MacPherson Presbyterian Church Fayetteville, North Carolina

Russian Mission Network Conference

Russian Mission Network

Printable Brochure and Registration Form


A Presbyterian Church (USA) World Mission Network


The Challenge of Church Transformation


9th Annual Russian Mission Network Conference

3 - 5 October 2013


MacPherson Presbyterian Church

Fayetteville, North Carolina  28303


3525 Cliffdale Road

Telephone: (910) 867-3359

Fax:  (910) 867-1142



“As the Father has sent me, so I send you”  John 20: 21


Russian Mission Counselors


Russian Counselors at Camp White Sail 2012


Welcome!  Whether your church or you as an individual are just beginning your mission journey in Russia, or have years of experience there, the Russian Mission Network Conference will offer fresh insights and fellowship opportunities with others who share your interest.


Your Hosts

The 2013 conference celebrating the network of churches partnering with Russians in mission is being hosted by MacPherson Presbyterian Church.  MacPherson and its 300 members are in their 14th year of a twinning relationship with the Transfiguration Baptist Church in Oryol, Russia.  The congregation is looking forward to being your hosts for the conference.


The Schedule

The conference begins with a dinner and program on Thursday October 3 and ends Saturday October 5 at 4 pm.  We invite you to enjoy the Fayetteville area all weekend and to join us in worship on Sunday October 6 where the theme of the conference and world communion will be celebrated.


Keynote Speaker

Eamon Anderson is a native of Keene, New Hampshire.  She has been travelling internationally since 1995, and started working in Eastern Europe in 1998, when she visited a Romanian orphanage with a medical mission team.  Eamon subsequently felt God's calling to work in Romania with Roma children and families, and lived in Transylvania from 2000 - 2004 where she worked in orphanages, piloted Romanian-language literacy programs for rural Roma families, and engaged in community development work with the Dayspring Foundation.  Eamon has a BA in Biblical Theology from Mattersey Hall College, University of Wales, UK, and a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Montana.  Over the years she has worked in child welfare in Romania and Moldova, and visited Russia and the Ukraine for the first time in March of 2013.  In the US, she worked for several years in an emergency shelter setting for adolescents.  Currently, she works as a child welfare specialist at the National Native Children's Trauma Center (a funded Category II Trauma Center with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Institute for Educational Research and Service, University of Montana, where she trains tribal and non-tribal professionals (including child protection workers, mental health clinicians, teachers, juvenile justice workers, group home staff, foster parents, and other members of the public)  in the trauma-informed care of children and adolescents.  Her research and ministry interests include cross-cultural definitions of trauma and healing, cultural adaptations of trauma interventions, and community-level trauma interventions which include cultural and spiritual practices.      



The Russian Mission Network

The Russian Mission Network was formed at a pre-conference meeting held in conjunction with the Wold Mission Conference at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta in October of 2005.  Individuals from PC(USA) churches across the country, which had Russian mission connections, participated and found this seminal conference so spiritually rewarding that they decided to meet annually.


Church partners in the Russian Mission Network seek to support the four pillars of Presbyterian engagement in the region:  (1) congregational partnerships or “twinning” between Presbyterian and Russian or Belarusian congregations; (2) support to theological and Christian education; (3) support to churches seeking to spread the good news to the unchurched; and (4) diaconal projects such as support to children and orphanages, HIV/AIDS education and prevention, and medical outreach.


If you or your congregation are engaged in PC(USA) Russian or Belarusian mission, or want to consider becoming involved, we invite you to attend our 9th annual Russian Mission Conference as we share our faith, knowledge and experiences.


MacPherson’s Twinning History

Al and Ellen Smith, members of MacPherson Presbyterian Church, became involved in the twinning project in 1998 when our church entered into a partnership with the Transfiguration Baptist Church in Oryol, Russia.  Ellen went to Russia for the first time in the summer of 1999 to get to know MacPherson’s Russian partner and find ways for the two congregations to connect.  And what a connection that has turned out to be!


In 2001, the Smith’s were appointed by the PC(USA) to serve as mission coordinators of the congregational twinning project in the Russian Federation and Belarus.  Their full time participation began when they moved, with their two girls, Meg and Emma, to Moscow in 2001 and began to focus on the twinning project.  Since then, the Smith’s have worked to deepen these twinning connections with the Baptist Union and to develop connections with the Russian Orthodox Church and Evangelical Lutheran Church of Russia and Other States.  In 2006, Al began to work the Roma, or Gypsy, ministry.  The Russian Baptist Union has for some time sought to raise up Christian leadership among the Roma.  Al is assisting in the ministry by helping to build a network among Russian Baptists and Roma in order to further Christian outreach and assistance among the Roma.


In the Smith’s own words, “the foundation of the twinning program is a relationship, a coming together as brothers and sisters in Christ to encourage one another, learn from one another and deepen our understanding of who we are as the Body of Christ.  The program helps overcome Cold War and denominational stereotypes.  Out of these relationships, projects develop that enrich congregations on both continents.”  Partners come together where there is a sense of common call and where each partner has strengths to share.  As Ellen puts it, “This is a partnership, not a sponsorship.”


Since 1998, MacPherson Presbyterian Church has been able to send people each year to the Transfiguration Baptist Church’s summer and winter children’s camp.  Over forty of the congregation have participated in these trips over the years with many going multiple times.





