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2016 Festival of Wisdom and Grace Leadership

Dr. Tony Campolo, Conference Preacher

Dr. Tony Campolo is a sociologist, pastor, author, public speaker and former spiritual advisor to President Bill Clinton. Campolo is known as one of the most influential leaders in the evangelical left and has been a major proponent of progressive thought and reform within the evangelical community. He has also become a leader of the Red Letter Christian movement, which aims to put emphasis on the teachings of Jesus. Campolo is a popular commentator on religious, political, and social issues, and has been a guest on programs such as The Colbert Report, The Charlie Rose Show, Larry King Live, Nightline, Crossfire, and The Hour. 

Campolo is an alumnus and professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University in St. David's, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Eastern College, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and earned a PhD from Temple University. He is an ordained Baptist minister and evangelist, presently serving as an associate pastor of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia.

Dr. Mickey Efird, Bible Study Leader

Dr. Mickey Efird began teaching in the Divinity School as a graduate student in 1958, joined the faculty full time in 1962, and has taught Greek and Biblical studies to generations of students. He is an ordained Presbyterian (USA) minister and is committed to making the Bible understandable and properly understood for pastors and laity alike. He has been extremely active in the Divinity School Lay Academy program and has taught in churches of many denominations throughout North Carolina and elsewhere.

Dr. Jim Pace, Professional Track

Dr. Jim Pace is a recently retired Old Testament and Hebrew History professor from Elon University with 37 years of teaching experience.  He joined the faculty at Elon in 1973 after graduating from Emory University. Pace has enjoyed the time he’s spent with students over the years, both in the classroom and in study abroad programs. While at Elon, he’s spent a semester abroad in England with his family and students, and he also has led Winter Term programs to London and Italy. In retirement, Pace plans to do much of the same – teach and travel. He’s looking forward to speaking engagements, writing and participating in research.  “I’ve enjoyed what I’ve been doing for the past 37 years,” Pace says. “I’m a teacher, and I’ll never stop teaching.”

The Lake Junaluska Singers, Worship Leaders

The Lake Junaluska Singers will share special music during worship. 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.

Workshop Leaders:

  1. Jennifer McSwain Martin is the Director of Program Ministries at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. Jennifer will lead Prayerful Reflections by the Lakeshore, a 2.6 mile meditative walk around beautiful Lake Junaluska. 
  2. Dr. Bob Bowling is a retired United Methodist pastor from the North Georgia Annual Conference.  Dr. Bowling will lead Soaring in Mind, Body, and Spirit.
  3. Rev. Barbara Barden is the Minister of Adult Education at Myers Park United Methodist in Charlotte, NC.  She will lead Best Practices in Older Adult Ministry.
  4. TBA
  5. "Self-Guided" Golf Outing
  6.  Rev. Dennis Stalvey is the Senior Chaplain at Magnolia Manor Nursing Center in Americus, GA. He will lead Laughter Yoga.
  7. Dr. Beverly C. Johnson-Miller is a professor of Transformative Education and Aging at Asbury Theological Seminary.  She will lead Spiritual Resiliency.
  8. Leader TBA; Go to the Water, a half day trip to visit local waterfalls.

Anna King, Registrar

Jennifer Martin, Director of Program Ministries