George W. Truett Theological Seminary Will Host a Three-Day Conference in Celebration of Senior Adults

May 20, 2011

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Pillars: A Celebration of Senior Adults, hosted by George W. Truett Theological Seminary, will be held Tuesday, May 24, through Thursday, May 26, as a time to reflect on the importance of senior citizens in the community.

More than 70 participants are expected to attend the event. Registration ended May 1.

The three-day conference is meant to emphasize the Baylor University and George W. Truett Theological Seminary motto of Pro Ecclesia, Pro Texana, "for the church, for Texas." Through this event, Truett hopes to bring seniors together.

"The intent of the conference is to build relationships between senior adults and the Truett community - faculty, staff and students - and to provide a retreat time for seniors that is both educational and enjoyable," said Jan Cason, financial manager of the dean's office in Truett Seminary.

Conference participants can expect worship, seminars, campus tours and Dr Pepper floats during the event. Each day will serve as a reminder of the pillars in Independence, Texas, the birthplace and original location of Baylor University, that stand as a reminder of Baylor's heritage and traditions. Pillars also represent the role of seniors in their communities.

"Comments from last year's evaluation sheets confirm that the attendees had a very positive experience, appreciated the information received in the breakouts and the main sessions, loved the organ concert and enjoyed being on the Baylor campus," Cason stated.

Speakers and musicians will include:

• Stephen Allen - Pastor, First Baptist Church of Cranfills Gap, and M.Div graduate, May 2011, George W. Truett Theological Seminary

• Jan Cason - Financial Manager, George W. Truett Theological Seminary

• Dr. R. Robert Creech - Professor of Christian Ministries and Director of Pastoral Ministries, George W. Truett Theological Seminary

• Dr. David Garland -Dean of George W. Truett Theological Seminary and William M. Hinson Professor of Christian Scriptures

• Lori Genous - Director, Department of Wellness, Baylor University

• Dr. Joel C. Gregory - Professor of Preaching, George W. Truett Theological Seminary

• David Hardage - Director of Development, George W. Truett Theological Seminary

• Chris Holmes - Associate General Counsel, Baylor University

• Dr. Joyce Jones - Joyce Oliver Bowden Professor of Music, Professor of Organ and Organist-in-Residence, Baylor University

• Dr. Alan Lefever - Director, Texas Baptist Historical Collection, and Adjunct Professor, George W. Truett Theological Seminary

• Keith Lowry - Family Ministry Specialist and Adult Sunday School Consultant, Baptist General Convention of Texas

• Dr. Levi Price - Retired Professor of Christian Ministries and Director of Pastoral Ministries, George W. Truett Theological Seminary

• Dr. W. Dennis Tucker, Jr. - Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Christian Scriptures, George W. Truett Theological Seminary

• Chris Wommack - Associate Pastor of Music, First Baptist Church of Woodway

• Susan Wommack - Gift Planning Legal Counsel, Baylor University

This is the second year George W. Truett Theological Seminary has held the Pillars: A Celebration of Senior Adults conference.

George W. Truett Theological Seminary is located at 1100 S. Third St.

For hours and schedule visit http://www.baylor.edu/truett/index.php?id=69624.

by Emilly Martinez, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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