The Northeast Minister’s Convocation

April 25th – 28th, 2022

Time: Arrival: Monday 4PM

            Departure: Thursday following lunch

Location: Camp Wightman: Camp, Retreat & Conference Center

207 Coal Pit Hill Road, Griswold, CT 06451 

Camp Wightman Camping & Conference Center

Since 1956, Camp Wightman located on Billings Lake has been set apart…

Set apart as
A place to meet
A place for fellowship
A place for personal and corporate growth
A place of rest for the body and mind, and renewal of the spirit
A place for Outdoor Ministry on behalf of the American Baptist Churches of Connecticut

Attendees will enjoy the use of a private retreat house with multiple bedrooms, modern kitchen, and Great room.  The retreat center does have a large dining room and kitchen staff located in a separate building.  We will take advantage of the staff if we are comfortable doing so, otherwise we can prepare and eat our meals in our private kitchen. 

Theme: Preaching that Keeps the Preacher’s Soul Alive

Sermon preparation can deplete our souls or fill our hearts.  This is true for each step in the process—reading the story, looking for God, arranging ideas, and sharing what we find.  We will explore preaching that keeps the preacher’s soul alive in four conversations over four texts:

Preaching with Imagination / Isaiah 6

Preaching with Courage / Luke 4:14-30

Preaching with Honesty / Psalm 23

Preaching with Joy / 2 Samuel 6

Spiritual/ Devotion guide:

Brett Younger has been the Senior Minister of Plymouth Church in Brooklyn since 2016. He enjoys living in New York and sharing life with a delightful congregation.

Before coming to Plymouth, Brett was a professor at the McAfee School of Theology of Mercer University in Atlanta.  Younger was a pastor in Texas, Kansas, and Indiana.  He is the author of five books that not nearly enough people have read.  His latest is Funny When You Think about It:  Serious Reflections on Faith.

Brett met his wife Carol at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where they both earned the Master of Divinity Degree, and Brett a Ph.D.  Carol is the editor of Reflections:  A Daily Devotional Guide.  They have two sons, Graham, a lawyer in Georgia, and Caleb, a lawyer in Colorado.

Contact planning coordinator, Rev. Dr. Irven A Gammon at for additional information.

Cost: $250.00 plus a few snacks for evenings