Speakers for the 2019 Minnesota Christian Ashram
The 2019 Minnesota Christian Ashram will be held at Camp Onomia on August 2nd-August 4th, 2019.
We are excited to be returning to beautiful Camp Onomia, which is located just southwest of Lake Mille Lacs on the beautiful shores of Lake Shakopee with 1500 feet of lake shore and surrounded by Kathio State Park. The facilities are comfortable; the wooded grounds are private with a park-like feel; fabulous sunsets; camp-fires at the fire circle; the fellowship is life changing!
Our speakers this year include:
- Evangelist – Bro. Roberto Escamilla: The only surviving member of the original “The Four” named by Bro. Stanley in Jerusalem in 1972; frequent traveling companion and interpreter of Bro. Stanley through Puerto Rico and South America; former President of the UCA International Board of Directors and author of Prisoners of Hope and The Abundant Life in Christ, I and II.
- Bible Teacher – Paul Escamilla: Rev. Dr. Paul L. Escamilla, who studied at Emory University in Atlanta, served as senior pastor at several Texas congregations before being appointed to Laurel Heights UMC in July 2018. He has also taught preaching, worship, and administration at Perkins School of Theology, SMU. In his pastoral ministry, he especially enjoys the work of preaching and worship, congregational discernment and visioning, and community and missional outreach. Paul is married to Liz, an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher. They have three grown children, Sarah, David, and Anna.
- Youth Ministry – Tom Anderson: Tom Anderson grew up in South Minneapolis where he met his wife Beckie. After going to college in Chicago (North Park University), he studied theology and biblical studies at Bethel Seminary and London School of Theology and has taught courses on the Bible at North Central University and Crown College. Tom plays several instruments and has been blessed to lead music at the Ashram in past years. Tom, Beckie and their three kids, Marcus, Miles and Malia live in Minneapolis where they attend and serve at Iglesia Nueva Salem/New Salem Church, a Spanish and English bi-lingual congregation seeking Christ centered transformation of individuals, families and the community.
- Director – Judy Madsen: Judy Madsen, Director of the Minnesota Christian Ashram, is a retired elementary teacher from the Minneapolis Public Schools and became director in August, 2005.
She and her husband John, their two sons, her parents, her siblings and their families have bee part of the Minnesota Christian Ashram since it began in 1985. Because the Ashram has been such a source of spiritual growth and refreshment for the entire family, Judy is grateful for that rich heritage and wants to share the experience with others.