Details have been set for the 2017 UB Youth Workers Summit.

Date: April 24-28, 2017
Hotel: Hilton Gardens Inn
Address: 2560 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach, FL 32118

This is an annual event of encouragement and training for persons in youth ministry. It is available for the lead youth ministry workers (fulltime, part-time, or volunteer) in every United Brethren church. About 25 youth persons usually attend.

The Summit is a great time of networking with other youth leaders and being encouraged by others who are in the trenches of youth ministry. They enjoy the beach, the golf course, and incredibly beautiful weather, along with the chance to slow down and step away from the constant demands of youth ministry.

Looking ahead: The 2018 Youth Summit will be held April 23-26, 2018, in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Matt McKeown from First UB church in Holly Hill, Fla., leads a time of worship.

Matt McKeown from First UB church in Holly Hill, Fla., leads a time of worship.

Jeff Bleijerveld, Director of Global Ministries

Fifteen ministry couples are gathered in Daytona Beach for fellowship, relaxation, and mutual stimulation. Yesterday, we dealt with the question of our heart’s condition, spiritual disciplines, and cultivating friendship while ministering to others. Today we’re wrestling with numerous cultural shifts and how our principles and values may need to be expressed in new ways so that the mission of God, to make and multiply disciples, remains at the forefront of our ministries.

A Pastoral Resource Day will be held November 6-7, 2016, at Rhodes Grove Camp & Conference Center in Chambersburg, Pa. This event is sponsored by the United Brethren Association, the United Brethren denomination, and Rhodes Grove Camp. This year’s theme is “UB Connected.”

The event begins at 3 pm on Sunday, November 6. Bishop Todd Fetters will speak at 6:30 on “Gospel: Spiritually Alive.”

At 9 am on Monday, Mike Dittman, director of National Ministries, will speak on “Unity: Relationally Connected.” Then Jeff Bleijerveld, director of Global Ministries, will speak at 10:15 on “Mission: Missionally Engaged.”

A Pastors & Wives Summit is underway in Daytona Beach, Fla., with 32 people attending. They include 13 senior pastor and spouses from churches of 300+ attendance. They are joined by three couples from the National Office: Bishop Todd and Lisa Fetters, Global Ministries director Jeff and Charlene Bleijerveld, and National Ministries director Mike and Pam Dittman. The event began Monday night and will conclude on Thursday.

L-r: Bob Bruce, Jeff Lawson, Brandon Groff, Christine Augustat, and Holly Lutton.

L-r: Bob Bruce, Jeff Lawson, Brandon Groff, Christine Augustat, and Holly Lutton.

A United Brethren History Course was held October 10-11 at the National Office in Huntington, Ind. Bob Bruce, Pastor of Caring Ministries at Emmanuel Community Church (Fort Wayne, Ind.), taught the course to four students—one senior pastor, and three staff ministers.:

  • Jeff Lawson, lead pastor of Hopewell UB church (Auburn, Ind.).
  • Brandon Groff, a Huntington University graduate who is now Student Pastor at Fowlerville UB church (Fowlerville, Mich.).
  • Christine Augustat, Children’s Pastor at Fowlerville UB church (Fowlerville, Mich.).
  • Holly Lutton, a Huntington University graduate who is Youth Ministry Assistant at College Park UB church (Huntington, Ind.).

The UB History course will be taught October 10-11, 2016, at the UB national office in Huntington, Ind. This course is a requirement for ministerial licensing. However, people who just want to learn more about United Brethren history are free to take the course.

Go here for complete information and to register.

Date: October 10-11, 2016.
Time: 9 am – 4 pm each day.
Location: United Brethren National Office.
Address: 302 Lake Street, Huntington, IN 46750.

The instructor is Bob Bruce (right), associate pastor of Emmanuel UB church (Fort Wayne, Ind.).


