Keenagers 2017: October 16-20
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!
Speaker- Dr. Paul Kooistra
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.
Musician- Greg Hill
Greg joined the ChristChurch staff in Atlanta, Georgia as the Director of Music and Arts in 2006. He is a graduate of Belmont University with a Bachelor of Music in Church Music, emphasis in conducting and piano. He completed a Master’s in Church Music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Greg has served the local church for over twenty years, specializing in blending old hymns, modern songs, and liturgy into services of worship that undergird the spoken word. At ChristChurch, he is responsible for the training and development of instrumentalists and vocalists from within the body to lead weekly worship. He also leads seasonal choirs and produces Christmas at ChristChurch, an annual event including adult and children’s choirs, orchestra, dance, and drama.
Greg also oversees the ChristChurch Arts Ministry, which includes the Genema Gallery, located in the church foyer. The Genema Gallery hosts rotating exhibits by artists both inside and outside the church. The ministry has grown to include Expressions, an art show celebrating talent within the church body.
Greg is married to Kristi, a preschool teacher and freelance graphic designer. They are parents to a son and a daughter. Together, Greg and Kristi enjoy leading worship for Mission to the World (MTW) conferences, both in the US and abroad. They also enjoy writing and composing.