September 4-8, 2023
Lake Junaluska, NC
NOAC is a Spirit-filled gathering of adults 50 and older who love learning and discerning together, exploring God’s call for their lives and living out that call by sharing their energy, insight, and legacy with their families, communities, and the world.
“God is Doing A New Thing”
“I am about to do a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.”
Mark Charles, speaker, writer, consultant on the complexities of American history, race, culture, and faith
Ken Medema and Ted Swartz
Ken is a singer/songwriter and “sneaky” theologian. Ted is a Mennonite actor and writer.
Osheta Moore, writer, pastor, speaker, and podcaster
Jeremy Ashworth, pastor, Circle of Peace Church of the Brethren, Peoria, Arizona
Christina Singh, pastor, Freeport Church of the Brethren, Freeport, Illinois
Deanna Brown, ordained minister, Director of Cultural Connections India Pilgrimages
Lexi Aligarbres, co-pastor, First Church of the Brethren, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Katie Shaw Thompson, pastor, Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren, Elgin, Illinois
Bible study leaders
Glenn Bollinger, Karen Dillon, Jim Martinez, Leonard Matheny, Don Mitchell, Bonnie Kline Smeltzer, Karlene Tyler, Christy Waltersdorff (Coordinator), staff – Josh Brockway, Stan Dueck
- National Older Adult Conference 2023 will meet on the theme ‘God Is Doing a New Thing!’
“God Is Doing a New Thing!” is the theme for the 2023 National Older Adult Conference (NOAC), inspired by the scripture text from Isaiah 43:19: “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert."
- NOAC keynoter Karen González speaks on immigration and the church
Participants in the 2021 virtual National Older Adult Conference heard a detailed but very accessible presentation on immigration, including how to see it from a biblical perspective, from keynote apeaker Karen González.
- Lisa Sharon Harper takes NOAC along on a journey wrestling with identity
undertook a journey to wrestle with her identity. The journey took her along the Trail of Tears as well as into the heart of slavery in the American South.
- McPherson hosts a NOAC ‘watch party’
For years, Dave Fruth from McPherson, Kan., has organized bus trips to National Older Adult Conference in Lake Junaluska, N.C., from Kansas, Missouri, and Iowa in past years. He and a small committee from the Cedars Retirement Village in McPherson were not deterred from attending virtually this year.
- NOAC will ‘overflow with hope’ next week
The NOAC 2021 Planning Team will be “Overflowing with Hope” that all Internet connections are working next week as the first-ever online NOAC hits the airwaves.
- Virtual National Older Adult Conference to offer keynote presentations, worship and Bible study, unique online gatherings
A review of everything you need to know to attend this year's virtual NOAC