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

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Choose from one of three weeks:

May 23-27, 2022

May 30-June 3, 2022

June 6-10, 2022

Senior Saints Online 2021

We had another great online edition of Senior Saints in May. The sessions, Bible studies, workshops, and entertainment will remain here throughout the summer. Take advantage of these resources and share them with some friends!

Main Sessions

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Monday, May 24

Monday Evening Main Session (Bible Study #1 with Tommy Smith)

Tuesday, May 25

Tuesday Morning Main Session (Bible Study #2 with Tommy Smith)

Trivia with Tyson

Tuesday Evening Main Session (Sermon from Daniel Overdorf)

Wednesday, May 26

Wednesday Morning Main Session (Bible Study #3 with Tommy Smith)

Hymn Sing & Betty Gray Drama

Wednesday Evening Main Session (Variety Show)

Bible Study with Tommy Smith

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Part One: The Church as the Body and Bride of Christ

Part Two: The Church as the Field and Flock of God

Part Three: The Church as the Household and Temple of God

Sermon by Daniel Overdorf

Variety Show

This year’s Variety Show includes a new “behind the scenes” drama, a patriotic medley, Clyde Dorkman’s annual report, and student music videos from both the Tennessee and Florida campuses.

Clyde Dorkman

Betty Gray Drama

Betty has been an integral part of Senior Saints for more than 20 years. Each year people flock to her Bible study and afternoon drama. We want to express special appreciation to Betty for traveling to Johnson’s campus this spring just to film this special drama.

The King and the Prince 
A gripping story of sacrificial love. The King who loved his son, the Prince, so much that he was willing to go to the gallows and die in his son’s place. This is a story that only you can write the ending. Romans 5:8: “For while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Johnson University Update

Student and Alumni Stories

Throughout Senior Saints online, we highlighted reflections from students and alumni.


Kevin Ewing: Using baseball as a platform for Christ

Taryn Cunningham: “Just Go”

Journey Bennington: A servant who wants to use media to encourage people think about their lives to ensure they have purpose

Dane Beanblossom: Johnson’s caring community


Nathanael Dunn: The strategic role of media in ministry today

Harold Keck: Changes, challenges, and opportunities for the church

Trivia with Tyson

Hymn Sing

Video Workshops

Daniel Overdorf, Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Director of the Preaching Program
What’s Next for the Church?
This workshop considers what obstacles and opportunities await the church in the coming decades, and provides a sense of hope for the ministry that God will continue to perform through his people.

Jody Owens, Professor of Bible and Pastoral Ministries
Rediscovering Presence
This workshop briefly shares some observations on why the Incarnation – “God with us” – is such a profound event with far-reaching practical implications.

Jeff Snell, Dean, School of Congregational Ministry
Letting Jesus Have the Driver’s Seat
Exploring what Luke 5:1-11 teaches regarding the challenges and blessings that result from surrendering to Jesus.

David Wheeler, Associate Dean of Students, Associate Professor of Congregational Ministry
I Used to be a Wonderful Grandparent!
Many Christian grandparents are missing important opportunities to pass on a legacy of faith to their grandkids. So – what does it mean to be an INTENTIONAL Christian grandparent? This workshop will inform and motivate you!

These  workshops were originally developed and presented as part of an E2 church leadership conference hosted at Johnson University, and we wanted to make these resources available to those participating in Senior Saints. 

2020 Senior Saints Bible Study with Dr. Tommy Smith: “The Breath of Life: A Theology of the Holy Spirit”
These lessons were presented by Dr. Smith at the 2020 online Senior Saints. They were so well-received that we wanted to make them available for those who may not have seen them last year. Click here for the study guide.

Lesson One: The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament

Lesson Two: The Holy Spirit in the Ministry of Jesus and the Early Church

Lesson Three: The Holy Spirit in the Life of the Christian: The “Gift,” “Baptism,” and “Fruit” of the Holy Spirit

Lesson Four: The Holy Spirit in the Life of the Christian: The “Gifts” of the Holy Spirit

Lesson Five: The Holy Spirit in the Life of the Christian: “Be Filled with the Holy Spirit”

Additional Entertainment

Here are some additional musical numbers we thought you would enjoy.

Let All the People Say “Amen” – Johnson University Tennessee Choir

Resurrection Joy – Johnson University Florida Campus Choir and Choral Society

Sweet Roses of Morn—Johnson University Tennessee Vox Royale

In addition, scroll down for organ and piano duets of some of your favorite hymns played by Theresa Carnathan and Linda Reid, who have been playing together for over 30 years. Arrangements include Amazing Grace, Beulah Land, How Great Thou Art, I Must Tell Jesus, Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee, Precious Lord Take My Hand, and Wonderful Grace of Jesus.

Senior Saints in the Smokies 2022: Ocean Quest

We are looking forward to being back live and in-person for Senior Saints in the Smokies 2022! We have planned a great program that includes:

  • A Bible study with Tommy Smith
  • Preaching by David Eubanks
  • Tommy and John Thomas Oaks presenting their new drama on Jonah—”A Whale of a Tale”!

    Make plans to join us now in the beautiful Smoky Mountains and bring some friends!

    Request brochures by emailing or calling 865-251-2226. You can also download a brochure here.