Annual Conference Sessions

2018 Annual Conference June 14-16 in Manchester, NH

2018 Annual Conference session

Thursday to Saturday, June 14-16, 2018
The Manchester Downtown Hotel*
 700 Elm St., Manchester, NH 03101
The theme for this year's Annual Conference is:
"Vital Conversations: Culture."

"It was the risen One who handed down to us such gifted leaders—some emissaries, some prophets, some evangelists, as well as some pastor-teachers— so that God’s people would be thoroughly equipped to minister and build up the body of the Anointed One. These ministries will continue until we are unified in faith and filled with the knowledge of the Son of God, until we stand mature in His teachings and fully formed in the likeness of the Anointed, our Liberating King."

– Ephesians 4:11-13 (The Voice)

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Guest preacher, Bible Study leader 

The Rev. Dr. Robert Allan Hill will be this year’s guest preacher and Bible study leader. Dr. Hill is Dean of Marsh Chapel and chaplain to Boston University, where he is Professor of New Testament and Pastoral Theology.

Dr. Hill’s service from Marsh Chapel is broadcast on NPR each Sunday morning at 11 (WBUR 90.9FM).

Dr. Hill is an elder in the Upper New York Conference, and has served 10 local churches, five different annual conferences, multiple annual conference board assignments, participated in General and Jurisdictional Conference and served as a member of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. 

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Music leaders Mark Miller and band 

Mark Miller is well known in New England and throughout The United Methodist Church as a worship leader, teacher and performer of sacred music, and he will be back at Annual Conference again this year.

Dr. Miller currently serves on the faculty at the Drew Theological School and the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, where he teaches music and worship.

He also is Director of the Gospel and Youth Choirs at the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City. From 1999 to 2001 he was Music Associate and Assistant Organist of The Riverside Church in New York City.

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*The Radisson is becoming DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown, and is using this name during the transition.



Conference Secretary
John Blackadar
(603) 494-7142


Sessions Chair
Lynn McCracken
Agenda Committee Chair
Kelly Santiago 
Joy Mueller
Director of Connectional Ministries/Asst. to the Bishop
Erica Robinson-Johnson
Director of Communications
Beth DiCocco