COVENANT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH • Chattanooga, TN • Sept. 15, 2018
At the conference, you will have the opportunity to attend workshops on:
- Care for the Caregiver
- Partnerships with Retirement Communities
- Navigating the Red Tape of Aging
- Recognizing Dementia
- Planting Seeds for Gospel-centered Older Adult Ministry
- Church Ministry to Care for Caregivers
- Navigating Palliative and Hospice Care
- How to Honor Your Parents in Hard Decisions
- A Covenantal Approach to Older Adult Ministry
- Dr. Bill Davis
- Rev. Jake Bennett
- Jeff Bird
- Dr. Kellie Flood
- Alex Patterson
- Rev. Doug Merkey
- Rev. Thomas Harr
- Dr. Stephen Estock
- Early Registration (deadline is August 15, 2018): $50 each; includes Saturday lunch
- Registration (deadline is September 10, 2018): $65 each; includes Saturday lunch
If you have registration questions, please contact Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 678-825-1132.
Jake Bennett has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Covenant College. He also holds both a Master of Divinity and Master of Counseling degrees from Covenant Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to Covenant, Jake served as the Director of Pastoral Care/Chaplain at Friendship Village Chesterfield, a 500+ resident retirement community in Chesterfield, MO. He is a licensed professional counselor and also serves as the Older Adult Consultant for the Committee on Discipleship Ministries (CDM). Jake is married to Rebekah and has four children, Anna, Micah, Elizabeth and Lydia.
Jeff Bird began his career in senior living in 2003 as comptroller, executive director and geriatric care consultant. He has 30 years’ experience as a project manager, consultant, senior living executive, strategic planner, and team leader. He has a B.B.A. in Management from Georgia State University; CASP – Certified Aging Services Professional, University of North Texas; Certified Medicare Counselor; Masters of Science, Organizational Development, Mercer University; Theological Studies, Reformed Theological Seminary; and Board member – King’s Bridge Retirement Community; Georgia Institute of Aging; Center for Positive Aging. In 2012, Jeff began consulting, and last year launched Parkview Aging Services to equip families caring for aging loved ones.
Bill Davis (MA, Westminster Seminary California; PhD, University of Notre Dame) is professor of philosophy at Covenant College, adjunct professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, and an elder in the Presbyterian Church in America.
Stephen Estock is Coordinator for the PCA Committee on Discipleship Ministries (CDM). A former USAF officer, he has been in pastoral ministry for 20 years, serving churches in Montgomery, AL and St. Louis, MO. Stephen has also been an adjunct professor at Birmingham Theological and Covenant Theological Seminaries. His Ph.D. is in education, with an emphasis on competency-based learning and leadership training. He and his wife, Susan, have three children and live in Atlanta, GA.
Dr. Kellie Flood is a geriatrics doctor in Birmingham, Alabama and is affiliated with University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. He received his medical degree from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Dr. Flood accepts several types of health insurance, listed below. He is one of 22 doctors at University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital who specialize in Geriatrics.
Tom Harr, Associate Pastor for Outreach and Young Adult Ministries, joined the pastoral staff at Faith Presbyterian Church in July 2010 after a 14-year career with Sunoco, Inc. Raised in Southern New Jersey, Tom moved to Delaware to attend the University of Delaware, where he graduated in 1996 with a degree in Finance. During his career at Sunoco, Tom served in various financial analyst and management roles while studying for future full-time ministry through Reformed Theological Seminary. Also during that time, Tom served on the organizing leadership team for All Nations Fellowship, a church plant in Northern Delaware focused on multi-ethnic ministry. He was married in 2002 to Stacey, whom he met while serving at All Nations Fellowship. They became members of Faith Presbyterian Church in 2008 and have five children: twin boys, Austin and Davis, born in 2007; daughter, Essie, born in 2009; son Jack, born in 2011; and daughter Stacia born in 2014. Tom and Stacey enjoy entertaining people in their home, playing with their children, reading, and watching movies. Tom was elected a Ruling Elder at Faith in February 2010 and ordained as Associate Pastor in July 2012. In his current role, he is responsible for coordinating community outreach, facilitating the activities of Faith’s young adults and overseeing the church’s Community Groups.
Douglas Merkey received a marketing degree from Penn State University which led to 10+ years’ experience in Fortune 500, international, and consulting business contexts. Then, after receiving his MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary, Doug served in a large PCA church in St. Louis as Pastor of Young Adults and Pastor of Life Ministries. God used these experiences, plus Board and chaplaincy experience at a local, multi-site Pregnancy Care Center, to compel Doug to begin a national ministry that equips local churches to dignify human life at every stage in the beauty of the gospel. In 2017, Doug transitioned from his role as a ministry president to equip individuals, churches, and other organizations for gospel-centered leadership and organizational effectiveness.
- Care for the Caregiver (Rev. Jake Bennett)
- Partnerships with Retirement Communities (Alex Patterson)
- Navigating the Red Tape of Aging (Jeff BIrd)
- Recognizing Dementia (Dr. Kellie Flood)
- Planting Seeds for Gospel-centered Older Adult Ministry (Rev. Doug Merkey)
- Church Ministry to Care for Caregivers (Rev. Jake Bennett)
- Navigating Palliative and Hospice Care (Dr. Kellie Flood)
- How to Honor Your Parents in Hard Decisions (Rev. Thomas Harr)
- A Covenantal Approach to Older Adult Ministry (Dr. Stephen Estock)
Location: Chattanooga, TN
8451 East Brainerd Road
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421