Preschool & Children’s Ministers Retreat

January 20 – 21, 2015

The Preschool and Children’s Minister’s Retreat is an opportunity for gathering with other ministers for the purpose of fellowship, networking, information and spiritual refreshment.


Sessions will be held at the Baptist Building.

333 N. Washington Ave
Dallas, TX 75246


Crown Plaza Dallas Downtown
1015 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75202

A discounted rate of $109 per night is available. This includes breakfast for one person, with an additional breakfast at $10. Parking is discounted to $8 per day. The banquet will also be held at the Crown Plaza.

Click here to make hotel reservation online.


Starts Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. and ends Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.

Click here to download a tentative schedule.



Ricky Chelette

Ricky Chelette is the Executive Director of Living Hope Ministries and has been involved in local church ministry for more than thirty years, helping people who are sexually and relationally wounded. Speaking to thousands of teens and adults who struggle with sexual identity, Ricky brings vast experience and personal knowledge to this difficult subject. His logical, humorous and straight-forward approach makes sense of a very complex and often confusing issue. Ricky is an ordained Southern Baptist Minster and has served on church staffs in Louisiana and Texas and has been on staff at First Baptist Church, Arlington, Texas for over 18 years. He has spoken in churches throughout the US, Europe and Australia. He has also spoken at University and Seminary campuses throughout the south. Through his teaching you will gain a deeper understanding of why people struggle with their sexual identity and parents will gain insight in creating healthy gender formation in their children. He has a BA in Political Science/Pre-Law, and a Master in Religious Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married for 26 years to Merlinda Allen Chelette and they live in Arlington, Texas.

Bible Study Leader

Jennifer Bashaw, PH.D.

Jennifer Bashaw studied at Baylor University for her bachelor’s degree and earned her Masters of Divinity at George W. Truett Theological Seminary. Although raised in Texas Baptist churches, she and her family spent several years in Pasadena, California while she completed her Ph. D. in New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. Jennifer has a great passion for interpreting and teaching the Bible and has served in church ministry for the last sixteen years, as children’s minister, youth minister, and associate pastor. She currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Religion at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas. She is married to Kerry Bashaw and has three young sons, Noah, Riley, and Isaac.

Breakout Leader

Leigh Ann Stark

Leigh Ann Stark began her ministry training at Oklahoma Baptist University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Christian Service. She furthered her education at the Pacific Northwest Campus of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, and was awarded a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership. Following a call to ministry in the Pacific Northwest after college, ministry experience has taken various paths for Leigh Ann, including Vacation Bible School director and Preschool Ministry Director at First Baptist Church of Beaverton, Oregon. Time spent as a sales associate for LifeWay Christian Store gave her the added opportunity in learning to resource churches and leaders. Currently serving as Childhood Ministry Specialist for the Northwest Baptist Convention, Leigh Ann ministers among a diverse array of churches and draws from her extensive background to relate to church leaders. Married for 25 years, Leigh Ann and her husband, Todd, have twin sons who are both newlyweds. A new adventure is in store as they are experiencing the joy of their first granddaughter.


Dana Hamilton will provide entertainment during the banquet on Tuesday night. Dana is a nationally-renowned hammered dulcimer player. Click here for a sample of his music.


$120 early registration
$140.00 late registration

Registration for this event is no longer open.


Diane Lane
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