  • $200, if you are seeking a ministerial license. There is a $25 discount if you pay fully in advance of the class, making your cost just $175.
  • $100 for everyone else.

Lodging can be secured at the Comfort Inn Huntington for $95 per night plus taxes. You can request a reservation through the online registration form.

This course is held periodically in regional settings. During the past four years, 125 people have attended the course in about 20 different locations.


There is still time to register for the UB Women’s Conference, September 30 – October 1. The room cost did not increase, as previously announced. Room rates for two nights are based on the number of persons sharing the room. The costs are:

Quad occupancy: $120 per person.
Triple Occupancy: $145 per person.
Double Occupancy: $195 per person.
Single Occupancy: $335 per person.

The event fee is still $75.

Join Other Women on the Bus!

If you need a ride to Gettysburg, the Emmanuel bus still has a few seats. All you have to do is park your car at Emmanuel Community Church in Fort Wayne, Ind. The cost of the two-way, 500-mile trip is just $25.

Bishop Todd Fetters speaking to the afternoon gathering.

Bishop Todd Fetters speaking to the afternoon gathering at King Street church in Chambersburg, Pa.

Bishop Todd Fetters.

Bishop Todd Fetters.

Mike Dittman led the morning session with cluster leaders from the East region.

Mike Dittman led the morning session with cluster leaders from the East region.

Bishop Todd Fetters and Mike Dittman, director of National Ministries, held four regional meetings this summer with pastors, spouses, and laypersons. They all followed the same format: a meeting with cluster leaders in the morning, followed by lunch and an afternoon meetings with pastors, spouses, and key laypersons.

The final regional meeting was held August 8 at King Street UB church in Chambersburg, Pa. Above are some photos from that event.


As of August 2, we have 212 women registered for the 2016 Women’s Conference. Rates go up again on August 16, so you need to complete your registration soon.

One church has offered a bus ride from Fort Wayne, Ind., to Gettysburg, Pa. All you have to do is park your car at Emmanuel Community Church and hop on the bus. The cost of the two-way, 500-mile trip is just $25. So far, 15 slots have been filled, and 15 slots remain.

To reserve your spot, use this link: Bus Form. You will be asked for credit card information to pay the $25 fee. Payment reserves a seat. Then all you need to do is show up at 7:30 on Friday morning, September 30, at:

Emmanuel Community Church
12222 W Jefferson Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46814

A free seminar on “Managing Grief and Stress” will be held on Thursday, August 25. Seminars will be led by Dr. H. Norman Wright and Dr. Larry Mercer. The seminar is sponsored by the Huntington University Institute for Leadership and Counseling.

Date: Thursday, August 25
Time: 10 am – 2 pm
Location: College Park UB church, 1945 College Ave., Huntington, IN 46750

From 10am – noon, Dr. H. Norman Wright will address “Tremors of Life: Ministering at a Time of Loss, Crisis, and Trauma.” Dr. Wright is a licensed marriage, family and child therapist with 30 years of private practice experience, and is a well-known Christian author. He will address the categories of loss, the definition of grief, and the steps involved in moving forward. This presentation will take place in the sanctuary of College Park Church

From 1-2 p.m., Dr. Larry Mercer will address, “Brain-Based Leadership & Coaching: Integrating Findings from Neuroscience with Scripture to Enhance Your Personal and Professional Effectiveness.” Dr. Mercer holds degrees in theology and ministry, and serves as an executive coach with leaders of churches, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations. His lecture will address minimizing the negative impact of stress in your life. Using neuroscience research and Scripture, Dr. Mercer will provide practical strategies to empower you to deal with stress.

Both seminars will be held in the sanctuary of College Park UB church in Huntington, Ind.

Although the seminar is free and open to the public, an RSVP is required.

An optional noon luncheon will be provided at College Park Church. You will need to pre-pay the $10 lunch charge, and seating is limited. Various restaurants are located nearby.

Continuing education credit is being provided through the Nation Board of Certified Counselors