September 22-24, 2017
Toccoa Georgia Baptist Conference Center

462 Sonrise Way, Toccoa, GA 30577

Building Relationships
Woman to Woman

Rev. Patricia Donahoo, Rev. Chesla Nickelson, Ms. Marilyn Williams
Rev. Ann Haines, Music Leader - Ms. Teresa Bensch, Disciples Girls’ Program Leader

Georgia Baptist CenterThis was the year to attend women’s retreat!  Powerhouse leaders Pat Donahoo, Chesla Nickelson, and Marilyn Williams lead us in an empowering and spirit-filled weekend.  We’ll gathered for worship, workshops, fun, and fellowship Sept. 22-24, 2017 at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center in Toccoa.

Retreat Leaders

Rev. Dr. Patricia DonahooThe Rev. Dr. Patricia Donahoo is the Executive Director of Disciples Women for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the US and Canada.  She answered God’s call to ministry by serving in her local congregation, district youth leadership, the regional church, pastoral ministry, and now in her role with the Office of Disciples Women.  Pat’s ministry is marked by community building and a common sense of belonging where all are invited to the table.

She received her D.Min. in Ministerial Leadership at Drew University, her MDiv from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and her B.A. from California University of PA.

Pat’s family includes twin daughters (Erin and Hannah), a son (George III) and his wife (Erica), two grandsons (Lazarus and Aaron) and a granddaughter (Myka). Pat finds joy in many things some of which are her family and friends, scrapbooking, and quilting.

Rev. Chesla T. MickelsonThe Rev. Chesla T. Nickelson is the Program Director for Disciples Women. Born and raised in Newport News, Virginia, Chesla received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Religion from Spelman College in 2005. She became a Disciple when she joined Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur in 2001. Since that time, Chesla has been immersed in various aspects of the Christian Church.

In 2013 Chesla received both a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a member of Light of the World Christian Church (Indianapolis, IN), Chesla has served as the Assistant Youth Minister and serves with the Young Adult Ministry. She is a fan of the Justice League, loves roller coasters and is the reigning Game Night Champion of Taboo.  As Chesla strives to live out her purpose and calling in a way that pleases God, she lives by a two word command: Love unconditionally.

Mrs. Marilyn WilliamsMs. Marilyn Williams is President of International Disciples Women’s Ministries.  Georgia women may remember her as our 2015 Retreat Keynoter.  She is a past president of the National Convocation Disciples Women and a former moderator of the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). 

A mother and grandmother, Marilyn lives in Raleigh, North Carolina and attends Covenant Christian Church in Cary.  She is a registered dental hygienist.  She is on an educational track toward ordained ministry through the Christian Church in North Carolina.  Marilyn is full of energy and filled with the Spirit.

Retreat Musician

Rev. Ann HainesRev. Ann Haines, Retreat Music Leader, has served as musician and worship leader at events throughout the Southeast and Capitol area.  She is a frequent preacher and musician at St. Andrew Christian Church in Macon and assists in evening worship at local community churches. She plays piano, guitar, French horn, and drums.  

Rev. Haines has served in multiple capacities on the DW Ministries Commission, including President.  She has a heart for ministry, and she leads with faith-filled enthusiasm and joy.  She is retired from 25 years of work with the Georgia Farm Bureau.

Disciples Girls' Program Leader

Teresa BenschMs. Teresa Bensch,  Disciples Girls’ Program leader for retreat,  is a member of Sandy Springs Christian Church where she enjoys working with Children Worship and Wonder as well as participating in the youth Mexico Mission Trips.  She recently co-directed Junior I Camp at Camp Christian.  She is dedicated to the spiritual growth of children and youth. 

A seminary student at Lexington Theological Seminary, Teresa anticipates working in Women’s and transitional ministry.

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