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Monday, July 15
 

3:00pm

Registration Check-In
CHECK-IN PROCESS:
STEP 1: Check-in at the front desk and receive rooming information.
STEP 2: Check-in at Brethren HQ
  • Confirm your registration and get checked-in
  • Receive your name badge
  • Receive your lanyard (black = delegate)
  • Pick up conference program book and information packet
  • Enjoy a free pen
  • Don't forget your bag of pins.
STEP 3: Settle into your room if it's ready. If not, enjoy exploring the campus as your room will be ready soon.

*Rooms are not guaranteed to be available until 4:00 pm.

Presenter
avatar for Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

Director of Ministry Operations & Conference Coordinator, The Brethren Church
Ryan Smith has served as Conference Coordinator, first with Engage Youth Conference, and most recently adding oversight for General Conference. A former youth pastor veteran, Ryan has the heart to help guide people to greater Kingdom impact. Ryan is a 2010 graduate of Huntington University... Read More →
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Michael Cook

Administrative Assistant, The Brethren Church, Inc.
avatar for Laura Kollar

Laura Kollar

Assistant to the Executive Director, The Brethren Church, Inc.
Laura was married 46 years to her high school sweetheart until 2013 when Bill departed this earth. She worked in various hospital settings for 30 years as an RN, earned an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron and an M.Div. from Ashland Theological Seminary... Read More →


Monday July 15, 2019 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Pritchell

4:00pm

Exhibit Hall Open
The Exhibit Hall is open and is a good time to visit with the various ministry partners and vendors with us for the week. 

Monday July 15, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Johnson Spring Lobby

4:00pm

Executive WMS Mtg.
The annual meeting of the WMS executive team.

Presenter
avatar for Sherry VanDuyne

Sherry VanDuyne

Workshop Host
Ken and I have been married for 45 years and we are blessed to have 3 married children who each have 3 children (from 6 years to 17 years old). They all love and serve Jesus! We have been in Ashland, Ohio now for 31 years and continue to serve at Park Street Brethren Church. I realized... Read More →


Monday July 15, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Rhododendron 3A

5:00pm

Kid's Conference Parent's Meeting
Mandatory meeting for Parents whose children will be attending Kid's Conference. Please have at least one parent present at the meeting. Children are welcome to attend. 

Presenter
avatar for Micaela Lattimer

Micaela Lattimer

Kid's Conference Coordinator
Micaela Lattimer is this year's Children’s Coordinator! She grew up in a small town, Bellefontaine, OH. She met her husband, Paul at Ashland University where she graduated with her BS in Education. Micaela has taught in grades K-12 and is now with Grove City Christian School as... Read More →
avatar for Anna Chittenden

Anna Chittenden

Kid's Conference Assistant
Anna Chittenden is a junior at Ashland University majoring in social work and religion with a minor in family studies.  Anna was raised in Smithville Brethren Church and has attended Park Street Brethren Church while in Ashland. She has served in leadership for Brethren Academy and... Read More →


Monday July 15, 2019 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Rhododendron 2A-B

5:30pm

Dinner
Share a meal with friends new and old.

*Looking for the best time to get your dinner and not have to fight the crowds? Consider going to dinner any time before 5:45pm.

Monday July 15, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Dining Room

6:30pm

Kid's Conference
Brethren Kid's Conference is uniquely designed to provide your child with a unique conference experience just for them.

Parent's will need to daily check-in their children with the Kid's Conference staff. Check-in will open several minutes prior to the start of the adult session.

Parent's are expected to promptly check-out their children following the adult session.

Parents do not need to pick their children up for lunch; the Kid's Conference staff will help provide lunch for the children. However, parents will be responsible to provide breakfast & dinner for their children throughout the week.

Presenter
avatar for Micaela Lattimer

Micaela Lattimer

Kid's Conference Coordinator
Micaela Lattimer is this year's Children’s Coordinator! She grew up in a small town, Bellefontaine, OH. She met her husband, Paul at Ashland University where she graduated with her BS in Education. Micaela has taught in grades K-12 and is now with Grove City Christian School as... Read More →
avatar for Anna Chittenden

Anna Chittenden

Kid's Conference Assistant
Anna Chittenden is a junior at Ashland University majoring in social work and religion with a minor in family studies.  Anna was raised in Smithville Brethren Church and has attended Park Street Brethren Church while in Ashland. She has served in leadership for Brethren Academy and... Read More →


Monday July 15, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Rhododendron 2A-B

6:45pm

Session 1
The opening session of the 131st Brethren General Conference.

Hear from Executive Director, Dr. Steven Cole as he brings the evening message. Also, you'll have an opportunity to meet and get to know Karl Vaters, our keynote speaker for the week. 

Presenter
avatar for Steven Cole

Steven Cole

Executive Director, The Brethren Church, Inc.
Steven Cole is a native of Texas and has spent time in New Mexico, Georgia, and most recently, Northern California where he was the pastor of Northgate Community Brethren Church in Manteca. As the Executive Director of The Brethren Church, Steven works to communicate the vision and... Read More →
avatar for Reggie & Julie Harvey

Reggie & Julie Harvey

Emcee, Transformed Life Center
Reggie and Julie Harvey are Brethren Pastors and church planters, co-pastoring Transformed Life Center in Dayton, OH.
avatar for Karl Vaters

Karl Vaters

Keynote Speaker, New Small Church
Karl Vaters is the author of two books about small churches, Small Church Essentials: Field-Tested Principles for Leading a Healthy Congregation of Under 250 and The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking That Divides Us.On his blog Pivot, he writes... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Tom's Kitchen Table

Tom's Kitchen Table

General Conference Worship
We're pleased to welcome back for the second year "Tom's Kitchen Table", leading General Conference in musical worship throughout the week.


Monday July 15, 2019 6:45pm - 7:45pm
The Arc

7:45pm

Evening Connections
Spend time exploring campus, relaxing on the patio, visiting the gift shop or Clouds Cafe. Talk with friends, enjoy the beauty of God's creation, pray, journal, sing. Use this space however you need it most.

