Conference Registration

Thank you for your interest in the conference. Please use the form below to help the conference staff better serve our attendees. If husband and wife are attending, please provide the names in the “message” area. Remember to make your room reservations separately, this form is only for conference registration.

You may mail your registration fee to: St. Paul Lutheran Seminary, P.O. Box 510768, Oakville, MO 63151 or use our paypal option by following this link.

Conference Schedule

MONDAY – January 20th
1:00 Registration Opens (Ballroom)
1:30 Welcome
1:45 Presentation, Hales
2:45 Taking It Home – Discussion
3:30 Presentation 1, Thompson 
4:30 Discussion
5:30 Sunset Service (Beach Pavilion or Ballroom)

8:00 Breakfast & Devotions (Ballroom)
9:00 Presentation 1, McFarland
10:00 Discussion
10:30 Presentation 1, Ryman
11:30 Discussion
12:00 Lunch (Ballroom)
1:30 Presentation 2, Thompson
2:30 Discussion
3:00 Break
3:30 Presentation 2, McFarland 4:00 Discussion
4:30 Discussion

5:00 SEC Fellowship Group

8:30 Devotions (Ballroom)
9:00 Presentation 2, Ryman
10:00 Discussion
10:30 Faculty Insights
11:30 Seminary Update
11:45 SEC Fellowship Update
12:00 Conference Adjourns


Virgil Thompson received a BA from Luther College, Decorah; the MDiv from Luther Seminary, St Paul; and the ThM from Princeton Theological Seminary. Recently retired from 40 years of fulltime service to the church–as parish pastor and university teacher of New Testament–he continues to serve as managing editor of Lutheran Quarterly as well as teaching the Bible at St Paul Seminary, in addition to writing and lecturing. He and his wife, Linda, live on Lummi Island, off the coast of Washington State.

Dr. Orrey McFarland is Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Thornville, Ohio. He is a member of the teaching faculty of St. Paul Lutheran Seminary and also serves as Visiting Professor of New Testament and Historical Theology at Knox Theological Seminary. He holds a BA in Biblical Languages from Oklahoma Baptist University, an MA in Biblical Studies and a PhD in New Testament from Durham University (UK). The primary focus of his research and writing is the Apostle Paul. Dr. McFarland is the author of God and Grace in Philo and Paul and has published several articles and essays. He is married to Kristi.

Rev. Mark Ryman is Online Resource Editor for Sola publishing. He holds a BA in English Literature from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MA in Theology from Houston Graduate School of Theology in 2004 and the MDiv in Biblical Studies and Theology from Carolina Graduate School of Divinity in 2011. He is now working on a Doctor of Ministry in Stewardship of the Word through Saint Paul Lutheran Seminary. He is married to Susan.

Rev. Brad Hales is the pastor of Reformation Lutheran Church, Culpeper, Virginia, and is also the Dean of the Virginia Mission District of the North American Lutheran Church.  He also leads the NALC’s national renewal and senior adult ministry teams and serves the NALC as the Director of Domestic Missions..  Along with having taught several classes at St. Paul Lutheran Seminary, Hales has written articles and bible studies on aging ministry including, “A Covenant of Aging,”  “Graying in Grace,” and “Scriptural Retirement.”  He is married to Lisa, and they have two daughters, Lydia and Abigail.