- Dr. Jessica L. Anschutz, Assistant Director
- Dr. Jessica L. Anschutz
Assistant Director, Lewis Center for Church Leadership
Dr. Jessica L. Anschutz is Assistant Director of the Lewis Center, co-editor of Leading Ideas, and teaches in the Doctor of Ministry program at Wesley Theological Seminary. Jessica participated in the Lewis Fellows program, the Lewis Center’s leadership development program for young clergy.
- Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C., 2017.
- Master of Divinity, Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT, 2007.
- Bachelor of Arts, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN, 2000.
- See recent Leading Ideas articles by Jessica L. Anschutz.
“Stepping into the Future, Without Fear,” Reflections, Spring 2022
- “Letter Posted on the Sea of Faith,” Reflections, Spring 2014.
- “Old Forms are Passing Away”: YDS Graduates Ponder the Future of Congregational Life, Reflections, Fall 2009.
- Evangelism Leader-to-Leader Training, New York Annual Conference, 2020 & 2022
- Cooperative Parish Training Event, New York Annual Conference, February 2017
- Congregational and Cooperative Parish Visioning Events, New York Annual Conference, 2013-2021
- “Trends in Philanthropy and Engagement,” Yale Alumni Fund Convocation, November 21, 2013
- “Effective Clergy Leadership,” NYAC COMPASS, February 2013
- “From Student to Pastor,” Association of Theological Schools CORE Consultation: Preparing for 2040, Pittsburgh, PA, March 4, 2011
- “YDS Women: Generations of Faith and Witness”, Yale Divinity School, October 2010
- “Future of Congregational Life” Conference, Yale Divinity School, Fall 2009
- Doctor of Ministry Project Seminar, Wesley Theological Seminary
- Yale Alumni Fund Chairman’s Award, 2014
- Audrey Butler, Multimedia Specialist
- Audrey Butler
Multimedia Specialist, Lewis Center for Church Leadership
Audrey Butler is the Multimedia Specialist at the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. She joined the staff in 2022 and produces photo, video, and graphics content. As an undergraduate, Butler held positions as a writer and videographer at George Mason University Honors College, Fairfax Community Services Board, and Westminster Digital located in London. She was also lead cinematographer and co-editor at Groundbreaker Films LLC.
Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Media Production Concentration, Minor in Film, George Mason University.
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Excellence in Communication, Fall 2022Excellence in Lighting Technique, Spring 2021
- “Honors College Students Help Organize Virginia Environmental Justice Summit,” George Mason University Honors College, 2021
- “U.S. Rep. Jennifer Wexton Shares What It Means to Be the ‘Public Face of a Campaign’,” George Mason University News, 2020
- “What Do You Need to Know to Be a Politician?,” George Mason University News, 2020
- Dr. Deborah Coe, Qualitative Researcher
- Dr. Deborah Coe
Qualitative Researcher, Lewis Center for Church Leadership
Deborah Coe, Ph.D., is a qualitative researcher for the Religious Workforce Project, a national study funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc. She directed the research team at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) based in Chicago and prior to that was the Director of Research for the Presbyterian Church (USA). She received her Ph.D. in sociology of religion from Purdue University. In her present role, Dr. Coe works collaboratively with clients to formulate and carry out research and evaluation and empower them to do their own research. Deb has served as a board member of the RRA and as an editorial board member of the Review of Religious Research, as well as on two committees of the SSSR.
- Ph.D. in Sociology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.
- Graduate Certificate in Survey Research, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.
- M.S. in Sociology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.
- B.A. in Sociology, Purdue Northwest (formerly known as Purdue Calumet), Hammond, Indiana.
- Coe, Deborah L., and Brad Petersen. “God Is Doing a New Thing in the ELCA: Trends from the FACT Data.” Theology Today, October issue, 2021.
- Coe, Deborah L. and James D. Davidson. “Religious Stratification: Affiliations of Ivy League Presidents through History.” Pp. 240-262 in Religion and Inequality in America: Research and Theory on Religion’s Role in Stratification, Lisa A. Keister and Darren Sherkat, editors. Cambridge University Press, 2014.
- Coe, Deborah L. and James D. Davidson. “The Origins of Legacy Admissions: A Sociological Explanation.” Review of Religious Research 52(3): 233-247, 2011.
