October 15 - 19, 2018

Our annual Keenagers Conference is an exciting and spiritually refreshing time for adults 50 and over amid the extraordinary fall foliage of the Western North Carolina mountains. Hear from an inspiring guest speaker, enjoy great live music and engaging fellowship, and take part in plenty of fun activities like guided nature tours, a fall festival, and Reformed Bingo. It will be an experience you won't soon forget!

Thanks...for all your work to make Keenagers such a great fall conference. I was greatly blessed.
— Movene F.

Speaker - Dr. Paul Kooistra

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Born and raised in Minnesota, Dr. Paul D. Kooistra holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, a M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Alabama.  He served as assistant pastor of Pinelands Presbyterian Church in Miami, Florida, 1967-1969; and associate pastor of Seminole Presbyterian Church in Tampa, Florida, 1969-1973, where he assumed the role of principal of Seminole Presbyterian Day School during the 1972-73 academic year.

In 1973 Dr. Kooistra assumed the position of Assistant Professor of Christian Education at Belhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi.  In 1975 he became Associate Professor of Christian Education and Homiletics at Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) in Clinton, Mississippi, until 1983 when he was named Professor of Practical Theology.  In 1985 he accepted the presidency of Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, where he also taught Practical Theology.  He served the seminary until 1994 when he assumed the position of Coordinator of Mission to the World in Atlanta, Georgia, for the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) until 2014.  In 2008 Dr. Kooistra was elected as Moderator of the PCA’s 36th General Assembly.  He served as president of Erskine College and Seminary from 2014 through 2016.

Dr. Kooistra has published the following devotionals:  31 Days of Grace, Following God:  His Will for Your Life, Supper's Ready, Pursuit of Joy, and Faith Promise.

After losing his first wife, Jan, to cancer in 2008, the Lord brought Sandi into Dr. Kooistra’s life in 2009.  They were married August 29, 2009, and they reside in Suwanee, Georgia.  They have five adult children:  Paul, Jr., and his wife, Carla; Shary and her husband, Jeff Dare; Sydney and her husband, Albert Lopez; Bryan Tucker and his wife, Christina; and Greg Tucker.  They have seven grandchildren, Margaret “Maggie” Elizabeth Dare, Alysia Marie Lopez, Samuel Alexander Dare, Carson Annamarie Kooistra, Grant David Lopez, Molly Jo Kooistra, and Ava Jean-Marie Kooistra.

Worship Leader - James A. Brown, Jr.

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James A. Brown Jr. has served as Director of Music and Worship at Independent Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee for the past twenty five years.  Prior to his present position, Mr. Brown was for sixteen years Director of Music at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama.  He received a BA in music from Samford University and an MME from the University of Georgia.  He has taught music at all levels from preschool through college.  Mr. Brown planned and conducted church music sessions at divisional meetings of the American Choral Directors Association and has been a reviewer for The Choral Journal.  He has served as a clinician for church and school choral music workshops and festivals across the southeast.  His choirs have sung for state, regional, national and international choral festivals and conferences and at churches throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.  Mr. Brown has directed music for Ligonier Conferences in Tennessee, Florida and California.  He has on several occasions been the choral director for the “Over the Mountain Festival” in Birmingham.

James and his wife, Pam, who is Director of Children’s Choirs at Independent Presbyterian Church, have two married children - Christopher and Kathryn; and six grandchildren – Alex,  Grayson, Liam, Kendall, Keller and Walker.


For more information on Keenagers, please call the Ridge Haven office at 828-862-3916. Office hours are 9 am - 5:30 pm (Monday - Friday).