Authors are listed alphabetically by first name.
Aaron M. Bouwens is director of the Vital Congregations ministry within the Upper New York Conference of the United Methodist Church. He participated in the Lewis Fellows leadership development program in 2009-10.
Adam B. Snell is pastor of Glenn Dale United Methodist Church in Glenn Dale, Maryland. He received the Doctor of Ministry degree in Church Leadership from Wesley Theological Seminary.
Adam J. Copeland is director of near and long rang digital strategy for Mayo Clinic at the Center for Digital Health. Previously, he served as 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.
Alan R. Rudnick is the author of The Work of the Associate Pastor (Judson Press, 2012). He serves as the executive minister for DeWitt Community Church in DeWitt, NY. He participated in the Lewis Center for Church Leadership’s Lewis Fellows leadership development program for young clergy in 2010–2011.
Alan T. “Blues” Baker is a deeply experienced chaplain who serves as CEO of ChaplainCare. He was the 16th Chaplain of the Marine Corps and his public service culminated in the Presidential nomination and Senate appointment to Rear Admiral. He is the author of Foundations of Chaplaincy: A Practical Guide (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company), available at William B. Eerdmans, Cokesbury, and Amazon.
Albert Shuler currently serves as pastor of Mount Carmel United Methodist Church Bamberg, South Carolina.
Alex Benson serves as Program Assistant and Editorial Fellow for the Center for Stewardship Leaders. She is a 2019 graduate of Luther Seminary.
Alex Joyner is lead pastor of First United Methodist Church in Charlottesville, Virginia. He previously served as superintendent of the Eastern Shore District of the Virginia Annual Conference.
Alex Shanks serves as the Assistant to Bishop in the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Allen T. Stanton is the executive director of the Turner Center at Martin Methodist College and an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church.
Alyce McKenzie is Le Van Professor of Preaching and Worship and Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. She is also director of the Center for Preaching Excellence.
Amanda Poppei serves as Senior Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, VA. Amanda is also a certified Ethical Culture Leader, having served over a decade at the Washington Ethical Society, a humanist congregation In Washington, DC. She is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary and participated in the Lewis Fellows program for young clergy in 2011-2012
Amanda Stein serves as the District Superintendent of the South West District of the Wisconsin Conference of the United Methodist Church. Amanda earned her M.Div. and D.Min. at Wesley Theological Seminary and is an alum of the Lewis Fellows program.
Amy Butler is an ordained Christian minister and currently leads Community Church of Honolulu as intentional interim Senior Minister. Previously she served as intentional interim Senior Minister at National City Christian Church in Washington, DC, and from 2014 - 2019 as the seventh Senior Minister and first woman at the helm of The Riverside Church in the City of New York. 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.
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 Valdez Barker is the director of global mission connections for the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries. Previously she was lead executive for the Connectional Table, which coordinates the mission, ministries, and programs of The United Methodist Church. She is author of Trust by Design, available at Cokesbury and Amazon.
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.
Andrew Ponder Williams is a Member-in-Discernment in the United Church of Christ and serves as a Youth and Young Adult Minister and a Church Administrator in Scottsdale, Arizona. www.andrewponderwilliams.com.
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.
Since retiring in 2010, after 43 years in full-time ministry, Andy Lunt has served as the director of Vibrant Communities for the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church, working to start new faith communities and help existing congregations to grow and be revitalized, and as dean of the Financial Leadership Academy sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic United Methodist Foundation.
Ann A. Michel has served on the staff of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership since early 2005. She currently serves as a Senior Consultant and is co-editor of Leading Ideas e-newsletter. She also teaches at Wesley Theological Seminary in the areas of stewardship and leadership. She is the co-author with Lovett H. Weems Jr. of Generosity, Stewardship, and Abundance: A Transformational Guide to Church Finance (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021) available at Cokesbury and Amazon. She is also the author of Synergy: A Leadership Guide for Church Staff and Volunteers (Abingdon, 2017), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.
Anne Mathews-Younes, EdD, D.Min., is the granddaughter of Dr. E. Stanley Jones, one of the great missionary evangelists of the 20th century. Mathews-Younes is President of The Way Consulting Int’l and President of the E. Stanley Jones Foundation. She is also a psychologist who worked for 28 years with the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
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 is president of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Previously, he served as Vice President for Campus Administration and Associate Dean for Community Life at Wesley Theological Seminary. He is an ordained Baptist minister and has served congregations in Maryland and Northern Virginia.
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.
