TEC Encounter 2017


When: July 7-9, 2017

Where: Spiritual Life Center in Wichita, KS

Who: Anyone 18 and over who is interested in bettering their TEC community

What: A 3-day gathering of the international TEC family to pray, play, share, and network.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mike Carotta


2017 Award Winners

Heritage Award

Debbie DeBruyne of Sleeping Giant TEC in the Diocese of Thunder Bay, Ontario, has been active in TEC at the local, regional, and national level for many years. She served on the Leadership Council as the Canada Representative from 2009 through 2012 and also served on the Leadership Team during the same time. Beyond the Council, Debbie served on the Communications Ministry Team from 2010 through 2012 and has also been a team member of several Renewing the Vision workshops, helping to revitalize the heart of TEC where needed. In 2005, Sleeping Giant TEC presented Debbie with the Spirit of TEC Award. Outside of her local TEC community, Debbie has served other TEC centers, which included traveling to Minnesota and to Alaska. Debbie’s personal spirituality and awareness of the Paschal Mystery as the core message of TEC have been invaluable to the TEC Movement. Through her knowledge and strong leadership skills, Debbie has served TEC in multiple capacities, for which many are grateful. We are proud to present Debbie with the 2017 Heritage Award.


David Walker of Wichita TEC in the Diocese of Wichita, KS, most recently completed his term on the Leadership Council as Chair of the Leadership Team in 2016, but his service to TEC extends beyond that role. Prior to his time as Chair, he has served on the Council as the Region 9 Coordinator, the Kansas State Representative, Leadership Team Secretary, and Leadership Team Vice-Chair. He oversaw the rewrite of the TEC by-laws as well as the start of the Speaker’s Bureau. David continues to actively participate as the chair of the Encounter Planning Committee ministry team. His role as Wichita TEC’s contact, his participation in workshops, and his love for the national gatherings have been beneficial to the TEC Movement on both the local and national level. David is well known for his commitment to his job in youth ministry and to the young people whom he serves. This zest, along with his leadership throughout the years, results in his continued dedication to TEC. We are proud to present David with the 2017 Heritage Award.


Penny Wolf of Champaign TEC has faithfully served TEC in all corners of the Diocese of Peoria and beyond for about 25 years. From leading her local community, to serving as a team member on workshops, to attending workshops, to serving on the TEC Leadership Council, Penny has played a large role in furthering the TEC Movement from the 1990s onward. On the Leadership Council, Penny has acted as both the Region 7 Coordinator and Illinois State Co-Representative. She is currently a member of the Spirituality Ministry Team and is working to bring Champaign TEC back to her local diocese. Penny is a true servant leader whose zeal for TEC has led to decades of joyful service.Her commitment to the local and national Movement has been a source of inspiration to her fellow Council members who have served with her. It is our honor to present Penny with the 2017 Heritage Award.