Fulfilled in Christ: Derwin Gray to keynote men’s retreat slated for Feb. 25 in Lexington

By Jessica Brodie

LEXINGTON—How can you, as a man following Jesus, remain fulfilled in Christ?

That’s the topic of this year’s men’s spiritual retreat, hosted by the Men N Ministry of the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church and featuring speaker Dr. Derwin L. Gray.

The conference retreat is slated for Feb. 25 at Mount Horeb UMC, Lexington.

Gray is the co-founder and pastor of Transformation Church, a multiethnic, multigenerational, mission-shaped community church. After serving five years in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts, Gray followed God’s lead to become an itinerant speaker and then lead pastor of Transformation Church in Upstate South Carolina. Gray holds a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Evangelical Seminary and is also a husband, father and author.

“This is the perfect opportunity for men from all over the state of South Carolina to come together to grow in their relationship with God,” said Marvin Horton, South Carolina’s Men N Ministry president.

Horton urged men to register now for the 2023 Men N Ministry conference, as it “will be here before we know it.”

In addition to a powerful word from Gray, the conference will also feature worship with Mount Horeb’s worship team and a number of breakout sessions designed to help make participants the men God has called them to be.

Lunch will be provided, and there will be a coffee truck on site with free coffee available from 7:30-10 a.m.

The day prior, men will also have the opportunity for two fun gatherings. A golf tournament will be held Friday, Feb. 24, at The Spur at Northwoods, Columbia, and an oyster roast will be held at Mount Horeb at 6 p.m. that evening. The oyster roast is $10 but free for those attending the golf tournament. The golf tournament is $80/person. with all proceeds going to support Men N Ministry to help South Carolina men become better fathers, brothers and Christians. A meal will be provided.

“Please consider coming out and supporting the Men N Ministry team,” Horton said. “Have some Christian fun and maybe even have a good round of golf. First place trophies will be awarded. Just send your team players’ names to Kenny Bingham at [email protected],  or call 843-246-8398 for more information.”

Registration for the spiritual retreat on Feb. 25 is $65.

Register at, where you can also sign up for the men’s weekly devotional email.

Ministry tables at the event are also available, as are sponsorships. Email [email protected] for more information.

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