May 31 - June 1, 2019


General Info

Dear Pastors, Delegates, and Conference Attendees,


In an effort to simplify Annual Conference reservations, we are asking that you carefully read this information.  Please use our easy online registration.  If you are planning to stay at a motel off site, please read and follow the procedure for reserving motel rooms in town.  Details regarding the housing, meals, childcare, children's activities, agenda, and schedule are listed below.


Registration begins 8:00 am in the Chapel/Recreation building (gym). Conference convenes after breakfast at 9:00am. on Friday morning.  You may check in and register on Thursday evening.  Some activities may be planned for Thursday evening, but the main sessions of annual conference begin on Friday, May 31st.

We are looking forward to seeing you!  If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.


Terry Hankins
Conference Registrar
Sky Lodge Christian Camp
Phone: 608-297-2566
Fax: 608-297-7080


Please register by May 1, 2019

Pastors, Please pass this information on to your delegates in a timely manner.

David Kendall

Reverend David W. Kendall, an elder ordained in the Great Plains Conference, has servant-led the Free Methodist Church as Bishop since his election in May 2005.  He oversees E. Michigan, Gateway, Great Plains, Mid-America, North Central, N. Michigan, Ohio, S. Michigan, Wabash, Africa Area Annual Conferences and more as he partners with the Board of Bishops.

Dr. Kendall (Ph. D, Union Theological Seminary; M. Div, Asbury Seminary; BA Spring Arbor) pastored sixteen years in both Great Plains and S. Michigan Conferences before being elected Superintendent in 1999.  He has also served as adjunct faculty of Central Christian College and Greenville College. Bishop Kendall's primary passions are communicating the Scriptures as God's word in faithful and relevant ways to our world today and assisting God's people to be truly the church in the 21st Century.

Dr. Kendall enjoys writing and is a contributing editor to Light & Life, a regular contributor to Illustrated Bible Life, and author of God's Call to be Like Jesus: Living a Holy Life in an Unholy World.  Bishop Kendall and his wife Lavone reside in Indianapolis, IN and have three married daughters.

Mike Hopper

Born in Ft. Wayne, IN, Supt. Mike Hopper accepted Christ as a child, and sensed a call to ministry while at Greenville College.  As a teen, he participated in Bible Quizzing, and later served for 15 years as our denominational Bible Quiz Director.  Following graduation from Greenville College and Asbury Theological Seminary, he pastored Free Methodist Churches in Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, and Minnesota.  In addition, he has been a law enforcement chaplain.

Mike and his wife Janet (also an ordained elder) have been married for 34 years and have three children and have two grandchildren.  In his free time, Mike enjoys swimming, cheering on the Minnesota Vikings, and spending time with his family.  Mike has a shepherd's heart and administrative gift and enjoys serving God with the North Central Conference team.  Mike has served as superintendent for two years.

PLEASE NOTE: You should receive a confirmation from our office within 3 days after faxing or 5 days after mailing your registration.  If you do not, please call 608-297-2566 or email to confirm we received your registration. Thanks
Housing Info

Housing is supplemented up to $22.00 per pastor/delegate, per night. (Pastors and delegates traveling over 100 miles will also receive the 1housing supplement for Thursday night).

  • Dormitory housing at Sky Lodge: (Bunk beds, bring bedding and towels) $21.50 per unit. (Conference covers the $21.50 per night).

  • Couples/Family housing at Sky Lodge: (Bring Towels for motels, bring bedding and towels for cabins). $53.50 - $72.50 per night, per unit. (Conference covers $22.00 of the above cost, per night).

  • Camping Sites: $24.50 and up per site (Conference covers camp site).

  • Area Motels: $80-$100 per night. Please call the motel directly to make your reservation. Pay for your room at the motel and receive a reimbursement from the conference treasurer. (Conference covers $22.00 of motel cost, per night). 