Monday July 15, 2019 7:45pm - 9:00pm
Campus

7:45pm

Exhibit Hall Open
The Exhibit Hall is open and is a good time to visit with the various ministry partners and vendors with us for the week. 

Monday July 15, 2019 7:45pm - 9:00pm
Johnson Spring Lobby

11:15pm

Quiet Hours
Remember you have neighbors, and they may be trying to sleep.

Monday July 15, 2019 11:15pm - Tuesday July 16, 2019 6:30am
Campus
 
Tuesday, July 16
 

7:15am

Breakfast
It's supposedly the most important meal of the day.

*Looking for the best time to get your morning breakfast and not have to fight the crowds? Consider starting your morning meal any time between 7:30-8:00pm.

Tuesday July 16, 2019 7:15am - 8:15am
Dining Room

8:15am

Morning Prayer & Worship
A time for guided and self-lead prayer, as well as corporate acoustic worship.

Presenter
avatar for Jim Miller

Jim Miller

Prayer Facilitator
Jim Miller serves as a house church pastor in Gilbert, AZ and as the Corporate Chaplain for Grand Canyon University. While he doesn’t think he’s very good at it himself, he at least recognizes that in order to see kingdom movement in our world, we need to be prayers. He thinks... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Tom's Kitchen Table

Tom's Kitchen Table

General Conference Worship
We're pleased to welcome back for the second year "Tom's Kitchen Table", leading General Conference in musical worship throughout the week.


Tuesday July 16, 2019 8:15am - 9:00am
Rhododendron 1A-C (Auditorium)

8:15am

Exhibit Hall Open
The Exhibit Hall is open and is a good time to visit with the various ministry partners and vendors with us for the week. 

Tuesday July 16, 2019 8:15am - 9:30am
Johnson Spring Lobby

9:00am

Kid's Conference
Brethren Kid's Conference is uniquely designed to provide your child with a unique conference experience just for them.

Parent's will need to daily check-in their children with the Kid's Conference staff. Check-in will open several minutes prior to the start of the adult session.

Parent's are expected to promptly check-out their children following the adult session.

Parents do not need to pick their children up for lunch; the Kid's Conference staff will help provide lunch for the children. However, parents will be responsible to provide breakfast & dinner for their children throughout the week.

Presenter
avatar for Micaela Lattimer

Micaela Lattimer

Kid's Conference Coordinator
Micaela Lattimer is this year's Children’s Coordinator! She grew up in a small town, Bellefontaine, OH. She met her husband, Paul at Ashland University where she graduated with her BS in Education. Micaela has taught in grades K-12 and is now with Grove City Christian School as... Read More →
avatar for Anna Chittenden

Anna Chittenden

Kid's Conference Assistant
Anna Chittenden is a junior at Ashland University majoring in social work and religion with a minor in family studies.  Anna was raised in Smithville Brethren Church and has attended Park Street Brethren Church while in Ashland. She has served in leadership for Brethren Academy and... Read More →


Tuesday July 16, 2019 9:00am - 5:30pm
Rhododendron 2A-B

9:30am

Business Session 1
The opening business session for General Conference.

Delegates are to sit at the tables. Non-delegates and guests may sit in chairs in the back, or if space permits, at the tables.

Presenter
avatar for Josh Coffee

Josh Coffee

National Moderator


Tuesday July 16, 2019 9:30am - 11:30am
Rhododendron 1A-C (Auditorium)

12:00pm

Lunch
Energy for the afternoon!

*Looking for the best time to get lunch and not have to fight the crowds? Consider making your way to lunch any time between 12:30-1:00pm.

Tuesday July 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dining Room

1:00pm

Exhibit Hall Open
The Exhibit Hall is open and is a good time to visit with the various ministry partners and vendors with us for the week. 

Tuesday July 16, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Johnson Spring Lobby

1:15pm

Brethren Global Partners - Past, Present, Future
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop outlines the new pathway that we, along with many of our partners have begun to develop. New methods of connection and communication. New areas of partnership, prayer and reciprocal ministry that will benefit the church as a worldwide movement. Themes are relationships, communication, and resourcing.

Presenter
avatar for Scott Soden

Scott Soden

Coordinator of Global Partners, The Brethren Church, Inc.
Scott Soden serves as the part-time Coordinator of Global Partners. The first person to be hired for this role in as many years. He has been serving with the Global Partners Ministry for over 15 years in various capacities. Previously as a member and secretary of the International... Read More →


Tuesday July 16, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Johnson Spring - G

1:15pm

Exploring Brethren Mission & Vision
Limited Capacity seats available

As The Brethren Church continues to move into the future, understanding the changing landscape matters to how the church will seek to fulfill the mission to which we are all called. In this discussion, Josh Coffee and Steven Cole will explore the process we are using to listen to God and each other as we seek to define the next season of our shared Brethren story.


Presenter
avatar for Josh Coffee

Josh Coffee

National Moderator
avatar for Steven Cole

Steven Cole

Executive Director, The Brethren Church, Inc.
Steven Cole is a native of Texas and has spent time in New Mexico, Georgia, and most recently, Northern California where he was the pastor of Northgate Community Brethren Church in Manteca. As the Executive Director of The Brethren Church, Steven works to communicate the vision and... Read More →


Tuesday July 16, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Johnson Spring - A

1:15pm

How To Discover And Use What Your Church Does Well
Limited Capacity seats available

Presenter
avatar for Karl Vaters

Karl Vaters

Keynote Speaker, New Small Church
Karl Vaters is the author of two books about small churches, Small Church Essentials: Field-Tested Principles for Leading a Healthy Congregation of Under 250 and The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking That Divides Us.On his blog Pivot, he writes... Read More →


Tuesday July 16, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Johnson Spring - D

1:15pm

Leadership Succession in the Local Church
Limited Capacity seats available

Transitions in church ministry can be one of the most effective ministries that churches experience. We look at transitions and how to prepare for Leadership Succession within the local church. Failing to prepare for the inevitable transition can cause church disaster. We will look at 4 practical steps for transitioning in any ministry setting.  

