Blackhawk Presbytery
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Supporting Thriving Faith Communities in Northern Illinois
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Blackhawk Presbytery
1922 N. IL Rte. 2
P.O. Box 199
Oregon, IL 61061


Stronghold Camp & Retreat Center

Synod of Lincoln Trails

Presbyterian Church (USA)

The per capita assessment for 2016 is $35.66
(GA-$7.12; Synod-$3.81; Blackhawk
Presbytery $24.73)

Our Vision

Grounded in the biblical image for human community, as disciples of Jesus, 
following His witness and command for His church,
guided by the principles of trust, open communication, and genuine relationships, 
we will challenge and support our congregations to be thriving faith communities by 
     providing competent pastoral leadership,
     resourcing to energize ministry, and
     developing networks and partnerships of Presbyterians.


"It is with joyful hearts, full of the Triune God’s grace, that we welcome
Dr. Danny Pierce as the new Executive Director of Stronghold."

The Search Committee has shared the following from Danny:

"Greetings to you the vast community of Stronghold.  I was invited to share a few words about my hope for the future and I share these thoughts with you.  Through the grace and guidance of God, Stronghold Camp and Retreat Center will enter into the future as a living example of the love set in motion by our savior Jesus Christ.  Stronghold will continue to honor its past, and the meaningful experiences and impact it has had on the life of those who have attended camps, conferences and other events. 

As we move into the future, Stronghold will be Active, Green and Growing. The Stronghold Center and staff will be active in its faith, active in the community, and active in supporting programs and experiences that awaken and infuse the glory of the Holy Spirit in all we do.  As we move into the unknown, the responsibility of taking care of God’s Creation is paramount.  By design and example, Stronghold will strive to teach and bring awareness of our role in environmental stewardship for a sustainable future. Lastly, Stronghold needs to grow like a garden in the summer to bear the fruits of our faith.  Growing in participation, growing in support, growing in the influence it leaves on the hearts of those we are blessed to partner and work with.

The Lord is my light and salvation, whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the Stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)"

Please Read the Complete Letter of Announcement Here.