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Baptist Communicators Association

BCA 2015 - San Francisco, California

April 15-18, 2015 | Schedule of Events

Is your work relevant in today's world? We hope you'll join the discussion at this year's Baptist Communicators Association Workshop in beautiful San Francisco. You won't want to miss a stellar lineup of speakers who will focus on the theme "Relevant."

Lombard StreetDon't be late for the Wednesday evening dinner and city tour of San Francisco

We'll depart the hotel at 6 p.m., make our way through the city passing Lombard Street, the crookedest street in the world; Little Italy and the TransAmerica Pyramid. We'll stop for dinner in San Francisco's historic Chinatown at a restaurant with murals, lanterns and décor imported from China at the turn of the 20th century.

After dinner the tour will drive by Union Square, through the Tenderloin District to City Hall which is beautifully lit at night. We'll then make our way past the San Francisco Symphony Hall and Opera House en route to Nob Hill with stunning views and so named for the mansions built during the heyday of San Francisco's growth in the late 19th century.

The city's Financial District will be next as we move to the Ferry Building and make our way along the Embarcadero with views of the iconic Bay Bridge which connects San Francisco to Oakland and the East Bay. We'll pass San Francisco's piers and Coit Tower reaching Pier 39, the beginning of the historic Fisherman's Wharf area.

We'll end up at our headquarters hotel, the San Francisco Marriott Fisherman's Wharf for a great night's sleep before beginning our workshop on Thursday morning at 7 a.m. with breakfast just down the street at Hollywood Cafe!

We hope you'll join us for this relaxed evening filled with the sights and food of San Francisco while enjoying the fellowship of BCA members!


San Francisco Marriott Fisherman's Wharf

The 2015 BCA workshop will be held at the San Francisco Marriott Fisherman's Wharf. This beautiful hotel is near Pier 39, the Golden Gate Bridge, Ghirardelli Square, the North Beach District, the famous cable cars and other exciting attractions.

UPDATE (March 15): Well, here's what is going down. We've sold out of rooms in our block! Because of this, the Marriott has added five rooms to our block for the dates of 4/15-4/18. However, the rate has now increased to $219 per night! To make a reservation, please call Lauren Gong (415-447-7505) to make your reservation. We've checked several other properties and are finding nothing at Fisherman's Wharf that is the same caliber as the Marriott for any less than $219. As a matter-of-fact, there are other properties of lesser quality for the same rate at the Marriott. So you should book the Marriott!

Since BCA has fulfilled its contractual agreement with the Marriott, we suggest between now and the time of the BCA meeting that you look on the Marriott website to check the rates at the Marriott Fisherman's Wharf. If you find a cheaper rate, you should book it and cancel the room in the BCA block.

Deadline for reservations at this special rate is March 16, 2015.

Want a sneak peek at our venue? | Maps & Transportation to the Hotel

Hidden Marin tour in San Francisco

Muir Woods

Joe WestburyHow often do you get a trip to one of the world's most exciting cities? Use this opportunity to explore Hidden Marin on an afternoon drive through the scenic Marin Headlands just across the Golden Gate Bridge with longtime BCA'er Joe Westbury.

Immediately following the end of the annual meeting on Saturday morning, Joe will give a personally guided tour of some of the most beautiful sights just over the San Francisco Bay. It is an experience you will long remember.

  • View thousand-year-old Redwoods in a rare lush old-growth redwood forest in Muir Woods;
  • Stand on the edge of dramatic 20-story cliffs directly above the pounding Pacific Coast at Muir Beach Overlook;
  • Walk down a windy, winding path along cliffs and through a tunnel carved from sold rock before crossing a swinging bridge to an historic lighthouse at Point Bonita;
  • Photograph the Golden Gate Bridge from dramatic viewpoints known only by locals, and
  • Enjoy a 3 p.m. mid-afternoon lunch at the Pelican Inn at Muir Beach, an authentic English pub.

Cost is just $40 per person plus late lunch and $7 admission to Muir Woods on a first-come basis for 11 guests. The fee is strictly based on cost recovery for the van, insurance, gas, bridge tolls, and a bag of Skittles for the driver.

For more information and to reserve your seat call or email Joe Westbury TODAY at (404) 797-4857 or Space is limited. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and a light jacket as the temperature and wind can easily be 20 degrees cooler than at the hotel. The eight-hour tour is expected to return to the hotel by 7 p.m. for those catching a red-eye flight that night. The van is being returned to the airport at that time so anyone can ride free if so desired.

Make this decision before booking your flight. You'll save money on your airfare by staying over on Saturday night -- put that savings to your hotel room and this wonderful tour.

Keynote Speakers

Gary FongGary Fong
Photojournalist and Principal of Genesis Photo Agency, San Francisco
Relevant Photojournalism for Baptist Communicators

Gary Fong is the principal of Genesis Photo Agency in San Francisco. Genesis is a group of professional photographers with a dream of elevating the effectiveness of photography in evangelical and secular publications around the world. As such, Gary will address relevant photojournalism for Baptist communicators and their ministries. READ MORE

Jeff IorgJeff Iorg
President, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Mill Valley, Cal.
Relevant Theological Education: A Case Study

Jeff Iorg is president of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and has led the school to relocate its main campus from Northern California to a new campus in Southern California. The seminary will maintain a presence in the Bay Area with a new campus in Fremont. During his address, Jeff will outline the obstacles of moving forward with the mission of the school while remaining at its Mill Valley campus and the opportunities to expand theological education for Southern Baptists in the West by moving. READ MORE

Carlos WhittakerCarlos Whittaker
Communicator, Blogger, Author, Musician, Nashville, Tenn.
Relevant Moment Making

Carlos Whittaker and his family, like all families, experience big and small moments which are woven together to create a unique tapestry. His book, Moment Maker: You can live your life or it will live you, is about living deliberately. Whittaker encourages readers to make the most of each moment personally. But, how does being a Moment Maker translate to the workplace? He will address becoming a Moment Maker at work through the stories we as Baptist communicators attempt to tell every day! READ MORE


Cost: $300 per person

Play Ball!

Spring training will be over, and the boys of summer are taking the field! That includes the World Champion San Francisco Giants. During the upcoming BCA workshop, the Giants will host their first home series of the 2015 season. In celebration, BCA has purchased 30 tickets in the outfield bleachers for the Thursday, April 16, game with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The tickets are $15 each and are available on a first-come basis, but you must register for the workshop online to purchase the tickets!

UPDATE: BCA's tickets have all been claimed, but you may still buy tickets for the game by visiting the Giant's website.