The 2021 US National Conference is returning to Fort Wayne, Ind., where it was held in 2013. Once again, we will use the Grand Wayne Convention Center in the heart of Fort Wayne.

Date: July 14-17, 2021

Location: Grand Wayne Center in downtown Fort Wayne, Ind.

The conference will be held both in-person and online–a “hybrid” conference. The low registration cost will be the same, whether you attend live or remotely (we’ve got expenses either way, and extra costs to associated with adding the virtual experience).

Registration Cost

In-person: Individual: $75
In-person: Family: $115
Online: Attendee (maximum 1 vote per link): $75
Online: Attendee & Spouse (maximum 2 votes per link): $115

Preview Meetings

To help prepare people for the 2021 US National Conference, Bishop Todd Fetters will lead three Zoom meetings–on May 24, 25, and 27. He will discuss the business meeting and other aspects of the conference, and a representative of the Nominating Committee will present their report.

Here are the times:

  • Monday, May 24 @ 11:00 am
  • Tuesday, May 25 @ 11:00 am
  • Thursday, May 27 @ 7:00 pm

You must register. Prior to the online session, you will receive an email with the Zoom link. You can register here.

Lodging

For those attending in-person, we have a choice of three hotels, with conference rates ranging from $115 to $130 per night. The Hilton is integrated into the Grand Wayne Center, making it very convenient, while the Courtyard and Hampton Inn are right across the street.

You are responsible for making your own hotel reservations. For more information about the hotels and links to their UB Conference page for making reservations, go to this page.

Business Session

The US National Conference is the highest governing body for United Brethren churches in the United States. It is held every two years. We have allotted three hours on Thursday morning to hear reports and conduct business. Among other things, delegates will elect a bishop and four members of the Executive Leadership Team. Go here for more about the business meeting.

Basic Schedule

Wednesday, July 14

  • Afternoon: arrival and registration
  • Evening: opening service

Thursday, July 15

  • Morning: business session
  • Afternoon: free time
  • Evening: keynote service

Friday, July 16

  • Morning: workshops
  • Afternoon and evening: Huntington University

Saturday, July 17

  • Morning: closing service; message from the bishop-elect; ordinations.
  • Noon: dismissal.

See the full schedule

Keynote Speakers

Each evening, a denominational leader will provide a keynote address on discipleship as it relates to their aspect of United Brethren ministry–local churches, missions, our college. The bishop-elect will conclude the conference with an address on Saturday morning. Read more about our keynote speakers here.

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

Mike Dittman

Director of National Ministries

Frank Yang

Director of UB Global

Sherilyn Emberton

President of Huntington University

Children

Free childcare will be provided for children through grade 5 during the evening services (6:30 – 8:00), and on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. This includes nursery (up to age 2), pre-school (ages 3-5), and K-5.

Read more details here.

Youth

Activities are planned for middle-school and high-school students on Wednesday night, all day Thursday, and Friday morning. These activities will be sponsored by Huntington University and the Youth Leadership Team.

See the complete schedule .

HU Day

Friday afternoon and evening will be spent at Huntington University, our denominational college. All kinds of things are planned–tours, activities, food, and a very special evening service. It’s gonna be a very fun day!

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