2017 Workshops

Take time to familiarize yourself with this year’s workshops before you register! Permitted our technology cooperates, the speaking workshops will be available for listening on the website following the retreat, so even if you couldn’t fit one into your schedule, you don’t have to miss out!

Our Keynote Speaker – Miriam Marriott

As the daughter of a well-known Baptist pastor and godly mother, David and Mary Cummins, Miriam came to know the Lord as her Savior at a young age. Miriam met her husband, Marty Marriott, at Maranatha Baptist University where she majored in Secondary Education and minored in Speech.

After graduating from the college and teaching in a Christian school for two years, the Lord led the Marriotts to plant Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. After nine years, they moved to Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, where Marty pastored First Baptist Church for five years, followed by four more years at Oak Ridge Baptist Church. After serving Faith Baptist Church of Warren, Michigan, for twelve years, Marty accepted the position as president at Maranatha Baptist University where the couple now resides.

Miriam loves being in the ministry with her husband, and she is quite involved in teaching and mentoring women. Her monthly blog, “Girl Talk: A Moment With Mrs. M,” reflects the desire of her heart to share God’s goodness with ladies of all ages. She has also had a ministry in music and with children. Although she has enjoyed many areas of responsibility, her greatest passion is the private and public ministry of the Word of God to women.

Their three children and families are all serving the Lord.

Miriam’s life verse is 2 Corinthians 9:8: “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.”

“Mind Your Mind” by Christa Mielke

You are awakened by your phone’s alarm. You turn it off and press the Facebook app. The first question you are confronted with is in your status bar: “What’s on your mind?” Scrolling through the page you fill your mind with many thoughts. Later you watch a movie, the news, daytime television and your mind is filled with thoughts. You read article after article, pin after pin on the internet, and the thoughts are swirling again. How many of them bring you joy, peace, contentment, and draw you closer to God? How many of them bring anger, fear, disappointment, lust, or discontentment? How can you wade through the world of media and entertainment and still maintain Godly, Biblical habits that build and nurture joy? Come to this class ready to drink deeply of the Word, and be encouraged to evaluate your thinking and media choices, while being equipped with practical ideas for improving your media usage!

Christa Mielke was born and raised into a Pastor’s home. At the age of 5, she realized that her Bible upbringing was not enough to bridge the gap between her and God. She repented of her sin accepting the work of Jesus on the cross and His resurrection as necessary and sufficient for her eternal salvation. After a period of rebellion in her youth God intervened, and on July 13th, 2001, she surrendered to the Lord to be, go, or do, anything that He would have for her. Since that time, Christa’s life has been truly transformed as she has been working out her own salvation with fear and trembling, while God is working in her both to will and to do of his good pleasure. After graduating from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College in 2007 with a double major in Bible and Vocal Music, she married Daniel Mielke. He has been the Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church of Milltown, Wisconsin for 7 years. Christa has been actively involved in music ministry for over 10 years, and has loved working with her husband in the ministry that God has given him. She is actively involved in one on one discipleship, teen girls Bible studies, occasionally traveling with the music group Forever Be Sure, and whatever other opportunities God leads through her husband to embrace. She is passionate about deep study of the Word of God,Biblical discipleship especially as outlined by Titus 2, and sharing what she has learned with others. Daniel and Christa have 3 children, Marcus (8), Matthias (5), and Katiyanna (2). Christa’s main calling is to her husband and children, and she endeavors to build up her family in the ways of God. She is very excited to share what God has laid on her heart with whoever attends her workshop, as it’s been a very real and personal struggle that God has been working out in her own life. Come ready to dig into the book of Philippians. It would be advantageous to have thoughtfully read through the whole book before attending. (it’s only four chapters) 🙂

“Joy in Serving” by Jan Sturgill

Tickled-pink to serve! Seriously? What robs you of your joy in serving the Lord with gladness? Listen as Janice speaks of three joy robbers and the one joy giver.

Janice Sturgill has been involved in ladies ministries for over 40 years. She currently leads a ladies’ Bible Study and is involved with the widows’ ministry at Calvary Baptist Church in Watertown, Wisconsin. Janice has been married to her husband, Darryl, for 47 years. She is the mother of three grown children and grandmother of twelve grandchildren. She and her husband have served at Maranatha Baptist University for 26 years.

“Joyful Words” by Linda Millington

  Joyful lips say words that come from a joyful heart.
    What are some “Joy Robbers”? Circumstances, relationships, grumbling and complaining.
     Proverbs 18:21, Psalms 141:3
     I want to teach the ladies a song called “Set a Guard ” by Diane Windle
     LIFE CHANGES when gratitude becomes your “default” setting.

Linda Millington was raised in a Christian home and saved at the age of 30. She served with New Tribes Mission in the Philippines as a single lady for 10 years. She then married David and had three beautiful children, Robert, Joy and Suzanna.

“When Joy Hurts” a life testimony by Rachel Steinmetz

How do you “count it all joy when you fall into various trials”? Join Rachel for a short walk along part of her journey in trusting God as she tells the story of how she and her husband lost their first child.

