The CEEP Network will gather at the Strengthening Leaders for a Changing Church: Leading Beyond the Walls Annual Gathering from February 19-22, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. Calvary Church hosts the CEEP Network at the Omni Hotel in downtown Louisville — the City of Beautiful Churches.
The Strengthening Leaders for a Changing Church: Leading Beyond the Walls Annual Gathering will feature twelve education tracks and nine pre-conferences. The exciting program will include new tracks on strategic planning and search and transition, reimagined local and global approaches to partnership and ministry, as well as tracks on liturgy and music, stewardship and development, and communications. Sessions are crafted to bring members and guests together with thought leaders for exceptional peer-to-peer learning and to create communities of learning and support that continue beyond the Annual Gathering.
Join members of the largest and deepest network of resourced institutions from across The Episcopal Church and around the country as we continue the work of strengthening leaders for a changing church through connecting, equipping, and diversifying.
We are excited to announce that the Rev. Adam Hamilton, Founding Pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas will deliver the Annual Gathering keynote.
Reverend Adam Hamilton
Adam Hamilton is senior pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, one of the fastest growing, most highly visible churches in the country. The Church Report named Hamilton’s congregation the most influential mainline church in America, and he preached at the National Prayer Service as part of the presidential inauguration festivities in 2013. Hamilton is the best-selling and award-winning author of The Call, Making Sense of the Bible, Love to Stay, The Journey, The Way, 24 Hours That Changed the World, Revival, Not a Silent Night, Enough, When Christians Get It Wrong, and Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White, all published by Abingdon Press.
Recently named the #3 CEO in the world in an Inc. magazine article, Bob Chapman is very intentional about using his platform as a business leader to build a better world.
Chapman is Chairman and CEO of St. Louis, MO-based Barry-Wehmiller, a $2.5B global manufacturing business with 11,000 team members. The company began as a small pasteurizing and bottle washer business in 1885 and, through acquisition and organic growth, has grown into 12 business units (10 in the US) serving primarily the packaging, paper converting, sheeting and corrugating industries. Chapman became the senior executive of this private company in 1975 at age 30 when the 80-year-old business had $20 million in revenue, outdated technology and a very weak financial position. Despite the obstacles, Chapman applied a unique blend of strategy and culture over the next 40 years in leading Barry-Wehmiller through almost 90 successful acquisitions.
The Very Rev. Michael Battle
Currently appointed as Herbert Thompson Professor of Church and Society and Director of the Desmond Tutu Center at General Theological Seminary in New York, the Very Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D. has an undergraduate degree from Duke University, received his master’s of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, a master’s of Sacred Theology from Yale University and a PhD in theology and ethics, also from Duke University. He was ordained a priest by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 1993. Battle’s clergy experience, in addition to his current church work, includes serving as vicar at St. Titus Episcopal Church in Durham, NC, rector at Church of Our Saviour, in San Gabriel, California; rector at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, Raleigh, N.C.; and interim rector or associate priest with other churches in North Carolina and in Cape Town, South Africa.
Opening Worship Preacher
The Rev. Winnie Varghes
Trinity Church Wall Street
The Rev. Winnie Varghese is a priest on the Strategic Clergy team at Trinity Church Wall Street.
Before coming to Trinity, Rev. Varghese was the rector of St. Mark’s in the Bowery, a historic Episcopal congregation in New York City. From 2003-2009, she served as the Episcopal Chaplain at Columbia University. From 1999-2003 she served as the curate at St. Alban’s, Westwood and Episcopal Chaplain to UCLA.