bishop richard c. looney

Bishop Looney will be preaching at our opening and closing services.

Richard Carl Looney was born in the Methodist parsonage at Hillsville, Virginia. He graduated from Emory and Henry College and Candler School of Theology, with additional study in the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Virginia.

A member of the Holston Conference, Richard was ordained deacon and elder by Bishop Roy H. Short. Appointments included: the Rising Fawn Circuit, Rising Fawn, Georgia; Baker's Chapel - Wyndale, Abingdon, Virginia; Pleasant View (formerly Baker's Chapel), Abingdon, Virginia; White Oak, Chattanooga, Tennessee; Broad Street, Cleveland, Tennessee; The Chattanooga District; Munsey Memorial, Johnson City, Tennessee and Church Street, Knoxville.

General Church responsibilities included the General Council on Finance and Administration; the General Board of Church and Society and the General Council on Ministry. Pulpit exchanges have been enjoyed in England and Australia and work missions shared in Peru, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Currently, he serves as Episcopal Director of the Foundation on Evangelism, Lake Junaluska, N.C.

The Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference elected Richard Carl Looney to the episcopacy in 1988. He was assigned to the newly-created South Georgia Area, where he served until his retirement in 2000.

phil maynard, keynote speaker

Dr. Phil Maynard has served as Director, Path 1 Coaching Network (Discipleship Ministries) Director, Excellence in Ministry Coaching ( and Director, Coach Training for Leaders ( 

Before taking an early retirement to enter a full-time ministry of coaching, consulting, and training, Phil served as Director of Congregational Excellence for the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Phil is a certified coach , an Endorsed coach (UMEA), a certified Conflict/Mediation Coach, and licensed trainer/facilitator. 

Phil is a graduate of Duke Divinity School (M.Div & Th.M); University of Kansas (M.S. Ed); and Drew (D.Min). He is a contributing author for the Transform One resource (ChurchSmart) and author of:

-Discovering the Possibilities


-Tips, Tools & Activities


-Discipleship Coach Training Workbook

-Real Discipleship Survey/Personal Report

-Membership to Discipleship

stephanie moore hand

Rev. Stephanie Moore Hand, a native North Carolinian, serves in Congregational Development for the

Western NC Conference. Previously she has served as Associate Pastor, Minister of Discipleship and

Evangelism, and developed a new Worship Service that reached nones and nominally-churched folk.

She has also served in extension ministry with Charlotte Family Housing, a working homeless


Stephanie has developed ministries focusing on:

  • Coaching/Consulting
  • Multi-Cultural/Multi- Ethnic Competencies
  • Community Development
  • Discerning-Visioning- Strategic Planning-Implementation Processes
  • Cohort Learning Communities
  • Church Planting Processes
  • Leadership Development

Stephanie received a Bachelor’s degree from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a Master’s

degree from Pfeiffer University, and completed Seminary at Hood Theological Seminary. A glutton for

punishment, she is finishing her doctorate work at Wesley Seminary.

Prior to her call into ministry Stephanie was an executive for a Fortune 500 company were she served

as Operations Manger at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Airport General Manager at

Little Rock International.

A highly sought keynote speaker, facilitator and consultant, Stephanie has had the privilege to

facilitate/preach at the Mosiax Conference, the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference, the New

England Annual Conference, the South Georgia Annual Conference, and Southeastern Jurisdiction


Stephanie is married to Chip Hand and together they have two high-energy teenagers, Ashlee and

Walter. Stephanie enjoys sports, the beach, the mountains, music, hanging out with family and

friends, and deep laughter. Most importantly she is passionate about telling the old, old stories of

Jesus, and that “YES” Jesus loves us in a relevant and meaningful manner to a technological savvy

21st century generation.

See Stephanie speaking:

charles maynard

Pastor of Generosity & Traditional Worship at Cokesbury UMC

Maynard’s three roles—as mountain man, storyteller and minister—complement each other. From preaching at a small church years ago to his work with the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church to his involvement with the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tenn., to the numerous speaking engagements and workshops he’s conducted through the years and the 43 books he’s written, he is clearly a man with something to say and the wherewithal to say it. 

Maynard’s storytelling took him to Jonesborough, Tenn., where he was for a time the director of advancement for the International Storytelling Center. He says he and his family had always attended the national storytelling festival in the northeast Tennessee town and so it seemed a natural fit.  

