Thoughts from Community Board


On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Southwest Indiana Walk to Emmaus (SIWE), we would like to thank the 4th day members for their continued prayers and devotion to our Emmaus community.  It takes a lot of hard work each walk season to orchestrate these events.  I have always loved Proverbs 27:17,  As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another”.    We see a lot of “iron being sharpened” on the Emmaus weekends, and our 4th day people are a big reason why.  All parts of these weekends are important, whether it be sponsoring a pilgrim, serving on a team, serving meals, making agape, participating in the 72-hour prayer vigil, attending a gathering or candlelight, and the list goes on and on.  There is a role for everyone to play in the Emmaus community and no one duty is more important than the other.  Christ calls us all to serve in different ways.  But each form of agape is needed to make each walk special for the pilgrims.

We want to thank Camp Illiana for the amazing facilities they offer for our walks.  Ben and the staff work very hard to keep our needs met in every way.  It seems they are constantly upgrading some part of the camp.  In return, we ask you help us to always return the camp as good or better than we found it.  This will insure that we can all enjoy this special place for many years to come.

Obviously, sponsorship is a key part to building the Emmaus community.  However, we ask that you prayerfully consider individuals when sponsoring.  Emmaus is intended for those who regularly attend a church and are looking to deepen their relationship with Christ.  It is this deepening relationship that moves those individuals to become Christian leaders.

Walk dates can be found near the bottom of this page.  We ask for your prayers for the Emmaus community, the teams and pilgrims, and the Board of Directors as we make decisions for the community, always seeking Gods will in everything we do.  Please feel free to contact any of the board members if you have question or concern.  Our contact information is listed on this website.  We meet monthly (1st Tuesday of each month) at First Baptist Church in Petersburg, Indiana, at 7:00pm

Your Brother in Christ

Damon Fair, Community Lay Director

SIWE #37, Table of Paul


Lay Director's Report

See the Pilgrim Lists page for upcoming Walks


Men’s Walk 57


Formations and weekend will be here before you know it. Keep the team, the pilgrims and our families lifted up in prayer.
Theme song: o come to the alter by elevation worship.
It's all about Jesus
Be strong and courageous.
Let's show them Jesus by loads of agape please continue to pray and send agape all types.
We just want these pilgrims to be overwhelmed by the love of our 4 day
Thanks and God Bless

Lay : Andy Burkhart 
Assistant : Jason Hammond 
Spiritual Director: Ed Farhar
Liturgist: Tracy Rayhill
Co Musicians : Kyle Street , Bill Brower
Cook : Charlie Heller
Steward :Jason McKinney
Warden :Shawn Lamb
Agape: Reed Hamm
Weekend Helper: Garrett Moody
Team Responsibilities:
Head Spiritual Director Ed Farhar
Spiritual Director John Trotter
Spiritual Director Josh Swartzentruber
Spiritual Director Josh Sanders
Spiritual Director Marty Evans
Lay Director Andy Burkhardt
Assistant Lay Director Jason Hammond
Head Liturgist Tracy Rayhill
 Liturgist Matt  Koerner
Head Musician  Kyle Street
Co Head Musician Bill Brower
Head Cook Charlie Heller
Cook KC Heller
Cook Ed Seals
Cook Aaric Correll
Cook Bryan Englehart
Head Steward Jason Mckinney
Steward Kevin Stallman
Steward Greg Ashby
Steward Brian Hemmerlein
Steward Ashton Wagler
Head Warden Shawn Lamb
Warden L.C Hamilton
Warden Cody Cummings
Warden Grant Mattingly
Head Agape Reed Hamm
Agape David Waltz
Agape Bobby Norton
Head Weekend Helper Garrett Moody
Weekend Helper John Lorett
Weekend Helper Eric Doane
Weekend Helper Michael Dashner
Weekend Helper Kyle Chase
Board Representative Jay Singleton
Board Representative Marc Flaningam
Table Leader Assistant Table Leader Talk
Tom Jahn Josh Christmas Priority
Ron Walden Jordan Hawkins Priesthood of All Believers
Chris Bearden Nate King Piety  
Bill Greene Chris Hogan Growth Through Study  
Wes Moser Dave Rhoads Christian Action
Mike Obrien John Hovis Discipleship
Mitch Green Ernie Chapman Changing Our World
PJ Swartzentruber Chris Dashner Body of Christ
Fred King Brian Self Extra



Women’s Walk 57


 I feel humbled, honored, and excited to have been called to serve as the Lay Director of Women’s Walk 57, which will be held September 13-16, 2018.  It is amazing to watch as God’s plans have been revealed.  He has given me a beautiful team of dedicated servants who want to share their love of the Lord with the Pilgrims chosen for this journey of faith.  I pray that when they return home they will have a renewed relationship with the Lord, ready to serve Him whenever and however called.

