N.C. Baptist Women's Retreat

October 27-28, 2017
Caraway Conference Center
Sophia, N.C.

“He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.” – Psalm 1:3    

During the fiercest of winds and strongest of storms, the trees with the deepest roots are not easily uprooted. Simply put, the tree is anchored to the ground, and though it might be weathered, it is firmly planted.

God desires for women to live their lives anchored to Him so that when the storms of life come, we are firmly planted in Him and His promises.

But how do we anchor ourselves in the Lord’s Word? At this retreat, we will learn how to study Scripture so we might be anchored in our Heavenly Father and His truth.


Friday, October 27
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 28
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



Katie Orr

Katie Orr
Determined and ambitious, Katie Orr equips busy women to experience God. While she holds a bachelor of science degree in medical technology from Auburn University, she’s discovered a passion to teach women how to study Scripture, equipping them to walk with God for a lifetime. She currently serves as the social media specialist and community development director for Flourish, a ministry of the North American Mission Board with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Katie ministered as a staff member for Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) as a campus minister in various roles, including several years as the Associate Metro Campus Director. After six years of full-time service with Cru, Katie left campus ministry to join her pastor-husband, Chris, in church revitalization. They have three children and currently call Harrodsburg, Kentucky, home.

As a blogger since 2010, she has helped lead and launch online movements such as HelloMornings and the Hide His Word scripture memory challenges. Katie has also advocated and blogged for The Seed Company, a Wycliffe Bible Translators affiliate, and has served as a contributing writer to many well-established sites such as the popular mom-blog inspiredtoaction.com, flourish.me (a ministry of the North American Mission Board to ministry wives), missionalwomen.com, and themobsociety.com, an inspirational blog for mothers of boys.

Katie has authored more than 14 titles, including the recently released FOCUSed15 Bible studies Everyday Hope, Everyday Faith, Everyday Love, and Everyday Peace. The fifth title in the series, Everyday Obedience, will release Summer of 2017. She has self-published more than ten titles, including her 2014 releases Immersed and Wild Obedience and has contributed to many devotional titles such as Joy in All Circumstances (The Seed Company devotional). Katie has forthcoming contributions to the popular Gospel Project Sunday school curriculum, published by LifeWay Christian Resources.

Worship Leader

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 www.shownmercy.blogspot.com.

Special Guest Breakout Leader

Esther Burroughs

Esther Burroughs is director of “Esther Burroughs Ministries: Treasures of the Heart,” a speaking and writing ministry. Burroughs speaks almost exclusively at women’s ministry events, and her heart for God is the focus of all her teaching. She is also the author of five books. Burroughs and her husband, Bob, have been married for 59 years. They have two adult children and are the proud grandparents of four granddaughters and one grandson.


More Information

Brandy Barkley  /  [email protected]  /  (800) 395-5102 ext. 5558