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!

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Pre-conference on Monday, July 26

July 27

July 28

July 29

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.



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

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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)


Couple Registration

(Before June 1)


Single for Groups 5+

(Before July 6)


Make the Most of Access2021:

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Lodging Options:

We have many lodging options for Access2021…

  • 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. You must register for Access2021 in order to enjoy these host homes.
  • Airbnb

Access2021 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. 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

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.