- Carol Follett, Web Developer
- Carol Follett
Web Developer, Lewis Center for Church Leadership
Carol Follett is a Web Developer for the Lewis Center. In addition to working with the Lewis Center’s electronic publications, she develops and maintains the Lewis Center’s online programs, including the Lewis Pastoral Leadership Inventory (LPLI™),Keeping Our Sacred Trust, and other online courses for professional development and continuing education.
Ms. Follett worked for a number of years as a newsroom Web editor and research librarian at the Richmond Times-Dispatch. More recently, she was employed as a Web developer and programmer in private industry. She also has experience in the human resources and training field.
- Master of Theological Studies, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
- Dr. Amy Kubichek, Research Associate
- Dr. Amy Kubichek
Research Associate, Lewis Center for Church Leadership
Amy Kubichek, Ph.D., is a research associate for the Religious Workforce Project, a national study funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc. She is responsible for managing and analyzing the quantitative data for the study. Kubichek has experience in quantitative research methods, data management, and statistical analysis. Her past research has focused on gender and international development.
- Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- M.A. in Applied Social Research, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia.
- B.A. in Sociology, Hope College, Holland, Michigan.
- Markoff, John (with Amy White [Kubichek]). 2009. “The Global Wave of Democratization.” Chap. 5 in Democratization. by Christian W. Haerpfer, Patrick Bernhagen, Ronald F. Inglehart, and Christian Welzel. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.
- Norman P. Hummon Graduate Student Research Award, University of Pittsburgh Department of Sociology, 2011.
- Arts & Sciences Summer Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2009.
- Matthew Lyons, Marketing Manager
- Matthew Lyons
Marketing Manager, Lewis Center for Church Leadership
Matthew Lyons is marketing manager for the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. He joined the staff in August 2010 and oversees marketing, advertising, branding, social media, and public relations. Mr. Lyons has more than 20 years of marketing experience in varied environments, including non-profit, for-profit, and association. He has worked in the travel, software, healthcare, and construction industries. His past titles include desktop publisher, copywriter/editor, webmaster, manager, and director.
- Master of Arts, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C., 2010.
- Bachelor of Arts in Journalism-Advertising, Summa Cum Laude, Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia, 1991.
- Your Website is Your Church’s Welcome Mat, Leading Ideas, January 2012
- Best Advertising/Promotional/Marketing Campaign, Travel Weekly, 1999.
- Best Advertising Campaign, United Way, 1993.
- Copywriter of the Year, Marshall University, 1991.
- Dr. Ann A. Michel, Senior Consultant
- Dr. Ann A. Michel
Senior Consultant, Lewis Center for Church Leadership
Lecturer in Church Leadership, Wesley Theological Seminary
Dr. Ann A. Michel has served on the staff of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership since 2005. She currently serves as a Senior Consultant and as co-editor of the Lewis Center’s online newsletter, Leading Ideas. She also serves as an adjunct member of the faculty of Wesley Theological Seminary teaching in the areas of leadership and stewardship.
Michel is a seminary-educated layperson who has served in the professional ministry since 1994. She spent many years on the senior staff of National United Methodist Church (Metropolitan Memorial), most recently as director of mission and outreach. She has experience in a wide range of ministries, including evangelism, communications, adult education, stewardship, women’s programs, homeless ministries, and world service.
Michel is a native of Illinois who has lived in the District of Columbia for over three decades. Early in her career, she worked in government relations.
- Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C., 2011.
- Master of Theological Studies, Summa Cum Laude, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C., 2000.
- Bachelor of Science in Speech, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1980.
- Generosity, Stewardship, and Abundance: A Transformational Guide to Church Finances (Rowman and Littlefield, 2021).
- Synergy: A Leadership Guide for Church Staff and Volunteers (Abingdon Press, 2017).
- The Crisis of Younger Clergy, with Lovett H. Weems, Jr. (Abingdon Press, 2008).
- See recent Leading Ideas articles by Ann A. Michel.
- Leadership that Engages Others (Doctor of Ministry Leadership Track)
- Healthy Stewardship in the Local Church
- Best Practices in Church Leadership and Administration
- Transformative Leadership (United Methodist Course of Study)
- Friendship Place, Washington, D.C. Board of Directors Member, 2017-2018. Board Vice Chair, 2021-2. Co-chair of the Congregations Committee, 2016-2022.
- United Methodist Women. Has held office at the local, district and conference level.
