SERF Women's Retreat 2020


Mar 13-15, 2020

at Christmount

Black Mountain, NC


Featured speakers are

the Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale

and the Rev. Terri Hord Owens!


It will be a mountaintop experience to remember!

NOTICE: As of January 14, 2020, lodging at Christmount is near-capacity. We are working with nearby conference centers and hotels to accommodate guests who register after this date. 


What is the SERF 2020 Women’s Event?

It is a gathering for women of the Southeastern Regional Fellowship of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) which includes the Regions of Alabama/Northwest Florida, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.  


The Women’s Event will include:


  • Fellowship with Disciples Sisters

  • Inspiring Keynote Speakers

  • Informative Workshops

  • Stories from International Sisters

  • Dynamic Worship and Music

  • Exhibits and Ten Thousand Villages Shopping

  • Delicious Meals

  • FUN! FUN! FUN!

Theme: “Shout from the Hills”

Sisters will come together for inspiration to proclaim with joy the goodness, mercy, and justice of God. 



(Women are welcome to come a day early to enjoy the sights!)

Friday, March 13 –

3:00 Registration opens

4:00-5:00 Optional pre-event inspirational time

6:00 Dinner

7:00 Evening Session with Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale preaching


Saturday, March 14 –

8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Morning session with Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale preaching

Exact times tba:  Workshops/Panel with International Sisters

Evening Worship with Rev. Terri Hord Owens preaching


Sunday, March 15 –

Worship with Communion with Rev. Terri Hord Owens preaching

11:00 Safe Travels

Cost and Deadline: $75 Registration plus housing and meals ($100 registration after Feb. 18). 

Deadline: No refunds on registration after March 1. 

Meet our Keynoters:


The Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale is the Founder and Senior Pastor of the Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, GA. 


A woman of vision, Dr. Hale is revered for her leadership, integrity, and compassion.  She is a recipient of numerous honors and recognitions and is a contributing writer to many books and publications.     In 2010, Dr. Hale authored I’m A Piece of Work: Sisters Shaped by God.  


Originally from Roanoke, VA, Dr. Hale received a B.A. in music from Hollins University; an M. Div. from Duke University; and a D. Min. from United Theological Seminary.

The Rev. Teresa “Terri”  Hord Owens was elected as the General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in July 2017.  She is the first person of color and second woman to lead the denomination.  A descendant of one of the oldest African-American free settlements in Indiana and a Disciple since young adulthood, Hord Owens was dean of students at the University of Chicago Divinity School and pastor of First Christian Church of Downers Grove, IL, prior to her election.


Hord Owens is widely sought after as a preacher, speaker and workshop facilitator. She has been married for over 30 years to Walter Owens, Jr.  They are the proud parents of an adult son, W. Mitchell Owens, III.