2014 Annual Conference: January 26-31, The Bishop's Ranch (Healdsburg, CA)

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About the Conference

Join us for our 25th annual conference! This year's rewarding and fulfilling week-long conference will be held at The Bishop’s Ranch, in the rolling hills of Sonoma County California.

ECCC’s Annual Conference is a unique and valuable opportunity for continuing education, renewal and refreshment. Now in its 25th year, the conference will feature:

  • 2 keynote presentations from forward-thinking, widely-respected Episcopalians.
  • Over 25 breakout sessions to choose from, covering a wide variety of topics appropriate for directors, advisors and staff.
  • Dozens of dedicated networking opportunities, including small group reflection time.
  • Wellness Day, offering opportunities for rest, rejuvenation and new perspectives.
  • Personal financial planning consultations with the Church Pension Group.
  • ACA Standards Course: This pre-conference offering will be held at St. Dorothy's Rest on Sunday, January 26 from 10AM-4PM. Get all the details here, and indicate your interest ASAP to
  • See two centers on one trip! On Wednesday, we are planning a field trip to neighboring ECCC center, St. Dorothy’s Rest for lunch and a tour, giving you the opportunity to experience two sites on one trip!
  • Digital Materials: For the first time, we are planning to send the conference program binder to all the attendees in digital form. Being mindful that people will be bringing computers and tablets to the conference, you will notice on the Registration Form that there is an option to get the conference program binder in digital form ONLY.

Join us as we exchange information, ideas, frustrations, and joys with a committed, experienced
group of people who direct and influence Episcopal camps and conference centers.

Program Details

  • Keynote Speakers:

    • Sara Miles, founder and director of The Food Pantry, serves as Director of Ministry at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Her books include Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion and Jesus Freak: Feeding Healing Raising the Dead. She speaks, preaches and leads workshops around the country, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, and on National Public Radio.
    • The Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, President and Founder of Interfaith Power and Light, has brought widespread attention to the link between religious faith and the environment. As one of the first faith leaders to fully recognize global warming as a core moral issue, she has mobilized thousands of religious people to put their faith into action through energy stewardship. Sally serves as Canon for the Environment in the Episcopal Diocese of California and is the lead author of Love God Heal Earth, published by St. Lynn’s Press in 2009. In 2012, Sally was awarded the Audubon Society’s Rachel Carson Award for her environmental leadership.

  • Workshop Leaders:

    • The Rev. Amity Carrubba, Executive Director, Episcopal Service Corps (Chicago, Illinois):

      Different communities, cultures, and parishes have helped form Amity as she grew up in the Episcopal Church and in an Air Force family. After moving 10 times across the United States and Europe, she now lives and works in the Chicago area. Originally pursuing a career in pharmaceutical research, Amity took a leap of faith in 2000 to participate in a young adult service program. The experience was life changing, leading to work in an Episcopal parish and a call into ordained ministry. Since graduating from Episcopal Divinity School and ordination in 2006, Amity has served in two Chicago-area congregations enjoying youth ministry and creative liturgy. She also helped begin the Episcopal Service Corps program located in the Diocese of Chicago. Amity enjoys international travel, exploring different continents whenever she has the chance. While at home she takes care of her Golden Retriever, watches documentaries, and listens to the blues.
    • Bronwyn Clark Skov, Officer for Youth Ministries and Team Leader for the Formation and Vocation Ministries Team for the Episcopal Church, Episcopal Church Center (New York and Minnesota):

      Currently serving as the Team Leader for the Formation and Vocation Ministries Team in the Episcopal Church Center’s Department for Mission, Bronwyn Clark Skov frequently visits Episcopal dioceses and provinces to teach, preach, listen and learn.

      Bronwyn spent 14 years in congregational youth ministry serving two parishes and a rural region of the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota. She also served as a Dean for 7th & 8th Grade Camp and a Board Member for the Cass Lake Episcopal Camp Board. For four years she served on the Bishop of Minnesota’s staff as the Canon Missioner for Faith Formation and Lay Leadership, coordinating diocesan youth ministry and providing support, training, and resources for congregational lay leaders both in liturgical settings and with Vestries and Bishop’s Committees. She served as one of nine Provincial Youth Ministry Coordinators of the Episcopal Church, serving Province VI for four years before her appointment to the Youth Ministries office on the denominational staff in 2009. A Safeguarding God’s People trainer and serves as a consultant to the Nathan Network, Bronwyn has completed a certificate program for Youth Ministry with Princeton Theological Seminary’s Youth Forums. 

