Men’s Summit Connects to God

The Upper Columbia Conference Men’s Summit, held March 4–6 at Camp MiVoden in Hayden Lake, Idaho, brought Christian men together from across the Northwest.

The event, which has been bringing men annually to the shores of Hayden Lake for more than 20 years, focused on connecting men to God and facilitating human connections as well.

"I’ve been coming to men’s retreat for over 20 years," said one attendee. "I love coming here. I always leave encouraged."

This year was no different as Glenn Russell, Andrews University religion professor, shared about connecting with God's radical love. 

In addition to the "Connect" theme, which brought men together for worship and fellowship, the event also featured a special tribute to a fellow brother in Christ, Craig Houston, who died in 2015. A military gun salute and ceremony honored Houson, who was active in his local church and men's ministry in Upper Columbia Conference. 

Jeff Wines, Upper Columbia Conference family ministries director, says, “Multiple men came up to me as the retreat was finishing and shared how much they enjoyed the music, the speaker and connecting with each other. Many guys expressed to me that they were very happy that they had been at the retreat because they grew closer to Christ and each other.”

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