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Past, Present, & Future Conventions

Then, Now, and in the Future: A Listing of NACSW Conventions Going Back to 1973, and Looking Forward!

NACSW conventions have been held annually since 1950. The following provides information on all available dates, locations, themes, venues, and chairpersons for NACSW conventions for the past 40+ years, as well as locations for conventions coming up in the next few years.

2023 -- Pittsburgh, PA
Dates: November 9-12, 2023

Theme: TBD

Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh Greentree  (500 Mansfield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15205)

2022 -- Chicago, IL
Dates: October 27-30, 2022

Theme: Inspired by Our Roots: Innovating for Our Future

Venue: DoubleTree Hotel Chicago – Oak Brook (1909 Spring Road , Oak Brook, IL 60523)

2021 -- Glendale, CA
Dates: November 18-21, 2021

Theme: Bringing All People Under One Roof: Supporting Vulnerable Groups in Our Communities

Venue: Hilton Glendale Hotel (100 W Glenoaks Blvd, Glendale, CA 91202)

2020 -- Washington, DC
Dates: November 5-8, 2020

Theme:  Unity in the Face of Adversity: Building a World of Love and Justice

Venue: Sheraton Reston (11810 Sunrise Valley Dr, Reston, VA 20191)

Chairperson(s): Kesslyn Brade Stennis and Jean Beil

2019 -- Indianapolis, Indiana
Dates: November 7-10, 2019

Theme: Empowering People, Healing Communities: Working toward Renewal and Restoration

Venue: Marriott Indianapolis East (7202 East 21st St, Indianapolis, IN 46219)

Chairperson(s): Kesslyn Brade Stennis and Jean Beil

2018 -- Hartford, Connecticut
Dates: October 25-28, 2018

Theme: Called to Serve Faithfully in a Rapidly Changing World: Loving Our Neighbors as Ourselves

Venue: Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport (1 Bradley Intl Airport; Windsor Locks, CT 06096)

Chairperson(s): Anthony Hill and Denise Keane

2017 -- Charlotte, North Carolina
PrintDates: November 2-5, 2017

Theme: Advocating for Peace, Justice & Reconciliation in Communities

Venue: Crowne Plaza Executive Park (5700 Westpark Drive, Charlotte, NC 28217)

Chairperson(s): Tanya Smith Brice and LaSonya Townsend

2016 -- Cincinnati, Ohio
Dates: November 17-20, 2016 

Theme: Building Bridges: Fostering Healing and Connections in Our Communities

Venue: Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza (35 West Fifth St, Cincinnati, OH  45202)

Chairperson(s): Wanda Lott Collins and Ken Larimore

2015 -- Grand Rapids, Michigan
Dates: November 12-15, 2015

Theme: Pursuing Shalom: Serving Our Neighbors Locally and Globally

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

Chairpersons: Karen Helder and Joe Kuilema

2014 -- Annapolis, Maryland
Dates: November 6-9, 2014

Theme: Harbor in the Storm: Beacons of Hope During Challenging Times

Venue: Doubletree Hotel Annapolis (210 Holiday Court, Annapolis, MD 21401)

Chairpersons: Kesslyn Brade Stennis and Kimberly Cook

2013 -- Atlanta, Georgia
Dates: October 17- 20, 2013

Theme: Social Justice: Contributions of Faith and Spirituality

Venue: Sheraton Atlanta Hotel (165 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303)

Chairpersons: Frank Raymond and Rhonda Hudson

2012 -- St. Louis, Missouri
Dates: October 25-28, 2012

Theme: Renewing Our Hope: Gateways to Change

Venue: The Millennium Hotel (200 South 4th Street, St Louis, MO 63102)

Chairpersons: Ramona Conrad-Cooper and Gary Busiek

2011 -- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Dates: October 20-23, 2011

Theme: Compassion and Service: Exploring Our Journey Together

Venue: Radisson Hotel Green Tree (101 Radisson Dr; Pittsburgh, PA)

