Authors

Authors are listed alphabetically by first name.

Adam B. Snell is senior pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Kensington, Maryland, and is in the church leadership Doctor of Ministry program at Wesley Theological Seminary.

Adam Copeland

Adam J. Copeland is director of the Center for Stewardship Leaders at Luther Seminary. Adam is author of Beyond the Offering Plate: A Holistic Approach to Stewardship (Westminster John Knox Press, 2017), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.

Adam Hamilton

Adam Hamilton is pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, and is the author of numerous books, most recently Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times, available at Cokesbury and Amazon.

Alan Roxburgh

Alan Roxburgh is a pastor, teacher, writer, and consultant. Through The Missional Network, he leads conferences, seminars and consultations across North America, Asia, Europe, Australia, and the UK.

Alan R. Rudnick is the author of The Work of the Associate Pastor (Judson Press, 2012). He participated in the Lewis Center for Church Leadership’s Lewis Fellows leadership development program for young clergy in 2010–2011.

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Alex Benson is a Master of Divinity student at Luther Seminary. She serves as Program Assistant and Editorial Fellow for the Center for Stewardship Leaders.

Amy Butler is pastor of The Riverside Church in New York City. She is an alumna of the Lewis Center’s Lewis Fellows program, a leadership development cohort for outstanding young clergy. She earned her Doctor of Ministry at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.

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Amy Forbus is Communications Director at the UMC affiliated Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. She was previously the editor of the Arkansas United Methodist, a publication of the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Amy Yarnall is the senior pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church in the Peninsula-Delaware United Methodist Conference and was a Lewis Fellow.

Andrew Conard is the preacher at First United Methodist Church El Dorado, Kansas.

Andy Langford is senior pastor of Central United Methodist Church in Concord, North Carolina. He was written over twenty books and is the General Editor of The United Methodist Book of Worship.

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Angela Denker is a former sportswriter turned Lutheran pastor, writer, speaker — and full-time mom of two little boys based in Minneapolis, Minn. She blogs at http://agoodchristianwoman.blogspot.com.

Ann A. Michel is associate director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary and teaches in the areas of stewardship and leadership. She is also the author of Synergy: A Leadership Guide for Church Staff and Volunteers (Abingdon, 2017), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.

Anthony B. Robinson is a United Church of Christ pastor, a teacher, consultant, and author of over a dozen books about theology, congregational culture, and church leadership.

Asa Lee

Asa J. Lee is Associate Dean for Campus Life and Director of African American Church Studies in Washington, DC.

Audrey Warren serves as senior pastor at First United Methodist Church of Miami. Since 2013 she has co-convened the Fresh Expressions movement in the Florida Annual Conference. She is co-author (with Kenneth H. Carter, Jr.) of Fresh Expressions: A New Kind of Methodist Church for People Not in Church (Abingdon Press, 2017), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.

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Ben Ingebretson is Director of New Church Development for the Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal Area of the United Methodist Church.

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Rev. William H. Lamar IV is pastor of the historic Metropolitan AME church in downtown Washington, DC. He has previously served churches in Maryland and Florida and as a managing director at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.

Dr. Bill Owen is a Congregational Consultant and Coach for the Center for Healthy Churches. For 32 years, he was pastor of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Cross Plains, TN.

Dr. Bill Wilson is founder and director of the Center for Healthy Churches in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was previously President of the Center for Congregational Health at Wake Forest Baptist Health.

Bob Crossman is a New Church Strategist with Path One, General Board of Discipleship, United Methodist Church. He is the author of New Church Handbook: Nuts & Bolts for Planting New Churches in the Wesleyan Tradition.

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Bob Farr serves as Bishop of the Missouri Area of The United Methodist Church. He previously served as the Missouri Conference Director of the Center for Congregational Excellence.

Bob Whitsel

Bob Whitesel is the founding professor and former professor of missional leadership of Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University. He is the author of over a dozen books helping churches bring about healthy change, including re:MIX: Transitioning Your Church to Living Color (Abingdon Press, 2016) with Mark DeYmaz.

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Bonnie Marden is a United Methodist layperson active in the New England Conference and other denominational positions. She is also a parish Consultant specializing in conflict, transitions and stewardship.

Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin, MDiv, is the associate director of the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, blogger, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor with Kara Powell and Jake Mulder of Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church (Baker Books, 2016).

Brandon J. O’Brien is is Director of Content Development for Redeemer City to City in Manhattan, which recruits, trains, coaches and resources leaders who start new churches and church networks in global cities. His most recent book is Demanding Liberty: An Untold Story of American Religious Freedom.

Brian Bauknight is senior minister emeritus of Christ United Methodist Church in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, and coordinator of leadership development for the Western Pennsylvania Conference.

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Brian Hehn is Director of the Center for Congregational Song for the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. A drumming clinician, worship leader, and song enlivener, he has taught at Wingate University and Perkins School of Theology. His book, All Hands In: Drumming the Biblical Narrative, was published by Choristers Guild.

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Brian Leander, Ph.D., is manager of training and development at Adelphi University School of Social Work. Previously, he was assistant director of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Adelphi. Learn more about his work at abrianleander.com.

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Brian William served as pastor of Burlington United Methodist Church in Burlington, Illinois.

Bryan Collier is founding pastor of The Orchard in Tupelo, Mississippi. He is author of The Go-To Church: Post MegaChurch Growth (Abingdon, 2013.)

The Rev. Dr. Byoung Sam Kim is Senior Pastor of Manna Church near Seoul, South Korea. He is also CEO of World Human Bridge (NGO), and an Adjunct Professor at Methodist Theological Seminary, Seoul, South Korea.

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Carey Nieuwhof is founding and teaching pastor of Connexus Community Church in Barrie, Ontario, Canada; a popular blogger and podcaster; and author of bestselling books. Visit his website at CareyNieuwhof.com.

Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Carol Howard Merritt is a popular speaker, writer, and blogger, especially on the topic of ministering in a new generation. She is the author of Reframing Hope: Vital Ministry in a New Generation (Alban, 2010) and Tribal Church: Ministering to the Missing Generation (Alban, 2007).

The Rev. Cary S. “Buddy” Miller is the founder of Stewardship Consulting Services, LLC, which helps churches through capital stewardship campaigns and stewardship enhancement initiatives.

Cathy Abbott is superintendent of the Arlington District in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Cesie Delve Scheuermann is a consultant in stewardship, development, and grant writing and a lay leader in the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. You can connect with Cesie at inspiringgenerosity@gmail.com.

