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Date and Location
October 6-9, 2016, Marriott Evergreen Conference Resort, 4021 Lakeview Drive Stone Mountain GA 30083

Welcome to our 50 year anniversary of the Southern Union Medical/Dental/Health Professional Convention! For 50 years the Southern Union has traditionally provided an extended weekend of continuing education, inspirational Sabbath programming, which has touched young and old alike, and good old-fashioned fun and Adventist fellowship for physicians, dentists and other allied healthcare professionals. This special year continues this tradition in the beautiful new venue of Stone Mountain Park located in Stone Mountain, Georgia. We know your participation in the weekend will refresh your faith, renew old friendships, and reconnect you with your family and loved ones. Our theme this year is BALANCE. We believe by participating in this special weekend you will come closer to learning how to achieve the balance God wants each of us to experience not only in our spiritual lives but in our professional lives as well. So come, bring your family and join our Jubilee! You are sure to be blessed!

Featured Speakers
David Smith, John Nixon, David DeRose, Alan Herford, David Markoff, Grace Oh, Laura Podschun, Holly Gadd, Lilly Tryon, Frances Johnson, and Michael Liedke.

Who Should Attend
Doctors, Dentists, Practitioners, Nurses, Physical Therapists and all other allied health professionals should attend.

Thursday, October 6, 2016:  
4-7pm Hotel Check-in
7-10pm CE Presentations
Friday, October 7, 2016:  
8am-12pm CE Presentations
8am-3pm ACLS Renewal*
12:30-5:30pm Golf
6:45pm Mini Concert
7pm Keynote Address
Sabbath, October 8, 2016:  
9am Sabbath School
10:45am Church Service
2:30pm Afternoon Activity
6pm Concert and Vespers
Sunday, October 9, 2016:  
12 NOON Hotel Check-out

*There must be a minimum of 6 people registered for this course. A refund of ACLS renewal fee will be given if class is cancelled due to insufficient numbers. There is no on-site registration for this course. You must pre-register.

Additional Information


Weekend Speakers

Weekend Guest Speakers

John S. Nixon
He is professor of theology and spirituality in the School of Religion at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee. John S. Nixon is married to Dr. Januwoina (Ja-von-na) Nixon, director of Learning Support Services at Southern Adventist University. Before joining the faculty at Southern, John served for 34-years in pastoral ministry. He served congregations in New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, and Washington DC, among others. He also served as senior pastor on three university campuses – Atlantic Union College, Oakwood University, and Southern Adventist University. While on the west coast, John served as Vice President in the Southern California Conference. Together the Nixons have three children: John II, a pastor in Decatur, GA; Paul, Vice Principal of Oakwood Academy in Huntsville, AL; and Clarise, an English instructor at Southern Adventist University. John II and his wife April have two children, John III (a.k.a. Third John), and Julia.
John S. Nixon will be presenting our Sabbath School Lesson. 

David Smith
He has been an educator for forty years. David taught history, Bible and English at two Adventist boarding academies and served for three years as a boys’ dean at one of these schools. From 1979 to 1981 he taught English at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. From 1981 to 1998 David taught English at Southern Adventist University, serving as English Department Chair during most of that time as well as earning his doctorate from the University of Tennessee. In 1998 David left Southern to serve as President of Union College. Since 2011 he has been the senior pastor of the Collegedale, Tennessee Seventh-day Adventist Church. David enjoys public speaking and has presented on a variety of topics to audiences worldwide. His wife, Cherie, is Associate Pastor for Visitation and Prayer at the Collegedale Church. David and Cherie have two daughters, Kimberly, a teacher in Keene, Texas and Jacinda, a nurse and stay-at-home mother in Israel. David and Cherie are blessed with six grandchildren and two special sons-in-law. Currently serves as the President of Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee.
David Smith will be presenting our theme topics on balance: "Protecting Margin", "The Tyranny of the Urgent", Priming the Pump".