Chairpersons: Jerry Jo Gilham and Jerry Johns

2010 -- Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
Dates: November 11-14, 2010

Theme: Celebrating Our Past and Shaping Our Future: A Tribute to Alan Keith-Lucas

Venue: Sheraton Imperial Hotel (4700 Emperor Blvd; Raleigh, NC)

Chairperson: Amelia Roberts Lewis

2009 -- Indianapolis, Indiana
Dates: October 29-31, 2009

Theme: Empowering Diverse Communities: Bridging the Social Divide

Venue: Hilton Indianapolis (120 West Market Street; Indianapolis, IN)

Chairpersons: Annette Hadley Smith and Jeff Bryant

2008 -- Orlando, Florida
Dates: February 7-10, 2008

Theme: Called to Justice: Preserving Human Dignity and Worth

Venue: Holiday Inn – International Drive Resort Hotel

Chairpersons: Marleen Milner and Carol Lang

2007 -- Dallas, Texas
Dates: March 8-11, 2007

Theme: Deep in the Heart of Texas!

Venue: Marriott Dallas/Addison Quorum

Chairpersons: Scott Waller, William Pherigo, and Diana Garland

2006 -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dates: October 26-29, 2006

Theme: Returning to our Roots: Social Work, Faith-Based & Community Services, and Beyond

Venue: Hilton Philadelphia Airport

Chairpersons: Lloyd Gestoso and Dorothy Rizzo

2005 -- Grand Rapids, Michigan
Dates: October 27-30, 2005

Theme: Faithfully Pursuing Excellence: Tools for Effective Social Work Practice

Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel

Chairpersons: Mackenzi Huyser and Kendall Mathews

2004 -- Washington, DC (Reston, Virginia)
Dates: October 28-31, 2004

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

Venue: Sheraton Reston Hotel

Chairpersons: Willi Dalaba and Paul Bollwahn

2003 -- Louisville, Kentucky
Dates: October 23 – 26, 2003

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

Venue: Galt House Hotel

Chairperson: Sharon Bryson

2002 -- Rochester, New York
Dates: November 7-10, 2002

Theme: Pursuing Social Justice, Interpersonal Harmony, and Inner Peace

Venue: Four Points Sheraton

Chairpersons: Janet Furness and Luis Perez

2001 -- San Antonio, Texas
Dates: October 18-21, 2001

Theme: Building Communities and Strengthening Families

Venue: Menger Hotel

Chairpersons: RB Cooper and Diana Garland

2000 -- Columbus, Ohio
Dates: November 2 – 5, 2000

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

Venue: Clarion Hotel-Worthington

Chairperson: Dorothy Mitchell

1999 -- St. Louis, Missouri
Dates: October 21 – 24, 1999

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

Venue: Renaissance St. Louis Hotel

Chairperson: Erma Ballenger

1998 -- Toronto, Ontario
Dates: October 1-4, 1998

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

Venue: Holiday Inn

Chairperson: Louise McColl

1997 -- Glorietta, New Mexico
Dates: October 23- 6, 1997

Theme: Uplifted Hearts, Outstretched Hands: Putting Our Faith into Practice

Venue: Glorietta Conference Center

Chairperson: Ken Goode

1996 -- Detroit, Michigan
Dates: October 24-27, 1996

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

Venue: Crowne Plaza

Chairperson: Joel A Bowman

1995 -- Montgomery, Alabama
Dates: October 26-29, 1995

Theme: Let Justice Flow

Venue: Governor’s House

Chairpersons: Jane Ferguson and Ricky Creech

1994 -- Denver, Colorado
Dates: October 20-23, 1994

Theme: Making Miracles Happen

Venue: Radisson

Chairperson: Gerald Koch

1993 -- Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Dates: November 18-21, 1993

