2024 Midwest Fall Conference

September 27, 2024 – September 29, 2024

Maranatha Bible Conference Center, Michigan

Maranatha Center Muskegon Michigan

Join us for a weekend of stimulating lectures and fellowship at the 2024 Midwest Fall Conference! The Fall Conference is an annual event that both equips you with high-quality instruction on culturally relevant topicswhile also giving you an opportunity to unwind and enjoy God’s creation at the beautiful Maranatha retreat center on the eastern coast of Lake Michigan. This year, we will be learning about the modern construction of ‘the self’ and its relevance for healthcare professionals. Our main speaker for the weekend, Carl R. Trueman, PhD, has written multiple books in recent years exploring the philosophical heritage of selfhood and how it has given rise to the transgender movement, among other developments in our culture. In addition to hearing for Dr. Trueman, we will also have breakout sessions in two tracks, one for medical and one for dental. We will also be led in worship by the Alley family at the start of each plenary session. Lastly, there will be ample time during the weekend for recreation! So come and worship the Lord, be equipped to better understand and face our modern challenges, meet new people, and get some R&R, all in one great weekend!

To register for this event, please follow the registration link and login to your CMDA account. If you are new to CMDA, select “create a new account” and complete the following form prior to registering.

For members of CMDA, the general cost of registration is $200.
For retired CMDA members and missionary members, there is a reduced registration fee of $150.
Student and resident members may register at no cost by contacting the regional director, Connor Ham, at connor.ham@cmda.org and requesting scholarship assistance. Without the scholarship, the cost of student and resident registration is $150. Students and residents may become CMDA members at no cost by downloading the CMDA Student Life App and clicking “Join CMDA.”
For nonmembers, the cost of registration is $250. To become a member of CMDA, visit cmda.org/join/.
The cost to add a spouse to your registration is $50.

When registering for the conference, please be sure to add housing. The cost of meals and lodging for the weekend is $270 for a single-occupancy room, $233 per person for a double-occupancy room, and $207 per person for student housing.
If you do not require lodging at Maranatha, you will need to add a Day Guest pass to your registration for $15. Additionally, if you would you like to join us for lunch on-site on Saturday and/or Sunday, please add either 1 or 2 meals to your registration.

If you are bringing children, please remember to add them when you register for housing. Children under the age of 5 may be added to your reservation at no cost. Children between the ages of 5-9 may be added for $150. Youth 10 years and older may be added for $200.

A children’s program will be available at this year’s conference during the plenary and breakout sessions. Please add the option of the children’s program to your cart when registering. The cost is $75 per child.

CMDA Member: $200

CMDA Member, Retired or Missionary: $150

CMDA Member, Student or Resident: $150

Nonmember: $250

Spouse Registration: $50

Maranatha Bible Conference Center is located amid the dunes of Lake Michigan’s eastern shore, near Muskegon, Michigan.  Maranatha offers nearly 100 acres of family enjoyment.  During our Saturday afternoon free time, you may take advantage of tennis, volleyball, the indoor gym with exercise room, or take a leisurely hike through the woods or along the Lake Michigan beach.  For more information, see the Maranatha website at www.vacationwithpurpose.org

Accommodations will be in the Maranatha Lodge or Family Condos offering hotel-quality lodging. All CMDA sessions will be held in the Family Life Center. Adults will meet in the spacious Michigan Room, while nursery and toddlers are next door. Preschool and children’s programs will meet just across the hall. A teen program may be provided, if there is sufficient interest. Meals will be served on the lower level of the Maranatha Lodge, just steps away from the Family Life Center. We’ll see you there!

Meals are included in the cost of lodging at Maranatha.

If you intend to stay off-site and commute to the conference, you may add lunch on Saturday and/or lunch on Sunday for $16.50 each. Prices for lodging are set by Maranatha and not by CMDA. Meals are included in the price of lodging, including breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Dinner is not provided on Friday evening.

Single-occupancy room: $270
Double-occupancy room: $233 per person
Student housing: $207 per person
Add a child 0-4 years: $0
Add a child 5-9 years: $150
Add a child 10 years or older: $200

Please note that if you are coming with a spouse, you must select ‘Double-occupancy’ and change the quantity to ‘2’, totaling $466 to cover housing, meals, and access to Maranatha’s grounds that weekend for two people.

Our plenary speaker will be Carl R. Trueman, PhD. Dr. Trueman is a Christian theologian and historian who received his MA in Classics from the University of Cambridge and his PhD in Church History at the University of Aberdeen. Dr. Trueman is professor of Biblical and Religious Studies at Grove City College in Pennsylvania and has made enormous contributions to the public discourse in recent years, especially with regards to the modern conceptualization of the ‘self’ and the rise of transgender identification. Dr. Trueman is the author of The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self (2020) and Strange New World (2022), along with dozens of other titles. We will learn together how modern ‘selfhood’ has led to the cultural moment in which we find ourselves, and especially what it means for healthcare professionals.


6:00 PM – Check-in begins

8:00 PM – First Plenary




8:00 AM – Breakfast

9:15 AM – Second Plenary

10:30 AM – Coffee Break

10:45 AM – Breakout session #1 (medical and dental tracks)

11:00 AM – Breakout session #2 (medical and dental tracks)

12:00 PM – Lunch

1:00-5:30 PM – Recreational Time

4:00 PM – Prayer meeting, led by Jim Peipon, MD

5:30 PM – Dinner

6:45 PM – Breakout session #3 (medical and dental tracks)

8:00 PM – Third Plenary




8:00 AM – Breakfast

9:15 AM – Regional Update

10:30 AM – Coffee break

10:45 AM – Fourth Plenary and Concluding Remarks

12:00 PM – Lunch

Connor Ham, Midwest Regional Director