acmi conference 2018 – proclaiming liberty to
all nations

Association of Christians Ministering among Internationals (ACMI)

The 2018 ACMI Annual Conference Proclaiming Liberty to all Nations will be held on the picturesque campus of Eastern University outside of Philadelphia, PA May 31 through June 2, with on-site campus lodging available Thursday through Saturday nights. See below for specific times and arrival information.*

Over 30 workshops on a variety of ISM-specific topics will be offered. Workshop themes include: From Bondage to Freedom, Models of Ministry, Know the Interests of Others, Serve the Interests of Others, Common Ground Between Academic Administration and Christian Ministry. For information on workshop proposals, click here. If you'd like to submit a workshop proposal, click here.

This year's conference will have an emphasis on university international student offices (ISSS) and ISM efforts in major cities in the mid-Atlantic/northeastern United States.



Fran Patt – General Director of Frontier Ventures, formerly the U.S. Center for World Mission. As the General Director of Frontier Ventures, Fran assists in the training of workers to serve in Muslim fields and focuses on North American Mobilization toward International students and immigrants. Patt graduated from Penn State in 1974 with a History degree and Geography minor, and continued in his studies with graduate work at Penn State in Public Administration. After obtaining his graduate degree, he ministered to International Students and then went on to help coordinate the first Perspectives class near Penn State University in 1980. He has now coordinated over 100 Perspectives classes.


Anita Gaines – Director, ISSS University of Houston; NAFSA Leader Anita is Director of International Student and Scholar Services at the University of Houston where she has served for 38 years. She has a Master's degree in Educational Psychology and a Bachelor's degree in Music Teacher Education from the University of Houston. Gaines has been active in international education throughout her career on the state, regional, and national levels. She served as NAFSA’s chair of the Subcommittee on Ethical Practice, and as Ethics Coordinator from January 2007 to December 2010. She is the recipient of the NAFSA 2011 Homer Higbee Award for Distinguished Service. She is the coordinator of the NAFSA Christian SIG and chairs NAFSA's Membership Engagement Committee.


Kevin Flannery – Senior Pastor, Church of the Saviour Kevin has pastored Church of the Saviour in Wayne, PA since 2015. Before coming to COS, he served churches in Connecticut, Texas, and Oklahoma. Keven has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas A&M University (1989); two years of graduate work at Dallas Theological Seminary (1990-92); a Master of Counseling from Colorado Christian University  (1993); a Master of Divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary (1996); and a Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2007). Dr. Flannery feels blessed to be pastoring a church whose motto is “His last command, our first concern," thrilled that the COS family is passionate about world missions, and senses that God has called them to reach international students in greater Philadelphia. 


Kathy Bell – Temple University Faculty, English for Internationals Kathy has been an instructor in the Intensive English Language Program at Temple University for 18 years after teaching and administrating in elementary and middle schools for 25 years prior. Her focus is on international student ministry along with immigrant, refugee, advocate, and rescue ministries. She is President of Philadelphia House, a Christian run residence for internationals and a center of friendship and outreach. Kathy has a BA in Anthropology and Sociology from Eastern University, an MA in Education and Administration from Columbia International University, and an MS in TESOL from Temple University.


City Ministry Panel Beau Miller will moderate the City Ministry Panel session. Beau’s background includes working on staff with Cru in Oklahoma and Eastern Europe and serving as International Pastor at Briarwood Church (PCA). Since 2014, Beau has served as Executive Director of ACMI. Originally from Alabama, Beau’s family and the ACMI Office moved to Baltimore, MD in 2016. The panel will feature multiple ISM leaders from New York City, Philadelphia and the DC area each, including both agency and church-based representation. The intention is to spotlight strategic and often underrepresented cities in the cause of ISM. Ministry aspects such as partnering with others and laboring in the city context will be explored towards helping others learn from these important models.

Online registration information

Special registration with discounted pricing and two-night lodging option will be offered to those coming on Friday, June 1 from the 2018 NAFSA Conference in Philadelphia.

Conference registration to open February 1 and will be accessible from this page. To view registration costs, click here. On-campus lodging will be available, or you may register as a commuter. For those needing assistance, a limited number of scholarships are available. ACMI Members receive discounted registration. If you have questions about children coming with you, please contact us at the address below. Individuals needing special accommodation for disabilities should contact us at the address below by May 15, and we will notify the Conference Office at Eastern University.

Conference Timing and Arrival

*Per your arrival and departure plans, on-site registration will open by noon on Thursday, the first session will be at 4pm that day, and the conference will conclude Saturday night at 10pm. Those arriving by air should plan to make their own arrangements to and from Eastern University via paid ride, shuttle, train, or personal contact.

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