Bob Holloway - Retreat Leader 
District Superintendent of the Central Texas Conference

I am the District Superintendent of the East District of the Central Texas Conference where my primary roles including coaching and consulting for pastors and local churches in missional strategies. I have a deep interest in spiritual formation for pastors and local churches. 

Judy Holloway - Worship 
Music Educator, Trinity Valley School

I am deacon in the Central Texas Conference and I was a part of the first team to establish a Five Day Academy in Central Texas. I served in music ministry and as worship coordinator for three "Two-Year Academies" in San Antonio. Currently I teach music at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth and serving as worship coordinator in Five day Academies and retreats for local churches and organizations.

Linda Keen - Publicity 

I like to say I’m a “talent scout, director, and producer” living near San Antonio, Texas. I traveled around the world once, discovering wide diversity in God’s creation. Recently in Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales, I learned how closely connected our roots can be. I’ve attended a county fair, and even judged parades, talent/oratory contests, chili cook-offs, and dance competitions. I acted in a couple of plays, marched in bands, managed a professional dance team, directed a Christmas nativity, led a volunteer worship arts team, and presided over a non-profit organization undergoing deep transition. As I undergo my own life transition, I’m finding new identity in walking alongside people, new joy in singing, travel & laughter clubs, and new challenges in creating worship visuals. I’m currently attempting to master the Scottish bagpipe. I’m married to Billy, San Antonio’s Artist of The Year 2016, and mom to Brian in El Paso and Devin & Kerry in Denver. In the mystery of it all, I’ve become aware of God’s palpable presence, Christ’s reconciling love, and the Spirit’s constant coming.

Kristin Warthen - Registrar 
East District Administrator in the Central Texas Conference of the UMC

I count myself blessed to live out my passion: serving and teaching others in creative ways. As an avid reader and lover of pop culture, I find myself fascinated by the ways in which art and life imitate and reflect one another. Often, I can be found frantically writing a note to myself about the latest brilliant observation I heard and want to learn more about from some podcast, book, or other media. And, if I’m not doing that, I can be found sharing that observation hoping to engage in lively conversation about it. I married my high school sweetheart, Joshua, and together we are journeying through parenthood with our two caring and witty daughters who often teach us more than we teach them.

JoNell Lindh - Covenant Groups
Born in San Antonio. Grew up on Kansas farm. Earned a Bachelor of Music at Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas.
Met and married Jody Lindh, retired Director of Music at University Park United Methodist church, Dallas. Moved to Dallas 1969. We have two grown children and six "perfect"grandchildren.
I earned a Master of Music from North Texas and a Master of Divinty from Brite Divinity School, TCU in Fort Worth. My first career was as an elementary music teacher for 20 years. I received a call to ministry on Women's Walk to Emmaus # 4 at Lake Sharon and have been honored to serve many walks since.
I am an ordained Elder in Full Connection in The North Texas Conference. In my almost 20 years of serving in the North Texas Conference, I have served 5 churches as Pastor and two hospitals as Chaplain. I am retired and currently serving as Pastoral Care Minister at First United Methodist, Dallas, I have found insightful and powerful learning and formation in the many years I have participated in the 5 Day Academy. I am highly honored to serve on the leadership team this year.

Estee Valendy - Print Media
Co-pastor of Saginaw United Methodist Church in Saginaw, Texas.
What I love about what I do: Helping people connect with God and with their calling
Brag about my family: My husband Jason is the best father for our sons Jude and Evan.
Favorite Scriptures: Philippians 4:4-5 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone.
Romans 8:28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
Currently Listening to: Gungor, Jack Johnson, TED Radio Hour

Jason Valendy - Web Media
Co-pastor of Saginaw United Methodist Church in Saginaw, Texas.

I feel my call is rooted in a sense of helping cultivate and create the culture known as the Kingdom of God. I hope to help people discover the power we each have given to us by God to be creators and cultivators of God’s culture. Other areas of interest include brain science, quantum physics, desert fathers/mothers, soccer and trying to learn to die before I die. My wife Estee and I share the joy and privilege of being the parents of two sons, Jude and Evan. I write here.