Church of the Brethren
Illinois & Wisconsin District

Kevin Kessler, District Executive
Stan Rodabaugh, Moderator
Dana McNeil, Moderator-elect
Beth Carpentier, Administrative Assistant
Gil Crosby, Newsletter Editor
Debbie Noffsinger, Newsletter Publisher


  • From the Moderator - Stan Rodabaugh
    I am rapidly living into that stage of life. I was 33 yrs. old when I first entered full time pastoral ministry. Since then I have continually accompanied many people on this journey of life as they lived into the situation Jesus describes. Aging is the process of dying slowly. Bodies function less well year by year; things we were able to do comfortably when we were young become more difficult and eventually impossible for us to do. Jesus talks about the issue of dressing ourselves , I have seen many faithful followers of Jesus get to the point where they are no longer able to attend worship services on Sunday because they just can't get ready in time. We are all familiar with the crisis our loved ones experience in our culture when they can no longer drive. Discerning when one can no longer live alone safely is often not simple or easy, especially when the children believe that they must intervene. As Jesus told Peter "Someone else will lead you where you do not want to go." [more...]
  • DE Ponderings - Kevin Kessler
    The District Leadership Team has graciously extended to me the opportunity to take a period of Sabbath rest beginning July 7 and ending September 7 this year. It is important that I communicate to the district that I will be absent from my responsibilities during this period of time.

    A plan and people are in place to care for duties that I regularly attend to. The detailed plan is on file in the district office and the Leadership Team is aware of and supportive of the plan. I will in this brief article provide information from the plan that will be helpful to the district, such as who to contact for specific purposes, what boundaries are in place, and a few of my goals during this time. [more...]

  • Camp Emmanuel Schedule for 2014
    Youth Camp - June 8-14, 2014
    Junior High Camp - June 15-21, 2014
    Junior Camp - June 22-28, 2014
    Pre-Junior Camp - June 26-28, 2014
    National Youth Conference - July 19-24
    Mens' Camp - August 1-3, 2014
    Family Camp - August 29 - September 1, 2014
    10th Annual Fish Fry - September 20, 2014
    Camp Closing - October 25, 2014
  • Camp Emmaus 2014 Schedule
    July 6-12 - Senior High Camp
    July 13-16 - Elementary II Camp
    July 16-18 - Adventure Camp
    July 17-19 - Counselor-in-Training Event
    July 18-19 - Elementary I
    July 19-24 - National Youth Conference
    July 20-25 - Elementary III Camp
    July 27-August 2 - Junior High Camp
    August 8-10 - Women's Camp
    August 15-17 - Time Capsule Weekend
    Aug 29 - September 1 - Labor Day Family Camp
  • July Events
    1 - Mission and Ministry board, Columbus, Ohio
    1-2 - Minister's Assoc. Continuing Edu. Event
    2-6 - Annual Conference, Columbus, Ohio
    4 - Independence Day
    6-12 - Senior High Camp - Camp Emmaus
    6-12 - Song and Story Fest, Camp Inspiration Hills
    7 - District Executive Sabbatical Begins
    13-16 - Elementary II Camp - Camp Emmaus
    16-18 - Adventure Camp - Camp Emmaus
    19-20 - Elementary I Camp - Camp Emmaus
    19-24 - National Youth Conference, Fort Collins, CO
    20-25 - Elementary III Camp - Camp Emmaus
    27-August 2 - Junior High Camp - Camp Emmaus
  • 2014 National Youth Conference - July 19-24, 2014
    Dates for the next National Youth Conference will be held July 19-24, 2014, in Fort Collins, Colo.

    NYC is a week long faith formation extravaganza for high school youth and their advisors. All youth who have completed ninth grade through one year of college (at the time of NYC) are eligible to attend.

    Registration is open!

  • Guest Speaker List
    There is a Speakers List for the Illinois/Wisconsin District. Persons included in this document have accepted the invitation to be available to preach during worship services or for other special events as indicated. Hopefully you will find this tool useful and valuable when the need arises for inviting a guest speaker.

    The speakers on this list are all credentialed ministers, either licensed or ordained. We would like to expand the list to include more credentialed ministers as well as interested laity. If your name is absent from the list and you have interest in serving as a guest speaker, please inform the district office. We would also welcome the names of persons you might suggest for inclusion on the list.

    Since this is a new venture, it is likely we may need to provide more information than is included. Your input as to how the list can be improved would be welcomed.

    Please share with the District Office any questions, comments, or concerns you may have.

  • Mission and Mortar
    Sustaining and developing ministry (mission) within congregations, as well as maintaining property (mortar), is sometimes hindered because of inadequate financial resources. The Illinois/Wisconsin District, whose mission is to support the growth and development of member congregations, realizes that this dilemma exists and desires to financially support congregations that are in good standing with the district and have specific needs. Congregations in good standing are those that for the past two years have sent delegates to district conference and have supported the district financially with undesignated gifts of at least $100 per year for the past two years.
  • Information Reporting
    All ordained ministers, licensed ministers, and congregations need to keep the District Office informed of changes in contact information. Changes include: phone number, cell phone number, email address, mailing address, and congregational email or website. Please email Beth Carpentier, or call (309)649-6008 with your updates. Your effort will save valuable staff time trying to track down these changes. Other information to share: changes in key leadership positions at the church or the death or serious illnesses of minister, retired ministers, or spouses. Help us serve better!
  • CEU Credits for Ordained Ministers
    Do not wait to begin to log your Continuing Education Units. The 2015 Five-year Ordination Review process for ALL ordained ministers will launch in 2014. Ordained ministers are required to produce verification of 5 CEU credits for this five-year period. It is your responsibility to secure certificates, letters or verifying documentation regarding CEU credit. Retired clergy are exempt from this requirement with the exception of those retired clergy actively involved in Interim Ministry.

    CEU Notation: The district does not grant CEU credit for personal study and/or self-designed experiences you have had and/or books you have read. It is the minister's responsibility to secure a CEU certificate, Letter of Verification, and/or authentication document for completed training, seminars or workshops, or learning experiences offered by the presenting organization. This verification should always state the number of hours of the training - 10 hours of training equals 1.0 CEU credits. Please take personal initiative to become a life-long learner and increasingly effective minister of the Gospel.

  • Gifts Discernment
    The Gifts Discernment and Call Committee seeks your help. We are commissioned to call active, informed, and committed members of congregations or fellowships from within our District to positions of service. These persons, both pastors and lay members, are to be called from all parts of the District and to represent the diversity among us. Our committee's knowledge of members eligible and capable to serve is limited. Therefore, we make this appeal for assistance.
  • Each congregation in the district has a Liaison Leadership Team member who may be contacted with any questions or concerns about the ministries of our district.
  • Add news, announcements, or your congregation's web site URL to the district site. Email your information to the

  • Please check the District Disaster Response website for disaster relief news.