Dr. Charles A. Parker was for a decade the Senior Pastor at National United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. He also served as executive director of Bread for the City and Emmaus Services for the Aging, two non-profit organizations in Washington, DC.

Charles Arn teaches Christian Ministry and Outreach at Wesley Theological Seminary. He is a past president of the American Society of Church Growth, which is dedicated to the study of evangelism and congregational outreach. He has authored 15 books, edited five others, and is a popular speaker nationally and overseas.

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Charles R. "Chick" Lane is Pastor for Stewardship and Generosity at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove, MN, and a consultant with Kairos and Associates. He is also the author of Ask, Thank, Tell and coauthor of Embracing Stewardship.

Charles Stone is Lead Pastor at West Park Church in London, Ontario, Canada. He is the author of several books including People Pleasing Pastors: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Approval Motivated Leadership.

Charley Reeb

Charley Reeb is senior pastor of Pasadena Community Church in St. Petersburg, Florida. Known as a gifted preacher, he blogs about preaching at charleyreeb.com. He is the author of That'll Preach!: 5 Simple Steps to Your Best Sermon Ever (Abingdon Press, 2017), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.

Chris Duckworth is pastor of New Joy Lutheran Church in Westfield, Indiana. He is also a Chaplain in the Indiana Army National Guard. His blog is The Lutheran Zephyr.

Chris Folmsbee is Director of Discipleship Ministries at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas.

Chris Holmes is founder of the Holmes Couching Group. He was previously a pastor and superintendent in the Baltimore-Washington Conference, and he is a past president of the Maryland Chapter of the International Coaching Federation. He also serves on the coach training faculty of Auburn Seminary.

Chris Ruddell participated in the Lewis Center for Church Leadership’s Lewis Fellows leadership development program for young clergy in 2011-2012. He currently works as a mobile application developer for the Museum of the Bible. Previously he was associate pastor at Bixby First United Methodist Church in Morris, Oklahoma.

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Christian Coon is co-founder of Urban Village Church in Chicago and author of Failing Boldly: How Falling Down in Ministry Can Be the Start of Rising Up (Discipleship Resources, 2017), [Cokesbury | Amazon | Upper Room Books].

Christine Chakoian is vice president for seminary advancement Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the University of Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Moveable Feast preaching colloquium, as well as a trustee at Presbyterian Publishing Corp.

Chris Bennett

Christopher Bennett is an associate consultant and facilitator with The Spark Mill, working with faith communities and non-profits on strategic planning and innovation. An ordained elder in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church, he has served in variety of congregational settings. He participated in the Lewis Center’s Lewis Fellows leadership development program outstanding young clergy in 2007-8.

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Christopher F. Poch is author of "Managing Your Wealth: A Must-Read for Affluent Families." He is a private wealth advisor for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC.

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Claudia Greer is Assistant to the Deans at Montgomery College in Maryland. She worked for many years as a resource editor at the Alban Institute.

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Clayton Smith is Executive Pastor for Stewardship and Generosity at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas.

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J. Clif Christopher is founder and CEO the Horizons Stewardship Company that consults with churches, conferences, synods, and dioceses about building, finance, and church growth. Christopher is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and past recipient of the UMC National Circuit Rider Award for outstanding leadership in developing vital congregations.

Dr. Connie J. Cole Jeske is executive minister at First United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Craig C. Hill is dean and professor of New Testament at Perkins School of Theology and author of the recent Servant of All: Status, Ambition, and the Way of Jesus (Eerdmans, 2016), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.

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Dr. W. Craig Gilliam is the Founder and Director of Gilliam & Associates, LLC. that works with organizations, teams, and religious communities of various faith traditions. He is also the director of the Center for Pastoral Excellence of the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church and adjunct instructor at SMU.

Curtiss Paul DeYoung is CEO of Minnesota Council of Churches. An ordained minister in the Church of God, he was previously the executive director at Community Renewal Society, a faith-based civil rights organization in Chicago, and a professor of Reconciliation Studies at Bethel University in St. Paul.

Dr. Cynthia D. Weems is the District Superintendent of the Southeast District in the Florida Annual Conference. She has served church in Florida and Kansas. She participated in the Lewis Center's Lewis Fellows program for outstanding young clergy in 2005-2006.

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Cynthia Woolever is research director of the U.S. Congregational Life Survey, coeditor of The Parish Paper, and formerly a professor of sociology of religious organizations at the Hartford Institute for Religion Research, Hartford Seminary.

Dan Hotchkiss, long-time senior consultant for the Alban Institute, now consults independently on strategic planning, board governance, and staff development. He can be reached through the Congregational Consulting Group.

Dan Pezet is Director of Church Development of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Previously, he served as Director of Congregational Vitality for the Alabama-West Florida Conference.

Rev. Dan Wunderlich is an extension minister focused on worship, communication, and creativity with the goal of helping ministries and their leaders better connect with their communities. Find out more about his work and his podcast "Art of the Sermon" at DefiningGrace.com.

Daniel Hilty

Daniel Hilty is Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Daniel Kerlin is pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Mifflin, Pennsylvania. He is a student in Wesley Seminary’s Course of Study.

From 1998 to 2017, Dan Aleshire was executive director of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). He began work with ATS in 1990. Previously, he taught at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

David Ponting is an Anglican priest who formerly served as Director of Stewardship and Financial Development for the Anglican Diocese of Niagara in Canada.

David Abbott is Director of Stewardship for the United Methodist Foundation of New England. Previously he was District Supeintendent of the New Hampshire District of the United Methodist Church in New England.

David Gray is pastor of Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Maryland, and a graduate of Wesley Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry program in Church Leadership.

David M. Boan is Director of Humanitarian Advocacy & Service for the World Evangelical Alliance. He co-founded and co-directed the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College, the first faith-based academic disaster research center. He is author, with Jamie D. Aten, of “Disaster Ministry Handbook” (Intervarsity Press, 2016).

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David McAllister-Wilson is president of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. He is author of A New Church and A New Seminary: Theological Education Is the Solution (Abingdon Press, 2018), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.

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David Putman is founding leader of Planting the Gospel and serves as a Lead Navigator with Auxano, which provides resources for vision clarity. Previously, he served as executive pastor of Mountain Lake Church and co-founded churchplanters.com. He is author of several books including I Woke Up In Heaven and The Gospel Disciple.