Presenter
avatar for JJ Miller

JJ Miller

Workshop Host, Interim Pastor Ministries
Having come to faith in college as a Biology major, I later went to Seminary to better understand how to serve him. That involved 20 years of Higher Education instruction and Pastoral ministry. Transitional ministry was something that just happened as a happenstance, which then led... Read More →


Tuesday July 16, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Johnson Spring - B

1:15pm

NCD Best Practices and the Brethren Church
Limited Capacity seats available

Discover how Natural Church Development can benefit your church and assist you in fulfilling the mission Jesus is calling you and your church toward.

Presenter
avatar for Petr Cincala

Petr Cincala

Workshop Host, Natural Church Development America
Born and grown in Czechoslovakia, Petr attended the theological seminary in Prague (1994), completed his doctoral studies at Andrews University in Michigan in 2002, served as a missionary in the Czech Republic 2003-2014, while serving in various research projects including research... Read More →


Tuesday July 16, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Johnson Spring - C

1:15pm

No Joy in Suffering: Pastoral Financial Wellness for Pastors and Laity
Limited Capacity seats available

When pastors are suffering through personal financial issues, whether debt-related, budget-related or planning related, they are distracted and have a difficult time serving the congregation and carrying out the mission of the church.  This workshop will help both pastors and laity start the conversation and provide resources that will help move pastors toward financial wellness.

Presenter
avatar for Bill Hartman

Bill Hartman

Vice President of Organization and Congregation Services, Everence
Bill Hartman, J.D., is Vice President of Organization and Congregation Services for Everence. He leads teams of specialists who help institutions and congregations align mission and values with their stewardship of resources – and encourage a spirit of generosity.
avatar for Bruce Breckbill

Bruce Breckbill

Stewardship Consultant, Everence
Bruce Breckbill is an Everence Stewardship Consultant, helping families, businesses, non-profits, and congregations in Northeast Ohio with stewardship education and charitable gift planning.
avatar for Ron Waters

Ron Waters

Director of Donor Development, The Brethren Church, Inc.
Ron Waters is Director of Donor Development for The Brethren Church, helping individuals and congregations become hilarious givers.


Tuesday July 16, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Johnson Spring - F

1:15pm

What is the Enneagram?
Limited Capacity seats available

The Enneagram is an increasingly popular personality assessment that is taking many Christian and counseling circles by storm. But what is the Enneagram? Where did it come from? Is it even biblical? Pastor Nate Bebout, who recently wrote a book on the Enneagram, will lead a time of exploring the history, benefits, and pitfalls of this ministry tool. If you're a ministry leader trying to build effective teams, a pastor seeking another counseling tool, or just a Christian seeking to become a more obedient and reflective follower of Jesus, this will be a helpful resource.

Presenter
avatar for Nate Bebout

Nate Bebout

NABCE President / Workshop Host


Tuesday July 16, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Johnson Spring - E

1:15pm

Conversations
Limited Capacity seats available

A unique session designed specifically for pastors to gather and discuss triumphs and failures in ministry, ask questions, seek wisdom, vent and find community with peers. 

Presenter
avatar for Roger Stogsdill

Roger Stogsdill

Workshop Host
Roger and Kim married in 1982 and will celebrate their 37th anniversary next month. They have raised two children, Tiffany and Adam. Roger has been the pastor of the Tucson First Brethren Church for 22 years.


Tuesday July 16, 2019 1:15pm - 3:00pm
Johnson Spring - H

2:15pm

Being Discipled by Jesus: Discipleship in Small Church Settings
Limited Capacity seats available

Discipleship: It is our calling. But, how can I be all things to all people and effectively disciple men (and women) within a local church? The Small to medium sized church can often be the source of challenges...But Being DIscipled by Jesus is scalable for smaller church settings which may not be able to employ a full-time minister of Discipleship and Outreach.  Come learn how Jesus disciples men and women and how to multiply your efforts, the way Jesus did.  Using key questions, discipleship can be an engaging and effective process that will grow your leaders and would-be-learders.

Presenter
avatar for JJ Miller

JJ Miller

Workshop Host, Interim Pastor Ministries
Having come to faith in college as a Biology major, I later went to Seminary to better understand how to serve him. That involved 20 years of Higher Education instruction and Pastoral ministry. Transitional ministry was something that just happened as a happenstance, which then led... Read More →


Tuesday July 16, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Johnson Spring - B

2:15pm

Best Practices for Lay Leadership in Local Congregations
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will focus on the following...
1. Initiating a networking opportunity for official church board members.
2. Provide leadership and governance training.
3. Learn what types of support official board members would value.

You do not need to be a currently serving board member to benefit from this workshop. In fact, if you've ever considered serving on your church board, but felt underqualified, this workshop is perfect for you.

Presenter
avatar for Pat Gravatt

Pat Gravatt

Workshop Host
Pat has served in a wide range of leadership positions at her home church (Mt Olive Brethren), the Brethren Church Executive Board, Ashland University Trustee Board, and the newly created Southeast Region for over thirty years.  Presently she is serving on the AU Board as Chair of... Read More →


Tuesday July 16, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Johnson Spring - E

2:15pm

Brethren Global Partnerships in Focus - India and Asia
Limited Capacity seats available

A brief overview of the ministry of our partners in the east. Featuring an up close and personal look at India, the Philippines, and Malaysia.

