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NACSW's Conventions:
Past Present and Future

Welcome to a listing of NACSW conventions going back to 1973!


Although this listing does not include information about NACSW's earliest conventions (NACSW conventions have actually been held annually since 1950), the following provides information on all available dates, locations, themes, facilities, and chairpersons for NACSW conventions for the past 40 years, as well as locations for conventions coming up in the next few years.


Date (Month/Dates/Yr)

Location (City, State/Province)

Convention Theme

Hotel/Conference Center


November 7-10, 2019 Indianapolis, Indiana TBD Marriott Indianapolis East (7202 East 21st St, Indianapolis, IN 46219) TBD
October 25-28, 2018 Hartford, Connecticut (New England) Called to Serve Faithfully in a Rapidly Changing World: Loving Our Neighbors as Ourselves Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport (1 Bradley Int. Airport, Windsor Locks, CT  06096) TBD
November 2-5, 2017 Charlotte, North Carolina Advocating for Peace, Justice & Reconciliation in Communities Crown Plaza: Charlotte Executive Park (5700 Westpark Dr, Charlotte, NC  28217) Tanya Brice; LaSanya Townsend
November 17-20, 2016 Cincinnati, Ohio Building Bridges: Fostering Healing and Connections in our Communities Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza (35 West Fifth St, Cincinnati, OH  45202) Wanda Lott Collins and Ken Larimore
November 12-15, 2015 Grand Rapids, Michigan Pursuing Shalom: Serving Our Neighbors Locally and Globally

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel (187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI  49503)

Karen Helder and Joe Kuilema
November 6 - 9, 2014 Annapolis, Maryland Harbor in the Storm: Beacons of Hope During Challenging Times Doubletree Hotel Annapolis (210 Holiday Court, Annapolis, MD 21401) Kesslyn Brade Stennis and Kimberly Cook
October 17- 20, 2013 Atlanta, Georgia Social Justice: Contributions of Faith and Spirituality Sheraton Atlanta Hotel (165 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303) Frank Raymond, Rhonda Hudson
October 25-28, 2012 St. Louis, Missouri Renewing Our Hope: Gateways to Change The Millennium Hotel (200 South 4th Street, St Louis, MO 63102) Ramona Conrad-Cooper and Gary Busiek
October 20-23, 2011 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Compassion and Service: Exploring Our Journey Together Radisson Hotel Green Tree (101 Radisson Dr; Pittsburgh, PA) Jerry Jo Gilham and Jerry Johns
November 11-14, 2010 Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina Celebrating our Past and Shaping our Future: A Tribute to Alan Keith-Lucas Sheraton Imperial Hotel (4700 Emperor Blvd; Raleigh, NC) Amelia Roberts Lewis
Move Back to Fall October 29-31, 2009 Indianapolis, IN Empowering Diverse Communities: Bridging the Social Divide Hilton Indianapolis (120 West Market Street; Indianapolis, IN) Annette Hadley Smith and Jeff Bryant
February 7-10, 2008 Orlando, Florida Called to Justice: Preserving Human Dignity and Worth Holiday Inn - International Drive Resort Hotel Marleen Milner and Carol Lang
Move to Spring Mar. 8-11, 2007 Dallas, TX Deep in the Heart of Texas! Marriott Dallas/Addison Quorum   Scott Waller; William Pherigo; Diana Garland
Oct. 26-29, 2006  Philadelphia, PA Returning to our Roots: Social Work, Faith-Based & Community Services, and Beyond Hilton Philadelphia Airport Lloyd Gestoso and Dorothy Rizzo
Oct. 27 - Oct 30, 2005  Grand Rapids, MI Faithfully
Pursuing Excellence: Tools for Effective Social Work Practice
Crowne Plaza Hotel  Mackenzi Huyser and Kendall Mathews

Oct. 28 - Oct. 31, 2004

Washington, DC (Reston, VA)

Social Work on a Global Scale: He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

Sheraton Reston Hotel

Willi Dalaba and Paul Bollwahn

October 23 - 26, 2003

Louisville, KY

Connecting in a Shattered World: Compassion, Community, Church, and Calling

Galt House Hotel

Sharon Bryson

November 7 -10, 2002

Rochester, NY

Pursuing Social Justice, Interpersonal Harmony, and Inner Peace

Four Points Sheraton

Janet Furness and Luis Perez

October 18 - 21, 2001

San Antonio, TX

Building Communities and Strengthening Families

Menger Hotel

RB Cooper and Diana Garland

November 2 - 5, 2000

Columbus, OH

Social Work Strategies for Challenging Times: Passion for God, Compassion for People

