The North Alabama Conference Lay Ministry Team invites everyone—laity and clergy—to attend the Laity Luncheon. The Laity Luncheon is a long-standing tradition of the North Alabama Conference and a great way to celebrate the connection! The Luncheon will be at noon on Monday, June 2 in the Norton Center Great Hall immediately following the morning business session. This upscale event will feature a pre-set meal—no standing in line or going through a buffet! Tickets are $17.50 and can be purchased through online reservations.
Dr. K. Blake Horne is the President/CEO of the United Methodist Children’s Home of Alabama and Northwest Florida. Since assuming leadership in 2012, Dr. Horne has made access to higher education for foster children a top priority, establishing the Knabe Scholarship Program in partnership with the University of Alabama and the University of North Alabama through UMCH’s Tuscaloosa and Florence group homes.
A native of Hawkinsville, Georgia, Blake is a 1992 graduate of Mercer University where he majored in Christianity and History while pitching for the baseball team. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Family Therapy from Mercer University School of Medicine and holds a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University.
Blake served as the Executive Director of The Samaritan Counseling Center of Montgomery from 1999 to 2012. He is Assistant Professor of Family Therapy at Amridge University and member of Kiwanis Club of Montgomery, Leadership Alabama and First UMC of Montgomery, where he recently served as Stewardship Committee Chair. He has been married to the former Tracy Prudames of Atlanta since 1998 and has two daughters, Brooke (11) and Arden (6).
Pianist Dawn Dixon, owner of Music Plus Studios, is a piano and voice teacher through the Trussville First Baptist Church Conservatory and serves as the B.J. Price Conservatory Pastor, where she selects and prepares music for recitals and auditions. Dawn received her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Birmingham-Southern College in 1982 and has done graduate work at the University of South Carolina.
Endeavors include Greystone Music and Dance, ambassador of the Vestavia Chamber of Commerce, memberships in BMTA and AFMC, chair of Alabama Vocal Festivals, music director for Centerstage’s Winnie the Pooh and establishing the Academy of Performing Arts Festivals. Dawn sang the roles of the king's wife in The King and I and Annina in La Traviata for Opera Birmingham. Recognitions include the Rose Palmai Tensor Opera Award, NATS State and Regional Winner and Met Opera State and Regional Winner. She has toured France, Germany, England, Belgium and Central America and recorded an album through The Billy Graham Association. She has served as a preliminary judge for Miss Alabama, Miss
Mississippi and Miss South Carolina.