Class Members

Denise Akers
Sarah Deyo
Barbara Ann Eaton
Pam Fairly
Jennifer Fairly
Gregg Fell
Paige Fore
Stuart Gilly
Kim Gilly
Sue Heflin
Jim Hewitt
Terri Lamb
Steve Lamb
Art Landry
Lee Ann Lockridge
Natalie Marionneaux
Kim McGee
Jackie Moffitt
Frances Nettles
Weegie Peabody
Gerry Poche
Karen Rhodes
Kent Rhodes
Kevin Robshaw
Nila Schwab
Elizabeth Scott
Kathy Seger
Alvin Smith
Kathy Smith
Alan Smith
Jared Soileau
Laura Soileau
Ruth Somers
Bonnie Steuer
Amanda Wells
Susan Witherspoon

Guest Speakers

Rev. Dr. James Bryan Smith
September 5-6, 2014
Wesleyan Formation
Rev. Dr. James Bryan Smith is a theology professor at Friends University in Wichita, KS and is a writer and speaker in the area of Christian spiritual formation. Jim is an ordained United Methodist Church minister (ord. 1987) and has served in various capacities in local churches since ordination.

Jim serves as the Director of The Apprentice Institute on Christian Formation at Friends University and was a founding member of Renovaré, a spiritual renewal ministry started by Richard J. Foster in 1987. He has been a popular speaker for Conferences across the country, speaking at over 50 regional conferences. He is the author of eight books including The Apprentice Series: The Good and Beautiful God, The Good and Beautiful Life and The Good and Beautiful Community.

Jim received his B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Friends University in 1984, where he was named “Outstanding Religion Major” at graduation. He received his M.Div. from Yale University Divinity School; won the coveted John Wade prize for Outstanding Preaching; and he received his Doctorate in Ministry from Fuller Seminary in 1997.


Dr. Patricia Brown
January 9-10, 2015
Means of Grace and Spiritual Practice
The Reverend, Dr. Patricia D. Brown, an ordained pastor with the United Methodist Church is Executive Director of the Spiritworks Center for Formation and Leadership in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  In this position she consultants and teaches leadership and spiritual formation as well as supports educational ministry in Rwanda, Africa.

Topics, drawn from her nine published books, include Christian formation, spiritual gifts, prayer, women’s spirituality and more. “Tricia” teaches, preaches, delivers keynote addresses, and facilitates workshops and retreats close to home and across the country.

Patricia’s book, drawn from her doctoral dissertation, Paths to Prayer: Finding Your Own Way to the Presence of God – Discover Your Prayer Type and Explore 40 Ways to Pray from 2000 Years of Christian Tradition, was published by Jossey-Bass Publishing, San Francisco, Fall 2003.  She was Associate Professor in the School of Theology of Seattle Pacific University and Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation and Direction at Mars Hill Graduate School, Seattle before seeking her current position.

Widowed at the age of twenty-five with a three year old child, The Reverend Dr. Brown is now married to Dale Bauman, a registered nurse. She has two sons; Christian, who lives in NYC with Molly, and Stephen, an actor in Seattle. Patricia seeks to be open to God’s presence and live in Spirit-filled ways.  The work closest to her heart is to facilitate ongoing spiritual life through the creation of sacred spaces and times specifically formulated to help individuals and communities become alive to God’s work in the world.

Dr. Dwight H. Judy
April 10-11, 2015
Covenant Community, Gifts and Calling: The Next Step
Dwight H. Judy, Ph.D., is Professor of Spiritual Formation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. He has guided retreats in spiritual formation practices since 1980 and was privileged to assist in developing the nationally recognized United Methodist Professional Certification in Spiritual Formation. He is a licensed psychologist and holds a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology.

Dwight serves as an editor for Presence, the quarterly journal of Spiritual Directors International and has authored nine books including: Embracing God: Praying with Teresa of Avila, Christian Meditation and Inner Healing, Quest for the Mystical Christ: Awakening the Heart of Faith, and The Journey and Discerning Life Transitions. Dwight’s book: A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life has been acclaimed as one of the best resources for congregational life in the United Methodist Church. Dwight’s book and vision for the Church will enrich our own congregation.