All Pastors' Conference 2017 | Michigan District, LCMS

All Pastors' Conference 2017

Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 05:00 pm EDT to Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 10:00 am EDT

Boyne Mountain Resort
1 Boyne Mountain Road
Boyne Falls, MI 49713

Event Description: 


Theme Verse: Psalm 11:3-4 “…If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? The LORD is in his holy temple…”

It starts innocently enough—a small crack in an otherwise pristine foundation. Widening undetected, soon the small crack can grow into a giant chasm separating The Truth from reality. The foundations of faith are under assault from every angle but the Holy Spirt reminds us that the Lord, Yahweh, reigns from His temple full of grace and truth. Building on the cornerstone, Jesus Christ, you are invited to faithfully reestablish the foundations in your personal life, in your marriage, in your family, and in your community life. You will hear from a tremendous group of speakers on foundational topics with practical insights and eternal implications. You will have time to rest and be refreshed and encouraged by fellow pastors and wives.

Wives are especially invited to join pastors at this year’s conference.

Built on the foundation of recent Michigan District conferences, the planning committee would like to extend a special invitation not only to pastors but also to their wives. This year’s conference speaks to the complete vocation of ministry, which includes both pastors and their wives. Our sessions and speakers are planned with application for both pastor and wife. There are activities planned and there will be time to spend together as a couple or family and in groups with other wives. The planning committee would be overjoyed if every pastor’s wife in the district was able to attend this conference with their husbands. To facilitate this desire, we are again offering free childcare during keynote sessions and other needed times during the conference.

“Foundations" Goals and Objectives

  • Identify foundations in a Christian’s life that are being destroyed.
  • Provide a biblical response to the worldview that is eroding the foundations.
  • Give practical advice for rebuilding the foundations in your personal life, in your marriage, in your family, and in your community life.
  • Reassure everyone who attends of the Good News that Yahweh is still on His throne.
Registration Information: 


Pastors, Vicars, Deacons, Staff

Emeriti Registration

Exhibitor Registration

Online registration has closed

Registration: $120 / person
includes Monday and Tuesday lunch & dinner, Wednesday breakfast

Optional Breakfast Package: $38 / person
Monday and Tuesday

Lodging Costs Detailed Below

Online registration has closed

Emeriti registering after September 20th are responsible for reserving their own lodging.

Registration: $120 / person
includes Monday and Tuesday lunch & dinner, Wednesday breakfast

Optional Breakfast Package: $38 / person
Monday and Tuesday

Lodging Costs Detailed Below

Online registration has closed

Exhibitor Registration (includes primary rep fee): $175 plus meal costs

$25 per additional rep + meal costs

Cost for meals is noted on registration
Additional charges for extra tables & electricity needs

Exhibitor Contract

Lodging Costs Detailed Below


Conference registration does not reserve your lodging. If you require lodging for the conference, rooms at Boyne Mountain Resort are available at the rates of $75 per night and up as follows:

  • $78 Edelweiss Lodge Standard
  • $90 Clock Tower & Boynehof Lodge Standard
  • $100 Mountain Grand Lodge
  • Suites are also available

Please go to to to make online room reservations, or call 800.462.6963 and ask for MI District All Pastors’ Conference Rate. Reservations must be made prior to September 20th, after that reservations are subject to availability.

Child Care provided by Wellspring Lutheran Services

Wellspring is underwriting the child care costs for attendees, and Boyne will staff their Helga Haus. Child Care Times - Monday 8:30 a.m. - 12 Noon, and 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Tuesday 8:30 a.m. - 12 Noon, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., and 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  

If you are interested in signing up for child care, please fill out the form at

Free Time Options

Monday – VISUAL FAITH: Visual Prayer  and Bible Journaling presented by Pat Maier and Emily Adams

Our churches offer rich opportunities to hear the Word in worship and Bible study. When we consider learning styles, however, as well as this current era of interactive communication and hectic lifestyles, there is a need to equip people to keep God front and center in their minds and hearts.

Have you ever struggled to recall the truths of a devotion later in the day? Does your mind wander during prayer—or forget who you promised to pray for? Are you searching for a new, fresh way to connect with God’s Word? The Visual Faith practices of visual prayer and Bible journaling are non-gendered, multi-generational processes which connect visual and kinesthetic learning principles during prayer and Bible study. Find out about these useful tools which can help us slow down, pay attention, deal with distractions, and allow time to “be still” as we read, reflect and respond to God’s Text Message. 

