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Clergy Women Retreat

March 28, 2019 - March 29, 2019

You are invited to come and reflect on your relationship with the divine as a child of God who deserves the gift of joy while serving in ministry.

We will explore joy through worship, study and community building. We will reflect on healing practices through reflection, affirmation and celebration. Our time together will focus on the joy that comes from wholeness of mind, body, and spirit. We will share information of potential partnerships and support from Disciples Women and other general ministries.

As clergywomen, this retreat is designed specifically with you in mind to come connect, relax, and experience joy.

Date: Thursday, March 28 – Friday, March 29, 2019
Facilitators: Rev. Dr. Pat Donahoo & Rev. Chesla Nickelson from Disciples Women Ministry
Registration: $35, including breakfast and lunch
Thursday Night Art Activity: $10

Rev. Chesla T. Nickelson was born and raised in Newport News, Virginia where she led and participated in a multitude of church, community and school activities. In 2005 Chesla received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Religion from Spelman College. As a college student, Chesla played an integral role in HIP 4 HOP (Happiness In Praise 4 His Overflowing Presence), a campus ministry that worked with local churches and other organizations to develop youth and young adult ministries as well as ministry with people who have never been associated with a faith community and people who have been hurt by and thus disassociated from faith communities.

Chesla became a Disciple when she joined Ray of Hope Christian Church (Atlanta, GA) in 2001. Since that time, Chesla has been immersed in various aspects of the Christian Church. She has served with the Executive Committee of the Disciples Peace Fellowship and the Disciples Leadership Institute and has been an intern for Global Ministries (Division of Overseas Ministries) and Reconciliation Ministry. In 2013, Chesla served as the Minister of Leader Development for Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation.

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. Chesla has worked as a mentor and tutor for the YMCA, volunteered as a Chaplain for spirituality groups for homeless veterans, and continues to facilitate workshops and therapy groups concerning young adult Christians, marital preparation, sexuality and spirituality, social justice and clergy self care among others. Chesla served as the Assistant Youth Minister and with the Young Adult Ministry at Light of the World Christian Church (Indianapolis, IN) when she was ordained in 2014.

June 2014 began her role with Disciples Women’s Ministry as Program Director and Merger Staff. Part of these duties includes head of the editorial board for Just Women magazine and as co-editor for Umoja newsletter.
Chesla is a citizen of Wakanda, 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.

Rev. Dr. Patricia A. Donahoo 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 as Executive Director of Disciples Women for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Pat’s ministry is marked by community building and a common sense of belonging where all are invited to the table rather than a membership-oriented or checklist of requirements structure. Pat is part of the General Minister’s cabinet, a member of the Justice Table, Secretary to the International Disciples Women’s Ministry Executive Committee, Secretary/Treasurer of Global Women Connecting, a member of the Governance Committee of the General Board, and non-voting staff on Disciples Home Missions Board. Pat’s ministry includes leading women’s delegations on Woman-to-Woman Worldwide experiences to such countries as China, Italy, France, and India.

Pat began her ministry at Fairhill Manor Christian Church in Washington, Pennsylvania where she served as youth minister, Sunday School teacher, and LOGOS instructor/performance ministry leader. She served as student pastor and co-pastor at Taylorstown Christian Church where she was ordained to vocational ministry. She also served as director, keynoter, and/or counselor in Pennsylvania camping program mentoring, encouraging, and training the youth of the region. She served as senior pastor at Henson Valley Christian Church in Fort Washington, Maryland before receiving her call to ministry at the general office of Disciples Women She received her DMin in Ministerial Leadership at Drew University; her MDiv from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary; and her B.A. from California University of PA.  Pat’s doctoral project and thesis was published in May 2012: Tangible Expressions of the Lord’s Love (TELL) Project: Creating Opportunities to Build Relationships with Digital Women to Encourage a Sense of Belonging.” Pat was raised in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), studied at a Presbyterian seminary, and completed her doctorate at a Methodist University. She has served in ministries of Congregational Life Commission (Capital and PA Regions), Transformation Coordinator/Staff Member (Capital and PA Regions), DWM Worship Director (Capital Region), DWM Study Director (PA Region), Director of Communion for the Mix ’06, Communications Team (PA Region), and Director and Counselor of Outdoor Camping Ministry (PA Region).

Pat has also worked as an instructor at Westwood College and a community re-employment program teaching Psychology, Public Speaking, Crisis Management, Microsoft Office software, and English writing. She was previously employed as an inventory analyst/statistician for a mining equipment company, and served in administrative positions for the U. S. Navy where she scheduled installations of message processing systems onboard ships.

Pat contributed to DOC Justice Primer published 2012 and updated in 2017, and wrote a companion Bible study. She also contributed to Just Women magazine, and contributed to and served on the editing team of “Devotion to Justice.” Pat also publishes a Disciples Women blog. Pat wrote and directed a children’s musical using camp and Bible songs called “Singing in the Name.” She also wrote VBS curricula around a Habitat for Humanity theme and project as well as a Miracle Day theme.

Pat’s family includes twin daughters (Erin and Hannah), a son (George III), two grandsons (Lazarus and AJ), two granddaughters (Myka and Talia), two daughters-in-law.  Pat finds joy in many things some of which are her family and friends, travel, scrapbooking, and quilting.

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Mar 28, 2019
Mar 29, 2019