Area Motels:

Hilltop: 608-297-2090 (2 miles from camp)

Kozy Rest: 608-297-2488 (1½ miles) - website

Tween The Lakes Motel: 608-297-8715 (2 miles) - website

Crossroads: 608-589-5151(8 miles) - website

Pioneer: 608-296-2135 (15 miles) - website

Sandman: 608-296-2565 (15 miles)

Best Western: 608-742-2200 (30 miles) - website

Ridge Motor Inn:- 608-742-5306 (30 miles) - website

Super 8: 608-742-8330 (30 miles) - website

Comfort Suites: 608-745-4717 (35 miles) - website

Meal Info
Meals for Pastors and Spouses

Meals provided for pastors and their spouse include:

Thursday- Supper (for pastors and spouses traveling over 100 miles, or members of boards that meet on Thursday afternoon.)

Friday - Breakfast, lunch, & supper.

Saturday -Breakfast and lunch.

Meals for Delegates

Meals provided for delegates include:

Thursday - Supper (for delegates traveling over 100 miles, or members of boards that meet on Thursday afternoon.)

Friday - Breakfast, lunch, & supper.

Saturday - Breakfast and lunch.


2018 Meal prices for spouse of delegates, children, and visitors

Adult prices (11 and over)

Breakfast - $6.10

Lunch - $8.05

Supper - $8.00

Children (ages 6-10)

Breakfast - $3.90

Lunch - $4.95

Supper - $4.10

Children (ages 4-5)

Breakfast - $1.10

Lunch - $1.60

Supper - $1.35

Children (3 and under)



Note: Visitors, spouse of delegates, and children are welcome at Annual Conference, but will need to make reservations, and purchase meals and housing. Conference supplement for housing and meals will not be provided for these individuals.



Our family camp is packed with activities, tournaments, great seminars, and sound biblical teaching for all ages.  


Thursday May 30


300 PM           Early Registration      

300 PM           Ministerial Education and Guidance Board Meeting

530 PM           Dinner

730 PM           Pastoral Families - Ice Cream Social with Supt Mike & Janet         


Friday, May 31


730 AM           Pre-Conference Prayer - East Room 

800 AM           Breakfast        

800 AM           Registration   

900 AM           Welcome and Worship          

920 AM           Morning Address - Bishop David Kendall    

1000 AM         NCC Business

                        Nominating Orientation

                        Testimonies of God's Working: Videos of Potential Elders

                        Report of Board of Administration Actions

                        Report of the Board of Stewardship & Finance

1100 AM         Collect General Ballot           


1105 AM         Break 


1120 AM         Call Back to Order     

                        Report of the Board of Ministerial Education & Guidance  


1150 AM         Group Photo  


Noon               Lunch 


100 PM           Worship         

115 PM           State of the Work Report - Supt Mike           

200 PM           Church Planting and Revitalization   

215 PM           World Missions Director - Gerry Coates      

220 PM           Free Methodist Foundation - Chris DeBacker          

225 PM           Olive Branch Mission - La Forice Nealy      


230 PM           Making Disciples Who Make Disciples - Brett Hilgemann  


330 PM           Break 


345 PM           Break Out Sessions    

                        Pastors meet with Superintendent - Cottonwood      

                        Delegates meet with Patrick Coakley - Chapel Rec  

                        Pastors' wives with Janet Hopper - East Room         


445 PM           Dinner


600 PM           Ordination Service - Marquette Church      

                        Worship Music

                        Ordination Message

                        Presenting Ordinands



730 PM           Ordination Reception & Fellowship Time - Chapel Rec


Saturday, June 1


730 AM           Pre-Conference Prayer - East Room    

800 AM           Breakfast        

900 AM           Worship Music          

920 AM           Morning Message - Bishop David Kendall   

1000 AM         NCC Business

                        Testimonies of God's Working          

                        Christian Camping     

                        Youth & Children Ministries 

                        Hispanic Ministries Update   


1027 AM         Break 


1040 AM         Making Disciples Break-Out Seminars         

                        Discipleship Around the World - Gerry Coates        

                        Discipleship for Youth - Dale Kaufman        

                        Discipleship for Children - Bethany Abbott 


1125 AM         World Missions         

                        Highlights of Upcoming General Conference           

                        Prayer for General Conference Delegates

                        Prayer for Bishop David and Lavone Kendall          

                        Bishop Concludes with Appointments          


Noon               Lunch 


  Sky Lodge Christian Camp

  N4855 County Road Y

  Montello, WI 53949

PHONE: 608-297-2566

FAX: 608-297-7080


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