• Fleur Drive Construction: It was announced this Spring that there will be lane closures along Fleur Drive during the Iowa Annual Conference 2019. During construction, one northbound and one southbound lane of Fleur Drive will remain open. Please allow for extra time if you are traveling from the South to Hy-Vee Hall or use alternate routes.


Check back often for updates.

Sched Agenda:
You can also find the agenda and complete information about the workshops via a mobile app.  Sched is available for iPhones and iOS mobile devices and Android phones and tablets. Follow this link to the web version: To download on a mobile device, search “Sched” in the App Store or Google Play Store and search “Iowa Annual Conference 2019”.

​Booth/Exhibit Information for Vendors:

Bus Schedule:

Master Bus Schedule

Camping –  Day Care:

Families who intend to send their kids to AC day camp will now register through the Camps Office.  You will find all the information you need on their webpage: You can register online through the link on the top of the page or find a downloadable catalog and registration form below the catalog cover. For more information please contact Shannon Bardole-Foley. Her information is below.

Clergy Instruction of Ordering Service


A special site for the Iowa Conference 2019 Session is now live. Follow this link to access resources at a discount:

College Reports:

Concessions Menu:

Concession Stands Menu at AC2019


  • Application to Serve as a Diakonos at the Iowa United Methodist Annual Conference – Download
    Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines, Iowa – June 7-11, 2019Your application, letter of reference, health form and housing deposit check must be mailed and postmarked by Monday April 23, 2019. After the 4th of May, I will let you know if you have been selected to serve as a Diakonos. All Diakonos will need to arrive at Hy-Vee Hall for check in at noon on Friday, June 7, 2019. Annual Conference will run Saturday, June 8, through Tuesday, June 11, 2019. 
  • Please mail the packetDO NOT e-mail me the forms. I need originals with signatures. The only thing to be e-mail is your essay! I look forward to receiving your application packet. 
  • Pastor Steve Braudt 
    P.O. Box 57 
    Wilton, IA 52778 

Display Booths/Exhibit Hall information for Attendees:

Equalization Information:

Each charge receives one lay member to Annual Conference. A charge served by more than one clergyperson is assigned an additional lay member for each additional appointed clergy. However, additional persons appointed to a charge who are from another annual conference, another denomination, are supervised and/or certified laypersons, or who are Temporary Pulpit Supply are not considered clergy for purposes of equalization and will not be in the total clergy count for that charge.

Please see the Lay Leadership list for laypersons who are in specified conference leadership positions. These persons are automatically equalization members and should not be elected to represent their local charge or their district.

Each district is assigned 15 at large members for the 2019 Annual Conference Session. 

      In addition, each district is also assigned 
      two young adult members (age 18 – 30) 
      and two youth members (high school age.) 

Charges receiving equalization members are in boldface font on the list.

If you have questions, please contact the conference secretary, Nitza Dovenspike, at

Fill the Truck:

Fit Walk:

Benefiting: Community Mental Health Partnerships with NAMI

Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 6:00 am to 8:00 am
$15 Registration fee and/or pledges
Make checks out to Iowa Annual Conference with FITWALK in the memo line.
Location: Principal Riverwalk
Center St. & 2nd Ave Pedestrian Bridge (1 block east of HyVee Hall 3rd Ave. entrance)
Questions? Kae Tritle

Health Screening:

Hotel Information:

Housing Information – Grand View University Dorms:

Registration for Grandview Dorms is closed. Click here for the area hotels.

Lay Ministry Awards:

Read about the Lay Ministry Awards

Laity Session:

YOU are invited to Laity Session 2019!
Every lay person, Annual Conference member or not, is welcome to this jam-packed session on Friday evening. The music starts at 6:45, Bishop Laurie talks at 7:00. Hear the choir from the South Sudanese (Mabaan) UM congregation and learn how they came to Des Moines. Recognitions and these four useful workshops round out the evening.
We think you will be happy that you came!

Your Lay Leader and the Board of Laity


Meal Break Events:

Meal Break Event Listings

Ministry With the Poor Project

Click here to learn more about the Ministry with the Poor Project during Annual Conference 2019.


Update on Election Procedures

Nominations for Annual Conference Elective Positions:


  • Ubuntu Retreat Centre Kitchen Fund – offering of what has been collected in the districts during Opening Worship on Saturday
  • 2019 Disaster Relief – during the Retirement Service on Saturday
  • Mt Hope UMC and their outreach ministries – during Ordering Service on Sunday
  • Mental Health Taskforce – during Memorial Service on Sunday
  • Diakonos – during Order of the Day on Monday


Click here for parking information.

Prayer Room:

Prayer Room, in Room 107, will be available throughout Annual Conference. Stop in any time for prayer or quiet meditation. There are chairs and also an alter with kneeling pads. This simple “space apart” for centering and seeking God’s presence is provided by the Board of Laity and True Vine Ministry.

Pre-Conference Manual:

The 2019 Pre-Conference Manual is available for download at You can download the electronic version now at no cost!

Printed copies are available for purchase for $15 if you order by May 1st.

If you purchase a printed copy before May 1st it will be mailed to you at the beginning of May.


  • Registration for Annual Conference is done through your District Office. If you did not receive your registration form in your email, please contact your District Office.  Registrations are due by April 15!!
  • You will need to stop at the registration desk at Annual Conference to receive your name badge.

Annual Conference Registration Desk Hours:
Friday, June 7, 2019: 5 pm – 7:30 pm
Saturday, June 8, 2019: 7:30 am – 11 am, 1 pm – 4 pm, 6 pm – 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 9, 2019: Noon – 4 pm
Monday, June 10, 2019: 9 am – Noon
Tuesday, June 11, 2019: Closed

Retirees, Retiree Spouses and Surviving Spouses Luncheon:

Sunday, June 9, 2019, 11 AM
Vet’s Auditorium, Level 3, Room # TBD
Contact:  Linda Remster (
Registration form must be received no later than Friday, May 17, 2019
$15 per person

Sched Agenda:

Click here for the Iowa Annual Conference digital agenda

You can find the agenda and complete information about the workshops via a mobile app. Sched is available for iPhones and iOS mobile devices and Android phones and tablets. Follow this link to the web version: To download on a mobile device, search “Sched” in the App Store or Google Play Store and search “Iowa Annual Conference 2019”.

Seating Charts:


Bus/Hotel Transportation

  • Buses will be available to both the downtown hotels and the south side hotels in the AM prior to start time of Annual Conference Sessions and in the PM after adjournment each day.  
  • Please plan to leave your car parked at your hotel and ride the bus to and from Hy-Vee Hall.
  • Bus transportation will not be provided during meal break times to and from the hotels or the Grand View dorm since there is a Concessions area available onsite during meal break times.


Free D-Line Downtown Shuttle

  • The free D-Line runs in a loop, every 10 minutes, providing service from the East Village to the Western Gateway. Just hop on the bus at any of the stops – no fare needed. 
  • Hours:
    • Weekdays 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Saturdays 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • More Information and Maps

Bike Rentals in Downtown Des Moines (BCycle)

  • Bike sharing makes it economical and convenient to use bikes for trips that are too far to walk but too short to drive. 
  • How it Works:
    • Purchase a membership online or at any B-station.
    • Choose a bike from any B-station.
    • Grab your bike and go.
    • Park your bike at any B-station.
  • Rates:
    • Single Trip (Available at Stations Only), 30 Minute Pass, $3 + tax
    • 24 Hour Pass (Available at Stations or Online)        $6 + tax
  • More information and Maps



Workshop Information

Workshops Registration