The ninth biennial conference is on the theme of Ordinances and Elements in Brethren life

Sidholme Hotel, Sidmouth, Devon

2–4 July 2019 


Plenary papers

  • Dr David Smith, Brethren ecclesiology in historical perspective

  • Dr Roger Shuff, Romantic Expressions: Brethren and the Arts in Coniston

  • Dr Jógvan Zachariassen, Music in the Faroese Brethren

  • Prof Ken Roxburgh, Preaching in the Scottish Open Brethren in the mid-twentieth century

  • Prof  Tom Marinello, The Opening of the Closed: Church Discipline in the Kelly-Continental Brethren Break-up.

  • Prof Peter Lineham, Changing views on communion and baptism among the Brethren

Papers for presentation at breakout sessions should be 25 minutes long. More information is available from the conference convenor: Neil Dickson, 

Download Conference leaflet here.

Book online here.

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

  • 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