      The theme of Women’s Walk 57 is “Unconditional Love,” and the scripture verse is Romans 39:8:  “Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will separate us from the love of God.”  The theme song is “Reckless Love” by Cory Asbury, and the walk picture was painted by Becky Boyles.  I am so appreciative of her willingness to share her God-given talent with us.

     All Agape is greatly appreciated and is an important part of Emmaus.  Please consider honoring the Pilgrims by sharing your love for them with Agape during the weekend when we are together for Walk 57, marking it as either “Table Agape” or “Bed Agape,” if you have a preference.  Another type of Agape that is greatly appreciated is “green Agape” for our cooks, who would also welcome any assistance you might want to give them in the kitchen or by serving a meal. 

     The Women’s Walk 57 Team thanks you for all your support and continues to covet your prayers, knowing that all things are possible if we “Let go and let God” be at the helm.

     If you feel led to assist the Women’s Walk 57 team in any way, please feel free to contact any of the Heads listed below.

Mary Ann Miller, Lay Director


Kathy Hartsell, Assistant Lay Director


Mike DeCoursey, Head Spiritual Director


Nancy Tilly, Co-Head Liturgist


Renee Leydet, Co-Head Liturgist


Karen Decoursey, Co-Musician


Misha Engleman, Co-Musician


Susan Gadberry, Head Cook


Andrea Brown, Head Stew


Joanna Junod, Head Warden


Beth Merry Worland, Head Agape


Patricia McCracken, Head Weekend Helper


Angie Hatton, Board Rep.


Tami Jones, Board Rep.



Women’s Walk 57 Team Responsibilities 

Head Spiritual Director Mike DeCoursey
Spiritual Director Tammy Graham
Spiritual Director Emily Moreland
Spiritual Director John Moreland
Spiritual Director Doug Reynolds
Lay Director Mary Ann Miller
Assistant Lay Director Kathy Hartsell
Co-Liturgist Renee Leydet
Co-Liturgist Nancy Tilly
Co-Musician Karen DeCoursey
Co-Musician Misha Engleman
Head Cook Susan Gadberry
Cook Ann Dixon
Cook Michelle Halter
Cook Jessica Lane
Cook Dana Vaught
Head Steward Andrea Brown
Steward Barb Brocksmith
Steward Kendra Claycomb
Steward Marilyn Koenig
Steward Pam Loheider
Head Warden Joanna Junod
Warden Renee Cramer
Warden Julie Neal
Warden Stephanie Sturgeon
Warden Lindsey Wolfe
Head Agape Beth Merry Worland
Agape Terri Miller
Agape Michelle Sanders
Head Weekend Helper Patricia McCracken
Weekend Helper Amy Flaningam
Weekend Helper Krista Hanks
Weekend Helper Courtney Hopf
Board Representative Angie Hatton
Board Representative Tami Jones
Abby Collins Misty Beaman Priority
Sharon Green Kim Fair Priesthood of All Believers
Lori McCandless Diane Fleetwood Life in Piety
Janel Phillips Lori Koerner Growth Through Study
Linda Waldroup Cheryl Chapman Christian Action
Bobbie Hislip Tammy Scheller Discipleship
Jeanette Minderman Laura Grove Changing Our World
Kindra Roach Beth Mackey Body of Christ
Michelle James Amy Tiek Extra Table (No Talk)



Women’s Walk 57A



Hello Emmaus Community!!  I am so thankful for the prayer warriors, hands & feet of Christ, & LOVING servants of our Heavenly Father that you are!


I am so amazed & excited about Walk 57A!!  I am humbled, amazed, & literally blown away!  God is showing me daily how HE is in charge, & all I have to do is pray, listen, & get out of HIS way!


