This year’s North American Baptist Fellowship Annual Meeting will be hosted in Falls Church, VA at the BWA Headquarters. We are excited to be able to gather in person after two years, but will also be offering the option of virtual attendance.
Join us for fellowship, inspiring conversation, networking opportunities and many ways to offer and receive support from one another. At the end of our time we will also host our annual business meeting.
- WHEN: October 24 & 25, 2022
- WHERE: in person at Falls Church, VA (BWA Headquarters)
- ONLINE: Zoom
- THEME: Hope
- COST: The event is free, but you must register to participate.
- REGISTER: https://forms.gle/o6NsZcxhdiUKqD1P8
The theme for this year’s meeting is HOPE. We will be exploring what it means to find Hope in three specific areas: Church Revitalization, Creation Care, and Mental Health.
We are thrilled to share with you our list of speakers for this year’s Annual Meeting.
- Church Revitalization:
- Rev. Dr. Jonathan L Smith is the Director of Church Health Strategy for the Texas Baptists. In this role he works to encourage, equip and coach pastors and congregations within the Texas Baptists in all aspects of church health, growth, and leadership development. He also hosts Re:Vision, a podcast about church health and growth.
- Rev. Dr. Daynette Snead Perez is currently the Domestic Disaster Response Manager with CBF, and CEO and President of DIASPRA, an intercultural ministry focused on equipping churches in building new relationships with their own communities. She engages the work of disaster response and intercultural ministry as opportunities for transformational change within the body of Christ.
- Creation Care:
- Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist, Chief Scientist for The Nature Conservancy, and Paul Whitfield Horn Distinguished Professor at Texas Tech University. She is the author of Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World. She can often be found talking with fellow Christians about why climate change matters and what we can do to fix it.
- Mental Health:
- Rev. Daniel Whitehead is the CEO of Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries, an international charity organization whose mission is to resource communities of faith to raise awareness, reduce stigma, support mental health, and promote mental wellbeing. Daniel has over ten years of experience in full time vocational church ministry.
- Rev. Jevon Billups is the Mental Health Coordinator for the District of Columbia Baptist Convention. He is a widely respected instructor in Mental Health First Aid throughout the mid-Atlantic US, and has worked with the Roman Catholic Church, local schools, and fire companies. As a local pastor he has a deep love of God, and a commitment to mental and holistic health.
There is no cost to join in this year’s meeting, but in order to attend you need to register:
Registration is required for both virtual and in person attendance.
Details about the event, including hotel packages, schedules, etc. will be shared via email to those who register.
If you have questions about the gathering, or about the NABF, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download a poster for the event here.