Conference Annual Gathering 2023

What You Need to Know

Oct. 13-14, 2023

Capitol Plaza Hotel and Convention Center

415 W. McCarty St.

Jefferson City, MO 65101

Register by Oct. 10

You can reserve a hotel room at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Jefferson City, Mo. at the following link:

If you prefer to make your reservation by telephone, call 1-800-338-8088 and ask for the “Missouri Mid-South UCC” group rate from the block of rooms set aside.

Conference Annual Gathering begins Friday morning with Opening Worship and concludes Saturday afternoon with Closing Worship.

Daily schedules are as follows:

(With some details still in progress, we will post any updates as they become available.)

TAMBO Town Hall (via Zoom): 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 27

2023 Budget Town Hall Discussion (via Zoom): 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4

Pre-register for the following optional pre-CAG Thursday events:

  • Boundary Awareness Training (In-person or via Zoom)
    9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Carnegies Room (Lunch on your own.)
  • Racial Justice and Equity Training (In-person only)
    9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jefferson Room C
  • Optional Dinner Buffet
    6 p.m., Jefferson Room, (Pre-registration required.)
  • Optional Social Gatherings
    7:30 p.m. (Find one another in the hotel lobby.)

  • Breakfast Buffet Sponsored by Deaconess Foundation
    8 a.m., Jefferson Room
  • Opening Worship with Rev. Ann Kansfield, Preacher
    9:30 a.m., Missouri Room
    Welcome and Orientation
    State of the Conference, Rev. Mary Nelson, Transitional Conference Minister
  • Workshop Block 1
    11 a.m.
  • Lunch Buffet
    12 p.m. (noon)
    Optional faith-sharing lunch speakers Rev. Jan Barnes, Rev. Merrimon Boyd, and Sandy Roland
  • Workshop Block 2
    1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Break
    2:30 to 3 p.m.
  • Workshop Block 3
    3 to 4 p.m.
  • Panel Discussion
    4 to 6 p.m., Missouri Room
  • Dinner Buffet
    6:30 p.m., Jefferson Room
  • “Gather to Lead” Conversations
    7:30 p.m., Missouri Room, (Optional Breakouts)
  • Silent Disco Dance Party
    9 p.m., Missouri Room

  • Breakfast Buffet
    8 a.m., Jefferson Room
  • Missouri Mid-South Conference Annual Business Meeting
    9:30 a.m., Missouri Room
  • Box Lunches
    12 p.m. (noon), Jefferson Room
  • Missouri Mid-South Conference Annual Business Meeting
    1 p.m. (continued)
  • Closing Worship with Rev. Mary Nelson, Transitional Conference Minister
    2 p.m. (approximate), Missouri Room
    Installation of newly-elected leaders and sending forth.

Rev. Ann Kansfield

Rev. Ann Kansfield is a UCC minister who serves as a pastor at the Greenpoint Reformed Church and as a chaplain with the Fire Department of the City of New York. She’s energetic, humorous, and entertaining — and also very serious about the ministry of the gospel.

Ann is the first female chaplain, and first openly-LGBTQ chaplain, of the FDNY. A preacher’s kid, Ann grew up in church and swore she would never become a minister–until 9/11 changed all that. In 2015, Ann was given the inaugural “New Yorker of the Year” Award by the New York Times–selected over famous local celebrities like Lin-Manuel Miranda, The NY Mets (yes, the entire team!), and Pizza Rat.

She lives a block from Times Square with her wife and their two middle school aged children. Not surprisingly, their apartment can become a little loud at times. Ann is the author of Be the Brave One: Living Your Spiritual Values Out Loud and Other Life Lessons, a collection of ministry adventures told around the theme of living out one’s spiritual values.

Additional Reports to CAG, not subject to vote:

Older Adults Ministry Working Group Report

Empowering Congregations Core Ministry Team Report

Pursuing Justice and Equity Core Ministry Team Report

2023 Outdoor Ministries Report

2023 Transitional Conference Minister’s Report

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