Renewal Conference

How much more will your Father in Heaven give the Holy Spirit for those who ask.
Luke 11:13b


June 24–29, 2018

Register Now

About the Conference

During this year’s Renewal Conference, we will stand at the opening doorway to that amazing promise: How much more!

How much more…. will He open for us this fuller life, living it a-day-at-a-time, as we track Jesus through ‘A-day-in-His-Life’ as Mark tells it.  How much more…will He pour His grace on us as we seek to tap again the Spirit-empowered life traveling with Paul through Galatians.

Come with us as we follow the “how much mores” in Mark and Galatians and walk away with the Much More that He longs for us to have.

Kanuga’s annual Renewal Conference brings families and friends together for a week of teaching, worship and healing. Designed as a spiritual recharge, the week features dynamic morning and evening teaching, afternoon relaxation and workshops and powerful worship.

Workshop Descriptions

Keynote Speakers

The Very Rev. Dr. John M. Barr, III was born at Sewanee, Tennessee in 1949.  John attended the University of the South and graduated with a degree in English and a minor in philosophy. While at Sewanee, he studied for a term at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. After graduating, he taught English at the Baylor School in Chattanooga and while there developed the Baylor Mountaineering Program. Seminary years took him to Virginia Seminary (Honors graduate, 1976); and he earned a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Seminary in 2000 (with course work at St. Andrew’s University, Scotland). John is married to Laura (author of Faithfully Fit, Word Publishing), and they have three children (Ramsay, MacReadie, David), and four grandchildren.

He retired from being the Rector of the Church of the Holy Comforter, Sumter, South Carolina in 2014 and now lives in Columbia with his wife, Laura.  In years prior, he served parishes in South Carolina, the Mississippi Delta and was the Rector of Christ Church, Mobile. He served as a Dean of the Diocese of South Carolina and now serves as Chairman of the Commission on Ministry for the Diocese, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Kanuga.

Most recently he has enjoyed teaching at the Anglican Leadership Institute, and he now teaches AP English Literature at Wilson Hall School.  Other delights are being a grandfather, fly-fishing, sometimes playing the fiddle and clawhammer banjo, and always the high privilege of watching the grace of God reconstruct lives.

The Rev. Michael Lumpkin is a third-generation priest.  Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania while his father served as Rector of Calvary Church, Pittsburg, Mike graduated from Sewanee, then spent five years with IBM prior to attending Virginia Theological Seminary.  He served as a parish rector in Aiken, Spartanburg and Summerville, SC, for 32 years prior to retirement in 2014.

Mike and his wife Ellen are happily ensconced on Edisto Island, SC where Michael continues to boat, study, teach and preach as opportunities call.  They have two daughters and one son-in-law. Mike and Ellen have long been part of the Renewal community. Mike has served as a Workshop Leader, Chaplain and a keynoter in the past.



The Reverend Gary Beson II, Vicar, was born in Columbus, Ohio but considers South Carolina his home. His family has lived here since transferring from Tripoli, Libya in 1969. A graduate of Summerville High School and the Citadel, he received his Masters of Divinity from Trinity School for Ministry and was ordained a Priest in 2014. He and six others were called to plant St. Timothy’s Church(s) in the growing area of Berkeley County, SC.

He is married to Susan who works at St. Paul’s Summerville, and they have three children and one daughter-in-law. He loves reading, exercise, good food, and certainly the shared drink among friends.

Gary is comfortable with those like himself who have questions and he believes that ambiguity is a strength, not a weakness, when serving the Lord. He feels led by the Holy Spirit to grow our church by sharing all our lives together and one relationship at a time. He is certain that the Millennials who were raised in the church will return when they come to understand the world doesn’t hold the answers, only Jesus Christ and his shared grace and love do. That reason is what brought him into the privilege of full-time ordained ministry.

The Reverend Sean Norris was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and is from a large family of seven children.  He met his wife Kate while they were high school students on a church missions trip to Mexico and have been together ever since.  Sean served many years as a lay leader in various churches and para-church ministries in both Pittsburgh and New York City, but his call to ordained ministry arose out of a profound experience of being met in his brokenness and pain by the radical grace of Jesus Christ.

Sean graduated from Trinity School for Ministry and was ordained a priest in the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh.  Sean and Kate felt God’s call to plant South Side Anglican Church in Pittsburgh in 2011.  During their five years planting and leading South Side Anglican they welcomed their two daughters, Rhyan and Skylar, into the world.  In the summer of 2016 they followed the Lord’s call to be Associate Rector & I’On Campus Pastor at The Church of the Holy Cross in Mt.Pleasant,SC.

Sean loves playing with his family, singing and song writing, hanging out on the beach, exercising, watching movies, and tinkering with cars, motorcycles, and anything with an engine.

Conference Coordinators

Mark and Lisa Greenslit have attended the Renewal Conference for over 10 years.  They are members of St. Paul’s Summerville in South Carolina where they have been active in various ministries for 21 years.    Mark and Lisa have been married for 30 years, and they have 4 children, ages 7 to 24.  “Renewal Conference has richly blessed our family each summer.  We feel privileged to serve as your coordinators!”


Rates are per person (each person must be registered) and include 5 nights lodging and meals beginning with supper Sunday and ending with breakfast on Friday.

  • Double Occupancy (shared room/per person): $800 (Early Bird – $720 by February 26)
  • Single Occupancy (private room): $990 (Early Bird – $891 by February 26)
  • Youth (10-18) $350 (Early Bird – $315 by February 26)
  • Child (3-9) $235 (Early Bird – $212 by February 26)
  • Infant/Toddler (0-2 yrs.) Free
  • Commuter (meals and facility fees only – NO lodging): $575 (Early Bird – $518 by February 26)


Deposit: A $100 deposit, per person, is required at the time of registration. This nonrefundable, nontransferable deposit is deducted from the total fee. We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and Echeck. Notice of your intent to cancel must be sent to Kanuga in writing either by fax (828) 696-3589 or by email to

Balance due: Payment in full is required beginning 30 days before the event start date (May 25, 2018), which is also the Balance Due date for those only paying the initial deposit when registering.  Kanuga does not hold credit card information and will not be able to automatically charge the remaining balance due on May 25, 2018.

Cancellations: Cancellations and refunds are provided in a tiered system based on proximity to the event start date. Any cancellation made at least three weeks (21 days) before the event start date will result in the forfeiture of the $100.00 deposit and a refund of any remaining balance.  Cancellations made 20-15 days before the event start date will result in the forfeiture of the $100.00 deposit and receive a 50% refund of any remaining balance. Cancellations made 14-8 days before the event start date will result in the forfeiture of the $100.00 deposit.  You will then receive a 25% refund of any remaining balance. Cancellations made within 7 days of the event start date are not eligible for a refund.

  1. Cancellations made by June 03, 2018 will result in the forfeiture of the $100 deposit and a refund of any remaining balance.
  2. Cancellations made from June 04 to June 09, 2018 will result in the forfeiture of the $100 deposit. You will then receive a 50% refund of any remaining balance.
  3. Cancellations made from June 10 to June 16, 2018 will result in the forfeiture of the $100 deposit. You will then receive a 25% refund of any remaining balance.
  4. Cancellations made beginning on June 17 are not eligible for a refund.


Check-in: 4–6 p.m. Sunday, June 24
Check-out: 10 a.m. Friday, June 29

Registration & Discounts

Register Now

For financial assistance, download the printable application below.

Scholarship Request

For more information, please contact Director of Formation Programs and Resident Chaplain Richmond Jones at or 828-692-9136 Ext. 2745.