Milligan College will host the 2012 East Tennessee Christian Convention Sunday, Nov. 4. Scheduled events include a main worship session and activities for youth and children. The convention is free and open to the public.
The East Tennessee Christian Convention is the longest-running state Christian convention in North America. This year’s event marks the 183rd consecutive year for the convention, which was originally known as the Annual Meeting of the Christian churches/churches of Christ of Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia and Western North Carolina.
A planning team consisting of area ministers and Christian leaders meets year-round to prepare for the convention. The planning team is led by Greg Key, senior minister of Westside Christian Church in Elizabethton.
Jeff Vines, senior pastor of Christ Church of the Valley in San Dimas, Calif., will speak for the main session from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Mary B. Martin Auditorium, located in Milligan’s Seeger Memorial Chapel. The main session will feature the music of a combined choir comprised of area church members and the Milligan College Concert Choir under the direction of Noah DeLong, assistant professor of music at Milligan. Ryan Bader, minister of worship arts at Grandview Christian Church in Johnson City, will lead the worship during the main session.
Crossroads Christian Church, located at 1300 Suncrest Drive in Gray, will host the student convention from 4 to 8 p.m. The program includes worship, workshops and a pizza dinner. The theme for the program is “Recalculating,” and will feature speaker Curtis Booher, associate professor of Bible and Christian ministries at Milligan. Youth in Ministry will provide a workshop for the students as well as a workshop for youth sponsors. The cost for the student convention is $5.
During the main session, Jim Goehner, children’s minister at Crossroads Christian Church, will direct the children’s programming for children from kindergarten through fifth grade. Participating children will be picked up and dropped off in the lower level of Seeger Chapel and will enjoy games, music and Christian illusionist, Eddie Brittain. There is no cost for the children’s programming.
Childcare for children younger than kindergarten will be provided from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hopwood Christian Church on Milligan’s campus.
A church staff breakfast led by Vines will be held Monday, Nov. 5, at 8:30 a.m. in Milligan’s McCormick Dining Center Annex. Area church staff members are welcome. The cost for the breakfast is $5.