Presenter
avatar for Kurt Stout

Kurt Stout

Workshop Host
Kurt Stout lives in North Manchester, IN with his wife Heidi and four active kids (Isaac, Caleb, Beletu, and Hanna).  Kurt not only has a global heart, but he also has a global family (adoptions from India and Ethiopia).  Kurt has been the pastor in North Manchester for 24 years... Read More →
avatar for Judy Bird

Judy Bird

Workshop Host
Judith (Judy) A. Bird, married to the late Paul L Bird Jr, four daughters, Andrea, Kelly, Patty & Joslyn 9 – Grandchildren Member of Berlin Brethren Church, currently serving: -Diaconate -Official Board -Mission Team -Sunday school Teacher -Hospitality Coordinator -Facility Committee... Read More →
avatar for Linda Immel

Linda Immel

Workshop Host
Linda was raised in the Loree First Brethren Church in Bunker Hill, IN. She married Keith Immel 34 years ago, and they have worshipped and served together in the North Manchester First Brethren Church ever since. They have two grown children, Joyce and her family living in Selinsgrove... Read More →


Tuesday July 16, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Johnson Spring - G

2:15pm

Exploring Brethren Mission & Vision
Limited Capacity seats available

Presenter
avatar for Steven Cole

Steven Cole

Executive Director, The Brethren Church, Inc.
Steven Cole is a native of Texas and has spent time in New Mexico, Georgia, and most recently, Northern California where he was the pastor of Northgate Community Brethren Church in Manteca. As the Executive Director of The Brethren Church, Steven works to communicate the vision and... Read More →
avatar for Josh Coffee

Josh Coffee

National Moderator


Tuesday July 16, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Johnson Spring - A

2:15pm

NCD Best Practices and the Brethren Church
Limited Capacity seats available

Discover how Natural Church Development can benefit your church and assist you in fulfilling the mission Jesus is calling you and your church toward.

Presenter
avatar for Petr Cincala

Petr Cincala

Workshop Host, Natural Church Development America
Born and grown in Czechoslovakia, Petr attended the theological seminary in Prague (1994), completed his doctoral studies at Andrews University in Michigan in 2002, served as a missionary in the Czech Republic 2003-2014, while serving in various research projects including research... Read More →


Tuesday July 16, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Johnson Spring - C

2:15pm

No Joy in Suffering: Pastoral Financial Wellness for Pastors and Laity
Limited Capacity seats available

When pastors are suffering through personal financial issues, whether debt-related, budget-related or planning related, they are distracted and have a difficult time serving the congregation and carrying out the mission of the church.  This workshop will help both pastors and laity start the conversation and provide resources that will help move pastors toward financial wellness.

Presenter
avatar for Bill Hartman

Bill Hartman

Vice President of Organization and Congregation Services, Everence
Bill Hartman, J.D., is Vice President of Organization and Congregation Services for Everence. He leads teams of specialists who help institutions and congregations align mission and values with their stewardship of resources – and encourage a spirit of generosity.
avatar for Bruce Breckbill

Bruce Breckbill

Stewardship Consultant, Everence
Bruce Breckbill is an Everence Stewardship Consultant, helping families, businesses, non-profits, and congregations in Northeast Ohio with stewardship education and charitable gift planning.
avatar for Ron Waters

Ron Waters

Director of Donor Development, The Brethren Church, Inc.
Ron Waters is Director of Donor Development for The Brethren Church, helping individuals and congregations become hilarious givers.


Tuesday July 16, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Johnson Spring - F

3:30pm

Session 2
In this session, Karl will help Redefine Success in Ministry.

Presenter
avatar for Reggie & Julie Harvey

Reggie & Julie Harvey

Emcee, Transformed Life Center
Reggie and Julie Harvey are Brethren Pastors and church planters, co-pastoring Transformed Life Center in Dayton, OH.
avatar for Karl Vaters

Karl Vaters

Keynote Speaker, New Small Church
Karl Vaters is the author of two books about small churches, Small Church Essentials: Field-Tested Principles for Leading a Healthy Congregation of Under 250 and The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking That Divides Us.On his blog Pivot, he writes... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Tom's Kitchen Table

Tom's Kitchen Table

General Conference Worship
We're pleased to welcome back for the second year "Tom's Kitchen Table", leading General Conference in musical worship throughout the week.


Tuesday July 16, 2019 3:30pm - 5:15pm
The Arc

5:30pm

Dinner
Share a meal with friends new and old.

*Looking for the best time to get your dinner and not have to fight the crowds? Consider going to dinner any time before 5:45pm.

Tuesday July 16, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Dining Room

7:00pm

Exhibit Hall Open
The Exhibit Hall is open and is a good time to visit with the various ministry partners and vendors with us for the week. 

Tuesday July 16, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Johnson Spring Lobby

7:00pm

WMS Business & Brainstorm Meeting
Presenter
avatar for Sherry VanDuyne

Sherry VanDuyne

Workshop Host
Ken and I have been married for 45 years and we are blessed to have 3 married children who each have 3 children (from 6 years to 17 years old). They all love and serve Jesus! We have been in Ashland, Ohio now for 31 years and continue to serve at Park Street Brethren Church. I realized... Read More →


Tuesday July 16, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Rhododendron 3A

7:00pm

Evening Connections
Spend time exploring campus, relaxing on the patio, visiting the gift shop or Clouds Cafe. Talk with friends, enjoy the beauty of God's creation, pray, journal, sing. Use this space however you need it most.

Tuesday July 16, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Campus

7:00pm

NABCE Meeting
Presenter
avatar for Nate Bebout

Nate Bebout

NABCE President / Workshop Host


Tuesday July 16, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Rhododendron 3B

11:15pm

Quiet Hours
Remember you have neighbors, and they may be trying to sleep.

Tuesday July 16, 2019 11:15pm - Wednesday July 17, 2019 6:30am
Campus
 
Wednesday, July 17
 

7:15am

Breakfast
It's supposedly the most important meal of the day.

*Looking for the best time to get your morning breakfast and not have to fight the crowds? Consider starting your morning meal any time between 7:30-8:00pm.

Wednesday July 17, 2019 7:15am - 8:15am
Dining Room

8:15am

Morning Prayer & Worship
A time for guided and self-lead prayer, as well as corporate acoustic worship.

