The Elders, Deacons, and Deaconesses Retreat was held at Camp Alamisco the weekend of December 9, 2022. The theme was “Christ’s Way to a Thriving Spiritual Life,” with relevant messages presented by guest speaker Phillip Samaan, D.Min., who served more than 20 years at Southern Adventist University as a professor in the School of Religion.
Leaders from different regions of the Gulf States Conference territory joined for this crucial retreat with the desire to learn more about how to improve their ministries in their local churches.
“We came together for this holy convocation, and learned the Jesus method of doing evangelistic work,” said Pauline Brown-Baylock, deaconess at State Line Church in Ardmore, Ala.
“It is a great time to gather at Camp Alamisco with our elders, deacons, and deaconesses. It is important that as a leader we all get away and get time of refreshing and fellowship, so we are thankful for those who were able to come. It was a spiritual blessing here with Dr. Samaan; [we are] so thankful for the messages of encouragement that he shared,” said Brian Danese, president of the Gulf States Conference.
Gulf States | February 2023
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