Tenth International Brethren History Conference

The Brethren: A Global Movement  


Emmaus Bible College

2570 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, IA 52001, USA

29 May–31 May 2022

Originating around 1830 in Britain and Ireland, the Open Brethren are now found in at least 155 countries. Probably there are about 40,000 assemblies worldwide, gathering nearly 3 million people. Cross-cultural missionary zeal is only part of the story of this growth. The Brethren Archivists and Historians Network is now planning a global history looking at how the movement became indigenized within countries and was spread by national Christians, often also cross-culturally.

This IBH10 conference will launch work on the project, exploring particularly (though not exclusively) origins and growth in north and central America and the Caribbean. We therefore encourage participation in the conference from the USA, Canada, and nearby countries. Confirmed plenary papers include:

  • Joel Hernandez, Brethren in Mexico
  • Sam K. John, Brethren in India
  • Mark Stevenson, North American Brethren Origins
  • Richard Strout, The Evangelization of French Canadians and the Establishment of New Testament Assemblies in Quebec
  • Timothy Stunt, The First Two Decades of the Brethren movement
  • Todne Thomas, African American Assemblies in the USA

See the detailed programme here.

It will be possible to participate in the conference and give papers online. There is a special conference fee for online participation. Details of how to join online will be given to those who register for online participation.

Breakout papers

To offer a 20-minute breakout paper, see Call for Papers below, and complete the relevant section of the conference registration form.

Conference fees

Full fee (including meals, on-campus accommodation, and provision of conference facilities): $US 260

Full fee for those also participating in the BTN Consultation (31 May - 4 June): $150

Off-campus fee (including meals and provision of conference facilities): $US 160

Online participation fee: $US 60

Extra nights and off-campus sleeping accommodation

As IBH10 is preceded and succeeded by other residential conferences, Emmaus cannot offer rooms for additional nights. Emmaus has special discount arrangements with the Hotel Julien in the center of Dubuque, which can also be used by those who prefer off-campus sleeping accommodation. To take advantage of this, email info@brethrenhistory.org for detailed instructions for booking.

Conference registration is now open:

Register here




Brethren as a Global Movement

Brethren Archivists’ and Historians’ Network Conference

Emmaus Bible College, Dubuque, IA, USA

29-31 May 2022

Although the Open Brethren originated around 1830 in Britain and Ireland, they are now to be found in at least 155 countries in the world. No exact statistics are available, but probably today there are at least 40,000 assemblies worldwide, attended on any Sunday by about 2.7 million people.

This spread is a tribute to the missionary zeal of the Open Brethren. There are histories of the missionary contribution to this movement, but the Brethren Archivists’ and Historians’ Network (BAHN) wants to take the story forward and show how the movement became indigenized within countries and was spread by national Christians who often themselves established also transnational mission work.

This conference is intended to generate interest in a projected global history of the movement.

We invite proposals for papers on the history of the movement in particular countries or regions of the world, or particular ethnic groups.

The focus should be on the indigenous development of the movement rather than the contribution of workers from elsewhere.

  • We particularly welcome papers dealing with non-Anglophone topics.
  • Papers should be based as far as possible on careful historical research, and should be historical in nature rather than exegetical, pastoral or missiological.
  • Papers are allowed about 20 minutes for oral delivery.

As this conference is being held in the USA, we expect that there will be particular interest from people in North and Central America and the Caribbean. Papers dealing with those areas will be especially welcome.

If you would like to offer a paper, please send your proposal to both Prof Mark Stevenson (mstevenson@emmaus.edu) and Dr Tim Grass (tgrass.work@gmail.com), by March 2022. Please provide a short outline (up to 150 words) indicating the topic on which you would like to offer a paper.

We welcome papers for presentation in absentia and it will also be possible to presenta 20-minute paper online and take part in interactive discussion.


IBHC 11 will be on the topic 'The Last Things', and held at Shallowford House, Stone, not far from Stafford, UK. 4-6 July 2023


International Brethren History Conferences

International Brethren History Conferences are open to all who are interested in the history of the movement. 


Previous conferences were held at

Sidholme Hotel, Sidmouth, Devon

  • Sidholme Hotel, Sidmouth, Devon, 2–4 July 2019 on the theme of 'Elements and Ordinances in Brethren Life'.

  • Maynooth University, Ireland, on the theme of 'The Brethren and the Church' on 3-5 July 2017.

  • Bishop Woodford House, Ely, on the theme of 'The Brethren and the Bible' on 6-8 July 2015 .

  • Pilgrim Hall, East Sussex, on the theme 'Brethren Thought in Historical Perspective', on 15-17 July 2013.

  • Lindors Country House, Gloucester, on the theme of 'Brethren and Mission' on 25-27 June, 2011.

  • Carberry Tower, Musselburgh (near Edinburgh), on the theme of 'Brethren Spirituality' on 9-11 July 2009. The papers from the conference and the previous one are now available as Cuture, Spirituality, and the Brethren.

  • Liverpool Hope University and was organized in conjunction with the Christian Brethren Archive. The subject was ‘Brethren, Culture and Society’. As part of the proceedings, Dr Ward Gasque of Canada gave a F F Bruce memorial lecture on the subject of ‘F F Bruce: an unhyphenated evangelical’. It was held on 5–7 July 2007.

  • Wiedenest Bible School, Germany, from 3-5 July 2005 on ‘Witnessing in Many Lands: the Theology and Practice of the Brethren Movement’. The papers from the conference are now available as Tim Grass (ed.), Witness in Many Lands: Leadership and Outreach among the Brethren.

  • Redcliffe College Gloucester in 10-12 July 2003 on "The growth of the Brethren movement: national and international experiences". The papers from the conference were published in Neil Dickson and Tim Grass (eds), The Growth of the Brethren Movement: National and International Experiences (Carlisle: Paternoster 2006).


For further information, contact Neil Dickson