Tuesday – Salsa Making Experience

Turn your team into Mexican chefs!

Your goal will be to create a delicious award winning salsa, from scratch. Work against the clock to create and market your unique salsa creation and try to please the panel of judges.

In this culinary team building activity, your group will be divided into small teams. Each team will be challenged with creating the best tasting salsa from scratch and deciding on which ingredients to use. Which recipe will your team use to build their culinary masterpiece?

Teams will have their own designated table with a pot, spoons, knives, cutting boards, aprons, markets and utensils. They will work against the clock, and each other, to create their salsa and then market it to the rest of the crowd.

The tone of your Salsa Showdown will be set to the beat of Latin music.

It’s a hot team challenge where team members will also create team chants and aprons that showcase their salsa “brand.” In the center of the room will be a spice table and vegetable marketplace. Add to the challenge by creating and racing a vegetable car in the unique, Salsa Showdown program!

This gastronomical challenge combines creativity with culinary skill as teams work together to win over the taste buds of the judges. Prizes will be awarded on creativity, presentation and taste.

Tuesday – Stigg’s Brewery 

Additional Free Time Options

Download List


  • Beards Brewery Co. – Petoskey – 25 min/18 miles
  • Stiggs Brewering Co. – Boyne City – 10 min/6 miles
  • Shorts Brewing Co. – Belaire – 40 min/30 miles
  • Mackinaw Trail Winery & Brewery – South of Petoskey – 17 min/14 miles


  • Mackinaw Trail Winery & Brewery – South of Petoskey – 17 min/14 miles
  • Petoskey Farms Winery – East of Petoskey – 28 min/19 miles
  • Maple Moon Sugarbush & Winery – East of Petoskey – 28 min/19 miles
  • Walloon Lake Winery – South of Petoskey – 20 min/16 miles


  • Veterans Memorial Park – Boyne City – 10 min/6 miles
  • Bayfront Park – Petoskey – 25 min/18 miles
  • East Park – West of Petoskey – 23 min/18 miles
  • Raven Hill Discovery Center (admission charged) – East Jordan – 15 min/8 miles


  • Café Sante – Boyne City – 10 min/6 miles
  • Thick n Juicy Burger – Boyne City – 10 min/6 miles
  • Red Mesa Grill – Boyne City – 10 min/6 miles
  • Boyne River Inn – Boyne City – 10 min/6 miles
  • Lake Street Markey – Boyne City – 10 min/6 miles
  • Beach House Restaurant on Deer Lake – W of Boyne Mt – 6 min/2.5 miles

Hiking Trails:

  • Boyne Mountain Resort has many trails and paths – inquire at the desk for a map
  • Avalanche Preserve, Hiking and Mountain Biking Trails – Boyne City – 11 min./6 miles
  • The Hill Nature Preserve – Boyne City – 14 min/8 miles
  • Driggers Nature Preserve – E of Charlevoix – 30 min/17 miles
  • Wisser-Saworksi Nature Preserve – Boyne Falls – 5 min/2 miles

Beachfront Parks:

  • Sunset Park – Boyne City – 10 min/6 miles
  • Peninsula/Tannery Beach – Boyne City – 10 min/6 miles
  • Veterans Memorial Park – Boyne City – 10 min/6 miles
  • Young State Park (pass required)– NW of Boyne Area – 15 min/8 miles

Compassion Ministry

Christ, Boyne City operates a 'Kinder Kloset' ministry, in which they strive to provide essential supplies for babies of mothers in need in their surrounding community. Many families are blessed each month with the assistance that the church is able to provide through kind donations of funding and supplies—as we are hoping to do for our ingathering during this APC. The Kinder Kloset can always use disposable diapers (especially sizes 4 and 5), wipes, diaper cream, baby lotion, baby shampoo, baby powder, and baby wash. Cash donations are also appreciated, and these will be used to purchase specific items for the Kloset as supplies run low from time to time. Thank you in advance for your generosity in supporting young families in the Boyne community!"

