“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely,[a] and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us”

Hebrews 12:1

The year 2021 is monumental for the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE) organization. We celebrate 50 years of connecting, enriching, empowering, and sustaining the ministries of educators, pastors, volunteers, and their faith communities. We hope to explore and challenge one another to seek and build upon God’s grace-filled, ever-widening Circle of Faith.

The 2021 APCE Annual Event is an opportunity to celebrate and the party will not be the same without you – those who gathered in the past and those who are coming for the first time! Everyone is welcome!

The event preachers inspiring us:
Shannon Kershner, Ozzie E Smith, Jr., Lis Valle, Rodger Nishioka

The music and worship leaders guiding us:
Mark Miller, music, and Cathy Caldwell Hoop, worship director and liturgist

Kedra Smith, spirituality center coordinator and stage artistry

The plenary speakers challenging us:
Rodger Nishioka, Jacqui Lewis, Christie Melby-Gibbons

You will want to come early and stay late to take advantage of unique-to-Chicago pre-event workshops, to enjoy a city architectural tour, or to sample the museums and sights within walking distance of the event hotel – the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. There will be amazing workshops, fabulous entertainment, and intentional reflection times.

This coming February 3–6, join us in Chicago as the APCE circle of faith gathers to welcome new people into the circle, to celebrate the great cloud of witnesses that formed the first circles, to reflect on broken circles and those excluded from circles, and to imagine ministries beyond the circle gathered to our neighborhoods, our cities, and the world. We cannot wait to see you there!

Kirsty DePree and Candace Hill
2021 APCE Annual Event Co-chairs

Katie Hartwell and Jenny Hubbard
2021 APCE Annual Event Local Co-chairs


APCE wishes to thank the following organizations and entities for their generous support:


APCE wishes to acknowledge the following organizations and entities as our current vendor partners: