Academies, workshops, training events, convocations, retreats. The Eastern PA Conference is a vibrant, living organism that survives and indeed, thrives in community as we gather and grow together. Our connectional life is enhanced by these types of learning events and by other gatherings as well: worship and prayer services; concerts, theater, film viewings and other performances; celebrations; picnics; sports and recreation events–the list is endless.

We also provide access to a list of upcoming Conference meetings of boards, teams and committees, and to a list of recent and upcoming Local Church events. Please send us your complete information about meetings and events right away by using our Submit News page.


June 1: A young adult forum on Healing Relationships

Calling all young adults, ages 18 – 40, who are: single, in a relationship, parenting, etc. ttend a powerful, interactive program on how to heal relationships!

When: June 1, 1 – 3 PM

Where: Haven-Peniel United Methodist Church, 2301 W Oxford St, Philadelphia, PA

Come hear Lee Woodall , ex-Super Bowl champion football player, and his wife, businesswoman Terri Matthews . They will share a testimony of healing and restoring loving but broken relationships. Come enjoy fresh, engaging discussions and group activities. Learn how to transform any areas of your relationship from brokenness to wholeness.
Cost: Only $5.

Register online at:  Questions? Call or text Dave Piltz at 814-883-0118 or Email at . Download the flyer.

June 1: CRCC Event w/Dr. Grace Pak

Ministry in a Cross Racial/Cross-Cultural Context: Annual Orientation

  • Location:  Lansdale UMC, 300 North Broad Street, Lansdale, PA 19446
  • Cost: $7.00
  • Time: 9 AM- 3 PM

View and download the Flyer!

June 2: Service of Recognition for CLM Graduates, Spring Class of 2019

You are cordially invited to a service of recognition honoring the Certified Lay Minister Graduates Spring Class of 2019.

Sunday, June 2, 2019
4:00 P.M.
Lititz United Methodist Church
201 Market Street

Bishop Peggy Johnson Preaching

Certified Lay Minister Graduates, Spring 2019:
East District
– Mary E. White, Bethel Hill UMC

North District
– Eileen Bertanzetti, Keokee UMC
– Ralph J. Chubbuck, Faith  UMC
South  District
– Clint Amoss, Elam UMC
– James N. Coleman, First UMC, Media
– Cynthia Lyman,  Hopewell UMC

West District
– Frances J. Keller, Ross Street UMC
– Lynn McCord, Lititz  UMC
June 13-15: 2019 Annual Conference

Annual Conference 2019, June 13-15, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.

Register online by May 24  

“Tell to the Coming Generation,” from Psalm 78:4, is the theme Bishop Peggy Johnson has chosen for the 2019 Annual Conference, which returns to the Expo Center in Oaks, Pa, June 13-15. Learn more about the speakers and programming in our article “2019 Conference to explore ministry of generations.”

Clergy, Lay and Equalizing Delegates should register for Annual Conference through the link above or on our website

The registration fee this year is $260, which includes meals for all three days and will help to cover the cost of several improvements to the Annual Conference Sessions. These include better quality chairs in the dining area, the voting machines for delegate nominations, and new Spanish-language interpretation services.

Registrations received after the May 24 deadline will be considered walk-ins and will incur a $50 late fee. Please contact Regina Raiford Babcock at or (484) 762-8222 with any questions about the registration process.

On our Annual Conference information page you will find our video livestream of Annual Conference sessions as they occur in real time, beginning June 13 at the opening session. Be sure to also keep up with the hashtag #EPAUMC19 across all social media platforms to read and respond to key actions, special moments and important comments.


July 19-20: UMW’s 2019 Annual Mission u

Celebrating 150 Years in Mission

The Inn at Reading
1040 North Park Road Wyomissing, PA 19610

The purpose of Mission u is to help church members (lay and clergy, men, women and youth) understand and interpret the global mission of the church and the responsibility of Christians within that mission; to provide information about the work of United Methodist Women; and to offer an integrated program of Mission Education, Christian Social Action, and Program Planning. Learn more…

For more information, contact the Dean of the school:
Jean Twardzik, 570-345-5061,


2019 EPA Laity Academy

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch… “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” –Luke 5:4,10b

Are you prepared to navigate the deep waters? Our lives and ministries are constantly bombarded by the waves that distract us from our commitment to Christ.  When you are asked to Cast Your Net and fish for Disciples, do you know where to start? Do you know what to say?

Come join us at the 2019 EPA Laity Academy for an exciting weekend of classes, fellowship, worship, entertainment, food and service. Learn how you can Gather Disciples and Grow your Ministries.

There are many more new classes this year including topics in Ministering to an Aging Congregation, Working With Conflict: Making the Most of Diversity, and more to be announced.

Watch this space for registration details.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Rick Wrisley, Laity Academy Dean, at


September 7: Celebrating Cultures, Connecting People of Color: An intercultural family cookout for fellowship and fun!

Saturday, September 7, 2019, 11 AM – 3 PM. Location to be confirmed.

  • BBQ basic foods provided
  • Bring cultural side dishes to share.
  • $10 per adult. Children 12 and under are FREE
  • Music, worship, fun, fellowship and Intercultural networking.
  • Featuring the Philadelphia UMC Mass Choir and more
  • Reflections highlighting cultural experiences.
  • Playground, Gaga, & Basketball

Sponsored by the Eastern PA Conference Commission on Religion and Race. Register at

Sept. 14: Racism, Post-Traumatic Stress, & Transformation, Sept. 14

The conference Commission on Religion and Race and Office of Connectional Ministries will sponsor on Saturday, Sept. 14, an exploration of emotional distress and trauma caused in part by racist mistreatment, conflict and reactions, past and present.

All people of color, clergy and laity, are invited to come to Simpson House (2102 Belmont Avenue, Philadelphia), 8:30 AM – 3 PM , to learn from the Rev. R. Dandridge Collins, Ph.D., M.Div., who will facilitate discussion. Collins is the author of The Trauma Zone: Trusting God for Emotional Healing.

Cost for the session is $25.

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Other Events

June 1: Achieving Financial Security

A Community Forum

Saturday, June 1, 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Sponsored by Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) at Mother African Zoar UMC, 1204 Melon St, Philadelphia, PA. Phone: (215) 769-3899
To register, contact
July 31: Mobilize Leadership Summit 2019

Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Venue: United Lutheran Seminary, Philadelphia, PA
Registration: $120 plus $14.95 for convenience charges including a lunch

Download the flyer for more information.


Many motivated spiritual leaders are struggling with an irresistible sense of disappointment, “My church is stuck or stagnant… Is that all there is?” God has a better ministry story for every church than a story of aging donors, stagnation and decline.   We have worked with hundreds of church leaders, helping them to discover the story God wants to write for their ministries and to live into that story!


A Learning Day with modules focused on:

  •    Bonding Diverse People into an Effective Unity
  •    Effective Ministry in Digital Culture
  •    Shifting our Ministry Venues Beyond the Church Building


All participating churches receive the following benefits:

  1.    FREE WEB Audit reports on your church website
  2.    $500 credits for your next church website
  3.    $500 credits toward your group coaching with Dr. Paul Nixon and Dr. Paul Moon

Eastern PA Conference Local Church Events