South & East Pastors' Conference 2017 | Michigan District, LCMS

South & East Pastors' Conference 2017

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 09:00 am EDT to Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 12:00 pm EDT

Bavarian Inn Lodge
1 Covered Bridge Lane
Frankenmuth, MI

Event Description: 

Conference Theme - "Rest"

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28 ESV).

Rest. It’s a deep-seated need, woven into the fabric of humanity. Yet, it seems so many in church leadership today are overworked. Rest. It’s what we long for. And yet, do we really know what it is? At this year’s South and East Pastors’ Conference, we’ll explore Christ’s invitation to come to Him, weary and laden in order to find … REST.

Compassion Ministry

In support of Michigan District's "Great Compassion Ministry,"  The South & East Pastors' Conference Tuesday worship offering will benefit the Sower's Fund.

Seminary CEU Verification Forms

If you are looking for CEUs from your conference attendance, please click here and complete the attached form.

Registration Information: 

Registration has closed for the South & East Pastors' Conference.


A block of rooms has been set aside for the night of May 9. Call the lodge directly at 855.652.7200 to make your room reservation by April 6, 2017. The group number is 122OZO..

$95/person - Single and Double Occupancy

Rev. Dr. John W. Oberdeck

Rev. Dr. John W. Oberdeck

Professor of Theology
Director of Lay Ministry
Concordia University Wisconsin

Rev. Dr. John W. Oberdeck (M.Div. Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.; Ph.D. University of Missouri - Columbia) is Professor of Theology and Director for Lay Ministry at Concordia University Wisconsin. He has served parishes in Illinois and for thirteen years taught in the practical department of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. Since 2002, he’s been at Concordia University Wisconsin. He is the author of Eutychus Youth: Applied Theology for Youth Ministry (CPH 2010) and has had essays published in several journals.

Rev. Dan Ramthun

Guardian, Dearborn

Pastor Dan Ramthun was born in Muskegon, Mich. He received his B.A. in Elementary Education from Concordia University Ann Arbor in 1983, and his M.A. in Guidance and Counseling from Eastern Michigan University in 1995. Dan spent 7 years teaching in Lutheran grade schools before spending 21 years in various teaching/administrative roles at three Michigan Lutheran high schools. He was ordained in November of 2011. He filled in at Christ Lutheran Church for many years while doing his seminary studies. He served as pastor of St. Stephen, Detroit from 2006 until 2016 and, on March 1, 2016, he was installed at Guardian, Dearborn as associate pastor.

Dan is married to Linda, and they have three children and one granddaughter. Dan loves to spend time with his family. He also enjoys following the Detroit sports teams, golfing, and reading.  

Agenda Details: 

Tuesday, May 09, 2017    
  9:00-10:00 a.m Registration and Coffee/Juice  St. Lorenz, Frankenmuth
  10:00 a.m. Divine Service - Offering to benefit Sower's Fund  
  11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Registration   Composer Rooms' Lobby
  11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch Composer Rooms
  12:00 - 6:00 p.m. Exhibits Open Composer Rooms' Lobby
  12:45 - 1:00 p.m. Welcome and Devotion Composer Rooms
  1:00 - 2:00 p.m. "Rest at Risk" - Rev. Dr. John W. Oberdeck  
  2:00 - 2:10 p.m. Break Composer Rooms' Lobby
  2:10 - 2:20 p.m. Church Extension Fund  
  2:20 - 3:20 p.m. "Dangers of Diligence & Pitfalls of Perfection" -Rev. Dr. John W. Oberdeck  
  3:20 - 4:20 p.m. President Maier's Report  
  4:20 - 4:30 p.m. Break  
  4:30 - 4:40 p.m. Wellspring Lutheran Services  
  4:40 - 5:40 p.m. Rev. Dan Ramthun - "Choices, Choices, Choices..."  
  5:45 - 10:00 p.m. Bar Open - Sponsored by Church Extension Fund  
  6:30 p.m. Dinner  
Wednesday, May 10, 2017    
  7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast Composer Rooms
  7:00 - 11:00 a.m. Exhibits Open Composer Rooms' Lobby
  8:00 - 8:15 a.m. Morning Devotions  
  8:15 - 8:30 a.m. Concordia University Ann Arbor  
  8:30 - 9:30 a.m. "Recognition, Recovery, Resolve & Renewal" - Rev. Dr. John W. Oberdeck  
  9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Break   
  10:15 - 11:15 a.m. "Resources for Rest" - Rev. Dr. John W. Oberdeck  
  11:15 a.m. Itinerarium  

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