Lecturers

Rev. Dr. Bob Dannals

The Reverend Dr. Robert S. Dannals is the rector of Saint Michael and All Angels Church, Dallas, TX, and at his retirement in the fall of 2015, he will become the interim rector of Saint Bartholomew’s Church, Manhattan, NY. A graduate of Florida State University, he majored in religion and psychology and received his M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary and a D.Min. from Drew University.

He also received a doctorate in practical theology (with a dissertation on Dietrich Bonhoeffer) from the Graduate Theological Foundation. He has previously served in parishes in South Carolina and North Carolina. A North Florida native, Bob, his preferred name, enjoys dancing, golf, fishing, hiking and hunting. 

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Rev. Bill Britt & Peachtree Road UMC

Peachtree Road United Methodist is a warm, traditional church in the Buckhead community of Atlanta, Georgia.  Hospitality has always been a hallmark of our congregation and we welcome all to worship with us.  Our multi-generational membership is committed to outreach in our community, and personal growth through diverse study opportunities. We have a rich history, and continue to create new traditions.  We are located on the corner Peachtree and Shadowlawn, just south of the Peachtree and Piedmont intersection.  We would love to see you at a Sunday Service!

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Stacey & J.R. Atkins

Masters of Theological Studies 2012, Masters of Divinity 2018

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Paula White

Paula White, pastor, teacher, author, international evangelist, inspirational figure, popular TV personality…woman of God. Known for her profound and dynamic Bible teaching, she is the host of the nationally syndicated program Paula Today. Transcending socioeconomic and denominational barriers, her powerful message of hope resonates among people from every walk of life.

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Bishop William T. McAlilly

Bishop William T. "Bill" McAlilly serves the Nashville Episcopal Area of the United Methodist Church. Previously he served in a variety of ministry settings in Georgia and Mississippi including serving the Seashore District of the Mississippi Conference in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Bill has a pastor's heart with a vision for the reign of God.

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Ron Crandall

Ron Crandall is a Professor Emeritus and retired Dean of the E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. Currently, he is the Executive Director of ABIDE, a church renewal ministry for smaller congregations. He has served as Local Church Evangelism Director for the General Board of Discipleship, President of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education, and authored several books, including the 25-week small group resources WITNESS: Learning to Share Your Christian Faith. His extensive travel includes tours across Europe with his wife, Bonnie, performing with the Lexington Singers.

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Dr. Bob Westin

Dr. Bob Westin has degrees in Art History and 40 years teaching experience at the University of Florida and Arizona State Universities. He has led Study Abroad programs throughout Europe and cruised throughout the world. Dr. Westin has worked in the Secret Archives at the Vatican and was a consultant to Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code. Bob is a dynamic speaker and believes travel should be fun. He is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Gainseville, FL. 

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Fr. Thomas Reese

Fr. Thomas J. Reese is senior analyst for the National Catholic Reporter writing a popular weekly column. Previously he was the editor-in- chief of America magazine and a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center. In 2014 Father Reese was appointed by President Obama to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent, bipartisan, federal government commission. In October 2015 he will be attending the Bishops Synod on the Family. His presentations on the cruise will reflect on Pope Francis’ vision for the family, the Church, and the world. 

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Becca Stevens

Becca  is an Episcopal priest, entrepreneur, author and social justice activist. She is the founder of Thistle Farms, a community of women who have survived trafficking, prostitution and addiction. She has been featured by National media including CNN, ABC World News NPR, PBS and others. Her recent honors include being named 2014 Humanitarian of the Year by the Small Business Council of America and being Conferred and honorary doctorate by Sewanee: The University of the South. 

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Craig Grammer

Craig Grammer is Senior Pastor at First Christian Church, Springfield, Ohio. Craig has served at the church in various capacities since 1992, helping it grow to the more than 2200 members it has today.

Craig's passion in life is helping people connect with God’s amazing grace. He loves all of God’s word but has been drawn lately to Philippians 1:6, “I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns”.

First Christian exists to reach lost people for Jesus and to help disciples of Jesus grow deeper in their walk with the Lord. First Christian places a high value on mission work, supporting 15 overseas missions, as well as launching Good Samaritan Outreach Center which serves inner city Springfield.

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