David Brubaker is Director of the MBA and OLS Programs and Associate Professor of Organizational Studies at Eastern Mennonite University. He has trained or consulted with over 100 organizations around the world, and wrote Promise and Peril: Understanding and Managing Change and Conflict in Congregations.

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David R. Ray has pastored small United Church of Christ churches for decades and he has written extensively about the small church. His most recent book is Smaller Churches: Real Possibilities for Hard Times.

David Rich is a retired Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) minister and the former director of the PCUSA's Retirement Planning Program for the Board of Pensions. As a consultant on transitioning into retirement, he has helped pastors finish strong.

David A. Weesner is a pastor and former superintendent of the Central District of the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Deborah Bruce was research manager for the Research Services office of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and project manager for the monumental U.S. Congregational Life Surveys conducted in 2001 and 2008. She passed away in 2012.

Denise Janssen is Associate Professor of Christian Education at Virginia Union University. An ordained Baptist minister, she has written numerous books and is the executive director of The Resource Center of the VUU School of Theology, which supports local churches through events, consultations, and resources. She is a staff pastor at Laurel Park United Methodist Church.

Formerly retired, Dianne Cochran has returned to serve as Pastor of Discipleship at St. Stephen UMC of Troy, Missouri. She was formerly pastor of Union United Methodist Church in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Don Nations, a former pastor and church planter, is founder of DNA Coaching, which provides consulting and coaching to business and churches.

Donald W. Haynes

Donald W. Haynes is a retired pastor and district superintendent in the Western North Carolina Conference. For many years he wrote the “Wesleyan Wisdom” column for the United Methodist Reporter and taught United Methodist studies at Hood Theological Seminary. His book A Digest of Wesleyan Grace Theology will be published later this year by MarketSquareBooks.

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Donna Claycomb Sokol is pastor of Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, a diverse, thriving church in downtown Washington, DC. She is co-author of A New Day in the City (Abingdon Press, 2017), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.

Dottie Escobedo Frank is a pastor and District Superintendent in the Desert Southwest Conference of the United Methodist Church. She is also a speaker and writer, and her work has centered on church revitalization, worship and preaching, and multicultural ministry.

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Dottie is the senior pastor of Solomons United Methodist Church in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference.

Doug Anderson is a retired Indiana elder who led the Dakota Wesleyan University-based Rueben Job Center for Leadership Development. is an author and well-known consultant in North Central Jurisdiction.

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G. Douglass Lewis, for whom the Lewis Center for Church Leadership is named, was president of Wesley Theological Seminary from 1982-2002. Since retirement, he has consulted widely with seminaries in the areas of governance, leadership, strategic planning, and development.

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F. Douglas Powe, Jr., is director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership and holds the James C. Logan Chair in Evangelism (an E. Stanley Jones Professorship) at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.

Douglas J. Brouwer is pastor of the International Protestant Church in Zurich, Switzerland. He is author of How to Become a Multicultural Church (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2017), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.

Douglas Ruffle

Douglas Ruffle serves Discipleship Ministries as General Editor of Wesleyan Resources. He was recently written Roadmap to Renewal: Rediscovering the Church's Mission and A Missionary Mindset. Previously, he served as Director of Congregational Development for the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference.

Dwayne Bruce is pastor of Beulah African Methodist Episcopal Church in Sumter, South Carolina.

Dwight J. Zscheile is associate professor of congregational mission and leadership at Luther Seminary.

Dr. Earl Creps is author of Off Road Discipline: Spiritual Adventures of Missional Leaders and Reverse Mentoring: How Young Leaders Can Transform the Church and Why We Should Let Them, both in the Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series.

Ed Stetzer is the Billy Graham Distinguished Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism and the executive director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, He previously directed LifeWay Research. Stetzer has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches and trained pastors and church planters on six continents.

Eileen Guenther is professor of church music at Wesley Theological Seminary, former president of the American Guild of Organists. and author of Rivals or a Team? Clergy-Musician Relationships in the Twenty-First Century (MorningStar Music Publishers, 2012). For many years she hosted "The Royal Instrument," heard on Washington's WGMS radio station.

Elizabeth Evans Hagan, ordained Baptist minister, is minister of the Palisades Community Church in Washington, D.C. She is the author of Birthed: Finding Grace Through Infertility, and the executive director of Our Courageous Kids, a foundation dedicated to orphan care. She is an alumna of the Lewis Center’s Lewis Fellows leadership development program.

Elizabeth Mitchell Clement is Interim Pastor of UCC Church of the Isles at Indian Rocks Beach, Florida clergy in the United Church of Christ. She has also served as regional director of Calling Congregations at The Fund for Theological Education.

Emanuel Cleaver III is senior pastor at St. James United Methodist Church in Kansas City, Missouri. He is the author of Pastor on Track: Reclaiming Our True Role (Abingdon Press, 2014). Emanuel participated in the Lewis Center's Lewis Fellows program for outstanding young clergy in 2008-2009.

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Eric Seiberling writes for United Methodist Communications.

Erika Gara is lead pastor of Hope United Methodist Church in Torrance, California.

From 2009 - 2012, Eugene A. Blair served as superintendent of the Flint District in the Detroit Conference of the United Methodist Church. He currently is a youth counselor and educator in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Faith Fowler is the pastor of Cass Community United Methodist Church and has served since 1994 as executive director of Cass Community Social Services (CCSS), a Detroit nonprofit agency that responds to poverty with programs for food, health care, housing and employment.

Fiona Haworth, former director of talent for Southwest Airlines, has held several leadership roles in the church.

Gary Shockley is a member of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, currently an artist and art teacher living in North Carolina. He is the author of The Meandering Way: Leading by Following the Spirit (Alban, 2007) and Imagining Church: Seeing Hope in a World of Change (Alban, 2009).

Gary L. McIntosh is a professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership at Talbot School of Theology. He is a church growth expert who has written more than 20 books.

George Bullard is the director of missions for the Columbia-Metro Baptist Association, in Columbia, SC. He was formerly the President and Strategic Coordinator with The Columbia Partnership and the General Secretary of the North American Baptist Fellowship of the Baptist World Alliance.

Gerald W. Keucher is Controller & Chief Financial Officer of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. An Episcopal priest, he has helped lead parishes from the brink of collapse. He has written books on church finances.

Gil Rendle was Senior Vice President with the Texas Methodist Foundation (TMF) and, before that, a consultant with the Alban Institute. He is consulting with the UMC Commission on a Way Forward.

