NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The 2009 tenth national gathering of UM Men will be held at Belmont University in Nashville. The decision to hold the quadrennial event in Nashville will end a 56-year tradition of meeting at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.

The Commission on UM Men expect 5,000 men to attend the July 9-12 event.

The Rev. David Adams, top executive of the General Commission on UM Men and graduate of Belmont, said, "It is an honor and privilege to partner with Belmont University for our 10th National Gathering of UM Men. The beauty of the campus and close proximity of the facilities are ideal for this event."
"It's a new day with a new opportunity for us to provide this meeting," said Gil Hanke, president of the commission. "The transportation to Nashville is much easier than our previous location, and we felt that it was a time to move this event closer to the center of the population center of the UMC."

He emphasized that Purdue has "done an excellent job," but he said Nashville offers better logistics, a more family-oriented type of atmosphere and "comparable facilities that can provide an event that will be an exciting and spiritually dynamic encounter with God."

Featured speakers include Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, resident bishop in the Northern Illinois Conference; Dr. Patrick Morley; Rev. Kevass Harding, retired Bishop William Morris and the Rev. Dr. Reginald Ponder.

The gathering also will highlight guest artists like musician and singer Steve Hornbeak, storytelling youth of Sheltered Reality, and country music singer Vince Gill.

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