• "...to bring good news to the poor... proclaim release to the captives... let the oppressed go free..."
  • (Luke 4:18-19)

    2018 National Conference for Women

    FEEL: Fully Exploring and Engaging in God’s Love
    Isaiah 11:1-9

    2018 National Conference for Women
    July 19-22, 2018
    (begins with dinner on Thursday and ends with morning worship on Sunday)

    Judson University
    Elgin, Illinois


    Explore the love that God has shown for you through Christ Jesus
    Engage in God’s love in the world

    Conference Highlights:
    • Small group time to grow relationships and support with your sisters in Christ
    • Inspiring Bible study and worship
    • Learning opportunities to increase your understanding and equip you for ministry in Christ’s name
    • Special opportunities for young adult women
    Check out the concurrent event for girls!  Girls who have completed 6th grade through seniors in high school are invited to join the National Gathering for Girls! The national leadership team of AB GIRLS has planned games, conversations, and activities that will help girls make new friends, grow closer to God through Jesus Christ, and gain new ideas and inspiration for daily life that they can take back home with them!

    Worried about mobility on campus? Golf cart rentals are available through Fairway Golf Carts at (847) 516-5464. You are responsible for contacting Fairway Golf Carts and making your own arrangements. Pricing depends on size and type of cart desired. Fairway will drop off and pick up carts at Judson University. Be sure to call early to secure your golf cart!

    Guest Leaders
    Facilitator and Preacher:  Rev. Dr. Zina Jacque
    Rev. Dr. Zina Jacque has been the lead pastor for the Community Church of Barrington in Illinois for over a decade.  Prior to this call she served on the staffs of multicultural, urban, and suburban churches, as a university chaplain and she has done extensive work in the areas of education, counseling, and support programs.
         One of her most blessed endeavors was founding the Pastoral Counseling Center of Trinity Church (Episcopal) in Boston. As the founder and first executive director Jacque implemented training on the intersection of psychotherapy and faith for mental health professionals, law enforcement officers and local pastors.  The center is now 17 years old and remains a leader in the delivery of direct service hours to underserved communities in the greater Boston area.
         Prior to entering ministry Rev. Jacque completed a 20+ year career in higher education serving in senior positions at Northwestern, the University of Chicago, Mills College (Oakland, CA), and the University of California (both Santa Cruz and the Office of the President). Jacque holds a Doctorate of Theology (Practical Theology) and a Masters of Divinity degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Boston University, a M.A. from Columbia University, and a B.A. from Northwestern University. 
         She has served as an adjunct professor of Pastoral Care at the University of Chicago and Boston University.  She has served also on the boards of the Office of the General Secretary of ABCUSA, the American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago, National Senior Campuses, the Barrington Area Development Council, Samaritan Counseling Center of Northwest Illinois, and the Barrington Area Ministerial Alliance, among others.
         She is married to her best friend and husband of 30 years, Andre, and is the step mother of his two adult children and their two children, her beloved grandchildren, Devon and Cayden.
         But what is most important to her is this, she is a child of God, formed and filled with God’s love.  She believes we are each sent into the world to live out our gifts and talents for the good of the whole and that as Christians, we are meant to be the channel through which all of the families of the earth are blessed.

    Music Coordinator: Hornrette Washington
    Hornrette Washington began playing piano at an early age. Born to the late Reverend Richard and Inez Thomas she grew up learning the basics of church protocol and music ministry. She started an interdenominational children’s choir “The Starlets of Corona” and she has played and recorded with many gospel artists. She served as Minister of Music for the Antioch Baptist Church in Corona for 33 years, retiring in 2013. She continues to lead American Baptist regional meetings as a musician and worship leader in her area and still holds the position as Senior Musician and Director for the Corona–East Elmhurst Clergy Association. Hornrette has ministered at the International Christian Consultation on Prostitution (ICAP), and is faithful to American Baptist Women’s Ministries. Her travels have taken her throughout the United States, Nigeria, and Japan as she worked as worship leader engaging others to lift their voices in praise and worship to the Almighty.
    Hornrette always says that she is blessed to be a blessing.

    Sponsor a Tribute in the Program Book
    You or your group may include an "In Honor of" or "In Memory of" someone dear to you that will be included in the FEEL events program book.  Click here for more information. Deadline for memorials and honors is May 1, 2018.

    You choose: Stay on campus or stay in a nearby hotel!
    American Baptist Women's Ministries has three packages available based on your housing preference (each package includes your program registration fee):
    Campus Package
    $310 if postmarked before May 1; $335 after May 1
    • Housing in Lindner Tower, a recently renovated, air-conditioned dorm. Rooms include a pillow. blanket, set of sheets and a set of towels. Each room is equipped with a private bathroom. Lounges and kitchens on each floor make it a comfortable place to gather in the evenings with friends new and old!
    • Double and triple occupancy rooms are available. Triple occupancy rooms include a single bed and a set of bunk beds.
    • The Campus Package includes program fee, housing, and all meals (Thursday dinner; Friday and Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Sunday breakfast).
    • This is the most cost-effective option!
    Hotel Package
    $185 if postmarked before May 1; $210 after May 1
    • Receive Judson University special rates at hotels adjacent to campus! Click here for a list of hotels. You are responsible for making and paying your own hotel reservations.
      • Please note that the Country Inn and Suites, Holiday Inn, and Courtyard by Marriott has a complimentary shuttle service to the campus. Hampton Inn also has complimentary shuttle service available to campus with 24 hour advance notice.
      • Please note that the Country Inn and Suites and Hampton Inn include a complimentary hot breakfast; the Holiday Inn and Courtyard Marriott have restaurants on site. 
    • Hotel Package includes program fee, and five meals. (Thursday dinner, Friday and Saturday lunch and dinner). Breakfast is on your own. Hotel expense is yours.
    Commuter Package
    $145 if postmarked before May 1; $170 after May 1
    • Live within commuting distance of campus? Register for our Commuter Package! Because the purpose of the event is to build relationships, our commuter package includes the full event rather than single days—be a part of the community for the weekend!
    • Rate includes program fee and two meals: lunch on Friday, lunch on Saturday. Breakfast and dinner is on your own.

    Register by June 25, 2018!

    Register online & pay by credit card: Click here to register and pay online using your credit card.

    Register by mail & pay by check/credit card: Click here to download and print the registration form. Send your completed registration form and credit card information or a check payable to AB Women's Ministries to: AB Women's Ministries, PO Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482

    Cancellation Policy:  Refunds forfeit a $50 processing fee. Refunds will be issued at the discretion of AB Women’s Ministries. Written cancellation notice must be received by July 1, 2018. No refund notification requests will be honored after July 2nd. Written notice of cancellation may be emailed to info@abwministries.org, or mailed to AB Women’s Ministries, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851.

    Transportation to Judson University
    1151 N. State St
    Elgin, IL 60123.
    Judson University is about 40 miles northwest of Chicago, just off Interstate 90 and State Route 31. O'Hare International Airport is an approximate 30-minute drive from campus, and the city of Elgin has three train depots (Big Timber, Chicago Street and National Street) for easy access to Union Station in Chicago.
    From the O’Hare International Airport –  O'Hare International Airport is an approximate 30-minute drive from campus. For a direct commute to the campus, schedule a shuttle pickup with  Go Airport Express or plan to take a taxi-- there are taxi stands at the lower level curb front (outside of Baggage Claim) at each terminal at the airport.  For other ways of transportation from O’Hare International Airport, please visit their website.

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