Rachel was born in Nashville, Tennessee. She met her husband Josh in college, and after living in Pennsylvania for grad school, they now live in Central Wisconsin where Josh is an assistant pastor. The Lord has blessed them with Blake and Megan who add much joy and energy to their home!

In her free time, you would find Rachel spending time with her family, enjoying the outdoors, and sipping on a cup of coffee.

“Share the Joy” by Linda VanLieShout

Each one of us is unique. Each one of us came to the Lord through different circumstances. He loves us personally, individually. In Mark 5:19, Jesus said to the man who had been possessed by the devil, “Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.” This workshop will: give you ideas, challenge you to tell your story and inspire you to share your joy in the Lord through words spoken and written. We will look at how to write your own tract.

Linda is a wife of 47 years,Mom of 2 wonderful daughters, and Mema to 6 fantastic grandkids. Jesus became her Lord and Savior 42 years ago. She’s been a member of Bay City Baptist Church since the year she became a Believer and has served with the Awana and Teen Ministry most of those years. Currently assisting her daughter with the 2-3 year SS class and helps out teaching the Ladies Bible study when needed on Wed evenings. Linda is a retired RN after 41 years and was a Hospice Nurse the last 16 years. There is Joy in serving Jesus !!

“Teaching Children Joy” by Kim Ledgerwood

Is it possible to teach children joy? Can self-centered and me-obsessed people teach young ones genuine joy? Can self-centered and me-obsessed children actually learn joy? Let’s explore how to pass one of the great intangibles in life on to another generation.

Kim Ledgerwood is a homebody interested in the whole world. She loves to read, think, travel, offer opinions, solve problems, and communicate Truth. She and her husband home educated their eight children through high school. Now that they have all completed college, she plans visits to her children and grandchildren, administers the food program at Maranatha’s Kiddie Kampus and continues to be a homebody interested in the world.

Ladies’ Chorus with Debbie Brown

Come sing with us! We will practice a musical number that we will sing at the last retreat session.

Debbie Brown was born on an Army Base in Fort Riley, Kansas. Their family moved to several bases, including The U.S. Army Garrison in Baumholder, Germany, before finally settling down in Terre Haute, Indiana. After graduating from Bob Jones University she began teaching piano lessons and music classes in Anderson, South Carolina. She is passionate about working with children and helping them to develop and use their talents to serve in their local churches. Her hobbies include stamping greeting cards, and working outside.

She is married to Paul Brown who has been the Senior Pastor of Bay City Baptist Church in Green Bay since June of 2009.

Their son, Captain Brandon David Brown, his lovely wife, Sarah, and beautiful granddaughter, Colby, live in Sneed’s Ferry, NC, where he serves as a United States Marine Helicopter Pilot.

Jewelry Craft Workshop with Ruth Shore

Come & make a custom beaded necklace to take home with you!

Ruth Shore grew up in a small Wisconsin church and attended a Christian School run by the same church.  She attended Maranatha Baptist University and graduate in the spring of ’01 with a degree in Early Childhood Education.  Ruth is now the mother of four daughters, and is a full-time volunteer at her daughters’ school. She and her husband are active members of Holmen Baptist Church in Holmen, WI, where she leads the music for the Wednesdaynight children’s program, sings in the choir, plays violin in the orchestra, and helps plan for special events.  Ruth took up jewelry making as a hobby over 10 years ago, and has enjoyed teaching others the same skill.

Fabric Flowers Craft Workshop by Susan Weigand

Twisting, gluing, burning, stitching, a little bit of creativity and a lot of fun … Voila … Fabric flowers for home décor to fashion accessories!

Susan Weigand was saved at the age of 11 shortly after her Mom was saved and they started attending a gospel preaching church. She is an active member of Faith Baptist Church in Wisconsin Rapids. She has been married to her husband Dan for 36 years. She is the mother of five and the grandmother of five. She loves to follow the example of her creator God by being creative.

Handbell Choir by Cheryl Habegger

This is a fun, hands-on workshop which provides everyone an opportunity for music involvement. Ability to read music is NOT necessary. ANYONE CAN PARTICIPATE! During our workshop we will practice various songs and then play one of them as special music during a General Session. Learning to play tone chimes is not difficult, so join us as we praise the Lord together through music.

Cheryl currently serves with her husband Daniel at Temple Baptist Church in La Crosse, WI. Since her graduation from Northland Baptist Bible College, the Lord has provided opportunities for ministry in churches in Michigan and Wisconsin. Cheryl currently stays busy helping with the teen and music programs at her church, while also volunteering and teaching music at nearby Christian schools. When she finds time to relax, she enjoys playing the piano, reading, crafts, camping, and spending time with her husband and thirteen-year-old daughter, Danelle. As a parent, Cheryl has gained a greater appreciation for the significant sacrifice her parents made to provide music lessons for her and her siblings. She is grateful for opportunities God is providing her to teach music to children, as it brings her great delight to pass along a love for God-honoring music to the next generation.