Workshop Sessions

All workshops will be focusing on Hymns



Pastor and Bonnie were both saved in 1973. At that time Pastor was teaching high school biology and coaching high school wrestling at Central High School in Salem, WI, while Bonnie cared for their children. It was through a severe car accident that Pastor Schlagel began to question life after death. The Schlagels just completed 37 years of ministry; the last 25 years at the Union Grove Baptist Church. They have three married children and eleven grandchildren.


"Serve the Lord with gladness"

Regina Bell was born and raised on the mission field in the Amazon jungle.  At an early age she understood her need to turn from her sin in repentance and accepted the free gift of salvation offered in Christ's death and resurrection.  She and her husband, Brandon, have been on deputation for the last  three years to do team church planting in the Dominican Republic.  They have two small children.  The Lord has given many opportunities over the past few years for her to be involved in teaching children and discipling ladies and children, one of her passions.  She anticipates the day her family reaches the mission field to continue the work that the Lord is preparing for them.


"It is he that hath made us, and  not we ourselves"

Sue Nicewander, MABC, NANC, serves as executive director, biblical counselor, and discipleship development instructor with Biblical Counseling Ministries (BCM) in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. She serves from five core churches in Central Wisconsin to offer one-on-one biblical counseling by pastoral referral, discipleship development training for local churches across the state, a free monthly e-newsletter, and a recommended resource list for reliable literature.

An experienced women’s ministry leader for over 30 years and biblical counselor for more than 18 years, Sue now counsels, writes, speaks and teaches as a counseling resource for small local churches. Her articles have been featured in the Journal of Biblical Counseling and The Baptist Bulletin. Day One has published her booklet Help! I Feel Ashamed and her book Building a Church Counseling Ministry Without Killing the Pastor, co-authored with Pastors Jonathan Jenks and Stephen Steinmetz.

She has been married to Jim for 40 years, and has two married daughters and six
grandchildren. She enjoys music, reading, and playing with her grandchildren. Sue and Jim serve as members of Berea Baptist Church in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

SPECIAL Note:  Please pray for Sue's husband, Jim.  He had a major stroke December 30.  Pray for Sue and family as many decisions & adjustments will need to be made.


"His truth endureth to all generations"

Having grown up in liberal denominational homes, Joe and Lenna Rains, were married in Iowa in 1970. Upon graduation from college, they moved to Indiana, and later Illinois, where they continued attending denominational churches. After their first two children were born, they began sensing a greater need for spiritual growth and wisdom in having a Christian home.  In June of 1978, the Lord moved them to Mukwonago , WI . In the providence of God, the pastor of a newly-started fundamental Baptist church in Mukwonago and a new convert (now a missionary in Kenya!) knocked on their door that Saturday.  The next morning they attended Mukwonago Baptist Church for the very first time. Now, thirty-five years later, they can only praise the Lord for what He has done in their home, not only in giving them eight children, but seeing all eight of those children in the Lord’s work, either in full-time Christian service or in preparation for the pastorate, evangelism, and missions. "Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised". Psalm 145:3


"For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting"

Finding herself without a home at the age of 17, Amanda Bricco was placed on government subsidies, set up in her own apartment by county welfare, and left to cope with life according to the ungodly counsel of peers.  Psychotherapists, psychiatrists, and doctors kept her dependent upon mind/mood altering prescription drugs claiming she suffered from multiple mental illnesses.  Experiencing the inevitable, incalculable consequences of her sin, Amanda's greatest desire was to be free from the chains that bound her.  Today she is free in Christ.  Her journey continues by faith and dependence upon Jesus Christ, her faithful Shepherd. 

         Lynda Hall was saved as a youth when her family found Christ in place of religion.  The journey of then growing in Christ included some hard times, but God, Who is more than faithful in keeping His own and in knowing what they need along the way, worked in her life and eventually brought her to First Baptist Church of Milltown where she serves faithfully.  Lynda and her husband own a hardware store in Milltown, and it is her desire to use that store in whatever way she can to further God’s work.   God saw Lynda’s heart and her burden for souls, and through the ministry of her church which shares the same burden, God brought Amanda and Lynda together into a sweet mentoring relationship.   Lynda would like to tell you her side of the story and how you, too, might learn to come alongside of another young believer or struggling saint and provoke them to love and good works.  




Christa Mielke was saved at the age of 5 years old. Growing up in a pastor's home in southern Minneosta, she learned the importance of godly music. At the age of 15 she su
rrendered to the Lord to do whatever it was He asked of her. She graduated from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College with a degree in Bible and Vocal Music.

She has taught in a Christian School and directed youth and adult choirs for 5 years. She loves music and believes that it's purpose is two-fold: to Glorify God and Communicate a Message. Her husband, Daniel, serves with his father at First Baptist Church in Milltown as the Associate Pastor.  She is the mother of two boys, Marcus and Matthias. She is expecting the third child to be born just a few weeks before the retreat. 

Ladies will greatly enjoy singing together under her leadership during this workshop and then performing during the Friday Evening General Session. (Workshop Session 2)


Rachael (Shore) Metcalf grew up in a WFBC pastor's home and was saved as a young girl.  Music was a key part of her childhood training in both the home and church ministry.  

Rachael's husband, Nathan, is on pastoral staff at First Baptist Church in La Salle, IL and is the principal of their Christian School.  Actively serving along with Nathan in volunteer capacities in these ministries, she is also teaching various classes in the school this year. The Metcalfs have 5 young children.

Ladies do NOT need musical ability, training, or special talent to play the tone chimes in this workshop!  You will not only enjoy the workshop time, but also enjoy performing during the Saturday Morning General Session.  (Workshop Session 3)


There will be no orchestra workshop this year.  Instead, ladies are encouraged to bring their instrument to play along with the congregational singing in conjunction with the general sessions. 

Participants, make note of the following: 1.  Please indicate which instrument you will be playing on your registration form so that music can be provided for you.  2.  You will need to provide your own music stand.
3.  You will need to arrive in Pillsbury Hall 15 minutes prior to each singspiration time.



Select  your own beads, create a design, and then make a piece of jewelry to take home with you. Ruth Shore enjoys sharing her hobby of jewelry making with other ladies.  

She grew up in a sweet Christian home with 3 sisters in Galesville, WI.  She is the mother of 4 young girls and likes to do crafting, baking, & sewing.  She teaches at Berean Christian School in Galesville and is an active member of Holmen Baptist Church.  (Workshop Session 1 or 4)   


Susan Weigand was saved at the age of 11 shortly after her Mom was saved and they started attending a gospel preaching church. She is an active member of Faith Baptist Church in Wisconsin Rapids. A wife for 35 years, the mother of five and the grandmother of four, she loves to follow the example of her creator God by being creative. She was taught to sew doll clothes as a young child by her Grandmother's Aunt and has loved all kinds of fabric crafts since.
She was looking for a "no sew" project to do with her Ladies Fellowship group and ran across burnt edge flowers. They are a fun, simple project and have many wonderful uses. You don't have to have any sewing experience to make burnt edge flowers and she will also show you how to use them. They are not just for your hair!