Conection 2012 speakers confirmed

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Kington, Kendrick to give keynote addresses

by Connie Faber

By day, delegates to Conection 2012 will be immersed in stories of God’s transforming work among U.S. Mennonite Brethren churches and the ministries with which we partner. By night they will be entertained and inspired by a comedian and a movie producer/actor.

Friday night delegates will laugh with Kenn Kington, a comedian who entertained pastors at the 2006 National Pastors’ Conference. Kington is known for his ability to blend sidesplitting comedy with life-changing content.  He is the creator of The Ultimate Comedy Theater and has appeared on Comedy Central and numerous other cable networks. 

Saturday evening Alex Kendrick, associate pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga., will talk about his work as co-founder of Sherwood Pictures and as writer, director and actor for four Sherwood Pictures movies, including the newly released Courageous. Kendrick will also speak about living as faithful and authentic followers of Jesus.

Conection 2012 is the U.S. Mennonite Brethren biennial convention, to be held July 27-28 in Omaha, Neb. The convention theme, "Be One," highlights the national conference mission to work together to see lives transformed by Jesus Christ. Morning sessions will feature national, binational and global Mennonite Brethren ministries while afternoon activities will focus on the ministry of Mennonite Brethren in the greater Omaha area. 

Conection 2012 will take place at Embassy Suites Old Market, in the heart of the city's historic district. Activities for children and teens are being planned. Delegates and guests are invited to arrive Thursday evening as the convention begins Friday morning.  

The national convention is preceded July 26-27 by the National Pastors' Conference, which will also take place at Embassy Suites Old Market. Pastor and writer James Nicodem is the resource speaker. 

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