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 

God is creating me to be a listener, encourager, talent scout, writer, producer, and visual theologian. God's love in Jesus Christ has saved me and continually renews a deeper calling to life in the community of faith. I am working on relationships as the Holy Spirit convicts, energizes and directs me through people, prayer, music, dance, and nature. I am married to Billy, an artist, and mom to adult sons Brian (El Paso's most eligible bachelor) and Devin, along with his significant other, Kerry. I enjoy travelling and hope to go to Ireland some day.

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Nancy Allen - Covenant Groups
Director of Care Ministries at Saginaw Saginaw United Methodist Church in Saginaw, Texas.

One of the greatest gifts God gives us is the ability to be still and to notice the holy all around us.  As someone newly retired from pastoral ministry in the local church, I am fervently practicing being still and noticing.  I enjoy reading, sharing life-narratives, being outside, time with my grandchildren and traveling with my husband, Jim.

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

I am blessed to be able live into my passion: serving and teaching others. I am an avid reader and lover of pop culture who finds great amusement and truth in the ways in which art reflects life—and—sometimes, vise versa. My husband, Josh, and I have two wonderful daughters who constantly teach us what it means to both love and live. You can often find their wit and wisdom on my Facebook page.

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.