Access2021

July 27-29

at Grace Community Church
Goshen, Indiana

Biblical Truth

“the living truth that’s been given to us.”

Grace Community Church, Goshen Indiana

Grace Community is an exciting, innovative Charis Fellowship church in Goshen, Indiana. Pastor Jim Brown and his staff are pleased to welcome you to their campus for Access2021.

Cohorts and Workshops

Cohorts are peer-learning experiences that will give you valuable ideas for ministry AND contact information of other ministry leaders you can contact for advice.

Workshops are instructional times featuring some of our best teachers helping us apply the Bible to our ministries and lives in practical, relevant ways.

Celebrations, Ministry Meals and Grace Kids

Celebrations take place daily and are where we worship in song and in the challenge of the Word. All our Celebrations will be held in North Auditorium at Grace Community Church.

Ministry Meals are held each day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. These meals are sponsored by one of our partnering ministries and will stretch your vision of what God is doing around the world.

Grace Kids is available during select times for infants through sixth grade. Your children will receive quality care and teaching while having lots of fun throughout the day.

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A Schedule Designed for You!

Connect with those who need what you know and know what you need!

Pre-conference on Monday, July 26

Pre-Registration Begins
Grace Community Church
2:00 – 5:00 PM –
Skip the lines and save yourself time on Tuesday morning by stopping in on Monday to pick up your Access2021 registrations. Boxed dinner will be available from 4:00-5:00 PM at Grace Community Church.  You may purchase these tickets when registering online.
 
Your Invited to Spend the Day at The Lodge (about 30 minutes from the church)
13814 N Eastshore Dr
Syracuse, IN 46567
There is disc golf, basketball, walking trails, canoing and kyaking and lots of areas to connect with others. Maxwelton Golf Course is across the street and Syracuse Beach just minutes away. 

July 27 – See Meals tab for meal description.

 

Charis Church Planters Breakfast
7:00 – 8:30 AM – South Auditorium

Opening Celebration
9:00 – 10:30 AM – North Auditorium

Keith Minier is the main speaker and will be sharing how “The Living Words are Worth Celebrating.”

Cohorts
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Various Rooms
List of cohorts coming soon!

Pastors and Wives Luncheon
1:00 – 2:30 PM – South Auditorium

Free Afternoon
3:00 – 5:00 PM
Take some time to connect with friends and head down to The Old Bag Factory or head to historic downtown Goshen Downtown Goshen for a few hours of fun.

Chaplains Appreciation Dinner with GBIF Meeting
5:30 – 7:00 PM – South Auditorium

Celebration
7:30 – 9:00 PM – North Auditorium
Chaplain, Colonel George Youstra is the main speaker on Tuesday evening speaking to us on “How the Bible Empowers Leaders Working in Difficult Situations.”

July 28 –  See Meals tab for meal description.

AssistCX Breakfast
7:00 – 8:30 AM – South Auditorium

Celebration
9:00 – 10:30 AM – North Auditorium
Dr. Christy Hill speaks Wednesday morning about “How the Living Words Restore the Soul.”

Cohorts
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Varied Locations
List of cohorts coming soon!

Encompass Luncheon
1:00 – 2:30 PM – South Auditorium

Celebration
3:30 – 5:00 PM – North Auditorium
Pastor Irv Clark speaks on Wednesday afternoon about “Living out God’s Word through our Unity.”

Grace College and Seminary Dinner
5:30 – 7:00 PM – South Auditorium

Comedian
7:30 – 9:00 PM – North Auditorium
Andrew Stanley does comedy! Really! (Andy’s son)

July 29 –  See Meals tab for meal description.

Momentum Ministry Partners (formerly CE National) Breakfast
7:00 – 8:30 AM – South Auditorium

Celebration
9:00 – 10:30 AM – North Auditorium
Dr. Tiberius Rata is the main speaker on Thursday morning speaking on “Why Future Generations Can Trust the Living Words.”

Workshops
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Axis High School Room & Axis Middle School Auditorium
Workshop information coming soon!

Charis Fellowship Business Meeting
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – North Auditorium
This is the annual meeting of the Charis Fellowship. Delegates of member churches are encouraged to attend.