- St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Potomac, Maryland. Board of Trustees Member, 2007-2010. Vice Chair of the Board, 2009 – 2010. Chair of the Touchstone Endowment Campaign, 2008-2010.
- Awarded a Benjamin E. Cooper Advocacy Award by the Community Council for the Homeless, October 2009, for service to the homeless.
- Received the St. Andrews’s Episcopal School Parents Association Leadership and Service Award for 2010.
- Rev. Dr. F. Douglas Powe, Jr., Director
- Rev. Dr. F. Douglas Powe, Jr.
Director, Lewis Center for Church Leadership
James C. Logan Professor of Evangelism (an E. Stanley Jones Professorship) and Professor of Urban Ministry
The Rev. Dr. F. Douglas Powe, Jr., is an ordained elder in the Baltimore/Washington Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. Powe is committed to helping urban congregations and congregations in transitional areas to flourish through community partnering. His research interest are church revitalization, urban theology, and Methodist theology.
- Ph.D. Emory University, Systematic Theology, Atlanta, Georgia
- M.DIV. Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, Summa Cum Laude
- B.A. Ohio Wesleyan University, Economic-Management, Delaware, Ohio, Magna Cum Laude
- Transforming Community: The Wesleyan Way to Missional Congregations, co-authored with by Henry H. Knight III (Discipleship Resources, 2016)
- Not Safe for Church: The Ten Commandments for Reaching New Generations, co-authored with Jasmine Rose Smothers (Abingdon Press, 2015)
- Religio-Political Narratives in America: From Martin Luther King, Jr. through Jeremiah Wright, co-authored with Johnny Hill and Angela Sims (Palgrave, 2014)
- New Wine, New Wineskins: How African American Congregations Can Reach New Generations (Abingdon Press, 2012)
- Just-us or Justice: Moving Toward a Pan-Methodist Theology (Abingdon Press, 2009)
- Transforming Evangelism: The Wesleyan Way of Sharing Faith, co-authored with Henry H. Knight, III (Discipleship Resources, 2006)
- Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr., Senior Consultant
- Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr.
Senior Consultant, Lewis Center for Church Leadership
Distinguished Professor of Church Leadership, Wesley Theological Seminary
Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr., is distinguished professor of church leadership and senior consultant of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.
Weems was the founding director of the Lewis Center in 2003, coming to the position after 18 years as president of Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri. He became senior consultant in 2017. A native of Mississippi, he was a local church pastor in that state for many years. His years in local church ministry in Mississippi were marked by emphasis on both evangelism and social concerns. His work in Mississippi led the distinguished Mississippi writer Willie Morris to describe him as “one of the persons who added much to the growing civility of Mississippi.”
- Dr. Weems is a graduate of Millsaps College; Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University; and Wesley Theological Seminary. He holds honorary degrees from Baker University, Central Methodist University, and Millsaps College.
- High Yield: Seven Disciplines of the Fruitful Leader, with Tom Berlin (Abingdon,2014)
- Overflow: Increase Worship Attendance and Bear More Fruit, with Tom Berlin (Abingdon, 2013)
- Focus: The Real Challenges That Face The United Methodist Church (Abingdon, 2012)
- Bearing Fruit: Ministry with Real Results, with Tom Berlin (Abingdon, 2011)
- Church Leadership: Vision, Team, Culture, and Integrity, Revised Edition (Abingdon, 2010)
- Take the Next Step: Leading Lasting Change in the Church (Abingdon, 2003)
- Leadership in the Wesleyan Spirit (Abingdon, 1999)
- John Wesley’s Message Today (Abingdon, 1991)
- Rachel Williams, Program Manager
- Rachel Williams
Program Manager, Lewis Center for Church Leadership
Rachel Williams is a Program Administrator for the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. She joined the staff in 2018 and manages day-to-day administrative responsibilities and is the point of contact for online programs such as the Lewis Pastoral Leadership Inventory and Keeping our Sacred Trust. While earning her graduate degrees, Williams worked with international development firms and human rights organizations in research and programmatic capacities across the Washington, D.C., area.
- Master of Theological Studies, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C., 2018.
- Master of Arts, International Peace and Conflict Resolution, American University, Washington, D.C., 2018.
- Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Religion, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, 2015
- Certificate, Muslim-Christian Studies, Washington Theological Consortium, D.C., 2018.
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