Presenter
avatar for Jim Miller

Jim Miller

Prayer Facilitator
Jim Miller serves as a house church pastor in Gilbert, AZ and as the Corporate Chaplain for Grand Canyon University. While he doesn’t think he’s very good at it himself, he at least recognizes that in order to see kingdom movement in our world, we need to be prayers. He thinks... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Tom's Kitchen Table

Tom's Kitchen Table

General Conference Worship
We're pleased to welcome back for the second year "Tom's Kitchen Table", leading General Conference in musical worship throughout the week.


Wednesday July 17, 2019 8:15am - 9:00am
Rhododendron 1A-C (Auditorium)

8:15am

Exhibit Hall Open
The Exhibit Hall is open and is a good time to visit with the various ministry partners and vendors with us for the week. 

Wednesday July 17, 2019 8:15am - 9:30am
Johnson Spring Lobby

8:30am

Chimney Rock Tour
Only individuals who registered and paid in advance (online) for this event are eligible to use the bus. Anyone who's not registered, but is interested in Chimney Rock is free to attend on their own. 

Presenter
avatar for Annie Simon

Annie Simon

Conference Intern


Wednesday July 17, 2019 8:30am - 3:30pm
Off-Site

9:00am

Various Off-Site Activities
Enjoy a few hours of free time and take a trip into Black Mountain or Ashville. There are a wide variety of shops, restaurants, coffee shops and various other entertainment opportunities within these two nearby towns. 

Wednesday July 17, 2019 9:00am - 3:00pm
Off-Site

9:00am

Various On-Site Activities
Enjoy a few hours of free time hiking one of the many trails on campus. Visit lookout point and enjoy the beautiful views. Relax and read a book in the Clouds Cafe. Play a round or two of mini-golf or claim a rocking chair and have a conversation with friends, enjoying ice cream from the Nibble Nook. There are lots of recreational options available without leaving campus. 

Wednesday July 17, 2019 9:00am - 3:00pm
Campus

9:00am

Kid's Conference
Brethren Kid's Conference is uniquely designed to provide your child with a unique conference experience just for them.

Parent's will need to daily check-in their children with the Kid's Conference staff. Check-in will open several minutes prior to the start of the adult session.

Parent's are expected to promptly check-out their children following the adult session.

Parents do not need to pick their children up for lunch; the Kid's Conference staff will help provide lunch for the children. However, parents will be responsible to provide breakfast & dinner for their children throughout the week.

Presenter
avatar for Micaela Lattimer

Micaela Lattimer

Kid's Conference Coordinator
Micaela Lattimer is this year's Children’s Coordinator! She grew up in a small town, Bellefontaine, OH. She met her husband, Paul at Ashland University where she graduated with her BS in Education. Micaela has taught in grades K-12 and is now with Grove City Christian School as... Read More →
avatar for Anna Chittenden

Anna Chittenden

Kid's Conference Assistant
Anna Chittenden is a junior at Ashland University majoring in social work and religion with a minor in family studies.  Anna was raised in Smithville Brethren Church and has attended Park Street Brethren Church while in Ashland. She has served in leadership for Brethren Academy and... Read More →


Wednesday July 17, 2019 9:00am - 5:30pm
Rhododendron 2A-B

12:00pm

Lunch
Energy for the afternoon!

*Looking for the best time to get lunch and not have to fight the crowds? Consider making your way to lunch any time between 12:30-1:00pm.

Wednesday July 17, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dining Room

1:00pm

Exhibit Hall Open
The Exhibit Hall is open and is a good time to visit with the various ministry partners and vendors with us for the week. 

Wednesday July 17, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Johnson Spring Lobby

3:30pm

Session 3
You've either heard someone ask this question, or asked it yourself; "Big Churches, Small Churches - What's the Difference?" Karl will help answer that very question. 

Presenter
avatar for Reggie & Julie Harvey

Reggie & Julie Harvey

Emcee, Transformed Life Center
Reggie and Julie Harvey are Brethren Pastors and church planters, co-pastoring Transformed Life Center in Dayton, OH.
avatar for Karl Vaters

Karl Vaters

Keynote Speaker, New Small Church
Karl Vaters is the author of two books about small churches, Small Church Essentials: Field-Tested Principles for Leading a Healthy Congregation of Under 250 and The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking That Divides Us.On his blog Pivot, he writes... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Tom's Kitchen Table

Tom's Kitchen Table

General Conference Worship
We're pleased to welcome back for the second year "Tom's Kitchen Table", leading General Conference in musical worship throughout the week.


Wednesday July 17, 2019 3:30pm - 5:15pm
The Arc

5:30pm

Dinner
Share a meal with friends new and old.

*Looking for the best time to get your dinner and not have to fight the crowds? Consider going to dinner any time before 5:45pm.

Wednesday July 17, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Dining Room

6:30pm

A Night of Laughs
Everence is pleased to sponsor a Night of Laughs Comedy Showcase, featuring Andrew Stanley and special guest Mandal.

Presenter
avatar for Reggie & Julie Harvey

Reggie & Julie Harvey

Emcee, Transformed Life Center
Reggie and Julie Harvey are Brethren Pastors and church planters, co-pastoring Transformed Life Center in Dayton, OH.

Artists
avatar for Andrew Stanley

Andrew Stanley

Comedian
Andrew Stanley (son of Andy Stanley) is an Atlanta-based stand-up comedian and homeschool survivor who isn’t afraid of bringing his deeply rooted insecurities to the stage. Okay, maybe he’s afraid, but he’s doing it anyway. His observational style and dry sense of humor have... Read More →
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Mandal

Comedian
Mandal is an Atlanta-based stand-up comedian, writer, and actor. He is known for his energetic performances and absurd sense of humor.


Wednesday July 17, 2019 6:30pm - 7:45pm
The Arc

7:45pm

Evening Connections
Spend time exploring campus, relaxing on the patio, visiting the gift shop or Clouds Cafe. Talk with friends, enjoy the beauty of God's creation, pray, journal, sing. Use this space however you need it most.

