2017 Iowa Annual Conference Session

Are you a difference-maker? Of course, you are! Every day, God calls you to use your God-given gifts to make a positive difference in our world. Creating Difference-Makers is the theme of our 2017 Iowa Annual Conference, which will be held in Des Moines from Saturday morning, June 10, through Monday afternoon, June 12.

Through inspiring speakers, creative worship, amazing workshops, and opportunities to connect with old friends and make new friends, your faith will be strengthened and you will be equipped and energized to go make a difference.

This will be Bishop Laurie's first annual conference in Iowa and she invites all to experience the Holy Spirit's power of the body of Christ that is the Iowa Annual Conference. She looks forward to delivering the opening Episcopal address, where she will lay out the mission, vision, and priorities for our years ahead as United Methodists in Iowa.

The guest speaker will  be Rev. Faith Fowler, who is transforming the city of Detroit through the United Methodist Cass Community Social Services and their Tiny Homes.

Bishop Laurie also looks forward to joining everyone on the streets at 6:15 a.m. on Sunday morning for the Bishop’s walk/run as well as the Ordering of Ministry service where future difference-makers in The United Methodist Church will be commissioned and ordained.

Your Invitation

Creating Difference Makers from Iowa Annual Conference on Vimeo.

Special Guests


Our guest speaker is Rev. Faith Fowler, founder and Executive Director of Cass Community Social Services in Detroit, Michigan. In 2016, Fowler received Detroit’s Shining Light Award for being a difference maker in the city. She was also named to the Women’s Hall of Fame in Michigan. You won’t want to miss her presentation and workshop. 

Retired Bishop Deb Kiesey will preach at the Retirement service, and Rev. Brian Milford, new President and CEO of the United Methodist Publishing House, will preach at the Memorial service. Bishop Laurie Haller will be preaching at the Ordering of Ministry service.

Annual Conference Session 2017 Offerings

  • Retirement Celebration:                             Cass Community Services
  • Service of Ordering:                                       Simpson Youth Academy
  • Acknowledgement of Diakonos:             Diakonos
  • Fixing Service:                                                    Morningside/Simpson Nigerian Partnership