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If you are a church planter, network leader, presbytery leader, senior pastor with a heart for planting churches—or married to any of these—you need to be at the EPC Church Planter’s Retreat, October 15-17, 2019 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado! The three-day gathering features nationally known speakers who will address issues relevant to today’s church planter, as well a variety of breakout sessions on practical topics faced by those engaged in new work. Plenty of time for rest, relaxation, and recreation is built in to the schedule so bring your hiking shoes, or your clubs if you are a golfer! 

The annual Church Planters Retreat is hosted by Tom Ricks and the EPC Church Planting Team.

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Plenary Speakers
Worship Leaders
Breakout Sessions
Multiplying Church Senior Pastor Cohort


Thabiti Anyabwile

Cron Gibson

Elizabeth Gibson

Thabiti Anyabwile will lead sessions on “The Challenge of Not Knowing Everything—or Even a Lot” and “The Challenge of Maintaining Unity When There’s Not Uniformity.” He is the Pastor of Anacostia River Church in Washington, D.C., and a Council Member for The Gospel Coalition. As a practicing Muslim, he was converted under the preaching of the gospel in the Washington D.C. area. He is the author of The Life of God in the Soul of the Church; The Gospel for Muslims; What Is a Healthy Church Member?; The Decline of African-American Theology; and The Faithful Preacher. He blogs regularly at The Front Porch and The Gospel Coalition’s Pure Church. He and his wife, Kristie, have three children.

Cron Gibson will co-lead “Healthy Home, Healthy Church” with his wife, Elizabeth. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Hopewell Equipping and Counseling Ministry Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. His passion is helping people find life-transforming hope, build deep and satisfying relationships with others, and learn peace in their own souls in the midst of the deepest struggles in their lives and relationships.

Elizabeth Gibson will co-lead “Healthy Home, Healthy Church” with her husband, Cron. She is a gospel coach with a passion for helping women understand their freedom in Christ.


Tim Johnson

Lead Pastor
The Avenue Community Church

Josh Stewart

Branch Pastor
Goodwill Church
New Paltz, New York


In addition to our plenary speakers and worship leaders, a wide variety of breakout sessions are available:

Developing a Discipleship Culture, led by Jim Holland
Sexuality Issues: Loving a Changing World, led by Shawn Robinson 
Rebooting After It Goes Slow, led by Cron Gibson 
The Nuts and Bolts of Church Planting, led by Tom Ricks 
Intentional Cross-Ethnic, Cross-Class Church Plants, led by Richard Rieves
Forming a Session and Working with Ruling Elders, led by Jack Cathey
Help, I’m the Spouse of a Church Planter, led by Elizabeth Gibson


Mike Moses

Lead Pastor
Lake Forest Church
Huntersville, North Carolina

Sandy Willson

Retired Senior Pastor
Second Presbyterian Church
Memphis, Tennessee

New this year! Mike Moses and Sandy Willson will host and convene a learning experience for pastors of churches that are currently a church-planting church or are planning to become one. 

Mike and Sandy will explore the biblical, historical, and practical rationale for being a multiplying church. In addition, they will share best practices, discuss how to form a vision for church planting in an existing church and how to lead a Session to unify around such a vision, and explore methods of organization and funding for long-term church planting out of an existing church.

Mike Moses serves as the Lead Pastor of the Lake Forest family of churches in Charlotte, North Carolina, which plants a new church every one to two years. Sandy Willson is the recently retired Senior Pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee, which has planted daughter churches regularly over the past 40 years.

Capacity is limited for this Senior Pastor Peer Cohort, so register early to ensure your spot.


Lodging and meal costs are waived for current EPC church planters and their spouses. Presbyteries are encouraged to scholarship the travel costs for the planters in their presbyteries.

Lodging and meal cost for network leaders, presbytery leaders, multiplying church senior pastor, and all others interested in attending is $600 per person ($900 for couples).

For more information or to register, contact Rebecca Porter at

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