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Firefly Banquet

An invitation only event in recognition of our leadership donors.

June 1, 2019

Let your light so shine…

The Firefly Society

Firefly Society members build a strong endowment which allows Montreat Conference Center to address immediate needs and imagine future possibilities.

Many generations ago, the people of Montreat carried little lanterns called fireflies to light their way home after dark. The person carrying the firefly would lift it high, banishing the shadows for everyone and lighting the way wit ha warm circle of light.

Today, we are called to carry the light of Montreat forward. We build, we plan, we dream about what the future will hold in this special place. Endowment provides a dependable and predictable source of income to supplement the Montreat Fund and conference revenue. It makes resources available to bring world-class speakers to our conferences; to offer scholarships; and to carry out much-needed renovations for our facilities.

Rev. Bob Brearley

Rev. Bob Brearley currently serves as interim pastor at Shandon Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina. He served as the pastor of St. Simons Presbyterian Church from 1998 until June, 2018, and previously served the White Bluff Presbyterian Church in Savannah for twelve years. Bob grew up in Columbia, South Carolina, graduated from Presbyterian College, and received a Masters of Arts in English from the University of South Carolina. After graduating from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond in 1979, Bob was called as pastor of Concord Presbyterian Church near Sumter, S.C.  He is married to Mary Ann, a retired music teacher, who taught for 15 years at Altama Elementary School in Brunswick. They have three grown children: James is a commercial real estate developer in Sarasota, Florida; David, an attorney, lives in Rome, Georgia, with his wife Carolyn and two young sons, Bennett and Walker; and Kate, a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary lives on St. Simons Island with her husband Stuart Buckley and two young daughters, English Jane and Evie, and son Ben. Bob enjoys playing golf and tennis, going to Montreat Conference Center, being with friends, and fishing.  He has served on the boards of Thornwell Home for Children, Presbyterian College, and the Presbyterian Homes of Georgia. Bob is active on the Board of Hospice of the Golden Isles and serves on the board of the Katz Whittle Foundation for character education in the schools. Following his service as interim, Bob looks forward to spending his retirement split between the warm half of the year in Montreat and the cooler half on St. Simons Island, Georgia.

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