Major Tracks

September 25–29, 2017

Unlike any other conference offered at Mount Hermon, The Creating a Legacy Conference will offer daily major tracks with over 6 hours of content each. We believe that Boomers want more than superficial content, that they are eager to learn new things and willing to invest in developing new competencies. Expect to interact with your small learning group, sharing life as you learn. Don’t be surprised by assignments that encourage you to process what you are learning between sessions.

This year’s Five Major Tracks are:

Telling Your Story

Your story can have a lasting impact for generations

An important part of leaving a legacy is telling people your story. Have you taken the time to tell your story such that your adult kids will be able to talk to your grandkids about your life? Will they know of God’s faithfulness to you?  Will your experiences, lessons learned, values and precious memories be retold, bringing laughter and tears and bolstering faith?

Many of us long to know the heritage that makes us who we are. Unless our parents and grandparents were diligent to tell us the stories of their immigration, education, military service, significant relationships, career history, romance, loss, grief and triumph, we have only a shadow of understanding the narrative that is the backstory of our lives. In this Major Track we will learn not only how to tell a story, but how to tell your story. Bill will walk you through the essential elements of storytelling

You will Learn:
  • Identifying, editing and organizing events and themes in your past that form the narrative of your life
  • Finding your voice and rhythm
  • Learning to craft an anecdote
  • Learning how to use illustrations
  • Recalling events, but also the moral of the story, the lesson learned, the impact or influence of the event in shaping who you are.
Bill Butterworth

Bill Butterworth

An incredible communicator and author of over a dozen books, Bill is a highly sought–after speaker across the country. He is also the founder of the Butterworth Communications Institute and one of our most beloved speakers at Mount Hermon family camps. A gifted storyteller, Bill has helped countless people leave their legacy by telling their own story. He has served on the vision committee for this conference since it began and is excited about what he has seen God do in the lives of those who attend.

Bill Butterworth

see bio

Ministry Start Up


Has God given you a vision for ministry? Do you want to serve but aren’t quite sure where to start? Serving isn’t limited to physically demanding projects. God wants us to have the heart of a servant and to use our available gifts and resources for Him.  It may be as simple as picking up the phone to encourage a friend or grandchild, serving as a class grandparent in a local elementary school, or as ambiguous as starting up a ministry of your own. Our desire is for you to leave this session with a clearer vision of what God has in store for your life. 

Dr. Ryan Bentley

Judy and Wes Wick (The Yes! Couple) 

Since starting “YES!” nine years ago, Wes & Judy have personally experienced the jolt of the empty nest, the joy of welcoming three daughters-in-law and one son-in-law into their family, and the jubilation of becoming first-time grandparents. With vocational backgrounds in church ministry, college administration, and consulting and most importantly, with God’s prompting, Wes & Judy jumped in with all four feet and started the interdenominational ministry of YES! in 2008. YES! (Young Enough To Serve) is a ministry to help inspire older dreamers, to fulfill what God is calling them into. Wes & Judy are grateful for opportunities to help individuals and churches move to stronger Biblical paradigms for life’s second half, with hearts intentionally more open to praying, serving and making disciples.

Judy and Wes Wick (The Yes! Couple)

see bio

The Enneagram

A Tool for Spiritual Formation

Join us for an hands-on exploration of the Enneagram as a spiritual formation tool that moves us toward Christ and towards spiritual growth. Our focus in this workshop is to learn how this tool can assist us in deepening our awareness of God and our awareness of self. 

This workshop is for you if you are just beginning to explore the enneagram or you’re an expert. We hope to bring a fresh perspective into how this powerful tool can help you get unstuck in your spiritual walk and identify with God places of potential growth in all of your relationships – with God, others and self. We will provide you with exercises, scripture and tools to help you in the process.

It would be helpful to have an idea of your Enneagram number prior to coming to this workshop. A helpful test is Wagner Test ($10)  A helpful beginning resource is the Essential Enneagram by David Daniels and Virginia Price.

