The 14th Annual Santa Barbara Mission Conference || January 22-23, 2016

Brenda Salter McNeil Returns in 2016

Brenda Salter McNeil has agreed to return to the Santa Barbara Mission Conference as plenary speaker in our 2016 conference. She will speak on opening night, Friday, Jan. 22, and again the following afternoon. Dr. McNeil was extremely well-received in her previous appearance here in January, 2013, and so we look with great anticipation to her return in 2016. Reconciliation is her key area of ministry, and we look forward to her addressing our theme for 2016, “Reconciling All Things.”Dr. McNeil is an Associate Professor of Reconciliation Studies in the School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University, where she also directs the Reconciliation Studies Minor program. She is also an author, speaker, and thought leader with over 25 years of ministry experience in the field of racial, ethnic, and gender reconciliation. Her mission is to inspire and equip young Christian leaders to practice reconciliation around the world and to build communities that partner with God to bring relational healing and social wholeness. Today she is recognized internationally as one of the foremost leaders of reconciliation and was featured as one of the 50 most influential women to watch by Christianity Today in 2012.




Soong-Chan Rah To Keynote in 2016

Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah is the Milton B. Engebretson associate professor of church growth and evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago and the author of The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity (IVP Books, 2009) and Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church (Moody, 2010). Read more from him at is formerly the founding senior pastor of the Cambridge Community Fellowship Church (CCFC)—a multiethnic, urban ministry-focused church committed to living out the values of racial reconciliation and social justice in the urban context. Soong-Chan has previously been part of a church planting team in the Washington, D.C. area, worked for a number of years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Boston (specifically at MIT), and mobilized CCFC to plant two additional churches. He currently serves on the boards of World Vision, Sojourners, the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), and the Catalyst Leadership Center.He has extensive experience in cross-cultural preaching, especially on numerous college campuses. Soong-Chan was a plenary speaker at several conferences and gatherings: the 2003 Urbana Student Missions Conference, 2005 Summer Institute for Asian American Ministry and Theology, 2006 Congress on Urban Ministry, the 2007 Evangelical Covenant Church Midwinter Conference, 2007 Urban Youth Workers Institute Conference, 2008 CCDA National Conference, 2009 Cornerstone Festival, 2010 Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS) National Preaching Conference, and 2011 Disciples of Christ General Assembly.



2016 Video Contest

We are continuing a feature we began in 2013: our annual video contest. Go ahead, create a video addressing our 2016 theme, “Reconciling All Things.” Think broadly: reconciling races, genders, or cultural differences. Think of actions or programs that reduce violence. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three videos as determined by our panel of judges. The winners will be announced and the prizes given during the 2016 conference. Videos may be 2-4 minutes in length; no video over 4 minutes will be accepted. Please stay tuned for further details here and through our monthly e-letters.

View The 2015 Video Contest Submissions Here!



Recommended Hotels

Hotel accommodations are available for Friday and Saturday nights. Three hotels offer special Mission Conference rates, and we recommend them. The number of discounted rooms is limited. Don’t delay; rooms held for SBMC may be released prior to the conference. Call each hotel for pricing and length of stay details. Be sure to mention “Mission Conference.”

Pepper Tree Inn (Best Western)
3850 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 687-5511
$129/night 3 Diamond
Hotel Santa Barbara
533 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 957-9300
$139/night 3 Diamond
Brisas Del Mar Inn
223 Castillo Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(800) 468-1988
$149/night 3 Diamond


*Please Note*

The individual must make his/her own hotel reservation