Church of the Brethren
Illinois & Wisconsin District

Walt Wiltschek, District Executive Minister
Harold Rose, Moderator
Phyllis Batterton, Moderator-Elect
Andrea Garnett, Administrative Assistant
Andrea Garnett, Newsletter Publisher
Jim Miner, District Webmaster


  • Upcoming Meetings & Events
    • “Stepping Out of the Pandemic” Potluck Experience Team event: Wed., May 18, 7 p.m.
    • Church Revitalization and Development Team, Sat., May 21, 9 a.m.
    • Leadership Team meeting, Bloomington (in person), Sat., June 4, 9:30 a.m.
    • Ministry Leadership Development Team, Sat., June 11, 9 a.m.
    • Licensing service for Zech & Jen Houser at Highland Avenue, Sun., June 12, during 9:30 a.m. worship
    • Program & Arrangements Committee, Mon., June 13, 7 p.m.
    • Midwest CODE meeting, Tues., June 14, 12:30 p.m.

    [all meetings via Zoom unless otherwise noted]

  • Education Opportunities

    New Community Project

    NCP Learning Tours
    New Community Project is offering Learning Tours to Rwanda and Malawi in early May; the Ecuadorian Amazon in late May; Lybrook, N.M., in mid-summer; Denali/Kenai Fjords, Alaska, in early August; and Arctic Village in mid-August. January 2023 will offer either Myanmar or Nepal. These trips are open to all ages and explore the beauty of and challenges facing God’s creation and God’s children. Learn more at
  • District Potluck: Stepping Out of COVID and how?

    MAY 18, 2022

    7 p.m.

    An online Zoom event A special edition of Illinois &Wisconsin District’s The Potluck Experience

    How does the church move forward after two-plus years of the COVID-19 pandemic? The Illinois & Wisconsin District Potluck Experience Team invites you to join a panel of district leaders as we explore the experiences, questions, and possibilities of this time. 

    Registration Link:


    Director of Spiritual Life and Discipleship, Church of the Brethren; member, Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren.

    Vice president, Spoon River College; member, Canton (Ill.) Church of the Brethren.

    Director of Intercultural Ministries, Church of the Brethren; pastor of The Gathering Chicago.

    Pastor, Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren, Elgin, Ill.

    Come Feed Your Body & SoulDistrict Potluck Event

  • National Young Adult Conference - May 27-30
    After so much pandemic living and the isolation it’s caused, the centrality of community compelled the Young Adult Steering Committee to choose Romans 12:5 as the theme for National Young Adult Conference (NYAC) 2022: “I am because we are.”
    NYAC 2022 will take place May 27-30 at the Montreat (N.C.) Retreat Center. Registration is now open. To learn more, visit
  • Annual Conference

    The Church of the Brethren Annual Conference will take place July 10-14 in Omaha, Neb. Registration for delegates and non-delegates opened on March 1. This will be the first in-person conference since 2019, and COVID protocols will be in place. Please go to for more information about the conference. A virtual option for non-delegates will provide access to business sessions, a Ted & Co. theatre performance, two concerts, and selected equipping sessions for a fee.

  • 2022 Camp Emmanuel Schedule

  • 2022 Camp Emmaus Schedule

    Note that Elem2 and Elem3 camps have been combined into "Intermediate" Camp and 6th graders will join 7th and 8th graders in "Middle School" Camp. In addition to Women's Camp, there will also be a Men's Camp.

  • Faith Outreach Expeditions

    FaithX Registration is Open

    Registration for FaithX (formerly workcamps) events in the summer of 2022 is open at

    Boundless Faith” is the theme for the 2022 FaithX events, with the theme scripture: “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7).

  • National Youth Conference - July 23-28

    The next National Youth Conference will be held in the summer of 2022.

    Register for National Youth Conference!