Ginger Anderson-Larson has served as pastor of several Lutheran Churches in Iowa, most recently St. John Lutheran Church in Preston, Iowa. She has also served as Coordinator of Contextual Education and taught spiritual formation at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.

Glynis LaBarre is a transformation strategist for the American Baptist Home Mission Society.

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Graham Standish is the executive director of the Samaritan Counseling-Guidance-Consulting in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. Previously he was the pastor of Calvin Presbyterian Church in Zelienople, Pennsylvania. He is an adjunct professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Tyndale Theological Seminary. He was written several books on spirituality.

Greg Atkinson is an author, leadership coach, and consultant who works with churches of all sizes. His website is gregatkinson.com. His secret shopper website is WorshipImpressions.com, and his book website is SecretShopperBook.com.

Guy M. Williams is senior pastor of United Methodist Temple, Port Arthur, Texas,

Hannah Bonner is Director of the Wesley Foundation of Tucson at the University of Arizona Campus Christian Center. She previously was on staff at St. John’s Downtown UMC in Houston where she founded The Shout poetry collective.

Heather Bradley is Director of the Center for Nonprofit Resources in Toledo. She is an executive coach and human relations specialist. She is co-author of Switch Off: The Clergy Guide to Preserving Energy and Passion for Ministry (Abingdon, 2016).

Heber Brown III is the pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore. He spearheaded the Black Church Food Security Network, and he is the founding director of Orita’s Cross Freedom School. He received the Ella Baker Freedom Fighter Award, participated in the Lewis Fellows, and earned a Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary.

Henry G. Brinton is senior pastor of Fairfax Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, Virginia. He is the author or co-author of five books including The Welcoming Congregation: Roots and Fruits of Christian Hospitality.

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Henry H. "Hal" Knight III is the Donald and Pearl Wright Professor of Wesleyan Studies at Saint Paul School of Theology. His passion is enabling persons to work for Wesleyan renewal through growth in the knowledge and love of God and neighbor and participation in God's mission in the world. He was written several books on John Wesley and Methodism.

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M. Ingrid Dvirnak is a leader in the American Baptist Church and a co-author of Empowering Laity, Engaging Leaders: Tapping the Root for Ministry, (Judson Press, 2012).

Jacob Armstrong is the founding pastor of Providence United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.

Jacqueline Lewis is pastor of Middle Collegiate Church, a multicultural congregation in New York City. She is the author of The Power of Stories: A Guide for Leading Multiracial and Multicultural Congregations, the most recent book in the Lewis Center’s series with Abingdon Press, Discoveries: Insights for Church Leadership. The Power of Stories can be purchased at Amazon.

Jake McGlothin is director of serve ministries at Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia. He is the author of The Mission-Minded Guide to Church and School Partnerships (Abingdon, 2017), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.

Jake Mulder

Jake Mulder is the director of strategic initiatives at the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI). He is pursuing a PhD at Fuller Theological Seminary and is a coauthor with Kara Powell and Brad Griffin of Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church (Baker Books, 2016).

James Lemler serves the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis as chaplain for the Pathways to Vitality Pilot Parishes Initiative and philanthropic foundation officer He was priest-in-charge of historic Christ Episcopal Church in Greenwich, Connecticut, and former director of mission for the Episcopal Church and dean of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary.

James P. Amerson is pastor of St.Paul United Methodist Church in San Antonio, Texas. He is coauthor, with Melvin Amerson, of Fruit for Celebrating the Offering (2011).

Jamie Aten (Ph.D., Indiana State University) is the Founder and Executive Director of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute and holds the Rech Endowed Chair. received the 2016 FEMA Community Preparedness Champion Award and wrote, with David M. Boan, the “Disaster Ministry Handbook” (Intervarsity Press, 2016).

Jan Rivero is pastor of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Charlottesville, Virginia. She previously directed the Wesley Foundations at the University of Virginia and later at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her D. Min in Campus Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary in 2006.

Dr. Jane Donovan is a lecturer in religious studies at West Virginia University.

Janet Craswell is Director of Christian Education at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church in Washington, DC.

Janet Cromwell is Wesley Foundation Director at the University of Oregon.

Janet T. Jamieson is associate professor of business at the University of Dubuque.

Janice Riggle Huie serves as bishop of the Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church and is former president of the Council of Bishops.

Jasmine Smothers serves as lead pastor for the historic Atlanta First United Methodist Church. Smothers is their first female, first African American, and youngest lead pastor in its history. She is co-author with F. Douglas Powe of Not Safe for Church: Ten Commandments for Reaching New Generations (Abingdon Press, 2015).

Jeffrey S. Rogers currently serves as dean of graduate studies at Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina. He has had a thirty-year career in higher education and ministry, including ten years as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina. Jeff is the author of Building a House for All God’s Children (Abingdon, 2008).

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Jeremy Steele oversees youth and college ministries and leads the evening worship service at Christ UMC in Mobile, Ala. Jeremy is an author of several books and resources that you can find at JeremyWords.com.

Jessica Anschutz is senior pastor of a cluster of three United Methodist churches in the Hudson Valley of New York. Previously, she was associate pastor of Park Avenue United Methodist Church in New York City. She participated in the Lewis Fellows program, the Lewis Center's leadership development program for young clergy in 2010 - 2011.

Jessicah Krey Duckworth is a program director in the religion division of the Lilly Endowment, Inc. Previously she was on the faculties of Luther Seminary and Wesley Theological Seminary. She is ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Jill Fox led the Volunteer Development Ministry at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, for eight years. She is author, with Leith Anderson, of Volunteering: A Guide to Serving in the Body of Christ (Zondervan, 2015).

Jim is the Lead Pastor and Jennifer is a Teaching Pastor and Systems Director at Harvest Church, a church they launched in Warner Robins, Georgia in 2001. They are the authors of Start This, Stop That: Do The Things That Grow Your Church (Abingdon, 2012).

Jim Downing is pastor of First United Methodist Church in Sedalia, Missouri.

Jim Ozier is the director of New Church Development and Congregational Transformation for the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is the author (with Jim Griffith) of The Changeover Zone: Successful Pastoral Transitions (Abingdon, 2016) and Clip-In: Risking Hospitality in Your Church (Abingdon Press, 2014), with Fiona Haworth.

Following 20 years as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Sherman, Texas, Jim Pledger is now associate pastor for stewardship, church development, service matters, welcoming ministries at Arlington Heights United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. He has led congregational revitalization through an emphasis on Sunday school and mission, including founding Great Days of Service.

