Glenn Bannerman is the Professor Emeritus of Recreation and Outdoor Education for the Presbyterian School of Christian Education. Glenn has been an active leader of ARW for 53 years. He has taught all types of Folk Dance throughout the USA, Europe and Central-South America. Many of the dances at ARW were introduced by Glenn and his wife, Evelyn.
Bubba Brammer is the Director of Youth Ministries at Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church in Southern Pines, NC where he has served for the last 10 years. When not engaged in ministry with young people, Bubba enjoys playing tennis and golf; learning to build anything out of wood; and best of all, spending time with his wife Kris Adler-Brammer and their four legged fur-child, Wrigley. Bubba is also an avid fan of the University of Virginia. Wahoowa!
Jon Brown is the pastor of Old Bergen Church in Jersey City, NJ, an historic (chartered in 1660) and currently multicultural congregation across the Hudson River from Manhattan. Jon has served on the staff of Montreat Conference Center and as Director of Mission Interpretation for the Presbyterian Church (USA) as well as serving churches in NC, SC and FL. He will take part in the 2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium as worship coordinator. Jon spends his spare time (really, what is that?) exploring New York City, traveling, gardening and hosting friends and family who come to visit.
Bill Buchanan is a PCUSA pastor and Executive Director of Asheville Youth Mission and Raleigh Youth Mission. He’s also a musician, college basketball fan, and father to a couple of great teenagers.
Lee Cross says - Because my mother didn’t like TV I grew up learning how to entertain myself. My brother, sister and I made up games to play, and to this day I love to play all sorts of sports and games. I spent many a summer working and directing summer camps, and I live for the fun and excitement of the first day of camp, youth retreats, and sporting events. I am essentially a traveling recreation minstrel, and will go anywhere I can to find a group with which to play games (or any place that offers free food). My wife Kate and I live in Suffolk, VA, with our three girls where I help teach the senior high Sunday school class at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church.
Lynne Farrow, MA, is an artist, retired therapist, art educator and curriculum developer who has recently relocated to North Carolina from Southern California. A former adjunct professor at Eastern University, she taught a course on art and spirituality while also facilitating a weekly spiritually focused therapeutic art workshop with women in substance abuse recovery in her community. Lynne has authored and compiled three resource books on the arts, healing and transformation.
Erika Funk is a California girl despite having lived in Pensacola, Philadelphia and now Charlotte. Her craftiness comes from her mother and her bad eyesight from her dad. She currently serves as the Associate Pastor for Mission at First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte and has recently become a foster mom. Hot cups of tea, Joss Whedon and bold acts of justice are what keep the gleam in her eyes.
Deb Guess is a full-time jewelry and mixed media artist, producing artwork for galleries and teaching in the Soul Whispers Arts studio and other venues throughout the southeast. Her passion is helping folks make connections between creativity and personal spirituality. Deb also loves to garden, cook, travel, and hang out with her very fun adult children. She lives in Laurinburg, NC with husband, Deck, and her poorly behaved but lovable dog, Schnitzel.
Beth Gunn is a recreation leader from Western North Carolina. She is the Associate for Youth for the Presbytery of Western North Carolina with a particular emphasis in the field of Recreation Ministry. She lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her husband and two dogs. Their 3 daughters are all out of the nest and while she and Bruce miss them a lot they are enjoying being “GG” and Grumps to their 2 granddaughters! Time with family to play together has been a life long priority and made for a richer and stronger bond.
Ann Jones commutes between Montreat where she serves as the year round Arts Ministry Director, and Greenville, Mississippi, where she serves two small churches as Stated Supply Pastor. She is a very active member of St. Andrew Presbytery when she is not teaching pottery at Montreat, or making liturgical art for worship! She loves her husband, Mike Caulfield, her children Sally and Doug, all creatures big and small, planting trees, anything messy from mud to clay to paint, the feel of holding a good book, playing the violin, and the ongoing conversations friendship offers. She admits to hoarding bulletins, and helping turtles cross Mississippi roads on warm Sunday mornings.
Brian Maness has worked in sports, recreation, or as a stained glass artisan for 20 years. He is renowned well-beyond these workshops for his creativity and expertise with both fused and traditional glass.
Roger Maness, although officially "retired" from church ministry, is anything but retired. He has shifted his time and energy to a large non-profit youth sports ministry. In his limited spare time, he continues to enjoy teaching others the "how-to" of creating with stained glass.
Sophie Maness is the Director of Children's Ministries at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. She thoroughly enjoys laughing, learning and playing with children of all ages.
Jenny McDevitt is Associate of Pastoral Care at Village Presbyterian Church in Kansas. She is also responsible for writing Village’s liturgy and for introducing large-scale art into the sanctuary worship space. A preacher at heart, she loves telling stories and helping others figure out how they fit into God’s great gospel story. Jenny received her MDiv from Union Presbyterian Seminary and her undergraduate degree in Creative Writing from Kenyon College. She is a voracious reader, a slow runner, and a terrible gardener.
Howard Moore is a graduate of The University of South Carolina in mathematics and retired from Sonoco Products Company as Director of
Corporate Compensation and Benefits. He has been a woodcarver for over 60 years and enjoys puzzles, origami, photography and making dulcimers and ukuleles. Howard has taught wood-working classes at ARW with Dick Porter for over 30 years.
Dick Porter is a retired pantyhose maker from Sara Hosiery Corporation. He has taught at ARW with Howard Moore for over 30 years. In the past several years, they have taught classes where they made dulcimers, shaker boxes, folk toys, kites and the list goes on. Dick and wife, Brenda, are involved in Living Waters for the World projects in the Dominican Republic.
Anne Russ is the pastor at First Presbyterian Argenta, a small downtown church in North Little Rock, AR, that has a ton of kids running around. She has been a keynote and worship leader at many local, regional and national PCUSA events and conferences. She is the de facto social media expert for the Presbytery of Arkansas. She is so committed to the pursuit of play that an award in her name is given out each year to the graduate of the Donaghey Scholars Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock who "best reminds us that this is supposed to be fun."
Peter Thompson is a child of God and risk taker by trade… How else do you explain answering a call into ministry - especially youth ministry? Peter, a graduate of Montreat College ’03 and Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education ’09, is currently answering his call to ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Burlington, NC as an Associate Pastor for Youth and College Ministries. Peter is in his 5th year at FPC and has been working in the church for nearly 10 years. Peter enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 kids, playing and coaching sports, cooking, eating, woodworking, outdoor adventure, and traveling.
Michelle Thomas Bush is the Associate for Youth and their families at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, SC. She loves to play the games of her childhood, laugh until she cries and share in the joy of Christian Community.
Lynn Turnage is Director of Children & Family Ministries, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, NC. Lynn LOVES (in no particular order!) ARW, Montreat, chocolate, dancing, Pinterest, being outside, fresh ways to worship and pray, children's ministry, intersections of worship, work, and play, and most of all: playing with her daughters!