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Dedication and Connection at Northwest Focus Retreat

Jun 6, 2023

The Northwest Focus Retreat, which was held on May 21–23, began with a special dedication service and dinner at Clear Lake Grace Brethren Camp in White Pass, Wash.

Pastor Greg Howell, who passed away in November 2021, had a strong connection to Camp Clear Lake. Not only did he have an impactful experience there as camper that set his life in a trajectory of serving the Lord, but he also was heavily involved with the ministry throughout his time as a pastor at Community Grace Brethren Church in Goldendale, Wash. The campfire area of the camp was dedicated in his honor on Sunday, May 21.

The dedication service was led by Pastor Nathan Zakahi and included guest speakers, camp songs, and an unveiling of a plaque commemorating it as the Greg Howell Memorial Campfire. Nearly 100 people attended the service, and Iglesia de los Hermanos in Yakima, Wash., prepared and served a meal after.

Sunday evening the 25 people attending the retreat gathered for the first session where they shared highs and lows as well as challenges they are currently facing. Monday held four sessions, the first two being a discussion and case study examination on pastoral ethics and how to navigate ministry challenges.

After lunch attendees participated in a discussion on leadership development and how Grace Theological Seminary is equipped to help develop leaders. The nature setting of the camp provided ample opportunity for exploring, hiking, and relaxing in God’s creation during afternoon free time. Monday evening Pastor Nathan Zakahi shared his own ministry experiences and what he’s learned through them. The retreat concluded Tuesday morning with Tim Hodge sharing an update on the Charis Fellowship and Charis Alliance.

See more photos from the Northwest Focus Retreat here.