The West Ohio Conference will gather at Lakeside Chautauqua with the theme Becoming the Beloved Community – Given, the final of a four-year series on being Christ’s Beloved: Taken, Blessed, Broken and Given.

Presided over by Bishop Gregory V. Palmer, the week will include the ordination service, memorial service, business sessions and inspirational worship.

Guest teachers are the Rev. Dr. L. Gregory Jones, Duke Divinity School, and the Rev. Dr. David L. Watson, United Theological Seminary.

Bishop Peggy A. Johnson of the Philadelphia Episcopal Area will be a guest preacher.

Just back from General Conference where he delivered the Episcopal Address to a global audience on behalf of the Council of Bishops, Bishop Palmer will also preach and give an Episcopal Address to West Ohio members.

Since he was assigned to the West Ohio Area in 2012, he has encouraged the development of young clergy and new centers of worship, inspired the creation of Circles of Grace for difficult conversations, challenged churches to engage with Horizon Prison Initiative for returning citizens and CDF Freedom Schools to increase youth literacy, and led West Ohio to raise more than $3.5 million for Imagine No Malaria.

This year’s conference will be live streamed at, where you will also find daily media updates. Follow @westohioumc using hashtag #westohioac on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.