Eurasia - Central Asia In Mission Together Consultation XIX

Friday, May 5th, 8:30 am, thru Saturday, May 6th, 2:45, 2017 

Baltimore-Washington Conference Center

11711 East Market, Place, Fulton, Maryland 20759




"Then I heard the Lord's voice saying, 'Whom should I send, and who will go for us?' I said, 'I'm here; send me.'" Isaiah 6:8

"As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." John 20:21



"Methodism is a missionary movement aimed at making dsciples of Jesus Christ and transformation of the world. What can be more honorable and meaningful than to respond to this calling of God and to become a part of this missionary movement? I am grateful to the United Methodists in Eurasia, who devoted their lives to serving Christ and His Church. Today, through sacrifice and devotion of many ministers and leaders of our churches, we have an extensive structure of the United Methodist Church in Eurasia. But this is not the ultimate goal. We continue our missionary movement to the East and West, North and South. More than two hundred million Russian-speaking people in Eurasia do not practice religious life. At the same time the majority of them are at different stages of a spiritual quest in their lives. Focus on the mission and expansion of the missionary movement is one of the main characteristics of the United Methodist Church. I call on each Annual Conference to open new churches from 2016 to 2022. To do this, we need the guidance of the Holy Spirit and serious work in the Conferences. 

Methodism is a missionary MOVEMENT aimed at making disciples of Jesus Christ and transformation of the world."

  - Bishop Eduard Khegay, Vision for the UMC in Eurasia, 2016-2022


 Empowering Your Long Term Partnership For Long Term Impact!   

Part of our time together will be conversation about the "Partnership Covenant." How can we live out the convenant in practical terms? You will be asked to share your experiences and engage with peer-sharing and learning about how this can have long term impact.



Bishop Eduard Khegay is Bishop of the Eurasia Episcopal Area based in Moscow, Russia which stretches across 10 time zones in Eurasia.  Bishop Khegay is the first United Methodist Bishop from the former Soviet Union. Prior to his election, he was the pastor of the Raduga United Methodist Church in Moscow and also Aspiration United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg.  He has also played an active role in the Eurasia Initiative, the first of what became an extensive series of recent church development efforts, collectively known as In Mission Together.  Khegay graduated from Bauman Moscow State Technical University, studied at the Moscow United Methodist Theological Seminary, received a MDiv degree from Candler School of Theology and a DMin degree  from Wesley Theological Seminary. He was ordained as a United Methodist elder in 2001.   Click here to read his full bio.

Dr. Mark R. Elliott is a retired professor of history and at the present time publishes the East-West Church and Ministry Report from his alma mater, Asbury University, Wilmore, Kentucky. He earned a B.A. cum laude from Asbury University (1969) and an M.A. (1971) and Ph.D. (1974) in modern European and Russian history from the University of Kentucky. He taught at Asbury University, Wilmore, Kentucky; Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois; Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama; and Southern Wesleyan  University, Central, South Carolina. At Wheaton College, Dr. Elliott served for 13 years as director of the Institute for East-West Christian Studies, and at Samford University, he served for six years as director of the Global Center at Beeson Divinity School. Dr. Elliott has made numerous trips to Russia and Central and Eastern Europe since 1974. His travels have involved teaching; negotiating and leading a student exchange program with Moscow State University; helping launch a program of international adoption of special needs Russian orphans; hosting Moscow conferences on business ethics and the role of women in the church; on-site evaluations of Protestant seminaries in the former Soviet Union; as well as leading tour groups and six short-term missions working with Russian orphans. He also has taught at and led study groups to the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology, Kingston, Jamaica. 

