July 1417

at Grace College & Seminary
Winona Lake, Indiana

“It’s all about Relationships”

Highlights from 2021

Grace College & Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana

Over the past 120 years, Winona Lake, Ind. has often served as the location for the annual gathering of what is now the Charis Fellowship. The founding of Grace Theological Seminary in 1937 and Grace College in 1948 helped establish Winona Lake as a hub of many of our Fellowship’s ministry initiatives for decades.

This summer we are excited to return to the beautiful Grace campus located in this historic town, just minutes from beautiful Winona Lake. We invite you to join us for an incredible time together at Access2022 Conference.


Access2022 features opportunities to engage in discussion and learning experiences that can help provide valuable ideas and resources for ministry and Christian living. These workshops are topic specific, and help to create additional relationship connections for further input and advice. We encourage everyone attending Access2022 to participate in the workshops offered on Friday and Saturday.


Access2022 features multiple Celebration sessions where we gather to worship together and to be inspired and challenged as keynote speakers share with us from God’s Word. Please join us for all five sessions at Access2022. All celebrations this year will be held in the beautiful Manahan Orthopedic Capital Center (MOCC) on Grace’s campus.

Ministry Sponsored Meals

During Access2022, Charis Fellowship National Ministries are sponsoring breakfast, lunch, and dinner options at a discounted rate. In addition to being an affordable dining option, these sponsored meals provide opportunity to hear updates and learn more about what God is doing throughout the Fellowship. All meals this year (except Sunday lunch at the park) will be held in the spacious, newly renovated Alpha Dining Commons.

Charis Kids

For families attending Access2022 with kids from infant through sixth grade, Charis Kids is available during all Celebrations, sponsored meal times, and breakout workshop times This year we are teaming up with Momentum Ministry Partners to provide quality care filled with age-appropriate teaching times and fun activities throughout the day.

A Schedule Designed for You!

Pre-conference will  include the following:

Fellowship Council Summer Meeting: 8:30 am12:00 p.m. in MOCC #106

Charis Symposium: 1:005:00 p.m. in McClain #100

Pre-Registration Begins in the Upper Level of MOCC
3:006:00 p.m. – Skip the lines and save yourself time on Friday morning by stopping in on Thursday to pick up your Access2022 information. You may purchase any available meal tickets at this time but supplies will be very limited and some meals may be sold out.

Momentum Ministry Partners Party!
5:00–7:00 p.m. Location & Details coming soon.

July 15th – See Meals section for meal description.

Breakfast with Assist Church Expansion
7:30–9:00 a.m. – Alpha Dining Hall

Opening Celebration 
9:3011:00 a.m. – MOCC

11:15 a.m.12:45 p.m. – Various Locations
List of Workshops will be available on June 1st!

Lunch with Inspire (Pastors and Wives)
1:002:30 p.m. – Alpha Dining Hall

GBIF Reception – Come and Go
3:005:00 p.m.

Winona Lake has a rich heritage in the Charis Fellowship. It has been the location for many of our national organizations over the years. While some have relocated, GBIF remains in the custom building designed originally for the former Foreign Missions and Home Missions ministries. Please come meet our staff, enjoy light refreshments, hear more about our rebrand, find giveaways and gift-card drawings, and discover how you can benefit from the services we offer. We can help you set up an account, provide online access, or talk with you about a loan for your ministry. It’s an easy walk past the Grace College campus on Kings Highway to Kingsway Suites.

Free Afternoon for Various Activities

2:305:30 p.m.

3:005:00 p.m.  Historical Tour with Terry White, local historian. Full,no longer available

About the Historical Tour…
Winona Lake has been “home” to Brethren gatherings since the 1880s. Join local historian Terry White on a narrated journey that will include information about the origins of the Brethren Missionary Society, the founding of Grace Theological Seminary, and growth of the Grace campus, as well as many sites linked to the “World’s Largest Bible Conference” in earlier days in Winona Lake. You’ll learn about the victories and tragedies that have occurred in Winona Lake over the years and will learn more of the Christian personalities whose roots are deep in the town, including Billy Sunday, Homer Rodeheaver, and Billy Graham. Minimal walking is involved.

