Ministry Development will have a presentation on clergy mental health and self-care during a crisis, to be followed by the opportunity for small group discussion and reflection. Mental health advocate, Rev. Walter Lanier, Pastor of Progressive Baptist Church in Milwaukee, will also be participating in the conversation and sharing his observations. We will also share some resources for ongoing clergy care.


Prior to the gathering, click HERE to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Dr. Kristina Ricketts Gutiérrez brings a rich array of ministry, counseling, and teaching experiences to her teaching and ministry. She has ministered in churches, led ministry organizations, taught in seminaries and other professional settings in the mainland U.S., Puerto Rico, Bolivia, Chile, and Nicaragua, and served as a counselor to individuals and families. Since 2007, she has been a pastoral counselor at the Columbus office of Midwest Ministry Development Service and has counseled and taught hundreds of pastors and others in ministry since that time. Her professional memberships and certifications include ordination by the American Baptist Churches, U.S.A., endorsement as a pastoral counselor and chaplain by the American Baptist Churches, U.S.A., professional affiliate with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and membership in the Chaplains’ Association of Ohio.

Much of the material for this presentation is derived from the work that went into Health, Holiness & Wholeness for Ministry Leaders, a volume co-authored with John R. Matthews and (CENTRAL Wisconsin faculty) Dr. Ross Peterson. The book was published by Judson Press on May 15, 2020.
Walter J. Lanier is the Director of Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC). He is also pastor of Progressive Baptist Church in Milwaukee. Progressive is very active in the Milwaukee community and is particularly recognized for its work in the areas of mental health, anti-violence, and HIV/AIDS prevention.  In 2012, he formed “MIRACLE” (Mental Illness – Raising Awareness with Church and Community Leaders Everywhere) which is a collaboration of faith-based leaders, community leaders and people with lived experience.

Progressive Baptist Church, along with MIRACLE, Inc. is a 2019 New Wineskins grant recipient for BLESSS–(Building Love Equipping shepherds around shame, stigma, suicide, and self-care). BLESSS aims to meet the challenges of clergy mental health and suicide by dispatching a faith-based, pastor-centric curriculum and developing a community of practice during the process.




Due the restrictions on gatherings imposed by the COVID-19 virus, and out of an abundance of caution, we have POSTPONED the Teaching Pastors Forum scheduled for March 26.

We will look to rescheduled this TPF in the future.

The FIRST Teaching Pastors Forum of 2020.

Presented by CENTRAL Wisconsin Seminary Site

Theology for/with/from the Church

“Spiritual Practices to Sustain Ministers and Ministry”

Where: Community Baptist Church   2249 N. Sherman Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53206 – Rev. Dr. Demetrius Williams, Pastor POSTPONED


What: A Forum – “Spiritual Practices for Pastors and Ministers”

Who:  Rev. Karen Gygax-Rodriguez, Pastor, Federated Church, Green Lake, WI

For whom: Pastors and Ministers in SE Wisconsin interested in theological reflection

Rev. Karen Gygax-Rodriguez, Pastor of Federated Church in Green Lake will be facilitating a conversation about spiritual practices for pastors and ministers to sustain a life in ministry. Drawing on her own interests and work, especially during a sabbatical experience, Pastor Gygax-Rodriguez will be presenting practices from the breadth and depth of Christian tradition.

This offering has been POSTPONED. If you have any questions about this or any other Teaching Pastors Forum offering, please contact John Jones at the ABC/WI office ( or 262-782-3140).


Stay tuned in for future Teaching Pastors Forums. Among future offerings:

Rev. Dr. Chakravarthy Zadda, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Waukesha, 
will be educating us on Christian-Hindu dialogues as well as the Baptist tenet of Freedom of Religion in both India and the United States. [DATE: April 23 – ALSO POSTPONED]

Rev. Dr. Demetrius Williams,  Pastor, Community Baptist Church of Greater Milwaukee, will be sharing more of his work, learning lessons from Paul for Pastoral Ministry, this time focusing on collegiality and collaboration with fellow ministers.

Rev. Dr. John R. Walton, Jr., Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Milwaukee, 
will be facilitating a conversation about Clergy self-care and avoiding burnout.