The North Alabama Conference Lay Ministry Team invites everyone—clergy and laity—to attend the Laity Luncheon. The Laity Luncheon is a long-standing tradition of the North Alabama Conference and a great way to celebrate the connection! The Luncheon will be at noon on Monday, June 3, immediately following Business Session 1.
This upscale event will feature a pre-set meal—no standing in line or going through a buffet! Tickets are $17.50 and should be purchased through online reservations.
Guest speaker for the Laity Luncheon, J. Cameron West, took office as Huntingdon College's 14th president in 2003. Since then, Huntingdon has undergone a time of revitalization and renewal. He led a redesign of the core curriculum; introduction or re-introduction of majors or programs in accounting, biology teacher education, digital art, elementary education, Christian education, music, music education, physical education, religion, worship leadership and youth ministry; the establishment of the Staton Center for Learning Enrichment and the Center for Career and Vocation; the expansion of Student Life, Greek Life, Campus Recreation, Campus Ministries and Community Service programs; and the addition of the Marching Scarlet and Grey, a concert band, a jazz band, various specialized instrumental groups, and much more. He and his wife Elizabeth live in The Delchamps Residence on campus with daughter Grace and son William.
Singer, songwriter and retreat leader Keith Elder will provide entertainment for the Laity Luncheon. Keith has spoken and performed for more than thirty years in a wide variety of church, conference and community settings. While serving local churches in North Alabama as a youth director then as a pastor, Keith continued to write and record, play small concert venues and provide leadership for special events. He has recorded five full projects, besides the many theme songs for service organizations and special events, and has written and produced several small-scale musicals. Keith's songs are life/people songs crossing the lines of Christian, Folk/Americana, Musical Theater and borderline Bluegrass. He says he just writes what comes out on a given day. Keith and his wife Jean have been married 33 years and currently reside in Franklin, Tennessee. They have one daughter, Carey Beth—a proud Auburn grad—who lives and works in San Francisco.