Sr. Retreat

August 14-17, 2017


Join us for a great week of sweet fellowship, studying God's Word, and lots of fun as you enjoy IRBC!  The Senior Retreat is for those 50+.  It is a great opportunity to make new friends and keep in touch with old ones.  You will be blessed by a great time of fellowship.  


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Our Speaker: Manning Brown

Manning Brown is the director of the chaplaincy ministry for the GARBC.

He graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in telecommunications. In addition, he holds an MEd from Pennsylvania State University and MA from Air Command and Staff College.

Manning and his wife, Jennifer, were married in 1988 right out of college, and shortly thereafter left for active duty with the Air Force. In nearly 22 years of service, they moved multiple times, including two tours in Germany. Manning spent four years on missile combat crew in the Minuteman III ICBM, before career broadening into Air Force Recruiting Service and later as a public affairs officer. In that time he served as a squadron commander, and when he retired as a lieutenant colonel in 2010, he was the deputy director of public affairs for U.S. Air Forces Europe. In addition, he had three deployments in the course of his career: one in Turkey and two in Iraq. Since retiring from the Air Force, he worked three years at Baptist Bible College (now Summit University) as an administrator and adjunct faculty member. In 2013, he and Jennifer moved to the Chicago area, where he assumed responsibilities as director of marketing and communications and then, in 2015, director of chaplaincy.

While in the military, Manning had numerous opportunities to serve the Lord in churches and chapels literally around the country and the world. Licensed and ordained while on active duty, he has taught and preached the gospel in a variety of environments.

In his role as director of GARBC Chaplaincy Ministries, he ministers to the needs of our chaplaincy families and communicates to the churches of our fellowship the opportunity for outreach through military, institutional, and community service chaplaincy.

Manning and Jennifer have two grown sons, Connor and Austin.