3:00–5:00 p.m. Grab some friends and take a walk on the beautiful Winona Lake Greenway or check out the Village of Winona.

Dinner with Grace College & Seminary
5:307:00 p.m. – Alpha Dining Hall

7:309:00 p.m. -MOCC

July 16th  –  See Meals section for meal description.

Breakfast with Encompass World Partners
7:309:00 a.m. – Alpha Dining Hall

9:3011:00 a.m. – MOCC

11:15 AM12:45 p.m. – Various Locations

Workshop list will be available June 1st

Lunch with Eagle Commission & Chaplains
1:002:30 p.m. – Alpha Dining Hall

Free Afternoon to Connect
2:305:30 p.m.

3:00 p.m. – Sign up for our 9 Hole DISC Golf Tournament, conveniently located on the Campus of Grace College. There will be prizes so bring your best game! RSVP when registering. Course starts by the pond near the Lofts.

Dinner with Momentum Ministry Partners
5:307:00 p.m. – Alpha Dining Hall

7:309:00 p.m. – MOCC

July 17 –  See Meals section for meal description.

Breakfast with GBIF & Church Planters
7:009:00 a.m. – Alpha Dining Hall

Charis Conversations 
9:3010:30 a.m. – MOCC

11:00 a.m.12:15 p.m. – Join together with other local Charis Fellowship churches for a final celebration service.

Childcare provided for Access2022 Registrants only in Gordon Rec Center on Sunday only.

Charis Fellowship Lunch
1:00 p.m. – Winona Lake Park Pavillion




What are Workshops 

Workshops are instructional times with a discussion time led by some of our best teachers and leaders. These times are designed to help us apply the Bible to our ministries and lives in practical, relevant ways.

People who are registered for Access2022 can select ONE workshop for Friday and ONE workshop for Saturday. For those not participating in the Charis Conversations on Sunday morning, a limited number of workshop options are provided.

Workshop List available June 1st.


Calling all Kids to Access2022!

This year Charis Kids will be led by the Momentum Children’s Ministry Specialty Travel Team! Your kids get to join the fun with age-appropriate worship and teaching times, allowing them to learn more about Jesus through programming designed just for them. Charis Kids is for infants through sixth grade.

Childcare cost: $60 per child

  • Childcare will take place at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church
  • Childcare will be available for mealtimes if both parents are attending the sponsored meals.
  • Childcare will be available to all registered kids during all scheduled workshops and celebrations.
  • Lots of fun is being planned that will allow your children to be active inside and out.
  • Childcare ends after the morning Celebration at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday, July 17.
  • If your teens are in seventh grade or higher they can register for Access2022 for free!
  • Download the detailed schedule.

We want your kids to enjoy their time at Access as much as you do.

Please register for Charis Kids by June 30. This allows us time to prepare appropriate lessons and plan activities to best minister to your children. 

Access2022 Main Session Speakers


May 1, 2022 June 1-14, 2022 June 15-30
Single Registration $130 $155 $180
Married Couple $130/$95 Spouse $155/$95 Spouse $180/$95 Spouse
Grace Kids $60 $60 $60
Young Adults 14 yrs-24 yrs Free Free Free
Seniors 74+ years Free Free Free

Registration closes June 30, 2022.

If you are registering more than one person please be prepared with the following information to make your registration experience more efficient: individual contact information, meal selection, t-shirt size, and activity selections (Charis Symposium, historical tour, boating, DISC golf).

