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Growing Into Tomorrow ... Today


Date: Monday, March 24 - Tuesday, March 25, 2014 (Registration for the workshop is free)

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., both days

Housing Rate: 

Single Room - $55 per night

Double Room- $80 per night

Meal Ticket: $40 (One meal ticket includes breakfast and lunch plus two light snacks for both Monday and Tuesday)

Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, McCord Community Center
100 E. 27th Street, Austin 78705

Registration limited to 25 attendees.


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Planning for retirement can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Attend this two-day seminar and look beyond finances to be informed, educated, and inspired for a journey toward wholeness in retirement living!

  • Identify key questions for discernment in planning for retirement
  • Assess their finances, options for saving before retirement, and reasonable expectations for retirement living
  • Discuss healthcare options available through Medicare and supplemental insurances
  • Identify their next steps for wholeness in play, learning, and work; relationships; housing; health; and finances.

Who should attend:

Clergy and lay Benefits Plan members looking to retire within the next fifteen years, and their guest. Mid- to late-career clergy and lay persons, Board of Pensions members and their guests

About the Presenters

Reverend Rodney Sewell 

Rodney Sewell is an Education Specialist with The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He leads member education seminars across the country and assists in developing additional education resources for plan members and the wider Church community.

Before joining the Board of Pensions in 2005, Sewell was director of planned giving for Regis University in Denver, served as a development officer with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation for 15 years, and was pastor at a rural Kansas church for nine years. A minister and a Certified Financial Planner (C.F.P.®), Sewell received a B.A. from Upper Iowa University and his M.Div. from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.

When he is not traveling to present the Board of Pensions education seminars, Rod lives in the Center City section of Philadelphia, PA with his wife, Kimberly, and attends Old Pine Presbyterian Church. His daughter, Anna, and son-in-law, Jason, live in Kansas, and his stepdaughter, Libi, lives in Virginia. 

The Reverend Dr. Jim & Mrs. Sherrill Graham 

Jim and Sherrill met while living in Philadelphia and working at Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Hospital. Jim worked there in college as an attendant in the autistic children’s unit, where Sherrill completed a one-month psychiatric affiliation as part of her nursing degree.

Jim is a graduate of Temple University, and received his M.Div. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pastoral Counseling training from Andover Newton Theological School, and his D.Min. from Princeton Theological Seminary. He served the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in varied roles prior to his retirement. Jim was pastor to three congregations, located in Pennsylvania, New York, and Illinois. He also worked as a chaplain for two Cincinnati retirement communities, for the U.S. Army Reserves, and for a Veterans’ Administration hospital. He served the Board of Pensions as a regional representative, and later retired as one of the Board’s education specialists. Jim is a percussionist and played with various groups, including small dance bands, and pit and symphony orchestras.

Sherrill is a nursing graduate of Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania (now part of Drexel University) and St. Joseph’s College in North Windham, Maine. She received her M.B.A. from the Keller Graduate School of Business Management. Sherrill’s nursing career spanned various specialty environments, including emergency medicine, medical/surgical wards, and as a high school nurse. She later worked in long-term care as a director of nursing, a pharmacy account manager, and a director of quality assurance.

Jim and Sherrill have two children and five grandchildren. They enjoy traveling with their fifth-wheel trailer, spending winters in Florida and Alabama, and taking their grandchildren (one at a time) on informative trips. The Grahams make their home in Ohio.


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