Since 1998, the MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Friends and Advocates has been a landmark MCC event that is rooted in the African-American cultural experience. The MCC PAD Conference really is for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, or nationality. Everyone is invited to come share in and experience the richness of African-American culture.

The 2017 MCC PAD Conference theme GROUNDED IN LOVE reflects our commitment to stand firmly upon the firm foundation of God’s love for us — a love that compels us to live with a holy boldness that honors who we are and where we have come from and that also frees us to become who God is calling us to be.

Worship and speakers will inspire us.

Workshops will equip us.

Being together will encourage us.

The Conference Convener is Rev. Elder Darlene Garner. The Planning Chair this year is Rev. Candy Holmes. The Planning Committee includes our host church, MCC of Greater St Louis, MO and volunteers from across the United States.

You will not want to miss the 2017 MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Friends, and Advocates. See you in St. Louis!

Did you know? Attending the PAD conference counts for 9 CEUs!

Register now by clicking here

Don’t forget to reserve your hotel room at City Place (formally called the Crowne Plaza) in St. Louis: 200 N. 4th Street.

To make reservations via this link, please ensure to type the group code “MCC” in the field under “Promo”, to obtain the special group rates.

To make reservations on the phone call:  844-808-0295 ask to speak with the Front Desk, and say you are with the “MCC” group. Rates start at the great price of $125/night +taxes.

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Check out the most current updates from the PAD planning team: 

Last PAD Update

June Conference Updates

Dear White People & Sponsorship Information

PAD Conference Schedule 

Workshops and Testimonies 

Early Bird Rate EXTENDED until 28 April! 

Announcing PAD Speakers!

Announcing the PAD conference team! 

Access PAD Promotional Materials for your church and community

Joint Letter from Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown and Rev. Elder Darlene Garner 

Check back here for more announcements as the planning for the 2017 Conference for People of African Descent, Friends, and Advocates draws nearer.

Conference Goals

We are excited to share these conference goals which were created in community with the conference planning team.

Overarching Goal: All conference participants will become equipped and empowered to engage in ministry within a racially-diverse, mutually-respectful community of faith in ways that honor the gifts, skills, experiences, and lives of people of African descent.

Goals for People of African Descent 

  • People of African descent will experience safe space and affirmation of who they are in MCC and in the world and
  • Gain vital skills to thrive in the present-day context, both internal and external to MCC.

Goals for People of European Descent

  • People of European descent will experience being within an African-American cultural context; and
  • Gain vital skills to become effective advocates.