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2017 Festival of Wisdom and Grace Leadership


Dr. John Ed Mathison (Conference Preacher)

Mathison is a retired United Methodist clergy, holds degrees from Huntingdon College, Candler School of Theology, Princeton University and honorary doctorate degrees from Asbury Seminary and Birmingham Southern College.  He was “Man of the Year” in Montgomery for 1978 and Citizen of the Year in 2006. Before retiring in 2008, he served 36 years as senior minister of Frazer Memorial UMC in Montgomery, AL; during his tenure the church grew from a membership of 400 members to more than 8,800.

Dr. Everett Worthington (Platform Speaker)

Worthington is internationally known for his research on how to forgive, not just others but also ourselves.  He became interested in forgiveness through his practice in couple counseling, and began conducting research on forgiveness in 1990. He has published over 35 books and over 400 articles and scholarly chapters, mostly on forgiveness, positive psychology, marriage, religion and spirituality. Currently, he works as a Commonwealth Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Patricia Suggs (Professional Track)

Dr. Suggs received a Master's in Education and a Ph.D. in Family Relations with a special focus in Social Gerontology from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She works with leaders in business, health and religious institutions. Her passion lies in working to transform conflict into healthy interactions. She runs teleclasses and trainings in the area of 'whole-istic' leadership, team-buildiing, communication skills and conflict/reconciliation issues. 


Michael Reno Harrell

August 9, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Michael Reno Harrell is an award winning songwriter, as well as a veteran storyteller and entertainer from the Southern Appalachian Mountains. His original songs and stories have been described as “Appalachian grit and wit” but, as his writing shows, Michael’s awareness is much broader than the bounds of his boyhood home or even the Southern Experience. Having toured throughout the British Isles and much of Europe, as well as most of the US, the songs he writes and the stories he creates reflect an insight into people’s experiences that catch the ear like an old friend's voice.

Workshop Leadership

  1. George Fields is a retired UMC Clergy from South Carolina. Mr. Fields will lead Bible Study.
  2. Tom DeLoughry work for the Center for Health Management. Mr. Deloughery will lead Helping Three Generations Forgive, Love and Pray. 
  3. Will Randolph is the Director of Aging and Older Adult Ministries for the UMC Discipleship Ministries. Dr. Randolph will lead Crossovers: A Relationship Reset with our Children, Parents, Grandchildren, Ourselves, and God. 
  4.  Gregory Waldrop is the Co-Chair of the Order of Elders in the Memphis Conference. Mr. Waldrop will lead Body Movement. 
  5. Pat Brandenstein is the founder of the Wings of Hope Widowed Ministry. Ms Bradenstein will lead Wings of Hope.
  6. James Ludwick is a retired UMC clergy from the Ohio Conference. Mr. Ludwick will lead Engaging the Generations as Encore Embassadors for Reconciliation.
  7. Wade Barr will lead the Golf Outing.

To Register:
reservations@lakejunaluska.com, 800-222-4930