Hope and Disappointment in the Midst of God's Call

The Midwest Faculty Conference 2019 will wrestle with real questions surrounding God’s call in our lives – everything from His presence in our daily tasks to broader vocational discernment. In plenary sessions, faculty panels, and a variety of seminars, we will consider the breadth of our life experiences – including success & failure, hope & disappointment, scarcity & abundance. We will also explore what it means to work out our sense of God’s call in a diverse and often complex context, casting a hopeful, Christ centered vision of flourishing within higher education and beyond.

Save the Date

The 2019 InterVarsity Midwest Faculty Conference will take place June 15-21, 2019, at InterVarsity’s Cedar Campus. Please mark your calendars—we look forward to seeing you there!

Welcoming Faculty, Families, Singles and Couples

Faculty of all ages and life stages are invited to join us for what promises to be an encouraging and thought-provoking week! As a “family friendly” conference, our content is designed to connect with faculty, spouses, singles, and couples.  Christ-centered programming and recreation is also provided for children. It is our prayer that everyone will leave the week refreshed and prepared to faithfully navigate Hope and Disappointment in the Midst of God’s Call!

For more information, contact the Director at Emily.Umulis@intervarsity.org.

2019 Keynote Speakers

Robert and Erica Romero


Robert Chao Romero, Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies and Asian American Studies at UCLA, will be our main speaker. Dr. Romero received his Ph.D. in Latin American history from UCLA and J.D from U.C. Berkeley. In addition, he has done work at Fuller Theological Seminary to sharpen his theological understanding of key issues related to his work.

The son of a Mexican father from Chihuahua and a Chinese immigrant mother from Hubei, Dr. Romero will draw on his own personal, faith, and academic journey as he develops key thoughts related to our conference theme of Vocation. Throughout all elements of the program, we will set aside time for interactions with Dr. Romero. As a self-described 'bridge builder', Dr. Romero will engage us in fruitful dialog across a variety of disciplines as we together seek to gain insight into the theme and Scripture study at the core of this event.

We are also privileged to have Dr. Romero’s wife, Erica Shepler Romero, join us. Robert and Erica co-direct the ministry of Christian Students of Conscience, a grass-roots organization which trains and mobilizes students in issues of race and social justice from a Christian perspective. Erica will also share perspectives on their shared work and commitments to the community.

Conference Location: InterVarsity's Cedar Campus

With 500 acres and six miles of beautiful Lake Huron shoreline, Cedar Campus provides many opportunities for recreation- including kayaking, swimming, hiking, and more.  Located in the wilderness of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and only 45 min from the Mackinac Bridge, Cedar Campus is a special place not only for its beauty, but also because tens of thousands of students and families have met God and have seen their lives changed during their time here.

At Cedar Campus, accommodations range from rustic (camping sites & small cabins with a nearby wash house) to resort-style (with kitchen & bath facilities) and from single-family units to multi-room lodges. At the time of registration, participants are directed to a website to browse and choose a housing option. All meals are included in the costs and are eaten as a community in Willoughby Lodge. Recreation activities, cleaning fees, children’s activities, and more are also included in the Program & Housing costs. Wi-Fi is available on campus and at a local library within Cedarville.

Conference Pricing

*Estimated* Program and Meals Cost Per Person:

  • Adult – $500
  • Child 13-18 – $255
  • Child 2-12 – $175
  • Infant under 2 – $0

*Estimated* Housing Costs:

  • Willoughby Lodge– $470
  • Cabin– $600-850
  • Camping– $185
  • Room in the Singles Cabin– $150-250, depending on need & availability.

Prices above are estimated and will be finalized before registration opens. Costs vary depending on the type of accommodations you chose, which will be selected during the registration process. For more information on housing options, please visit the Cedar Campus website or contact Kelly Emigh at 906-484-2294.

Scholarships are available, for more information or to request a scholarship form, please contact the Director at Emily.umulis@intervarsity.org.

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