Charis Fellowship Luncheon
12:30 – 2:00 PM – South Auditorium

Access2021 COHORTS

What are Cohorts?

Cohorts are peer learning groups focused around various areas of ministries. Participants will have lots of time to talk about what is working, what is not, ask questions, discuss best practices and even work through issues together.

People who are registered for Access2021 can select three cohorts (one each day).

  • Tuesday’s cohort options will focus on “The Gift of Living Words”
  • Wednesday’s cohort options will focus on “How the Bible Empowers Us”
  • Thursday’s cohort options will focus on “Sharing Living Words.

We will also offer some select workshops designed for larger groups and taught by an instructor.

 

GRACE KIDS

Calling all kids to Access2021!

Our theme for Grace Kids is the same as the adults: Biblical Truth; the living truth that’s been given to us.  Bring your kids to join the fun as we worship and explore the truth of God’s Word. Grace Kids is for infants through 6th grade.

  • Childcare will take place at Grace Community Church.
  • Childcare will be available for mealtimes if both parents are attending the sponsored meals.
  • It will be available to all registered kids during all scheduled cohorts, workshops and celebrations.
  • Lots of fun is being planned that will allow your children to be active inside and out.
  • We will also be planning some off-site adventures as well for the older kids.
  • Childcare ends after the Charis Fellowship lunch at 2:30 pm on Thursday, July 29.
  • Download the detailed schedule.

We want your kids to enjoy their time at Access as much as you do.

Please help us be prepared by completing your child’s registration for Grace Kids by July 9.

Childcare cost: $60 per child

Access2021 Main Session Speakers

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Registration for Access2021

Single registration increases to $140 on May 1, to $160 on June 1 and to $180 on July 1
Couple registration increases to $230 on May 1, $250 on June 1 and $270 on July 1
Are you 16-24 years old? 75 or older? Your registration will be free!
Grace Kids Registration is $60 per child.

Registration closes July 9.
Registrations and meal tickets are refundable if you cancel before July 9, 2021.

Single Registration

(Before May 1)

$120

Couple Registration

(Before May 1)

$210

Single for Groups 5+

(Before July 1)

$90

One day for one person

(Before July 1)

$75

Make the Most of Access2021:

Connect with those who need what you know and know what you need!

Comfort Inn Goshen
2309 Lincolnway E
Goshen, IN 46526
574-533-0220
Use this link to book your lodging with our Charis block of rooms: Comfort Inn

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Goshen
1415 Lincolnway E
Goshen, IN 46562
574-535-9200
When booking with the Holiday Inn you MUST enter the dates July 26-July 29 for our block rates to come up. Use this link: Charis Fellowship

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Goshen
2110 Keystone Dr
Goshen, IN 46526
574-538-2027
Here is a link to book rooms: Book your group rate for Charis Fellowship

Quality Inn & Suites
1930 Lincolnway E, Goshen, IN, 46526, US
Phone (574) 349-6169
Here is a link to book rooms: Quality Inn

Airbnb
Goshen, IN
Use this link for:  Goshen Airbnb

 

The Lodge
13900 N Eastshore Dr
Syracuse, IN 46567

Owned by Grace Community Church, offers 10 suites. These rooms have one queen bed, 1 bunk bed, with a private bathroom. The cost is $40 per night per room. You would need to bring: Bedding (sheets, pillows, blanket, etc.) Towels & wash clothes (There are paper hand towels in the restrooms.) Toiletries
The Lodge is about 25 minutes from the church. If you are interested please contact Sharmion Bowell at sharmion@charisfellowship.us or 574-269-1269.

Access2021 Staff Members

Phil Sparling

Phil is senior pastor at Grace Community Church in Auburn California. This church was launched by three families (one of which was Phil's parents) and now welcomes 700 people to worship each Sunday. Phil and Ruth have four young-adult children. Phil has served as Executive Director of the Charis Fellowship since August 2019.

Tim Hodge

Tim is the new Charis Fellowship Coordinator (since October 2020). Born and raised “Down Under” in South Australia, Tim trained and worked as a tradesman for General Motors for 6 years before pursuing ministry training in the US. Tim is a graduate of Grace College (’01) and Grace Theological Seminary (’03). He has been married to Heidi for 19 years and they have 4 children ages 16 to 7 – Noah, Luke, Abigail, and Benaiah. For nearly 17 years, Tim served as pastor of Grace Family Church in New Holland, Pennsylvania, in the lead role for 14 years. In recent years he has also served as Charis Assistant Executive Director, Fellowship Council representative, Northern Atlantic District leadership team member, Inspire Board member, and various other roles including the Fellowship Rebrand team and the 2020 We-Are-One event planning team.

Andrew Saunders

Andrew is the pastor of shepherding and campus team coordinator at Pen Valley Church Network in Telford, PA. His responsibilities include leading the vision and strategy team, overseeing the network staff, facilitating and equipping the leaders of the Penn Valley Church Network, coordinating Network Events and shepherding the people of Telford Campus. Pastor Andrew is married to Elizabeth and they have 6 children. Andrew and Elizabeth reside in Telford, PA. Andrew serves the Charis Fellowship as Assistant Executive Director.

Sharmion Bowell

Sharmion Bowell is a Grace College School of Business graduate who managed a human resource department for four years before she and her husband, Ryan (married in 1995), began a family in 1999. They have four kids: Cameron, Austin, Madeline, and Aidan. She loved being a stay-at-home mom for the first 19 years and home-schooled her kids for nine years. She attends Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church and has worked with English as a New Language. Sharmion serves the national office of the Charis Fellowship as Operations Manager in overseeing National Conference, Focus Retreats, and much more.

Jeremy Byng

Jeremy Byng has been the Worship Pastor at Grace Community Church in Goshen Indiana for 13 years. He grew up in the Sebring (FL) Grace Brethren Church and graduated from Grace College in 2004. While attending Grace he met his wife, Ginger. They have been married for 19 years and have been blessed with 3 incredible kids; Lily (17), Riah (11), and Rhett (6). Jeremy has been playing guitar and leading worship for almost 25 years in various settings. But his passion is to see hearts come alive in the local church as they worship our Savior in spirit and truth. Jeremy and his team will lead the worship music at Access2021.

Ally Black

Ally Black is from Johnstown, Pennsylvania and grew up in the Charis fellowship. She has attended Access both as a child and kids volunteer for a number of years. A Grace College grad and a current kids resident at Winona Lake Grace Brethren in Winona Lake, Indiana she enjoys sipping coffee with friends or hiking and being outdoors. Her love for working with kids comes from years of working as a camp counselor over the summers and she and her staff look forward to meeting your children during the 2021 Access.

Mary Jane Leatherman

Mary Jane Leatherman is married to Tom and lives in Rittman, Ohio. The Leathermans have been a member of Wooster Grace for more than 20 years. Mary Jane is involved with Women’s ministry, and the Friends & Followers ABF. She enjoys anything that involves grandchildren, reading & knitting (traveled to Italy on knitting tour), she volunteers at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman and has been serving the Charis Fellowship conference for many years. Tom and Mary Jane spend the winter months in Tybee Island, Georgia!! Mary Jane and Tom have been married for 50 years, have two children and four grandchildren. Mary Jane and Tom serve at the welcome center during Access.

Tom Leatherman

Tom has been a member of Wooster Grace Church 20+ years. He is involved in the oil change ministry and the Friends & Followers ABF. Tom is a member of 555 Honors Detachment: giving honors to the military at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery and other cemeteries in the area plus flag presentations at local parades. He enjoys Cleveland Indians games and Akron University. Tom has been serving Charis Fellowship conference at the registration table and in any way as needed! Tom especially enjoys meeting the Military Chaplain’s serving our church and country. Tom and Mary Jane spend the winter months in Tybee Island, Georgia!! Mary Jane and Tom have been married for 50 years, have two children and four grandchildren. Tom and Mary Jane serve at the welcome center during Access.

Tom Avey

Tom has been the full-time Fellowship Coordinator since January 1998. He served as pastor at the Grace Brethren Church of Orlando, Florida, and as church administrator and pastor of church growth at the Grace Brethren Church of Lititz, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Sandi, reside in Winona Lake, Indiana. They have four adult children and nine grandchildren. Tom retires from the Charis Fellowship Coordinator role after Access2021.