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The first North American Lutheran Church Senior Adult Ministry Conference will be held Oct. 17-18 at Reformation Lutheran Church in Culpeper, Va.

Topics covered include renewing the congregation through older adults, developing a discipleship-centered senior adult ministry, compelling mature adults to follow the call to service, and incorporating an inter-generational ministry into the life of the local church. The event will also include workshops and breakout sessions.

Featured presenters are Gary Pecuch, Pastor Wendy Berthelsen, and Pastor Brad Hales.

Gary Pecuch and his wife, Laurie, began a congregational youth and family consultation ministry named faithwebbing.com while serving at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grove City, Ohio. The NALC entered an agreement with them to provide consultation for congregations.

Pastor Wendy Berthelsen has partnered with her husband, Joel, both in ministry and at home, for many years. Most of Wendy’s time as a pastor is devoted to Call, Inc., a non-profit teaching mission of Hope Lutheran Church where she serves in Cedar Hill, Texas.

Pastor Brad Hales is chair of the NALC Renewal Team, the pastor of Reformation Lutheran Church, Culpeper, Va., and the Dean of the NALC’s Virginia Mission District. Pastor Hales has helped to renew several older congregations in discipleship, outreach and mission. In 2009, his present congregation was given the “Best Practices Award in Senior Adult Ministry” by the National Council on Aging. Hales has also authored the Bible study, A Covenant of Aging.

Practical Information

Registration:  The $25.00 non-refundable registration fee includes conference materials and lunch on Tuesday.

Hotel Information:  No hotel block has been reserved, as it is cheaper to use Expedia or Hotels.Com.  Recommendations and current prices (subject to change) include:

  • Best Western Culpeper Inn ($80 per night)
  • Holiday Inn Express Culpeper ($138 per night)
  • Quality Inn Culpeper ($60 per night)

Questions? Please contact Pastor Brad Hales at 540-270-1026 or pastorhales@hotmail.com.

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