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. The Walk to Emmaus is founded on biblical truths. Galatians 5:22-23 talks about the Fruit of the Spirit, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” The Fruit of the Spirit is the spontaneous work of the Holy Spirit in us.  Just like they are found in the nature of Christ, the Spirit produces these characteristics in us when we join our lives to His. We must know Him, love Him, remember Him, and imitate Him.  That is what we are called to do as 4th day. There are many ways to show God’s agape love as 4th day: serving meals, working on a team, being part of the 72 hour prayer vigil, sending agape gifts, writing letters, sponsoring a pilgrim, and many other ways.  We so appreciate the tremendous support and encouragement 4th day gives to keep our SIWE community strong and thriving. God is using us to grow and strengthen His Kingdom.  

We want to thank Camp Illiana for the facilities they offer for our walks.  Ben and the staff work very hard to keep our needs met in every way. In return, we ask you help us to always return the camp as good or better than we found it. 

Obviously, sponsorship is a key part to building the Emmaus community.  However, we ask that you prayerfully consider individuals when sponsoring.  The Emmaus Walk 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 God’s will in everything we do.  Please feel free to contact any of the board members if you have questions or concerns.  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 

Love and Blessings   

Julie Neal, Community Lay Director

SIWE 41A, Table of Elizabeth 



Lay Director's Report

See the Pilgrim Lists page for upcoming Walks


News from the Emmaus Board of Directors:  Due to developments of the Governing mandate and also Upper Room suggestion, the 2021 Spring walks have been postponed. The Board realizes all the hard work, prayer and efforts that have been put forth and we appreciate it all. But we as a community of Emmaus owe it to both the Team, Pilgrims and Fourth day to protect their health and do our part to help curb the spread of the virus. This was a very difficult decision and we ask that you keep all involved in prayer and continue to pray for our Country and SIWE community. Thank you.



Men's Walk 61



Men's Walk 61A




Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV “Call to me and I answer you, and tell you great and mighty things which you
do not know.” This is the scripture theme for Men’s Walk 61A which has been postponed.

As Lay Director, I am encouraged by the men who have been called to serve and so willingly have
said “yes”. As we prepare for this weekend, we covet your prayers for the Team and for the
Pilgrims who will be coming to meet Jesus face to face. Our prayer as a Team is that they will
return home much differently than when they came and be empowered to serve in their
churches and most of all be the heads of their families.

The theme for the weekend is “Great Things” in reference to the Jeremiah 33:3 scripture. The
theme song is “Great Things” by Phil Wickham. Please be in prayer concerning agape for the bed
or table for these Pilgrims, marking it according to where it is to be distributed. Green agape is
welcomed to help our Cooks with the cost of food for the weekend.

We have 55 team members planning on serving the weekend and are asking the 4th day to pray about

sponsoring pilgrims, as there's room on the pilgrim list.  Also, pray about signing the prayer chart electronically (by clicking on the link below)

or by calling the ALD Chris Minderman.

We look forward to seeing our 4th Day being the hands and feet of Jesus. Should you feel led to
help serve in anyway on the weekend, please feel free to contact any of the Heads below:
Chris Jones, Lay Director 812-295-3658
Chris Minderman, Asst. Lay Director 812-887-1749
John Moreland, Head Spiritual Director 812-881 9091
Ashton Wagler, Co-Head Liturgist 812-698-8755
Gary Blubaum, Co-Head Liturgist 812-890-6283
Kevin Heller, Head Stew 812-787-1302
Kyle Street, Co-Head Musician 317-501-5991
Greg Wade, Co-Head Musician 812-617-1571
Bill Brower, Head Warden 812-881-7046
Jeff Hageman, Head Weekend Helper 812-830-0201
Charlie Heller, Head Agape 812-610-0055
CJ Carie, Head Cook 812-887-1827
Wes Moser, Board Rep 812-630-5278
Jeremiah Wilson, Board Rep 812-690-0870

Thank you Fourth Day, as these weekends would not be possible without your prayers and

Chris Jones, Lay Director


Team Responsibilities:

Head Spiritual Director John Moreland  
Spiritual Director John Preston  
Spiritual Director Matt Koerner  
Spiritual Director John Trotter  
Spiritual Director Matt Hoffman  
Lay Director Chris Jones  
Assistant Lay Director Chris Minderman  
Co- Head Liturgist Ashton Wagler  
Co-Head Liturgist Gary Blubaum  
Head Musician Kyle Street  
Musician Greg Wade  
Head Cook CJ Carie  
Cook Adam Cullison  
Cook Luke Dayton  
Cook David Waltz  
Cook Phil Cornelius  
Head Steward Kevin Heller  
Steward Todd Frady  
Steward Matt Gingerich  
Steward Kurtis Overpeck  
Steward Fabian Lengacher  
Head Warden Bill Brower  
Warden Doug Vantlin  
Warden Van Bearden  
Warden Nick Stoll  
Warden John McKinnon  
Head Agape Charlie Heller  
Agape Joe Neal  
Agape Kevin Francis  
Head Weekend Helper Jeff Hageman  
Weekend Helper Matt Kutter  
Weekend Helper Bub Freeman  
Weekend Helper Swoop Wagler  
Weekend Helper Richard Ivey  
Board Representative (2) Wes Moser Jeremiah Wilson
Eric Doane Seth Cullison Priority
Steve McCammon Bill Atkison Priesthood of All Believers
Aaron Jones Don Mann Life in Piety
John Mathias Mark Tedrow Growth Through Study
Clint Young Josh Divine Christian Action
Marv Wagler Charlie McCracken Discipleship
Jim Vaught Dustin Smith Changing Our World
Doug Francis Roman (Chick) Lengacher Body of Christ
Dan Schaffer Mitch Mathias Extra Table ( no Talk)



Women's Walk 60A


To say that I am honored and completely humbled is an understatement to be serving our Almighty God and the Emmaus Community as Lay Director on Women’s Walk 60A.  I am beyond blessed by this opportunity and I ask that you join me in prayer for God to equip me and this Team- that this weekend would be truly Glorifying to HIM!

Women’s Walk 60A has been scheduled for September 23-26. The scripture is Nehemiah 8:10 The Joy of the Lord is My Strength & our theme is “Delight in HIM.”  The theme song is “Joy of the Lord” by Rend Collective.

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It is with great Joy & excitement that the team of Women’s Walk 60A is preparing for this special weekend.  It is our prayer that the pilgrims will leave the campground knowing and never doubting where their True Inner JOY comes from!  We Pray that their relationship with the Lord is strengthened and renewed and they would feel equipped & eager to share the Love of Jesus with those around them when they leave! 

~HIS JOY must be in Us, to make our JOY Full~

Our request to all Fourth Day is to help us lavish Love and JOY all around these Pilgrims with lots and lots of AGAPE! The simplest note can warm a heart!


Also, we would certainly appreciate any “Green Agape” for our Cooks and we would love to see you help serve at one of the meals if you feel led.  But most of all, we ask for your continued prayers for these precious pilgrims and for our team and all families involved.  

Please feel free to contact any of the Head’s below if you feel led to serve in anyway on Walk 60A- We would be truly blessed by any Fourth Day Servants! 

Thank you for your prayers and for your servant’s hearts!  Prayers of Blessings & JOY over each of you!

Delighting in Him~

Rhonda Parsons, SIWE 36A

Table of Rose


Rhonda Parsons, Lay Director                                                   812-259-1578

Susi Brower, Assistant Lay Director                                     812-881-5659                     

Mel Camp, Head Spiritual Director                                   812-766-3275       

Deb Rhoads, Co-Head Liturgist                                              812-486-6941

Courtney Owens, Co-Head Liturgist                      812-698-0848       

Sina Gilbert, Head Stew                                                             812-381-0141       

Meredith Firestone, Co-Head Musician                        812-709-0481                       

Stephanie Henning, Co- Head Musician                           812-486-9815

Theresa Weitkamp, Head Warden                                      812-295-6573

Vanessa Cullison, Head WE Helper                             812-384-7024

Amy Lengacher, Head Agape                                      812-698-8705     

Patty Fuhs, Head Cook                                                                   812-486-8414                     

Julie Neal, Board Rep                                                              812-890-0459