Wednesday July 17, 2019 7:45pm - 9:30pm
Campus

11:15pm

Quiet Hours
Remember you have neighbors, and they may be trying to sleep.

Wednesday July 17, 2019 11:15pm - Thursday July 18, 2019 6:30am
Campus
 
Thursday, July 18
 

7:15am

Breakfast
It's supposedly the most important meal of the day.

*Looking for the best time to get your morning breakfast and not have to fight the crowds? Consider starting your morning meal any time between 7:30-8:00pm.

Thursday July 18, 2019 7:15am - 8:15am
Dining Room

8:15am

Morning Prayer & Worship
A time for guided and self-lead prayer, as well as corporate acoustic worship.

Presenter
avatar for Jim Miller

Jim Miller

Prayer Facilitator
Jim Miller serves as a house church pastor in Gilbert, AZ and as the Corporate Chaplain for Grand Canyon University. While he doesn’t think he’s very good at it himself, he at least recognizes that in order to see kingdom movement in our world, we need to be prayers. He thinks... Read More →

Artists
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Tom's Kitchen Table

General Conference Worship
We're pleased to welcome back for the second year "Tom's Kitchen Table", leading General Conference in musical worship throughout the week.


Thursday July 18, 2019 8:15am - 9:00am
Rhododendron 1A-C (Auditorium)

8:15am

Exhibit Hall Open
The Exhibit Hall is open and is a good time to visit with the various ministry partners and vendors with us for the week. 

Thursday July 18, 2019 8:15am - 9:30am
Johnson Spring Lobby

9:00am

Kid's Conference
Brethren Kid's Conference is uniquely designed to provide your child with a unique conference experience just for them.

Parent's will need to daily check-in their children with the Kid's Conference staff. Check-in will open several minutes prior to the start of the adult session.

Parent's are expected to promptly check-out their children following the adult session.

Parents do not need to pick their children up for lunch; the Kid's Conference staff will help provide lunch for the children. However, parents will be responsible to provide breakfast & dinner for their children throughout the week.

Presenter
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Micaela Lattimer

Kid's Conference Coordinator
Micaela Lattimer is this year's Children’s Coordinator! She grew up in a small town, Bellefontaine, OH. She met her husband, Paul at Ashland University where she graduated with her BS in Education. Micaela has taught in grades K-12 and is now with Grove City Christian School as... Read More →
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Anna Chittenden

Kid's Conference Assistant
Anna Chittenden is a junior at Ashland University majoring in social work and religion with a minor in family studies.  Anna was raised in Smithville Brethren Church and has attended Park Street Brethren Church while in Ashland. She has served in leadership for Brethren Academy and... Read More →


Thursday July 18, 2019 9:00am - 5:30pm
Rhododendron 2A-B

9:30am

Business Session 2
The closing business session for General Conference.

Delegates are to sit at the tables. Non-delegates and guests may sit in chairs in the back, or if space permits, at the tables.

Presenter
avatar for Josh Coffee

Josh Coffee

National Moderator


Thursday July 18, 2019 9:30am - 11:30am
Rhododendron 1A-C (Auditorium)

12:00pm

Lunch
Energy for the afternoon!

*Looking for the best time to get lunch and not have to fight the crowds? Consider making your way to lunch any time between 12:30-1:00pm.

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dining Room

1:00pm

Exhibit Hall Open
The Exhibit Hall is open and is a good time to visit with the various ministry partners and vendors with us for the week. 

Thursday July 18, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Johnson Spring Lobby

1:15pm

Best Practices for Lay Leadership in Local Congregations
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will focus on the following...
1. Initiating a networking opportunity for official church board members.
2. Provide leadership and governance training.
3. Learn what types of support official board members would value.

You do not need to be a currently serving board member to benefit from this workshop. In fact, if you've ever considered serving on your church board, but felt underqualified, this workshop is perfect for you.

Presenter
avatar for Pat Gravatt

Pat Gravatt

Workshop Host
Pat has served in a wide range of leadership positions at her home church (Mt Olive Brethren), the Brethren Church Executive Board, Ashland University Trustee Board, and the newly created Southeast Region for over thirty years.  Presently she is serving on the AU Board as Chair of... Read More →


Thursday July 18, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Johnson Spring - E

1:15pm

Brethren Global Partnerships in Focus - South & Latin America
Limited Capacity seats available

A brief overview of the ministry of our partners in the South (including Spain). Featuring an up close and personal look at the Ministry of the Churches in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, and Peru, with an overview of the upcoming summit to be held in Argentina in October 2019.

Presenter
avatar for Joe Burgos

Joe Burgos

Workshop Host
Joe Burgos was born in Mexico.  He is the son of a man who served 59 years as the pastor of the Antioquia church in Merida, Mexico. Missionaries arranged for college scholarships for Joe to study in the states where the Lord then called him to be a pastor.  Janice grew up in New... Read More →
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Tom Schiefer

Workshop Host
Tom has served as the Lead Pastor of the Nappanee First Brethren Church since August of 2003, having first come to this congregation as Associate Pastor for one year. Prior to his service with this congregation, he was Senior Pastor of Smoky Row Brethren Church in Columbus, Ohio from... Read More →


Thursday July 18, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Johnson Spring - G

1:15pm

Develop a Planned Giving Program: What to Do Before You Get That Million Dollar Gift
Limited Capacity seats available

Churches, whether denominations or congregations, typically do not get estate and testamentary gifts.  Why not?  We don’t ask for them, and we aren’t clear about how they would be used.  Be ready to embrace people’s generosity.  Have a plan in place.  Then ask.  Then say thank-you.

