We're excited to have a great lineup of speakers this summer at Durley! As they are confirmed details will be added to this page.
Pastor Chris Smith serves the Emmanuel Free Methodist in Alton since July of 2017 as the Pastor of Family Life after having served the previous 16 years at Free Methodist educational institutions, Greenville University and Central Christian College of Kansas.
A native of Bethany, IL, Pastor Chris has a B.S. in Youth Ministry from Greenville University and an M.Ed. in College Student Affairs from Azusa Pacific University.
Pastor Chris, and his wife Leah, have three children (Sawyer, Lucy and Madelyn).
David and Yvonne Roller live in Spring Arbor Michigan. Previous to that they resided in Baltimore, Maryland. Previous to that they lived in Santiago Chile. And before that it was Nogales, Mexico; Nogales, Arizona; Wilmore, Kentucky; Guadalajara, Mexico; Torreon, Mexico; Madrid, Spain, and before that it was where they started in Spring Arbor, Michigan!
David and Yvonne began their ministry career with 18 years as missionaries to Mexico with the Free Methodist Church. Then in 1997 they transitioned to Chile when David became the Area Director of Latin America for Free Methodist World Missions. They were there until he was elected a bishop of the Free Methodist Church at the 2007 General Conference. During his office as bishop he oversaw the conferences in the eastern area of the United States, the Europe, and Latin America.
Their passion has always been to effectively communicate the good news of Jesus, especially by sharing the stories of the Bible.
David and Yvonne graduated from Spring Arbor College in Michigan. David is also a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. They have two children: Thaddeus, who is married to Nichole, and Evangeline.
Isaac and Danielle met each other as education majors at Greenville College. Isaac (from Chicago) played football for the Panthers, and Danielle (from St. Louis) watched football for the Panthers. Isaac’s first interaction with Danielle, was when Danielle refused to cheat for him on a history test. They navigated Greenville, with Isaac graduating one year before Danielle. Danielle’s senior year, they made it Facebook Official. After College Danielle taught in St. Louis, and Isaac worked in Chicago; the two eventually got engaged, married, and moved to Mississippi. Now the two are in Fort Wayne, IN working in education, with their Dog and a 1 year old son.!
Pastor Bethany Abbott is the Lead Pastor of Boswell Free Methodist Church in Boswell, IN. Pastor Bethany passionately believes that children can have a growing relationship with Jesus and are a vital part of God's Kingdom and His Church.
When not working at the church or in the community, you will probably find Bethany with her nose in a book, up to her elbows in some crafting project, or out in nature hiking or kayaking.
Durley camp has a special place in her heart and Bethany is so excited to see what God has in store for Trailblazer and Guide Camp this summer! See you then!
Missy Flick serves as the BridgeKids Director at The Bridge Church in Glen Carbon, IL.