Thoughts from Community Board


On behalf of the Board of Directors of Southwest Indiana Walk to Emmaus (SIWE), we look forward to working with 4th day to continue building Christian men and women into leaders for Christ who will provide Christian leadership in their churches, communities and families. We all have a continuing responsibility to work towards spiritual maturity not only in our selves but in each other as Hebrews 5:11–6:3 tells us. Emmaus strives to be a step in Christian maturity, but not a substitute for actively attending a church and continuing study.

We continue our partnership with Camp Illiana and look forward to the continued strengthening of this relationship. We are blessed to have a facility that meets the needs of SIWE, and so it is important that we always leave the weekend events in a manner that reflects the Christian values of humbleness and service

We request that you prayerfully consider individuals to sponsor for a Men’s or Women’s walk. Emmaus is intended for those individuals who regularly attend a church and are looking to deepen their relationship with Christ. It is this deepening relationship that moves 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. Please feel free to contact any of the Board members if you have suggestions or concerns.  We meet monthly (1st Tuesday of the month) at the First Baptist Church in Petersburg, Indiana, at 7:00pm

May Christ lead you in all your days

Brian Hemmerlein, Community Lay Director

SIWE 28, Table of Mark


Lay Director's Report

See the Pilgrim Lists page for upcoming Walks


Men’s Walk #56


I have been blessed beyond measure to call God’s team to serve the pilgrims of Men’s Walk 56, which is March 8-11, 2018.  Our prayer is that Christ will walk beside pilgrims for these 72 hours, just as He walked beside the women on the road to Emmaus over 2,000 years ago, and that He will reveal Himself to the pilgrims and to the team in a new and powerful way. 


The theme for Men’s Walk 56 is CHAIN BREAKER.  The scripture is Psalm 107:13-16 “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and gloom and broke away their chains.  Let them thank the Lord for His steadfast love and His wonderful works to human kind.” 


The theme song is “Chain Breaker” by Zach Williams.  We pray that Christ will be a way maker, a chain breaker, and a pain taker so that the men of Walk 56 return home to be the friends, husbands, and fathers whom God wants us to be.


Thank you Fourth Day.  YOU always show up, and YOU are not taken for granted.  We solicit your prayers for the pilgrims, for the unity of Team 56, and that none of us on Team 56 is an obstacle to grace.  Thank you for sponsoring pilgrims, for showing up to serve meals, and for showing up at candlelight.  Thank you for flooding the pilgrims with agape.  We will be praying for Fourth Day at each formation, knowing that God is using you just like He is using our team.


Do not hesitate to contact any of our heads listed below if you have questions how to best serve the pilgrims on Walk 56:


Head Spiritual Director

Mark Nielson


Lay Director

Brent Stuckey


Assistant Lay Director

Dan Henning


Head Lits

Craig Kirk


Eli McCormick


Head Musician

Bill Brower


Head Cook

Matt Hendrixson


Head Stew

Zach Halter


Head Warden

Mike Smith


Head Agape

Travis Hunt


Head Weekend Helper

Steve McCammon


Board Reps

Eddie Gornall



Tim Padgett




Blessings to each one of you reading this.  Looking forward to the journey!


Brent Stuckey




Women’s Walk 56

It is a pleasure and honor to serve God and the Southwest Indiana Walk to Emmaus Community as we prepare for Women’s Walk 56, which will be held March 15-18, 2018!  It is with great anticipation the team of Women’s Walk 56 is preparing for this special weekend.  It is our prayer that the pilgrims of Walk 56 will leave the campground that Sunday with “CHANGED” lives and a vibrant, renewed relationship with our Lord.  We pray that they leave strengthened and prepared to go back to their homes, churches, and places of work and bring the love of Christ to others.


The theme for Women’s Walk 56 is “Changed” and the scripture is 2 Corinthians 5:17: “If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has gone, behold the new has come!”  The theme song is “Different” by Micah Tyler and the theme picture is pictured here.


Agape is such an important part of Emmaus.  I am asking that you pray about providing Agape to the Pilgrims of the Spring walks.  Those little gifts, trinkets, and cards mean so much.  Please mark Agape as either “Table” or “Bed” so we can deliver accordingly (if you have a preference).


Also, we would certainly appreciate any “Green Agape” for our Cooks and would love to see you help serve at one of the meals.  Most importantly, we ask for your continued prayers for these precious pilgrims and for our team.  1 John 5:14 promises us that if we pray ANYTHING according to His will, He hears us!  So we thank you, as a team, for the prayers our Father has already heard on our behalf because of your faithfulness and we ask that you not grow weary in this task!


Should you feel led to help serve on the Women’s Walk 56 weekend in any way, please feel free to contact any of the Head’s below:

Julie Neal, Lay Director                                                                          812-890-0459

Mary Ann Miller, Assistant Lay Director                                    812-890-8312

Kathy Stephens, Head Spiritual Director                              812-890-0415

Bobbie Hislip, Co-Head Liturgist                                                812-890-2514

Neely Held, Co-Head Liturgist                                                              812-891-9016

Christen Arnold, Head Stew                                                              812-890-5067

Diane Fleetwood, Co-Head Musician                                          812-327-8288

Ann Dixon, Co-Head Musician                                           317-440-5123

Carole Albrecht, Head Warden                                                                812-910-0091

Cheryl Chapman, Head Weekend Helper                               812-639-6247

Andrea Brown, Head Agape                                                    812-661-8190

Debbie Swain, Head Cook                                                                           812-890-7186

Kim Fair, Board Rep                                                                                    812-789-3034

Susan Gadberry , Board Rep                                                                812-887-2635


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


Love and Blessings!

Julie Neal





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 SHERBERT PRINT (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


Winter 2017-2018

S. O. Journey #38                        December 29 - 31, 2017

Girl's Flight #51                            February 17 - 19, 2018


Spring 2018

Men’s Walk #56                          March 8 - 11, 2018

Women’s Walk #56                    March 15 - 18, 2018

Women’s Walk #56A                 March 22 - 25, 2018


Fall 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



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 5/9/2016.  Please discard all others.  Thank you.

Click here to download a Chrysalis Team Request Work Form