Musical Guests

The King's Heralds Quartet

The internationally acclaimed KING'S HERALDS quartet brings to the stage an eighty six year heritage in gospel music. Founded in Keene, Texas in 1927 by four young college students, the group has come to be recognized world-wide for their blend and musical expertise. Current members of the quartet are Don Scroggs, First Tenor; Jared Otto, Second Tenor; Russell Hospedales, Baritone and Jeff Pearles, Bass.
This inter-denominational group has toured not only the United States but the islands of the Caribbean, all of Latin America, the South Pacific, Australia, the Orient and Africa. Among their audiences have been heads of state, kings, presidents, governors, ambassadors and other dignitaries.
Regular television guests on the Praise The Lord Show" on the Trinity Broadcasting network, the KING'S HERALDS quartet has also appeared at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, KY since 2007 performing on the main stage. They also performed at the Great Western Fan Fest in California.
The KING'S HERALDS quartet has shared their music before the Christian Booksellers Association, the National Association of Evangelicals, the National Association of Religious Broadcasters, the Protestant Health and Welfare Association, the Greater Pittsburgh Charismatic Conference and the Baptist World Alliance. The quartet is the first Christian gospel group from the West to tour The People's Republic of China since 1949, singing for the "First Invitational Symposium of the Christian Church in China" sponsored by the US/China Education Foundation. In 2001 the KING'S HERALDS presented 19 concerts in the Republic of Cuba with the Spanish Christian Radio Broadcast "La Voz de la Esperanza".
The KING'S HERALDS have received twenty -three "SILVER ANGEL AWARDS" from EXCELLENCE IN MEDIA, including six for "Best Male Vocal Group" and fourteen for "Best Album." The group also received a "GOLD ANGEL AWARD" in recognition for their being the oldest, continuous Gospel Quartet in America.
The KING'S HERALDS perform in a variety of musical styles, making them a favorite with audiences of all ages. Their rich blend, harmony and balance as interpreted through their well-know a’capella singing creates a rich musical experience.
Thirty one men have been a part of the KING'S HERALDS quartet since its foundation in 1927. They have recorded in 30 languages, on over 100 albums and toured over fifty countries. Their music is treasured by people all over the world, from the highlands of Papua New Guinea, to the steppes of Russia, to Santiago in Chile.

Musical Guests - Cantori

Cantori is the premiere choral ensemble within the School of Music at Southern Adventist University. The singers include students from across the USA and abroad who are pursuing degrees in a wide variety of disciplines. The ensemble studies and performs literature representative of all the major stylistic eras. In addition to their distinctive chamber choir experience, I Cantori form the leadership core for Southern's Bel Canto women's chorus and Die Meistersinger men's chorus. I Cantori share their music through local, national and international concert tours, and for on-campus church services, concerts and special events. In an ongoing search for choral excellence, the ensemble regularly attends National and Division Conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. The choir has performed on several occasions with Dutch organist Sietze de Vries for a program of hymn improvisation featuring Southern's Anton Heiller Memorial Organ. I Cantori was featured in a live national broadcast with De Vries that was hosted by Michael Barone of Pipedreams Live! Each member makes a personal commitment to the cultivation of disciplined technique and expressive singing. The members of I Cantori sing with the understanding that great music has the power to elevate and inspire both its listeners and participants to love and serve the Creator.
Gennevieve Brown-Kibble joined the faculty at Southern Adventist University’s School of Music as Director of Choral Studies in 2005. She also teaches applied voice, choral conducting, and music history. Prior to her appointment at Southern, Gennevieve was the Director of Choral Studies at Pacific Union College in Northern California. She also taught at Auburn and Columbia Academy in Washington State. Under her direction, choirs have performed in Australia, Canada, Finland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and in the United States. Gennevieve earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education at Andrews University, a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance at Indiana University and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting at The University of Arizona.

