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Persons of all faith traditions are invited to come learn, network, and share best ministry practices as we address opportunities related to aging congregations and meeting the needs of older adults, inside and outside the walls of our faith communities. **Please read the Registration Guidelines (link) below before registering.

 Export to Your Calendar 3/31/2020
When: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
8:00 AM
Where: Bonsack United Methodist Church
4493 Bonsack Road NE
Roanoke, Virginia  24012
United States
Contact: Paula Ropelewski
804-925-2665


Online registration is available until: 3/20/2020
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You have reached the registration page (located on the LeadingAge Virginia website) for the 2020 Faithful Aging Conference. Your payment receipt will note payment paid to LeadingAge Virginia. However all registrations payments received will be submitted to the Faithful Aging Conference Account at Pinnacle Living for income and costs. Conference fee includes lunch, breaks, and all conference materials.

Conference Guide

Before registering, click here to read the Registration Guidelines.  (You do not have to sign into this website in order to register.)


2020 Faithful Aging Conference Agenda

8:00am        - Registration

9:00am        - Welcome

9:15am        - Opening Session: Reframing Aging ~ Positive Aging for Living Today
                      Speaker: Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr., Director of Encore Ministry of Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church

10:30am      - Refreshments/Exhibits/Networking

11:00am      - Morning Concurrent Sessions (choose from 7 breakouts)

                   - Older Adult Ministry 101: Rev. Hans Murdock, Culpeper Baptist Church
                   - The Age of Opportunity in Older Adult Ministry: Boomer Ministries: Rev. Hess B. "Doc" Hall, Jr., The Upper Room
                   - Friendly Visits with the Homebound, Sick or Dying: Denise Scruggs, Beard Center on Aging, University of Lynchburg
                   - Healthy Aging: Promoting Health Equity Across the Extended Years of Life: Veronica Cosby, Virginia Dept. of Health, Office of Health Equity
                   - Communication Strategies with Persons Living with Dementia: Annette Clark, Alzheimer's Assn. of Central and Western Virginia
                   - Spirituality and Aging: Rev. Brad Hales, Reformation Lutheran Church
                   - Scams and Financial Exploitation of Older Adults: Shannon Abell, Roanoke Office on Aging

12:15pm      - Lunch (dietary restrictions noted)

1:00pm        - Meet the Presenters/Q&A

1:30pm        - Afternoon Concurrent Sessions (choose from 7 breakouts)

                    - An Age of Opportunity: Intentional Older Adult Ministry: Dr. Richard Gentzler
                    - Retirement: Finding a New Rhythm or Not: Rev. Kathy Berry, Retired
                    - Helping Older Adults through the Many Face of Loss and Grief: Lyle Morton, St. Paul and West End United Methodist Churches and Suzanne Schmid Spencer, VAUMC Older Adult Ministry Council
                    - Congregational Health Ministries to Support Older Adults and Their Care Partners: Tabitha Monroe and Naomi Davis, Bon Decours
                    - Building Dementia Friendly Churches and Communities: Annette Clark, and Rev. Katherine Malloy, Virginia Theological Seminary
                    - An Open Dialogue about the Challenges and Opportunities of an Aging Congregation: Denise Scruggs, University of Lynchburg and Martha Stokes, Pinnacle Living
                    - Sacred Circle Dance: Joan Tipton, Member of the VAUMC Older Adult Ministry Council, and Tammy Tipton-Nay, Reveille United Methodist Church

2:45pm        - Refreshments/Exhibits/Networking - Meet the Presenters/Q&A

3:15pm        - Closing Session: Reviving the Aging Church
                      Speaker: Dr. Brad Hales, Pastor of Reformation Lutheran Church, Culpeper, VA

4:30pm        - Wrap Up/Evaluation/Closing

Please be aware that by participating in the Faithful Aging Conference, your photo likeness may be used, without compensation, in any and all media to report on the event for sponsoring and participating groups and to advertise future events.  Your name would only be listed with your written consent. 

Your name and contact information will be retained by Faithful Aging organizer only for notification of future educational and training events.