                                        EURASIA – CENTRAL ASIA CONSULTATION XIX AGENDA
Friday, May 5th
8:30 am - 9:00 am   Registration
9:00 am - 9:15 am   Welcome and orientation
9:15 am - 10:30 am   Joint worship with Skype hubs in Eurasia; Preacher:  Bishop Eduard Khegay 
10:30 am - 11:00 am  Break
11:00 am - 12:15 noon Eurasia presentation, Bishop Eduard Khegay and team - Sergei Nikolaev, Irinia Mitina, Andrei Kim,                                                 Jonathan Park, Mike Stallion, Jeremy Bassett.
12:15                             Group Photo
12:15 noon - 1:15 pm Lunch and relaxation! 
1:15 pm - 1:30 pm Marfa Ministry and other announcements
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm New laws affecting missionary activity and UMVIM participation in the Russian Federation.
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm Guest speaker: Dr. Mark Elliott, “Lessons Learned in Eurasia Ministry: Mostly the Hard Way”
3:45 pm - 4:15 pm Break
4:15 pm - 5:30 PM Breakout sessions:
Session # 1 Mission projects within Eurasia, Irina Mitina and Katya Kim
Session # 2 Theological Education in Eurasia, Sergei Nikolaev and Andrei Kim
Session # 3 The Advance, celebrations and challenges: Mel Munchinsky, and Zhana Kim
Session # 4 Mission Partnership Theology, Ullas Tankler
Session # 5 Central Asia Initiative - Mi Rhang Beak
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Dinner
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Eurasia Cultural entertainment, Vitaliy Bezrodnov, The Moscow Nights
8:00 pm - 8:30 pm Closing devotion and prayer.

Saturday, May 6th
8:30 am - 9:30 am Joint Worship by Skype with Eurasia. Guest preacher: Jeremy Basset, Director of Office of Mission,         Oklahoma Annual Conference
9:30 am - 10:45 am Dr. Mark Elliott, “Methodism in an Orthodox Context: History, Theology, and (Sadly) Politics”
10:45 am - 11:15 am Break
11:15 am - 12:00 pm Greetings by Bishop Easterling and others
12:00 - 12:45 pm Lunch
12:45 pm - 2:15 pm 50-50 Partner Covenants; where do we go from here?
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm Closing communion service with closing remarks: Bishop Khegay

Hotel Accomodations

This is a partial list of hotels in the area. You can also do a search on web booking sites for more options, as for example, or

Homewood Suites by Hilton, Columbia/Laurel, 7531 Montpelier Road, Laurel, MD; I-866-573-4235 or 1-240-360-2725; 1.1 miles to Conference Center.

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Laurel, MD, 15101 Sweitzer Land, Laurel, MD; 1-866-925-8676 or 1-301-776-5300; Shuttle bus within five mile radius; 3.8 miles to Conference Center.

Hampton Innn and Suites, Columbia/South; 7045 Minstrel Way, Columbia, MD; 1-410-381-3001 or 1-855-799-6860; 3.8 miles to Conference Center.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Columbia, 7055 Minstrel Way, Columbia, MD; 1-410-290-7896, 3.8 miles to Conference Center.

Extended Stay America Columbia Gateway Drive, 6620 Eli Whitney Drive, Columbia, MD 21046, 1-410-312-1557,  5.57 miles to Conference Center

Coutryard by Marriott Columiba, 8910 Stanford Doulevard, Columiba, MD, 21045; 1-410-290-0002, 5.56 miles to Conference Center.

Homewood Suites by Hilton - Columbia; 8320 Benson Drive, Columbia, MD, 21045; 1-410-872-9200, 6.29 miles to Conference Center. 

                                  Registration Fee                                               


             April 1st - April 28th, 2017 - $139. 


Host Annual Conference Discount Rate  (For those who reside within the bounds of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference, there is a special rate  to thank you for your hospitality!) - $105.  

Attendees from Eurasia (Russian, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgystan, Tasjistan) can register at a lower rate but must identify the country and church they are associated with on the registration form; the fee will be $105. American partners can pay this fee on the Eurasian attendee's behalf. 

Friday, May 5th only one day - through April 7th - $80, thereafter $100.

Saturday, May 6th only one day - through April 7th - $60, thereafter $80 

Multiple Attendee Discount - 5 or more from same church - Only $105/each  The multiple attendee discount is only available through March 31st 2017 so sign up fast!   Note:  To receive the discounted rate all multiple registrants must be registered at the same time. (Names can be added later if you are unsure who is able to attend but you want to lock in the discounted rate.)

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For questions about event information

Registrar - Ms. Leigh Delashaw, 834 Crest Cove, Hoover, AL  35226;


Eurasia In Mission Together Coordinator -  Mel (Miloslav) Munchinsky; 534 N. Whiting, Mesa, AZ 85213


Central Asia In Mission Coordinator - Mi Rhang Baek; 1-404-680-7743;