Creating Difference Makers in Ministry With the Poor is the theme for the 2019 Iowa Annual Conference session where lay and clergy will gather for the four-day event that will be held at the Iowa Events Center/Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines. The 176th annual yearly meeting will feature powerful preaching, inspiring singing, informative teaching sessions, vital reporting, and the reconnection of fellow United Methodists from across the state.

Following the Lay and Clergy sessions that will be held on Friday, June 7, Bishop Laurie Haller will call the members of the annual conference to order on Saturday, June 8. 

Teaching Session Preachers
Associate Pastor Eric Mulanda and Senior Pastor Rob Cook from Mt. Hope United Methodist Church in Lansing, Michigan will lead the Teaching Session on Saturday afternoon. 

Mt. Hope is a church in the heart of Lansing, MI. Their congregation consists of people from neighborhoods and suburbs, communities nearby and countries far away. They state that there are “no perfect people here” but they know that with God’s help they are transforming their corner of the world by following the teaching of Jesus and helping each other live a life that reflects his values. 

At the 2019 Iowa Annual Conference we will celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Methodist Missions along with the 150th Anniversary of United Methodist Women. Other celebrations will be the Recognition of Retirees, Awards and Reception for Graduates of the School for Lay Ministry, the Memorial Celebration, Ordering of Ministry and Fixing of Appointments.