Multi-church men’s conference to focus on “trust” and “racial reconciliation”

January 17, 2020

Spiritual retreat hopes to make a few good men even better in 2020

By W. Thomas Smith, Jr.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Northeast Presbyterian Church (NEPC) will host its an annual Christian men’s conference, and the church is inviting men from all Midlands-area houses of worship as well as those unaffiliated with any church to attend, Sat., Feb. 1, 2020.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m. and concluding at 2:30 p.m., the day-long event will feature worship, live music, top-tier Christian speakers, discussion, small group session opportunities, breakfast and lunch. “Trusting During Life’s Transitions” is this year’s conference theme.

“What a great way to kick-off Super Bowl weekend than for Christian men – regardless of denomination – to gather under one roof and talk sports, faith, things that matter to us, and who we are as men in 2020,” says the Reverend Josh Desch, NEPC’s pastor of Community and Discipleship. “Like all of our yearly men’s conferences, this one is geared toward building unity, discipleship, racial reconciliation, and otherwise developing strong spiritual male leaders with the ultimate goal of advancing God’s kingdom on Earth.”

Featured speakers will include the Rev. Julian Riddle, recently retired senior pastor of Surfside Presbyterian Church in Myrtle Beach, and Ram’on Wideman, pres. and CEO of Anointed Business Solutions, LLC, in Columbia. Wideman will facilitate a candid conversation about race relations and how we are to achieve racial reconciliation through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

A catered breakfast and lunch will be provided by Scottie’s Cafe and Grill of Blythewood.

NEPC is a member of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), a Reformed Faith denomination.

The 2020 Men’s Conference will be held in both the grand hall and the sanctuary of NEPC, located at 601 Polo Road in northeast Columbia.

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