51st Annual Meeting (2017)

We are pleased to be welcomed back to the lovely Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia on June 8-10, 2017.

There will be a Members in Discernment Retreat on Thursday and Friday. MIDS have received information about this retreat. There will also be a Clergy Retreat on Thursday and Friday.


We’re having a “green” meeting! All delegates and visitors need to download and/or print their own copies as we have moved to a paperless meeting. Click on the “Reports & Docs” tab below for all the files.

Piedmont College WiFi: Network name: Piedmont Wireless; Password: Mathematical

Schedule of Events

Thursday, June 8:
  • Retreat for Authorized Clergy:
    • Registration and Fellowship 9:00 -10:00 a.m.,
      Retreat 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
    • There will be a day-long clergy retreat led by Kate Stulce. The details of this event be available soon. Kate is a Spiritual Director and serves Pilgrim Congregational UCC in Chattanooga as the Pastoral Associate for Spiritual Enrichment.
  • Healthy Boundaries Training
    • Training 101: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • These workshops are intended to equip ordained, commissioned, and licensed Clergy to understand healthy boundaries in ministry relationships. This training is in conjunction with our Disciples of Christ siblings. All authorized ministers are encouraged to participate in Boundary Awareness training at least every three years.
  • Pastoral Issues in Addiction – A Retreat for MIDs and PIEs
    • 12:00 noon – 9:00 p.m.
    • We will consider the latest research on the nature of addiction and addictive behaviors; become familiar with the content, structure, and efficacy of Twelve-Step Programs; and- through a series of case studies – probe the spiritual and pastoral help that we might be able to offer to those suffering with addiction.
Friday, June 9
  • Pastoral Issues in Addiction – Retreat for MIDs and PIEs continues
    • 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
  • SEC Board Meeting
    • 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • 51st Annual Meeting of the Southeast Conference
    • 12:00 noon – 9:00 p.m.
    • Annual Meeting on Friday will include times of worship, workshops, large group sessions and fellowship.  Meals, beginning with Lunch will be included.
Saturday, June 10
  • 51st Annual Meeting of the Southeast Conference
    • 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    • Annual Meeting on Saturday will include the Business Meeting for the Conference, times of worship, workshops, and fellowship.


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Special Guests



About Our Hosts

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Founded in 1897, Piedmont College is a comprehensive liberal arts institution and also offers a variety of career-oriented majors, including education, business and nursing. Total enrollment is approximately 2,800 students on campuses in Demorest and Athens, Georgia.

The Demorest campus is a traditional residential campus located in rural Habersham County, and the Athens campus is designed for commuting students and is located near downtown Athens. Both campuses offer a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, including education specialist programs and an education doctoral program.

Piedmont College is a member of the United Church of Christ Council for Higher Education. They offer scholarships for students who are members of a UCC church.

James MillichampJames F. Mellichamp is the thirteenth President of Piedmont College. His career at Piedmont began in 1982 as a member of the music faculty. He advanced to become the Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, then Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost before being elected as President in 2012.

Under his leadership, the college has flourished. He has guided the academic program development of the college for the past fifteen years during which time new majors were added in almost every discipline from undergraduate through doctoral levels. A dedicated teacher, he holds the rank of Professor of Music and maintains an active studio of young organists.

With a performance career spanning more than forty years, Dr. Mellichamp has made prominent appearances as an organist throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. His concerts include solo recitals at such notable venues as the Washington Cathedral, Berlin Cathedral, and the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.

After study at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, Dr. Mellichamp was an international organ scholarship recipient for two years at the Hochschule fuer Musik, Herford, Germany. He holds a Doctor of Music degree from the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

Piedmont College is a smoke-free environment.


Directions to Piedmont

Daniel Hall - Piedmont College-3To Piedmont College Demorest Campus
165 Central Avenue
Demorest GA 30535


From Atlanta: Take I-85 North 31 miles to I-985. Take the I-985 North / LANIER PKWY exit- EXIT 113- on the LEFT toward GAINESVILLE. North of Gainesville, I-985 becomes GA-365. Continue on GA-365 North about 44 miles to the GA-105 / US-441-Business Route exit toward GA-385 / DEMOREST / HELEN. Turn LEFT onto US-441 Business Route / GA-105. Continue to follow US-441 Business Route 2.1 miles to the Piedmont campus in Demorest.

Or click here to get directions via Google Maps

Piedmont College is a smoke-free environment.

Annual Meeting registrants will be housed in campus housing. All facilities are accessible.