Egan event schools senior adults


New camp event: Senior Adult University

The theme for Senior Adult University deserves an A+. The new program’s purpose is clearly conveyed: "Keeping Up Without Burning Out; Slowing Down Without Giving Up."

Scheduled for Oct. 10-12 in Holliman Lodge at Camp Egan, Senior Adult University will be taught by Mel Whittington, Rebecca Kingsbery, and Guy Langston.

Among the topics: "Personal Faith Development," "Aging Productively," and "Church Role: Mentoring."

Worship speakers will be Bishop Hayes and Pastor James Graham of Tahlequah UMC. Music leader will be Kaycee Young, Wesley Foundation director at Northeastern State University. Dean is Janey Wilson associate Wesley Foundation director at OU.

The programming begins Monday afternoon and concludes with worship at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Making Indian fry bread and a fitness class are among optional activities.

"Retirement from work does not mean retirement from following and doing the will of God. Senior years can be the best in ministry because of life experiences and extra time that can be given to serve our Lord," the program brochure declares.

The Adult Program Subcommittee of Camp & Retreat Ministries is sponsoring this opportunity, with support by the Council on Older Adult Ministry.

n Rev. Dr. Whittington is nationally known for his expertise on the mental and emotional health of families and individuals, and he is a consultant to businesses, schools, and churches. A licensed professional counselor, he holds four degrees.

He has taught and designed curricula for all educational levels. Whittington also is associate pastor at Tulsa-Will Rogers UMC.

  • Kingsbery, a member of the Muskogee Creek Tribe, holds a master’s degree in social work. She is an active member of Tishomingo-First UMC and a school district volunteer, including tutoring. She serves in the Conference’s Council on Older Adults and the United Methodist Women’s district leadership team.

  • Rev. Langston retired from 35 years of ministry in 2004. Trained for Interim Ministry, he has served five congregations since then.

He is active in church life at Tulsa-Boston Avenue UMC. In 2007, he was honored as the Phillips Theological Seminary Outstanding United Methodist Alumnus. He often has been a leader at camps for young people and on youth mission trips, and he has led Volunteers In Mission teams.

Langston served as president of the Conference’s Retired Covenant Family. He and his wife support two retiree groups in the Tulsa area.

To sign up for Senior Adult University, register online at

To contact the dean:,  405-321-6266.

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