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Jim Somerville is senior pastor of First Baptist Church Richmond, Virginia. He previously served as pastor of First Baptist Church in downtown Washington, DC.

Jim Tomberlin

Jim Tomberlin is founder of MultiSite Solutions which works with churches to develop and implement multi-campus strategies. He pioneered the multi-site model at Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago. He is author, with Warren Bird, of Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work (Jossey-Bass, 2012), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.

Joe Daniels is pastor of Emory United Methodist Church in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference.

John Briggs is a retired pastor in the Virginia Annual Conference of the UMC

Dr. John H. Southwick is director of research for the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church and editor of the monthly online newsletter Background Data for Mission

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Bishop John R. Schol is resident bishop of the Greater New Jersey Area of the United Methodist Church.

John W. Wimberly, Jr., former pastor of Western Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC., is a consultant for the Congregational Consulting Group.

John Winn is mentor emeritus for The Center for Pastoral Effectiveness, Louisiana Conference, United Methodist Church.

John Zehring is a retired United Church of Christ pastor who has also served in higher education, primarily in development and institutional advancement. He is co-author with Kate Jagger of Beyond Stewardship: A Church Guide to Generous Giving Campaigns (Judson Press, 2016).

Johnsie W. Cogman is pastor of Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Washington, DC, and Bells United Methodist Church in Camp Springs, Maryland.

Jon Powers is Chaplain at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Jonathan Arnpriester is pastor of Mosaic United Methodist Church in Tucson, Arizona, where he has served for the past nine years.

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Jonathan Gledhill is a retired bishop in the Church of England.

Jonathan Malm is author of Unwelcome: 50 Ways Churches Drive Away First-Time Visitors.

Jorge Acevedo is Lead Pastor at Grace Church, a multi-site, United Methodist congregation in Cape Coral, Florida, where church attendance has grown from 400 to over 2,600 in the past 15 years.

Joseph E. Arnold is Research Manager for the Lewis Center for Church Leadership.

Joy F. Skjegstad is a consultant who works helping churches develop programs to meet community needs. She is the author of 7 Creative Models for Community Ministry (Judson Press, 2013) and Starting a Nonprofit at Your Church (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002).

Judith Sutera is a Benedictine sister of the monastery of Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, Kansas. She holds degrees in psychology and sociology, with a master's degree in counseling, and, in 1986, became one of the first women to receive a master's degree in monastic theology. A magazine editor and the author of several books, she is a director for oblates, teaches courses in monastic spirituality, and gives presentations, retreats, and workshops for monastic communities, academic conferences, formation groups, and retreat centers across the United States.

Judy Worthington is pastor of the Franktown United Methodist Church in Franktown, Virginia.

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Junius Dotson is General Secretary of Discipleship Resources, the general agency of The United Methodist Church responsible for resourcing, training, and supporting spiritual formation, new church development, and revitalization of local churches. Previously, he served as senior pastor of Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kansas.

Dr. Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Her books include Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids, with Chap Clark (Zondervan, 2011) and Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church, with Jake Mulder and Brad Griffin (Baker Books, 2016).

Karen Shay-Kubiak is director of communications at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

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Karoline M. Lewis is associate professor of biblical preaching and the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary. She is author of She: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry (Abingdon Press, 2016).

Kate Jagger

Kate Jagger is an experienced fundraiser who has chaired annual campaigns in churches and other charities. She is co-author with John Zehring of Beyond Stewardship: A Church Guide to Generous Giving Campaigns (Judson Press, 2016).

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Kate Payton is the senior pastor at Epworth United Methodist Church in Cockeysville, MD.

Kathy Ashby Merry pursued her calling to the world of church work after retiring, at age 42 from a 15-year business career.

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Kay Kotan is director of Congregational Development for the Susquehanna Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. She is a credentialed coach, church consultant, speaker, and author. She has served on the Healthy Church Initiative Executive Team for the Missouri Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. She is the author of several books, most recently Small Church Checkup, available at Upper Room Books, Cokesbury, and Amazon.

Keith Anderson is pastor at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church near Philadelphia and author of the recently published The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World (Morehouse Publishing, 2015)

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Kelly Crespin is Children’s Ministries Director at Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia.

Kem Meyer is communications director at Granger Community Church in Indiana.

Kenneth H. Carter, Jr., is resident bishop of the Florida Area of the United Methodist Church. His most recent book is Fresh Expressions: A New Kind of Methodist Church for People Not in Church (Abingdon Press, 2017), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.

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Ken Owens is lead pastor of Lexington United Methodist Church in Lexington, South Carolina.

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Ken Sloane is the Director of Stewardship & Connectional Ministries for the Discipleship Ministries.

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Ken runs a company called Leadership4Transformation where he is a Christian Leadership coach, certified church consultant, author, speaker, and trainer. He is coauthor with Mike Schreiner of Stride: Creating a Discipleship Pathway for Your Church (Abingdon Press, 2017), available at Cokesbury and Amazon, and several other books on church leadership.

Kenda Creasy Dean is Professor of Youth, Church and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Kenneth J. McFayden is Academic Dean of Union Presbyterian Seminary, in Richmond, Virginia and Professor of Ministry and Leadership Development. He is the author of Strategic Leadership for a Change: Facing Our Losses, Finding Our Future (Alban Institute, 2009).

Kent Ingram is senior minister of First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Kevass J. Harding is pastor of Dellrose United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kansas.

Kim Bloom is Senior Research Associate with the Wellbeing at Work research initiative at the University of Notre Dame which explores what makes work a positive and enriching experience for clergy and others in caring professions. Kim is a certified spiritual director, a hospice volunteer, and a local pastor in the United Methodist Church.

Kim Mitchel is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) she is a church renewal consultant.

Kim Risedorph is pastor at Asbury United Methodist Church in Livermore, CA.

Kirk Hadaway, Ph.D., is head of research for the Episcopal Church.

Kristine Miller is a ministry strategist with Horizons Stewardship and previously served as director of stewardship for the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan.

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Rajkumar Dixit is a pastor in the Seventh Day Adventist Church. He is currently serving in British Columbia, Canada. Previously, he served New Hope Adventist Church in Maryland. He was part of the Lewis Center's Lewis Fellows program for outstanding young clergy in 2007 and 2008. He is the author of Branded Faith: Contextualizing the Gospel in a Post-Secular Society (Wipf & Stock, 2010).

