The ACWR is proud of its rich history and humble beginnings. Although we have come a long way, we have stayed true to the mission of our founders and their vision of the future.
The first meeting took place in Louisville, Kentucky in 1980. Before this retreat was organized, there was not such a meeting for the African-American Christian Women in the fellowship of Churches of Christ/Christian Churches. It was founded by the late Janet Wilson. As she went out speaking and promoting the College of the Scriptures where she was a student, she saw a need for African-American Christian women to come together for fellowship, spiritual strengthening, and empowerment and to have a forum for training and education. Four years after the retreat was founded, an organizational structure was put into place to operate the retreat organization in an orderly fashion. Bylaws were established, officers elected, and positions were added as the retreat experienced growth.
In order for the retreat to benefit women in many geographic locations, the retreat travels to a different city each year. There is a huge concentration of women involved in the Midwest regions of the country, particularly in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio and Kansas, however, women come from all over the United States including Georgia, Alabama, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Colorado, California and as far away as the Grand Cayman Islands.
Although this organization was founded out of a need for African American women, we have a very diverse gathering with women from many ethnic backgrounds. Praise the LORD! Our commitment as we have entered into the millennium focuses more than ever on ministering to the whole woman by providing learning and guidance in every area of our human existence; particularly - how to be the great woman of God we were created to be; spiritually, mentally, emotionally, socially.