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Chesapeake Pastors Rejuvenated by CALLED Convention

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The North American Division convention for pastoral families was held in Lexington, Ky.

A number of Chesapeake Conference pastoral families attended the 2022 CALLED Pastors’ Family Convention last week. The North American Division convention for ministerial families was held June 19-22 in Lexington, Ky. 

Thousands of pastors from across the division attended CALLED, which featured 135 educational seminars along with corporate worship experiences in Rupp Arena. The convention also held seminars for pastors’ spouses and programs for pastors’ kids of all ages. Another highlight was the “evangelism shark tank” competition where $120,000 was awarded for innovative soul-winning ideas.

“CALLED was rejuvenating and spiritually invigorating,” says Anastacia Ferguson-Bansie, Atholton Church associate pastor.  “From the powerful sermonic charges to the insightful presentations, I was blessed.”

The convention also provided a unique opportunity for pastors to connect with former classmates and colleagues working in conferences across the division.

“One of the great highlights of attending the CALLED Convention was reconnecting with colleagues and friends in ministry that I either went to school with and/or have worked with,” says John Rengifo, Ellicott City Church lead pastor. “Overall, I just had this reaffirming sense of God’s call on my life and ministry.  I was thankful for the opportunity.”

Chesapeake Conference pastors reported that they enjoyed learning about creative ministry methods, connecting with peers, and spending time with their families. For many, the convention was a reminder of why they entered pastoral ministry. 

“What an extraordinary experience it was!” says Jenner Becerra, pastor of the Baltimore Centro I and II, Dundalk Spanish, and Highlandtown Spanish churches. “Pastor Williams’ testimony reminded me of my personal experience and brought me to tears! And seeing old friends was refreshing. My wife and I were truly blessed. Can’t wait for the next one!” 

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