The FCF Confirm Retreat Weekends are led by a team of United Methodist ministers, artists, musicians and teachers: Gloria Hughes, UM Deacon, MCE, Christian Educator, musician, sacred artist and Executive Director of the Foundation For Christian Formation, Chris Hughes, UM Elder, pastor, author, speaker & musician, Kathleen Kilbourne, MA, UM Deacon, Director of the Masters of Arts in Practical Theology and the Center For Deacon Education at Pfeiffer University, and Ed Kilbourne, MDiv, nationally known recording artist, storyteller, worship leader and folk theologian. These confirmation events have been affirmed and endorsed by hundreds of pastors and leaders of the UMC, among them Bishop Larry Goodpastor, Bishop Ken Carter (Florida Conference), Bishop Hope Ward (NC Conference), Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor (Holston Conference) and Bishop Jonathan Holston (SC Conference).

     FCF Confirm events will help confirmands claim their identity as Christ-people in Christ-community, the Church, as they move toward owning for themselves the faith claimed on their behalf at their baptism. In addition, these retreats are intentionally designed to engage and spiritually impact the adults that accompany the confirmands on their journey. Program features include:
  • Interactive workshops focused on the vows of membership in the United Methodist Church, "Promises To Keep -- Our Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service & Witness"
  • Exploring and understanding the sacraments of Baptism and Communion, preparing to answer the claim and call of God in our lives
  • Our signature "stole making" small group process through which we help confirmands record highlights of their faith journey and witness to their emerging faith in their own words and symbols​
  • The culminating service of Receiving the Stoles - a sign of calling and commitment as part of the "ministry of all Christians"
  • Music led and performed by the Foundation Band - Chris Hughes, Ed Kilbourne & Gloria Hughes
  • Gospel storytelling and music by humorist, storyteller and folk-theologian, Ed Kilbourne
  • Process teaching with career Christian Educators and UM Ministers, Rev. Kathleen Kilbourne, Rev. Gloria Hughes and Rev. Chris Hughes.

Jen Kilbourne



​​​The Foundation For Christian Formation leads a series of weekend retreats for young confirmands of the United Methodist Church and for the pastors, adult leaders and mentors that accompany these youth on their confirmation journey. Since 2006, the Foundation has led over 100 of these confirmation events attended by 800-plus churches and more than 13,000 participants.

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Gloria Hughes -- UM Deacon, Educator, Sacred Artist, Facilitator For Discipleship Formation & Lay Ministries, Clemmons UMC, Clemmons, NC
Chris Hughes-- DMin, Author, Musician, Sr Pastor, Yadkinville UM Church, Yadkinville, NC
Ed Kilbourne -- MDiv, Singer, Storyteller, Humorist, Folk-Theologian
Kathleen Kilbourne -- UM Deacon, CE Consultant, Women's Retreat Leader, Directer of the Master Of Arts In Practical Theology at Pfeiffer University, Charlotte and Director of the Center For Deacon Education, Wesley Theological Seminary @ Pfeiffer University, Charlotte
Pfeiffer University -- Misenheimer, Raleigh & Charlotte, North Carolina
Pfeiffer Department Of Religion -- Masters Of Arts In Practical Theology
Center For Deacon Education -- A partnership of Pfeiffer University and Wesley Theological Seminary