Mary Brooke Casad

Mary Brooke Casad

Mary Brooke Oliphint Casad has written a series of books about an armadillo named Bluebonnet, detailing Bluebonnet’s travels around Texas.

A native of Louisiana and graduate of University High School on the LSU campus, Casad received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and also studied at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England. She spent her childhood summers in the Texas Hill Country at Camp Waldemar, where she was first introduced to armadillos! She edited a history of the 75-year-old camp: The Waldemar Story – Camping in the Texas Hill Country . Casad was invited by First Lady Laura Bush to be a featured Texas writer at the Texas Book Festival in Austin in 1997 and 2000. She is a member of the Writers’ League of Texas, the Texas State Historical Association and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.  She is also a member of Chapter AB of P.E.O. and Kappa Kappa Gamma.

Casad is the co-author of a discipleship study series, The Basics, published by Abingdon Press, 2016.  The series includes three books–Citizens of Hope, The Road to Amazing, Get in the Game–written with her brother, Dr. Clayton Oliphint, pastor of First United Methodist Church, Richardson, Texas.

Mary Brooke is an active United Methodist layperson, having served on the committee that produced The United Methodist Hymnal (1989). She was elected to serve as a delegate to the 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 United Methodist General and Jurisdictional Conferences, and as lay leader of the North Texas delegation to the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Conferences. She previously served as chair of UMR Communications, Inc. Board of Directors. She is the immediate past chair of the Foundation for Evangelism trustees, and a director of the Texas Methodist Foundation. Casad was Director of Connectional Ministries for the United Methodist Church in the Dallas area for ten years, the first woman and layperson named to this position. She is the former Executive Secretary of The Connectional Table of The United Methodist Church. Her husband, Dr. Victor E. Casad, is a United Methodist clergyman, serving as district superintendent of the East District, North Texas Conference. They reside in Sulphur Springs, Texas and have two sons, a daughter-in-law and three grandchildren.

Casad is a teaching artist with Young Audiences of Northeast Texas.  Schools or organizations interested in booking Casad’s program can call (903) 561-2787 or visit www.yanetexas.org

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