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January 22-23, 2018
Jekyll Island Club 
371 Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island, GA 31527

THEOLOGICAL CONFERENCE AND RETREAT…Mark your Calendars – January 22-23, 2018.   The theme of the conference/retreat is LAW & GOSPEL (Do They Still Matter?).

Sponsored by St Paul Lutheran Seminary and the Georgia Fellowship our Lutheran Theological Retreat offers refreshing, faith-enriching experiences for pastors, lay leaders and spouses by offering Christian discussions, rewarding comradery and outdoor relaxation. There will be speakers, discussions, and a special sunset service on the waterfront. You won’t want to miss this event, so mark your calendars now. Dr. Jim Nestingen, Dr. Marney Fritts and Dr. Dennis DiMauro will again be speaking this year.


Jekyll Island is a barrier island on the Georgia coast, just across St. Simons Sound from neighboring St. Simons Island and Brunswick, Georgia. Jekyll offers visitors miles of pristine beaches and coastlands, including Driftwood Beach, Glory Beach and Great Dunes, as well as campgrounds, museums, restaurants, eclectic shops and boutique stores, horseback riding and carriage tours, natural wildlife preserves and protected marshlands, miles of bicycle trails to explore, maritime forests, fishing and world-class golf, kayaking and canoeing, not to mention the infamous Historic District and surrounding areas. 

The island is renowned for its landmark Historic District, termed the "Millionaire's Village" long ago, with its 240-acre site containing 33 historic structures, including the Jekyll Island Club Hotel and surrounding cottages that were once home to some of America's most wealthy and prominent citizens, including the Crane family, the Pulitzers, Morgans, Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, and Goodyear clan to name but a few. These privileged few used Jekyll Island as a hunting and golf retreat, spending lazy summers here and building these historic homes that have been lovingly restored to their former glory. Jekyll Island has been a part of many historic moments, including the first meeting of the Federal Reserve, and the first transcontinental telephone call.


Come for the weekend…Stay for the conference...perhaps stay longer!




Early Bird rates for the conference are as follows if you register before November 30:  Individuals-$125, Couples-$215, Seminarians-$65

After November 30th the rates will be: Individuals - $150, Couples-$240,          Seminarians-$85


We have rooms set aside at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel for the conference/retreat from Saturday through Wednesday at the conference rate (conference rates available until December 15, 2017).  There are other options close by as well.  Jekyll Island is a beautiful area with many outstanding activities for you to enjoy.  Why not come early and stay for the conference or attend the conference and remain for a couple of additional days???  


The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is also the location for the conference. Located in a gorgeous historic location on the riverside, it offers three on-site dining venues and great water views.  Ask for the Theological Retreat rate. Room rates are $131-162.  Make reservations by following this link or by calling (855) 535-9547.


Click for a Map to Jekyll Club.  The nearest airport is in Brunswick (approx 30 min). Airports within 90 minutes or so include Jacksonville and Savannah.  Atlanta, likely the least expensive by air, is about 4.5 hours by rental car. We are working on some shuttle and/or shared rides as well.  Contact Chuck Hunsaker for more info and he will keep in touch: 706-464-1142


Now, don’t just put this on your calendar.  Get this on everyone’s

calendar.  The “welcome mat” is out and “we will leave the light on for you.”


In Christ, 

Chuck Hunsaker, Georgia Fellowship

Pr. Jon Jensen, St. Paul Lutheran Seminary & Reformation LC

Thank you for your interest in the conference. Please use the form below to help the conference staff better serve our attendees. If husband and wife are attending, please provide the names in the "message" area.  Remember to make your room reservations separately, this form is only for conference registration.

You may mail your registration fee to: St. Paul Lutheran Seminary, P.O. Box 510768, Oakville, MO  63151 or use our paypal option by following this link.


Conference Schedule



11:45 Registration Opens (DuBignon Room)
12:00 Lunch & Registration
1:00 Welcome & Devotions
1:30 Presentation 1, Dr. Nestingen 
2:15 Presentation 1, Dr. Fritts
3:00 Afternoon Break
3:30 Presentation 1, Dr. DiMauro
4:15 Free Time
5:00 Sunset Service on the Beach (Club Pavilion)

8:00 Breakfast & Devotions (DuBignon Room)
8:45 Presentation 2, Dr. Nestingen
9:30 Presentation 2, Dr. Fritts
10:15 Morning Break
10:45 Presentation 2, Dr. DiMauro
11:30 Open Discussion
12:00 Conference Adjourns

1:30 - 2:30 Georgia Fellowship Meeting


Dr. James Nestingen is a graduate of Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., in 1967. He earned the master of divinity degree from Luther Seminary in 1971 and the master of theology degree in 1978. He received his doctorate in theology from St. Michael's College, University of Toronto, in 1984. His books include: Martin Luther: His Life and His Teachings (2004, 1982) Manger in the Mountains (2000); The Faith We Hold (1983); ; Roots of Our Faith (1978); and Free to Be (with Gerhard Forde, 1975). Dr. Nestingen has been teaching within both the M.Div. and D.Min. programs for Saint Paul Lutheran Seminary since its inception in 2011.

Dr. Marney Fritts holds degrees from Pacific Lutheran University (B.S.  Biology, B.A. Religion) and Luther Seminary (M.A. Theology and Doctrine, Ph. D. Systematic Theology). Her dissertation, “Responses to Gustaf Aulen’s Christus Victor and Their Impact on the Doctrine of Proclamation,” focuses on the distinction between theorizing about the atonement and proclamation which actually accomplishes it. She spent one year as a missionary to Bratislava, Slovakia. She has been teaching Lutheran theology to adults in congregations since 2000. She started teaching systematic theology to M.Div. Students for Saint Paul Lutheran Seminary since its inception in 2011. 

Dr. Dennis R. Di Mauro holds a BA (1986) from the College of William and Mary, an MBA (1991) from George Mason University, a Master's of Arts in Religion (2006) from Reformed Theological Seminary, and a PhD from the Catholic University of America (2012) in Church History and Sacramental Theology. He teaches religion at St. Paul Lutheran Seminary, serves on the Younger Theologian Colloquy of the NALC, and has also taught at Marymount University and Washington Bible College. He is the author of A Love for Life (Wipf and Stock, 2008), as well as numerous articles and reviews in such periodicals as Anglican and Episcopal History, Lutheran Forum, Lutheran Witness, First Things, Higher Things, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, andTouchstone. He currently serves as Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (NALC), Warrenton, VA. Before his ordination in the North American Lutheran Church in 2013, Dennis served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve and worked for 25 years in the Telecommunications and IT industries at companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Unisys, and Nortel.