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Plan to attend the annual APASA conference. Conferences offer you a chance to share your research and service work, receive feedback, and network with others.


Wilderness Center

9877 Alabama Ave. SW
Wilmot, OH 44689

Summer 2023: Wednesday, August 2 (1:00pm) to Thursday, August 3 (5:00pm)


Regular: $115
Under-employed/Need-Based and out-of-pocket/etc.: $60


While we have no deadline for registration, please register as soon as possible so we can plan accordingly.

Your registration fee covers two meals, all snacks, meeting place rental, and APASA administrative costs.

Each panel includes 3-7 plain people, service providers, and/or researchers. The 28 invited panelists will be announced in the final program available to registered attendees. The program is subject to change.


Wednesday, August 2

OPENING: 1:00 – 1:15pm (Wed.)

SESSION I: 1:15 – 2:45pm (Wed.): “Public Processes and the Plain People: At the Crossroads”

Legal Challenges & Government Interactions with the Amish

Jeremy Fryman and Tom Bayer

Challenging Distinctions: Including the Old Order Amish in Higher Education Diversity Requirements

Kristin Park

Exploring the Perceptions Regarding Drinking Water Quality and Its Potential Health Effects among Plain-Sect Community

Anil Kumar Chaudhary (The Pennsylvania State University), et al.

SESSION II: 3:00 – 4:15pm

PANEL: “Popular Portrayals of the Amish, from Tourism to Television”

SESSION III: 4:25 – 5:40pm

PANEL: “Contemporary Discussions among the Plain Anabaptist People”

EVENING MEAL: 6:30 – 8:30pm (Wed.)

“A Traditional Sunday Church Lunch at an Apostolic Christian Church"

Thursday, August 3

SESSION IV: 9:00 – 9:50am (Thurs.)

PRESENTATIONS: “Cultural and Religious Dynamics among the Amish”

Amish Women and the Great Depression (2023; JHUP); A Pre-release Conversation with the Authors

Authors: Katherine Jellison and Steven Reschly

Old Order Amish & Ultra-Orthodox Women’s Responses to Cellphone & Smartphone Use

Rivka Neriya-Ben Shahar

SESSION V: 10:00 – 11:10am (Thurs.)

PANEL: “Population-Specific Health Considerations for the Amish: Evidence from Lancaster Co., PA”

SESSION VI: 11:20 – 12:30pm (Thurs.)

PANEL: “Youth and Domestic Challenges among the Plain People, with Victim Focus”

BREAK: 12:30pm – 2:15pm (Thurs.)

LUNCH: Café 8:32: A Conservative Mennonite Congregation’s Community Ministry” (tentative)

SESSION VII: 2:15 – 3:30pm (Thurs.)

PANEL: “The Arts and Artistic Expression among the Plain People”

SESSION VIII: 3:45 – 5:00pm (Thurs.)

PANEL: “Mental Health and Substance Abuse among Plain People”


APASA has discounted rooms for the night of August 2-3 ($173.25 including tax) reserved at The Inn at Amish Door, located in Wilmot just two miles from the Wilderness Center. Call 330-359-7996 and request reservation under our organization’s name. APASA can provide transportation between Amish Door and Wilderness Center if needed. The Ramada in Strasburg (9 miles away) is a second nearby lodging option: 330-878-1400.

APASA conferences disseminate advances in research and service work, spark new ideas through conversation, and broaden networks. Thought-provoking conversations, presentations, and panels, all within a collegial context, are characteristic of our conferences.

What can I expect to get out of attending the APASA Conference?

  • Inform your work by learning about contemporary trends among plain people

  • Expand your understanding of the Amish and plain Anabaptist faith and culture.

  • Engage with panelists and compare your experiences with others’.

  • Explore collaboration possibilities in service and research projects.

Continuing education credit hours
We welcome professionals who are seeking continuing education credit. Check with your employer to ensure that this event qualifies for credit. We will furnish a certificate of attendance for those present during the entire conference or for the required hours needed

Past Conferences

  • First annual conference | Columbus, OH | 2017

  • Second annual conference | Berlin, OH | 2018

  • Third annual conference | Millersburg, OH | 2019

  • Fourth annual conference | cancelled | 2020

  • Fifth annual conference | Millersburg, OH | 2021

  • Sixth annual conference | Millersburg, OH | 2022


Direct your questions to our conference committee on our contact page

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