YAM Fall Retreat 2022

September 23-25

Join us at Deer Run in Franklin, TN. The cost is $136 and includes two nights of lodging and 5 meals.
This will be a great way to get plugged in, meet new friends, and build deeper relationships with one another as we worship, eat, play and learn together. If you have any questions or concerns, then please reach out to Jacob Gambrell at

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5:30p Arrive & meet greet
6:00p Dinner
7:15p Worship 
7:45p Dr. Andrew Krinks - Introduction to the Contemplative Practice and Justice


8:00a Breakfast
9:15a Worship 
9:30a Panel - Work/Spiritual life balance
10:30a Break out groups
12:00p Lunch
1:30p Organized activity/Free time 
6:00p Dinner
7:15p Worship 
7:45p Dr. Scott Adair - Knowing and Becoming the Gospel 
9:00 Campfire devo songs


8:00a Breakfast
8:45a Worship 
9:15a Father Bruce Morrill - The Eucharist, Sign, and Symbol 
10:00a Communion 
11:00a Depart


"Introduction to the Contemplative Practice and Justice"

Dr. Andrew Krinks 
Dr. Andrew Krinks is an educator, writer, scholar, and movement builder working at the intersections of religion, race, mass criminalization, and abolition in Nashville. He studied at Lipscomb and Vanderbilt Divinity School and is currently doing post-doctoral work at Vanderbilt for the Race Research and Justice Initiative. 

Panel on Work-Spiritual Life Balance 

Carrie Brock 
Carrie Brock is a wife and mom of four and long-time member of Otter Creek. She started her career in advertising before co-founding Climb Nashville with her husband Lance and their business partner. She took a 10 year break off paid employment when she started raising kids before returning to work 6 years ago in interior design and fine art. 

Sandy Bledsoe 
Sandy Bledsoe is a long time Otter Creek member who has had a long successful career working in Risk Management at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She and her husband Craig have served for years in many contexts at OC including children's ministry and college ministry. 

Dr. Lauren White 
Dr. Lauren White is a professor in the College of Bible at Lipscomb University and is a member of Otter Creek. Her scholarship addresses connections between hermeneutic praxis, systematic theology, and material culture in the interest of developing constructive proposals for faith practitioners and theological educators. She has studied at Vanderbilt University, Abilene Christian University, and Harding University. She and her husband, Jason, have two children.

"Knowing and Becoming the Gospel"

Dr. Scott Adair 
Scott Adair is the Director for the Center for Family Ministries at Harding University and has served full-time on the faculty of the College of Bible and Ministry since 2001. He teaches classes on The Life and Teachings of Jesus, The Faith and Mission of the Church, Christology, and Living Christian Traditions. He also serves part-time at Highway Church of Christ in Judsonia, AR as teaching minister, where he has been on staff for over 28 years. He and his wife, Amy, have been married for 32 years and have three grown children and two grandchildren

"The Eucharist, Sign, and Symbol" 

Fr. Bruce Morrill SJ 
Dr. Bruce Morrill is the Edward A. Malloy Chair of Roman Catholic Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School. He focuses his theological scholarship in the area of liturgy and sacraments, drawing upon a range of interdisciplinary resources in the fields of systematic and historical theology, ritual studies, cultural anthropology, and biblical studies. His other primary and strongly related interest is in political theologies, as they investigate the problems of suffering in social contexts. In Nashville he presides and preaches at area parishes, as needed, and provides pastoral-liturgical ministry at state prisons