Church of the Brethren
Illinois & Wisconsin District

Kevin Kessler, District Executive
Dana McNeil, Moderator
Ellis Boughton, Moderator-Elect
Beth Kelly, Administrative Assistant
Debbie Noffsinger, Newsletter Publisher
Jim Miner, District Webmaster


  • District Conference
    NOVEMBER 6 & 7, 2015
    * Conference Schedule
    * Registration Form
    * * Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten Care
    * * K - 5th Grade
    * * Junior High (November 6th)
    * Housing Options
    * Habitat for Humanity Mission Project
    * Auctions to Benefit District Ministries
    * District Conference Choir
  • Camp Emmanuel Schedule for 2015
    September 4-7 - Family Camp
    September 19 - Fish Fry
    October 24 - Camp Closing
  • Camp Emmaus Schedule for 2015
    Labor Day Family Camp - September 4-7
    District Youth Fall Retreat - November 13-15
    Leaf Raking Day - November 14
  • October Events
    Domestic Violence Awareness Month
    Pastor Appreciation Month

    3 - District LT Meeting - Oak Grove
    4 - World Communion Sunday
    16 - World Food Day, Peace with Justice Week
    17-19 - Mission & Ministry Bd. Meeting, Elgin, IL
    18 - Laity Sunday
    25 - Reformation Sunday
    29-31 - Bethany Theo. Sem. Presidential Forum
  • 2015 Fall District Youth Retreat
    We will be staying at the Camp Emmaus retreat lodge (and log cabin if needed) for our fall retreat. Fellowship with other youth in the district, interesting sessions, and an opportunity to help the camp out by raking leaves at the district wide leaf raking service project (Saturday starting at 8 am).

    November 13th through November 15th, 2015

    Camp Emmaus, Mount Morris, IL

    When: Registration will begin at 7 pm on Friday Night. Retreat participants will be dismissed on Sunday around 11:30 AM

    Who: Everyone currently in 9th through 12th grades during the 2015-2016 school year. Friends and advisors are welcome.

    Cost: $40 for youth â no charge for advisors. Make checks payable to "Illinois/Wisconsin District Youth". Please contact Ralph Miner if cost is an issue.

    What to Bring: Bible, Games, Sleeping Bag, Snacks to share, Towel.

    Service Project Information - Leaf Raking:

    We will be helping Camp Emmaus out by raking leaves at the district wide leaf raking service project (Saturday starting at 8 am)
    Session Leadership:
    Samuel Sarpiya and Rick Polhamus will provide session leadership at the fall retreat. Rick is from On Earth Peace and Samuel is from Rockford.
    Registration: The registration deadline is October 30th, 2015 â If we do not have 12 youth registered we will cancel the retreat. Download the form here.
  • 2015 Powerhouse Regional Youth Conference
    The Powerhouse regional youth conference will return to Camp Mack again this year for its sixth edition, providing a weekend of worship, workshops, music, recreation, and more for Midwest senior high youth and their advisors. We hope you can join us Nov. 21-22 for this great weekend! Our theme will be "An Attitude of Gratitude," looking at ways we live out and express thankfulness. Rich Troyer of Middlebury, Ind., former district youth coordinator for Northern Indiana, will be our keynote speaker for three worship times. Opportunities will also be available to visit and tour the Manchester University campus (about 45 minutes from Camp Mack) before or after the conference, and as a workshop option on Saturday.

    Visit and you will find a variety of information and forms needed for each participant to register. All forms (four total) must be completed for participants to attend. Forms should be downloaded, printed, and mailed to the university with payment when completed (see below for mailing information); make enough copies so that each participant has one copy of each form.

    Cost this year will be $75 for youth, $65 for advisors (for extenuating circumstances, please contact us). Everyone will have a bed to sleep in, and the camp will be preparing our meals. Checks should be made out to and sent to Manchester University, 604 E. College Ave., North Manchester, IN 46962. We are also working on an online payment option for this year; stay tuned!

    If your group is coming from a distance and needs a place to stay in the area Friday night, please contact us and we can help you make arrangements at Manchester University or with congregations in the area, or at Camp Mack (at your own additional cost). Please be in prayer for this event, and encourage your youth and advisors to attend.

  • 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.