Fun Facts about Stone Mountain State Park

1. The historical carving on Stone Mountain is the only memorial to a trio of Southern generals and their horses: Jefferson Davis on Blackjack, Robert E. Lee on Traveler and Thomas Stonewall” Jackson on Little Sorrel.
2. One of the generals carved in Stone Mountain, Robert E. Lee, is as tall as a nine story building.
3. Jefferson Davis’ thumb is the size of a sofa.
4. The carving measures 90 feet tall, 190 feet wide and is 11 feet deep. It spans three acres and is larger than Mount Rushmore.
5. Every three years, a worker repels down the face of the mountain to inspect and repair the carving.
6. Stone Mountain Park is home to the world’s largest piece of exposed granite.
7. By calculated “guestimate,” Stone Mountain weighs more than a trillion pounds.
8. Granite originally mined from Stone Mountain was used in the foundation of the Georgia State Capitol building, steps of the east wing of the US Capitol, dome of the Federal Gold Depository at Fort Knox, locks of the Panama Canal, and Frank Lloyd Wright used this stone to build the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. Because the hotel was constructed from Stone Mountain granite, the hotel was one of the few buildings to survive the powerful 1923 earthquake.
9. Workers in the granite quarry were skilled stonecutters from places such as England, Wales, Scotland, Sweden, Norway and Italy.
10. You can only see one third of the entire mountain. It is estimated that it extends up to seven miles below the earth’s surface and into parts of North Carolina.
11. On a clear winter day guests can see more than 40 miles from the top of the mountain.
12. The natural district, the undeveloped area of Stone Mountain Park, is home to a Covered Bridge built in 1892 and originally spanned the Oconee River in Athens, GA.
13. The natural district, the undeveloped area of the park, is also home to the Grist Mill built in 1867 and moved to Stone Mountain Park from Ellijay, GA.
14. There are 15 miles of hiking and walking trails in Stone Mountain Park.
15. The Songbird Habitat and Trail in Stone Mountain Park was previously the site for the 1996 Olympics’ archery and cycling competition.
16. Stone Mountain Park is a birdwatcher’s haven. You can see more than a dozen species including the American Bluebirds, Brown Thrashers, Yellow-Breasted Chats, Indigo Buntings, Goldfinches, Blue Grosbeaks and Field Sparrows.
17. Dogs are welcome at Stone Mountain Park for walks, runs and hikes.
18. Some of the trees on the mountain are Loblolly Pine, Red Cedar, Georgia Oak and Black Cherry.
19. Shrimp live on the top of Stone Mountain! The depressions at the very top of Stone Mountain seasonally gather water and can then provide the necessities for life. Shrimp inhabit these pools. They leave tiny eggs behind in the soil when the pool dries up and their young are able to hatch and can be seen when the area receives adequate rains.
20. Stone Mountain Park is a natural habitat for a variety of animals, insects, reptiles and fowl including White-tail Deer, Red-tailed Hawk, Monarch Butterflies, Cottontail Rabbits, Black Rat Snakes, Eastern Chipmunks, Painted Turtles, Box Turtles, Tiger Swallowtail, American Toad, Great Blue Heron , Grey Squirrels, Mallard Ducks, Grey Fox and Wild Turkeys.
21. A variety of plants can be seen during all seasons at Stone Mountain Park. Species include the Trout Lilly in the late winter, Red Moss, Sandwort, Poolsprite and Quillwort in the spring, Prickly Pear Cactus, Yucca and Dayflowers in the Summer and Yellow Daisies in the Fall.
22. The Confederate Daisy is also called the “Stone Mountain Yellow Daisy” because it is only found in a 60-mile radius of Stone Mountain. It was discovered as a new species in 1946. Beginning in August the mountain is scattered with yellow from this flower, which grows on the granite outcrops in shallow soil.
23. Stone Mountain Lake is a man-made lake and took almost two years to fill with water. The water used to create the snow for the annual attraction Snow Mountain, comes from and is returned to the lake.
24. Stone Mountain Park land was farmed at one point. The primary crop was corn, primary animals were pigs and most farms had beehives for honey, scuppernong grape arbors and several fruit trees.
25. The Stone Mountain Park Antebellum Plantation houses farm animals who know how to single file march out of their barn for a fire drill.
