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Middle School Conference @ Maryville College

Designed for middle school youth and their group leaders.

A Montreat Conference Center Event
July 17–21, 2019

The Middle School Conference is designed for youth who have completed fifth, sixth, seventh, or eighth grade by summer 2019, and for their group leaders. Adults must be fully registered and housed with their youth in campus housing. The daily schedule includes keynote, worship, recreation, singing, small groups, and many other activities.

The conference will be held at Maryville College, a PC(USA) affiliated private college, located in Maryville, Tennessee, between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, Tennessee.

Need to talk to a real person? Contact Hope Barker, Youth Conference Registrar, at hopeb@montreat.org, or call 828.419.9828.

Event Leadership

Lisle Gwynn Garrity – Keynote Leader

Founder, Creative Director of A Sanctified Art LLC
As a pastorist (artist + pastor), Lisle travels the country to bring color, paint, and creativity to churches. She also works with an amazing team at A Sanctified Art to serve the global church by creating multi-media resources for worship. In her spare time, she enjoys doing yoga, running with her husband and two wiggly pups, and transforming her house into the indoor jungle of her dreams.

Joann Haejong Lee – Preacher

Associate Pastor, Calvary Presbyterian Church, San Francisco, CA
Joann is the Associate Pastor for Community Formation at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco. She was born in New York City to Korean immigrant parents and grew up in Houston, Texas. She is a Longhorn (Hook 'em!) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin and a MDiv from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. Joann and her husband Mike live in San Francisco with their two human babies and one fur baby of the dog variety.

Allen Amos – Music Leader

Music Educator and Church Music Director, New Hope Presbyterian Church, Chapel Hill, NC
I am a middle/high school band teacher and a church musician. I love singing, playing piano and trumpet, and making music of all types. When I am not working, I enjoy reading and spending time with my family. I am excited to be a music leader for the Montreat Middle School Conference!

Howard Dudley – Music Leader

Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Dunn, NC
Howard Dudley is the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Dunn, North Carolina where he’s served since 2016. He’s a life-long Presbyterian and a North Carolina native, and plays guitar, banjo and loves to sing and lead worship. This will be his second time leading music at the Montreat Middle School Conference. He’s married to Meg, who is also a pastor, and father to Lindsay and Julia. When he’s not preaching and strumming a guitar, he loves playing golf.

Lee Cross – Recreation Leader

Real Estate Agent, Cross Realty, Suffolk, VA
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 love the fun and excitement of the first day of camp, youth retreats, and sporting events. I am a real estate agent and live in Suffolk, VA with my wife Kate and our three girls.

Anna Fulmer Duke – Recreation Leader

Associate Pastor, Spring Hill Presbyterian Church, Mobile, AL
Anna is excited to be joining everyone at Montreat Middle. Anna grew up in South Carolina and since then has lived in Georgia, Indiana, and now Alabama. She is the mother to an adorable labradoodle named Buster who even goes to church with her on weekdays! She enjoys lots of recreational activities, including swimming, biking, hiking, and energizers.

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