Conference Audio Archive

Rev. Heecheon Jeon and 'Sampling Diversity' on the Central District


Rev. Dr. Heecheon Jeon is the new Conference Superintendent for the Central District of the Iowa Conference. “Sampling Diversity” was a recent Sunday afternoon program that lifted up the multi-cultural uniqueness in the Central District. Food, song, dance, and scripture read in three languages pointed to the emerging richness of the district’s ...

NCJ2016 Dr. Barrie Tritle responds at BMCR forum


Rev. Dr. Barrie Tritle responded to questions at the Black Methodists for Church Renewal forum for episcopal candidates.  It was held on Tuesday evening, July 12, the evening prior to the start of the 2016 North Central Jurisdictional Conference.

NCJ2016 Rev. Gallo Seagren at the BMCR forum


Rev. Dr. Lilian Gallo Seagren participated in the Black Methodists for Church Renewal forum for episcopal candidates on July 12, the evening before the 2016 North Central Jurisdictional Conference convened.

Iowan among those elected at UMW gathering


Linda Blazek Garvin was elected as the new Secretary of the North Central Jurisdiction United Methodist Women for the next four years at the quadrennial UMW gathering.  Iowa UMW President Rita Vallery talks about the event, which included a missions visit to The Community House in Grand Rapids, and why UMW is important to her and to Iowa United ...

Phil Carver looks ahead to NCJ2016


Phil Carver, head of the Iowa Conference delegation to the 2016 North Central Jurisdiction Conference, looks ahead to that regional gathering, which begins on July 13 in Peoria, Illinois.  "One of the things that's very noticeable is our diversity is reflecting more and more the change of demographics in our communities and conferences." He was ...

Mt. Hope UMC, a 'generous and caring congregation'


One evidence of Mt. Hope UMC's "generous and caring spirit" was expressed, recently, in it's commitment to "Change A Child's Story" by giving over 200 books to children in the local school, Discovery Center, and at several clinics.  In an Iowa Conference Conversation with Dr. Art McClanahan, Mt Hope UMC member Jo Porter talks about how she and Peg ...

NCJ: Celebrating ministry and electing bishops


Bishop Julius C. Trimble looks ahead to the 2016 North Central Jurisdictional Conference with its episcopal elections, mission engagement and celebration and worship in an Iowa Conference Conversation with Dr. Art McClanahan.  "It's a time," he says, "to celebrate ministry that takes place in our region of the country and also has a primary focus ...

Vano Kiboko says, 'Je vais bien,' I am good


Vano Kiboko is now free from his almost two-year imprisonment.  He visited the Iowa Conference Center with his brother, Rev. Kiboko I. Kiboko, Superintendent of the East Central District, In an Iowa Conference Conversation, Dr. Art McClanahan was able to ask him about his imprisonment, his ministry to other prisoners, and his faith.  When asked how...

'It's been a joy' says Rev. David Weesner of his years as a Superintendent


As he transitions off the Bishop's Appointive Cabinet Rev. David Weesner reflects back on his six years during an "Iowa Conference Conversation" with Dr. Art McClanahan.  "It's been a joy," Rev. Weesner says, "to get to know people on a deeper level."

Patty LaGree looks back at being Conference Secretary


Patty LaGree has served as Conference Secretary for seven years, a tenure equal to that of her Great Great Grandfather )who served the Upper Iowa Conference from 1919 to 1926).  She reflects back on being Conference Secretary and describes some of her roles and responsibilities as she talks with Dr. Art McClanahan in the first of a new series of ...

Meet Patty Link - Change A Child's Story Advocate


Patty Link is the new Change A Child's Story Advocate, a role sho's just recently assumed.  She talks about her background as a reading teacher, involvement with the Des Moines School Board, and ways that congregations can engage with Change A Child's Story in an "Iowa Conference Conversation" with Dr. Art McClanahan

AC2016 'Fill the Truck' Makes a Big Difference


Jennie Lowry talks about the generous donations of people from the Iowa Conference to support the outreach of the Midwest Mission Distribution Center in an "Iowa Conference Conversations" visit with Dr. Art McClanahan

AC2016 Conference Artist statement


Ted Lyddon Hatten's Conference Artist statement to the 2016 session of the Iowa Annual Conference. This was Ted's final statement as the Conference Artist as he concludes his tenure offering visual homiletics with the 2016 session.

AC2016 Diakonos presentation


The Diakonos skit and presentation at the 2016 session of the Iowa Annual Conference 

AC2016 Ministry Cabinet report


The Ministry Cabinet Report about five new emerging communities of faith as presented to the 2016 session of the Iowa Annual Conference. The report is introduced by Rebecca Fisher, Leadership Development Minister for evangelism and new ministries. Thrive-West Des Moines, South Central District Hispanic Ministries-Osceola and Creston, South Sudanese...

AC2016 Needling God creates 'Visual Theology'


Karen and Ben Carter-Allen are "Needling God."  Their stoles, scarves, design coloring books and more present a customized "visual theology."  One of the design stoles was worn by Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone Annual Conferences Bishop Elaine Stanovsky at the 2016 General Conference.  Ben and Karen join Dr. Art McClanahan in an "Iowa Conference ...

AC2016 One Matters Awards


One Matters Awards were presented to Bloomfield (Des Moines) UMC, Carson UMC, Colo UMC, Marion First UMC, and Varina UMC at the 2016 session of the Iowa Annual Conference by Dr. Scott Hughes representing Discipleship Ministries.

'The Bishop's presence was powerful'


Rev. Carl Benge remembers Bishop Julius Trimble's presence in Nemeha and Varina following the April 2011 tornado.  Rev. Benge remembers guiding Bishop Trimble and some of the interactions with persons who were recovering from the storm.  He joins Dr. Art McClanahan in an "Iowa Conference Conversation"

AC2016 Change A Child's Story


The Change A Child's Story presentation from the 2016 session of the Iowa Annual Conference. Rev. Clint Twedt-Ball leads the task force. Patty Link is the Change A Child's Story Advocate

AC2016 Lay Leader's Address


Lay Leader's Address, presented by Margaret Borgen, to the 2016 session of the Iowa Annual Conference 

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