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L. Roger Owens is an associate professor of Leadership and Ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a frequent faculty presenter in the Upper Room’s Academy for Spiritual Formation. He is co-author of A New Day in the City (Abingdon Press, 2017), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.

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Larry Buxton is a retired elder in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church who currently serves as the Faculty Director of the Course of Study at Wesley Theological Seminary. He is also an ICF-accredited coach working with clergy and churches in crisis.

Laura Heikes is pastor of Bee Creek United Methodist Church in Spicewood, Texas. She participated in the Lewis Center for Church Leadership’s Lewis Fellows leadership development program for young clergy in 2008-2009.

Laurie A. Occhipinti is a professor of anthropology at Clarion University.

Laurie Day is a graduate of Willamette University

Rev. Laurie Haller is senior pastor of First United Methodist Church, Birmingham, Michigan. She blogs at www.lauriehaller.org and is author of Recess: Rediscovering Play and Purpose (Cass Community Publishing House, 2015).

Lawrence W. Farris is a Presbyterian pastor who has served pastorates in Maryland and Michigan

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The Reverend Lee A. Schott is pastor of Women at the Well United Methodist Church. Located in the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville, Iowa, it is one of only two United Methodist congregations within prisons in the United States.

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Lee Ann M. Pomrenke is a pastor in the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) and has served calls in Virginia and Minnesota. She is an alum of the Lewis Fellows program for newer clergy. She is currently serving her third short-term interim position in the St. Paul Area Synod, parenting, and writing. She blogs on practical theology at leeannpomrenke.com.

Lee B. Spitzer is executive minister of American Baptist Churches of New Jersey.

Lee Kricher is pastor of Amplify Church in Pittsburgh and author of For a New Generation: A Practical Guide for Revitalizing Your Church (Zondervan, 2016).

Dr. Lew Parks has served churches of all sizes as a United Methodist pastor and superintendent. As he continues to direct the Doctor of Ministry program at Wesley Theological Seminary and teach, he is pastor of Calvary United Methodist Church in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania. He also assists denominational leaders around vitality in small membership churches and is author of Preaching in the Small Membership Church (Abingdon Press, 2009) and Small on Purpose: Life in a Significant Church (Abingdon Press, 2017) [Cokesbury | Amazon].

Linda Ranson Jacobs is the author of Attract Families to Your Church and Keep Them Coming Back (Abingdon Press, 2014).

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Lisa Kipp is a pastor at Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester, MN.

Liz Perraud is a children’s ministry workshop leader for The Logos Ministry.

Loren Bergstedt is congregational development assistant for the Minnesota Conference.

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Loren B. Mead founded the Alban Institute in 1974 and is the author of a number of landmark books on congregations.

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Lory Beth Huffman is Senior Minister at Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston Salem, North Carolina. She previously served as District Superintendent of the Appalachian District of the Western NC Conference.

Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr.

Lovett H. Weems, Jr., is senior consultant at the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, professor of church leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary, and author of several books on leadership.

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Lucinda S. Holmes is a church consultant.

Lyda Hawes works in the software industry and has been active over the years as a lay leader in the United Church of Christ, offering leadership seminars at both the regional and national level. She blogs at “See Lyda Run”.

Rev. Mack Strange is on the staff of Brentwood United Methodist Church in Brentwood, Tennessee, near Nashville.

Marc Brown is the Director of Connectional Ministries for the Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Margaret Marcuson is an ordained American Baptist minister, a leadership consultant, and an author. She is author of Money and Ministry: Balance the Books While Keeping Your Balance (Marcuson Leadership Circle, 2014) by Margaret J. Marcuson. Used by permission. The book is available at Amazon and margaretmarcuson.com.

Marggie Briggs

Margie Briggs is a certified lay minister who serves as pastor of Calhoun and Drake’s Chapel United Methodist churches in Missouri.

Maria Liu Wong

Maria Liu Wong is dean of City Seminary of New York and co-author with Mark Gornik of Stay in the City: How Christian Faith is Flourishing in an Urban World, available at Cokesbury and Amazon.

Mark DeVries is founder of Ministry Architects, a coaching firm that works with church leaders and youth and children’s ministers.

Mark DeYmaz is a recognized leader in the multiethnic church movement. He is the founding pastor of the Mosaic Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. His books include re:Mix: Transitioning Your Church to Living Color (Abingdon, 2016) and Building a Healthy Multiethnic Church (Jossey-Bass) 2007.

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Mark Gornik is director of City Seminary of New York and co-author with Maria Liu Wong of Stay in the City: How Christian Faith is Flourishing in an Urban World, available at Cokesbury and Amazon.

Mark King is senior associate minister at Marble Collegiate Church in New York City.

Mark Teasdale

Mark R. Teasdale is E. Stanley Jones Associate Professor of Evangelism at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois and an Elder in the United Methodist Church. Learn more about his work at markteasdale.net. He is author of several books, including Go! How to Become a Great Commission Church (General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, 2017), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.

Mark Waltz is executive pastor at Granger Community Church in Indiana.

Martin Davis is currently a senior editor at US News and World Report. Previously, he was managing Director of the International Association of Religion Journalists and director of the Alban Institute's Congregational Resource Guide.

Marty Cauley is a United Methodist pastor in the North Carolina Conference currently serving as director of content and coaching.

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Mary Alice Cunningham is pastor of the Virden and Girard United Methodist churches in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference.

Mary Clark Moschella is a professor of pastoral care and counseling at Yale Divinity School. Previously, she served on the faculty of Wesley Theological Seminary. Her books include Pastoral Bearings: Lived Religion and Pastoral Theology, co-ed. (Lexington Books, 2010); Ethnography as a Pastoral Practice: An Introduction (The Pilgrim Press, 2008); Living Devotions: Reflections on Immigration, Identity, and Religious Imagination (Pickwick Publications, 2008).

Matt Bloom is an associate professor at the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame University. He is the principal investigator of the Wellbeing at Work program (wellbeing.nd.edu) which studies flourishing among clergy and other caring professions.

Matt Miofsky is pastor of The Gathering United Methodist Church in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Matthew Lyons is marketing manager for the Lewis Center for Church Leadership.

Matthew T. Curry is pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Valley Stream, New York

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Melissa Cooper is program coordinator of the Life Enrichment Center of the Florida Conference.

Melvin Amerson is a stewardship consultant with the Texas Methodist Foundation and author of Stewardship in African American Churches and co-author of Fruit for Celebrating the Offering (both from Discipleship Resources)

Father Michael White is pastor of Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Maryland, near Baltimore.

