District Council 2024

May 19-21, 2024


  • Dr. John Easter

    World Missions Service | Sunday, May 19 | 7:00 PM

    John Easter serves as executive director for Assemblies of God World Missions (AGWM). In this position, Easter oversees the 2,600 plus global workers serving in over 150 countries, territories, and provinces around the world. 

    Easter wants to grow AGWM in frontier missions. He continues to believe that AGWM’s partnership with local churches is a priority in developing new missionaries. Easter also has a heart for the well-being of the missionary family. 

    John and his wife, Cheryl, were appointed as career missionaries to Malawi in 2000. They were missionary educators for 22 years. Their passion was to train men and women for church planting efforts, to facilitate missions mobilization, and to equip missionary educators to multiply healthy church leaders. 

    In 2011, Easter was appointed as a strategic leader with AGWM Africa and executive director of Africa’s Hope—a resource organization supporting educational initiatives in 46 African nations. 

    Since 2021, Easter has served on AGWM’s Executive Committee as director of Partnership Development. In this position, Easter helped church leaders and ministry networks align God’s people with the mission of establishing the Church among all peoples everywhere.

    Prior to God calling Easter and his family to Africa, he pastored in the United States for 10 years. He earned a Ph.D. from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, Missouri. 

    The Easters have three sons: Kevin, John-John, and Mitchell, a daughter-in-law (Alyssa), and four grandchildren.

  • Dr. Nate Ruch

    Morning/Evening Sessions | Monday, May 20, 2024 | 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM

    Dr. Nate Ruch is the Lead Pastor of Emmanuel, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational church gathering in several locations of Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota. Nate & his wife Jodi have been leading Emmanuel since the spring of 2013, prior to that, he spent 10 years in higher education as a Vice President for North Central University. Nate is known for leading staff with a shepherd's heart, helping prepare leaders and churches to be future-ready for succession and guiding a diverse church throughout the tumultuous social conflicts that emerged from George Floyd. He received his Doctorate in Ministry from AGTS, is on the Lead Team for CMN, is a General Presbyter and serves on the Board of North Central University.

  • Superintendent Chad McAtee

    Ordination Service | Tuesday, May 21, 2024 | 6:00 PM

    Chad McAtee has served in full time ministry since 1995. Chad graduated from Central Bible College, Springfield, Missouri with a degree in Biblical Studies in 1995. Immediately after graduation, Chad married Julie Miller and began several years of student pastoral ministry. He was ordained in 1998. Chad served as youth pastor at Crawfordsville First Assembly of God and Greencastle First Assembly of God before serving as the lead pastor of Sweetwater Assembly of God in North Manchester for 14 years where he and Julie raised their three boys: David, Andrew, and Jonathan. Chad served as the Indiana District Assemblies of God Northeast Executive Presbyter for 6 years. He was elected as the Indiana Executive Secretary in 2018 and then in 2023 was elected Superintendent.


Sunday, May 19


5:30 PM  | Council Registration Opens

7:00 PM  |  World Missions Service  |  Dr. John Easter


Monday, May 20


8:30 AM  |  Council Registration Opens

9:30 AM  |  Morning Session  | Dr. Nate Ruch

11:15 AM  |  Breakout Sessions

NOON  |  Lunch

1:30 PM  |  Business Session

6:00 PM  |  Evening Service  |  Dr. Nate Ruch


Tuesday, May 21


9:30 AM  |  Morning Session |  Worship, Scripture and Communion

6:30 PM  |  Ordination Service  |  Superintendent Chad McAtee

Wednesday, May 22


8:30 AM  |  Charles Crank Golf Classic

9:00 AM  |  Missions Bike Ride


Breakout Sessions

Please select one when registering online:

Missionaries (US & World)
Jon Susa
Pressure's Potential: Greater Vision

in The Loft

Lead Pastors (combined session) #1
Scott Miller
Engaging With Your Community

in the Auditorium

Lead Pastors (combined session) #2
Justin Chambers
Growth Through Vision-Casting

in the Auditorium

Small Group/Discipleship Pastors
Caleb Hawkins
The Biblical Model for Small Groups: Ephesians 4 in action

in Kid's Wing Room 220

Seniors/Retired Pastors
Don Gifford
God Will Not Forget Your Love and Labor You Have Shown For His Name Sake

in the Fellowship Hall

Worship Pastors/Leaders
Paula Gallaway
Holy Spirit Led Worship

in Life Group Room 244

Women's Ministries
Kathy Holdeman
Together - Women in Ministry

To-get-her. You have to be her.

in Life Group Room 242

Chi Alpha Missionaries
Derek Britt
Financial Wellness and Wisdom

in Life Group Room 234

Staff Pastors
Barry Jorris
The Secrets of a Successful Associate

in Life Group Room 238

Creative Teams Pastors
Andrew Farmer
Mastering Your Digital Ministry

in Kid's Wing Room 222

NextGen Pastors
Mark Whitehead
Live NextGen Podcast: Q&A Panel

in the Kids Theater

Executive Pastors
David Eichler
Mastering the Holy Hustle of Church Administration: 

Running the Church, so the Church can run!

in Life Group Room 246


Please call hotel directly for lodging arrangements. 

There are no room blocks or group rates.


West Lafayette

Hilton Garden Inn Wabash Landing

356 East State Street

West Lafayette, IN 47906

(765) 743-2100


Hampton Inn & Suites West Lafayette

160 Tapawingo Drive

West Lafayette, IN 47906

(765) 269-8000



Doubletree by Hilton Lafayette East

155 Progress Drive

Lafayette, IN 47905

(765) 446-0900


Hampton Inn Lafayette

3941 South Street

Lafayette, IN 47905

(765) 447-1600


Courtyard by Marriott Lafayette

150 Fairington Avenue

Lafayette, IN 47905

(765) 449-4800


Fairfield Inn Lafayette

4000 South Street

Lafayette, IN 47905

(765) 449-0083


Online pre-registration is required for childcare.  

We will not have on-site childcare registration.

Childcare provided by River City Church

Birth-5 years old  |  Childcare is being provided for business sessions and evening services.

Kindergarten-5th Grade  |  Kid services provided for evening services only.

Wednesday Activities

Register separately for these Wednesday morning activities.

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Thank you, Council Sponsors!


Heritage Investment Services Fund


Assemblies of God Credit Union

Destiny Rescue


Life Publishing


Church Extension Plan

Primerica Financial