Staff & Faculty
William, H. Gattis
Leah Wiebe-Smith joined the Academy team in February 2009, initially coordinating the Academy’s events, and currently serving as the Associate Director. For nearly ten years, Wiebe-Smith pursued a career in the arts, managing public art programs for the State of Oregon, and the cities of Aurora, Colorado and Tempe, Arizona. Her most recent position was the Director of the City of Raleigh Arts Commission.
Project Bountiful Coordinator
Pastor of Mission Partnerships
Crossroads Fellowship, Raleigh, NC
Rev. Gamble specializes in ministry design and launching small group or task group efforts. His emphasis is on volunteer recruitment strategies; coalition building; partnership development between faith communities and business and government entities; non-profit fundraising and donor base cultivation; and as a church consultant with a focus in program review, evaluation, and design.
Teresa Holder, Ph.D., is currently a professor of communication at William Peace University. She has more than 20 years of experience in college teaching, higher education administration, and nonprofit public relations management. She's led more than 100 workshops, including training on conflict resolution for managers. She’s also published numerous articles on the topic of managing conflict in leadership roles.
NC Preaching Festival
Rev. Jeremy Troxler is a baptized disciple of Jesus Christ, Margaret’s husband, Ada and Della’s daddy, an ordained elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, pastor of Spruce Pine UMC in the mountains of North Carolina, a child of his family’s tobacco farm, a former Morehead Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill, a graduate of Duke Divinity School, a lover of books and good writing, the owner of a rambunctious beagle mutt named Jasper, and a fan of the Atlanta Braves. He previously served in ministry as the Director of the Thriving Rural Communities Initiative at Duke Divinity School, as pastor of Maggie Valley UMC in Maggie Valley, NC, and as the President’s Assistant serving on the island of Jersey within the Methodist Church of Great Britain. Jeremy’s sermons have been published on the website Faith and Leadership, and he has been blessed to preach the Gospel in wondrously diverse settings ranging from Duke Chapel, to an auto body shop, to the NC State Fair, to a mud hut sanctuary in the mountains of rural Mexico.
Pastor, Edenton Street UMC
Lisa Yebuah is a native of Nashville, Tennessee, but claims Summerville, SC, as her hometown. She is a ’99 graduate of Wofford College and a ’04 graduate of Duke University Divinity School. Her travels to Haiti and South Africa during her seminary career fueled her desire to make the Wesleyan understanding of "love of God and love of neighbor" tangible to United Methodists in the local church. She currently serves as the Pastor of Inviting Ministries at Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh, NC.