Living in a Community of Grace: A Renewed Vision for Life Together in Higher Education

From Christ the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

- Ephesians 4:16

Community is something that many of us yearn for but have difficulty finding.  During our week together we will explore how God calls us into community - including both its joys and challenges - and what that can look like on campus and beyond with Christ at the center. 

  • Enjoy a time of rest within a vibrant community of singles, couples, and families
  • Network with other Christ-followers in academia
  • Participate in a variety of workshops, teachings, and practices around community

This tentative schedule will give you an idea of what to expect at the conference, however, we will make updates as details develop and the conference dates draw near.

Keynote Speakers

Tony and Alice Musumba

 Dr. Tony Musumba is an Associate Professor of Physics at Bismarck State College, will be one of the keynote speakers at the 2018 conference. Tony is active with American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and has a PhD from the University of Texas at Dallas, where he was engaged in ministry to graduate students and international students. Tony has been involved in student ministry from his undergraduate years to date. He enjoys hanging out with people, mowing the lawn, and shoveling snow.

 Alice Musumba is a program manager for the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) at the North Dakota Health Department. She worked in community health education for more than a decade in Kenya and is active on the boards of NGOS involved with community health engagement and resettling immigrants, she is passionate about coming alongside new immigrants in town and helping them settle in their new home. She has a Master’s of Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston, and has just began a doctorate in Public Health at University of South Florida. She enjoys hanging out with her kids and family, having friends over, knitting, and baking lots of banana bread.


An additional bonus of the week are the elective seminars offered during the evening program. These seminars reflect the wide variety of disciplines and interests of those who attend the conference.

Conference seminars are open to all registered guests (faculty, spouses and staff) and include subjects that are academic and non-academic, theoretical and “hands-on,” of general and special interest. These seminars provide added value to the conference experience, and most people participate even though the seminars are optional. Perhaps you, too, might have a topic, question, or activity that you would enjoy leading. If so, let us know.

Poster Session

We'll be holding a Poster Session again, during which participants can share the intersection of faith and teaching/research. If you are interested in presenting a poster and would like guidelines, please contact us. Be sure to check out the poster session photos from 2016 and 2017.