You will Learn:
  • Biblical groundings of the Enneagram
  • How our childhood relational patterns can help us discover our patterns for coping with life (and therefore our Enneagram number)
  • Importance of moving toward integration across all the types (including description of wings and arrows on the Enneagram)
  • Grounding our Enneagram insights in spiritual practices. We will specifically explore the practices of silence, self examination and scripture.
Sibyl Towner

Sibyl Towner

Sibyl Towner is the Co–Author of Listen to My Life and co–founder of oneLifemaps, LLC, an organization dedicated to helping people review their life stories for the purpose of recognizing and responding to God. Her life mission statement is to equip the next generation of leaders in godly character and leadership. Sibyl has been married to Dick for 51 years. They have two sons and an adopted–in–love third son, and eleven grandchildren. They live in Oldenburg, Indiana where they are co–directors of The Springs, a Christian Retreat Center at which they invite people to listen and respond to God. Sibyl enjoys listening to people’s stories, reading, walking in all seasons, opening their home and facilitating retreats.

Sibyl Towner

see bio

Provide and Protect

Your financial footprint is a part of your legacy

This in–depth course has helped hundreds gain insight on conserving and distributing resources to effectively meet family financial needs now and in the future. Class discussions will highlight ways of supporting your surviving spouse and family members’ needs with an emphasis on Scripturally sound principles. Interactive case studies will help you consider the unique opportunities you have in creating your legacy.

You will Learn:
  • How to plant seeds of stewardship in the lives of those you influence now, preparing them to leave a healthy financial legacy in the future.
  • Understanding the use of insurance, Living Trusts, Property Agreements and Wills in conserving and distributing your hard earned resources.
  • How to ensure that vital documents such as Power of Attorney for Health Care will be effective in seeing that your wishes are followed.
  • Creative ways for supporting a surviving spouse, children or grandchildren, parents or siblings.
  • Consideration of charitable giving as a part of your plan using tools such as IRA Charitable Rollovers, Charitable LEAD Trusts, Donor Advised Funds and other means that can bless organizations that have impacted your family and carry on your legacy far beyond your years on earth.
  • Charts, checklists, case studies and resources you can refer to later make this course any easy way to grapple with these questions we all face that are hugely important but seldom urgent.
  • E.J. Hong

    E. J. Hong

    E.J. Hong is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She has over 25 years of experience, having worked for a judge, law firm and the government, and running her own private practice. EJ’s passion for estate planning comes from her heart because she has experienced many deaths in her own family.

  • J.R. Loofbourrow

    J.R. Loofbourrow

    J.R. is the Vice President of Advancement at Mount Hermon. He has served for more than fifteen years, loving the people who invest in this ministry and keeping them informed about how God uses their generosity to transform lives. Prior to coming to Mount Hermon he worked in the financial services industry for over 15 years. J.R. is a graduate of Westmont College and he and his wife, Laurie, are the parents of three adult sons.

  • Katherine Saigeon

    Katherine Saigeon

    Kathy has served as the President of the Christian Foundation of the West since 2012. She is a 30+ year career executive in philanthropy and was CFO of The Fuller Foundation. She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, and has served as CFO to two multi-billion foundations.

Set Yourself up for a Successful Retirement 


n recent years people are having more and more problems trying to find where they fit and function during retirement as people are in better health and living longer. Come join us as Bryce will be going over topics such as:

You will Learn:
  • How to Find your Sweet Spot in Retirement
  • How to Finish Strong
Charlie Broxton

Bryce Jessup

Bryce served as the president of William Jessup University for 25 years. He has worked as a professor, pastor, coach, and Dean of Students. He has also been a significant leader in Bay Area pastors groups, the Billy Graham Crusade, and ethnic reconciliation groups. During Dr. Jessup’s presidency, William Jessup University substantially improved its financial position, achieved regional accreditation, significantly increased enrollment, broadened the curriculum, and moved to a beautiful new 125-acre campus in Rocklin. In addition, he serves as vice chair of Agape International Missions Board and on the Shoulder to Shoulder Board.

Bryce Jessup

see bio