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 - Greg Hill

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We are pleased to welcome back Greg Hill as our musician for Keenagers. Greg is a native of Gadsden, AL. where he grew up in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and attended Westminster Christian School.  He began playing piano at the age of 4, influenced by the church's gospel quartet rehearsals in his home and the hymns from church. After hearing each, he would go to the piano and play what he had heard. Greg graduated from Belmont University, Nashville, TN (Bachelor of Music in Church Music) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX (Masters in Church Music). Greg was a Tennessee State Piano Competition Winner (NAMTA) with his Senior Piano Recital program featuring the works of Bach, Beethoven (Waldstein Sonata), Debussy, and Rachmaninoff. Greg enjoyed educational emphasis on choral and instrumental conducting as well as studying voice and organ. He has been in vocational church music ministry for over 30 years, serving on staff at churches in the SBC, UMC, PCA and ECO denominations. Some of Greg's posts were Director of Music at Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church (Birmingham, Al), Westminster Presbyterian (Gainesville, GA), Director of Music and Arts at ChristChurch Presbyterian (Buckhead area of Atlanta) and Consultant-in-Residence at Dunwoody Presbyterian (Atlanta area). Greg recently accepted a new position as Director of Worship Music at Eastminster Presbyterian of Marietta (Atlanta area).

Greg has traveled extensively (including Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Asia, and Europe) serving as a consultant on music and worship and/or worship leader for conferences and/or missions.  One of Greg's passions is teaching and training on How to Develop Singing Congregations with strength and understanding as well as How-to's for Congregants Leading Congregants in worship. Greg has served many years as a teacher of classical and improvisational piano and is also a composer.  

Greg enjoys amateur landscaping (mostly out of necessity), SEC football (War Eagle), travel, and outdoor activities. One of his most treasured activities is family time (road trips, game/movie nights, special activities and lots of laughter). Kristi, his wife of 20 years, is in her 13th year as a Music Teacher at Heritage Preparatory School, a classical-based Christian school in Midtown Atlanta. She also has her own business,  Kristi Hill Music (www.kristihillmjusic.com) serving homeschool families with curriculum and resources making hymnology and classical music joyfully accessible to the homeschool student and parent. In addition to writing curriculum and teaching, Kristi is a gifted composer, soloist, Bible teacher and worship leader. Check out her newest album (Hymns for Families) on her website (kristihillmusic.com) or on iTunes (where you can also find a long-time favorite, The Mountain.  Cooper (15 in November...and 6 ft tall!) is a Freshman at Atlanta Classical Academy in Buckhead.  He enjoys public speaking, basketball, SEC football, theatre, visual arts, humor, and creative writing. Vivi (8) is a 3rd grader at Heritage Preparatory and enjoys gymnastics, witty banter, dance, all things pink, theatre and singing! 

 

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).