This year's Sermon Academy will be led by Charles Maynard and will take place in the event center at the Holston Conference Center in Alcoa.
Charles W. Maynard, is a storyteller, author and ordained United Methodist minister. Charles has been a member of the Holston Conference since 1978 and has served churches in Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia. He was Development Director for Holston Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries for 8 years before he was appointed a District Superintendent of the Maryville District. Charles is currently serving as an associate pastor at Cokesbury UMC in Knoxville, Tennessee. Charles has authored or co-authored 31 books, including 22 children’s books. He has written numerous magazine articles on Great Smoky Mountains and Yellowstone National Parks as well as Tennessee history.