Senior Ministry Conference

The first North American Lutheran Church Senior Adult Ministry Conference will be held on October 17-18 at Reformation Lutheran Church, Culpeper, Virginia.  It will begin at 9:00am on October 17 and conclude at Noon on October 18.  Topics covered will include: renewing the congregation through older adults, developing a discipleship centered senior adult ministry, compelling mature adults to follow the call to service, and incorporating an inter-generational ministry into the life of the local church.  The event will also include workshops and break-out sessions.


Featured Presenters Include:

Gary Pecuch and his wife Laurie began a congregational youth and family consultation ministry named  Originating at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grove City, Ohio, approximately two years ago, the NALC entered into an agreement with to provide consultation for NALC congregations.  Gary and Laurie created as a result of the contacts they received asking for advice on youth ministry. It became apparent that many congregations have little or no access to professional youth ministry consultation. 21st century technologies now make it practical for the creation of a web-based youth ministry coaching service.  Their vision is to wrap our children and youth in a web of faith so loving and so caring that they will know Jesus and always want to a part of a local congregation.


Pastor Wendy Berthelsen has partnered together with her husband Joel both in ministry and at home for many years now. Having complementary gifts, they have a passion for each person in the church to know and live out their call from God: the call to know, follow and serve Jesus. They believe that each person is unique and God desires to custom design His church around people. Wendy and Joel believes that God’s call has to do with all of life, one’s work, family, community and world. They are graced and honored to be the parents of four wonderful children, Amara, Stefan, Philip and Ana.   Wendy graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College and Luther Seminary as well (Master of Divinity). Most of Wendy’s time as a pastor is devoted to Call, Inc. a non-profit teaching mission of Hope Lutheran Church where she serves in Cedar Hill, Texas.


Pastor Brad Hales is chair of the New Starts team, and the pastor of Reformation Lutheran Church, Culpeper, Virginia, and the Dean of the Virginia Mission District of the North American Lutheran Church. Through the power of Jesus, Pastor Hales has helped to renew several older congregations in discipleship, outreach and mission. In 2009, his present congregation was given the “Best Practices Award in Senior Adult Ministry” by the National Council on Aging. Hales has also authored the Bible study, A Covenant of Aging, published by Sola Publishing.  For more information, please contact him at:  [email protected].


Practical Information:

  • Registration:  The non-refundable cost of this conference is only $25.00.  This price includes conference materials and lunch.  To register:  Senior Ministry Conference Registration.
  • Hotel Information:  No hotel block has been reserved, as it is cheaper to use Expedia or Hotels.Com.  Recommendations and current prices (subject to change) include:
    • Best Western Culpeper Inn ($80 per night)
    • Holiday Inn Express Culpeper ($138 per night)
    • Quality Inn Culpeper ($60 per night)
  • Questions?  Please email Pastor Brad Hales at [email protected]

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