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Culver-Stockton hosts DOC President and teen retreat in April

Culver-Stockton College is excited to welcome Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins to campus April 24, 2015, for the formal inauguration of the College’s 26th president, Dr. Kelly Thompson. As the general minister and president of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Dr. Watkins will officiate in the formal installation Dr. Thompson as leader of Culver-Stockton. Dr. Watkins’ visit coincides with a DOC youth leadership retreat open to teens interested in developing their faith and leadership skills. The Teen Leadership Retreat also helps high school students connect with other youths who share their beliefs. All participants of the retreat will stay in C-SC Residence Halls during the retreat.

Those attending the retreat have the opportunity to spend time in community worship, in-depth discussions, practical leadership workshops and other fun events led by Culver-Stockton Disciples students, under the direction of the College’s Chaplain, Amanda Sorenson. Recent C-SC alumni who have chosen ministry-related careers are also participating in discussion and workshops.

 “At Culver-Stockton College, our goal with this retreat is to excite, engage, and ultimately, better prepare a new generation of church leaders to get more involved in the ministry and leadership of our beloved church,” said Misty McBee, C-SC director of admission.

This retreat has been generously made possible by the people of the Country Club Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Kansas City, Mo. The cost to register is $35 if before April 1 and $50 after. The registration fee covers all meals and lodging. Students interested in the retreat can register by contacting C-SC’s Chaplain, Amanda Sorenson at asorenson@culver.edu. 

The retreat overlaps with the inauguration of Culver-Stockton College’s 26th president, Dr. Kelly M. Thompson. Thompson is the College’s first woman president, and comes to Culver-Stockton after serving at Barton College, a sister Disciples of Christ institution. The College is delighted to host Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins as a special guest for the ceremony.

Dr. Watkins was elected to her position as president of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 2005, and then was re-elected for another six-year term in 2011. As general minister, Watkins is the general pastor of the denomination, responsible for representing the wholeness of the Church, reconciling differences and help the Church retain its clarity of mission and identity.