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Please note that there will be a
Friday Afternoon Business Session from 2:00 to 4:30
which was inadvertently omitted from the conference booklet.


Annual Conference Speakers and Webcast schedule2018 Annual Conference Preachers

The Annual Conference 2018 opening sermon on Wednesday evening, July 4, will be given by Annual Conference moderator Samuel Sarpiya. He is an ordained minister and pastor in Rockford, Ill. He will speak on the Conference theme, “Living Parables.”

Note: all evening worship services begin at 6:45 this year!

On Thursday evening, the worship service will feature preacher Brian Messler, an ordained minister who is serving as pastor of Ephrata (Pa.) Church of the Brethren. He is a former member of the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board.

Friday evening’s sermon will be brought by Rosanna Eller McFadden, an ordained minister who pastors Creekside Church of the Brethren in Elkhart, Ind. She has been active in the arts, and has formerly served on the Program and Arrangements Committee of Annual Conference.

On Saturday evening, the Conference will receive a message from Angela Finet. She is an ordained minister and a recent graduate of Bethany Theological Seminary. She is serving as pastor of Nokesville (Va.) Church of the Brethren.

The closing service on Sunday morning will feature Leonard Sweet, E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew University, Madison, N.J., and a Visiting Distinguished Professor at George Fox University, Portland, Ore. Also a best-selling author and popular preacher, he is known for bridging the worlds of faith, academia, and popular culture. 

If you aren't able to attend Annual Conference in person, plan to watch these worship services through the webcast! See the schedule below.

2018 Annual Conference Sunday

We invite you and your congregation to join the streaming worship on Sunday, July 8, 2018. Different time zones or worship times are not an obstacle, because even the live webcast can be paused and/or rewound, so anyone can start streaming the beginning of the Sunday morning worship whenever your church service starts (as long as it is after 8:30am EDT). Individuals can easily participate via their computers, tablets, or even their smartphones. For a larger worshiping group or congregation, we suggest following the instructions on this page: By streaming the service from Annual Conference your congregation can worship along with thousands of other Brethren!

A bulletin will be available in mid to late June to download and print from the Annual Conference webpage. 

Business Sessions and Worship Services on the Web

All Annual Conference business sessions and worship services will be streamed over the internet. The schedule for all web broadcasts is as follows (all times are Eastern Time):

Wednesday, July 4Webcasting AC 2017 by Glenn Riegel
6:45 – 8:15 PM - Evening Worship

Thursday, July 5
8:30 – 11:30 AM - Morning Business Session
2:00 – 4:30 PM - Afternoon Business Session
6:45 – 8:15 PM - Evening Worship

Friday, July 6
8:30 – 11:30 AM - Morning Business Session
2:00 – 4:30 PM - Afternoon Business Session
6:45 – 8:15 - Evening Worship

Saturday, July 7
8:30 – 11:30 AM - Morning Business Session
2:00 – 4:30 PM - Afternoon Business Session
6:45 – 8:15 PM - Evening Worship

Sunday, July 8
8:30 – 10:30 AM - Annual Conference Sunday Worship

Click here or go to to watch the webcast or for additional information and instructions. You can join in at any time or restart the broadcast from the beginning. You can also comment and chat online with the webcast team and any other Brethren watching the webcast.

Donations   There is a cost to provide these webcasts.  Viewers are asked to consider making an online donation to help support these efforts and how the ministries of our church are made known through these webcasts.  To make a donation go to – thank you for your generous support!

Next week we will share a message from Moderator Samuel Sarpiya.                                      

Go to to register for Annual Conference in Cincinnati. 
Advanced online registration ends June 11!

You must be registered for Annual Conference to participate in anything other than Worship.

Annual Conference 2017 webcasting photo by Glenn Riegel.

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