January 17, 2011
I hope that you are as excited as we are as the Witness Team in Holston Conference. We will soon know what the totals are for Baptisms in Holston Conference for 2010 and I can’t wait to gather and share this information with you. It is going to be a year to Celebrate.
All over the Holston Conference I have heard from Laity and Pastors alike who say this has been one of their best years for Evangelism in a long time. This in itself is worth Celebrating.
The Witness Team has put together another Exciting Conference and soon you will be able to Register yourself and those from your church who would like to attend. I am encouraging every church to participate this year. I believe this will be the best year ever for Baptisms and Professions of Faith in Holston’s History. I know that it can be, it depends on you and me putting into practice what Jesus left us here to do, “Go and make Disciples.” We need to pray but we need to work. Our prayers combined with our labor will produce great results, given by The Holy Spirit.
Mark your calendars if you haven’t already, April 1st and 2nd, 2011
Witness Team Chair
The Rev. Dr. Charles C. Kyker is our speaker for The 2011 Holston Evangelism Conference to be held once again at Cokesbury Center in Knoxville Tennessee on April 1st and 2nd, 2011. More details will be released by The Witness Team soon.
Those who attended The Holston Annual Conference this year will remember that Charles was one of our featured speakers.
Dr. Kyker is a 2004 graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary’s Beeson International Center for Advanced Church Leadership and Biblical Preaching, where he received a Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership and Evangelism. Charles has also received a Master of Theology in Wesley Studies from Duke University’s Divinity School in 1993, a Master of Divinity from Emory’s Candler School of Theology in 1988, and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy with a minor in Psychology from Greensboro College in 1985.
Amidst working on these degrees, Charles was also serving. He served as youth pastor of Unity UMC in Thomasville, NC (1982-83), and Asbury UMC in Greensboro, NC (1983-85). He served as the associate pastor for First UMC in Buford, GA (1985-87); First UMC in Fayetteville, GA (1987-88); and First UMC in Waynesville, NC (1988-90). Charles was the senior pastor of Centenary UMC in Clemmons, NC (1990-97). He is currently the Lead Pastor of the four campuses of Christ UMC in and around Hickory, NC. Charles was ordained as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church in the Western North Carolina Annual Conference in 1987 and later as an Elder, in 1991.
Charles is married to the former Julie Melissa White of Cleveland, TN. They have been married 22 wonderful years and have four children: MaryGrace (20), Ashley Beth (19), Molly Ann (18), and Joseph (15).