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C-SC hosting Youth Leadership Retreat with Honored Guest

The Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada, is a featured speaker during Culver-Stockton College’s DOC Youth Leadership Retreat hosted on campus, April 24-26. This retreat is open to teens interested in developing their faith and leadership skills. The Leadership Retreat also helps high school students connect with other youths who share their beliefs.

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.

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 honored to host Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins as a special guest for the inauguration 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. Watkins has served on advisory councils for President Barack Obama, and is the author a the book “Whole: A call for unity in our fragmented world.”

 “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 co-sponsored by the Country Club Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Kansas City. e cost of the retreat is $50. The fee covers all food and lodging at Canton’s Centerstone Inn. Students interested in the retreat can register by contacting C-SC’s Chaplain, Amanda Sorenson at