Attendee Registration

Exhibitor Registration

Make the Most of Access2022

Lodging for Access

Warsaw Comfort Inn $109 plus tax
3328 E Center St
Warsaw, IN 46580
Booking Link: Comfort Inn
Group Name: Charis Fellowship National Conference 2022
Block release date is June 29, 2022

Warsaw Holiday Inn Express $124 plus tax
300 Prosperity Dr
Warsaw, IN 46580
574-549-9400 Call to RSVP
Group Name: Access
Block release date: June 14, 2022

Warsaw Tru by Hilton $109 plus tax
200 Prosperity Dr
Warsaw, IN 46580
574-385-9400 or 1800-HILTONS
Booking Link: Tru by Hilton Warsaw
Code: Charis Fellowship National Conference or CFNC to receive your group rate.
Block release: June 18, 2022

Winona Lake
Use this link for: Winona Lake Airbnb

Grace College Lodging for groups or families

  • Residence Hall – Dorm layout, 2 beds per room, men and women housed separately
    • $40 single occupancy/$60 double occupancy per night
    • Shared bathroom on the hall
    • Linens and towels provided
    • Laundry available (coin operated), detergent not provided
    • Rooms do not include: TV, microwave, fridge, alarm clock, blow dryers
  • Kent Hall – Family-style apartments, 4 beds
    • $100 per night
    • 2 bathrooms per apartment
    • Linens and towels provided
    • Laundry available in unit, detergent not provided

To make a reservation for on-campus housing, please use this form.  Payments will be accepted at check-in.


Exhibitors are by invite only to National and Cooperating Ministries who have been preapproved by the Charis Fellowship.

Register now as an Exhibitor

Access2022 Staff Members

Phil Sparling – Executive Director

Phil is senior pastor at Grace Community Church in Auburn, Calif. The church was launched in 1980 by three families, including Phil’s parents, and continues to thrive. Phil and his wife, Ruth, have four children and eight grandchildren. Phil has served as executive director of the Charis Fellowship since August 2019.

Rich Davies – Worship Leader

Rich has served on staff at Grace Church in Akron, Ohio, since 2020.  He is originally from southern California but has called northeast Ohio home since 2016.  He has been deeply involved in worship and arts since he picked up a guitar as a sixth grader.  Rich has had the opportunity to lead worship in hundreds of churches and events all over the United States. Rich is happily married to his wife, Renee, and together they have two children.  When he is not milling around Grace, you can find him having fun with his family, hunting for the ever-elusive good sushi place, or planning the next family trip to Disneyland.

Tim Hodge – Fellowship Coordinator

Tim has served as the Charis Fellowship coordinator since October 2020. Born and raised “down under” in South Australia, he trained and worked as a tradesman for General Motors for six years before pursuing ministry training in the United States. Tim is a graduate of Grace College and Grace Theological Seminary. He previously served 19 years as a Charis Fellowship pastor at Bethlehem, Pa., and at Grace Family Church in New Holland, Pa. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Charis Alliance. Tim and his wife, Heidi, have been married since 2001 and have four children.

Andrew Saunders – Networking Coordinator

Andrew has served the Charis Fellowship as Networking Coordinator since October 2021. His responsibilities include coordinating networking opportunities with leaders in Charis churches and ministries. He also serves on the executive team of the Fellowship Council by helping to plan and lead Focus Retreats and Access conference. Andrew is a graduate of Grace College and Seminary. Andrew previously served 19 years as a Charis Fellowship pastor at Palmyra Grace Church in Palmyra, Pa., and at Penn Valley Church in Telford, Pa. Andrew has been proudly married to his wife, Elizabeth, since 2000, and together they have six kids.

Sharmion Bowell – Office Manager

Sharmion serves the Charis Fellowship Office as Operations Manager in overseeing Access Conference, Focus Retreats, and much more. She is a graduate of Grace College School of Business. She previously managed a human resource department before she married her husband, Ryan, in 1995. Together they have four children. Sharmion attends Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church in Winona Lake, Ind., and has worked with the youth group and English as a New Language.

Mary Jane Leatherman – Support staff

Mary Jane has served at the welcome center during Access Conference for many years. Along with her husband, Tom, she has attend Grace Church in Wooster, Ohio, for more than 20 years, where they are both involved in a variety of ministries. Together they volunteer at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. They have been married for 50 years, and enjoy spending their winters in Tybee Island, Ga. They have two children and four grandchildren.

Tom Leatherman – Support staff

Tom has served at the welcome center during Access Conference for many years. Along with his wife, Mary Jane, he has attend Grace Church in Wooster, Ohio, for more than 20 years, where they are both involved in a variety of ministries. Together they volunteer at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. They have been married for 50 years, and enjoy spending their winters in Tybee Island, Ga. They have two children and four grandchildren.