But perhaps Maynard’s most prolific storytelling has been with the written word. Almost all of his 43 books have been non-fiction for young readers, and many tell the tales of great outdoor explorers and adventurers. He also wrote the essays on a couple of collaborative book projects with photographer Jerry Greer. One, The Blue Ridge: Ancient and Majestic, won the Phillip D. Reed Memorial Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment from the Southern Environmental Law Center. The duo teamed up again for the soon-to-be-published The Blue Ridge Parkway. He says yet another, this one on Cataloochee, is presently in the works and he’s also writing a book of essays on the Smokies for the University of Tennessee Press. 

Life is good for this mountain man. He lives with his wife Janice, who is an avid hiker herself and a romance novelist with more than 10 books to her credit, in Maryville, Tenn., in the foothills of his beloved Smoky Mountains. The couple’s two daughters live in the area and have given them three grandchildren

Maynard leads a hike up to Cammerer every year during Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and also usually leads one to Albright Grove through a section of old-growth forest between Gatlinburg and Cosby, Tenn. He does a program on waterfalls for the University of Tennessee Smoky Mountain Field School every spring and this past July he led a hike up to the Walker Sisters cabin and told stories on the front porch before walking back down. He also occasionally adds to the charm of The Swag, a mountain inn located 5,000 feet up on the Cataloochee Divide in North Carolina on the border of the Smokies, where he’ll lead daily hikes for several days at a time and then tell mountain stories around the fireplace after supper. 

“That understanding that God created this place is something I’ve long had,” Maynard said. “I can’t even say when it started exactly, but it’s driven everything I’ve done. I don’t necessarily overtly try to connect the dots for people, but I do try to help them see this place and understand it from that perspective. When I was with Friends of the Smokies, that’s what I was doing. I couldn’t take care of my whole world but I could help take care of this place.”

ronnie collins

Ronnie Collins is the planting Pastor at Out Of The Box Worship Center and Pastor of Recovery At Hillsville - A Christ Centered Recovery Ministry. He is also serving as Associate Pastor at Savannah and Mt. Vale UMC, with his role being more of coach than simply pastor. 

A native to Carroll County, Virginia, Ronnie has a passion to see hurting people come to know Jesus Christ. His preaching style is laid back, a lifestyle approach with biblical principles you can apply to any stage of your life. Ronnie believes Christians have to demonstrate God’s love to the world, rather than just telling them about it. 

Ronnie is married to Misty Collins and has 3 sons and 3 grandchildren. Ronnie attended school at Carroll County High School, Wytheville Community College, Liberty University, and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Ronnie loves technology and connecting with his church family on Twitter and Facebook. Read his personal blog at or listen to his sermons online.

It’s my dream to have a church where guests feel comfortable and attendees don’t have to think twice about inviting a friend. I want to offer a safe environment where it’s okay to sit back, observe, and enjoy. God has blessed us exponentially at Out Of The Box UMC. We’ve met so many new people and our family has grown tremendously. I am excited about what God has called us to do. I don’t believe we have just been invited to introduce Christ to our entire community, I believe we have been called to it. I can’t wait to see you there. – Ronnie

chuck salter

According to their website, MissionInsite: empowers faith-based and nonprofit organizations with the tools they need to visualize and cultivate their current and prospective members, donors and volunteers and solve their most difficult challenges. With a combined experience in the fields of non-profit and church development, strategic planning and mission context analysis, co-founders Mike Regele, Chuck Salter, and Peter Wernett believe advancing an organization’s Mission, Vision and Sustainability should be cost effective and attainable.

As President of MissionInsite, Mr. Salter is charged with leading the company as it builds relationships with faith based and nonprofit agencies across North America. As an ordained United Methodist minister, Mr. Salter has over 20 years' experience using community demographic information within faith based institutions. In his roles as church planter and denominational executive responsible for leading congregational development, Mr. Salter has used MissionInsite’s solutions and reporting tools firsthand as growth tools. In his early career Salter was a small business executive in the telecommunications industry and board member of his local school district.

Mr. Salter believes MissionInsite’s innovative solutions are vital to community engagement and is committed to developing solutions that empower organizations to communicate more effectively.