Access2021

Grace College & Seminary and Winona Lake, Indiana

Christ has been the center of Grace College & Seminary from the day we were founded in 1937. We follow His example of grace in all things. The “Ways of Grace” leads us to explore powerful academics, create meaningful careers, and launch purposeful lives. Because grace is not just a set of beliefs. It’s belief set into motion.

Located in historic Winona Lake, IN, our campus is a five-minute walk from the beautiful lake. Winona Lake is also home to miles of biking/running trails, an assortment of artisan shops and local eateries. Come visit our corner of the world…adventure awaits!

Lots of Cohorts and a Few Workshops

We like to think of our cohorts as “content with contacts.” These peer-learning experiences will give you valuable ideas for ministry AND contact information of other ministry leaders you can contact for advice.

Workshops feature some of our best teachers that apply the Bible to our ministries and lives.

Celebrations, Ministry Meals and Grace Kids

Each day includes Celebrations where we worship in song and in the challenge of the Word. All our celebrations will be held in the beautiful Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center on Grace’s campus.

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 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

  • Registration Begins
    2:00 - 5:00 PM -
    Skip the lines and save yourself time on Tuesday morning by stopping in on Monday to pick up your Access2020 registrations.
  • Golf
    4:00 - 8:30 PM -
    Come enjoy a great round of golf from 4-8:30 PM on Monday, July 20, 2020. This event has been provided to you at no charge by Grace College & Seminary, Grace Village, and Grace Brethren Investment Foundation. Dinner will be provided after the golf outing. Stonehenge Golf Course

July 27

  • Charis Church Planters Breakfast
    7:00 - 8:30 AM - Westminster Hall - East Room
    Join together to celebrate the work of Jesus in the Charis Fellowship in planting churches. All across the Fellowship, new churches are beginning through a variety of methods and means. Join us for a time of celebration and prayer for these church plants and those working in the harvest.
  • Opening Celebration
    9:00 - 10:30 AM -
  • Cohorts
    11:00 AM - 12:30 PM -
    List of cohorts coming soon!
  • Pastors and Wives Luncheon
    1:00 - 2:30 PM - Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center - North
    The Inspire lunch is more than a great meal! It’s a time to honor our wives and highlight some of the incredible things God has been doing through His faithful servants.
  • Boating
    3:00 - 5:00 PM -
    Take a ride on the Grace Boat! Grace College & Seminary is offering free boat rides on the beautiful Winona Lake. Meet at the Boathouse pier at 700 Park Ave, Winona Lake.
  • Chaplains Appreciation Dinner with GBIF Meeting
    5:30 - 7:00 PM - Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center - North
    Please join us for dinner to celebrate all that God is doing through Grace Brethren Investment Foundation and the Eagle Commission. The GBIF Executive Team will briefly share the past year’s results of the foundation. Following, Dr. Mark Penfold (Chaplain Endorsing Agent for Charis Fellowship) and the Charis Fellowship chaplains in attendance will update us on their ministries to our military service members.
  • Celebration
    7:30 - 9:00 PM -

July 28

  • AssistCX Breakfast
    7:00 - 8:30 AM - Westminster Hall - East Room
    Assist Church Expansion is on a mission to help our Fellowship become a movement. At this breakfast, you will hear updates from churches across the country that have partnered with Assist to take strategic steps from decline or stagnancy towards having a new day and hopeful future. You will also hear of Assist's upcoming plans for helping more churches grow healthier and become reproducing, church-planting churches.
  • Celebration
    9:00 - 10:30 AM -
  • Cohorts
    11:00 AM - 12:30 PM -
    List of cohorts coming soon!
  • Encompass Luncheon
    1:00 - 2:30 PM - Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center - North
    You’re invited to join Encompass World Partners for lunch as we celebrate God’s work around the globe.
  • Frisbee Golf
    2:45 - 5:00 PM -
    Test your accuracy, focus, and strength on Grace's disc golf course. Leesburg Grace Church will host a two-on-two disc golf tournament. Pair up, tee off, and compete against the rest of the competition for the lowest team score. Additional individual prizes will be given for longest drive (Hole #1), hole-in-one (Hole #5), and closest to the hole (Hole #9). Sign up online or at the check-in table. For more information, contact Tim Sprankle at tim.sprankle@gmail.com.
  • Grace College and Seminary Dinner
    5:30 - 7:00 PM - Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center - North
    We are so excited to have you at Grace College & Seminary for Access2020. We look forward to sharing our campus and community with you. Join us as we reflect on our legacy and share about the "Ways of Grace" we believe God is calling us to in the future.
  • Celebration
    7:30 - 9:00 PM -

July 29

  • CE National Breakfast
    7:00 - 8:30 AM - Westminster Hall - East Room
    Join the friends of CE National for breakfast and up-to-date reports from the summer of ministries and the exciting new changes coming to CE National in the year ahead. The atmosphere will be warm and fun as you join with believers to celebrate what God is doing. The meeting will include a brief corporation meeting/report and news from the CE staff/board about Seeing Beyond a 2020 Vision!
  • Celebration
    9:00 - 10:30 AM -
  • Cohorts
    11:00 AM - 12:30 PM -
    List of cohorts coming soon!
  • Charis Fellowship Business Meeting
    11:00 AM - 12:30 PM -
  • Charis Fellowship Luncheon
    1:00 - 2:30 PM - Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center - North
    Come celebrate the Charis Fellowship. Join us for family fellowship, celebratory cheers, and a special update (plus a little business) from GraceConnect. This meal will not include Charis Fellowship business meeting, which is at 11:00 am prior to the luncheon. Check the schedule for location.

Plan early… reserve your hotel room!