Clarion Hotel-Worthington

Dorothy Mitchell

October 21 - 24, 1999

St. Louis, MO

Social Work and the Church: Countdown to the 21st Century

Renaissance St. Louis Hotel

Erma Ballenger

October 1 - 4, 1998

Toronto, ON

Broader, Deeper, Stronger – Developing Faith and Community within a Fragmented World

Holiday Inn

Louise McColl

October 23 - 26, 1997

Glorietta, NM

Uplifted Hearts, Outstretched Hands: Putting Our Faith into Practice

Glorietta Conference Center

Ken Goode

October 24 - 27, 1996

Detroit, MI

United We Stand: Celebrating Our Diversity as Christians in Social Work

Crowne Plaza

Joel A Bowman

October 26 - 29, 1995

Montgomery, AL

Let Justice Flow

Governor’s House

Jane Ferguson, Ricky Creech

October 20 - 23, 1994

Denver, CO

Making Miracles Happen


Gerald Koch

November 18 - 21, 1993

Lancaster, PA

Faith and Action: Plain and Fancy

Willow Valley

James Johnson

October 22 - 25, 1992

Indianapolis, IN

Families: Will Social Work Be Ready for the Family of the 90’s

Omni Sevrin

Alice Allein Jackson

September 26 - 29, 1991

Anaheim, CA

“Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…” Reflections of the Inner Child

Pan Pacific

Corky Kindsvater

September 27 - 30, 1990

St Petersburg, FL

The Missing Dimension: Your Faith and the Client’s in Social Work Decision making


Jim Manning, Ken Smith

October 12 -15, 1989

Toronto, ON

Christians in Social Work: Creatively Challenging the Culture

Holiday Inn

Louise McColl

September 29 - October 2, 1988

San Antonio, TX

Present Shock: Challenge of Hard Questions/Tough Times


RB Cooper

October 8 -11, 1987

Nashville, TN

Personal Values in Professional Practice: Living the Hope

Maxwell House

Mike Malloy

October 16 -19, 1986

Valley Forge, PA

Called to Excellence: God’s Mandate

Holiday Inn

Sandra Bauer

October 10 -13, 1985

Grand Rapids, MI

Reaching Out to all People


Art Daglow, Pete Lauber

October 4 - 7, 1984

Minneapolis, MN

Christians in Social Work: Ministers of Encouragement

Holiday Inn

Jeanette Vought

November 3 - 6, 1983

Arlington, TX

In the Gap: Christians in Social Work Maximizing Services

Rodeway Inn

Dr. Derrel Watkins

October 14 -17, 1982

Toronto, ON

Social Workers: Agents of Healing in a Broken World


Steve Chu

October 1 - 4, 1981

Oakland, CA

Social Work And The Family: Enduring Values—Contemporary Issues


Philip Reed

Sept 25 - 28, 1980

Chicago, IL

Social Work and the Total Living Community in Action

Hyatt House

Leyden Thorpe, Pete Peterson, Larry F. Renetzky

March 29 - April 1, 1979

Columbus, OH

The Abusive Society:  A Mandate for Christian Action


Linda Crooks

March 30 - April 2, 1978

Phoenix, AZ

Social Work and the Church: Creative Partnership for Our Times

Ramada Inn

Gordon R. Bear, Chris Bloom

March 31 - April 3, 1977

Southfield, MI

Today’s Planning for Tomorrow’s Issues: An Exam. Of changes in Today’s World and their Effect on the Christians in Social Work

Michigan Inn

Peter H. Lauber, Cheryl A. Lauber

April 1 - 4, 1976

Philadelphia, PA


Bellevue Stratford

Ed Kuhlmann

April 10 -13, 1975

Bardstown, KY

Planning Active Service for the Complete Man

King Center

Kenneth E. Oliver, John W. Wallace

March 28 – 30, 1974

Elgin, IL

A Christian in Social Work: Who Am I?

Holiday Inn/Judson Coll.


March 29 – April 1, 1973

Valley Forge, PA

Toward a Christian View of Social Work

Holiday Inn

Ed Kuhlmann


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