Dear Annual Conference Member,

Again, this year, you will participate in the business sessions and worship services of Annual Conference remotely from your home or church office. Out of an abundance of caution due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, only presenters and those who are part of worship services will be onsite at the John S. Knight Center in Akron during the June 16-19 Annual Conference.
Christ Alive In Us! is the theme of Annual Conference 2021. Ephesians 2:8-10 (NIV) will guide the business sessions, worship services, and celebrations of the conference.

You must register online in advance to receive access to the Annual Conference Zoom webinar and be able to vote during conference. Registration began Monday, April 5 and ends on Friday, May 14.

Please note:

  • All registration for Annual Conference 2021 will be done online.
  • You will need your own unique e-mail address to register.
  • If you do not register by May 14, you will be unable to vote during conference.

Use this link to register.

It is your responsibility to make sure you have a unique e-mail address prior to registration. If you do not have an e-mail address, or if you have an e-mail address that you share with someone else, please make arrangements now to sign-up online for your own e-mail address. Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, AOL, Zoho, and others offer free e-mail accounts.

Technical Support
Please contact your district office as soon as possible should you need assistance setting up an e-mail address or if you have technology questions related to participating in AC 2021. Data On The Spot (DOTS) will again provide technical support during conference and the practice sessions preceding it.

Viewing Business Sessions and Voting
If you participate in AC 2021 using a desktop computer, laptop computer, or tablet, you can view the sessions and vote during the sessions from that same device.

If you participate in AC 2021 using a smartphone, you will be able cast votes from that device, but you will need a second device to view the Zoom webinar of the sessions. Please plan accordingly.

Voting Elector ID & Password
The team from DOTS will again provide the online voting platform for AC 2021. The company will e-mail your unique, non-transferable elector ID and password between Wednesday, May 19 and Friday, May 21. Please note that you cannot share a voting device with another person.

Practice Sessions
The DOTS e-mail will contain the times of three scheduled practice sessions designed so that you feel comfortable logging in, viewing the webinar, and casting votes. You only need to attend one session:

  • Wednesday, May 26 (day)
  • Wednesday, June 2 (evening)
  • Saturday, June 5

Services and Celebrations

  • 3:00 p.m. June 16           Service of Commissioning and Ordination
                                           Speaker: Bishop Daniel G. Beaudoin – Northwestern Ohio Synod, ELCA
  • 9:00 a.m. June 17           Service of Commemoration and Holy Communion
                                           Speaker: Bishop Tracy S. Malone – East Ohio Conference, UMC
  • 2:00 p.m. June 17           Board of Ministry Celebration of Retirement
  • 9:00 a.m. June 18           Morning Worship
                                           Speaker: Rev. Carrie Antczak – UMC Berea
  • 9:00 a.m. June 19           Morning Worship
                                           Speaker: Rev. Karen Oehl – Mt. Vernon Gay Street UMC
                                           Speaker: Rev. Gregory E. Kendrick, Jr. – Cory UMC and Church of the Saviour UMC

Clergy Attendance
It is the duty of every ministerial member and local pastor under appointment of the annual conference to attend Annual Conference sessions and to furnish reports in such form as the Discipline may require. Any such person unable to attend shall report by letter to the Conference secretary, setting forth the reason for his or her absence.