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Event hosted at the Town & Country Hotel in San Diego. Conference rate of $105 per night is available December 30 through January 6. Click here for reservation information.


In the midst of ministry and life, we DCEs need to be reminded of the sure hope of Jesus that is our anchor. Join us in San Diego, January 2nd-4th, 2019, as we come together in the confidence of our Savior, our solid anchor, to embrace the hope as we live out our calling. We desire DCEs, like you, from all walks of life and ministry to know that this conference will speak to you in whatever season you are in. 

Hey y’all, I’m Shelly. I serve as a DCE (University Ministry Associate) at Concordia University, St. Paul in Minnesota. I hang out with college students professionally. I’ve also spent a few years as a parish DCE in Arizona. I’m constantly striving to be more than a DCE, in order to be the best, healthiest one possible. I’m a grad student (in Creative Writing—how fun is that?), a musician and writer, a creative type, and traveling adventurer who would be outside all the time if I could. (But MN winter. Uffda.) I drink too much coffee, eat too many Spaghetti O’s, and my favorite title is “Auntie Shells.” I’m a small town Kansas girl who, after a year with Youth Encounter, landed in the heart of the beautifully diverse Twin Cities at CSP. Being sent to the ends of the earth has never been so convenient. Life with college students is so beautiful to me because they get community. I’m grateful to be part of a church plant (The WHEREhouse) that values doing life together, too. We are better together. My claim to LCMS fame is being the only person ever to speak at the National Youth Gathering about singleness—every 30 year old gal’s dream! (“Singleness: Not Just for Cat Ladies and Basement Dudes” can be found on Youtube if you need some encouragement!) I blog sometimes about life and ministry as an unmarried girl and other things that Jesus is teaching me. If you hang around me long enough, I’m bound to quote “Parks and Rec” or sing what I’m thinking. Honestly, I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing most of the time, while striving to be as intentional and whole as possible on this side of heaven. Believing that God is up to grace-filled, redemptive work in and around and through me, however, is what being a follower of Jesus and a DCE is all about. I’m excited to spend time with y’all as we rest together in this secured, anchored hope we have in Jesus.

Travis is an LCMS church planter in the north DFW area.  Before that he was a DCE who served in Austin and Houston.  He loves sharing his life and the great hope of Jesus with those inside and outside the church.  He currently co-hosts a weekly podcast Known Legacy: By Dads for Dads and is starting the next church plant in the Argyle, TX area.  His four kids with his wife, Tara. 

Anchored - The NADCE Conference

  • 2 Jan 2019
  • 4:00 PM
  • 4 Jan 2019
  • 11:30 AM
  • San Diego, California


  • Full registration fee is $325 until December 14, 2018.
  • Spouse registration includes participation in all conference food events as well as providing admission to any of the conference sessions.
  • Support of $750 to $999
  • Support of $500
  • Support of $250
  • Support of $2,500 - $4,999
  • Support of $500
  • Support of $5,000 and above.
  • Support of $1,000 to $2,499
  • Support of $300

Registration is closed

The Conference room rate of $105 per night is available December 30 through January 6. Click here for reservation information.

The NADCE Conference:

...Is a place to gather with other DCEs

...Provides time to learn and worship without distraction

...Embraces our fun factor

...Will send us out refreshed to build our ministry and God's Kingdom


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2019 Exhibitor and Sponsor Levels

Prospective Sponsor Letter

Prospective Sponsor Letter

2019 Sponsor and Exhibitor Information

2019 Sponsor and Exhibitor Agreement

2019 Giveaway Item Form

Questions and Further Information may be directed to Sarah Britton at sbritton@tlcsimi.com


  • What is the NADCE Conference?
    The bi-annual gathering of Directors of Christian Education is our professional conference to support and  lift up the ministry of Christian Education in our Lutheran Church. We will unite through our unique ministry as Directors of Christian Education.  This will be a time to worship, rest, listen, connect and recreate. DCE’s in all seasons of ministry and life will learn something new, network and be affirmed in their calling.

    • What exhibitors will be at the NADCE Conference?

    JM Studios
    Concordia Nebraska
    LCMS Youth Ministry
    LCMS Short-term Mission
    Lutheran Border Concerns
    Lutheran Bible Translators
    Lutheran Church Extension Fund
    Concordia Texas
    Concordia St. Paul
    Concordia Irvine - Townsend Institute
    PSD Children and Family Min Conference
    Military Religious Support Office
  • When will the 2019 NADCE Conference take place?
    Registration will be open January 2nd, Noon-4:00pm. The conference will begin onJanuary 2nd at 4:00pm and conclude on January 4th at 11:30am.

  • Where is the 2019 NADCE Conference located?
    The Town and Country Hotel in San Diego, California.

  • Where will I check in upon arrival to the hotel?
    Enter at the Fashion Valley Road entrance.  You may either drive up to the curb in front of the lobby or park in the lot off of Fashion Valley Road. When you arrive to the hotel, check in and exhibitors will be in the foyer entrance to the Golden Pacific Ballroom. View the Town & Country hotel map to orient yourself with the property.

  • Who is the 2019 NADCE Conference for?
    We desire for any and every DCE to know that this conference is a place and a time for them to revel in who we are as DCE’s.  It will remind them why they got into DCE ministry. In gathering with other DCEs, participants of the conference will know that they are valued and supported.  We will come together in the confidence of our Savior, our solid anchor, to embrace the hope as we live out our calling.   And DCEs will learn, worship, network and be stretched and challenged to bring their best to their ministry, their call and to God’s Church.

  • Can I attend if I am not a member of NADCE or a Director of Christian Education?

  • How can I register for the 2019 NADCE Conference?
    Online on NADCE’s website, register before December 15th!

  • What is included in the registration fee?
    Your registration fee includes an afternoon reception with heavy appetizers on January 2nd and a luncheon on January 3rd. There are three food options on property at the Town and Country, and  The Terrace Cafe, The Market and Trixies.  Restaurants and a food court are available within a 10-15 minute walk to the Fashion Valley Mall and surrounding area.  Also included in the registration price is a Trolley Pass for your time during the conference.  Evenings are free so that you may utilize the trolley with your pass to go to Old Town, Little Italy, Seaport Village area, or the Gaslamp District for connecting with friends, eating and seeing the sites.

  • When should I arrive and depart?
    Arrive with plenty of time to check in and settle in. Registration will be open January 2nd, Noon-4:00pm. The conference will begin onJanuary 2nd at 4:00pm and conclude on January 4th at 11:30am.

  • How should I dress?
    Dress for Southern California January weather. We recommend you pack casual attire and plan to wear layers.

  • When will the DCE awards take place?

We will celebrate and recognize DCE awards on Friday, January 4th at 9am.

  • What is the schedule?

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