2017 IMMERSE CONFERENCE

Juanita Rasmus

Rudy Rasmus

Marlon F. Hall

Dr. Sharon Washington

Dr. Matt Russell

Cleve V. Tinsley IV

Christian Washington

Jacob Breeze

Rozella Haydée White

Dr. F. Willis Johnson

Lisa Garces

Dr. Virgil A. Wood

Chap Edmonson

Immerse Retreats...

presents

spirituality + innovation

We have been immersed in an amazing community in Houston, Texas for 25 years with people from every walk and have witnessed firsthand the freedom that occurs where spirituality and innovation intersect. 

Come and spend a day and a half with us getting refreshed and challenged to deepen your spiritual connection, expand your capacity to love, and unleash your inner-creative to dream. Also, join us to be equipped by some enlightened thought leaders and change-makers on the future of the church and leave inspired with ideas for the journey ahead.

Peace,
Juanita & Rudy

Speakers

Juanita Rasmus

Juanita Rasmus is a pastor, Spiritual Director, and contemplative with a passion for outreach to our world’s most impoverished citizens. Pastor Juanita co-pastors the St. John’s United Methodist Church located in Downtown Houston with her husband Rudy. In 2009, Juanita was diagnosed with kidney cancer, but she wasn’t afraid. Instead, she waited to see what lesson the disease would bring.In August 2010, The Art Project Houston (TAPH) was launched, emerging from Juanita’s recovery from cancer. TAPH is a therapeutic art program for the homeless, hungry, and transitioning community of Houston and those concerned about their plight. During her battle to recovery, Juanita rediscovered her identity as an artist and wanted to share with others how art became such a vital part of her healing journey. Her desire for the project is to help people express their creativity, thus empowering them through artistic endeavors

www.stjohnsdowntown.org
https://twitter.com/pastor_juanita
Battle with Cancer Changes Outlook

Rudy Rasmus

Rudy is an author and humanitarian with a passion for outreach to the world. From his previous life of owning and operating a “borderline bordello,” today Pastor Rudy co-pastors the St. John’s Church in Downtown and Northwest Houston with his wife Juanita. A church that began with 9 existing members in 1992, St. John’s has grown to thousands where every week people of every social and economic background share the same pew. He attributes the success of the church to a compassionate group of people who have embraced the vision of tearing down the walls of classism, sexism, and racism and building bridges of unconditional love, universal recovery, and unprecedented hope.

www.pastorrudy.net
Pastor Rudy Serves The Least

Marlon F. Hall

Marlon F. Hall a visual anthropologist who leads Folklore Films and the Awakenings Movement. He is a storyteller who uses photography, anthropology, filmmaking and writing to share stories of love, imagination and passion. Hall serves on the faculty of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity’s Foundations of Christian Leadership and Denominational Leadership courses.

http://www.folklorefilms.org

Dr. Sharon Washington

Dr. Sharon Washington is a cultural anthropologist, writer, and performs research and program development in education, race, poverty, and the media. Sharon uses research to build structures for people groups who are marginalized to realize better futures for themselves.

http://www.tworesearch.io

Dr. Matt Russell

Dr. Matt Russell is Director of the Center for Urban Reconciliation and Theological Education. Matt works in the area of faith formation, community development, and restorative justice, and is an affiliate professor at Fuller Theological Seminary in Practical Theology.

http://projectcurate.org

Cleve V. Tinsley IV

Cleve V. Tinsley IV is an educator, ethnographer, and community advocate based in Houston, TX. Currently he serves as theologian-in-residence at St. John's United Methodist Church-Downtown and he is a PhD candidate in the Department of Religion at Rice University, where his academic research explores critical understandings of the wider social scientific and historical approaches to the study of religion in general and African-American religion in particular. Cleve's research focuses on the relationship between religion to identity in African American communities, and he is a research fellow in Rice’s Religion and Public Life Program.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/cvtinsley

Christian Washington

Christian Washington in 2004 founded Real Coaching, a rapid solutions consulting practice that focuses on urban faith-based and non-profit organizations. He is also Community Pastor at “The Upper Room Community” which is intentionally diverse and specifically focuses on connecting people who are "newer" to Houston to God, each other, and the missional needs of the city.

http://www.chapelwood.org/upper-room/

Jacob Breeze

Jacob Breeze is the pastor of new worship community development at Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston and has started a new congregation in East Downtown Houston. He has a B.A. from Lincoln Christian University and an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School.

http://www.ministrymatters.com/all/author/jacob_paul_breeze
https://medium.com/@jacobbreeze

