Retreat 2019

October 21

Calling, Knowing God & Relationships


Tony Campolo

Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Eastern University

Tony Campolo is professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University and a former faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania. For 40 years, he led the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, an organization which he founded to create and support programs serving needy communities. More recently, Dr. Campolo has provided leadership for the progressive Christian movement, Red Letter Christians as well as, for the Campolo Center for Ministry, a program which provides support to those the church has called to full-time ministry. He has written more than 35 books and can be found blogging regularly on and Tony and his wife Peggy live near Philadelphia and have two children and four grandchildren.

In November 2012, Tony Campolo received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Youth Worker’s Convention. The wording on the award is: “Award of Lifetime Achievement is proudly presented to Tony Campolo who has defined and courageously pioneered what is means to encourage, care and lead students, possessing the qualities that inspire us and provoke us to continue the journey into the future with boldness and confidence. As a result of Tony’s life of ministry and leadership he has left a legacy of encouragement and hope to youth workers and students everywhere.”

When the presentation was given, a great mention of Tony’s work with Compassion International was made and Compassion asked to be able to say thank you to Tony for the lifetime of child sponsorships he has helped to make possible.

Gordon MacDonald

Former Chancellor of Denver Seminary


Gordon MacDonald comes with years of incredible leadership experience. He was named Chancellor of Denver Seminary in 2011 where he had served as interim president. He graduated with a BA from University of Colorado and an MDiv from Denver Seminary.

He has been awarded two honorary Doctorates: one from Denver Seminary in 2011 and the other from Barrington College (which later merged with Gordon College) in 1979. Gordon is an author, speaker, and teacher, and was a pastor for more than 40 years. He has written more than two-dozen books and co-authored others with his wife, Gail. Perhaps his best-known book has been Ordering Your Private World, which won the Gold Medallion and the Platinum Awards from the Evangelical Christian Publishing Association. There are almost 1.5 million copies of this book in print, and it has been translated into a dozen languages. He writes regularly for Leadership Journal and also writes a column which appears on the website. Gordon serves as editor-at-large with Leadership Journal, a publication of Christianity Today, Inc. Until September of 2007, he was the chairman of the board of World Relief Corporation, an NAE-associated relief and development organization committed to the alleviation of suffering and poverty in the areas of HIV/AIDS, micro-enterprise development, refugee resettlement, and disaster assistance. He also speaks frequently at conferences for the Willow Creek Association, both in the United States and in other parts of the world. Privately, he engages with company leaders as an executive coach. Gordon and Gail MacDonald, married 53 years, live in Concord, New Hampshire. Their great satisfaction is in their two married children and five grandchildren. The MacDonalds are also hikers, bikers, kayakers, and voracious readers.

Dr. Tim Royer

Owner and Founder of Royer Neuroscience

Upon completion of his undergraduate studies at Cedarville University, Dr Royer continued his education with a Master of arts degree in community counseling from Georgia State University and a master’s degree in Christian counseling from Richmont Graduate University. He then pursued a master’s degree in clinical psychology and finished his formal education with a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Argosy University.


In 1994 Dr Royer began his career at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Hospital, providing pediatric inpatient services and consultation services to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. He later became division chief of pediatric psychology at the children’s hospital. During his time there, he developed the Neurobehavioral Center where he had the experience of assessing thousands of childrens’ brains and consulting with their physicians and parents. This experience vastly deepened his knowledge of the brain and birthed a passion to help people improve their lives by using the brain as the generator of change.


In 2002, Dr. Royer started a practice working individually with students who were struggling academically. He expanded that experience into a school-based business in which he could provide student testing and treatment within the school setting, while coordinating the parent’s and teacher’s concerns under one roof, to produce improved academic performance. This successful concept developed into a thriving chain of clinics providing brain-based treatment to clients of all ages, addressing concerns of attention, memory, sleep, anxiety, mood and peak performance.


Dr. Royer is a believer in the power of the brain. For 25 years he has been working tirelessly to improve the brains of his clients and impact their quality of life. He combines cutting edge technology with proven principles and tools to produce the highest quality of expertise in brain optimization. His specialized training in neuropsychological testing/assessment allows him to provide individualized training recommendations for optimal performance. He is double board certified in neurofeedback and heart rate variability,providing him the means to produce brain balance.


His experience with over 50 thousand brains confirms that the brain is our most valuable commodity and the more we know about it, the better we can maximize it throughout our lifespan. His passion for individualized client education drives his own practice, where he spends as much time educating his clients as he does performing treatment. Dr. Royer is committed to educating people about their brain and is recognized for his ability to break down the science into digestible morsels for any audience.


Dr. Royer is on a mission to change the world-one brain at a time.


Personal: Dr. Royer resides in Grandville, Michigan with his wife of 30 years. They are the proud parents of four amazing kids and one great dog.

Bill Mitchell

Senior Pastor Boca Community Church/ Former Career in Real-estate

Bill Mitchell serves as Senior Pastor at Boca Raton Community Church, following a previous career in commercial and residential real estate for 25 years.

In his travels to over 85 countries, he developed a keen interest in and passion for the peoples and cultures of the world and strategically mentors leaders of non-profit agencies through the initiative of WorldLead.

He also facilitates BocaLead, a monthly lunch focused on developing strong, ethical business practices. With its dynamic expansion to Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, Bill challenges over 800 professional men and women across South Florida to transform their communities through the workplace.

Bill is an avid cyclist, who adores his five children and three grandchildren, and recently celebrated 37 years of marriage to his wife Elizabeth.


Work: The Meaning of Your Life, by Lester DeKoster

The Call (Chapter 4), by OS Guinness

Discussion Questions

Work, The Meaning of Your Life

  1. Does work give meaning to life?

The Call

  1. How have you seen the struggle between the “Primary Call” and “Secondary Call” that Guinness talks about in your own life?
  2. How can we keep the “Call to God First” our focus?