Baptist Network Northwest Council of Fifteen and staff.

SALEM, Ore.—Intergenerational ministry is vital for the health of a church, notes Baptist Network Northwest. With that in mind, the association—comprising 82 churches in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho—invited Mel Walker to speak at its Annual Ministry Conference April 15–17.

Mel’s experience and background enabled him to share a wealth of knowledge on the importance of intergenerational ministry in the church. Mel is vice president for enrollment and external relations at Baptist Bible College and Seminary, Clarks Summit Pa.; a youth ministry specialist; founder of Vision for Youth; and author of the Next Generation series of books published by Regular Baptist Press and The Greenhouse Project.

Eight workshops were included in the conference schedule, which Executive Director Don Duty hoped would “encourage us to minister intentionally to every generation in our churches and communities.”

Bethany Baptist Church hosted the conference.

This annual conference followed another major event of the year for BNN. On Feb. 25–27 youth pastors and their wives met for a retreat at the Worldmark Resort in Long Beach, Wash. Though the group enjoyed fellowshipping, Tim Baker, pastor of Bethany Baptist, says, “Our time together was bittersweet as we prayed for and said good-bye to Joe and Traci Castaneda, who have provided leadership to BNN’s Northwest Youth Ministry network for the last 12 years. Joe and Traci moved to Lake Ann, Mich., after the retreat, where Joe is now serving as director of communications at Lake Ann Camp. They will be greatly missed, but we know that God will give them a fruitful ministry in their new area.”

Joe has been in youth ministry since 1996 and was youth pastor at Bethany Baptist Church.

Pastors and their wives will enjoy their own retreat Sept. 9–12 in Cannon Beach, Ore., with Ken and Jinner Rudolph.