Michaela E. St. Marie is pastor of Chittenango United Methodist Church in Chittenango, New York, and is in the church leadership Doctor of Ministry program at Wesley Theological Seminary.

Michele McGrath is pastor of a Community of Christ congregation in California,

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Mike Bonem serves churches and ministries as a consultant, coach, author, and speaker. He spent over ten years on the staff of West University Baptist Church in Houston, most recently as Executive Pastor. More information at mikebonem.com.

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Mike Schreiner is lead pastor of Morning Star Church in Dardenne Prairie, Missouri, and coauthor with Ken Willard of Stride: Creating a Discipleship Pathway for Your Church (Abingdon Press, 2017), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.

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Mike Slaughter is the lead pastor of Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City, Ohio, and a well-known speaker and author.

Miriam Bamberger Grogan is an executive and leadership coach. She is co-author with Heather Bradley of Switch Off:The Clergy Guide to Preserving Energy and Passion for Ministry (Abingdon, 2016).

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Molly Phinney Baskette is lead pastor of First Church Somerville UCC in Somerville, Massachusetts

Myung Sun Han is senior pastor of Yobel Korean UMC in Demarest, New Jersey. He received his Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership from Wesley Theological Seminary.

Natasha LeShawn Gadson is an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and an organizational development consultant. She is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary.

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Nate Berneking is director of financial and administrative ministries for the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is author of The Vile Practices of Church Leadership: Finance and Administration (Abingdon Press, 2017) available at Cokesbury and Amazon.

Nicole Baker Fulgham is the founder and president of The Expectations Project, a non-profit organization that develops and mobilizes faith-motivated advocates who help close the academic achievement gap in public schools.

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Olu Brown is founding pastor of Impact Church Atlanta. Launched in 2007, Impact is the fourth fastest growing United Methodist church in the country, with 85 percent growth over five years. His most recent book is "Leadership Directions from Moses: On the Way to the Promised Land" (Abingdon Press, 2017), available at Cokesbury, Amazon, and olubrown.com.

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Dr. Patricia A. Riggs is Senior Pastor of the Evangelical Charge UMC in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

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Patricia Farris is senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica, California, and author of Five Faces of Ministry published by Abingdon Press.

Patrick Scriven serves as Director of Communications and Young People’s Ministry for the Pacific Northwest Conference of The United Methodist Church. He blogs regularly at After.Church.

Perry Chang is an Associate for Survey Research at Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

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Peter M. Moon is district superintendent of the Richmond District in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Previously he served as senior pastor of Woodlake United Methodist Church, in Richmond, VA.

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Phil Schroeder is director of Congregational Development for the North Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is coauthor with Kay Kotan of Small Church Checkup, available at Upper Room Books, Cokesbury, and Amazon.

Philip D. Jamieson is vice president and CEO of the United Methodist Foundation for the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences. Previously he was assistant professor of pastoral theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.

Phill Martin is the Deputy CEO of the National Association of Church Business Administration. He is also a coach with The Center for Healthy Churches.

Ralph C. Watkins is associate professor of evangelism and church growth at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He is ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He is the author of Leading Your African American Church through Pastoral Transition (Judson Press, 2010).

The Reverend Randy Scrivener is pastor of First United Methodist Church in Hewitt, Texas.

Reggie McNeal serves as the Missional Leadership Specialist for Leadership Network of Dallas, TX. His latest book is Communities: The Rise of the Post-Congregational Church (Jossey-Bass, 2011). It is available through Amazon and Cokesbury.

Rhonda Van Dyke Colby is vice president for student life at Shenandoah University. She previously served as senior pastor of Bon Air United Methodist Church in Richmond, Virginia.

Rich Birch serves as operations pastor at Liquid Church in New Jersey and has twenty years of church leadership experience in Canada and the U.S. in helping churches grow. He is the author of Unreasonable Churches: 10 Churches Who Zagged When Others Zigged and Saw More Impact Because of It (CreateSpace, 2016).

Richard A. Kauffman is senior editor and book review editor for The Christian Century magazine.

Richard Hunter is executive director of new church development in the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. Previously, he served large-membership churches in the North Georgia Conference, including Hillside United Methodist Church in Woodstock, Georgia.

Rick Ezell is pastor of First Baptist Church in Greer, South Carolina.

The Reverend Rick Uhls is pastor of First United Methodist Church of Redondo Beach, California, and a Doctor of Ministry student in church leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary.

Robert A. Harris is author of Entering Wonderland: A Toolkit for Pastors New to a Church (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014) available though Amazon.

Robert C. Crosby is a communicator, a ministry leader, and writer. He is Professor of Practical Theology and previously served as a Vice President at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida.

Robert Howard is pastor of Platte City United Methodist Church in Platte City, Missouri.

Robert K. Martin is Dean of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.

Robert Moon has been a pastor and is now with Heritage Financial Wealth Management in Gainesville, Virginia. He is the author of My Pastor, My Money, and Why We’re Not Talking: Bridging the Gap Between Pastors and Those with Wealth, Intermundia Press, 2012.

Robert Schnase is Bishop of the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Roger Lovette is an author and retired Baptist pastor who lives in Clemson, South Carolina.

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Roger Ross is senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Springfield, Illinois. He is the author of Meet the Goodpeople: Wesley’s 7 Ways to Share Faith (Abingdon Press, 2015).

Rosario Picardo is executive pastor of new church development for the Ginghamsburg community of churches in Ohio. He is author of Funding Ministry with Five Loaves and Two Fishes (Abingdon, 2016), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.

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Dr. Cooper R. (Rudy) Guess is senior pastor of Gardendale-Mt. Vernon UMC in Gardendale, Alabama.

Rudy Rasmus is co-pastor with Juanita Rasmus of St. John’s Downtown United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas. This congregation has grown to thousands of worshippers in recent years. Often a third or more of the worshippers are homeless or formerly homeless.

Ryan Holck is the founder of RAD Ideas. He works with churches to increase their impact through effective communications. You can find him at RAD-Ideas.com.

Ryan Stigile is the Strategic Analyst for The Unstuck Group. Previously, as Director of Expansion at NewPointe Community Church (NE Ohio), Ryan led the launch and development of new multisite campuses.

Bishop Sally Dyck is the United Methodist bishop assigned to the Northern Illinois episcopal area.

Sarah B. Dorrance is pastor of Middletown UMC in Frederick, Maryland.