      In her spare time she camps, boats, fly-fishes, and skis. She works from her home in rural Minnesota where she lives with her husband and has two sons.
    • Jamie Coats, Society of St. John the Evangelist (Cambridge, Massachusetts):

      Jamie Coats serves as the Director of Friends of SSJE (Society of Saint the Evangelist, an Episcopal religious order of Brothers) and as a trustee of the Trustees of Donations to the Protestant Episcopal Church. He directed SSJE’s the Stone & Light Capital Campaign to renovate SSJE’s beautiful Monastery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is currently working to support the Brothers’ plans to enhance and conserve Emery House, SSJE’s rural retreat center in West Newbury, Massachusetts.
    • Jim Murphy, Managing Program Director, Episcopal Church Foundation (New York, New York):

      Jim Murphy is Managing Program Director of Financial Resources at the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF).  He oversees all of ECF’s financial development programs and resources, including annual stewardship/giving, development solutions, capital campaigns, planned giving and endowment management. He leads workshops and works with congregations, dioceses, and other Episcopal organizations to enhance and develop their programs and resources.

      Prior to joining ECF in 2008, Jim was Director of the Master of Arts Program and Program Manager for Lifelong Learning & the Center for Christian Spirituality at the General Theological Seminary.  For more than 16 years he worked for a major international law firm in NYC, serving in a number of financial management roles.  He has been an active volunteer leader in stewardship, parish administration, and Christian formation ministries in several Episcopal parishes in New York and New Jersey.

      A native of Lansing, MI, Jim holds a Certificate in Fundraising from New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies, an MA in Christian Spirituality from the General Theological Seminary, and a BS from NYU's Stern School of Business. Jim is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).
    • Conraad Rogman, Natural Builder and Designer, House Alive! (Southern Oregon):

      As a natural builder, Conraad is excited about how many people are interested in looking at houses and community in a different way. In order to help more people make their dreams come true, Conraad continues teaching high quality workshops as well as writing more, doing more research in the field of natural building, training more teachers and creating a local natural builders organization.

      At House Alive!, Conraad works with co-teachers, others in the natural building community and neighbors and friends to create workshops that are fun, satisfying and often life changing.

      No matter how much he loves to teach natural building, Conraad feels even more complete singing songs from the sixties and seventies around the campfire with a group of people and tries to sneak that in as much as possible during workshops!
    • Ryan Wanamaker, Farm & Garden Director, Camp Stevens (Julian, California):

      Ryan has been the organic gardener at Camp Stevens since 2005. He cares for over three acres of farm/orchard/gardens, its soil, bio-diversity, and the hundreds of varieties of fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs that these systems support. In addition, Ryan is interested in landscaping with drought tolerant, habitat providing, native plants and helping retreat center guests connect with their ecology in the gardens and in the wilderness surrounding Camp Stevens's facilities. In his other life, Ryan enjoys good food, good company, home-grown music, and climbing rocks.
    • Erin R. Weber-Johnson, Capital Campaign Consultant, Episcopal Church Foundation (New York, New York):

      Erin Weber-Johnson joined ECF as a capital campaign consultant in 2009 and is a member of St. John the Evangelist Church in St. Paul, MN. In addition to capital campaign consulting, Erin has facilitated diocesan and vestry retreats on annual stewardship and the development of a spiritual ethos for giving. She is a grants officer at Trinity Wall Street in New York City. Prior to joining ECF, she served as a consultant for the United Thank Offering (UTO) and worked at General Theological Seminary.

      Erin and her husband previously served as missionaries of the Episcopal Church, based in Taiwan.  Erin holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University.

    • In addition, 15 workshop leaders are from within ECCC's own membership:

      • Grae Dickson, Executive Director, Duncan Gray Center & Camp Bratton-Green, Canton, Mississippi
      • Colin Haffner, Director, Camp Cross, Spokane, Washington
      • The Rev. Brad Jones, Executive Director, Grace Point, Kingston, Tennessee
      • Joanne Kovac-Roberts, Director, St. Crispin’s, Wewoka, Oklahoma
      • Malcolm McLaurin, Associate Director, St. Dorothy's Rest, Camp Meeker, California
      • Robin Miller, Kitchen Manager, The Bishop's Ranch, Healdsburg, California
      • Nancy Pilon, Executive Director, Incarnation Center, Ivoryton, Connecticut
      • Eleanor Reeves, Director of Marketing and Development, Beckwith, Alabama
      • Mike Roberts, Director, St. Crispin’s, Wewoka, Oklahoma
      • Scott Rudd, Associate Director, Waycross Center, Morgantown, Indiana
      • Rob Watson, Executive Director, Camps and Conferences, Diocese of West Texas, San Antonio, Texas
      • Lauri SoJourner, Executive Director, Gravatt, Aiken, South Carolina
      • Sean Swift, Executive Director, The Bishop's Ranch, Healdsburg, California
      • David Turner, Executive Director, Camp Mokule'ia, Waialua, Hawaii
      • Teri Valente, Program Director, Camp Arrowhead, Lewes, Delaware


The Bishop’s Ranch is a beautiful and unique retreat center in the heart of Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley. We are excited to there return for our 4th time!

