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Deacon/Map Conference Fall 2022

Embracing Tension

September 11, 2022 - September 13, 2022
Arcadia, MI

The philosopher Charles Taylor describes life in a secular age as the experience of belief being contingent and contested. The Christian faith is seen as one option among many. As a result of this experience, many of us find ourselves living with a variety of tensions regarding what it looks like to live lives of faith in this moment. Instead of seeking to resolve these tensions by retreating or by capitulating to the culture, we will use these sessions to explore how we might embrace these tensions and follow Jesus in our secular age.

A note regarding masks during the COVID-19 pandemic:  The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has provided mask guidance that flexes based on three key COVID-19 phases (response, recovery, and readiness).  The Michigan District will follow any mask mandates by the MDHHS, local health departments, or venues that are in place at the time of an event or conference. Masks are generally available at the registration desk. If you are feeling unwell or have any symptoms of COVID prior to arrival, please stay home.

When & Where


September 11, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - September 13, 2022 @ 3:00 pm

Camp Arcadia
3046 Oak St
Arcadia, MI, 49613
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Rev. Dr. Robert Kasper

Rev. Dr. Robert Kasper presently serves as Assistant to the President/Congregation Mission and Ministry Support/Metro Zone for the Michigan District, LCMS. Prior to joining the Michigan District staff in 2012, Kasper served nearly 30 years as a parish pastor in suburban St. Louis, Mo. and Detroit, Mich. He serves as the Facilitator for Intentional Interim Ministry in the Michigan District. Kasper and his wife Debbie live in Ypsilanti, Mich. They have four grown children and nine grandchildren.


Rev. R. 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. He also received a Master of Philosophy from EMU in the spring of 2022. 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.


Registration is now closed.

Registration Cost:

  • $330 Attendee - Single occupancy
  • $300 Attendee - Double occupancy
  • $495 Attendee w/ Spouse
  • $228 Commuter
  • $356 Commuter w/ Spouse
  • $440 Cottage - Single occupancy
  • $812 Cottage w/ Spouse

Additional Information

Deacon and Ministry Assistant’s Paperwork

Paperwork must be completed and turned into Martha Wohlfeil by August 31.  Electronic fillable forms can be found on the district website.  Be sure to read the instructions page.

Deacon Forms

Ministry Assistant Forms