The North Alabama Conference Lay Ministry Team invites everyone—laity and clergy—to attend the Laity Luncheon. The Luncheon will be at noon on Monday, June 1 in the Norton Center Great Hall immediately following the morning plenary session.
The Laity Luncheon is a long-standing tradition of the North Alabama Conference and a great way to celebrate the connection! This upscale event will feature a pre-set meal—no standing in line or going through a buffet! Tickets are $18 and can be purchased through online reservations.
Rev. Lee Padgett is an ordained Deacon and member of the Kentucky Annual Conference. Lee served for 24 years as Director of Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center in eastern Kentucky. He served 12 years on both the Southeast Jurisdictional and National Camping Committees. On the national level he served as vice chair and National Event chair for three National conferences (one held at Sumatanga in 2007). Lee and his wife Debbie have been attending events at Sumatanga since 1983.
Lee was born in Dallas, Texas, and lived there until he was 9 years old when his family moved to Malvern, Arkansas. Lee loved Arkansas and lived there through college. After attending Scarritt Graduate School in Nashville, Tennessee, he moved to Kentucky to follow his wife-to-be, Debbie Wallace.
Lee and Debbie have two children - Leanndra, who is teaching English in South Korea; and Andrew, a junior at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Lee is currently serving as the interim Executive Director of Camp Sumatanga. He is excited to serve at Sumatanga and very optimistic about the future ministry there.
Ken Watson is Minister of Music and Pastoral Care Director at Mountain Chapel UMC in Vestavia Hills. He holds degrees in piano performance from Birmingham-Southern College and The Juilliard School. In addition to being a respected worship leader and singer, Ken spent many years as a concert pianist across the U.S. He was keyboardist for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra before joining the staff of Mountain Chapel UMC in 2005.