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South and East Pastors Conference 2024

Honest to God: Life in Reconciliation

May 14, 2024 - May 15, 2024
Frankenmuth, MI

How many times have you heard those words? Thinking back to your childhood, how many times did you say those words? Are we honest with God? Many times, we get caught in the trap of excusing or minimizing our sins and emphasizing or holding a grudge against those who sin around us. We are a people in need of forgiveness. Join us in Frankenmuth this May as we talk about being Honest to God: Life in Reconciliation.

When & Where


May 14 - May 15

Bavarian Inn Lodge
1 Covered Bridge Lane
Frankenmuth, MI, 48734
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Rev. Dr. Richard Marrs

Rev. Dr. Richard “Rick” Marrs is senior professor of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. (CSL). He earned an M.S. in counseling from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. (1985); and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Loyola University Chicago (1994). Marrs has been licensed as a psychologist since 1996 and has done counseling, clinical, and consulting work with a long list of agencies and counseling centers. He has served as professor of psychology and counselor in two universities and authored numerous books, book chapters, Bible studies, blogs, articles, and training programs. Marrs received certification for pastoral ministry through the RAR Program and earned his M.Div. both from CSL (2001, 2008). He served Immanuel Lutheran Church in Junction City, Kan., first as vicar then as pastor. He joined the Seminary faculty in 2006.


Rev. Peter Bender

Rev. Peter Bender has served as pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Sussex, Wisc. since 1991. He is the founder and director of the Concordia Catechetical Academy and an adjunct professor in catechetics for the deaconess program at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (CTSFW). He received his B.A. from Concordia University Chicago in 1983 and an M.Div. from CTSFW in 1987. In 1995 he led his congregation in forming Peace Lutheran Academy, a classical elementary school in the Lutheran and liberal arts traditions. He is the General Editor of Lutheran Catechesis Series and the author of a number of volumes in that series. He also served on the Agenda Committee for Lutheran Service Book and did extensive work on LSB’s Pastoral Care Companion.



Registration is now open.

Deadline to register is April 15, 2024.

Registration Costs:
Pastors, Vicars, Deacons & Wives: Early Bird $100/person | Late Registration $150/person
Emeriti & Wives: Early Bird $0/person | Late Registration $150/person
Exhibitors: Early Bird $150 + meals/electricity/extra tables | Late Registration $200
Additional Exhibitor Representatives $50/person

Deadline to register is April 15, 2024, after which prices go up to $150/person for ALL attendees / $200 for exhibitor booth

Please Note:

  • Hotel Registration is separate. See below for details.
  • District makes Emeriti lodging reservations through April 15, 2024.
  • Pastors - a copy of this book is included in your conference registration and will be onsite at registration.

General Registration


Late Registration

Exhibitor Registration


Base price - Late Registration

Compassion Ministry

In support of the Michigan District Critical Targets, specifically Great Compassion Ministry, the South and East Pastors Conference has partnered with the CAN Council. We will support them through our offering collected during our worship service and ingathering.

Wish List Items  | Amazon Wish List Link

  • Shampoos (Boys and Girls)
  • Body Wash (Boys and Girls)
  • Deodorant (Boys and Girls)
  • Tampons
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Blankets

Additional Information

Hotel Information:

Bavarian Inn Lodge
One Covered Bridge Lane
Frankenmuth, MI

855.652.7200 or online at www.bavarianinn.com/reservations – Use code: 13H408

$120 rate (standard) plus applicable taxes.
Check-in 3 p.m. / Check out 11 a.m.

Deadline to register is April 15, 2024.

Worship Location:

St. Lorenz Lutheran Church
1030 W Tuscola St
Frankenmuth, MI 48734

CEUs will be Available:

Complete this form, print, sign, and return to CSL.

South and East CEU Form

Conference Sponsors

  • Church Extension Fund
  • Concordia University Wisconsin/Ann Arbor
  • Wellspring Lutheran Services
  • Michigan District, LCMS