History of UMMAS
- In 1985, the ministers in North and South Carolina began meeting together regularly as "Carolina Unity Ministers" for the purpose of support and fellowship. We were spread out geographically, and further yet from South East colleagues who were mostly in Florida. We decided to meet quarterly, staying over 1-2 nights because of the travel time and to have time to get to know each other at a deeper level and to "play" a bit. We alternated the location of our meetings so we could visit each other's churches and cities.
- Founding members included: Rev. Rene & Marie Pare (Wilmington NC); Rev. Chad O'Shea & Lytingale (Arden/Mills River NC); Rev. Mary Ann Finch (Charleston SC); Rev. Jervais Phillips (Charlotte NC); Elizabeth Thompson (Charlotte NC); Rev. Don Allen.
The 2004 Retreat became legendary when a hurricane blew through the region.
The power went out at Kanuga shortly after vespers on Thursday night... we spent a night with candles and pajama parties, and we heard a couple giant trees come down... magically falling right between buildings!
The Kanuga staff managed to create a breakfast for us, and we headed home with many detours around downed trees and power-lines.
Musical guests at Retreat have included David Roth, Richard Shulman, Sky St. John, Lytingale, The Unitic Band, Dale Worley, Phillip Pennington, Don Discenza, Picante, Walt & Connie Wurster, David Ezell, Trilogy, The Transcenders, and music teams from Savannah, Greenville, Wilmington, Mills River, and Columbia. Rev. Jack Graf often played ragtime piano for us at early Retreats.
We hold these UMMAS colleagues in loving memory...
Presidents of UMMAS have included: