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2023 Speakers

Bob Hayes - Evangelist

Bob Hayes was born in Houston, Texas and is the third generation of Methodist ministers in his family. Growing up in a Methodist parsonage the call to ministry came early, and at age 13, Robert gave his life to Christ. He says that his life was shaped by his father's preaching and his mother's knowledge of the great hymns of the faith.

Bob is married to Deliliah "Dee” Hayes and is the proud father of three grown children: Joya, Robert III, and Ryan.  After retiring from his service as a United Methodist bishop he joined the staff of The Woodlands Methodist Church and was recently elected to serve the United Christian Ashram ministry as a member of The Four, the governing staff of the UCA that was set up by E. Stanley Jones when the ministry began.  

Bob completed his undergraduate studies at Huston-Tillotson College in Austin, Texas, majoring in English, and did his seminary graduate work at Perkins School of Theology, SMU, Dallas, Texas. He later completed his D.Min. at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. 


Bob is known as one of the best communicators in the faith and we are excited to have him back at this summer at the Texas Christian Ashram.

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Brian Shimer - Bible Teacher

Brian Shimer became involved in the Christian Ashram movement first at the California Winter Ashram in February 1981. The movement began to work on his life through the leadership of Mary Webster, who had traveled with Brother Stanley all over the world. Mary Webster was a marvel and wanted Brian and his fiancé to marry while at camp!  "Love is too precious to wait," she said.  Brian and Karen have been married 39 years and have four grown daughters and five grandchildren. He has taught as a Bible Teacher and Evangelist at Christian Ashrams in the USA and Canada over the last 30 years, serves on the Ashram International Board and has been director of the California Winter Ashram for two years.

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