How to Register

Complete the Conference Registration Form and mail with a check for registration fees to:

            Russian Mission Network Conference

            MacPherson Presbyterian Church

            3525 Cliffdale Road

            Fayetteville, NC  28303


Your registration must be received by MacPherson Presbyterian Church no later than 14 September 2013.


The registration fee is $135 per person.

This fee includes conference expenses, dinner on Thursday, lunch and dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday.  Family members and friends traveling with you to Fayetteville who will not be participating in the conference may accompany you for the lunches and dinners at a nominal cost of $8.00 for each meal.  Please let us know in advance if you will have guests for lunch and dinner.  Breakfasts will be on your own.


Our conference hotel is the Hilton Garden Inn-Fayetteville 4025 Sycamore Dairy Road, Fayetteville, NC  28303 - Hotel rate is $129.00 per night plus tax.  Check in is 3 p.m. and check out is 1100 a.m.  Hotel is 1.2 miles from MacPherson Church.   Please visit their website ( for a complete list of amenities and other information.


Hotel reservations must be made by 12 September in order to guarantee this rate.  Reservations must be made by individual attendees directly with the Hilton Garden Inn at (910) 860-3600 or (800)-HILTONS.  Please refer to the event as the RMN (Russian Mission Network) Room Block.  Other hotels are available, at a similar cost, in the immediate area but no rooms are blocked for the conference.  Lower cost hotels are available but at a much greater distance from the conference site.


There are also congregation members who would be glad to host you in their homes.  You find a place on the registration form to sign up for a home stay if you prefer that to the hotel.


Transportation to Fayetteville

Fayetteville Regional Airport (Grannis Field) serves the local area.  US Airways and Delta provide frequent daily flights from their hubs in Charlotte and Atlanta.    The airport is located within 20 minutes of the hotel and church.  There are also daily connections available from Dulles Airport via United but not as frequent.  Service with many airlines is also available through Raleigh-Durham but this airport is located about one and a half hours distant.  If your flights terminate at RDU we can provide transportation from and to the airport.  If you are traveling by air, please indicate on your registration your flight schedule and arrival airport and your transportation requirements.


We look forward to seeing you in October!



2013 Russian Mission Network Conference Registration Form

Please mail this form with registration fee so that it arrives no later than 14 September 2013

Send to:

MacPherson Presbyterian Church

3525 Cliffdale Road

Fayetteville, NC  28303


Name ________________________________________ Phone (day) ________________

Street Address _________________________________ Phone (evening) _____________

City/ State/ Zip _________________________________ Phone (mobile) ______________

E-mail Address ____________________________________________________________

Congregation or Organization _________________________________________________

Street address ____________________________  City/ State/ Zip ____________________


Registration fee payment:  The registration fee is $135 per person. 

            Registration fee for Friday, 4 October only - $65 (includes meals and snacks)

            Registration fee for Saturday, 5 October only - $65 (includes meals and snacks)

A check to MacPherson Presbyterian Church is enclosed for a total payment of $_________

(Sorry, we don’t have the ability to accept payment of registration fees by credit card)

Names of additional registrants for whom payment is included:

1.  ________________________________   3.  ________________________________

2.  ________________________________   4.  ________________________________


Transportation:  Please indicate your transportation plans below:

___ Live nearby and will commute daily by car.

___ Will travel by car to Fayetteville and stay in the area.

___ Will arrive in Fayetteville by plane and plan to:  (check as appropriate)

            ___ Take a cab to the hotel

            ___ Rent a car at the airport

            ___ Request transportation from a MacPherson Church volunteer

___ Will arrive in Raleigh by plane and plan to (check as appropriate)

            ___ Rent a car at the airport

            ___ Request transportation from a MacPherson Church volunteer

___ I’m renting a car and I would be interested in providing rides for others


If traveling by air, please indicate your arrival airport, airline, flight number and arrival time:



Plan to arrive by Thursday at 6 p.m.  If your travel plans change, please let us know!




Hotel reservations may be made at the Hilton Garden Inn - Fayetteville at a special rate for conference participants of $129 plus tax per room.  Hotel reservations must be made by 12 September in order to receive this rate.  Make your reservations by calling (910) 860-3600 or (800)-HILTONS.  Ask for the RMN (Russian Mission Network) group rate.


Some members of MacPherson have graciously offered to host conference participants in their homes overnight for the duration of the conference at no charge.  If you would like to take advantage of this generous offer, please indicate your choice below:


            Please indicate your housing plans during the conference:  (Check as applicable)

            _____ I/we plan to stay at the Hilton Garden Inn

            _____ I/we would like to stay at the home of a MacPherson member if available

            _____ I/we plan to stay elsewhere while in the area


Please indicate the date you plan to arrive ___________ and the date and time of your departure _______________________


If you would like to stay in a church member’s home, please provide the following information.  You will be contacted to discuss availability.  (If 2 people are sharing a room, enter both names on the same line)  Note that all home-hosted stays are non-smoking.

Name(s) ________________________________ (check as applicable)  ___ 2 beds ___ 1 bed

(circle nights for which room is required)  Thurs., 3 Oct    Fri., 4 Oct   Sat., 5 Oct


Please let us know of any special needs, such as difficulty navigating stairs, pet allergies, or more than one room for your party.  ________________________________________


If you have specific audio/video requirements please list them here (include the type of media):




Thank you!  We look forward to seeing you in October!




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