Join us for Senior Saints!

Every summer, hundreds of our friends 55 and older join us for a week of learning, friendship, growth, and fun. Many attend every summer and call it a highlight of their year! These seniors enjoy worship services, hiking trips, sightseeing, concerts, Bible studies, workshops, and great food, and the Johnson University staff and faculty enjoy serving them during their time on campus.

In the winter, we’ve started a new Senior Saints Cruise! Our cruising seniors love the days at sea, the stops in Mexico, and the opportunity to experience all of it with hundreds of Christian friends.

Scroll down for more info on all of this year’s programs, and make plans to join us!

Senior Saints Cruise

Senior Saints in the Smokies 2020

Our new Athletic and Recreation Complex is open, and to celebrate we’re remembering the days of letter sweaters and pom poms! Join us for preaching by Bob Russell, a Bible Study led by JU president Dr. Tommy Smith, a concert of 50s and 60s a cappella music by “The Gem Tones” from Dollywood, and a new Active Track option with extended hikes, golf, bike rides, and photography expeditions. Click here for the full schedule and here for ideas on what to bring with you.

2020 Dates:

May 18-22
May 25-29
June 1-5

2020 Costs:

Postmarked before March 13:
2 people sharing a room: $270 per person
1 person in room: $310 per person
RV parking: $200 per person
No lodging needed: $160 per person

Postmarked after March 13:
Add $25 per person to the costs listed above.


Bob Russell

At just twenty-two years of age, Bob became the pastor of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. That small congregation of 120 members became one of the largest churches in America, with 18,000 people attending the three worship services every weekend in 2006 when Bob retired. Now through Bob Russell Ministries, Bob continues to preach at churches and conferences throughout the United States, provide guidance for church leadership, mentor other ministers, and author Bible study videos for use in small groups.


The schedule is flexible! Enjoy workshops and afternoon activities, or participate in the new active track with extended time for more demanding experiences like a 5-8 mile hike, 18 or 36 holes of golf, a 20-mile bike ride, or a photography expedition.


Time Event
2:00 p.m. Registration
5:00 p.m. Supper
7:00 p.m. Evening Program

Tuesday – Thursday

Time Event
7:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:15 a.m. Bible Study
10:00 a.m. Workshops
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 – 6:00 p.m. Afternoon Activities
7:00 p.m. Evening Program


Tuesday – Thursday Active Track

Time Event
7:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:15 a.m. Bible Study
10:00 a.m. – 6p.m. Active Track Options
7:00 p.m. Evening Program



Time Event
6:45 a.m. Closing Prayer Circle
7:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

What to Bring

Bedding: The linen set provided for each person includes one set of sheets, a pillowcase, one towel and washcloth, and a lightweight blanket. You will need to bring your own pillow, as well as extra towels and washcloths and maybe even an extra blanket.

Packing Checklist

  • Bible
  • Notebook
  • Satchel
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Medications
  • Extra towels and washcloths
  • Light blanket
  • Mat for bathroom floor
  • Reading light
  • Flashlight or nightlight
  • Paper cups
  • Small coffee pot and coffee for room
  • Snacks
  • Clothes hangers
  • Robe
  • Swim suit
  • Alarm clock
  • A small cooler or insulated bag
  • Light sweater or jacket
  • Umbrella
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Tennis racquet and balls
  • Fishing equipment
  • Golf clubs
  • Board games and cards
  • Camera


Printable brochure

Click here to download the 2020 brochure!