MC hosts PC(USA) conference, ‘Loaves and Fishes‘

March 9, 2006
Rebecca Davis, Administrative Coordinator

Maryville College will host the second annual Loaves and Fishes Experience March 17-18. The two-day event is an education and church leadership conference organized by the Presbytery of East Tennessee.

Last year, the conference brought over 250 individuals to the College to take part in various workshops and to hear well-known speakers. Founded in 1819 by the Rev. Isaac Anderson, Maryville College is one of 66 colleges and universities in the United States affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA) through a voluntary covenant. Many faiths are represented in the student body.

“Loaves and Fishes is a wonderful occasion for Maryville College to celebrate our 187 year relationship with the PC(USA) by supporting this outstanding program of the Presbytery of East Tennessee,” said Kathleen Farnham, director of church relations at the College. “Again this year, it is sure to be a stimulating, joyful and inspiring time to learn and worship as a faithful community.”

The keynote speaker for the event is Dr. Tony Campolo, professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa., who will address the group at 7:30 p.m., March 17, in the College’s Wilson Chapel.

Campolo has been a guest on a number of television shows, including Larry King Live and Politically Incorrect. He has also written 29 books, the most recent entitled Which Jesus?

The founder of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, Campolo has established a variety of ministries for “at-risk” children in urban neighborhoods across North America. His work has also included the organization of schools and universities in various Third World countries.

“We have an extraordinary opportunity to hear Dr. Tony Campolo, a world renowned speaker, author, TV guest and advocate for serving at-risk children around the world. Loaves and Fishes is an ideal venue for Campolo to share his passion for the church’s unique role in our communities of need. He is said to capture the imaginations of his audiences and stir them to new levels of Christian service,” said the Rev. Lina R. Hart, associate executive of the Presbytery of East Tennessee and staff liaison for the Planning Team of the Loaves and Fishes Experience.

The Saturday morning worship service will be led by Dr. James Logan, Jr., pastor of Bread of Life Christian Ministry PC(USA) in Charlotte, N.C. He has shared his powerful preaching and teaching in congregations and conferences throughout the country, and recently in The Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Loaves and Fishes Experience offers more than a dozen workshops including how to walk a labyrinth for prayer, managing conflict in the church and youth culture today. Special activities for children are also scheduled.

Cost to attend the event for adults is $40/weekend, $25/Friday only, or $25/Saturday only. The cost for youth ages 12-17 is $20/weekend, $15/Friday only, or $15/Saturday only. For children 11 years old and younger, the cost is $10/weekend, $7/Friday only, or $7/Saturday only. Family and group discounts are available.

Registration is required. For more information, see the Presbytery of East Tennessee web site at

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.