OUR CONFERENCE IS HOSTED BY FERNCLIFF CAMP AND CONFERENCE CENTER
Our Keynote Presenter
OUR WORSHIP LEADER
Anne Russ is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and has been in ministry for over 20 years. She has been a camper, counselor, volunteer chaplain and board member at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center (where you can hang out on the Anne Russ deck) and currently serves on the board at Johnsonburg Camp and Conference Center. Anne is a free-range pastor living in New York and runs a digital ministry platform at doubtingbeliever.com. She teaches online classes, creates liturgy and worship experiences, leads workshops, and fills pulpits when needed. She is a fiercely supportive mom to a 21-year-old BFA musical theater student and has been married for almost 25 years (to the same person).
OUR Music LEADER
Dale Bolyard serves as full-time Director of Music Ministries at Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, Missouri. In his nineteen years at Pine Ridge, he has directed ensembles of all ages. In his high school and college years, he spent his summers serving on the summer staff of multiple Kiwanis and church camps in the St. Louis area. At Heartland Center, he has been a facilitator on the high and low ropes courses, volunteered as a counselor for multiple Heartland amazing races camps, and can be seen leading camp songs for all of Pine Ridge’s summer camp festivities.
John is the Founder and CEO of FundEd Strategies which helps schools and education nonprofits grow and sustain their fundraising programs. John previously served as the Director of Advancement for Eagle Academy PCS in Washington, D.C. He grew up going to Massanetta Springs as a camper and a sponsor, and has fond memories of his time there. John's session is sponsored by GSB Fundraising as a part of their Fund Development track on the Tuesday of the conference.
As the Executive Director of United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries, Jessica guides the association and its members in resource development and member engagement. Before taking this position, she served camps and retreat centers with United Methodist and Lutheran connections.
Darrell is campus pastor of Elizabeth Baptist Church in Conyers, GA. He is the author of the book, "Speaking Across Generations: Messages That Satisfy Boomers, Xers, Millennials, Gen Z, and Beyond." He has a D.Min. from Beeson Divinity School, where his doctoral research focused on generational intelligence and effective intergenerational communication. Hall's session is sponsored by the Presbyterian Mission Agency's Office of Christian Formation as a part of their track on the Tuesday of the conference.
Chad Johnson is a Cybersecurity Advisor for Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Before joining CISA, Chad spent twelve years as an analyst embedded on a cyber squad at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Little Rock field office working both national security and criminal cyber investigations. Chad's session is sponsored by the Insurance Board as a part of their Risk Management track on the Tuesday of the conference.
Chad is the Protective Security Advisor (PSA) of the North Texas District within the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Region 6. The PSAs serve as a liaison between the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies, state and local governments. Chad joined DHS through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region 6, in 2002 following an internship at the same office. Chad's session is sponsored by the Insurance Board as a part of their Risk Management track on the Tuesday of the conference.
John “Jorgi” Jorgenson
Jorgi has recently retired after 45 years as the Director of Camp Tawingo in Ontario, Canada. He is active in camp associations in Canada and the United States, as well as the International Camping Fellowship (ICF). Jorgi is the immediate past-President of the ICF and continues to serve on their board
Rev. Dr. Sarah Lund currently serves as Minister for Disabilities and Mental Health Justice on the national staff of the United Church of Christ and as senior pastor of First Congregational UCC of Indianapolis, IN. She is an ordained minister in both the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the UCC. Sarah served as Regional Minister in the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ and as a Vice President for Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN. She received the Dell Award for Mental Health Education at the 30th General Synod of the UCC. Sarah is the author of Blessed are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness, Family, and Church and Blessed Union: Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness and Marriage.
Bryan serves as the Land Conservation Coordinator for Central Arkansas Water, managing nearly 24,000 acres of utility owned natural resources to maintain forest health and an abundance of clean water. He has two decades of work experience for federal, state, and private land managers. Bryan's session is sponsored by the Insurance Board as a part of their Risk Management track on the Tuesday of the conference.
Mitzie Schafer is a Deacon in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a Partner with GSB Fundraising, and holds Certified Fundraising Executive certification. She has more than 15 years of experience in non-profit executive leadership and fund-raising for non-profit organizations including Epworth Children’s Home in Columbia, SC, the ELCA Foundation, and NovusWay. Mitzie's session is sponsored by GSB Fundraising as a part of their Fund Development track on the Tuesday of the conference.
Rob currently serves as the Executive Director of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas' camping program, which includes Camp Capers, Mustang Island Conference Center, and Duncan Park Camp. He has been an Episcopal Church Camp and Conference Association Consultant for the last decade.