Presenter
avatar for Bruce Breckbill

Bruce Breckbill

Stewardship Consultant, Everence
Bruce Breckbill is an Everence Stewardship Consultant, helping families, businesses, non-profits, and congregations in Northeast Ohio with stewardship education and charitable gift planning.
avatar for Bill Hartman

Bill Hartman

Vice President of Organization and Congregation Services, Everence
Bill Hartman, J.D., is Vice President of Organization and Congregation Services for Everence. He leads teams of specialists who help institutions and congregations align mission and values with their stewardship of resources – and encourage a spirit of generosity.
avatar for Ron Waters

Ron Waters

Director of Donor Development, The Brethren Church, Inc.
Ron Waters is Director of Donor Development for The Brethren Church, helping individuals and congregations become hilarious givers.


Thursday July 18, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Johnson Spring - F

1:15pm

Exploring Brethren Mission & Vision
Limited Capacity seats available

As The Brethren Church continues to move into the future, understanding the changing landscape matters to how the church will seek to fulfill the mission to which we are all called. In this discussion, Josh Coffee and Steven Cole will explore the process we are using to listen to God and each other as we seek to define the next season of our shared Brethren story.

Presenter
avatar for Josh Coffee

Josh Coffee

National Moderator
avatar for Steven Cole

Steven Cole

Executive Director, The Brethren Church, Inc.
Steven Cole is a native of Texas and has spent time in New Mexico, Georgia, and most recently, Northern California where he was the pastor of Northgate Community Brethren Church in Manteca. As the Executive Director of The Brethren Church, Steven works to communicate the vision and... Read More →


Thursday July 18, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Johnson Spring - A

1:15pm

Leadership Succession in the Local Church
Limited Capacity seats available

Transitions in church ministry can be one of the most effective ministries that churches experience. We look at transitions and how to prepare for Leadership Succession within the local church. Failing to prepare for the inevitable transition can cause church disaster. We will look at 4 practical steps for transitioning in any ministry setting.  

Presenter
avatar for JJ Miller

JJ Miller

Workshop Host, Interim Pastor Ministries
Having come to faith in college as a Biology major, I later went to Seminary to better understand how to serve him. That involved 20 years of Higher Education instruction and Pastoral ministry. Transitional ministry was something that just happened as a happenstance, which then led... Read More →


Thursday July 18, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Johnson Spring - B

1:15pm

Conversations
Limited Capacity seats available

A unique session designed specifically for pastors to gather and discuss triumphs and failures in ministry, ask questions, seek wisdom, vent and find community with peers. 

Presenter
avatar for Roger Stogsdill

Roger Stogsdill

Workshop Host
Roger and Kim married in 1982 and will celebrate their 37th anniversary next month. They have raised two children, Tiffany and Adam. Roger has been the pastor of the Tucson First Brethren Church for 22 years.


Thursday July 18, 2019 1:15pm - 3:00pm
Johnson Spring - H

2:15pm

Being Discipled by Jesus: Discipleship in Small Church Settings
Limited Capacity seats available

Discipleship: It is our calling. But, how can I be all things to all people and effectively disciple men (and women) within a local church? The Small to medium sized church can often be the source of challenges...But Being DIscipled by Jesus is scalable for smaller church settings which may not be able to employ a full-time minister of Discipleship and Outreach.  Come learn how Jesus disciples men and women and how to multiply your efforts, the way Jesus did.  Using key questions, discipleship can be an engaging and effective process that will grow your leaders and would-be-learders.

Presenter
avatar for JJ Miller

JJ Miller

Workshop Host, Interim Pastor Ministries
Having come to faith in college as a Biology major, I later went to Seminary to better understand how to serve him. That involved 20 years of Higher Education instruction and Pastoral ministry. Transitional ministry was something that just happened as a happenstance, which then led... Read More →


Thursday July 18, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Johnson Spring - B

2:15pm

Exploring Brethren Mission & Vision
Limited Capacity seats available

Presenter
avatar for Josh Coffee

Josh Coffee

National Moderator
avatar for Steven Cole

Steven Cole

Executive Director, The Brethren Church, Inc.
Steven Cole is a native of Texas and has spent time in New Mexico, Georgia, and most recently, Northern California where he was the pastor of Northgate Community Brethren Church in Manteca. As the Executive Director of The Brethren Church, Steven works to communicate the vision and... Read More →


Thursday July 18, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Johnson Spring - A

2:15pm

Influence Is The New Attendance
Limited Capacity seats available

Presenter
avatar for Karl Vaters

Karl Vaters

Keynote Speaker, New Small Church
Karl Vaters is the author of two books about small churches, Small Church Essentials: Field-Tested Principles for Leading a Healthy Congregation of Under 250 and The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking That Divides Us.On his blog Pivot, he writes... Read More →


Thursday July 18, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Johnson Spring - D

2:15pm

Make Generosity Fun Again: How to Promote and Capture the Joy of Giving
Limited Capacity seats available

Who cares about tax breaks?!?  Generous people give out of gratitude, they believe in a cause, they want to make a difference, and it brings them joy.  In this workshop, you will learn new ways to promote generosity in your congregation, from Thanking Testimonies to tools for maximizing gifting.  Oh, and there can be some tax advantages, too.

Presenter
avatar for Bruce Breckbill

Bruce Breckbill

Stewardship Consultant, Everence
Bruce Breckbill is an Everence Stewardship Consultant, helping families, businesses, non-profits, and congregations in Northeast Ohio with stewardship education and charitable gift planning.
avatar for Bill Hartman

Bill Hartman

Vice President of Organization and Congregation Services, Everence
Bill Hartman, J.D., is Vice President of Organization and Congregation Services for Everence. He leads teams of specialists who help institutions and congregations align mission and values with their stewardship of resources – and encourage a spirit of generosity.
avatar for Ron Waters

Ron Waters

Director of Donor Development, The Brethren Church, Inc.
Ron Waters is Director of Donor Development for The Brethren Church, helping individuals and congregations become hilarious givers.


Thursday July 18, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Johnson Spring - F

2:15pm

The Present Future of Brethren Global Partners
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will focus on new areas we are currently connecting with including a bit of information of the state of those relationships and the focus of where they are going. We will expand a little on the vision and focus of Global Partners. Time will be allocated for questions and prayer.