26. The Antebellum Plantation grows an organic vegetable garden for guests and employees.
27. The Thornton House at the Antebellum Plantation was built in 1784 and is the oldest restored house in the state of Georgia. 28. Stone Mountain Park is home to a custom-made carillon. Built as the world’s largest by the Coca-Cola Company for the New York World’s Fair in 1964.
29. Stone Mountain Park’s carillon is 13 stories high and has 732 bells.
30. Stone Mountain Park is the only place in Georgia to hear a daily electronic carillon concert. Concerts are at 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm on Sundays and at noon and 4pm, Monday-Saturday.
31. Mabel Sharp has been the exclusive Stone Mountain Park Carillonneur for 31 years.
32. Between 1942-1945 more than 20,000 amphibious military transport DUKW vehicles known as the “Ducks” were produced and built by women. Stone Mountain Park is the exclusive place to Ride the Ducks in the State of Georgia.
33. On land, Ducks can reach a top speed of 45 miles per hour and in water about six miles per hour.
34. Guests can travel nearly half a mile roundtrip on the Skyride.
35. On July 18, 1996, at 3am, the Skyride transported the Olympic torch to the top of the mountain before the torch headed downtown to Atlanta for the opening ceremonies of the Centennial Olympic Games.
36. On April 26, 1962, the first Stone Mountain train, General II, pulled out of the station. The engine alone weighed 138,750 pounds. 37. The Lasershow Spectacular has been a fixture at Stone Mountain Park for 28 years and is the longest running lasershow in the world.
38. Stone Mountain Park is home to one of the nation’s largest family adventure ropes course, SkyHike.
39. The sunken remains of the park’s first riverboat, the Robert E. Lee, can be seen at the bottom of Stone Mountain Lake. It took nearly three truckloads of granite to make the Robert E. Lee sink.
40. The Summit Skyride and Scenic Railroad both celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2012.
41. Stone Mountain Park is host to more than 25 festivals and special events.
42. Stone Mountain Park’s Snow Mountain has the capacity to make 360 tons of snow per day.
43. Stone Mountain Park hosts the nation’s No. 1 arts and crafts show, cited by Sunshine Artist Magazine, called the Yellow Daisy Festival.
44. Stone Mountain Park has 12 pavilions.
45. Stone Mountain Park Campground is the largest campground in the State of Georgia with 422 sites.
46. Stone Mountain Park Campground is only one of two in the State of Georgia to receive the highest rating of 5W by Woodall’s North American Camp Directory. Stone Mountain Park has been awarded this rating eight years in a row.
47. The Evergreen Conference Center and Resort has 31,000 square feet of meeting space.
48. Stone Mountain Inn has 92 spacious rooms.
49. Stone Mountain Park’s Golf Course is the first Marriott property worldwide to achieve a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary which enables golf facilities to protect the environment by enhancing natural areas and wildlife habitats.
50. Stone Mountain Park’s newest attraction, Geyser Towers, opened in the Spring of 2012. The attraction features multiple levels of suspended rope bridges and net tunnels connecting visitors to towering platforms that overlook a gushing geyser. While climbing through the structure, sporadic eruptions and multiple offshoots of water will splash guests to keep cool, or climbers can challenge themselves to stay high and dry.


Area Airports

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport - ATL
Airport Phone: 1-800-897-1910
Hotel direction: 36.7 miles NE
This hotel does not provide shuttle service.
Visit ATL airport website
Get driving directions 

Alternate transportation:

Greene Limousine: fee: 117.5 USD (one way); reservation required
Estimated taxi fare: 85 USD (one way)

Other Transportation

Bus Station 
Greyhound Station 
14.5 miles NW

Train Station
Amtrak Station 
20.5 miles NW

Car Rentals
All major companies available at airport.

• Complimentary on-site parking
• Valet parking, fee: 14 USD daily

Direction From Airport to Hotel: From Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport follow signs to Riverdale Road, turn left. Take 1-285 to Exit 39B to Stone Mountain Park's main gate enterance, once inside gate take first left. For complete information, call Stone Mountain direct at 770.879.9900.