As we look towards the Annual Conference this November, the planning team is currently seeking workshop leaders for that event. If you or someone you know would be interested in leading a session, please go to the Call for Presenters form (by clicking the button below) and submit a proposal. Workshop selections will be made by the conference planning team in September.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8
1:00-6:00pm Hospitality in the Assembly Inn Lobby
1:00 Airport Shuttles Begin
3:00 Check into Rooms
7:00-7:45 Conference Orientation/Social Time
8:00-8:45 Welcome and Opening Worship
8:45 Hospitality and Snacks
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9
7:00am Morning Watch
9:00-10:30 Keynote Presentation
10:45-12:00pm Workshop Session #1
1:15-2:30 Workshop Session #2
2:45-4:00 Workshop Session #3
4:00-5:00 Free Time
5:00-5:30 Swag Swap
6:45-8:00 Association Meeting #1
8:15-9:00 Evening Activity (by association)
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10
7:00am Morning Watch
9:00-10:30 Keynote Presentation
10:45-12:00pm Exhibit Hall
1:15 Exhibit Hall Continues
1:30-2:45 Workshop Session #4
3:30 5K Run/Walk
5:00 Exhibit Hall Ends
7:45-9:00 Storytelling and Snacks
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11
7:00am Morning Watch
9:00-10:30 Keynote Presentation
10:45-12:00pm Workshop Session #5
1:15-2:45 Association Meeting #2
3:00-4:15 Workshop Session #6
4:30-6:45 Auction and Dinner
7:00-7:45 Closing Worship
7:45 Hospitality and Snacks
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12
5:00am Airport Shuttles Begin
|1:00-6:00pm||Conference Check-in||Assembly Inn Lobby|
|1:00||Airport Shuttles Begin||Asheville Regional Airport|
|3:00||Snack Reception (sponsored by GSB Fundraising)||Assembly Inn Lobby|
|3:00||Check-in Time for Rooms||Assembly Inn|
|3:30-5:30||Idea Grab Bag for Recreation Leaders with Jim Cain||Wayout 1|
|6:00-7:00||Dinner||Galax Dining Room|
|7:00-7:45||Conference Orientation||Convocation Hall|
|7:00-7:45||Social Time||Assembly Inn Lobby|
|8:00-8:45||Welcome and Opening Worship||Upper Anderson Auditorium|
|8:45||Evening Snacks (sponsored by the Presbyterian Mission Agency - Office of Christian Formation)||Assembly Inn Lobby|
|1:00-6:00pm||Conference Check-In||Dining Hall|
|2:00||Afternoon Snack Reception (sponsored by the PMA Office of Christian Formation)||Dining Hall|
|3:00||Check-in Time for Rooms|
|7:00||Conference Orientation||Brown Center|
|7:00||Social Time||Dining Hall|
|8:00||Welcome and Opening Worship||CAB|
|9:00||Evening Snack Reception (sponsored by CORD an Entegra Company)||Dining Hall|
EXHIBIT HALL AND SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Our exhibit hall is completely sold out, but perhaps your company or organization would like to be represented at the “Shaping Our Story” Conference without even traveling to North Carolina. A very limited number of sponsorship opportunities are still available. We hope you will consider the possibilities by clicking the link below.
Brown Center Lodging Rooms
The Brown Center has 36 hotel-style rooms, most with two double beds. Six of the rooms are handicap-accessible. Each room in the Brown Center has a private bathroom with shower, a desk with a lake view, and wifi.
Double Occupancy (private bath, two double beds, linens/towels, wifi) $335 per person
This building has eight motel-style rooms that overlook Ferncliff Lake. Each room has three twin-beds with Tempurpedic mattresses, a private bathroom with shower, and wifi.
Triple Occupancy (private bath, three twin beds, linens/towels, wifi): $231 per person
Belden Pond Cabins
These cabins are youth-oriented, yet adult-friendly. The rooms contain five sets of bunk beds, but we will only be putting up to three people in each cabin (and each of those three beds have Tempurpedic mattresses). Each room has a private bathroom and shower area.
Triple Occupancy (cabin-style accommodations with private bath for each room) $199 per person
Belden Pond Yurts - THIS LODGING OPTION IS NOW FULL.
These cabins are youth-oriented, yet adult-friendly. The rooms contain five sets of bunk beds, but we will only be putting up to three people in each cabin. The bathroom and shower area is adjacent to the yurt.
Triple Occupancy (cabin-style accommodations with an adjacent bathroom/shower area) $199 per person
The building has five bedrooms, three full baths, one half bath, a full-service kitchen, a large dining room, washer and dryer, two living areas, and wifi. The bottom bunks in this building have Tempurpedic mattresses.
Family - Cabin-style accommodations with a private bath (7-10 people per room) $525 per family
The Vines Center
The limited number of hotel-style rooms at Ferncliff do not allow us to offer single-occupancy lodging on site. A 4H Center is located just a half a mile up the road (or trail) from Ferncliff. We have reserved a block of hotel-style rooms at the Vines Center. You will book your room using the conference registration form and we will make arrangements with the 4H Center on your behalf.
Single Occupancy (private bath, linens/towels. wifi) $511 per person
The conference meals are Monday Dinner through Friday Breakfast. Ferncliff guests are treated to hearty main dishes, attractive salads, and yummy desserts. All meals are served buffet style in the Dining Hall. Each dish incorporates nutritious options for guests including those with most special dietary needs.
Children (Age 4-12) $119.95
Children (Age 3 and under) Free
We will be offering transportation for $40.00 from and to the Little Rock airport just 30 minutes away. Shuttles will be available on the first and last day of the conference.
Arrivals: Please schedule your arrival before 4:30pm on November 13th. Late arrivals will need to make their own arrangements.
Departures: Shuttles will run each half hour starting at 5:30am on Friday, November 17th.
Trains: Travelers arriving by Amtrak arrive in the early hours of the morning and can be picked up by one of the airport shuttles that start about mid-morning.
Cars: Plan to arrive between 3pm and 5pm on Monday, November 13th. Check in will be at the Dining Center. The address for your GPS is 1720 Ferncliff Road, Little Rock, AR 72223.
Travel Issues: If there are delay issues, you can call Ferncliff at 501-821-3063.
Fee for Round-Trip Shuttle: $40.00 per person
REGISTRATION FOR THE CONFERENCE WILL BEGIN IN AUGUST
We encourage everyone with a role related to outdoor ministry or youth ministry to attend this amazing event. All staff (executive, program, office, facilities, hospitality, kitchen), board members, and volunteers will benefit from outstanding workshops, worship, and professional connections.
The registration fees for the conference can be found below.
|Participant||Non-Participating Spouse||Children & Youth|
Children and Youth Program
Conference registration is not yet available, but will go live in August. If you should have any questions about the event, please contact Joel Winchip at email@example.com.