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Small Church Pastors: Leadership

Keynote Speaker: The Rev. Joan Gray

Joan Gray grew up in South Carolina and graduated from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. After attending Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, in 1978 she was the first woman ordained to pastor a church in Atlanta Presbytery. Since then she has served nine churches in the Atlanta area as solo pastor, lead pastor, associate pastor and interim pastor. She is the author of Presbyterian Polity for Church Officers (fourth edition, 2012) and Spiritual Leadership for Church Officers (2009). Her third book Sail Boat Church: A God-powered Adventure will be published in 2014. Joan is married to Bill Gray, an attorney and ruling elder. They live in Atlanta, Georgia where Joan is Interim Pastor of the Clairmont Presbyterian Church in Decatur, GA. She served as moderator of 217th General Assembly, 2006-2008.

Worship Leader: The Rev. Dr. Robert S. (Bob) Crilley

Dr. Crilley has been Pastor of First Presbyterian since May 1993. Bob is a gifted preacher who has the ability to communicate with the congregation as if he were talking to each member individually. He has won several preaching awards and authored the book "Veiled Glimpses of God's Glory" (CSS Publishing). He is a graduate of the University of Michigan (1984) with a BA in English Literature and Philosophy. He received his theological education at Princeton (Masters) and McCormack Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry). He previously served Slate Ridge Presbyterian Church in Cardiff, Maryland for five years. Bob enjoys reading, writing and playing the tuba (Lake Cities Community Band).
Son of the long-time pastor at Fort Street Presbyterian Church of Detroit and a native of Michigan, Bob is an avid fan of Detroit sports teams and his beloved UM Wolverines. Bob is married to Judy and they have three daughters who attend schools in the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD.

Workshop Leaders

The Rev. Dr. Robert S. (Bob) Crilley

The Rev. Dr. Ann Hoch
Ann Hoch is the pastor of Memorial Presbyterian Church in Fredericksburg, Texas after spending most of her career in theological education. Having been on the faculty and administrative staff of several seminaries, she happily returned to Texas and parish ministry in 2005, where she first served on the staff of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas before heading to the Hill Country. Ann is a graduate of Austin College, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and Princeton Theological Seminary.

The Rev. Kevin Keaton
Kevin Keaton joined the Board of Pensions as Regional Representative for the Synods of the Sun and the Rocky Mountains on January 16, 2012. He brings over 30 years of experience as a pastor and presbytery executive to his service as a Regional Representative. A native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Kevin graduated from Mc Neese State University and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas.

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