Conference Schedule (Preliminary)
9:30 Registration Opens (Morgan Center)
10:00 Presentation, Rev. Hales
12:50 SEC Fellowship/St.Paul Lutheran Seminary Update
1:30 Presentation 1, Virgil Thompson
2:15 Presentation 1, Dr. McFarland
3:00 Afternoon Break
3:30 Presentation 1, Rev. Ryman
4:15 Free Time
5:00 Sunset Service (Morgan Center Lawn)
8:00 Breakfast & Devotions (Morgan Center)
8:45 Presentation 2, Virgil Thompson
9:30 Presentation 2, Dr. McFarland
10:15 Morning Break
10:45 Presentation 2, Rev. Ryman
11:30 Open Discussion
12:00 Conference Adjourns
1:30 – 2:30 SEC Fellowship Meeting
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.