2016 Heroes Saints and Legends

September 08, 2016
You Are Cordially Invited To Attend the 19th Annual Wesley Village Heroes, Saints and Legends Banquet. A Celebration of Individuals whose vigorous and inspiring lives continue to enrich our church and our world.

Bishop Lindsey and Jennifer Davis.
Lindsey first achieved recognition in the academic world as an Assistant Director for the University Of Kentucky College Of Medicine where he worked with remarkable administrators to create a national model of cooperation between the UK and Veterans Administration Hospitals. A call to ministry changed his career path though. And after graduating from Lexington Theological Seminary, he quickly rose through the ranks of pastors to become a “Twenty-Year Bishop” at the record young age of 48. He has since served our United Methodist Church with great distinction – 12 years as the Episcopal leader of North Georgia and 8 years here in Kentucky.

His wife, Jennifer, likewise started her career in education as a devoted public school math teacher. As a partner in ministry to the Bishop, she has become known as a Champion of Missions, with passionate support for projects around the world, especially in Honduras and here at home, at the Red Bird Missionary Conference.

Together they have been blessed with two married children and four grandchildren with whom they look forward to spending more quality time in retirement!

The “Leading the Way” address will be delivered by Larry Minnix. Larry served as CEO of Wesley Woods Center of Emory University in Atlanta, GA for 28 years. In 2000 he transitioned to become President/ CEO of LeadingAge, a national organization of 6000 non-profit long-term care health providers based in Washington DC. Recently retired, Minnix is an ordained United Methodist clergy and has been named by PBS’s “Next Avenue” as one of the 50 most influential leaders in the aging services field

Bishop Leonard Fairley will deliver a Devotional Reflection. Bishop Fairley, the new Episcopal Leader of our Kentucky Annual Conference is a graduate of Pfeiffer College and Duke Divinity School. He most recently served as a pastor and district superintendent in the North Carolina Conference under Bishop Al Gwinn.

Bishop Fairley is a published author and poet, and has a great heart for missions. He was married to his lifelong soulmate, Priscilla Ann Russell, until her death in 2013. He is the proud father of a son and daughter, and grandfather of three.
Our Celebration of Music will feature the McLain Family Band and Cheryl Gains Tolbert.  The McLain Family Band, from Berea, KY, was originally formed in 1968 with father Raymond K. McLain on guitar, son Raymond W. on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, vocals and guitar, daughter Alice on vocals and mandolin, and daughter Ruth on upright bass. The band gained widespread fame through the release of 14 albums while touring all 50 states and 62 countries. To this day family members still gather to play for special occasions. We are honored to have “Al, Alice and Ruth Ann McLain” join in our 2016 HSL Celebration.

Cheryl Gains Tolbert was born in New Orleans and raised in the United Methodist Church. Singing and playing flute and piano throughout her young life, she holds a Master’s degree in Music Education from Loyola University of the South. After Hurricane Katrina forced her move to Lexington in 2006, she quickly became a vital teaching asset in the music programs of Fayette County Schools. She is also greatly loved and appreciated as a worship leader at St. Luke United Methodist Church where her hymn renditions regularly bring the congregation to their feet.

Thursday Evening, the Twentieth of October
Two Thousand and Sixteen
Embassy Suites - Lexington, Kentucky
Gathering 5:45 p.m.
Dinner 6:30 p.m.
Seating is limited. RSVP by October 5, 2016