What is the Campus Retreat? The Campus Retreat is a time to come apart and rest, to fellowship with other college and university students from across Pennsylvania.
Who should come? If you are between the ages of 18-30 the retreat is for you. There will be undergrad college students to doctoral students. It is a time to meet new people and network with people from various majors and professions. There will also be training for students, lay members, and/or pastors who are interested in starting their own campus ministry group.
What to expect? There will be time to hear inspiring messages from God’s Word, testimonies, and social activities. Laurel Lake Camp in beautiful western Pennsylvania is a wonderful nature setting to connect with God and enjoy the beautiful winter scenery. There will be recreation opportunities for those who want to play pickleball, basketball, or just go for a walk around camp. Meals will be provided in the cafeteria beginning with supper on Friday evening and finishing with breakfast Sunday morning.
What kind of training will be available? Sunday morning’s final charge will finish at 10:00 am. At this point anyone interested in improving or starting their own student campus group is invited to stay for a practical training from Pastor Leeroy about how to start and effectively lead a local campus ministry group on your own campus. This training will finish at noon.
What to bring? You will be staying in a cabin with bunk beds. You will want to bring a sleeping bag or sheets/blankets for a twin size bed. You will want to bring warm clothes for the cold weather. Here is a list to help you prepare, What to Bring List.
Meet the Speaker: Leeroy Hernandez serves as evangelism director of the Public Campus Ministries Department for the Michigan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He is also the director for the CAMPUS Missionary Training Program. He has led and grown small groups and student organizations at Grand Valley State University and other nearby colleges and has trained Adventist and non-Adventist student leaders on how to effectively minister on public college campuses since 2014. He lives near East Lansing, MI home of Michigan State University, where he met his wife Cori (an MSU graduate). They are the proud parents of their son Desmond and two dogs: Kimchi and Nico.