Fall Gathering


Sunday, October 21 and Monday, October 22 2018

Mountain Brook Baptist Church



3:00pm  Gather at Mountain Brook Baptist Church

3:15      Breakout Sessions 1

4:15      Breakout Sessions 2

5:30      Dinner in Hudson Hall

6:15      Alabama CBF Life Together

6:45      Worship in the Sanctuary 


8:45am  Gather for coffee and team, Hudson Hall

9:00       The Enneagram with Melody Harrell

Noon      Lunch


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Barry Howard

Worship will feature our keynote speaker, Dr. Barry Howard. Barry is a coach and church consultant. He retired as the Pastor of FBC Pensacola in 2017. Before going to FBC he served two Alabama CBF churches, FBC Williams in Williams, AL and Brookwood Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL.


Breakout Sessions

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Clella Lee

Cultivating Beloved Community through Personal Formation

Clella Lee is a student of personal formation and spiritual direction.

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Doug Dortch

Cultivating Beloved Community through Relational Evangelism

Dr. Doug Dortch is the Pastor of Mountain Brook Baptist Church and former moderator of CBF Global.


Rob Fox

Caring for Beloved Community through Financial Wellness

Rob Fox is the President of the CBF Church Benefits Board and former Coordinator of CBF Virginia.


Phaedra Blocker

Cultivating Beloved Community Through Racial Reconcilliation

Dr. Phaerda Blocker is the Director of Programs for the New Baptist Covenant.


Community Choir

All Alabama CBF church choirs and individuals are invited to join in singing with our community choir. To receive more information, please email Terri Byrd at Terri@alabamacbf.org.



Catered Dinner: $10 per person, $5 for children under 10. You will need to make a reservation when you register for the Fall Gathering. You can pay with registration or at the door. 



Childcare will be available. Please indicate your need for childcare when you are register. 


Monday Enneagram Workshop 

On Monday, October 22, we are excited to offer a 1/2 workshop on the Enneagram. The Enneagram is a map that illuminates nine distinct patterns of the human personality.  It is a powerful and practical system available for lending emotional and social intelligence to creating and sustaining relationships.  This workshop will offer an understanding of the system and an introduction to the 9 types.  Participants will leave with the framework and tools to continue their own further exploration and discovery of the Enneagram for their own lives.

The cost of the workshop is $10.00 per person, which covers your registration fee and your lunch. 

If you have any questions, please contact Terri Byrd at Terri@alabamacbf.org. 

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Melody Harrell

Melody was born in Jinja, Uganda to missionary parents. She has a BA degree in Education from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Melody and her husband, Sam Harrell, were appointed field personnel through CBF for 17 years in Africa where she served as secretary to the Board of Directors for Africa Exchange. She led a spiritual formation group for women in Nairobi and contributed to various ministry efforts related to work with orphans and vulnerable children. She is qualified to conduct workshops and retreats using the Enneagram methodology of personality and spirituality. After moving to Atlanta in 2016 (when her husband Sam became Associate Coordinator for Global Missions for CBF), Melody became certified in Spiritual Direction through the Haden Institute.