"When there is a crisis in the church it is always here: a crisis in contemplation."

-- Carlo Carretto

Leaders for this retreat-style conference will journey with you through the week, providing one-on-one spiritual direction as requested, offering contemplative morning and evening prayer
and guiding relaxed table discussions over lunch.

First Baptist Church of Greater Des Moines, Iowa: July 24-25, 2020
Leadership Team: Carol Teare, Bill England, Jennifer Davidson, and Brad Berglund

  Dr. Jennifer Davidson is Associate Professor of Worship & Theology at American
  Baptist Seminary of the West and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley,
  California. She received her PhD in Liturgical Studies and Systematic & Philosophical
  Theology from the GTU, an MDiv from Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia,
   Pennsylvania, and a BA in English and Secondary Education from Eastern University in
   St Davids, Pennsylvania, Jennifer serves on the Commission for Baptist Worship &  
   Spirituality of the Baptist World Alliance, and chairs the Task Force for Emerging
   Theologians for American Baptist Churches, USA.
Jennifer brings a deep and abiding
   interest in "lived spirituality", seeking to cultivate attentiveness to God’s presence
   and leading in everyday life. Jennifer is married to Doug Davidson.
   They have one adult son.



A classical guitarist, an ordained American Baptist minister, and an adjunct seminary professor, Brad Berglund works ecumenically leading retreats and pilgrimage experiences around the world. The author of two best-selling books on the topic of worship renewal, Reinventing Sunday and Reinventing Worship, Brad is an internationally recognized worship designer and leader. When he is at home in Denver, Brad can be found leading an ecumenical contemplative worship experience called “The Threshold.” Visit Brad at: www.illuminatedjourneys.com and www.thethreshold.us


Carol Teare is an ordained American Baptist minister with over 30 years of experience in music and pastoral ministry. She currently serves as Associate Region Minister for MidAmerican Baptist Churches and is former pastor of the First Baptist Church of Waterloo, Iowa. She also teaches community courses in mindfulness and stress reduction.
Rev. Teare received her Master of Divinity degree from United Seminary of the Twin Cities in Minneapolis, Minnesota and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from The University of Northern Iowa. Carol served as President of the Fellowship of American Baptist Musicians and her choirs have performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Carol and her husband, Toby, have two adult children and seven grandchildren.





Bill Englund has served as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Saint Paul since 1990. He served two other ABC churches in the Twin Cities area before beginning his tenure at FBC. He received his MDiv degree in 1983 from United Theological Seminary in New Brighton MN (an ecumenical seminary). He graduated from Hamline University with a BA in Music Composition and Education in 1974. A lifelong resident of Saint Paul, Bill has travelled extensively, led Boundary Waters canoe trips, taught music history and choir at the high school level. He continues to compose music. He has been actively involved in neighborhood development in downtown St Paul. Bill has worked with refugees for many years: with the Hmong community in the 1970s and 80s and with Karen people who began arriving in Minnesota beginning in the early 2000s. First Baptist Church St Paul has provided resources and a community home to a fast growing community of Karen people. There are now ten Karen Baptist Churches in St Paul. Bill has been married to his wife, Lori, for 38 years. He is the father of three daughters, Nina (36), April (1986-2008) and Melissa (28). He is the proud grandparent of Emmalina (8) and Will (3).



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