2018 Tri-District DCE / DFL Conference | Michigan District, LCMS

2018 Tri-District DCE / DFL Conference

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 01:00 pm EST to Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 12:00 pm EST

Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center
1750 State Park Road #2
Oregon, OH 43616

Event Description: 

Faithful in a Faithless World

You are cordially invited to the Tri-District Director of Christian Education / Director of Family Life Ministry Conference in February at Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center near Toledo, hosted by the Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio Districts of the Lutheran Church— Missouri Synod. Mark your calendar for February 26-28, 2018 and plan to attend this exciting conference with your fellow DCEs & DFLMs from the Great Lakes region. Together, we will explore how to be "Faithful in a Faithless World.” Outstanding speakers and Bible study will help you grow spiritually, and help you prepare to teach others. The presidents of our Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio Districts and Reverend Kiessling from the LCMS National Youth Ministry Office will provide regional and national updates.

Come be a part of this ministry-shaping experience. It’s an opportunity too good to miss!

Registration Information: 

Conference Registration Fee

Registration fee $175, all-inclusive (meals and lodging)

After January 23, the registration fee is $225.

Housing fee (both nights):

  • Private room, additional $115 fee


Jacob Youmans

Keynote speaker, Concordia Austin

Dr. Jacob Youmans has served as a Youth and Family Minister in Hawaii and California, and in July 2009, he started as the Director of the DCE (Director of Christian Education) program at Concordia University Texas. Jake has led and served on mission teams to every continent except Antarctica, authored four books, and has spoken to groups all over the world. Most importantly, he's married to Christy and has two princesses, Maile who's 14 and Leilani who's 13.

Ryan Peterson

Devotional Leader, Chaplain at Concordia University Ann Arbor

Pastor Ryan Peterson currently serves as the Campus Pastor and Assistant Professor of Theology at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is a graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and completed his Doctor of Ministry degree at Trinity Ev. Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Pastor Ryan and his wife Kristy, along with their four kids, love camping and exploring the beauty of #PureMichigan.

Mark Kiessling

Director of LCMS Youth Ministry

Rev. Mark Kiessling serves as director of LCMS Youth Ministry. In that role, he supports the leadership, service, resourcing and networking functions of LCMS Youth Ministry, including the LCMS Youth Gathering. Rev. Kiessling is a 2006 graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. and lives in Kirkwood, Missouri, with his wife, Beth.
Agenda Details: 

Monday, February 26

  1:00 p.m. Worship with Holy Communion - President Terry Cripe
  2:30 p.m. Break
  2:45 p.m. Keynote - Dr. Jacob Youmans
  3:30 p.m. Break
  4:00 p.m. Table Talks
  4:30 p.m. Rev. Mark Kiessling
  5:15 p.m. Ohio District President - Rev. Terry Cripe
  6:00 p.m. Dinner  
  7:00 p.m.  Free Time

Tuesday, February 27

  8:00 a.m. Breakfast
  9:00 a.m. Devotions
  9:30 a.m. Keynote - Dr. Jacob Youmans
  10:15 a.m. Table Talk
  10:45 a.m. Break
  11:00 a.m. Rev. Mark Kiessling
  12:00 p.m. Lunch
  1:30 p.m. Keynote - Dr. Jacob Youmans
  2:15 p.m. Table Talk
  2:45 p.m. Break
  3:00 p.m. Bible Study - Rev. Dr. Ryan Peterson
  4:30 p.m. Indiana District President - Rev. Daniel May
  5:00 p.m. Break
  6:00 p.m. Banquet with recognitions and awards
  7:30 p.m. Free time

Wednesday, February 28

  8:00 a.m. Breakfast
  9:00 a.m. Devotions - Michigan District President - Rev. Dr. David P. E. Maier
  9:30 a.m. Michigan District President - Rev. Dr. David P. E. Maier
  10:00 a.m. Keynote - Dr. Jacob Youmans
  10:45 a.m. Table Talk
  11:15 a.m. Closing Remarks
  11:30 a.m. Closing Devotions/Blessings


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