Chris Hughes (Speaker) has served in various settings of The United Methodist Church including local churches, church-related colleges, the Southeastern Jurisdiction program and ministry staff, and the United Methodist Publishing House. Chris and his wife Gloria co-founders of the Foundation for Christian Formation, Confirmation Retreats and Chris is the pastor of Bethel United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, NC. Chris is a singer, songwriter, and author. He has a D.Min. from Drew University and a M.Div. from Duke Divinity School.
Abbye West Pates (Worship Leader) is returning for her second summer of leadership at Lake Junaluska and is a worship leader from Memphis, TN. Originally from south Mississippi, she spent her summers at Lake Junaluska with her youth group. She's excited to be here for her first summer, leading others in worship, with her husband Jeff. Both in performing originals and as a worship leader, she has a passion for the work of hospitality, that even in leading others, she helps set the tone for inviting others into a participatory work. Abbye and Jeff live in community, where they grow their own food, cook lots of meals, and find joy in opening their home for their friends and neighbors. You can find her original songs at www.abbyewestpates.com.