16 Jul Day One of the 2015 US National Conference
The 2015 US National Conference got off to a great start on Wednesday, July 15.
Throughout the morning, volunteers and staff worked to get everything ready, especially in the registration area. Around noon, people began arriving to register, and they trickled in throughout the afternoon.
At 6:30, the conference officially began with the opening service. Todd Fetters, director of National Ministries, gave some remarks to begin the service, and then turned it over to co-emcees Josh Good and Randy Carpenter, who pastor nearby UB churches.
The worship team was from the Colwood UB church in Caro, Mich. Mike Whipple led the worship time in singing. Then Mark Wilson, pastor of the UB church in Fowlerville, Mich., introduced keynote speaker Dr. Wayne Schmidt, VP for Wesleyan Seminary in Marion, Ind. Mark had served on staff with Dr. Schmidt at Kentwood Community Church in the Grand Rapids area.
After the service came a reception, with various goodies. People lingered in the lobby, around the exhibits, for over an hour. It was a good day.
Thursday is devoted to business, with several weighty issues on the table.