Senior Saints in the Smokies 2022 - Back Live and In-Person!

We loved Senior Saints in the Smokies 2022, and we’re already excited for next year!

Choose from one of three weeks in 2023:

May 22-26, 2023
May 29-June 2, 2023
June 5-9, 2023

We have planned a great program that includes:

  • A Bible study with Tommy Smith
  • Preaching by Steve White, retired senior minister at Plainfield (Indiana) Christian Church
  • Jay Banks, humorist and musician
  • David & Cathy Wheeler, Grandparenting Matters seminar

More info and registration coming soon!

2022 Videos

Monday Evening Main Session
Entertainment: Tommy & John thomas Oaks Music
Devotion: President Tommy Smith
Comedy: Clyde Dorkman

Tuesday Morning Main Session
Bible Study: President Tommy Smith
Johnson Update: Philip Eubanks

Tuesday Evening Main Session
Piano & Organ Duet: Theresa Carnathan & Linda Reid
Recitation: Margaret Eubanks
Sermon: President Emeritus David Eubanks

Wednesday Morning Main Session
Bible Study: President Tommy Smith
Johnson Update: Richard Clark

Wednesday Evening Main Session
Movie: “Lost and Found, The Story of a Prodigal”
Introduced by Jill Lagerberg, Director of Knoxville Creative Arts Ministry

Thursday Morning Main Session
Bible Study: President Tommy Smith
Johnson Update: President Tommy Smith

Thursday Evening Main Session
“Whale of a Tale”: Tommy & John thomas Oaks
A musical drama based on the life of Jonah

Fun with Clyde!

All the Details

We are praying and preparing for the upcoming weeks of Senior Saints in the Smokies. We are excited for you to join us for this time of fellowship, Bible study, and fun. Please note there may be last-minute changes to the workshops/programs/activities. Check your program book when you arrive for accurate information.

Active Track

Hiking (Tuesday)

Depending on the weather, the plan is to hike one of two popular trails (rated moderate) in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Options include:

1. Abrams Falls Trail in Cades Cove with total elevation changes of 1800 feet.

2. Middle Prong Trail located near Tremont, which was once a logging community. This trail follows the Lynn Camp Prong, a gorgeous mountain stream with several cascades and waterfalls.

Each hike is about 5.5 miles in length. The Abrams Falls Trail is a bit more strenuous and a little farther from campus.

Biking (Wednesday)

We will bike the 11-mile loop around Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains National Park. On Wednesdays, the one-way road is closed to motor vehicles, so it is an ideal time to bike this scenic road. You can bring your own bike or rent one at Cades Cove.

Golf (Thursday)

The plan is to play 18 holes on Thursday, depending on weather conditions. We will be golfing at Lambert Acres in nearby Maryville, Tennessee. Green and cart fees are approximately $35. Please note that since many golf courses have closed, those that remain open often experience slower play.

Photography excursions (Tuesday and Thursday)

Photo excursions will vary depending on the weather and interest level of participants. We may even have time to discuss photo editing on your computer. These excursions are for beginners to more advanced photographers using smartphone cameras or your own camera equipment.

Some possible excursions are:

1. Sunrise over the French Broad River – on campus

2. Mountain landscapes or Cades Cove grist mill, Oliver cabin, church, or stream

3. Knoxville Botanical Gardens

4. Sunset over the Knoxville cityscape or buildings on-campus

Excursion leader and photographer extraordinaire is Cliff McCartney. Examples of his work that is similar to these excursions will be on display during the information/orientation meeting.