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The University Park Academy of UPUMC



Summer Term |  June through August

June 16, July 14, August 18

11:00 am | In-person or via Zoom 

FREE to attendees

For those attending in-person, a catered lunch is optional and will need to be confirmed at time of registration. The lunch option is $12.00 and will be paid at the session.   

Event details:

  • Each 11:00am session is offered LIVE or via Zoom
  • Approximately 40 minutes will be presented as lecture, followed by 15-20 minutes of interactive dialogue.
  • Recorded lectures will be offered to those who have registered.
  • Enrollment entitles you to all live and recorded programs for all three months of session.
  • Tuition is used to provide honoraria to our speakers for their generous gift of time.

For questions please email




Anthony Olempikas (Speaker via Zoom)

Mr. Olempikas will tell the story of his journey from the small Masai village where he was raised to becoming a Christian, and his quest to build a sustainable school for the children of his community.  Anthony regularly leads wildlife tours for visitors to East Africa.  But his real passion is providing educational opportunities for the young people in his part of Kenya.  


Talmadge Boston (in person at UPUMC)

Partner and commercial litigator in the Dallas office of the Shackelford law firm, Talmadge Boston is the author of four books---two on baseball history, one on legal history, and one on presidential history.  Mr. Boston is currently working on a new presidential history book that will be out in time for the 2024 election.  His topic this July will be Lincoln and Chuchill --the two greatest communicators of the last 200 years.  


Colleen Townsley Brinkmann (Speaker via Zoom)

Daughter of Methodist missionaries, Ms. Brinkmann is the retired Chief Philanthropy Officer of the North Texas Food Bank.  In her book Moonshot Leadership: Catalyzing an Enduring Nonprofit Brand (Against All Odds), Colleen speaks passionately about her journey from an obscure village in India to her impact as a nationally-recognized  


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