- Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr., Director
- Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr.
Director, 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 director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. He co-edits the Lewis Center’s online newsletter, Leading Ideas.
Weems is the founding director of the Lewis Center, coming to the position in 2003 after eighteen years as president of Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri. He has been a clergy delegate to several General and Jurisdictional Conferences.
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)
- Joe Arnold, Research Manager
- Joe Arnold
Research Manager, Lewis Center for Church Leadership
Joe Arnold is research manager for the Lewis Center for Church Leadership; he was promoted to this position in February 2007, having worked as the Lewis Center’s executive assistant since 2003. Prior to that Mr. Arnold had nine years of experience working in local church settings, having served on staff at Metropolitan Memorial UMC and Foundry UMC in Washington, DC.
From 2008-2012 Arnold served as a member of the Church Systems Task Force which developed recommendations for the United Methodist General Conference on clergy health and well-being. His areas of expertise interest include church administration, church finance, United Methodist polity, and United Methodist history.
- Master of Theological Studies, Cum Laude, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC, 2006.
- Bachelor of Arts in Religion from the American University in Washington, DC, 1993.
Recent Articles and Publications
- Monitoring Key Indicators of Congregational Health, Leading Ideas, January 5, 2011
- Clergy Health – A Mixed Portrait, Leading Ideas, April 29, 2009
- Is Your Church History a Static or Dynamic Force? Leading Ideas, September 26, 2007
- Have They Fruit? The History of the Call for Clergy Effectiveness in the United Methodist Church. May 2006
- 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.
- Currently pursuing a theological degree at Wesley Theological Seminary with previous study at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia and Charlotte, North Carolina.
- Completed course work in communication arts, design and computer graphics, and copyediting at Virginia Commonwealth University as well as information technology courses at J. Sargent Reynolds Community College in Richmond, VA.
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
- 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, DC, 2010.
- Bachelor of Arts in Journalism-Advertising, Summa Cum Laude, Marshall University, Huntington, WV, 1991.
- Your Website is Your Church’s Welcome Mat, Leading Ideas, January 2012
- English as a Second Language and Immigrant Ministries, Arlington, VA. Director, Arlington Forest-Mount Olivet.
- 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, Associate Director
- Dr. Ann A. Michel
Associate Director, Lewis Center for Church Leadership
Lecturer in Church Leadership, Wesley Theological Seminary
Dr. Ann A. Michel has served as associate director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership since 2005. She is editor of the Lewis Center’s online newsletter, Leading Ideas. She also serves as an adjunct member of the faculty of Wesley Theological Seminary, supporting the Lewis Center’s curricular offerings as a lecturer in church leadership.
Michel is a seminary-educated layperson who has served in the professional ministry since 1994. She spent many years on the senior staff of Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church (the National Church of United Methodism), 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.
- 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).
- Spiritual Growth through Mission Participation, Leading Ideas, March 9, 2016
- Crafting Better Commitment Campaign Messages, Leading Ideas, August 19, 2015
- Should a Pastor Know What Church Members Give? Leading Ideas, February 18, 2015
- Taking Church to the Community, Leading Ideas, January 21, 2015
- Healthy Stewardship in the Local Church
- Best Practices in Church Leadership and Administration
- Transformative Leadership (United Methodist Course of Study)
- Metropolitan House Homeless Ministry, Washington, DC. A founding director and current board member.
- 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.
- Reina Villanueva, Multimedia Specialist
- Reina Villanueva
Multimedia Specialist, Lewis Center for Church Leadership
Reina Villanueva is a Multimedia Specialist for the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. She joined the staff in 2016 and produces photo, video, and graphics content. While earning her undergraduate degree, Villanueva worked with the communications departments for several non-profit and religious organizations. Her past work has been featured on Maryland Public Television, PBS, NBC4 Washington, and Studio Gallery DC.
- Bachelor of Arts in Communications: Film and Media Arts, American University, Washington, DC, 2015.
- Non-Fiction Bronze, TiVA Peer Awards, 2015.
- Best Environmental Film, Visions Awards, 2015.
- Long-Form Non-Fiction Outstanding Student Production, NATAS Emmy Awards, 2014.