God is orchestrating an amazing, LOVING team to carry His message to the pilgrims. As we serve and love Him, and each other, He is drawing us closer to Him!  He wants each pilgrim to know, not only how much He loves them, but HOW He loves them! He calls us to love each other with a love that is patient and kind...a love we can only demonstrate through Him! If we LOVE GOD, then we LOVE PEOPLE better, and with His LOVE, we begin to CHANGE THE WORLD!      


Song is Thrive by Casting Crowns – Love Unstoppable, Anything is Possible!


    All Agape is greatly appreciated and is an important part of Emmaus.  Please consider sharing your love 

    for the Pilgrims with Agape during the weekend. Awesome acts of love include table agape, bed agape, 

    and personal notes to each pilgrim. Another type of Agape that is greatly appreciated is “green Agape” 

    for our cooks! Many have asked how they can help so know cooks and wardens welcome any assistance 

    you want to give them in the kitchen and dining hall.  Serving a meal is a huge blessing to the team and to 

    the pilgrims.  They are always amazed and feel so loved as you circle the room at the end of a meal!!  

    If you feel led to assist Team 57A in any way, please feel free to contact any of the Heads listed below. 

    Thank you so very much for your love, prayers and support!  Emmaus weekends take the whole community 

    and we are so very thankful!!!!  Love Team 57A  


Head Clergy

Kathy Stephens

812 890 0415


Terri Farmer

812 890 7236


Michelle Helms

812 617 1870

CoHead Lit

Ronna Alexander

812 327 6203

CoHead Lit

Mackenzi Potts

812 890 8183

Co Hd Musician

Hannah Christenberry

812 361 8669

Co Hd Musician

Megan Seibert

812 887 9190

Head Stew

Nicole Bays

812 295 6605

CoHead Cook

Julie Hoffman

812 528 3452

CoHead Cook

Susi Brower

812 881 5659

Hd Warden

Denise Newland

812 486 5517

Hd Wkend Help

Brandee Downs

812 259 4344

Head Agape

Kayla Minderman

812 887 9400

Board Rep

Dana Hughes

812 789 2527

Board Rep

Linda Letterman

812 631 3060


   Women's Team 57A Responsbilities

Head Spiritual Director Kathy Stephens
Spiritual Director Kara Thomas
Spiritual Director Matt Hoffman
Spiritual Director Darrel Bobe
Spiritual Director Mike Leydet
Lay Director Terri Farmer
Assistant Lay Director Michelle Helms
Co- Head Liturgist Ronna Alexander
Co-Head Liturgist Mackenzi Potts
Head Musician Hannah Christenberry
Musician Megan Seibert
Co-Head Cook Julie Hoffman
Co-Head Cook Susi Brower
Cook Kim Bauer
Cook Jessica Stremming
Cook Emily Freeman
Head Steward Nicole Bays
Steward  Maggie Corbett
Steward  Ellen Parmenter
Steward  Lorrinda Ellerman
Steward  Rho Griffith
Head Warden Denise Newland
Warden Audra Nelson
Warden Abby Hartwick
Warden Jan Stangle
Head Agape Kayla Minderman
Agape Terri Vieck
Agape Jennifer Minderman
Head Weekend Helper Brandee Downs
Weekend Helper Jacquelyn Cunningham
Weekend Helper Betsy Couchenaur
Weekend Helper Gabby Whitsett
Weekend Helper Tricia Wolfe
Board Representative Dana Hughes
Board Representative Linda Letterman
Melinda Carie Heather Peraza Priority
Kristi Dilger Hailee Vieck Priesthood of All Believers
Holly Dale Abby Carrie Life in Piety
Julie Guy Alyssa Eilert Growth Through Study
Dawn Holland Lynette Langebrake Christian Action
Brenda Donovan Kelly Hildenbrand Discipleship
Deb Swain Marci Greger Changing Our World
Breanna Messel Robin Riley Body of Christ
Leigh Hinkle Heather McKinley Extra Table  ( No Talk)


Men’s Walk 57A


Men’s SIWE 57A dates: December 6-9, 2018.


The theme for Men’s Walk 57A is CHRIST IN ME. 


The scripture is Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me;” (NKJV)


The theme song is Christ in Me by Jeremy Camp. 


