2017 Anabaptist Communicators Retreat

Reflection - Recreation - Relaxation

A time of reflection, recreation, relaxation and sharing designed to encourage the hearts and souls of those serving as communicators.


Laurelville Mennonite Church Center View in Google Maps →

Laurelville Mennonite Church Center
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October 18-20, 2017. 


$430.00 (two nights inclusive)
Special Rate for Students & Retirees: $165.00


Laurelville Mennonite Church Center
941 Laurelville Lane, Mt. Pleasant, PA.



Wednesday, Oct. 18

  • 7- 9 p.m. - Registration & Meet and Greet

Thursday, Oct. 19

  • 7 a.m. — Breakfast and Registration
  • 8:30 a.m. — Welcome and Meditation
  • 9 a.m. — Keynote Working Session
                    Messy Innovation- with Jesse Huxman
  • 10:45 a.m. — Break
  • 11:00 — Small Group Reflection
  • Noon — Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. — Second Session
                         Messy Innovation - Part Deux - with Jesse Huxman
  • 3:00 p.m. — Break
  • 3:15 p.m. — Networking: Unconstructed Conversations/Free Time
  • 6:00 p.m. — Dinner - with Brad Yoder, songwriter
                         How songwriting has communicated through and in my life.
                         Dinner followed by casual concert

Friday, Oct. 20

  • 7 a.m. — Breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m. — Meditation
  • 9 a.m. — Affinity Workshops
  • 10:45 a.m. — Break
  • 11 a.m. — "Annual Meeting" & Lunch



Jesse Huxman is a Marketing and Communications Professional specializing in brand narratives and strategies. He enjoys taking the complex and making it easy to understand.

Jesse has most recently led Mennonite Foundation of Canada through
re-branding as Abundance Canada.
In 2010 he was Marketer of the Year with AMA Wichita. He has had extensive experience in broadcast journalism, broadcast management, brand management, and writing instruction in both commercial and not-for-profit environments. He is an Emmy-nominated documentary producer and has a strong community reputation as a leader and manager.

Jesse currently resides in Harrisonburg, Virginia along with his wife, Susan Schultz Huxman who is president of Eastern Mennonite University.


Brad Yoder believes musical success should be measured in more than just the obvious ways. Being voted in the top three slots multiple times since 2002 for “Best Acoustic/Solo Artist” by Pittsburgh City Paper readers is great; playing Poughkeepsie, New York, and having a college freshman from Los Angeles request songs she’s only heard via Internet downloads is actually cooler.

Acknowledged by Pittsburgh Magazine as “ruling the Pittsburgh coffeehouse scene,” Brad logs over 150 performances annually, playing colleges, cafés, churches, festivals, First Nights, and even the zoo. He has opened for a diverse range of artists, and along the way, has sold many copies of five self-released CDs.

He has also led workshops at over 30 different colleges and universities on “Exploring Songwriting” and other topics including performance, and creative choices for working artists, encouraging student songwriters to find their own unique voices.


Anabaptist Communicators

Anabaptist Communicators is organized to facilitate and enhance communication, professional enrichment, fellowship, and development among those working in communication in separate, but related denominations.

Members include but are not limited to broadcasters, freelancers, writers, editors, filmmakers, videographers, artists, graphic designers, journalists, web designers, marketers, publishers, educators, administrators, and students in communication or related programs.