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2013 Disciples Women's Retreat
September 27-29, 2013
Toccoa Georgia Baptist Conference Center


that's right, slow down... let go ... hold off ... and breathe. Ah-h-h, again. Just breathe.

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Rev. Linda Whitmire, Keynote Speaker

Linda Whitmire Linda has been a member of Sandy Springs Christian Church for 37 years, joining after marrying William (Whit) and becoming step-mother to his five children after Whit lost his first wife. Even before she joined SSCC, she became the adult Christian Education program leader for her church. Her leadership roles since at SSCC have been diverse including being the first female to serve as president of the congregation. The first major building renovation, adding the education and choir room wing, occurred under her leadership and the Wednesday morning Bible study, which continues to this day, was started by Linda in 1978. Linda holds the position of Senior Honorary Elder at SSCC in recognition of her service both there and throughout the greater church and currently serves on staff as Minister of Pastoral Care.

She was ordained in 1992 after completing seminary at Candler School of Theology at Emory University where she graduated Suma Cum Laude, winning the Mary Katherine Mobley award for academic excellence and social concern. Linda’s prior education includes an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University where she was Phi Beta Kappa and a master’s in educational psychology from the University of Tennessee where she graduated again as top in her class.

Prior to coming to Atlanta in 1976, she was Associate Executive Director of a ten center program in Orange County, Florida, working with drug and alcohol rehabilitation. That was preceded by serving as Director of a Youth Development Center and as an Alternative School Principal, a school counselor and teacher.

After ordination Linda established the chaplain ministries at Campbell-Stone Christian Centers and served as director of that program for nine years including three as adjunct faculty for Candler School of Theology working with their contextual education program for seminarians.

After leaving Campbell-Stone, Linda’s ministry focused on work with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Georgia. She was the first female clergy person to be elected Moderator of the Regional Church, wrote for and served as Editor for the New Christian Messenger, and has had leadership roles in 18 of the past 23 Women’s Regional Retreats, as well as serving as worship leader for six statewide DOC Clergy retreats.  Her ministry includes assisting churches in transition. She has served as Interim Sr. Minister for First Christian of Griffin and Johns Creek Christian, as Pastor-in-Residence for Brookhaven during the three month Sabbatical of their pastor, and as Transitional Senior Minister for her home church. She was one of the first to serve our region as a Regional Elder.

Linda has been a popular speaker and preacher and her credits include twice being the Protestant preacher and worship leader for the annual American Society on Aging convention and a frequent keynote speaker for national forums on aging and spirituality. She has served as speaker at seven different Christmount sponsored events and preached or spoken in almost half of the Christian churches (DOC) in Georgia!

Rev. Amy Beville, Retreat Musician

Amy BeVille Amy BeVille is a singer/ songwriter originally from Signal Mtn., Tennessee. She has played venues from Austin to Nashville, and is known for her lyrics and expressive vocals. When she’s not singing, Amy is found on her working farm in Kingston, Georgia, where she is a USDA certified organic grower, producing thousands of vegetable plugs and bedding plants for farmers and retail outlets.

Rev. BeVille has 20 years of experience in ministry and nonprofit service. An ordained Disciples minister, she has served churches in Kentucky and Texas. She received a B.G.S. from the University of Kentucky and the M.Div. from Lexington Theological Seminary. BeVille, a popular retreat leader, is also known for disaster preparedness workshops designed for the faith community and other non-governmental agencies.

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