The beautiful artists haven of Santa Fe, New Mexico played host to 52 diverse couples representing 25 of our churches in the western United States, Canada and the Philippines for the 10th annual Western Elders Conference. The group honored John and Nancy Mannel for their leadership through the years since the inaugural conference began with just 21 couples.
Sam and Geri Laing of the South Florida Church of Christ taught powerful lessons on the theme “Give Me the Hill Country” for these elder couples and those aspiring to serve. Roger Lamb presented a world report from Disciples Today and an update on the leadership collaboration for the International Churches of Christ.
The Greater Albuquerque Church of Christ served as marvelous hosts for this year’s conference thanks to the leadership of Keith and Lynne Page Rasmussen, Josh and Stacy Peterson and Armin and Megan Day.
Next year’s conference will be hosted by the Seattle Church of Christ from March 23-26.
Footnote: After the Mannels served in Chicago and Los Angeles for many years, they moved to St. Louis a couple of years ago when they financially retired. On Sunday, May 1, their son Jeff Mannel appointed John as an elder in the Gateway City Church that is hosting Reach2016 in July.
May God bless each of these couples and raise up many more.