Presenter
avatar for Sherry VanDuyne

Sherry VanDuyne

Workshop Host
Ken and I have been married for 45 years and we are blessed to have 3 married children who each have 3 children (from 6 years to 17 years old). They all love and serve Jesus! We have been in Ashland, Ohio now for 31 years and continue to serve at Park Street Brethren Church. I realized... Read More →
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Scott Soden

Coordinator of Global Partners, The Brethren Church, Inc.
Scott Soden serves as the part-time Coordinator of Global Partners. The first person to be hired for this role in as many years. He has been serving with the Global Partners Ministry for over 15 years in various capacities. Previously as a member and secretary of the International... Read More →


Thursday July 18, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Johnson Spring - G

2:15pm

What is the Enneagram?
Limited Capacity seats available

The Enneagram is an increasingly popular personality assessment that is taking many Christian and counseling circles by storm. But what is the Enneagram? Where did it come from? Is it even biblical? Pastor Nate Bebout, who recently wrote a book on the Enneagram, will lead a time of exploring the history, benefits, and pitfalls of this ministry tool. If you're a ministry leader trying to build effective teams, a pastor seeking another counseling tool, or just a Christian seeking to become a more obedient and reflective follower of Jesus, this will be a helpful resource.

Presenter
avatar for Nate Bebout

Nate Bebout

NABCE President / Workshop Host


Thursday July 18, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Johnson Spring - E

3:30pm

Session 4
The closing session; Karl will speak about Finding & Mentoring Volunteers In Both Today's Church and Tomorrows.

Presenter
avatar for Karl Vaters

Karl Vaters

Keynote Speaker, New Small Church
Karl Vaters is the author of two books about small churches, Small Church Essentials: Field-Tested Principles for Leading a Healthy Congregation of Under 250 and The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking That Divides Us.On his blog Pivot, he writes... Read More →
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Reggie & Julie Harvey

Emcee, Transformed Life Center
Reggie and Julie Harvey are Brethren Pastors and church planters, co-pastoring Transformed Life Center in Dayton, OH.

Artists
avatar for Tom's Kitchen Table

Tom's Kitchen Table

General Conference Worship
We're pleased to welcome back for the second year "Tom's Kitchen Table", leading General Conference in musical worship throughout the week.


Thursday July 18, 2019 3:30pm - 5:15pm
The Arc

5:30pm

Dinner
Share a meal with friends new and old.

*Looking for the best time to get your dinner and not have to fight the crowds? Consider going to dinner any time before 5:45pm.

Thursday July 18, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Dining Room

7:00pm

Exhibit Hall Open
The Exhibit Hall is open and is a good time to visit with the various ministry partners and vendors with us for the week. 

Thursday July 18, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Johnson Spring Lobby

7:00pm

Evening Connections
Spend time exploring campus, relaxing on the patio, visiting the gift shop or Clouds Cafe. Talk with friends, enjoy the beauty of God's creation, pray, journal, sing. Use this space however you need it most.

Thursday July 18, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Campus

7:00pm

RRC Meeting
Planning meeting for Regional Resource Coordinators.

Presenter
avatar for Gary Diehl

Gary Diehl

National Church Vitality Coordinator, The Brethren Church, Inc.
Gary Diehl serves the as the national Church Vitality Coordinator. He loves helping pastors, leaders, teams, and congregations ask and answer the right questions based on their specific circumstances and unique context of ministry. As a member of First Brethren of North Georgetown... Read More →


Thursday July 18, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Mountain Laurel 4

11:15pm

Quiet Hours
Remember you have neighbors, and they may be trying to sleep.

Thursday July 18, 2019 11:15pm - Friday July 19, 2019 6:30am
Campus
 
Friday, July 19
 

7:00am

Check Out
Check-out is simple. Just leave your key cards in your room, and pull the door closed behind you. Travel safe as you head home.

We look forward to seeing you back in Ashland, OH in 2020


*Be watching for information regarding registration for 2020 coming to your inbox soon!

Presenter
avatar for Michael Cook

Michael Cook

Administrative Assistant, The Brethren Church, Inc.
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Laura Kollar

Assistant to the Executive Director, The Brethren Church, Inc.
Laura was married 46 years to her high school sweetheart until 2013 when Bill departed this earth. She worked in various hospital settings for 30 years as an RN, earned an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron and an M.Div. from Ashland Theological Seminary... Read More →
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Ryan Smith

Director of Ministry Operations & Conference Coordinator, The Brethren Church
Ryan Smith has served as Conference Coordinator, first with Engage Youth Conference, and most recently adding oversight for General Conference. A former youth pastor veteran, Ryan has the heart to help guide people to greater Kingdom impact. Ryan is a 2010 graduate of Huntington University... Read More →


Friday July 19, 2019 7:00am - 10:00am
Pritchell

7:15am

Breakfast
It's supposedly the most important meal of the day.

*Looking for the best time to get your morning breakfast and not have to fight the crowds? Consider starting your morning meal any time between 7:30-8:00pm.

Friday July 19, 2019 7:15am - 8:15am
Dining Room

8:15am

Morning Prayer & Worship
A time for guided and self-lead prayer, as well as corporate acoustic worship.

Presenter
avatar for Jim Miller

Jim Miller

Prayer Facilitator
Jim Miller serves as a house church pastor in Gilbert, AZ and as the Corporate Chaplain for Grand Canyon University. While he doesn’t think he’s very good at it himself, he at least recognizes that in order to see kingdom movement in our world, we need to be prayers. He thinks... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Tom's Kitchen Table

Tom's Kitchen Table

General Conference Worship
We're pleased to welcome back for the second year "Tom's Kitchen Table", leading General Conference in musical worship throughout the week.


Friday July 19, 2019 8:15am - 9:00am
Rhododendron 1A-C (Auditorium)