The Wisconsin Conference would like to give a heartfelt thank you to Rev. Kevin Rice Myers, who has graciously agreed to serve as Interim Conference Secretary. Kevin was previously Conference Secretary from 1989 to 1996, and 1999 to 2012. He is also currently the Executive Secretary of the Wisconsin Board of Ordained Ministry. Bishop Hee-Soo Jung said, “This interim role requires a great deal of work and tremendous attention to detail. We are so grateful for Kevin’s willingness to take on this demanding job, which is critical to the success of our Annual Conference.” The former Conference Secretary Imelda Roman has resigned due to personal reasons.

All display tables have been filled. There are still rooms available at the Marriott. The deadline to register for meals is May 19. NO meals will be available for purchase after that date.

Nominations for our annual clergy, laity, and youth awards are now being accepted. These awards will be presented during Annual Conference. Click here for information on the Harry Denman, Love in Action, Perry Saito, Thelma Gregg, and Francis Asbury Awards and nominate yourself or someone you think deserves the recognition by May 1, 2017.

Clergy may meet at the 2017 Annual Conference with Manning Brailsford from Wespath (formerly the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits). He will review and interpret your pension projections with you. Manning will be at Annual Conference on Friday June 16 and Saturday, June 17. To schedule an appointment, contact Rev. Steve Zekoff, Conference Benefits Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608-478-2554. Please request your appointment before May 24. Ask early for a time slot. The number of available consultations are limited and fill quickly each year. Clergy, laity and surviving spouses with pension fund balances at Wespath may also take advantage of the financial planning services available at no charge from EY Financial Planning Services. Click here for more information.

All members to Annual Conference are encouraged to save the date for a Pre-Conference briefing in your district on May 20. Topics to be addressed include an update on the Feasibility Study for the State-Wide Fundraising Campaign, constitutional amendments from General Conference 2016, Annual Conference 101 Tips, the proposed 2018 budget, and a preview of highlights from this year’s Annual Conference

  • North Central District - Stevens Point: The Springs (600 Wilshire Blvd., Stevens Point, WI 54481, 9 - 11:30 a.m.)
  • North East District - Neenah: Faith UMC (1025 Tullar Road, Neenah, WI 54956, 9 - 11:30 a.m.)
  • North West District - Shell Lake UMC (135 Reinhart Dr., Shell Lake, WI 54871, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
  • South East District - West Bend: Fifth Avenue UMC (323 S. 5th Ave., West Bend, WI 53095, 9 - 11:30 a.m.)
  • South West District - Madison: Asbury (6101 University Ave, Madison, WI 53705, 9 - 11:30 a.m.)

Registration is open for the Blueprint for Wellness screenings being offered to active HealthFlex participants during Wisconsin Annual Conference. Deadline to register is June 3. The screenings will be in the mornings on Saturday, June 17, and Sunday, June 18. The screenings are not available in 2017 for retired participants enrolled in the Conference group Medicare supplement plan, which is not part of HealthFlex. There is no charge for the Annual Conference screening and appointments are strongly recommended. Very limited walk-in appointments will be available at the Madison Marriott West, and those who are not pre-registered may not be served. Active plan participants and spouses who complete the Blueprint for Wellness screening and who are enrolled in the VirginPulse walking program at the time of their screening will be awarded $100 Pulse Cash if they complete the screening between April 1 and July 31. To schedule an appointment, active participants should click here and log in via Single Sign On, then use the Quest Diagnostics link. Alternatively, call Quest Diagnostics at1-855-623-9355.Note that the Unique ID for enrolled participants is the Insurance ID for Employees; add an S at the end for spouses.

One of our many highlights at Annual Conference will be presentations by Adam Hamilton entitled “Leading Beyond the Walls.” He is well known for launching The Church of the Resurrection in 1990, which today is the largest United Methodist Church in the United States with an average weekend attendance of 8,600. Note that we are unable to accommodate guest walk-ins for Adam Hamilton’s presentations. According to the contract with the Marriott Hotel, we are allowed very limited guest registrations. All are welcome to view Hamilton and the entire Annual Conference through our live streaming.

This year, we will be taking advantage of technology already in place with two changes to make registration more efficient for both attendees and Conference staff! First, payment will only be accepted by credit card along with your online registration. This will save many staff hours and physical resources that would otherwise be spent processing registrations by hand. Second, instead of handing out physical meal tickets, we will be printing a scannable (QR) code on your name tag. This will streamline the meal check-in process, and you won’t have to worry about keeping track of your tickets!