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Will Willimon

Will Willimon: Conference Preacher

Will Willimon is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at the Divinity School, Duke University. He is the author of more than 70 books. His latest, Aging: Growing Old in Church, was released in 2020. Willimon served eight years as Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church and twenty years as the Dean of the Chapel and Professor of Christian Ministry at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

Dr. Amy Hanson

Dr. Amy Hanson: Keynote Speaker

Dr. Amy Hanson is the author of Baby Boomers and Beyond: Tapping the Ministry Talents and Passions of Adults over 50. She is passionate about helping older adults discover a life of Christ-centered meaning and purpose. She has led older adult ministries in the local church, worked with a Christian continuing care retirement community, taught college-level courses on aging, and served on the Speakers Bureau for the Alzheimer’s Association. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Bible and Family Ministry from Manhattan Christian College, a Master’s degree in Gerontology from Abilene Christian University, and a Ph.D. in Human Sciences from the University of Nebraska. Amy and her husband, Jon, live in Council Bluffs, Iowa with their three children, Ella, Eli, and Elise.

Bishop Ken Carder

Bishop Ken Carder, Opening Worship Preacher and Workshop Leader: Ministry with the Forgotten

Bishop Kenneth Carder is a retired Bishop of the United Methodist Church. His most recent book is Ministry with the Forgotten: Dementia through a Spiritual Lens. He is also the Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Distinguished Professor Emeritus of The Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School and Senior Visiting Professor at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary where he teaches on pastoral care and dementia.

Note: Conference participants may either enroll in the 4-part workshop “Ministry with the Forgotten” taught by Bishop Ken Carder OR select four different workshops taught by other workshop leaders. Browse all workshops

King's Cadence

King's Cadence: Entertainment

King's Cadence is a male "gospel-rooted" quartet that has been a dream of KC Armstrong's since 1994. Planning, recording and scheduling began while leading up to KC’s retirement from The US Army Chorus in the summer of 2019. As a Christ-centered ministry, their vision is to sing great songs to people who are yearning for GOOD NEWS, an encouraging word, or maybe just something to smile about! Although their first official concert together as King's Cadence was not until August 4, 2019, each member has been singing gospel music with other groups for decades! All four men have had vocal training at the collegiate level and hold degrees in music. Collectively they bring years of experience and a variety of musical styles to the platform. Having been friends since 1996, they originally met in studio sessions and performing with ensembles led by the late Dr. Glenn Draper. All four men were former Lake Junaluska Singers and three of them met their spouses while here (two of which were also Lake Junaluska Singers).