Young Adult Conference 2017

'Loving Neighbor,' Matthew 22:36-39

May 26 - 28, 2017
Camp Harmony, near Hooversville, Pennsylvania

Young Adult Conference (YAC) offers people ages 18-35 a chance to enjoy fellowship, worship, recreation, Bible study, service projects and more… with other fantastic young adults!

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  • Registration ($150) includes food, lodging and programming!
  • Scholarships: Upon request, we will send a letter to your congregation asking them to provide a $75 scholarship. Make your request by April 1. Scholarships are also available to BVSers who are currently serving.
  • A non-refundable deposit of $75 is due within two weeks of registering.

Meet the Speakers


Wendy McFadden is the publisher of Brethren Press and Communications for the Church of the Brethren and she lives in Elgin, Illinois. She will graduate from Bethany Theological Seminary in May 2017, and is also a graduate of Juniata College. She likes to read, learn, sing, travel, take pictures and drink good coffee. Her favorite place is anywhere warm and sunny.


Dennis Lohr has been on the pastoral staff at the Palmyra Church of the Brethren in Pennsylvania for over 21 years. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Bethany Theological Seminary, and is also a graduate of Bridgewater College. One of Dennis’ favorite places to be is his wood shop. It takes him out of his head and into his hands, allowing him to relax, create, process, sing, pray and breathe. A favorite hobby of his is turning pens on his lathe.


Monica Rice is the Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations for McPherson College. She lives in McPherson, Kansas and is a graduate of Bethany Theological Seminary and Manchester College. Her favorite place is Camp Emmaus in Illinois. Her hobbies include knitting, reading and having Netflix marathons.


Emmett Eldred is a senior at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, where he studies Creative Writing; Professional Writing; and Ethics, History, and Public Policy. Emmett is the founder and editor of, where he blogs regularly and shares stories and resources about discipleship, peace, and justice. Emmett is also a contributing editor for Messenger Magazine, and he contributes episodes to the Dunker Punks Podcast.


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  • Jess Hoffer
  • Jenn Chillas Balmer


Friday, May 26, 2017

3:00-6:00 Registration
6:00 Supper
6:45 Community Building
7:15 Joyful Noise
7:30 Worship
9:00 Small Group
9:30 Fellowship and Fun (Please bring a snack to share!)

Saturday, May 27, 2017

8:00 Breakfast with small groups
9:00 Joyful Noise
9:15 Worship
11:00 Workshop
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Workshop
2:00 Service Project (optional)
3:00 Free time/recreation
*Canoeing – 3 – 5 p.m. $5 per person.
More details to follow.
6:00 Dinner
6:45 Joyful Noise
7:15 Worship
8:30 Small Groups
9:00 Fellowship and Fun (Please bring a snack to share!)

Sunday, May 28, 2017

8:00 Breakfast
9:15 Joyful Noise and Evaluation
10:00 Worship
12:00 Departure

Questions? Contact Becky Ullom Naugle in the Youth/Young Adult Ministry Office at or 847-429-4385.