MI IV LogoThe Apostolic Johannite Church is proud to present the eighteenth annual AJC Conclave – June 1st to 6th in Denver, Colorado

Each year the people of the AJC, friends and family gather together to socialize, learn, build our skills and deepen our community. It is an amazing opportunity for spiritual growth and insight to modern Gnostic practice.

Conclave offers lectures, workshops and panel discussions selected to develop ministry skills, support the work of church leaders both lay and ordained and deepen and enrich the spiritual lives of attendees. Conclave is also rich in social time, time to eat, talk, pray and practice together. It’s like a retreat and a conference all rolled into one.

As always, we welcome you, no matter who you are or what your spiritual path, to join us for this unique week. You can come for all or part and participate as much or as little as you’d like. However you choose, we welcome you into our household.

The Reverend Dr. John Spangler

The Rev. John D. Spangler, Ph.D., was ordained Deacon by the then Methodist Church (today United Methodist Church) in June 1953 and Elder in 1955.  In preparation for his career in the ministry he earned B.A. (1950) and M.A. (1951), both in mathematics at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; S.T.B. (now M.Div.) (1954) and S.T.M. (1955) at Harvard Divinity School; and Ph.D. (1961) at Boston University Graduate School.  

His career includes 13 years as pastor in local churches in urban, suburban, and rural areas.  In 1964 he was called to the faculty of Candler School of Theology of Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia; he left Emory to join the faculty of Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado,  where he served 22 years as chair of the Department of Pastoral Care and Psychology of Religion.  Following retirement from Iliff in 1993, he served as interim pastor in several congregations.  

While in Atlanta, he served as chair of the out-patient division of the Georgian Clinic (a pioneering alcoholic-drug rehabilitation facility).  He is the author of Pastoral Care of Young Drug Users and Their Families.  Other major pastoral concerns are ministry with the aging, the grieving, the dying.  He was a founding board member of the Grief Education Institute, a pioneering agency for formal support of the bereaved.

His Eminence, Iohannes IV, the Patriarch of the Apostolic Johannite Church


Originally consecrated on December 22nd, 2002 as Bishop of Alberta, Iohannes IV (Shaun McCann) was shortly thereafter elevated to Patriarch and Primate of the Apostolic Johannite Church and has served faithfully in that role since July 23rd, 2003.

Since that time, Iohannes IV has led the Church through over a decade of growth and development, expanding the Johannite Church to numerous centres in five countries, writing the All Saints Accord, overseeing the translation and publication of the Levitikon: The Gospels according to the Primitive Church, and sending representation to the Parliament of the World’s Religions, as well as directing the formation of numerous clerics and lay leaders, and presiding over a decade of Conclaves, the annual gathering of Johannites from around the world.


His Grace, Dr. William Behun, Primate of the United States


His Grace Dr. William Behun is Archbishop of Wisconsin and Primate for the United States of America for the Apostolic Johannite Church.  He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from De Paul University, and is the author of The Historical Pivot:  Philosophy of History in Hegel, Schelling, and Hölderlin as well as articles on a wide range of philosophical topics.  In addition to his duties within the AJC, His Grace also teaches philosophy in the Chicago area, specializing in Ethics and the History of Philosophy.  

Most recently his article “The Apocalypticism of Joachim of Fiore and the Western Mystery Tradition” appeared in the Journal of the Western Mystery Tradition.


His Excellency, Dr. Timothy Mansfield, Bishop of New South Wales


Dr Timothy Mansfield is a future studies researcher during the day who reads theology at night. He is a practicing contemplative and a teacher of the Centering Prayer method of meditation. His eclectic reading in theology weaves around his contemplative practice – grounding, challenging and explaining the experience – a dance which he thinks both excuses and explains his unsystematic approach. As Bishop of New South Wales, he oversees emerging Johannite communities in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Auckland as acts as pastor to a network of people all over the region.

Timothy joined the Apostolic Johannite Church in 2006 and founded the lay community of Saint Uriel the Archangel in Sydney, Australia in 2007. He was ordained a priest by His Eminence, the Patriarch in San Francisco in May 2008 and installed as rector of the newly formed parish of Saint Uriel the Archangel. He was consecrated as Bishop of New South Wales in May 2012. He lives in Sydney with his partner of nine years.

 Monsignor Scott Rassbach

Scott Rassbach was born and raised in the wilds of Wisconsin, among lumberjacks, farmers, hunters and fishermen. His early years taught him the ways of nature and the land. From these earthy beginnings, he developed an abiding interest in the esoteric, religious, and mystic topics of the world.


He has taken and is pursuing degrees in Freemasonry, Martinism and the Ordo Sacrae Flammae. He’s also something of a scholar on Philip K. Dick, having studied him extensively in college while attaining his Bachelor’s of Science from UW-Madison. He’s also quite fond of H.P. Lovecraft. He is an avid reader, writer, and poet.

Ordained to the Priesthood in the Apostolic Johannite Church on April 7, 2007, he is currently the Rector of Rose Cross Community in Portland, OR, Prefect for the Congregation for Liturgical Rites and a member of the Apostolic Council.

The Very Rev. Father Bray Weaver

Father Jeremiah “Bray” Weaver has been a psychoterapist since 1997 and has taught hypnotherapy and counseling at a number of trade schools and colleges.  He was raised in the shamanic Church of Seven Arrows before studying Tendai Mikkyo Buddhism and finally finding a home within the Apostolic Johannite Church where he serves at the Parish of St. Mary Magdalene in Colorado.  Bray brings a lifelong study of the mind and subconscious from Soul Retrieval to modern hypnosis and psychotherapy.

