Megan Argabrite is Director of Worship and the Arts at Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC. She studied music at Queens University of Charlotte and is a graduate of Union Presbyterian Seminary. She believes that The God of the Bible is a maker, a creator, a wonderer, an enjoyer. If we are made in God’s image, then we, the body of Christ, are all of these things. Her greatest joy in ministry is seeing others find their creative selves, especially in worship, but sometimes just because it's fun. Her medium is usually song, but she dabbles in the fine arts of crayons and duct tape.
Kris "Bubba' Brammer lives in Lincoln, Nebraska but grew up surrounded by the mountains of Roanoke, VA. Bubba has been in youth ministry for over 20 years serving churches in Hickory and Southern Pines, NC as well as his current call at First Presbyterian in Lincoln, NE. When not working, Bubba enjoys, golf and fly-fishing , but most of his time is spent with his amazing wife Kris Adler-Brammer and their four legged child/dog, Wrigley.
Bill Buchanan is a pastor, Christian educator, youth worker, father, husband, and friend. He is the Executive Director of Youth Mission Co, which includes the youth mission immersion programs of Asheville Youth Mission, Raleigh Youth Mission, and Memphis Youth Mission. He loves live music, cooking, and watching college basketball.
Karen Edenfield worked in the sewing and fabric industry for many years and is delighted to be retired/reinvented doing freelance design work in the sewing industry, custom design work for churches and creating stoles for her Etsy shop. Karen received her master's degree in crafts, yes, that's a major (!) and since then has enjoyed her experiences teaching and managing businesses for some very creative business owners. Pioneer Memorial Presbyterian Church in Solon, OH is her church home where she’s an active volunteer particularly in creative worship and Stephen’s Ministry.
Jen is a ball of energy and excitement that loves God and loves being with God’s people Jen and her husband, Rich have two young boys and a cute old beagle. Jen is outnumbered by guys in her house! She loves being the Associate Pastor for Youth, Young Adults, and Families with Young Children at Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, AR. Jen loves to create memories of learning, laughing, and growing by serving the greater church by bebopping around as a workshop leader, keynote speaker, conference chaplain and manual writer for various retreats and trainings, as well as recreation leader for Presbyterian Youth Triennium and Montreat Youth Conference. In her free time, she loves creating, laughing with friends and family, and organizing anything!
Kelly Fitzgerald is the Associate Pastor for Family Ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Sarasota, FL. She got her start in church ministry as a cool, free-spirited youth worker but now drives a mini-van and keeps 100 SPF sunscreen in the glove box. These two extremes help to navigate the world of "what's next and new" while operating the traditional church model. She is a Florida native and is blessed to be raising her three young girls along the Gulf coast with her husband, Mike.
Chandler Guess is a graduate of Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC (Go Hose!) and holds both a Bachelor of Arts in Religion/Christian Education and History. She has a passion for mission, travel, and the creative arts. Her favorite pastimes include listening to live music, reading, drawing, and hiking with her dog Clyde. She enjoys laughing, learning and playing with people of all ages!
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.
Deck Guess is a country preacher from Laurinburg, NC, where he serves as pastor to the saints of Old Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church. He loves hanging around his wife, Deb, and their four children, in hopes that some of their creativity will rub off on him. He also likes hanging out with their two dogs, whose fur never fails to rub off on him.
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.
Shannon Guse joined the staff at Faith Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee, FL in July of 2005. She has a B.S. in Health Science Education from the University of Florida, and taught middle school and high school health in Marion County, FL for six years. Shannon has been working in youth ministry for over 20 years. She is married to Matt and they have two children. Shannon enjoys reading young adult novels that address tough issues and capture the quirkiness of teenagers!
Ann Laird Jones serves as the director for arts ministry at Montreat Conference Center, where she teaches pottery, talks about films, arts and theology and ideas for worship space, and works collaboratively with Hannah Garrity and Eric Wall on the continuing arts/worship/music/theology initiative at Montreat. Ann is moving into year 36 as an ordained PCUSA minister, and can’t wait to see what the future holds. She is married to Mike Caulfield, mother of Doug and Sally plus plethora of dog/cat-type creatures. She commutes between Montreat, NC, Louisville, KY, and Greenville, MS.
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, Roger 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.
Leslie McCarthy is a creative spirit with a sense of adventure and play thrown in the mix. A retired business owner, she is now lucky enough to create, volunteer and have fun with like-hearted friends. Leslie would say that she's primarily a textile and fiber artist with a little wood and paint thrown in for good measure. She loves to design and create everything from jewelry and journals to totes and handbags, but her passion is designing fun and funky furniture that can found on her Instagram account FunkyFibersKY. She's willing to try anything once... well, almost anything!
Eric Nanz is an accomplished instrumentalist, vocalist, song leader and songwriter. A professional instructor, he teaches guitar, piano, voice, bass, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, songwriting and music theory at his private studio in Fort Myers, Florida. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music industry from James Madison University, where he majored in classical guitar and sound engineering. Eric currently helps lead music for Covenant Presbyterian Church, Fort Myers, as well as for retreats and conferences.
Steve Price is a happily retired Presbyterian minister (after 25 years in campus ministry), living in Greenville S.C.with his husband Scott and two of the cutest, most spoiled Boston Terriors in the world. Steve says,"I am so happy to have the opportunity to give back to the ARW---It was here that I experienced the joy of recreation as re-creation and it changed my life. Cheers!
Jose Rivera is coordinator of Music Education and Associate Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke where he conducts the University Chorale and teaches choral methods, vocal techniques, and supervises student teachers. Dr. Rivera currently serves as the American Choral Director’s Association Repertoire and Resources National Chair for Ethnic Music. He would never share this himself, but he has been described as a positive ball of energy who is able to take any group of voices and make incredible music!
Lynn Turnage is Director of Children & Family Ministries, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, NC. Lynn is a lover of games, community building, movies, adventure, Montreat, and her girls.
Marilyn Werst came to ARW as an Episcopal youth worker looking for new games, dances and activities. Late in life, she began attending art workshops and landed in the world of three dimensional found object art(assemblage). Marilyn loves sharing her passion for art with others--epecially those who say “I am not artistic”—and see them discover joy of creating.