Charis Kids Staff
Hannah Shaffer

Hannah is serving as a leader for Momentum Children’s Ministry Specialty Travel Team this summer. She has an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education/Intervention Specialty from the University of Akron as well as a graduate degree from Lancaster Bible College in Formational Family and Children’s Ministry. She currently works as the Children’s Ministry Manager at Grace Church in Akron, Ohio. A few of Hannah’s favorite things include working with kids, owning lots of animals, being outdoors, and traveling.

Josiah Shank

Josiah is serving as a leader for Momentum Children’s Ministry Specialty Travel Team this summer. He graduated from Grace College in 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in Educational Ministries and a minor in Biblical Languages. He is currently working on his Master of Divinity in General Ministry Studies and will graduate from seminary next year. He attends Grace Community Church in Goshen, Ind. His hobbies include volleyball, watching and critiquing a variety of movies and shows, and collecting things. His favorite place to be is in the heart of the city. He likes to debate, usually about theology, and occasionally experiments with assorted colors of acrylic paint in his hair.

Meals for Access 2022

Meals are sponsored by national and cooperating ministries of the Charis Fellowship.

Tickets are required. Purchase your meal tickets by June 30th on the registration page.

All meals will be held in the Alpha Dining Commons. Tickets are required.

Friday Breakfast with Assist Church Expansion
7:30 AM

Assist Church Expansion is on a mission to help our Fellowship become an expanding movement. At this breakfast, you will hear updates from churches & leaders across the country that have partnered with Assist to take strategic steps from decline or stagnancy towards having a new day and hopeful future. You will also hear about the growing initiative for helping more churches grow healthier and become reproducing, church-planting churches. Come find out about how the Charis Fellowship is growing and living on mission together!
Cost: $10

Friday Lunch with Inspire (Pastors & Wives) 
1:00 PM
Ministry is full of blessings and challenges, the mundane and the unexpected. Inspire (Charis Pastors Network) and Charis Women’s Thrive Network (Charis Pastors Wives) welcome you to the table to honor and encourage one another.”
Cost: $12

Friday Dinner with Grace College & Seminary
5:30 PM
At Grace College & Seminary, we are guided by our name. Grace is not just the tradition on which we were founded; it’s the future we embrace. Christ is the center of our community and we are excited to host you for Access 2022. During our meal together, we will celebrate all God is doing through both the college and the seminary and share what we believe God is calling us to in the future.
Cost: $15

Saturday Breakfast with Encompass World Partners
7:30 AM
Join us for a celebration of how God is working through your missionaries around the globe. And explore with us the unique role of pastors, mentors, youth and children’s workers in raising up the next generation of Great Commission workers.
Cost: $10

Saturday Lunch with Eagle Commission & Chaplains
1:00 PM
Cost: $12

Saturday Dinner with Momentum Ministry Partners
5:30 PM
Momentum Ministry Partners wants to help you build momentum in your ministry! Please join us for dinner to learn about the exciting ways in which we want to partner with you in an effort to equip today’s young Christian leaders for tomorrow’s opportunities. This meal will include a brief corporation meeting and report as we celebrate all the ways God is at work in and through our local church partners and ministry.
Cost: $15

Sunday Breakfast with GBIF & Church Planters
7:30 AM
Please join us for breakfast to celebrate all that God is doing through Grace Brethren Investment Foundation and find out about new church planting ventures throughout our Fellowship. The GBIF Team will briefly share new developments and past year’s results of the foundation. Following, church planters from around the fellowship will share ‘boots on the ground’ reports of success and opportunities in their ministries.
Cost: $10

Sunday Lunch with the Charis Fellowship
1:00 PM
“Come join us as we close out the conference for a fun outdoor Charis family meal down at Winona Lake Park! There will be a splash pad & playground for the kids, boating options, and more! This meal will not include the Charis Fellowship business meeting, as it is scheduled to be held online after conference. Check the schedule for address of the location.”
Cost: $12