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 will focus on “The Gift of Living Words”
  • Wednesday will be “How the Bible Empowers Us”
  • Thursday will be about “Sharing Living Words.

We will also offer a few 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 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.
  • Make sure they come with a swimsuit and towel as we will have water activites and a local splash pad to enjoy.
  • We will also be planning some off site adventures as well for the older kids.
  • Childcare will take place on the site of Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church accross the street from the Grace College & Seminary Campus.
  • 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 childs registration for Grace Kids by July 6.

Childcare cost: $50 per child

Access2021 Main Session Speakers

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

Registration for Access2020

Single registration increases to $140 on June 1 and to $160 on July 1
Couple registration increases to $230 on June 1 and $250 on July 1
Are you 16-24 years old? 75 or older? Your registration will be free!
Registration closes July 6.
Registrations and meal tickets are refundable if you cancel before July 1.

Single Registration

(Before June 1)

$120

Couple Registration

(Before June 1)

$210

Single for Groups 5+

(Before July 6)

$90

Make the Most of Access2021:

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

Lodging Options:

We have many lodging options for Access2020…

  • Area Hotels
  • Campus Housing: Grace College & Seminary has made dorm space available for Access2021 attenders. Click HERE to reserve dorm housing. Cost per night will be around $40 for one person in a dorm room, $60 for two in a dorm room, or $100 for a family-style apartment.
  • Host Homes: View our list of host homes that can offer you a place to stay at little or no cost.  Meals not included.  charisfellowship.us/accesshomes. You must register for Access2020 in order to enjoy these host homes.
  • Airbnb

Access2020 Meals

Meals are sponsored by national and cooperating ministries of the Charis Fellowship.

Tickets are required. Purchase your tickets on the registration page.

  • Church Planters breakfast on Tuesday
    7:00 AM - Westminster Hall - East Room
    Join together to celebrate the work of Jesus in the Charis Fellowship in planting churches. All across the Fellowship, new churches are beginning through a variety of methods and means. Join us for a time of celebration and prayer for these church plants and those working in the harvest.

    Cost: $10

  • Pastors and Wives Luncheon on Tuesday
    1:00 PM - Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center - North
    The Inspire lunch is more than a great meal! It’s a time to honor our wives and highlight some of the incredible things God has been doing through His faithful servants.

    Cost: $12

  • Chaplains Appreciation Dinner and Grace Brethren Investment Foundation Meeting
    5:30 PM - Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center - North
    Please join us for dinner to celebrate all that God is doing through Grace Brethren Investment Foundation and the Eagle Commission. The GBIF Executive Team will briefly share the past year’s results of the foundation. Following, Dr. Mark Penfold (Chaplain Endorsing Agent for Charis Fellowship) and the Charis Fellowship chaplains in attendance will update us on their ministries to our military service members.

    Cost: $15

  • AssistCX Breakfast on Wednesday
    7:00 AM - Westminster Hall - East Room
    Assist Church Expansion is on a mission to help our Fellowship become a movement. At this breakfast, you will hear updates from churches across the country that have partnered with Assist to take strategic steps from decline or stagnancy towards having a new day and hopeful future. You will also hear of Assist's upcoming plans for helping more churches grow healthier and become reproducing, church-planting churches.

    Cost: $10

  • Encompass Luncheon on Wednesday
    1:00 PM - Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center - North
    You’re invited to join Encompass World Partners for lunch as we celebrate God’s work around the globe.

    Cost: $12

  • Grace Colllege & Seminary Dinner on Wednesday
    5:30 PM - Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center - North
    We are so excited to have you at Grace College & Seminary for Access2020. We look forward to sharing our campus and community with you. Join us as we reflect on our legacy and share about the "Ways of Grace" we believe God is calling us to in the future.

    Cost: $15

  • CE National Breakfast on Thursday
    7:00 AM - Westminster Hall - East Room
    Join the friends of CE National for breakfast and up-to-date reports from the summer of ministries and the exciting new changes coming to CE National in the year ahead. The atmosphere will be warm and fun as you join with believers to celebrate what God is doing. The meeting will include a brief corporation meeting/report and news from the CE staff/board about Seeing Beyond a 2020 Vision!

    Cost: $10

  • Charis Fellowship Luncheon on Thursday
    1:00 PM - Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center - North
    Come celebrate the Charis Fellowship. Join us for family fellowship, celebratory cheers, and a special update (plus a little business) from GraceConnect. This meal will not include Charis Fellowship business meeting, which is at 11:00 am prior to the luncheon. Check the schedule for location.

    Cost: $12

Access2021 Staff Members

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 eight grandchildren. Tom retires from the Charis Fellowship Coordinator role after Access2021.

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.

Tim Hodge

Tim is the Charis Fellowship Coordinator since October 2020.

Born and raised “Down Under” in the city of Adelaide, 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 18 years and they have 4 children – Noah (15), Luke (13), Abigail (9) and Benaiah (6). For over 16 years,

Tim has faithfully served as pastor of Grace Family Church in New Holland, PA, in the lead role for 14 years. Having served as a leader in the Northern Atlantic District for 13 years, as well as being a member of the Inspire Board of Directors, Tim also recently served on the Fellowship Council helping lead and guide various initiatives including the Fellowship Rebrand. Eight years ago, Tim initiated and helped establish a cohort team of what is now seven Charis churches in south-east Pennsylvania who intentionally collaborate on a weekly basis. More recently serving alongside Phil Sparling in the role of Assistant Executive Director, Tim was also part of the team of three leaders tasked with planning and orchestrating the 2020 Charis Fellowship We-Are-One event.

Having a deep love and appreciation for the Charis Fellowship, Tim is excited about what God is doing through Charis churches and ministries, and looks forward to what God is going to do in and through the Fellowship in the coming years as we all serve Jesus together.

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.