NC Baptist Women's Retreat

October 28-29, 2016
Caraway Conference Center
Sophia, N.C.

“You will show me the path to life, abounding joy in your presence…”
– Psalm 16:11a


Many things in life can make us feel overwhelmed. Marriage. No marriage. Kids. Finances. Work. Responsibilities. Parents. Retirement. Politics. The state of the world. So many things can overwhelm our everyday existence.

But what if our everyday existence were overwhelmed with God’s presence rather than our circumstances? What if we were so overwhelmed with His goodness and character that things of the world did not overwhelm us?

At this retreat, we will study Scripture and learn what it means to be overwhelmed with the presence of the Lord and how to focus on the Father rather than our circumstances.


Regular Registration
Registration paid in full by October 7.

Jacumin Lodge (bunk beds) - $160 per person, include program fees and materials, Friday night lodging, Friday night dinner and Saturday breakfast and lunch.

Commuting - $100 per person, includes program fees and materials, Friday night dinner and Saturday breakfast and lunch.

Important Note
We are at capacity for those staying at the conference center. We hope that you will consider staying in the Jacumin Lodge or registering as a commuter. View local hotel options

Registration is first-come, first-serve and is transferable for this event, but non-refundable.



Friday, October 28
12:30 p.m. Registration and Check-in begins
(lunch is not included)
2 p.m. Main Session
3 p.m. Breakout Session
4:15 p.m. Breakout Session
5:30 p.m. Dinner in Dining Hall
6:45 p.m. Main Session
After 8:20 p.m. - Game room, flashlight tour or time to relax

Saturday, October 29
7:15 a.m. Breakfast in Dining Hall
Check-out prior to 8:45 a.m.
8:45 a.m. Main Session
9:45 a.m. Optional Breakout Session / Discussion time
11 a.m.  Hour of Reflection
Noon Lunch in Dining Hall
1:15 p.m. Breakout Session
2:30 p.m. Main Session


Carolyn McCulley

Carolyn McCulley

Carolyn McCulley is an author, speaker, and filmmaker. She has written three books—The Measure of SuccessRadical Womanhood, and Did I Kiss Marriage Goodbye?— and contributed to the ESV Women's Devotional BibleMom Enough: The Fearless Mother’s Heart and Hope, and Sex and the Supremacy of Christ. Her latest book, The Measure of Success, was a silver finalist in the ECPA 2015 Christian Book Awards and won an award of merit in the Christianity Today 2015 Book Awards. She has also written for a wide range of publications, including The Washington Post and Christianity Today, and her commentary has appeared on The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, Boundless, True Woman, Propel, and Her.meneutics sites. She has been interviewed by numerous national media, including Family Life Today, Focus on the Family, WORLD magazine, Revive Our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss, CBN's 700 Club Interactive, In the Marketplace with Janet Parshall, and many more.

Carolyn is an award-winning producer/director/editor at Citygate Films, a nonfiction film company she founded in 2009, which has offices in Washington, D.C., and New York City.  She is the proud aunt of six nieces and nephews and is a member of Redeemer Church of Arlington.

Worship Leaders

Cindy Johnson

Cindy Johnson has been traveling the country as a worship leader and speaker for over 17 years. After graduating from Belmont University in Nashville, TN, she moved back to her home state of North Carolina and founded "Stage 2 Ministries." Her husband, Steve, joined the ministry full time in 2007 and together they follow their passion - to lead others straight to the throne of God. In addition to leading worship, Cindy and Steve both have a passion to study and teach God's Word in a clear and practical way. While continuing to tour with Stage 2 Ministries, Cindy also serves as the Contemporary Worship Leader and Director of Women's Ministry at Old Town Baptist Church in Winston-Salem.

Kimberly Merida

Kimberly Merida is the wife of Tony Merida, pastor of Imago Dei Church, Raleigh, and the author of Orphanology and Ordinary. Kimberly is the mother of five adopted children, four from Ukraine and one from Ethiopia. Kimberly speaks at various women's conferences, and justice ministry events. She homeschools three of their children, serves alongside other pastors' wives in ministering to women in their faith family and volunteers as a Justice Advocate with the International Justice Mission. She is also a musician, playing weekly at Imago Dei, and at other events. You can follow her blog at