Mid-Winter Speakers and Worship Leaders


Mid-Winter 1, Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2020: Shanterra McBride

Shanterra McBride is the founder of Marvelous University, offering life coaching and success planning for young people. She is a highly sought-after national and international speaker on all things related to young people including teasing, friendships, cyberbullying, sexting, and teen relationships. She is the author of “Love Your Jiggle: The Girl’s Guide to Being Marvelous,” an inspirational book for girls covering topics such as self-esteem, maintaining friendships, decision-making, conflict management, self-empowerment and diversity. In addition to working directly with young people, Shanterra educates adults on how to be better advocates for young people, speaking and training at schools, corporations, colleges and universities, faith-based organizations, etc.

Shanterra earned bachelor’s degrees from Southern Methodist University in public affairs and corporate communications and sociology, followed by a master’s in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University. Various media have interviewed her as an expert on bullying and teen dating violence, including Nation Public Radio, Essence, and Parade Magazine, plus an assortment of network and cable television affiliates across the United States.


Shanterra believes three things have always kept her grounded: her faith, her family and friends, and her relationships with her mentees. These constants remind her of her purpose in life which is to Mend, Motivate, and Empower young people to believe they are, without reservation, completely MARVELOUS!




Mid-Winter 2, Feb. 14-16, 2020: Bart Patton

Bart serves as Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry Education at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He has served the church as a preacher, teacher, youth minister, worship leader, writer, and pastor in Texas, Arkansas, and New York for the past 18 years. He is most passionate about teaching, preaching, and writing to resource the local church. Bart is a graduate of the Pruet School of Christian Studies at Ouachita Baptist University. He is currently writing for a new youth Bible study curriculum with Youth Ministry Partners. His writings have been featured on Huffington Post. He blogs at www.leadingfromlastplace.com. A baseball field anywhere is Bart's happy place.

Worship Leaders (both sessions): Evermore

Evermore is less about what we call ourselves and more about of how we feel called. We believe that worship is our opportunity to connect with those joining with us in a holy place. It is coming to the table with our loving creator where all are invited. We celebrate, praise, admire, and at times plead and cry to the one who calls us and claims us. We want to give every bit of who we were made to be to the one whose presence never ceases. Without a second thought of time or tiring, without fear, without restraint, we want to lift our praises Evermore. Worship and music is such a big part of who we are individually, and being able to do that together with you is something we feel extremely blessed to do. We are from all across the state of Texas. Some of us are youth directors in the United Methodist Central Texas Conference (Azle, Salado, St. Paul-Hurst), and some are family and friends who are passionate about music and worship. Our mission is to love, as we were equipped and called by God to do. May our praises be as the love we receive, Evermore.


Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18