Please do not hesitate to contact any of our heads listed below if you have questions how to best serve the pilgrims on Walk 57A:


Head Spiritual Director

John Moreland


Lay Director

Dan Henning


Assistant Lay Director

Tim Padgett


Co-Head Liturgist

Scott Helms


Co-Head Liturgist

Chris Minderman


Co-Head Musician

Clay Harting


Co-Head Musician

Bill Brower


Head Cook

J.R. Ross


Head Steward

Gary Memering


Head Warden

Mo Peraza


Head Agape

Dave Hatton


Head Weekend Helper

Larry Holscher


Board Rep

Damon Fair


Board Rep

Jeremiah Wilson





See the Chrysalis page for upcoming Flights and Journeys


Other News


The Emmaus Pilgrim Application, as well as the Chrysalis Caterpillar Application, are available at the bottom of the sponsorship page. 



Parking Coordinator

Thank you to Andy Jones for becoming the new parking coordinator.  His contact information is: cell ph. 812-827-9127  email:

Andy doesn't have a list of people willing to help park cars. Please call and leave a message, text, or e-mail him if you are willing to help.  He will make a list and call for help as needed.


Note concerning Team Request Work Forms

All Emmaus Team Request Work Forms will be kept on file for a period of 5 years.  If you would like to be considered to serve as a team member on a Walk to Emmaus weekend and haven't filled out a Team Request Work Form recently, you will need to resubmit a new one.  You can do so by downloading the form from the bottom of this page, and mailing it in to the team selection secretary, Brian Hemmerlein, 6158 N US Highway 231, Jasper, IN 47546.


Help Needed Burning Names on Crosses

If you have the equipment and would be willing to burn the Pilgrim/Caterpillar names on their wooden cross, please contact webmaster at  You will be added to a list of possible people to call. 



"Greetings! My name is Susan Gadberry and I am in charge of coordinating the local Fourth Day Gatherings that occur on the months there is not an Emmaus Walk or Chrysalis Flight/Journey occurring.  If you are in a church that would be interested in hosting one of these events, are a musician interested in leading worship at a Gathering, or know of someone who you feel would be a great witness speaker, please feel free to contact me at 

Serving Him,



Click here to download a SIWE Gathering Announcement


Help Needed Making Lanyards

Any Fourth Day who would like to make lanyards:   SIWE yarn is called MEXICANA. Chrysalis and Journey yarn is called LOVEY (Red Heart Yarn #4 Medium).  Some use a Embellish-knit machine to make them. Embellish-knit machines (more modern but on the same principal as the old spool with nails) are available for purchase online at or by calling Bond America at 1-800-811-2325.


Email Prayer Chain

Do you have a prayer request? Contact Kim Fair about the Prayer chain. All you have to do is send prayer request or a note stating that you would like to be added to the chain to Or you can call her 812-789-3034 to add a prayer to the chain.


Upcoming SIWE Walk Dates


Fall 2018

Boy's Flight #52                          August 18 - 20, 2018

Men’s Walk #57                          September 6 - 9, 2018

Women’s Walk #57                    September 13 - 16, 2018

Women’s Walk #57A                 September 20 - 23, 2018


Winter 2018-2019

Men’s Walk #57A                        December 6 - 9, 2018

S. O. Journey #39                        December 28 - 30, 2018


Spring 2019


Girl's Flight #53                            February 16 - 18, 2019


Men's Walk #58                           March 7 - 10, 2019


Women's Walk #58                     March 14 - 17, 2019


Women's Walk #58A                  March 21 - 24, 2019

Fall 2019


Boy's Flight #54                          August 17 - 19, 2019


Men's Walk #59                          September 5 - 8, 2019


Women's Walk #59                    September 12 - 15, 2019


Women's Walk #59A                 September 19 - 22, 2019

Winter 2019-2020


Men's Walk #59A                        December  5 - 8, 2019


S. O. Journey #40                        December 28 - 30, 2019


Sping 2020

Girl's Flight #55                          February 15 - 17, 2020


Fall 2020

Boy's Flight #56                          August 15 - 17, 2020


Winter 2020-2021

S. O. Journey #41                       January 2 - 4, 2021



Want to sponsor a pilgrim on one of these Walks?  Check out the sponsorship page for information and an application!


Team Work Voucher Forms

This form has been updated as of  10/17/17.  Please discard all others.  Thank you.

Click here to download a SIWE Team Work Voucher Form


Team Request Work Forms

This form has been updated as of 12/16/15.  Please discard all others.  Thank you.

Click here to download a SIWE Team Request Work Form


This form has been updated as of 6/16/18.  Please discard all others.  Thank you.

Click here to download a Chrysalis Team Request Work Form