    Registration is now open for the Church of the Brethren National Youth Conference (NYC), coming up July 23- 28, 2022, at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. This powerful event, held every four years, will have the theme "Foundational," drawn from Colossians 2:5-7, for the 2022 edition. It’s a week of fellowship, worship, workshops, recreation, and more. Registration for the conference is $550.
    Youth in grades 9-12 and one year out of high school this school year (2021-2022) are eligible to attend, along with advisors. More details on the conference, including announcements of speakers, can be found at Please spread the word to any youth and advisors in your congregation and other ministries who might want to attend.
    Illinois/Wisconsin District is working at organizing a bus trip to the event for our attendees. Estimated cost for the transportation portion is $300; some scholarship help may be available. Please contact district executive Walt Wiltschek ( as soon as possible with estimated numbers of attendees from your congregation. Stay tuned for more information, and be in prayer for this major event in our denominational life.
    NYC Youth Speech Contest
    Do you know a youth who is attending NYC and would be interested in speaking? Encourage them to submit an entry for the Youth Speech Contest! The theme is “Bring Your Own Jesus Story.” Youth are encouraged to consider how Jesus’ teachings are foundational to their life, and then to choose a story about Jesus from the Bible and preach on it. Participants should send a written entry of 500-700 words and a video entry of about 10 minutes length to the NYC Office by email to The deadline is March 15, 2022.

    Gio Romero, from the York Center congregation, is part of the planning team, district executive Walt Wiltschek is one of the worship coordinators, and many other members of our district will be involved in various roles. The other worship coordinators include Bekah Houff, Cindy Laprade Lattimer, and Shawn Flory Replogle. Jacob Crouse is coordinating music.

  • District YouTube Channel

  • Guest Speaker List

    There is a Speakers List for the Illinois/Wisconsin District. Persons included in this document have accepted the invitation to be available to preach during worship services or for other special events as indicated. Hopefully you will find this tool useful and valuable when the need arises for inviting a guest speaker.

    The speakers on this list are all credentialed ministers, either licensed or ordained. We would like to expand the list to include more credentialed ministers as well as interested laity. If your name is absent from the list and you have interest in serving as a guest speaker, please inform the district office. We would also welcome the names of persons you might suggest for inclusion on the list.

    Since this is a new venture, it is likely we may need to provide more information than is included. Your input as to how the list can be improved would be welcomed.

    Please share with the District Office any questions, comments, or concerns you may have.

  • Mission and Mortar

    The purpose of the Illinois/Wisconsin District is supporting the growth and development of the member churches. One means of support is financial assistance. Congregations in good standing are eligible to apply for assistance through the Mission and Mortar Program

    Sustaining and developing ministry (mission) within congregations, as well as maintaining property (mortar), is sometimes hindered because of inadequate financial resources. The Illinois/Wisconsin District realizes that this dilemma exists and desires to financially support congregations that are in good standing with the district and have specific needs. Application for assistance may be made for up to a three-year period with reductions in the amount of support for each subsequent year. In the event that multi-year assistance is needed, a graduated agreement for funding will be arranged, but a request for the funds must be made annually.

    Read the brochure for more details.

  • Information Reporting

    All ordained ministers, licensed ministers, and congregations need to keep the District Office informed of changes in contact information. Changes include: phone number, cell phone number, email address, mailing address, and congregational email or website. Please email Andrea Garnett,, or call (309)649-6008 with your updates. Your effort will save valuable staff time trying to track down these changes. Other information to share: changes in key leadership positions at the church or the death or serious illnesses of minister, retired ministers, or spouses. Help us serve better!

  • CEU Credits for Ordained Ministers

    Do not wait to begin to log your Continuing Education Units. The 2025 Five-year Ordination Review process for ALL ordained ministers will launch in 2024. Ordained ministers are required to produce verification of 5 CEU credits for this five-year period. It is your responsibility to secure certificates, letters or verifying documentation regarding CEU credit. Retired clergy are exempt from this requirement with the exception of those retired clergy actively involved in Interim Ministry.

    CEU Notation: The district does not grant CEU credit for personal study and/or self-designed experiences you have had and/or books you have read. It is the minister's responsibility to secure a CEU certificate, Letter of Verification, and/or authentication document for completed training, seminars or workshops, or learning experiences offered by the presenting organization. This verification should always state the number of hours of the training - 10 hours of training equals 1.0 CEU credits. Please take personal initiative to become a life-long learner and increasingly effective minister of the Gospel.

  • Gifts Discernment
    The Gifts Discernment and Call Committee seeks your help. We are commissioned to call active, informed, and committed members of congregations or fellowships from within our District to positions of service. These persons, both pastors and lay members, are to be called from all parts of the District and to represent the diversity among us. Our committee's knowledge of members eligible and capable to serve is limited. Therefore, we make this appeal for assistance.
  • Each congregation in the district has a Liaison Leadership Team member who may be contacted with any questions or concerns about the ministries of our district.
  • Add news, announcements, or your congregation's web site URL to the district site. Email your information to the

  • Please check the District Disaster Response website for disaster relief news.