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Regional Pastor Conferences

South Region Pastoral Conference

Chairman: Rev. Michael Gudgel (St. Matthew, Lemont)

Vice-Chairman: Rev. Stephen Schumacher (Bethany, Naperville)

Secretary: Rev. Seth Clemmer (Bethany, Naperville)

Registrar/Treasurer: Rev. David Totsky (St. Peter, Joliet)

Program Committee: Rev. Julian LaMie (St. John, Beecher), Rev. Christopher Antonetti (St Paul, Lockport), Rev. Michael Stein (St Paul, Beecher) Rev. Benjamin Hayter (Zion, Chebanse)

2023 Conference – Communion Fellowship & Practice: A Fellowship of Love

Dates: September 25-27, 2023 (Monday-Wednesday)

Location: Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center, Utica, Illinois

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kenneth Weiting, Pastor & Contributing Author/Author of Lutheranism 101, Lutheran Witness, Logia, and The Blessings of Weekly Communion

Chaplain: Rev. David C. Fleming, Executive Director for Spiritual Care, Doxology

Registration Information

Lodging deadline is August 25, 2023

Conference registration deadline is September 9, 2023

Registration Form


2024 Conference

Dates: September 23-25, 2024 (Monday-Wednesday)


East Region Pastoral Conference

Chairman: Rev. Steven Anderson (Gloria Dei, Chicago)

Vice chairman: Rev. Stephen Heuser (Zion, Bensenville)

Treasurer: Rev. John Moeller (St. Paul, Oak Lawn)

Secretary: Rev. Steve Warren (St. Paul, Chicago)

Registrar: Rev. Michael Duffy (St. Paul, Melrose Park)

Program Committee Members: Rev. David Prentice (Faith, Westchester) Rev. Steven Cornwell (Hope, Hillside), and Rev. David Keating (St. James, Chicago)

2023 Conference

Dates: October 17-18, 2023 (Tuesday-Wednesday); DeKoven Center – Racine, WI

Location and Accommodations: DeKoven Center, 600 21st Street, Racine, Wisconsin, 53403

Presenters: Rev. Dr. Patrick J. Bayens, Dr. Vincente Bacote

Questions about registration should be directed to Rev. Michael Duffy, pastorduffysp@gmail.com, 779-970-1275.

Information, registration, and agenda


North/West Region Pastoral Conference

Chairman: Rev. Matt Hoffmann (St. Andrews, Park Ridge)

Vice chairman: Rev. Dr. Chris James (Immanuel, Downers Grove)

Treasurer: Rev. Greiner (St. Peter, Arlington Heights)

2023 Conference Dates: October 10-11, 2023 (Tuesday-Wednesday); Lake Lawn Lodge – Delavan, WI

Presenter: Dr. Mark R. Fairchild, Professor of Bible & Religion, Huntington University, Huntington, IN

Dr. Fairchild’s first topic will explore some exciting research on the Apostle Paul and the 7-12 years between his conversion and his first missionary journey. As preparation for the discussion, you are encouraged to watch Dr. Fairchild’s Amazon documentary, “The Last Apostle,” which retraces the course of Paul’s journey through Cyprus and Anatolia.

For his second topic, Dr. Fairchild will share his recent archaeological discoveries of sunken basilica at Nicaea, believed to to be the spot where the Council of Nicaea took place.

Registration Information: Registration deadline is September 30, 2023. Conference rates for the rooms are only guaranteed through September 22, 2023.

Online information and registration.

Conference locations

DeKoven Center in Racine, Wisconsin, is the site where East Region pastors meet.

South Region pastors set their conference in the scenic Starved Rock State Park in Utica, Illinois.

Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan, Wisconsin, is host location for the North and West Region combined conference.