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Lewolkien 2020

Lewolkien 2020

March 6-7

Join Castle Ministries in rustic Greenback, TN to engage in literature as a path for exercising the mind and grasping truth. The Lewolkien conference is a small, intimate gathering of book lovers and thinkers where story and written words are heralded. Gather as we discuss our love of old books, and some new authors as we unite over an admiration of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien and authors like them.

The annual conference will be held in the restored train depot in Greenback, TN. An optional lunch will be offered right across the street in the classic Greenback Diner with its red-checked table cloths and throwback feel.  Come experience a day of informative talks and rustic small town life.

Books can fuel not just the mind, but also the spirit. Let this be a launching point for you to find your next “great read” or to find great books for your children and family. JOIN US for an energetic time of thinking, laughing, and exploring great literature.

greenback tn train depot

Featured Speakers:

Kenny Woodhull

Dr. Kenneth Woodull

Dr. Woodhull began his nonprofit journey with a three-year stint in Knoxville with the Volunteer Ministry Center as a chaplain and volunteer coordinator in the early nineties. In 2011, he took on an adjunct teaching position at Johnson University in the School of Intercultural Studies. After which, he was hired by Johnson University as a full-time professor, in both the School of Business & Public Leadership and the School of Intercultural Studies, and became the executive director of the Urban Alliance. Kenny holds a DMiss from Fuller Theological Seminary, an MCS from Regent College, and a BA from Carson-Newman University.

Author DJ Edwardson

DJ Edwardson

is the author of several fictional novels and shorter works, such as The Last Motley and The Ascent of the Nebula, which was nominated for a Grace Award. He has a passion for seeing God glorified in the arts, especially literature. You can find out more about his work at

Jacob Stock

Jacob Stock

Director of Castle Ministries and MC of this event.  His resume includes 20 years of teaching and administration in elementary/middle school.  He is the father of four and a self proclaimed expert in children’s literature. 

David Strom

David Strom

received his B.S. in Chemistry from Wheaton College and his Masters in English Literature from the Univ. of Southern California. He also completed the doctoral course work in English Literature at the Univ. of Tennessee. David currently is the Director of Information Technology at Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM), Knoxville, TN.


Time Name Speaker
March 6    
7:30 pm Reception  
March 7    
TBA Breakfast  
9:00 – 9:20 am Introduction Jacob Stock
9:20 – 10:05 am A Grief Observed—Part 1 Kenneth Woodhull
10:05 – 10:20 am Break  
10:20 – 10:59 am A Grief Observed—Part 2 Kenneth Woodhull
11:00 -11:30 am Activity & Store Jacob Stock
11:30 am- 1:00 pm Lunch Break  
1:00 – 1:45 pm That awful power of imagination between time and eternity David Strom
2:00 – 2:45 pm The Genre of Imagination DJ Edwardson
3:00 – 4:00 pm Questions & Answers Panel


$20 student

$40 per person

$70 per couple

Giveaway books and others for purchase. 

Please note: that the reception on Friday is optional, Lodging in the area is on your own.  Most folks will join us for the day event on Saturday.  Cost includes drinks and some snacks, meals are conveniently located next door at the Greenback Dinner for purchase.