The Very Rev. Father Tony Silvia

Fr. Anthony Silvia is an experienced nonprofit administrator, and a lover of the esoteric and the arcane and has been successful in growing the Johannite Church wherever he has been. He is a Martinist, a Freemason, and a member of The Friary/Order of the Sacred Flame and has studied esoteric orders and their works for many years.

The Rev. Father John DiGilio

John DiGilio is the Senior Director of Research & Intelligence for LAC Group’s LibSource division. He has 20 years of large law firm library and legal information vendor experience. John has proudly been affiliated with such industry standouts as Thomson Reuters, K&L Gates, and Reed Smith LLP where he was the National Manager of Research Services for almost a decade.

John is very active in the law and law library communities. He has written for numerous regional and national publications as well as taught college and graduate courses in such topics as business ethics, e-commerce, fair employment practices, research methodology and business law. He also enjoys talking about technology and leadership to various library organizations and has spoken all over the United States, Canada, and even the Caribbean.

John earned his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law and his Master of Library & Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences. He is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of On Firmer Ground, a blog by and for law firm librarians, and his own information tech blog, TILT. He is also the co-editor of the popular Pinhawk Law Librarian Digest.

He is a Priest in the AJC and the leader of our LA Parish, St. Joachim of Fiore.  In addition to his work with the AJC, John is also a practicing Soto Zen Buddhist and student of Vedanta.

The Rev. Fr. Joseph McCauslin

Father Joseph McCauslin is the parish priest for St. Eve’s Apostolic Johannite Church, servicing the greater Harrisburg area in Pennsylvania.  With a degree in Accounting and over a decade of experience in educational technology, Father McCauslin  has worked his entire career assisting local public school districts in advancing classrooms forward into the 21st century through technology and progressive methods of learning.

Under Father McCauslin’s guidance, St. Eve’s has become a center for Gnostic spirituality, education and community.  Father McCauslin also works on numerous ecumenical projects in the Central PA area.  Working with local, independent Christian and Pagan-based organizations, Father McCauslin works to provide a greater religious alternative in his local and surrounding communities.

Schedule is subject to change

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

  • 3pm Meet and Greet
  • 5pm Johannite Liturgy: Theocletian Rite with the Primate of the United States
  • 6pm Inaugural Dinner

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

  • 9:00am Archetypes of the Warrior Priest with V. Rev. Bray Weaver
  • 10:30am Gnostic Ascent with V. Rev. Tony Silvia
  • 12:00pm Lunch
  • 1:30pm The Women of the Levitikon with the Most Rev. Timothy Mansfield, Ph.D
  • 3:00pm Pastoral Care: Part I with the Rev. Dr. John Spangler
  • 4:30pm Silence: The Healing Art of Shutting the Hell Up with Fr. Joseph McCauslin
  • 6:00pm Dinner

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

  • 9:00am – Ordination to the Diaconate and Pontifical Mass with the Sovereign Pontiff and Patriarch of the Apostolic Johannite Church
  • 12:00pm – Lunch
  • 1:30pm – The Dr. Juliana Eimer Memorial Lecture: Hypatia of Alexandria with the Most Rev. William Behun, Ph.D
  • 3:00pm – Pastoral Care: Part II with the Rev. Dr. John Spangler 
  • 6:00pm – Dinner (Excursion, Restaurant)

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

  • 1:00pm – Pentecost Mass – Very Rev. Father Bray Weaver, Celebrant 
  • 2:30pm – Ministry and the Law with Fr. John DiGilio
  • 4:00pm – Saint Symeon: This Poor Body is Christ with the Most Rev. Timothy Mansfield, Ph.D
  • 6:00pm – Dinner

Monday, June 5th, 2017

  • 9:00am The Passage of Time: Liturgical Expressions of Life Events with Monsignor Scott Rassbach
  • 10:30 am Spiritual Materialism with the Most Rev. Timothy Mansfield, Ph.D
  • 12:00pm Lunch
  • 1:30pm Midwife of Souls: Hospice Chaplaincy with the V. Rev. Bray Weaver
  • 3:00pm The Order of the Temple and Saint John with the Sovereign Pontiff and Patriarch
  • 4:30pm The Sacrament of Unction with the Primate of the United States

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

  • 9:00am The Johannite Gnostic Mass with Fr. Joseph McCauslin
  • 12:00pm Lunch
  • 1:30pm Closing of Conclave 2017

Full Conclave Registration

If you have any allergies or food restrictions, please let us know at the time of registration by writing [email protected]

$300 Full Registration includes All Activities and Eight Meals:

Thursday: Dinner
Friday: All Activities, Lunch and Dinner
Saturday: All Activities and Lunch.  Dinner excursion at own cost
Sunday: All Lectures, Workshops, and Dinner
Monday: All Activities, Lunch and Dinner
Tuesday: All Activities, Lunch


$185 Three-Day Package

After submitting payment, write us at [email protected] and indicate which three-day package you want, as well as any allergies or food restrictions

Friday: All Activities, Lunch and Dinner
Saturday: All Activities and Lunch.  Dinner excursion at own cost
Sunday: All Lectures, Workshops, and Dinner


Saturday: All Activities and Lunch.  Dinner excursion at own cost
Sunday: All Lectures, Workshops, and Dinner
Monday: All Activities, Lunch and Supper


$65 Individual Per Day Registration
Includes activities and scheduled meals excepting Saturday Dinner

When submitting payment, please select the quantity of days you are registering for and write us at [email protected] and indicate which days. Please include any allergies or food restrictions you may have.


Refund Policy

From Now until May 1st- 100% Refund
May 1st to 15th- 50% Refund
After May 15th- No Refund will be issued

Registration closes May 15th