Medical/Dental/Health Professionals Ministry
Calendar of Events
Date and Location
October 6-9, 2016, Marriott Evergreen Conference Resort situated in the heart of Stone Mountain Park, 4021 Lakeview Drive Stone Mountain GA 30083. (770)879-9900.
Park entrance fee is waived for convention attendee's. Mention you're attending the Southern Union Convention Medical/Dental Convention at the gate.
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!
Randy Roberts, Brian Bull, Susan Richards, Grace Oh, Laura Podschun, Holly Gadd, Lilly Tryon, Frances Johnson, and Michael Liedke.
Doctors, Dentists, Optometrists, Practitioners, Nurses, Physical Therapists and all other allied health professionals along with their families.
|Thursday, October 6, 2016:|
|Friday, October 7, 2016:|
|Sabbath, October 8, 2016:|
|6pm||Concert and Vespers|
|Sunday, October 9, 2016:|
|12 NOON||Hotel Check-out|
To register online now click here or to register by phone call Bonnie Davidson @ 770-408-2135.
For those of you with small children, ages 4 to 11 who would like to attend the seminars on Thursday evening and Friday morning, child care will be provided. There is also a Friday evening, Sabbath School, and church program planned for children between the ages of 4 to 11 for those of you who would like your children to participate.
Friday Evening and Church speaker - Randy Roberts
Randy Roberts was born in South America of missionary parents Bob and Bettye Roberts. Until college age, he spent the majority of his life in Latin American countries.
Randy graduated from Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas, in 1981 with a major in Theology, and a minor in Modern Languages. For over five years, he was a pastor in the Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. During this time, he completed a Master of Divinity degree from the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Theological Seminary at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, from which he graduated in 1985.
In 1987, he began work as a chaplain at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, California. For over seven years, he provided patient and staff support, spiritual care and counseling. He was also instrumental in establishing and leading the Medical Center’s grief recovery program. During this time, he completed a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at United States International University in San Diego, California. He is a marriage and family therapist lisensed by the state of California.
Randy began teaching full-time with the Loma Linda University School of Religion in early 1994. While there, he worked as Associate Professor of Theology and Ministry and served as the Associate Dean for the School of Religion. In 1996, he completed his studies and graduated with a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.
While with the School of Religion, he also served on the pastoral staff of the Corona Seventh-day Adventist Church, (from 1996–2000), the latter part of that time serving as the senior pastor.
In September of 2000, he began his duties as the senior pastor of the Loma Linda University Church of Seventh-day Adventists in Loma Linda, California.
Randy has spoken to many and varied audiences both nationally and internationally; has written articles for various publications; and has authored one book for Pacific Press, entitled, Waiting and Longing (formerly published under the title, The End is Near [Again]).
Randy is married to Anita (Justiniano) Roberts, who works for the Southeastern California Conference of SDA in the areas of Prayer Ministries and Pastoral Spouse Support Ministries. She is currently completing a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from the SDA Theological Seminary at Andrews University.
Randy and Anita have a son named Austin, an intern pastor working at the Sunnyvale, California SDA Church; and a daughter named Miranda, a student at Walla Walla University majoring in Theology and English, currently studying in Argentina.
Stone Mountain State Park
- 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.
- One of the generals carved in Stone Mountain, Robert E. Lee, is as tall as a nine story building.
- Jefferson Davis’ thumb is the size of a sofa.
- The carving measures 90 feet tall, 190 feet wide and is 11 feet deep. It spans three acres and is larger than Mount Rushmore.
- Every three years, a worker repels down the face of the mountain to inspect and repair the carving.
- Stone Mountain Park is home to the world’s largest piece of exposed granite.
- By calculated “guestimate,” Stone Mountain weighs more than a trillion pounds.
- 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.
- Workers in the granite quarry were skilled stonecutters from places such as England, Wales, Scotland, Sweden, Norway and Italy.
- 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.
- On a clear winter day guests can see more than 40 miles from the top of the mountain.
- 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.
- 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.
- There are 15 miles of hiking and walking trails in Stone Mountain Park.
- The Songbird Habitat and Trail in Stone Mountain Park was previously the site for the 1996 Olympics’ archery and cycling competition.
- 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.
- Dogs are welcome at Stone Mountain Park for walks, runs and hikes.
- Some of the trees on the mountain are Loblolly Pine, Red Cedar, Georgia Oak and Black Cherry.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Stone Mountain Park Antebellum Plantation houses farm animals who know how to single file march out of their barn for a fire drill.
- The Antebellum Plantation grows an organic vegetable garden for guests and employees.
- The Thornton House at the Antebellum Plantation was built in 1784 and is the oldest restored house in the state of Georgia.
- Stone Mountain Park is home to a custom-made Carillon. It is 13 stories high and has 732 bells. The daily concert from our 732-bell Carillon is one of the true joys of Stone Mountain Park. The Carillon was donated by our friends at Coca-Cola after being exhibited in the 1964 World's Fair in New York City. The Park's carillon has been played by Mabel Sharp for over 30 years.
- 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. On land, Ducks can reach a top speed of 45 miles per hour and in water about six miles per hour.
- Guests can travel nearly half a mile roundtrip on the Skyride.
- 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.
- On April 26, 1962, the first Stone Mountain train, General II, pulled out of the station. The engine alone weighed 138,750 pounds.
- The Lasershow Spectacular has been a fixture at Stone Mountain Park for 28 years and is the longest running lasershow in the world.
- Stone Mountain Park is home to one of the nation’s largest family adventure ropes course, SkyHike.
- 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.
- The Summit Skyride and Scenic Railroad both celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2012.
- Stone Mountain Park is host to more than 25 festivals and special events.
- Stone Mountain Park’s Snow Mountain has the capacity to make 360 tons of snow per day.
- Stone Mountain Park hosts the nation’s No. 1 arts and crafts show, cited by Sunshine Artist Magazine, called the Yellow Daisy Festival.
- Stone Mountain Park has 12 pavilions.
- Stone Mountain Park Campground is the largest campground in the State of Georgia with 422 sites. 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.
- The Evergreen Conference Center and Resort has 31,000 square feet of meeting space. Stone Mountain Inn has 92 spacious rooms.
- 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.
- 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.