Ken Ham

Ken Ham

President and CEO
Answers in Genesis

The president and CEO of Answers in Genesis, a ministry that has over 700 full-time and part-time staff and comprises the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter, Ken Ham is one of the most in-demand Christian speakers in North America. This includes being a keynote speaker at the prestigious National Religious Broadcasters convention (2016) and filling the pulpit of many influential churches over the years. He appears frequently on American TV and hosts the daily radio program, “ANSWERS with Ken Ham,” heard on more than 900 stations in America. Ken is one of the editors and contributing authors for AiG’s Answersmagazine, an award-winning biblical worldview publication with over 70,000 worldwide subscribers.

Ham, a native Australian who now lives near Cincinnati, is a prominent blogger and the author of numerous books on the accuracy and authority of the Bible, starting with its very first verse.

Dr. Dave Rueter

Director of the DCE Program
Concordia University Irvine

Dr. Dave Rueter has been a DCE for nearly two decades, serving churches in California and Texas. Dave is the Director of the DCE Program at Concordia University Irvine as well as the Youth & Family Ministry Facilitator for the Pacific Southwest District. He is the author of Teaching the Faith at Home (CPH) as well as the forthcoming Building Faith at Home (Creative Communications for the Parish). In addition, he contributed a chapter for Current Challenges and Perspectives of Confirmation in Lutheran Churches in Slovakia and the USA as well as a forthcoming text on youth ministry from the LCMS Youth Ministry Office. Dave is married and has two sons.

Deaconess Heidi Goehmann

I Love My Shepherd Ministries

Deaconess Heidi Goehmann is a licensed social worker and mental health care provider, a writer, speaker, wife, mom, forgiven and loved child of God. She received her deaconess certification, as well as her bachelor's degree in Theology and Psychology, from Concordia University Chicago. She earned her master's in Social Work from the University of Toledo with an emphasis on children and families and social justice.

Heidi has worked in a variety of clinical and ministry settings. She is the founder of I Love My Shepherd Ministries (, which provides resources to get women in the Word, strengthen marriages, and broaden our understanding of mental health. Heidi serves the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in the areas of church worker wellness and church revitalization.

Heidi's passions include her husband, David, her 4 kids, red wine, dark chocolate, Jesus, Star Wars, and new ideas ... not necessarily in that order.

Rev. Dr. Anthony (Tony) Cook

Director of United States Ministries
Lutheran Hour Ministries

Rev. Dr. Anthony (Tony) Cook is the Director of United States Ministries for Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM). He provides leadership and operational management of the direction, strategies, and initiatives for the U.S. Ministries Division. Cook brings 22 years in ministry experience to LHM, including 17 years in curriculum design and development, distance curricula, educational technology, and leadership. His background includes serving as a parish pastor and consulting numerous Christian entities on curriculum design and development, Synchronous distance learning, internet technologies, and sharing the Gospel through various forms of multimedia.

Cook served as Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, specializing in education, pastoral theology plus leadership, and postmodern studies, including courses on preaching to postmoderns, post-liberal theology, and emerging Christianity. He also serves as Concordia Seminary's Director of Curriculum Design and Development. Cook received his Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Louis University and an M.Div. from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

Rev. Dr. Patrick T. Ferry

Concordia University Wisconsin
Concordia University Ann Arbor

The Rev. Dr. Patrick T. Ferry was elected the eighth President of Concordia University Wisconsin in July 1997. He began his faculty career at Concordia as an Assistant Professor of History in 1991. 

Dr. Ferry earned his Ph.D. in European History from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1996; his M.A. in history from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1989; his M.Div. from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN, in 1987; and his B.A. from St. John's College, Winfield, KS, in 1981. 

Prior to coming to Concordia Dr. Ferry served as campus pastor at St. Andrew's Lutheran Campus Congregation at the University of Wyoming in Laramie from 1989-1991.  He was assistant pastor at Wheat Ridge Lutheran Church in Wheat Ridge, Colorado from 1987-1989.

He has authored numerous articles, reviews and essays on education, religion, and history and most recently, his book, Faith in the Freshman, a story of hoops and hopes.  He has also made numerous presentations at meetings, workshops, and conferences and serves as a member on numerous higher education and community boards. 

Dr. Ferry is married to Tamara and they have five children - Peter, Hannah, Andrew, Rachel, and Stephen.  They are members of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Milwaukee.

James F. Sanft

President and Chief Executive Officer
Concordia Plan Services

James F. (Jim) Sanft has served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Concordia Plan Services since 2008, having joined the organization in 1999.

