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2019 GCAH Annual Meeting

September 19 - September 22, 2019
Delaware, Ohio

GCAH is pleased to announce that it is planning to hold its 2019 Annual Meeting at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, September 19-22, 2019. The meeting will begin with supper on Thursday evening and end with lunch on Sunday. Meeting includes attending historic events with Wyandot tribal and GBGM leadership at John Stewart/Wyandott Indian Mission United Methodist Heritage Landmark in Upper Sandusky, OH on Saturday, September 21.

Old McKendree Chapel 200th Anniversary Celebration

September 21 - September 22, 2019
Old McKendree Chapel, near Jackson, Missouri

A special celebration will mark the 200th anniversary of the United Methodist Heritage Landmark, Old McKendree Chapel. Planned events are as follows: Saturday: Sept. 21: 9 AM - 4 PM. Speakers: Henry Knight III on John Wesley; Robert Williams: TBA; John Wigger: Asbury and McKendree; John Gooch: Missouri Methodism; Russ Richey: "Midwestern Mason-Dixon Methodism"; Larry Tucker: Old McKendree history; Bill Eddleman and Adam Criblez "Inspiring the Future"; Stephen Limbaugh: McKendree Chapel. Sunday September 22: morning worship in your own church; visiting and afternoon worship at 2 pm., Missouri Bishop Bob Farr speaking; copies of updated "Old McKendree Chapel" history and "Old McKendree: A Pictorial History" can be ordered. If you have any questions please contact David & Theresa Hopkins, 573-204-3633. “Preserving the Past to lnspire the Future” Celebrating 200 Years of Methodism On the Western Frontier Sponsored by: The Riddle Lecture Series, Center for Regional History, Southeast Missouri State University and McKendree Memorial Chapel Association The Bicentennial of Old McKendree Chapel September 21-22, 2019 Glenn Auditorium, Harrison College of Business, Dempster Hall, Southeast Missouri State University Saturday, September 21: 8:00 AM Registration 9:00- 10:00 AM Part I A Session “Remembering Our Past” A. “John Wesley's Optimism of Grace," Dr. Henry H. Knight Ill (Hal), Donald and Pearl Wright Professor of Wesleyan Studies and E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism, St. Paul School of Theology B. "African Americans in Early American Methodism,” Dr. Robert J. Williams, Editor, Methodist History, Former Chair of General Commission on Archives and History, Retired Clergy Presentations and Questions and Answers 10:00 AM- 10:15 AM BREAK 10:15 AM—12:00 PM Partl B Session, “Remembering Our Past”, Cont. C. “Bending Wesley: Francis Asbury and William McKendree at the Crossroads of American Methodism,” Dr. John Wigger, Professor of History, University of Missouri-Columbia D. “Westward Expansion, The Spread of Religion, and Methodism," Dr. Frank Nickell, Director, Kellerman Foundation, Professor Emeritus, Southeast Missouri State University E. “Methodism Takes Missouri", Rev. Dr. John Gooch, Retired United Methodist Clergy, Editor and Author, Missouri Methodism Presentations and Questions and Answers 12:00 PM Lunch in Dempster Hall 12:30 - 1:30 PM Part ll “Preserving our Past” F. "Midwestern Mason-Dixon Methodism", Rev. Dr. Russell Richey, Dean Emeritus of Candler School of Theology and William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Church History Emeritus Emory University G. “Writing the History of McKendree Chapel,” Larry Tucker, Former President Missouri Bar Association, Chairperson, Missouri Methodist Foundation Presentations and Questions and Answers 2:00 PM Walking Tour of the Cemetery and the Grounds (Re-enactors at the Cemetery to tell their family story) 2:45 PM Travel to Jackson Cape Girardeau History Center Display of Old McKendree History 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM Part Ill “Inspiring Our Future” The Role of the State Historical Society of Missouri and the Center for Regional History in Preserving History William Eddleman, Associate Director, Cape Girardeau Research Center, State Historical Society of Missouri Adam Criblez, Director Center for Regional History, Southeast Missouri State University 6:30-8:00 PM Evening Banquet, Centenary United Methodist Church "McKendree Chapel, a Microcosm of Methodism in Antebellum America," Hon. Stephen Limbaugh, Jr., U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of Missouri (3) Sunday, Sept. 22 Morning Worship at the Church of Your Choice 12:30 PM Bicentennial Celebration of the Dedication of McKendree Chapel Gather at Old McKendree Chapel for Modern Day Camp Meeting. Activities on the Grounds to include Crafts for the Youth, Tour of the Grounds and Cemetery Display of Plans for Future Development Lunch opportunities will be available on the grounds Preservice Music Front Porch Dulcimers Southeast District Mass Choir 2:00 PM Trumpet Fanfare to open The Service of Praise, Worship and Celebration Honored Speaker: Bishop Robert Farr, Missouri Conference United Methodist Church Greetings from the General Commission of Archives and History, Rev. Dr. Robert Williams Recognition of the Descendants of Early Members Music: Southeast District UMC Choir, under the direction of Mike Dumey, Music Director, Centenary UMC, Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

South Central Jurisdiction’s Convocation of Archivists

October 11 - October 12, 2019
Shreveport, Louisiana

Mark your calendars! The 2019 South Central Jurisdiction’s Convocation of Archivists will be hosted by Centenary College of Louisiana located in Shreveport, LA. For more details about the schedule, registration, and lodging please go to Centenary's website at

Preservation Workshop at Lake Junaluska

November 8 - November 10, 2019
Lake Junaluska, North Carolina

There will be a preservation workshop held November 8-10, 2019, at the Heritage Center at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. Highlights of the workshop include the basics of how to maintain, use, and celebrate the history of our churches, districts, and annual conferences. The workshop should be of interest for archivists, historians, secretaries, and anyone else interested and concerned about United Methodist History. Registration information will be made available in July.

Wesley Pilgrimage in England 2020

July 27 - August 6, 2020
Various locations in England

You are invited to an eleven-day spiritual pilgrimage, walking in the footsteps of John and Charles Wesley. The journey offers an opportunity to immerse yourself in the Christian experiences of John and Charles Wesley; learn, pray, worship, and explore places where the Wesley brothers encountered the living God; form spiritual friendships with these British leaders and fellow pilgrims; integrate Wesleyan theology, ministry, and missional leadership; and rekindle your spiritual passion. The Wesley Pilgrimage is open to all lay and clergy leaders. Participants will explore Epworth, the Wesleys' birthplace; Oxford, where John and Charles led the Holy Club; Bristol, where the class meeting was developed and Methodism became a movement; London, where both Wesley brothers experienced assurance of salvation; City Road, the center of early Methodism; and Salisbury, home to a vital Methodist congregation once served by Francis Asbury. For further details, go to: This event qualifies for 3 Continuing Education Units.

2020 SEJ and Denominational Historical Society Annual Meetings

August 4 - August 7, 2020
St. Simons Island, Georgia

The 2020 Southeastern Jurisdiction and denominational Historical Societies will jointly be holding their Annual Meetings August 4-7, 2020, at Moore Methodist Museum on St. Simons Island, Georgia. More details will be shared when they become available.