Emily Moreland, Board Rep                                       812-910-0565     


Head Spiritual Director Mel Camp
Spiritual Director Lauren Alexader
Spiritual Director Matt Koerner
Spiritual Director Eddie Graber
Spiritual Director Jeff Pinney
Lay Director Rhonda Parsons
Assistant Lay Director Susi Brower
Co- Head Liturgist Deb Rhoads
Co-Head Liturgist Courtney Owens
Co-Head Musician Meredith Firestone
Co-Head Musician Stephanie Henning
Head Cook Patty Fuhs
Cook Bessie Bruce
Cook Mary Teresa  Miller
Cook Brandee Stafford Discipleship
Cook Barbara Rogge
Head Steward Sina Gilbert
Steward  Leah Hinkle
Steward  Macee Braun
Steward  Cassi Chamberlin
Steward  Mandy Britton
Head Warden Theresa Weitkamp
Warden April Hopkins
Warden Shaya Smith
Warden Terri Neukem
Head Agape Amy Lengacher
Agape Jessica Fromme
Agape Michelle Helms
Head Weekend Helper Vanessa Cullison
Weekend Helper Dawn Fields
Weekend Helper Gail Norton
Weekend Helper Crista Linette
Weekend Helper Ashley Blubaum
Board Representative (2) Julie Neal & Emily Moreland
Renee Tewell Sara Harris Priority
Dawn Holland Daneen Alexander Priesthood of All Believers
Shelly Williams Tracey Lankford Life in Piety
Karen Graber Amy Aubery Growth Through Study
Sara Kahl Misty Fisher Christian Action
Jacque Fehd Tiffany Conover ( no Talk)
Tracy Mathis Lori Buskirk Changing Our World
Gretchen Wagler Danielle Cremeans Body of Christ
Katrina Weineke Audrey Dortch Extra Table  (no Talk)


Women's Walk 61


       It is a pleasure and honor to serve God and the Southwest Indiana Walk to Emmaus Community as we prepare for Women’s Walk 61, which has been scheduled for September 16-19.   It is easy to believe that God would do things for others but we just don’t know if we are worthy to receive His blessings for ourselves.  This doubt is preventing us from living the abundant life He promises!  We have to change our mindset and proclaim (no matter what) “YES! He loves ME. Yes! He forgave ME.  Yes! He wants to grant ME the desires of MY heart.   AND be fully persuaded in our hearts! The woman with the issue of blood, the thief on the cross and Jarius, among others, would not have seen the Glory of God had they not been fully persuaded that Jesus was who He said He was.   That is my prayer for the pilgrims AND team!   

The theme for Women’s Walk 61 is “I believe.  Show me Your glory”.  In John 11:40, Jesus said to Mary and Martha, “Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?”   The theme song is “Show me Your Glory” by Third Day.  I painted our theme picture based on something I saw several years ago that reminded me of the Glory of God.

Agape is a very important part of Emmaus.  People tell me they look at their agape over and over again!   Please pray about providing Agape to the Pilgrims. Those little gifts, trinkets and cards mean so much.   We also would appreciate any “Green Agape” for our Cooks and would love to see you help serve at any of the meals.  Most importantly, we ask for continued prayers for the pilgrims and for our team.  

If you have any questions, feel free to contact any of the Head’s below:

Diane Fleetwood,   Lay Director                           812-327-8288

Carol Singelstad,   Assistant Lay Director                 812-865-0799

Kathy Stephens,    Head Spiritual Director          812-890-0415

Marny Hammond, Co-Head Liturgist                 812-508-2209                                                                   

Cheryl Chapman, Co-Head LIturgist

Amanda Sprague,  Head Stew                        317-372-0607

Crystal Robbins,  Head Warden                       812-631-3469

Nicole Rickets,    Head Weekend Helper         812-887-5781

Rebecca Roach,   Head Agape                    812-890-7671

Kathy Julian,        Head Cook                                            812-910-0285            

Audra Nelson,     Board Rep                                        812-564-1695

Nan Jones,          Board Rep                                            812-827-0806

Thank you Fourth Day!  These weekends would not be possible without your prayers, support, and humble service!


Diane Fleetwood




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 Brent Harner for becoming the new parking coordinator.  His contact information is: cell phone 812-569-1720  email:

Brent 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. 



Hello fellow Fourth Day members! My name is Brent Stuckey and I am the board representative in charge of coordinating the local Fourth Day Emmaus Gatherings. Our gatherings are held during the months that have no Emmaus Walk or Chrysalis Flight/Journey. If you: attend a church that would be willing to host a gathering; are musically inclined and willing to lead worship at a gathering; or know of someone who would be a great witness speaker at a gathering….please feel free to contact me at or text me @ 812-887-4946.


Brent Stuckey



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 2021


Boy's Flight #56                         August 14 - 16, 2021


Men's Walk #61                         September 9 - 12, 2021


Women's Walk #61                   September 16 - 19, 2021


Women's Walk #60A                September 23 - 26, 2021


Winter 2021-2022

Men's Walk #61A                        postponed                   

S. O. Journey #41                       postponed


Spring 2022

Girl's Flight #57                          postponed



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 5/24/20.  Please discard all others.  Thank you.

Click here to download a Chrysalis Team Request Work Form