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Dr. Derrick-Lewis Noble, Conference Preacher

Dr. Derrick-Lewis Noble is an award winning preacher/pastor and motivational speaker, having recently been cited as one of the top 20 young preachers in America (The African American Pulpit Magazine). He is highly sought after as a revivalist, keynote speaker, seminar leader, and motivator, and is a past member of the National Speakers Association. Among other honors, he is a past Conference Preacher for The Symposium on Worship—an annual, international ecumenical event sponsored by The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and The Center for Excellence in Preaching—and has served as the Bible Study Leader for the national gathering of Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR). Derrick was recently selected by Abingdon Press and the United Methodist Publishing House to write both the adult and teen curriculum for Vacation Bible School for the year 2013. In the corporate world, he has presented on topics as diverse as peak performance, customer service, educational excellence, and leadership in the workplace.

Derrick is currently both a national board member and a Mentor/Coach with SBC21 (Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century), a United Methodist initiative that seeks to directly impact growth and health among African American congregations within the UMC. As a veteran church planter, Derrick represents SBC21 on the board of Path 1 New Church Starts, another UMC initiative which seeks to cultivate and develop leaders for new churches across the country.

Derrick-Lewis Noble holds a B.A. in English with a double minor in Speech Communication and Psychology from Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas; a M.Div. in Christian Education from Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, GA; and a D. Min. in Black Church Studies from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio.

Derrick Scott, III, Platform Speaker

Christ-follower. Worship Leader. Campus Minister (Campus to City Wesley Foundation-Jacksonville, FL). Young Adult Ministry Leader. United Methodist. Friend to many outside the Church. Student of Accounting. History Graduate. Lover of the Global Church. Living for God's dream.

Dr. Henry Simmons, Professional Track

Henry Simmons is Professor Emeritus of Union Presbyterian Seminary (www.UPSem.edu). His major interests include the spiritual growth of older adults, ethics and aging, congregational studies, and ecology and religion. He is active in several community service organizations, including Fan Free Clinic (www.fanfreeclinic.org), Richmond Hill (www.richmondhillva.org) and Micah (www.micahrva.org).

He co-wrote most of his professional books. Co-writing gives a hint about his interactive teaching style. Books include With God’s Oldest Friends: Pastoral Visiting in the Nursing Home with Mark Peters (1996, 2003), Soulful Aging: Ministry Through the Stages of Adulthood with Jane Wilson (2001), Thriving Beyond Midlife with E. Craig MacBean (2006), A Journey Called Aging: Challenges and Opportunities in Later Life with James Fisher (2008),  Ecotheology and the Practice of Hope, with Anne Marie Dalton (2011) and Bringing Good News: 40 Stories of Congregations and the Ministires That Transformed Them, with Rita Boyer (2015).  

Rev. John Ousley,  Entertainment

Wednesday evening, 7:30 pm

Rev. John Ousley, an elder in the Holston Conference, will provide the evening entertainment on Wednesday.  He has delighted many groups with his harmonica playing, even playing classical music on it!  John is a former camp director and presently serves as the Wesley Foundation Director at East Tennessee State University.  

The Lake Junaluska Singers, Entertainment

The Lake Junaluska Singers will share a special concert on Wednesday afternoon for conference participants. The Lake Junaluska Singers, directed by Dr. Melodie Galloway, are a 16-voice professional ensemble, which serves as the Ambassador choir for the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center.

Anna King, Registrar

Jennifer Martin, Director of Program Ministries