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Scott Chrostek is pastor of Resurrection Downtown in Kansas City, Missouri, a campus of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. He is author of The Misfit Mission (Abingdon, 2016) and Pursuit: Living Fully in Search of God's Presence (Abingdon, 2012) and The Kaleidoscope Effect: What Emerging Generations Seek in Leaders (Abingdon Press, 2017), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.

Scott Cormode is on the faculty of Fuller Theological Seminary as the Hugh De Pree Associate Professor of Leadership Development after many years on the faculty of Claremont School of Theology.

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Scott Dixon is a web designer and website consultant with ACS Technologies (http://www.acstechnologies.com), a leading provider of church management software. He has worked with many churches in developing their websites.

Scott Glysson is Director of Choral Activities at West Liberty University in West Virginia. He formerly served as Music Director at Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia.

Scott McKenzie

Scott McKenzie is senior vice president with Horizons Stewardship and previously served as director of stewardship for the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Scott Thumma, Ph.D., is professor of sociology of religion at Hartford Seminary and researcher at Hartford Institute for Religion Research

Sharron R. Blezard is a pastoral staff member of the Lower Susquehanna Synod, ELCA.

Sondra Jones is senior pastor at Buford First United Methodist Church in Buford, Georgia, and a church leadership Doctor of Ministry student at Wesley Theological Seminary.

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Stacey Cole Wilson is the Lead Pastor of Good Hope Union United Methodist Church located in Silver Spring, Maryland. She participated in the Lewis Center for Church Leadership’s Lewis Fellows leadership development program for young clergy in 2008-2009.

Dr. J. Stanley Justice is pastor of Greater Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest church of African descent in Trenton, New Jersey, and received his D.Min. in church leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary.

Stephanie Remington

Stephanie Remington is Research Manager of the Lewis Center. She is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and has more than 15 years of pastoral leadership experience in the local church.

Stephen Chapin Garner is the senior pastor of The Congregational Church of New Canaan, Connecticut. He is the author of Scattering Seeds: Cultivating Church Vitality (Alban, 2011).

Steve Wende is senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas.

Steve Willis is a Presbyterian (USA) pastor who has served small churches in rural, town, and urban settings.

Stewart Perry is pastor of the International Church of Bangkok. Previously, he served at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and Baptist Temple in Alexandria, Virginia.

Sue Nilson Kibbey is director of missional church initiatives for the West Ohio Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. She is the author of Ultimately Responsible: When You’re in Charge of Igniting a Ministry (Abingdon, 2006) [Cokesbury | Amazon] and Flood Gates: Holy Momentum for a Fearless Church (Abingdon, 2016) [Cokesbury | Amazon].

Susan Beaumont is a consultant, author, coach, and spiritual director with Susan Beaumont and Associates (www.susanbeaumont.com.) She is author of Inside the Large Congregation (Alban, 2011).

Susan Cox-Johnson is an ordained elder of the United Methodist Church and has served in many capacities including as a district superintendent of the Heartland North District in the Missouri Conference.

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Susan E. Gillies spent more than twenty years in leadership positions with American Baptist Churches USA, including directing the Ministry of the Laity in the Workplace program for National Ministries and as Executive Minister of American Baptist Churches of Nebraska. She is co-author of Empowering Laity, Engaging Leaders: Taping the Root for Ministry (Judson Press, 2012.)

Terry A. Bookman, spiritual leader of Temple Beth Am from 1995–2015, was ordained rabbi by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 1984.

Thom S. Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. He is a 1977 graduate of the University of Alabama and earned his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Thomas Bandy is a church consultant.

Thomas James

Thomas G. James is Lead Pastor at Washington Street United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Virginia. Virginia. Previously, he served as resource manager for the Lewis Center for Church Leadership.

Thomas Risager is pastor of the United Methodist Church in Odense, Denmark, and a Doctor of Ministry student in church leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary.

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Tiffany Deluccia writes for TonyMorganLive.com and TheUnstuckGroup.com. She graduated from Clemson University, and before joining The Unstuck Group as director of marketing and communications, she worked in public relations with major national retail brands, nonprofits and churches on content creation, strategic planning, communication consulting and social media.

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Tom Berlin is senior pastor of Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia.

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Tom Corcoran is associate to Father Michael White at the Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Maryland, near Baltimore.

Dr. Tom Nees has served the Church of the Nazarene in multiple capacities including as the first director of Nazarene Compassion Ministries, USA/Canada. Early in his ministry he was the founding director of Community of Hope, a low-income neighborhood organization in Washington, DC. He now is a consultant and coach and lives in Arnold, Maryland.

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Thomas F. Tumblin is professor of leadership and associate provost for global initiatives and academic affairs at Asbury Theological Seminary. His book AdMinistry: The Nuts and Bolts of Church Administration (Abingdon Press, 2017) is available at Cokesbury and Amazon.

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Dr. C. Anthony Hunt is pastor of Epworth United Methodist Chapel in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Tony Morgan is the chief strategic officer and founder of The Unstuck Group. Out of a wide range of church experience, he now consults, coaches, and writes to help churches increase their impact. His books include Simply Strategic Volunteers (Group Publishing, 2005) written with Tim Stevens.

Tracy McNeil Wines is pastor of Clarendon United Methodist Church in Arlington, Virginia. Previously, she served 19 years at Vale UMC in Oakton, VA.

Vincent W. Howell is pastor of Centenary United Methodist Church in Clemmons, NC. He is author of "Managing Projects in Ministry," Judson Press, 2017. The book is available at Cokesbury and Amazon.

Wade Griffith is pastor of Liberty Crossings United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

Warren Bird, Ph.D., is director of research and intellectual capital development for Leadership Network.

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Wayne Day retired in 2009 from the position of Vice President of the Texas Methodist Foundation Institute for Clergy and Congregational Excellence.

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Will Rice is director of communications and media support for the Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Will Rowan is youth ministry coordinator at St. Theresa’s Roman Catholic Parish in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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William G. Davidson is senior pastor of Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church in Newport News, Virginia.

William Kahn is a Professor in the Organizational Behavior Department at the Boston University School of Management

Bishop William H. Willimon is a former bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is currently a professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke University Divinity School.

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Yvi Martin is one of the pastors at The Gathering, a multi-site United Methodist Church in St. Louis, Missouri. Previously, she served as associate pastor at King’s Way United Methodist Church in Springfield, Missouri. She participated in the Lewis Center’s Lewis Fellows leadership development program for young clergy in 2013-2014.