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Professional Leaders Retreat 2019

January 22, 2019 - January 24, 2019

Sawmill Leaders Retreat 2019

Rostered ministers and full-time church professionals from all three Ohio synods are invited to the Professional Leaders Retreat at:

Sawmill Creek Resort
400 Sawmill Creek Dr.
Huron, OH 44839

January 22-24, 2019.

The early, discounted registration deadline is November 15, 2018.

The final registration deadline is November 30, 2018.

The theme is “Spirituality”.

The Keynote Speaker The Rev. Dr. Winston Persaud, professor of systematic theology, Wartburg Seminary, and Special Presenter The Rev. Dr. Javier (Jay) Alanis, executive director, Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest. Both speakers will offer their unique insights into the Holy Spirit’s work in creating enriching unity within diversity.

Sign-in takes place from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22 followed by programming, worship, fellowship, and rest opportunities through Thursday, January 24 at 12:00 p.m.


Registration Packages:

Registration is closed.

CEUs are available upon request.


Tuesday, January 22

1-2 p.m. – Registration
2:00 p.m. – Gathering Eucharist
3:00 p.m. – Keynote Speaker 1: Rev. Dr. Winston Persaud
4:30 p.m. – Break
5:00 p.m. – Dinner
7:00 p.m. – Special Presenter 1: Rev. Dr. Jay Alanis
8:00 p.m. – Bishop’s Time

Wednesday, January 23

8:00 a.m. – Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – Morning prayer
9:15 a.m. – Keynote Speaker 2: Rev. Dr. Winston Persaud
10:15 a.m. – Break
10:30 a.m. – Special Presenter 2: Rev. Dr. Jay Alanis
12:00 p.m. – Lunch (on your own)
5:00 p.m. – Dinner
7:00 p.m. – Keynote Speaker 3: Rev. Dr. Winston Persaud
8:00 p.m. – Healing Service

Thursday, January 24

8:00 a.m. – Breakfast
8:45 a.m. – Special Presenter 3: Rev. Dr. Jay Alanis
10:00 a.m. – Break
10:15 a.m. – Sending Eucharist

Retreat Presenters:

Keynote Presenter: Rev. Dr. Winston D. Persaud

Introduction to Rev. Dr. Winston D. Persaud
Rev. Dr. Winston D. Persaud

Rev. Dr. Winston D. Persaud

The Rev. Dr. Winston D. Persaud is Professor of Systematic Theology at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa. He is a graduate of the University of St. Andrews, Scotland (PhD, 1980), Wartburg Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity, 1977), and the University of Guyana (BA, 1974). He is a native of Guyana, where he served his home congregation, Redeemer Lutheran Church, prior to joining the Wartburg faculty, in February 1984. His teaching and research are focused on “Defining and Confessing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a world of Religious and Non-religious Alternatives.”

The primary research-focus of his 2004-05 sabbatical was on reading the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue, USA, documents in light of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (31 October 1999) and “Luther and the Religions.” During his sabbatical (July-December 2011; July-December 2012), his research focus was “Creed and Empire.” He is continuing this work in the present sabbatical, with the title of his focus, “Empire and the Emergence and Development of Christian Doctrine and its Continuing Relevance” (July-December 2018; July-December 2019).

His course offerings include: “Systematic Theology,” “Defining and Confessing the Gospel,” “Luther and the Religions,” the “Doctrine of the Trinity,” “Person and Work of the Holy Spirit,” and “HT 264W Readings in Theology 1: A Critical, Meditative and Contemplative Approach.”

Among his publications are: The Theology of the Cross and Marx’s Anthropology. A View from the Caribbean (Peter Lang, 1991) and a number of articles in theological journals, chapters in various collection of essays, and critical book reviews.

Dr. Persaud loves teaching the Christian faith in a variety of settings—in the USA, Guyana, and elsewhere internationally (e.g., seminary classroom, bishop’s academies, pastors’ and rostered lay-leaders’ fora, congregational adult education classes, youth camps and certification and leadership schools, church assemblies)—in ways that are faithful to Scripture, the Christian tradition and the Confessions, and contemporary contexts. He seeks to speak of God’s justifying grace in and through Jesus Christ in a way that makes the technical language of Scripture and the Confessions connect with the questions people are asking.

He is married to May Burt Persaud, Instructor in Biblical Languages at Wartburg Theological Seminary. They have two grown sons who are married, Winston (Jamie) and Alexander (Ajin), and one grandson, Idris (Winston and Jamie).

Bible Study Presenter: Rev. Dr. Jay Alanis

Introduction to Rev. Dr. Jay Alanis
Rev. Dr. Jay Alanis

Rev. Dr. Jay Alanis

The Rev. Dr. Alanis is the Executive director of the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest (LSPS), located on the campus of the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas.  He coordinates the seminary program and serves as the Associate Professor of Theology, Culture and Mission. Dr. Alanis joined the faculty in January 2000. LSPS, with a beginning in 1975, is a joint program of Wartburg Theological Seminary (WTS) and The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC). He was appointed as the Executive Director of LSPS in 2009.

Deeply rooted Texas culture and faith, and the youngest of six siblings, Dr. Alanis was born in the Rio Grande Valley in the city of San Juan, Texas. His mother was a charter member of St. John Lutheran Church in San Juan. The congregation was founded in 1925 by a German family. Jay’s sister, Sylvia de la Garza, also served as an ELCA pastor.

Academic interests include contextual borderland theology, Latin@ spirituality, and the social ethics of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Alanis’ doctoral dissertation explored the Hebrew doctrine of the imago Dei (image of God) as a way to understand welcoming the stranger.

Rev. Alanis participated in an international conference held in Berlin, Germany and at the Lutheran Center in Wittenberg, Germany, in 2006, examining the issue of border walls. He was also the keynote speaker at the 2008 Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly, in El Paso, Texas; and a guest preacher at the opening worship service of the 2009 Southwestern Texas Synod Assembly which focused on the theme that year, “assembly without walls.”

In 2013 he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award, “Witness to the World”, from LSTC

From 1992-1996 Dr. Alanis served as the pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Alanis provides Word and Sacrament ministry in Austin community with the Spanish-speaking community at St. James Episcopal Church and at Casa Marianella, a shelter for displaced immigrants. He also serves as a spiritual director of students at the Seminary of the Southwest. He says: “I am a bridge-builder…to build bridges of understanding with our neighbors…especially along the U.S. – Mexico border”.

He holds a BA degree from Washington University and the University of Madrid, Spain; a Master’s degree in international management from the American Graduate School of International Management; a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas (Austin); and a Master of Divinity degree, a Master of Theology degree, and a Ph.D. from LSTC.


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