The center is 1-1/2 hours from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and 25 minutes from Sonoma County Airport (STS). Transportation to/from the airport can be provided for a fee ($60/round trip for SFO; $20 for STS).

If you signed up for airport transportation, please email details and cell phone number to

The Bishop’s Ranch is not a hotel-style conference center and has a variety of lodging options:

  • There are limited double occupancy rooms available with private bathrooms.
  • The rest of the rooms are cottage-style rooms where you share bathroom facilities with 3-4 guests.  These are available at a discounted standard occupancy rate.
  • Limited single room occupancy on-site may be available, once we know registration count in early January. Be in touch will to inquire.

We have also reserved a room block at a nearby motel in Healdsburg (10 minute drive) for those seeking more privacy. Any questions about lodging options can be sent to

Pricing & Registration

Register through this form or online.

Registration rates include all meals, lodging, program and hospitality. There are discounts available for ters sending more than one attendee. See the registration form for details.




2013 Annual Conference

The 2013 Annual Conference, Intentional Community, was held at Kanuga Conferences, Inc. in Hendersonville, North Carolina, January 25-February 1, 2013. We welcomed keynote presentations from Dr. Rodger Nishioka and the Rt. Rev. Stacy Sauls. Visit our Facebook page to see photos from this year's conference.

2013's conference featured longer, two hour workshops on Thursday, an American Camp Association (ACA) Standards Training Course, as well as insight from Pattie Christensen of the Church Pension Group for personal financial planning consultations.

Presentations & Workshop Resources

If you presented a workshop and have materials to share with the wider ECCC Membership, please email them to:


2012 Annual Conference

The 2012 Annual Conference, Transforming our Centers to Transform the Church and the World, was held January 22-27, 2012 at Camp McDowell in Nauvoo, Alabama. We welcomed keynote presentations from:


Mike Schut, Seattle, Washington

Michael Schut is Economic and Environmental Affairs Officer for the Episcopal Church and editor of three books with community-building study guides including 'Simpler Living, Compassionate Life: A Christian Perspective.'

Michael coordinates and provides resources for various eco-justice programs in the church and speaks and leads workshops/retreats connecting faith, justice, economics and ecology. He represented the Episcopal Church on a Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships White House Task Force on Environment and Climate Change. Michael has worked with homeless men, served as a Park Ranger, and led wilderness trips. He received his M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon in 1993 and his B.S. in Biology in 1987 from Wheaton College in Illinois. He likes to backpack, climb, sing, read, and spend time with his nephew, Carter. He lives in Seattle.

Lisa Kimball, Ph.D. - Alexandria, Virginia

Lisa Kimball joined the Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) faculty in 2009 as Director of the Center for Ministry of Teaching, and Professor of Christian Formation and Congregational Leadership.

Lisa received her Ph.D. in Work, Community, and Family Education from the University of Minnesota in 2007.  Her dissertation, “Being Godparent: A Dialogical Hermeneutic Study of Godparenthood” wove together her interests in human development, experiential learning, faith formation, church history, and popular culture.  She earned a M.Ed. in Youth Development Leadership from the University of Minnesota in 2001, and an A.B. in Human Biology with a concentration in Cross-Cultural Communications from Stanford University in 1980. 

Lisa’s published writing includes book chapters, journal articles, book reviews and regular articles for professional publications such as Vestry Papers and Giving.  She is also a member of ECCC's National Council.


2011 Annual Conference

The 2011 Annual Conference was help January 23-28, 2011 at Camp Allen in Navasota, Texas. We welcomed keynote presentations from:


Rt. Rev Gary Lillibridge, Diocese of West Texas

Bishop Gary Lillibridge provided insight into how we can build stronger connections with our bishops and diocesan staff members so that our camps and conference centers gain greater support as vital ministries of the dioceses

Bronwyn Clark Skov, Formations and Vocations Ministries, Episcopal Church Center

Bronwyn Clark Skov helped us "Seize the Opportunity for Transformation througth Intentional Formation," making a case for intentional faith formation as a strategic and developmentally appropriate goal during retreats and youth camping sessions, and exploring some of the many opportunities for teaching through relationships and programs.

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