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Bishop Holston, Conference Preacher

South Carolina Conference Resident Bishop Jonathan Holston, formerly the senior pastor of St. James UMC in Atlanta, holds a Master of Divinity in biblical studies from The Interdenominational Theological Center, Gammon Theological Seminary, Atlanta. He also has a bachelor’s degree in religion from the University of Georgia. Prior to his appointment to St. James, he served as superintendent of the Atlanta-Decatur-Oxford District, an associate director of the North Georgia Conference Council on Ministries, the senior pastor of Clifton UMC; and the senior pastor of Marietta Street UMC.

Bishop Holston has also served as a member of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, Hinton Rural Life Center, Appalachian Development Committee and the Southeastern Jurisdictional Association for Native American Ministries.

He has also traveled extensively as a specialist in missions to Uganda, Costa Rica, Haiti, Honduras, Zimbabwe, Kenya, India, China and Hong Kong. In his work as the conference disaster relief coordinator, he served on the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), the Catastrophic Disaster Response Team and as the Church World Service Disaster Consultant in Georgia.

Brady Whitehead, Plenary Bible Study

Brady Whitehead, Jr., B.S., M.Div., M.A., Th.D, is an ordained elder of the Memphis Annual Conference. He is retired from Lambuth University in Jackson, TN, where he taught in the Religion Department for thirty-two years. He has served as Adjunct Professor of New Testament at Memphis Theological Seminary and has taught both Old Testament and New Testament in the Holy Land and at the Kazakhstan Evangelical Christian Seminary in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Dr. Whitehead has taught in the Emory Course of Study since 1979; was the first director of the Tennessee Courses of Study and has taught in that school since 1994; he has taught in the Alabama Course of Study since 1995. He has led Bible studies in churches and districts in thirty-six states and the District of Columbia.

Workshop Description
The scripture guide for the Bible Study will be II Timothy 1:7 indicating God gave us a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline. These three thoughts will help focus on our theme of Living in Ordinary Time with EEE's - Enthusiasm, Encouragement, Engagement and Empowerment.

Edgar Moore, Professional Track

Edgar Moore is an Elder in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference, with nearly thirty years’ experience as a local church pastor and District Superintendent. In 2007 Ed returned to North Carolina to teach in Elon’s Department of Religion. He joined the staff of the Clergy Health Initiative at Duke Divinity School, where he remains. In addition to his work with CHI, Ed has also taught in Duke’s Master of Divinity curriculum in the area of Worship and Sacraments, as well as in the Course of Study.

Professional Track Workshop Summary
God’s Journey as Emmanuel: What Incarnation Means for God to be “With Us”
The Christian Year as Intersection with Cana, and with the Third Pew from the Back
What It Means to Be Well: a Wesleyan Perspective
Death and Grief: Theological and Pastoral Reflections

Keith Elder,  Entertainment

Wednesday evening, 7:30 pm
Singer, songwriter, retreat leader, Keith Elder has served local churches in North Alabama as a youth director then as a pastor. Keith's songs are life/people songs crossing the lines of Christian, Folk/Americana, Musical Theater, and borderline Bluegrass. He says he just writes what come out on a given day. Call him "genre-challenged," but these days he is shooting for an honest word, a compelling story, and a fitting musical form to carry the message. Keith's concerts are ever-evolving, but all include songs, stories, heartfelt moments and food for thought. If you hear echoes of James Taylor, John Denver, or Larry Gatlin, you won't be the first!

The Lake Junaluska Singers, Entertainment

The Lake Junaluska Singers enrich our worship experiences on Monday and Tuesday evenings and on Thursday morning. The Lake Junaluska Singers, directed by Dr. Melodie Galloway, are a 14-voice professional ensemble, which serves as the Ambassador choir for the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church and of the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center.

Jenny Turner, Registrar

Jennifer Martin, Director of Program Ministries