Our theme - "Ministry Wives - One Body United in Christ"
"Ministry Wives - One Body United in Christ" is this year's theme for the Ministry Wives Retreat. Our theme is taken from Colossians 3:12-17. Whether you are new to the Church of God in Michigan, whether you live in the city, suburbs, or country; whether your church is large, small, and multicultural or not, ALL of us as ministry wives are vital to the ministry of God's Church. There is diversity among us, but we are united through Christ. We are God's chosen ones, holy and beloved of God. We must put on God's love and let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts to which we are called in one body. The word of Christ in all its richness must live in our hearts and everything we do or say then should be done in the name of Jesus. As one body we must stand together against the evil tides of racism, violence, immorality, injustice and secularism that are permeating the church in this dark, post-Christian era. We are overcomers and we must press the battle on for Truth, Righteousness and the advancement of God's Kingdom! This retreat offers prayer for healing from the wounds we have experience within the church and the admonition to forgive those who have wounded us. With thankful hearts for the position we have in Christ and in the church, let's gather together for fellowship, fun, teaching and praise/worship so we can be refreshed to serve. I would love to you see you there.
Sharon (Brown) Richardson is the wife of Rev. Mark Richardson who is currently the State Pastor of the Church of God in Michigan since November 2019. She had been honored and privileged to be active in ministry as a First Lady in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for 23 years - at the New Life Church of God for 17 years and at Lincoln Avenue Church of God for five years. Other roles she has fulfilled within the Church are: WCG/CWC President from 2002 to 2014; Deaconess, Commissioned Minister, Choir/Praise Team member, Epics Teacher and Prison Ministry Team Member. Most importantly she continues the ministry of intercessory prayer because she believes wholeheartedly in the saving, sanctifying, healing, delivering and restoring power of God. Sharon was born in Akron, Ohio. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and became a member of the Robert Street Church of God (now Arlington Church of God) under the leadership of Rev. Ronald J. Fowler in January 1979. She met her husband, Mark Richardson at church and they were married on September 1, 1984. She has two children: Anna and Joshua; and one grandson, Akhil.
Crystal Colp is a wife, mom, speaker, teacher, writer and ordained minister in The Church of God. She serves on staff at the First Church of God in St. Joseph, Michigan where she is a speaker, writer, and pastor of adult discipleship. She has co-written four Bible Studies published by Warner Press Publishing. Warner Press also released her book on Women's Ministry in the fall of 2017. She married her husband, David 30 years ago and together they have two grown boys. Caleb is 26 years old and a graduate of Cornerstone University. Jacob is 23 and a graduate of Mid-America Christian University. As a couple, David and Crystal have been in full-time ministry for 30 years, serving in youth ministry for the first 12 years. At present, they serve the First Church of God in St. Joseph, Michigan where David is the Lead Pastor. Crystal has a burden to see individuals value God's Word as applicable to everyday life. Discipleship and soul care are her heart. She sees herself as a work in progress on a journey to look more like Jesus every day and totally dependent on Him.
Rev. Chariese Matthews is the Associate Pastor and networks in leadership at the South Side Church of God, in Pontiac, where her husband, Rev. Shelton E. Matthews, is the Lead Pastor. The experiences they have shared in ministry together, have been overwhelming. Rev. Matthews was raised in the Michigan area at the Southwestern Church of God. Reverend Chariese received formal training for ministry from local Bible Colleges, in the Michigan area. Receiving her "Bachelor of Theology" and "Masters in Ministry" from the California School of Ministry, Detroit Campus. Never has she regretted preparation for the mandate to handle the "Gospel." Through her youth and young adult years at Southwestern, she learned to love God's people, to lead by example from the truth in his "Word," and to be loyal to the Lord, as King in her life. She says, "It's awesome to be reminded of each blessing God has given, as the results of answering this call to the ministry of proclaiming the Gospel." She and her husband will celebrate 44 years of marriage this August. They reside in Pontiac, Michigan and have pastored the South Side Church for the past 34 years, this November. They have three adult children and nine grandchildren, who are their pride and joy!
Friday Evening September 17, 2021
6-8:00 p.m. Registration
Refreshments - deserts, snacks and drinks
Settle In (linens provided)
8:00 p.m. - Welcome
8:30 p.m. - Meet our First Lady of the Church of God in Michigan
Min. Sharon Richardson