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UMV 2024 – The River of the Kingdom

Alliance of Reformed Churches

UMV 2024:
The River of the Kingdom

Saturday, June 15, 8am to 3pm
Cedar Hills Community Church

Online registration is now closed. Please register upon arrival Saturday morning, starting at 8am.

June 15, 2024 Schedule

Continental Breakfast and Fellowship
Registration Open

Welcome and Worship

BREAKOUT Session #1

  • Hiring the Right Pastor: Discover resources to seek the next Pastor for your congregation. (Ron Fischer)
  • Alliance Vision: How the Alliance of Reformed Church works and why it matters. (Tim Vink)
  • Church Vitality: Three Essentials for Healthy Growing Churches. (Ben Ingebretson)

BREAKOUT  Session #2

  • Leadership Development:  How To Expand Your Leadership Bench. (Ben Ingebretson)
  • Pathways to Ordination: Discover the Alliance pathway to ordination.  (Thomas Cellilli)
  • Ministry in a Hostile World: How we offer Jesus in a polarized, angry world. (Kent Landhuis)

Business Meeting

Lunch (no cost)

Keynote Speaker – Colin Thornley

Closing Thoughts and Prayer


Colin Thornley served in ministry with Grace Community Church for over 25 years as in various roles such as: Youth Pastor, College Pastor and Pastor of Discipleship & Equipping. While serving at Grace, he continued to pursue training and ministry opportunities with Serge as a mentor and eventually a Sonship Coach.  He was first introduced to Sonship and Serge mission’s organization in the fall 1993 when he experienced a ‘gosplosion’ as he listened to Jack Miller lecture and Drew Angus pressing the good news into the deepest parts of his heart. The gospel-centric paradigm shift that began there increasingly impacted his life and dependence on Jesus and His finished work. Colin’s passion for mentoring and equipping people who want to mentor others led him to begin assisting Serge in a minimally part-time capacity and finally to join the Serge Renewal Mentoring Team in January of 2020.

Ben Ingebretson
 is a leadership vitality/church planting consultant and has led widely with organizations, churches and denominations including the United Methodist Church, and the Reformed Church in America.

Tim Vink 
is the Director of Spiritual Leadership and Outreach in the Alliance of Reformed Churches. Through 35 years of evangelism, disciple-making, and helping diverse churches plant more reproducing churches, Tim has experienced the power of making Jesus our model for ministry today. Working with a multiplication mindset, embracing the fullness of the gospel of Jesus and New Testament patterns of Kingdom growth, and receiving all the help offered by the same Holy Spirit—the dynamic results have been life-giving for hundreds of new churches and tens of thousands of people.

Ron Fischer
is the Network Leader & President, Board of Directors of the Upper Mississippi Valley Network. Ron serves the Alliance part-time as the Executive Assistant to the Board and as Pastor of Operations at Christ’s Family Church in Davenport, IA.  He has served in churches for the last 20+ years in South Carolina, Florida and now Iowa.

Thomas Cellilli has faithfully served this New Life Community Church as lead pastor since August 2021. Thomas has been married to his wife Shelby since 2017, and together they have two daughters: Nora and Audrey. He enjoys spending time with them running around in their backyard with their dog, Rizzo. In his free time, Thomas enjoys disc golfing at Altmaier Park, going to coffeeshops with a good novel, playing an over-complicated board game, or re-watching his favorite sci-fi/fantasy movies.
Kent Landhuis is Pastor of Preaching and Leadership at Cedar Hills Community Church.  Kent used to think that being human was something sinful that had to be over come. Now he understands that people are made to bear God’s image by becoming human like Jesus. Kent wants to purge the phrase “I’m only human” from our vocabulary because the message of Jesus is that everyone can become more human, as God designed, which allows us all to flourish. Kent’s mission is to introduce others to this good news so they can become all they are meant to be in Jesus!


We have reserved a block of 10 rooms at Tru by Hilton Hotel, which is a short drive from the church. The group rate is $175.
Arrival Date: 6/14/2024
Departure Date: 6/15/2024
Cut-off Date: 5/17/2024