Copy of Our History
The Beginnings (1985)
In October 1985, Susie Kimes, Director of Women's Ministry at Calvary Church Santa Ana, invites other women's ministry directors to come to Calvary for a networking brunch. Forty women come from all over the LA/OC region. Susie gives an overview of Calvary's Womens Ministries (WM) and shares their resources, then Pat Clary speaks to the group (she has her own womens ministries networking group in Los Angeles). The women find it incredible helpful to meet together -- they love sharing ideas and resources. They decide to keep meeting. The second meeting is held at Rolling Hills Covenant Church. Pearl Hamilton, Director of Women's Ministry, gives an overview of their WM and once again women find benefit from being together. The Network of Evangelical Women in Ministry (NEWIM) is born.
First Conferences (1986-87)
NEWIM's first two conferences are held at Calvary Church in 1986 and 1987. Carole Sherman is the keynote speaker. Although the conferences are open to the women of Calvary, the event is designed for the women of NEWIM.
In 1987 when Susie resigns her position at Calvary, she sets up a 501 (c) (3) religious nonprofit organization so that NEWIM can continue to host conferences for women. Susie becomes NEWIM's first president.
"Lotz on Leadership" - BIOLA University (1990)
NEWIM's first off-site conference is held at BIOLA University, June 1990. Anne Graham Lotz is the keynote speaker. Pearl Hamilton introduces the group to Anne (Pearl and Anne are friends from Bible Study Fellowship and she knows that Anne feels called to begin a speaking ministry.) Susie emcees the weekend conference; participants have various workshops and opportunities to network. This conference begins our relationship with Anne.
NEWIM's Biennial Conference Ministry (1990-2003)
NEWIM continues to host weekend women's conferences every other year. Speakers include Anne Grahm Lotz, Jill Briscoe, Tricia Rhodes, Cynthia Heald, Laurie McIntyre, Jackie Rettberg, Luann Budd, andTeri Thompson.
"A Heart to Serve" - BIOLA University, June 1992. Anne Graham Lotz speaks on "Hebrews."
"Refresh Your Heart" - Arrowhead Springs, June 1994. Anne Graham Lotz and Jill Briscoe bring the keynote messages. Anne speaks on "Daniel" and Jill speaks on "Job."
"A Heart that Looks Beyond" - Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, June 1996. Anne and Jill once again share the podium. Anne brings a series focused on, "Impacting Our Culture"; Jill's series focuses on "Looking Beyond Yourself."
Red Lion hotel in Costa Mesa - June 1998?? 1991??
"A Heart for the Future" - Mission Inn, Riverside -- Feb. 1999. Laurie McIntyre, Jackie Rettberg and Luann Budd are the featured speakers.
"A Heart to Follow" at the Hilton, Costa Mesa - June 7-9, 2001
Keynote: Cynthia Heald, Concert: Dennis Jernigan
Workshop Leaders: Jackie Rettberg, Bev Amsbary, Edie Davis, Barbara Christiansen, Anne Barbour, Luann Budd, Pam Farrel, Marty Russell, Betty Adkinson, Ginger Bertoni, Susie Kimes
"A Heart At Rest" at Concordia University, June 6-8, 2003
Keynote: Tricia Rhodes, Worship: Anne Barbour
Workshop Leaders: Deanna Harder, Jackie Rettberg, Marty Russell, Luann Budd, Cindi McMenamin, Teri Thompson, Betty Lawther, Susie Kimes, Barbara Schmidt, Grace Cabalka, Naomi Cox, Janet Ables, Cheryl Levey, Kelly Bell, Mary Younger, Darlene Barber
NEWIM's Retreat Ministry - OASIS (1994-2005)
In 1992, the leadership of NEWIM go on a weekend prayer retreat together. They invite Luann's husband, Kevin, senior pastor at Redeemer Covenant Church, to lead them. During the retreat, there are hours to spend alone with the Lord. We discover that we need extended time to be alone with Jesus to nurture our love for Him. We recognize that our ministry must flow from our worship and all too often that isn't what's happening. Because this retreat is so beneficial in our lives, we want to provide similar opportunities for women to spend hours with Jesus.
Susie Kimes, Luann Budd and Jackie Rettberg meet monthly for a year and in 1994, the Oasis ministry is born. During the next 11 years, 75 churches host this one-day retreat ministering to 4,000 women and 50 men led by Jackie Rettberg. Betsy Stowe and Janice Marshall lead worship. Luann speaks on how to journal. Pat James and Susie Kimes, Karen Root, and Tricia Edmonds also serve on the team. Carolyn Shea is the administrator. The highlight for most women is spending an hour and a half alone--having "lunch with Jesus."
In 2007, Jackie oversees the creation of the Oasis retreat on dvd, "a retreat in a box" complete with all of the printed materials for the purpose of being able to bless people beyond our present reach by offering them tools and resources unique to the Oasis experience.
Chosen Women Stadium Events (1997-1999)
The Lord opens the doors for NEWIM to host Stadium Events. In 1995, the Lord impresses upon Susie Kimes the vision of beginning stadium events for women. In order to accommodate this change in scope, NEWIM and CHOSEN WOMEN, become divisions of WOMEN OF HONOR.
Susie steps down as President of NEWIM in order to lead the CHOSEN WOMEN stadium events. Ginger Bertoni becomes the President of NEWIM. She serves for 14 years (1995-Sept. 2009).
May 1997, Rose Bowl
30,000 women gather in the Rose Bowl for the first Chosen Women Stadium Event. Jill Briscoe, Susie Kimes, Anne Graham Lotz, Elizabeth Elliott, and Bunny Wilson share from the Word what the Lord has laid on their heart for the women.
- "The Lord Reigns" - Jill Briscoe
- "The Servant's Song" - Jill Briscoe
- "The Sin Outfit" - Susie Kimes
- "The Cross" - Anne Graham Lotz
- "Be Holy, for I am Holy" - Elisabeth Elliot
- "Hope, Help, Holy and Free" - Bunny Wilson
- The Coming King" - Anne Graham Lotz
- "Heaven" - Anne Graham Lotz
- "He is Worth It" - Anne Graham Lotz
- "Servanthood" - Bunny Wilson
- "A led Prayer Session" - Bunny Willson
- "Repentance and Revival" - Kay Arthur
- "Hidden Treasure" - Jackie Rettberg
- "How Do We Approach God" - Scott Craig
May 1999, Irvine Stadium
- "Testimony" - Bunny Wilson
- "On our Knees" - Nancy Leigh DeMoss
- "Led Prayer Session" - Bunny Wilson
- Session 4 - Nancy Leigh DeMoss
- "Hidden Treasures" - Jackie Rettberg
- "A Love Letter to the Church" - Pat Ashley
May 1999, Oklahoma City Stadium
- Bunny Wilson, Kay Arthur, Pat Ashley, and Jackie Rettberg are the keynote speakers
NEWIM's Regional Chapters (1995-2015)
NEWIM establishes chapters in LA/Orange County (led by Ginger Bertoni and Susan Booker), San Diego (Bev Amsbary and Dawn Wilson), Fresno (Shirley Barber), Kern County (Teri Thompson), the Inland Empire (Tammy Tkach), and Ventura County (Jan Lackey).
NEWIM's One Day Events, "Return to be Encouraged" (1997-2008)
In order to gather women together for a day of spiritual encouragement, NEWIM begins to host one-day events, typically held the year between the biennial conferences.
"Return to be Encouraged in Heart" - BIOLA University, July 1997. Speakers include: Jackie Rettberg, Pam Farrel, Dr. Shelly Cunningham, Edna Myers, Elaine Schulte, Marty Russell, Rath Ann Graybill, and LaVerne Tolbert.
"Return to be Encouraged" - Irvine, July 1999
- "What Can I bring?" - Tricia Rhodes
- "Biblical Counseling: A Pattern for Change" - Elyse Fitzpatrick
- "Taming Your Thought Life" - Edie Davis
- "Designing Effective Bible Studies" - Julia Staton
- "Women to Woman: How to Start a Mentoring Ministry" - Janet Thompson
"Return to be Encouraged" - Inland Empire, July 2000
- "How to Be Used by God" (part 1, 2) - Pam Farrel
- "Intimacy with God: More than Just a 'Quiet Time'" - Julia Staton
- "Face Down: Avoiding Discouragement & Burnout" - Linda Fichtelman
- "Growing Up Your Women through Discipleship" - Lin Smith
- "Livening Up Your Womens' Ministry" - Barbara Simmonds
Peoples Church in Fresno -- date 1999?? - Pat Ashley
Evangelical Free Church in Fullerton ??-- Pat Ashley
"Return to be Encouraged" - Emmanuel Faith in Escondido (date??)
