Calling. Passion. Purpose.
ECCC's Annual Conference: January 24-29, 2016
DaySpring (Parrish, FL)

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Jacob Sorenson is a doctoral candidate in Practical Theology at Luther Seminary with a deep interest in bringing scholarly attention to outdoor ministry. He has a Masters of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and more than ten years of experience as a youth minister and camp minister. He loves spending time with his amazing wife Anna (a Lutheran pastor) and their two boys Elijah and Nathanael. He also enjoys gardening, running, singing around a campfire, and most outdoor recreational activities. Jacob blogs at Blessed Wilderness.

Jake will present on Camps and Congregations as Partners in Ministry:

Camps and conference centers are often viewed as optional to the life and ministry of the church, with their value being reduced to places of relaxation or mere fun and games. In a time when many camping organizations are growing distant from denominational bodies and theological convictions, it is essential to reclaim camp's role as an educational ministry of the Church. This session will focus on groundbreaking new research in the field of Christian camping ministry that highlights camp's indispensable role as a partner in ministry. Using this research, the session will offer a theological framework for understanding camps and conference centers in the Protestant traditions.
The Rev. Becca Stevens is one of the premier speakers in the U.S., proclaiming love as the most powerful force for social change. She is an author, Episcopal priest and founder of Thistle Farms, a community of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction. Most recently she has been featured in the PBS documentary, “A Path Appears.” She is a prolific writer and has been featured in the New York Times, on ABC World News, NPR, PBS, CNN, and Huffington Post and named by the White House as one of 15 Champions of Change for violence against women in 2011. She was named 2014 Humanitarian of the Year by the Small Business Council of America, has been inducted into the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame, and was conferred an honorary doctorate by Sewanee: The University of the South. Her newest book is, “Letters from the Farm: A Simple Path for a Deeper Spiritual Life.” 


Becca will present a keynote, and a breakout session on Creating Space to Cultivate our Callings and Passions:
We all long for new epiphanies and to feel renewed in our work. As leaders called to create sanctuary for others, we have to create that space within our own hearts. Finding the freedom to work where our desires lead us is the theme of the keynote for the camp and conference leaders who create that sacred space for others.

Picking up on the theme from the keynote, Stevens will invite participation in activities that cultivate spaces for communities to tap into their callings and passions. Drawing on their work at Thistle Farms, Becca, Jovita, Anika, and Lori will demonstrate how to make incense, oils, and balms that allow groups to hear their calling and find their passions. They will share stories of healing in community and how they create sacred space.

The Rev. Brooks Cato will return as conference chaplain. In addition to coordinating the conference Eucharists, our chaplain offer group meditations and is available for one-on-one conversations throughout the week.

The Rev. Brooks Cato is a priest in the Episcopal Church in Arkansas, and serves on the Board of Trustees of Camp Mitchell.

Brooks has lived in New Mexico and Thailand, and studied psychology at the University of Central Arkansas. He first began to feel his calling to ordained ministry during college, after several years working as a counselor and then assistant director of Camp Mitchell in Arkansas. After graduating and getting married, Brooks began attending seminary at Sewanee. 

Having graduated from seminary in 2013 and served for one year at St. Paul's in Newport, Arkansas as priest-in-charge, Brooks is now curate at Christ Church in Little Rock. He is excited to continue to grow in ministry and serve God and God's people in our wonderful church, reaching into the world while helping to create and foster sacred spaces. 


  • The conference will be held at DaySpring, near both Tampa and Sarasota in Florida. The 92-acre campus features tranquil settings, nature trails, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, a full scale Ropes Course, and tree canopy, as well as opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, and sailing on the Manatee River.
  • There are several comfortable accommodation options at DaySpring. Commuter rates are also available. See registration rates above.
  • Shuttles will be available for one-way or round trip transport to/from Tampa (TPA) and Sarasota (SRQ) airports. You can book transportation during registration. 
  • If you are interested in bringing your spouse or family to the conference, please contact to discuss rates, and accommodation and childcare options. 


Register online, or using this form

  • Registration fees

    Discounted rates are offered for the second and third registrations from the same center/camp/program. Please note that a late registration fee of $50 will apply for any registration received after December 18, 2015. A fee of $100 is applied to a registration from a non-member center.   
    • Double Occupancy w/ Private Bathrooms (Limited): $695 SOLD OUT
    • Double Occupancy w/ Shared Hallway Bathrooms: $625 SOLD OUT
    • Single Occupancy (Limited): $825 SOLD OUT
    • Dorm Occupancy: $525
    • Commuter Rate (Conference & meals only): $400 
  • Scholarships: To inquire about a scholarship, please contact Bill Slocumb.


Here is the tentative schedule for the week. Keep an eye here for workshop descriptions for the 25+ breakout sessions and the biographies of their presenters. 


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