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DCE/DFL Conference 2019

A Conversation on Church Worker Wellness

February 25, 2019 - February 27, 2019
Grand Rapids, MI

As we minister to others, we often neglect our own need for balance, for health, and for wellness. The Michigan District DCE/DFL Conference is your opportunity for a wellness check-up—spiritual, relational, emotional, physical, financial, vocational, and intellectual. DCE Jim Bradshaw and Pastor Gabe Kasper will guide us as we unpack each part of the ‘Wellness Wheel.’ Join us as we continue this much-needed conversation on Church Worker Wellness and work to create individualized strategies to help each worker to weather the storms of life and ministry.

“And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm” Mark 4:39 (ESV).

When & Where

Grand Rapids

February 25 @ 3:00 pm - February 27 @ 12:00 pm

Drury Inn Grand Rapids, MI
5175 28th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI, 49152


Keynote Speaker

Mr. Jim Bradshaw

James Bradshaw is the Assistant to the Kansas District President of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod for Education and Youth. He attended Concordia Teacher’s College, Seward, Neb. and was conferred the Bachelor of Science in Education degree (elementary education) and the Director of Christian Education certification in May, 1982. Jim served as a parish DCE for twenty three years. He completed the Master of Science – Family Life at Concordia University, Seward, Neb. in May, 2001. In 2003, he was conferred the title “Master DCE” by the DCE Network of the Lutheran Education Association. Jim and his wife Joanna have three adult children and three grandchildren.

Keynote Speaker

Rev. Gabe Kasper

Gabe is the pastor at University Lutheran Chapel at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prior to his current role, he spent 5 years as a church planter in Austin, Texas. His passion for preaching and teaching has led him to speak at camps, churches, youth events, universities, and conferences. He is a graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin, and holds an M.Div. from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. His writing has appeared in Lutheran Mission Matters and Sword and Swan Media House. In his spare time, Gabe enjoys soccer, CrossFit, reading books, listening to punk rock and co-hosting the Pint Glass Preachers Podcast. He and his wife Melissa have 3 great kids.


Rev. Dr. David P. E. Maier

President Maier attended Concordia University Ann Arbor and Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind. After his Ordination on August 15, 1982, he served as Mission Pastor of Our Savior in Marlette, Mich. as well as Youth Pastor and interim Head Pastor at St. Peter in Arlington Heights, Ill. In 1989, he was called to Our Savior, Lansing as Administrative/Senior Pastor where he served until he was elected President of the Michigan District, LCMS in June of 2009. In addition to serving as Michigan District President, he also serves as Chairman of the LCMS Council of Presidents.

Breakout Leader

Kimber Walsh

Kimber is passionate about helping families pass on the faith to the next generation and giving them tools to live biblically. Her first ministry is to her husband, Chris, and their daughter. She also serves in ministry as Family Life Educator at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jackson, Mich. She is a 2011 graduate of Concordia University Ann Arbor. Kimber is also a volunteer team leader for the Concordia Center for the Family, where she spearheads creating resources for churches doing family ministry. She enjoys playing board games and crafting in her spare time.


Registration is now closed.

General Registration - this includes 2 nights of lodging, food (Mon. kickback, Tues. continental breakfast, lunch, and kickback, and Wed. continental breakfast), and all program costs.

  • Single occupancy - $288.00
  • Double occupancy - $169.00

Commuter Registration - includes food (Mon. kickback, Tues. continental breakfast, lunch, and kickback, and Wed. continental breakfast) and all program costs.

  • Commuter - $85.00