Long's Chapel 'Summer Speaker Series' kicks off June 11

Jun 03, 2014
Photo by: Donated SUMMER SPEAKER SERIES — The first speaker in the series is Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean, who will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at Long’s Chapel UMC.

The Summer Speaker Series at Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church is an opportunity for Western North Carolina to hear nationally and internationally recognized speakers. These outstanding pastors, theologians and youth leaders will bring insights that will education, inspire and challenge. They represent a broad spectrum of leaders who are making a difference in churches, schools and the world.

The series, sponsored by the Generous Living Team at Long’s Chapel, is designed to help the community to grow in faith and knowledge. These speakers will encourage and equip listeners to be more active and involved in using their time and talents to make the community a better place to live. The series is free.

The first speaker, Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at Long’s Chapel UMC, located at 133 Old Clyde Road, Waynesville.

A professor of youth, church and culture at Princeton Theological Seminary, Dean is the most recognized and sought-after speaker in America on youth culture and the church. Her award-winning book, “Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church,” is a bestseller and must-read for youth workers and parents. She is also the editor of “OMG: A Youth Ministry Handbook” published by Abingdon Press.

An ordained United Methodist minister, Dean works closely with the Institute of Youth Ministry and co-founded an accelerator program that helps turn missional ideas into sustainable ministries.

Dean is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary, and was a pastor and campus minister in Maryland before earning her doctorate at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1997. She serves her local United Methodist church where she supervises the student interns. Dean and her husband, Kevin, are the proud parents of two young adults, Brendan, a filmmaker in New York, and Shannon, a college senior.