Main Speaker: Charles Maynard, a native of Signal Mountain, is an ordained United Methodist minister, a storyteller, and an author. A graduate of Emory & Henry College in Virginia and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, he has served in Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church for over 30 years. He has authored or co-authored 30 books, including 21 children’s books. He has also written UMC Sunday school and devotional literature as well as numerous magazine articles. His most recent book, The Blue Ridge Parkway, is a coffee table book in collaboration with the photographer, Jerry Greer. He now teaches “Storytelling and Preaching” at the Emmanuel School of Religion. After serving seven years as the Director of Development for Holston Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries, Charles is now be serving as the Superintendent of the Maryville District.