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2015 District Conference 
Date: July 11
Place: ALIVE Wesleyan Church, 136 Chastain Road, Central, SC
Time: 9am (Registration begins at 8am)
Denominational Representative: Dr. Russ Gunsalus, Executive Director, Department of           Education and Clergy Development
Special Keynote Speaker: Dr. Tim Brown, Excecutive Pastor, Growing Healthy Churches

Registration will begin at 8:00am, and a powerful worship rally begins at 9:00am.  Please arrive well ahead of time in order to register, pick up your materials, and spend some moments with your colleagues as you have some great coffee (free) and Chick-Fil-A “mini’s” (also free).  Dress for the day is "business casual.”

Again this year, you will enjoy times of worship, challenge, encouragement and more.  You will hear and see some amazing reports of what God is doing across our state, district . . . and beyond.  Our denomination representative will be Dr. Russ Gunsalus.  The keynote speaker will be Dr. Tim Brown will encourage and challenge us!  District Conference continues to be the rallying point for the troops who are part of carrying out the mission God has given to us!

District Conference Keynote Speaker - Dr. Tim Brown

“I grew up in West Virginia and felt led into ministry at age 17. Since

then I have been privileged to have numerous ministry opportunities

and experiences and have been coached and mentored by very gifted

leaders.  My wife Jennifer and I have three children Abigail, Allison and Wyatt.”  He is a graduate of Fairmount State University (WV), Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M. Div.), and Northern Baptist Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry in Church Growth and Leadership).

His ministry includes staff positions and Lead Pastor in three congregations.  Most recently, he served for 16 year as Senior Pastor at the First Baptist Church, Clovis, California, where the average attendance grew from 60 to over 900.  A part of this growth included over 850 conversions.  He has endeared himself as a coach to Pastor Richard Hall and the Eden Church as he worked with them in the transformation process.  He is currently serving as a coach to Pastor Scott Buchanan and the CenterPointe Church.  He has worked with several other Wesleyan congregations in other districts.  In addition to the two messages in the morning, he will also lead a breakout session at lunch on “ Bridge Events.”  We look forward to his ministry at our district conference.     

Ordination Service
 August 23, 6pm, Trinity Wesleyan Church, Central, SC

The Ordination Service is not a part of our schedule for the day for District Conference for the first time in many years.  It will be August 23, 2015, at 6:00p.m. at the Trinity Wesleyan Church so that our General Superintendent, Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, may preside.  All ministerial personnel are expected to attend and lay delegates are encourage to join with the friends and families of the ordinands for this sacred and celebratory service.  It is anticipated that five will be ordained and one whose ordination transfer will be validated.  A reception will follow in the Family Life Center.  Address:700 Issaqueena Trail, Central, SC                                                                                                                                   

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