2022 CBFNC Annual Gathering

Meet Our 2022 Annual Gathering Worship Leaders…

Rev. Teesha Hadra is the rector at Church of the Resurrection, an Anglican parish in Los Angeles, California. Teesha is a former attorney and earned an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is an ordained priest in the Anglican Church in North America and has over a decade of ministry leadership experience. Teesha is passionate about issues of justice and inclusion and serves in numerous leadership capacities within her denomination to that end. She co-authored Black & White: Disrupting Racism One Friendship at a Time with her friend, John Hambrick. Teesha and her husband, Fred, live in Los Angeles. Teesha will be the presenter during Leadership Institute (in-person only) on Thursday, March 17. Her workshop, “Us and Them: Navigating Hard Conversations to Find Deeper Community,” will provide practical tools for engaging in hard conversations in ways that are healthy and sustainable, along with encouragement to continue the work of bearing witness to the coming kingdom of God. She will also be speaking at General Session #1 (in-person and live-streamed) on Thursday with the message, “The God Who Sees: Learning from Hagar and Others on the Margins.

Rev. Paul Burgess is a familiar face among CBFNC. He currently serves as the senior pastor at University Baptist Church in Chapel Hill. Prior to UBC, Paul served two other congregations as pastor—Benson Baptist in Benson, and Winter Park Baptist in Wilmington. Paul is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and a twice graduate from Campbell University Divinity school, where he earned his M.Div. and D.Min., the focus of which was pastoral vulnerability. Paul will be speaking on Friday, March 18 at General Session #2 (in-person and live-streamed). His message is “Believing is Seeing,” based on Genesis 16: 1-6.

Taylor Leonhardt is a Tennessee-based and Texas-bred singer-songwriter who expertly weaves classic Americana with a fresh lyrical prowess that’s both striking and deeply comforting. Her voice hearkens to and stands up among the titans of great folk music, those who were the backdrop of her childhood (Emmylou, Patty, and James), with lyrics so honest it feels like hearing from a friend. While Leonhardt grew up in Texas, she has spent the last 10 years refining her craft in North Carolina, rooting down into songwriting, performing live, touring and collaborating. She currently resides in Nashville, TN while she continues full-time music making. She is one half of the indie worship duo Mission House (Integrity), creating new and accessible songs for private and corporate times of worship. You can usually find her sitting with her dog June on a friend’s front porch with a coffee (or a whiskey) in her hand. Taylor will be the worship music leader for both days of Annual Gathering 2022.

WNCBF Fall Ministers Retreat: Dr. Paul Holloway

It has been over two years since we were able to gather and retreat for a day at the beautiful Lutheridge Conference Center to fellowship, learn, and share a meal together. It is time to gather again, safely!

Please click here to register.

(We will follow all state and local guidelines for COVID-19 safety, including wearing face coverings indoors.)

We have added the option to attend via Zoom. Registration for Zoom can be found at the same registration link above, or by clicking the picture below.

Philippians as consolation?  Fresh scholarship  dealing with grief in the church from Paul’s epistle will enliven your study for preaching and teaching, church leadership, and counseling… Great fellowship with regional ministers… Enjoying the lovely Lutheridge facility with good food, a labyrinth, and local hiking trails!

Scholarships are available by calling Gail Coulter 828-551-4363

Dr. Paul A. Holloway (Phd. University of Chicago) has recently translated and edited “Letter to the

Philippians” for the New Revised Standard Version–Updated Edition (NRSV-UE).  A recent publication is Philippians: A critical and Historical Commentary for the Hermeneia commentary.  He is Professor of

Classics and Ancient Christianity at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.  He teaches courses in both the School of Theology and the College of Arts and Sciences.  Prior to coming to Sewanee, he was senior lecturer in New Testament and Christian Origins in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies in the University of Glasgow, Scotland.  Earlier, he taught at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.  He lives in Old Salem, Tennessee with his family and a small herd of prize milk goats. 

9:00 am Welcome and Plenary 1 “Paul”

10:30 Break

11:00 Plenary 2 “Greco-Roman Culture”

12:00 Lunch with free time for conversation or silence. A labyrinth and trails are nearby.

1:00 Plenary 3 “Judaism”

2:00 Closing and Lord’s Supper

Lutheridge 2511 Hendersonville Road, Arden, NC

Directions: From I-26, take the Airport Road exit and drive east. Turn right onto Hwy 25. Lutheridge is shortly on the right. We are in the building on the right named “Mission”. Please do not park on the grass. You can go up behind the building and park near the chapel.