- Pam Farrell and Cindi McMenamin were the keynote speakers.
"Return to be Encouraged" - Bakersfield, June 2006
- Jill Briscoe is our featured speaker
"Return to be Encouraged" - Coto de Coza, 2007
- Stephanie Edwards was the speaker.
"Return to be Encouraged" - Bakersfield, July 2008
- Teri Thompson and Luann Budd are the main speakers.
"Return to be Encouraged" - Fresno, 2012
- Anne Graham Lotz is the keynote speaker.
NEWIM's Three-Day contemplative retreats (1998-present)
In 1998 the Springs prayer and reflection retreats begins. Luann Budd, Ginger Bertoni, Sara Jo George, Susan Booker, Marty Russell, Sunny Schrimsher, and Sharyn Evans co-lead the retreat twice a year at Mater Delarosa (Sierra Madre) and El Carmelo (Redlands).
In 2006, a northern California team (Luann Budd, Shirley Barber, Betsy Stowe, Christy Wold, Darlene Derby, Elaine Russell and Crystal Mayfield) begins hosting The Springs retreat each November and April at St. Anthony's in Three Rivers. Ashley Budd joins the team (2013-2015). The Springs retreat continues in southern California until 2009.
In 2017, the first Springs retreat is held in Prescott, Arizona. Deanna Harder, Mary Williams, Tracy Millward, and Veronica Betance-Sandoval are the facilitators.
NEWIM's Chapter in Cape Town, South Africa
In 2005, a team of NEWIM gals are invited to host a women's retreat in Capetown South Africa (Susie Kimes, Luann Budd, Ginger Bertoni, Jackie Rettberg, She Brown, June Chambliss, Paula Reece, Donna Jeffries). This trip begins our connection with the women there. In 2007, under the leadership of Glenda McMinn, the Newim-Capetown chapter is formed. Twice a year, they host women's conferences. In 2016, She Brown participates in their November conference. In 2017, Tammy Tkach (NEWIM Board member) is invited to be the keynote speaker for their Beautiful Woman retreat.
NEWIM's Training for Womens Ministry Directors, THE OAKS
The Oaks two-day training seminar for women in leadership is held for four years. Women on the Leadership team include: Mary Younger (WM Dir. Riverlakes Community Church-Bakersfield), Bev Amsbury (WM Dir Emmanuel Faith-Escondido), Ginger Bertoni (WM Dir. Evangelical Free Church Huntington Beach), Carolyn Shea (St. Andrews) and Jackie Rettberg (Grace Fellowship).
2009 - 2016
Jackie Rettberg becomes the Executive Director in 2009.
Jackie serves for 7 years. Under her leadership, NEWIM creates new opportunities for women in leadership and funding is raised to provide scholarships.
In order to raise funds for scholarships for NEWIM's various ministries, a luncheon was held at Santa Ana Country Club with Hugh Ross as speaker, 2009.
Forums for Director’s of Women’s Ministries are established and held twice a year for four years (2011-2015) led by Shannon Reece, Director of Women’s Ministries at Calvary Church, Santa Ana.
Hope for the Holidays (2014, 2015) evening events are held at a local hotel with Luann Budd and Cindi McMenamin the featured speakers.
An annual Bridge Day fundraising event is established and held once a year at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach. This fundraiser continues for 6 years (2010 to 2016).
Make Space for God, a Saturday morning retreat is offered by Marty Russell.
Silent retreats (2013) are created and are still being held twice a year, led by Lisa Bergstedt and Pam Cashion.
A retreat for Pastor’s Wives (LAMBs) is created and offered free of charge. Pam Cashion and Kim Powell co-lead this retreat twice a year beginning in 2014. Six pastor's wives from various areas are invited to each retreat which continues to this day.
Nov. 2016, the Northern California Springs team hosts its 10th Anniversary Celebration at St. Anthony's Retreat Center marking the milestone of hosting 20 retreats for over 400 women.
2017 - present
Luann Budd becomes the President of NEWIM in 2017. She leads the Transition Team through a revisioning process. The team realizes that thirty-two years later, our purpose is the same as our founding purpose (1985). While the leadership has changed, our heart has not. The team establishes four goals for the next three years: continue to offer contemplative retreats for women, create safe spaces and small groups where women in leadership can connect, and expand NEWIM's visibility. Susie, Jackie and Carolyn come and pray with the group.