The NWC Ministerial Association Retreat for pastors, church ministry staff and spouses, will be held October 3-5, 2016, at the beautiful, historic Chase on the Lake Resort situated on beautiful Leech Lake near the heart of downtown Walker, MN.
Chase on the Lake features The 502 restaurant, the Copper Door full service spa, an indoor pool, sauna and fitness center, as well as a 2-lane bowling alley. The hotel offers easy access to the Paul Bunyan and Heartland hiking/biking trails and is only two blocks from many unique specialty shops and restaurants. Two championship golf courses (Tianna Country Club and Longbow Golf Club) are also nearby. For a look at this beautiful setting visit chaseonthelake.com.
Speaker: Cecilia Williams
Cecilia Williams is passionate about connecting the ministries of the local church to the physical, social, and spiritual realities and concerns of the communities in which they are planted, as well as the communities to which they are called. She believes that God has anchored the church as a “catalyst of hope” for Kingdom advancement, community transformation and positive social change. Williams currently serves as Executive Minister for the Love Mercy Do Justice (LMDJ) mission priority of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC).
Cecilia is no stranger to our Conference. A resident of Minneapolis, she served as Associate Pastor at Sanctuary Covenant Church for more than four years before taking a position in our denomination as Director of Ministry Initiatives in the former Department of Compassion Mercy and Justice. In June of 2015 she was appointed as Executive Minister of the new Department of Love Mercy, Do Justice. Prior to her ministry service at Sanctuary, she served as program coordinator and director for a number of nonprofit institutions as well as graduate teaching at Bethel Theological Seminary, where she also served as an interim director for multicultural affairs, and as associate dean for intercultural student programs and services at Bethel University’s College of Arts and Sciences.
- Enjoys: Earth, Wind and Fire; lasagna; relaxing at Minnesota’s North Shore
- Verse: Hebrews 4:12
- Vision: “My goal every day is simply to ‘move the needle for Jesus.’ Each day, my hope is that the ministry of LMDJ is able to help an individual, congregation, and community, or conference move just a bit closer to the heart of Jesus and to walk in the full gospel mission of reconciliatory love for all people.”