by John J. Pethtel


The 2017 SDB Pastors Conference is coming up in just a few months.

Have you made sure that your pastor is going to be able to attend?

This year we will be focusing on the theme of soul care for pastors and their families as well as the congregations that they serve. Pastors Conference is a time of networking, renewal, and learning with SDB pastors and their spouses from all over the USA & Canada. It is an opportunity to go deep with brothers and sisters who are serving churches or have retired from active pastoral ministry. There will be opportunities for food, learning, fellowship, and worship.

We will be meeting from April 25-27, 2017 in Alfred Station, NY.

April 24 and April 28 have been set aside for travel days. Those who are flying and want us to arrange transportation for them should fly in and out of the Rochester (NY) International Airport. The registration fee will be $100*. This will help us cover the food and programming. A registration form will be made available soon through and social media.

If you have any questions about Pastors Conference, please contact John Pethtel at or 608-752-5055 ext. 1009.

*The registration fee may qualify for Continuing Education Funds for pastors.

Find out more about Continuing Education for Pastoral Leaders at


The newly created Hispanic Ministries Council (HMC), led by Pastor Helmer Umaña, has been working to determine the best ways for the SDB General Conference to reach out to an increasing community of Spanish-speakers in North America.

One of the greatest needs is to translate all of our current material (as well as future material) into Spanish. This is a project that will require extra funding for additional publication and translation expenses. Another area of opportunity that the HMC is working on is how to help others reach into the Hispanic culture effectively in their own communities.

Please continue to pray that our ministry to Spanish-speakers will grow in proportion to the growth that we see in our country today.

If you are interested in supporting or helping in these ministries (or to join the conversation of the HMC), please contact Pastor Helmer Umaña or Director of Church Development, John Pethtel.

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