Leaders and Theme Announced for 2019 Bible and Church Music Conferences

For nearly 100 years, the Bible and Church Music Conferences at Massanetta have been inspiring, challenging, and educating participants.  A key component of the event has always been excellent leadership.  We are pleased to announce that tradition is continuing.   Dr. William Henry Willimon, Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School will be the Speakman Chair of Preaching.  Union Presbyterian Seminary’s Harriet Robertson Fitts Memorial Professor of New Testament, Dr. John T. Carroll, will serve as our Bible Study Leader.  Rev. Whitney Wilkinson Arreche will craft the liturgy in 2019 as our Worship Leader. Rev. Jerry Cannon, pastor of C.N. Jenkins Memorial Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC will preach Tuesday night and Wednesday Morning. Among the great line up of Church music clinicians, we are pleased to announce David Tate, adjunct faculty for Mary Baldwin University and Director of Music for Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren will be our Adult Choir Clinician.  Allison Keisler, member of the Raleigh Ringers and Choral and Handbell Director for Catawba County Schools will serve as our Handbell Clinician. Michael Glasgow, Minister of Music at North Raleigh United Methodist Church in Raleigh, NC will be the Youth Choir clinician. Internationally known performer, teacher, composer and author, Sue Richards, will join the CMC faculty as the Harp instructor.


From July 21 – 26 BCMC participants will explore the theme, “Together We Serve: A Beacon of Hope to the Last and the Least.” Threads from Daniel C. Damon’s hymn, “Together We Serve,” will be woven together to make our conference theme in 2019.  Damon, drawing upon Ephesians 4, uses rich imagery to paint a picture of a church united in Christ’s love for service to all.  We will explore what it means to follow God’s light into the dark corners of our world.  Through preaching, worship, song, teaching, and much more we will re-imagine what it might mean to strengthen Christ’s ministry through service as a community of faith in times and places of difficulty.  The conference is as equally perfect for clergy, directors of music, and other church professional seeking continuing education as it is for anyone wanting to deepen and explore their faith through worship, music, study and more.  There is truly something for everyone, as there is an excellent children and youth program called Camp Connections which serves ages 0 - 18

Registration for both conferences will be available soon. To keep up with leadership announcements, the opening of registration, and all things BCCMC, visit either the Bible Conference or Church Music Conference pages.