Theme: Faith and Action: Plain and Fancy

Venue: Willow Valley

Chairperson: James Johnson

1992 -- Indianapolis, Indiana
Dates: October 22-25, 1992

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

Venue: Omni Sevrin

Chairperson: Alice Allein Jackson

1991 -- Anaheim, California
Dates: September 26-29, 1991

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

Venue: Pan Pacific

Chairperson: Corky Kindsvater

1990 -- St Petersburg, Florida
Dates: September 27-30, 1990

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

Venue: Hilton

Chairpersons: Jim Manning and Ken Smith

1989 -- Toronto, Ontario
Dates: October 12 -15, 1989

Theme: Christians in Social Work: Creatively Challenging the Culture

Venue: Holiday Inn

Chairperson: Louise McColl

1988 -- San Antonio, Texas
Dates: September 29 – October 2, 1988

Theme: Present Shock: Challenge of Hard Questions/Tough Times

Venue: Gunter

Chairperson: RB Cooper

1987 -- Nashville, Tennessee
Dates: October 8-11, 1987

Theme: Personal Values in Professional Practice: Living the Hope

Venue: Maxwell House

Chairperson: Mike Malloy

1986 -- Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
Dates: October 16-19, 1986

Theme: Called to Excellence: God’s Mandate

Venue: Holiday Inn

Chairperson: Sandra Bauer

1985 -- Grand Rapids, Michigan
Dates: October 10-13, 1985

Theme: Reaching Out to all People

Venue: Marriott

Chairpersons: Art Daglow and Pete Lauber

1984 -- Minneapolis, Minnesota
Dates: October 4-7, 1984

Theme: Christians in Social Work: Ministers of Encouragement

Venue: Holiday Inn

Chairperson: Jeanette Vought

1983 -- Arlington, Texas
Dates: November 3-6, 1983

Theme: In the Gap: Christians in Social Work Maximizing Services

Venue: Rodeway Inn

Chairperson: Dr. Derrel Watkins

1982 -- Toronto, Ontario
Dates: October 14-17, 1982

Theme: Social Workers: Agents of Healing in a Broken World

Venue: Constellation

Chairperson: Steve Chu

1981 -- Oakland, California
Dates: October 1-4, 1981

Theme: Social Work And The Family: Enduring Values—Contemporary Issues

Venue: Hilton

Chairperson: Philip Reed

1980 -- Chicago, Illinois
Dates: September 25-28, 1980

Theme: Social Work and the Total Living Community in Action

Venue: Hyatt House

Chairpersons: Leyden Thorpe, Pete Peterson, and Larry F. Renetzky

1979 -- Columbus, Ohio
Dates: March 29 – April 1, 1979

Theme: The Abusive Society:  A Mandate for Christian Action

Venue: Hilton

Chairperson: Linda Crooks

1978 -- Phoenix, Arizona
Dates: March 30 – April 2, 1978

Theme: Social Work and the Church: Creative Partnership for Our Times

Venue: Ramada Inn

Chairpersons: Gordon R. Bear and Chris Bloom

1977 -- Southfield, Michigan
Dates: March 31 – April 3, 1977

Theme: Today’s Planning for Tomorrow’s Issues: An Examination of Changes in Today’s World and Their Effect on the Christians in Social Work

Venue: Michigan Inn

Chairpersons: Peter H. Lauber and Cheryl A. Lauber

1976 -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dates: April 1-4, 1976

Theme: Heritage-Horizons-Hope

Venue: Bellevue Stratford

Chairperson: Ed Kuhlmann

1975 -- Bardstown, Kentucky
Dates: April 10-13, 1975

Theme: Planning Active Service for the Complete Man

Venue: King Center

Chairpersons: Kenneth E. Oliver and John W. Wallace

1974 -- Elgin, Illinois
Dates: March 28–30, 1974

Theme: A Christian in Social Work: Who Am I?

Venue: Holiday Inn/Judson College

1973 -- Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
Dates: March 29 – April 1, 1973

Theme: Toward a Christian View of Social Work

Venue: Holiday Inn

Chairperson: Ed Kuhlmann