Rozella Haydée White

Rozella Haydée White is a life and leadership coach desperately seeking justice, mercy, humility and love. She is the owner of RHW Consulting, a boutique firm focused on accompanying individuals, organizations and communities as they figure out how to live their most meaningful life. She also serves as the Houston City Director for Mission Year (www.missionyear.org), an organization committed to walking with young adults as they love God and love their neighbor. Rozella is a writer, teacher, speaker and public theologian, boldly engaging issues of faith, justice, mental illness and the radical and transformative love of God as embodied in the person of Jesus. She believes that everyone is gifted and has the power to transform themselves, their communities and the world when they tap into their most authentic self.

www.rhw-consulting.com

Dr. F. Willis Johnson

Social Engagement and Innovation: Striving vs. Starving
Amid shrinking budgets, institutional uncertainty, and great social contention, the message of hope is challenged by the maintenance of ministry. Too often, justice efforts and ministry are seen to be separate, existing into their own silos. Come join the conversation as we explore how to bring together social concern and spiritual formation to create social enterprise.

https://www.facebook.com/fwillisjohnsonjr
https://twitter.com/FWillisJohnson
http://www.abingdonpress.com/holdingupyourcorner

Lisa Garces

Lisa is a Houston native with deep roots in the city. She earned a BA from the University of Texas at Arlington followed by a Master of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota. When she returned to Texas, Lisa completed a BS at the College of Biblical Studies and a Graduate Certificate from Dallas Theological Seminary in Cross Cultural Ministry. She is currently the Director of Development for The Salvation Army of Greater Houston. Previous development positions included service with the Houston Food Bank, the College of Biblical Studies, and the San Jacinto Council of Girl Scouts. While at CBS, Lisa was also the Director of the Center for Hispanic Ministry. She cares deeply about alleviating poverty, social action, and human rights. Lisa is a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church. In her spare time she enjoys running marathons and Bikram Yoga

Dr. Virgil A. Wood

Dr. Virgil A. Wood, church leader, educator, and civil rights activist, has committed much of his life's work to the struggle for economic and spiritual development among the nation's disadvantaged.Educated at Virginia Union University and Andover Newton Theological School, he holds a doctorate from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Ordained as a Baptist minister in his late teens, Wood has served churches in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Virginia. During his pastorate in Lynchburg, Virginia, he became actively involved in the civil rights movement, and served with Martin Luther King, Jr., as member of the National Executive Board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and coordinated the state of Virginia for the historic march to Washington, on April 28, 1963.

http://www.soulscope.com

Chap Edmonson

Works closely with each of his clients to curate, design & re-imagine brand experiences that best reach their target consumers. His extensive list of clients include artists, non-profit organizations, innovative startups, and houses of worship with the key objective to design a thoughtful and personal brand identity for businesses that allows consumers to connect in a meaningful way.

http://www.aurumbranding.com

Schedule

Thursday, March 16

  • 5:30pm Shuttle from Four Seasons to St. John’s / Check-in Dinner
  • 6:30pm Welcome and Introductions (Hope Hall)
  • 7:00pm Juanita Rasmus
  • 7:45pm A conversation with Juanita Rasmus and Rozella White
  • 8:45pm Depart for Four Seasons Hotel

Friday, March 17

  • 8:00am Shuttle from Four Seasons to St. John’s / Breakfast
  • 8:30am Welcome
  • 9:00am Marlon Hall – Film and Innovation
  • 9:55am Soul Scope Film #1- Dr. Wood
  • 10:00am F Willis Johnson – Social Engagement and Innovation
  • 10:50 ~Break~
  • 11:00am Sharon Washington – Education and Innovation
  • 11:30am Cleve Tinsley & Matt Russell – Race and Innovation
  • Soul Scope Film #2- Dr. Wood
  • 12:30 Working Lunch
  • 1:00pm Lisa Garces – Funding and Innovation
  • 1:30pm Chap Edmondson – Branding and Innovation
  • 2:00pm Jacob Breeze – Liturgy and Innovation
  • 2:45pm Simeon Queen & Rudy Rasmus – Community Development and Innovation
  • Soul Scope Film #3- Dr. Wood
  • 3:20pm Break
  • 3:30pm Rudy and Dr. Wood – Dr. Martin L. King and Innovation
  • 4:00pm Christian Washington – Worship and Innovation
  • 5:00pm Conversation with Rudy and Juanita
  • 6:00pm Dinner on your own / Depart for Four Seasons

You are invited to hangout with Rudy on Friday night – 7pm-10pm
Location: throughgood coffee 732 W. 27th Houston, TX 77008

Staff Contact

Pastor Tiffany Tarrant
713-659-3237 xt 4031


Travel Information

St. John’s UMC – 2019 Crawford St.
Houston, TX 77002
Ph. 713-659-3237 / Web: www.stjohnsdowntown.org

 - Directions to St. John’s from Hobby Airport…

 - Directions to St. John’s from Bush Intercontinental Airport…

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