Workshop Sessions


"Little did we know what God would do to bring us to Himself!" Come to this workshop to here the Schlagels share the personal events that led to their salvation as a young married couple, then into ministry and service for Him for the last 43 years.

Pastor and Bonnie were both saved in 1973. At that time Pastor was teaching high school biology and coaching high school wrestling at Central High School in Salem, WI, while Bonnie cared for their children. It was through a severe car accident that Pastor Schlagel began to question life after death. The Schlagels just completed 37 years of ministry; the last 25 years at the Union Grove Baptist Church. They have three married children and eleven grandchildren. (Workshops 1, 2 & 3)


Come hear Jill share a personal testimony of God's help during a time of serious illness. In August 2000, Jill's husband, Don, was diagnosed by two teams of doctors from two university hospitals with the human version of Mad Cow Disease. This is a testimony of God's faithfulness, strength, and healing through a difficult trial. Their book entitled, "From Strength to Strength" detailing these events will be available at the retreat.

Jill Vanderhoof has spent two terms as a missionary wife in the country of Germany. She and her husband Don have been married for 31 years and have 2 grown children. After a leave of absence for family needs, Don and Jill are presently on deputation raising their support to return to the people of the Eifel Region of Germany. (Workshops 1, 2 & 3)

                                                          BLEST BE THE TIE

Conflict is a grievous thing to God. God wants His children to pursue peace. Handling personal differences, differences of opinions, offenses, and conflict God's way will ignite peace, forgiveness, and unity.

Ruth Huffman was born and reared on a farm near Raleigh, NC. She was the oldest of five children. Her parents were good moral people, but not Christians. She made a profession of faith at twelve, but never really understood that Christians could have a personal relationship with Christ. She married at the age of nineteen and became a widow at twenty. God moved in her heart during her extreme grief and led her to Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, TN. She met Greg Huffman, the love of her life, at TTU, and they were married in 1968. God has blessed them for over forty-six years. She has enjoyed being a pastor's wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoys teaching Bible Studies, speaking at camp retreats, visiting missionaries and mentoring ladies one-on-one. Her life verse is Psalm 16:11: "Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." (Workshops 1, 3 & 4)

                                          JESUS LOVES THE LITTLE CHILDREN
Children love to sing! Music is one of the most powerful natural forces in a child's world (adults as well) and each has been given an instrument to make music. Our local churches should encourage children to use the vocal instrument, love God-honoring music, and "to sing unto the Lord as long as I (they) live." Psalm 104:33a 
This workshop will address possible means to teach music, present programs, and provide a means for children to have an active part in their church's musical ministry along with resources available.  Music can help shape a child's spiritual life.

Jean Zimmerman was raised in a Christian home in Tipton, Indiana, and went on to study music education at Pillsbury Baptist Bible College. She married Melvin Zimmerman, a friend since kindergarten, in 1968 and they have two adult children and six grandchildren. Jean has been teaching in Christian education for over 35 years in music, kindergarten, speech, and English. While in Birmingham, AL, she was the Pre-school Weekday director and had the privilege to have weekly chapels with 170 three to five-year olds who loved to sing to the Lord and learn more of Him and His creation. She has often worked with children's choirs and programs in local churches.
(Workshops 2 & 4)


Stepping out of life's madness into a moment of quiet meditation? It's possible! And it's completely necessary if we want to know God, follow His will, and serve others with a humble heart. Come be encouraged in the day-to-day, by sharing how we can make Bible reading and prayer a priority amidst tight schedules, emotional upheaval, and the challenges of life this side of Heaven. See the deep well of God's goodness and taste of His provision and joy.

Karen Hansel grew up in a Christian home, attended a Christian college, and was saved and baptized as a young mom. Her goals are to keep an eternal perspective and do all to God’s glory. A wife to Lane and mother of four kids ages 14 to 20, she’s taught school, cared for church nurseries, written lots of copy, and helped brand companies. Her one-year Bible is her lifeline and prayer as a discipline is her desire. Come share God’s goodness together as we ask Him to open our eyes to “The well of Thy full salvation that sparkles and flows for me.”
(Workshops 1, 2 & 4)

The Church's One Foundation
We encourage you to go over to our Special project page to see pictures and learn a little about our church planters' wives. They will be sharing in the workshops a little about themselves and their ministries. It will be a chance for you to get to know them a little better and know better how to pray for them. (Workshops 1,  3 & 4)


Ladies will greatly enjoy singing together under Christa's leadership during this workshop and then performing during the Friday Evening General Session.

Christa Mielke was saved at the age of 5 years old. Growing up in a pastor's home in southern Minnesota, she learned the importance of godly music. At the age of 15 she surrendered to the Lord to do whatever it was He asked of her. She graduated from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College with a degree in Bible and Vocal Music.

She has taught in a Christian School and directed youth and adult choirs for 5 years. She loves music and believes that it's purpose is two-fold: to Glorify God and Communicate a Message. Her husband, Daniel, serves with his father at First Baptist Church in Milltown as the Associate Pastor. She is the mother of two boys, Marcus and Matthias. She is expecting the third child to be born just a few weeks before the retreat.  (Workshop 2)


Ladies do NOT need musical ability, training, or special talent to play the tone chimes in this workshop! You will not only enjoy the workshop time, but also enjoy performing during the Saturday Morning General Session.

Rachael (Shore) Metcalf grew up in a WFBC pastor's home and was saved as a young girl. Music was a key part of her childhood training in both the home and church ministry.

Rachael's husband, Nathan, is on pastoral staff at First Baptist Church in La Salle, IL and is the principal of their Christian School. Actively serving along with Nathan in volunteer capacities in these ministries, she is also teaching various classes in the school this year. The Metcalfs have 5 young children. (Workshop 4)



Ruth will help you create a stunning piece of jewelry to take home for yourself or use as a gift. Choose from several necklace styles, or design something of your own. Come see how easy jewelry making can be.

Ruth Shore grew up in a sweet Christian home with 3 sisters in Galesville, WI. She is the mother of 4 young girls and likes to do crafting, baking, & sewing. She teaches at Berean Christian School in Galesville and is an active member of Holmen Baptist Church. She enjoys sharing her hobby of jewelry making with other ladies.  (Workshops 2 & 4)

Susan was looking for a "no sew" project to do with her Ladies Fellowship group and ran across burnt edge flowers. They are a fun, simple project and have many wonderful uses. You don't have to have any sewing experience to make burnt edge flowers and she will also show you how to use them. They are not just for your hair!

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. A wife for 35 years, the mother of five and the grandmother of four, she loves to follow the example of her creator God by being creative. She was taught to sew doll clothes as a young child by her Grandmother's Aunt and has loved all kinds of fabric crafts since. (Workshops 1 & 3)