An active leader in the church benefits community, Jim serves on the Board of Directors of the Church Benefits Association and is Vice Chair of the Church Alliance (the Church Alliance is an organization comprised of the CEOs of 37 denominational benefit programs representing the interests of church plans in Washington, DC).

Jim has a B.S. in Education from Concordia University Nebraska, Seward and a M.S. in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and is a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA). Prior to joining CPS, Jim worked as an actuary for Minnesota Life in St. Paul, Minn. and for Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. in Lincoln, Neb. He began his professional career as a mathematics and computer science teacher at Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne, Ind.


Agenda Details: 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

  5-7 p.m. Conference Check-in with hors d’oeuvres Mountain Grand Lodge
  7 – 8 p.m. Evening Prayer with Corporate Confession & Absolution Matterhorn
  8 - 10 p.m.  Wine/Cheese/Craft Beer Reception Stein Ericksen

Monday, October 9, 2017

  7 – 8:15 a.m. Breakfast Vienna
  7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Exhibitors Open Arlberg
  8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Conference Check-in Civic Center
  8:15 – 8:30 a.m. Welcome | Morning Prayer- Rev. William Hessler Matterhorn
  8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Session I - Genesis and the Culture War - Ken Ham Matterhorn
  9:30– 9:50 a.m. Break Arlberg
  9:50-10:50 a.m. Session II- The Age of the Earth and the Decline of the Church - Ken Ham Matterhorn
  10:50 – 11:00 a.m. Break Arlberg
  11:00 a.m. - Noon Session III - Genesis and Communicating the Gospel - Ken Ham Matterhorn
  Noon – 1:00 p.m. Lunch Matterhorn
  1:00 - 1:10 p.m. Wellspring Lutheran Services Matterhorn
  1:10 – 2:10 p.m. Session IV - One Race, One Blood - Ken Ham Matterhorn
  2:10 – 2:15 p.m. Lutheran Benefits Matterhorn
  2:15 – 2:30 p.m. Break Matterhorn
  2:30 – 3:45 p.m. Panel Discussion ( Ken Ham, Tony Cook, Heidi Goehmann, Dave Rueter, Patrick Ferry) Matterhorn
  3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Closing Prayer - Rev. Todd Frusti Matterhorn
  4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Free time Activities  
  4:00 -5:30 p.m. Visual Faith with Mrs. Pat Maier Vienna
  6:00 – 8:45 p.m. Banquet, Presentations, Trivia Matterhorn
  8:45 – 11:00 p.m. Gemütlichkeit Stein Ericksen

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

  7 – 8:15 a.m. Breakfast Vienna
  7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Exhibitors Open Arlberg
  8:15 – 8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer Matterhorn
  8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Session I Tony Cook - North American Cultural Foundations Matterhorn
  9:30 – 9:50 a.m. Break Matterhorn
  9:50 – 10:00 a.m. Concordia University Matterhorn
  10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Session II Heidi Goehmann - Marital Foundations Matterhorn
  11:00 – 11:05a.m. LWML - Partnering in the Gospel - Kaye Wolff Matterhorn
  11:05-11:10 a.m. Church Extension Fund Matterhorn
  11:10a.m. – 12:00p.m. Concordia Plan Services – Jim Sanft - Foundations for Worker Care- Built on Solid Ground Matterhorn
  12:00 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch  
  1:15  – 2:15p.m. Session III | Dave Rueter on Family Catechesis Matterhorn
  2:15 – 2:30p.m. Closing Prayer - Rev. Matthew Schuler Matterhorn
  2:30  – 5:30 p.m. Free time  
  2:30 - 4:30p.m. Salsa Making Experience Vienna
  5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Dinner (outside weather permitting) Hemlock Lawn
  7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Divine Service Matterhorn
  8:30 -11:00 p.m. Gemütlichkeit Vienna

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

  7 – 8:15 a.m. Breakfast Matterhorn
  8:15 – 9:15am President’s Report – David Maier Matterhorn
  8:15 – 9:15am Wives Session with Heidi Goehmann Vienna
  9:15 – 9:30 a.m. Rev. Bill Woolsey - FiveTwo Matterhorn
  9:30 - 10:00 a.m.  Sending Service Matterhorn


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