2022 Connections Conference

October 3, 2022 – October 5, 2022

Bristol, Tennessee

Come join us for our 2022 Connections Conference! Get ready for an encouraging time of engaging with other CMDA field staff, campus advisors, and local ministry leaders while being supported and inspired in your ministry role.

This year’s speaker is Matthew Sleeth, MD,  a former emergency room physician and chief of the hospital medical staff who left his position to teach, preach, and write about faith and health. Dr. Sleeth will be covering the issue of mental health and suicide, which are topics discussed in his recently published book, Hope Always. Along with meeting up with old friends and getting to know new ones, you’ll relax in our beautiful East Tennessee mountains, enjoy a cookout at the Waldecker’s and enjoy CMDA hospitality at its best!

Plan on being here October 3-5 for a refreshing time of fellowship and renewal.

  • In Person registration: $60
  • Virtual registration: $25
  • Registration deadline: 9/29/2022 at midnight.
  • No refunds will be given for cancellations after 9/29/22.

Enjoy the beauty of our East Tennessee mountains at CMDA’s gorgeous headquarters. Make use of CMDA’s exercise room and walking paths. Meet and get to know the CMDA staff who support you in your ministry. Consider coming early or staying longer to enjoy a variety of beautiful area attractions.


Consider staying at these fine local hotels:

The Bristol Hotel

The Sessions Hotel

Fairfield Inn & Suites

Local B&B recommended by one of CMDA staff

Several of our local CMDA families offer free lodging to our Connections Conference attendees. Space is limited! Please note your request during the registration process.


Meals: Campus & Community Ministries will provide:

  1. Monday dinner
  2. Tuesday breakfast, lunch and dinner
  3. Wednesday breakfast and lunch. Wednesday dinner will be at local restaurants, paid by each attendee.

Matthew Sleeth, MD, a former emergency room physician and chief of the hospital medical staff, resigned from his position to teach, preach, and write about faith and health. Dr. Sleeth has spoken at more than one thousand churches, campuses, and events, including serving as a monthly guest preacher at the Washington National Cathedral. Recognized by Newsweek as one of the nation’s most influential Christian leaders, Dr. Sleeth is the executive director of Blessed Earth and author of numerous articles and books, including Reforesting Faith and 24/6.

His most recent book, Hope Always: How to be a force for life in a culture of suicide released in May 2021. Dr. Sleeth lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with Nancy, his wife of forty years. Their grown children serve with their families in full-time ministry and as medical missionaries in Africa.

Monday, October 3                        

6:00 Dinner and fellowship at Waldecker’s home


Tuesday, October 4                       

9:00 Session 1 Dr. Matthew Sleeth

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Session 2

6:00 Dinner

7:00 Session 3 Dr. Matthew Sleeth


Wednesday, October 5               

9:00 Session 4 Dr. Matthew Sleeth

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Session 5

6:00 Dinner at local restaurants

Some pick up and drop off service is available from Tri-Cities airport to local lodging and/or CMDA from CMDA personnel or Uber, etc.