Barry Howard is the retired senior pastor of First Baptist Church Pensacola, Florida, and currently serves as a coach, consultant, and columnist.
Barry Winders is a retired elder of the Missouri Conference and serves part time as Pastor of Adult Discipleship and Care at Centenary United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Ben Connelly is the founder of The Equipping Group, which provides resources and training to ministry leaders and church planters. He’s one of the leaders of the Salt and Light Community in Fort Worth, Texas. And he is a contributor the recent book Bivocational and Beyond: Educating for Thriving Multivocational Ministry, Darryl W. Stephens, editor (Atla Open Press, 2022). The book is available as a free PDF and EPUB download at https://doi.org/10.31046/atlaopenpress.82. It is also available for purchase as a paperback at Amazon.
Ben Ingebretson is Director of New Church Development for the Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal Area of the United Methodist Church.
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.
Blake Bradford is a United Methodist District Superintendent in Little Rock, Arkansas. His book with coauthor Kay Kotan, Impact! Reclaiming the Call of Lay Ministry (Market Square Publishing Company, 2018), is available at Cokesbury and Amazon. Mission Possible: A Simple Structure for Missional Effectiveness (Market Square Publishing Company, 2018), is available at Cokesbury and Amazon.
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.
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 Whitesel is a leading voice in the church leadership, growth, and health field. He was the founding professor of Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University. He is the author of over a dozen books helping churches bring about healthy change.
Bonnie Ives Marden is leadership consultant and financial coach. She is the founder of MYTE Ministries and works to equip clergy and laity for leadership development, team building, visioning, stewardship and organizational development. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
Rev. Brandan Robertson is a noted author, activist, and public theologian working at the intersections of spirituality, sexuality, and social renewal. He currently serves as the Pastor of Sunnyside Reformed Church in Queens, New York.
Brandon Cox is pastor, church planter, and blogger who specializes in faith-based and nonprofit communications, social media management, and email marketing. He’s the author of Rewired: How Using Today’s Technology Can Bring Deeper Relationships, Real Conversations, Ways to Share God’s Love.
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.
Brian K. Brown serves as Senior Pastor at Woodlawn United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Virginia. He has earned degrees from Virginia Union University, Howard University, Samuel DeWitt School of Theology, and United Theological Seminary. Rev. Brown has served as an ordained elder in the Virginia Conference since 2000, and he was recognized in 2021 by Volunteer Fairfax as a Community Champion.
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.
Brian Leander, Ph.D., is Managing Director of Leander & Associates, LLC and Associate Professor and Director of Intercultural Leadership at Berkeley School of Theology. Previously he was manager of training and development at Adelphi University School of Social Work.
Brian William served as pastor of Burlington United Methodist Church in Burlington, Illinois.
Bryan L. Champion is professor of public sector leadership at American University.
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.
Callie Picardo, an author, preacher, teacher, and encourager, serves as the Vice President for Development at United Theological Seminary. She is the founder of Deep Roots Financial Coaching and serves on the preaching team and in the prayer ministry of Mosaic, a multiethnic United Methodist Church planted by her husband, Rosario. Callie and Rosario co-authored Money Talks: A Biblical Take on Earning, Saving, Spending, and Giving (Market Square Publishing, 2021) to encourage others as they walk with God in their finances. The book is available at Market Square Books, Cokesbury, and Amazon. They also co-host The Better Together Podcast with Callie and Rosario Picardo.
Camille Cook is senior pastor of Georgetown Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC. She has led congregations in Oxford, London, Johannesburg, and New York City. Rev. Dr. Cook serves on the board of trustees of Princeton Theological Seminary and on the board of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. She is a Lewis Fellow alum.
Candace M. Lewis is a District Superintendent in the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church serving the Gulf Central area.
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.
Catherine Malotky is on the staff of the Center for Stewardship Leaders at Luther Seminary. Ordained in the ELCA, she has served congregations, edited and written for church audiences, coached pre-retirees, raised money, and helped people discover the joy of generosity.
Cathy Abbott is superintendent of the Arlington District in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church.
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.
Charles (Chick) Lane is a retired pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Previously he served as Director of the Center for Stewardship Leaders at Luther Seminary, Director for Stewardship Key Leader in the ELCA, Assistant to the Bishop in the Northwestern Minnesota Synod of the ELCA, and pastor of four congregations, one in Pennsylvania and three in Minnesota.
Charles Cloughen Jr. is an Episcopal priest who has served as pastor for churches in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Texas, and Maryland. He has led 34 stewardship campaigns during his time as pastor and has also served as Director of Stewardship, Planned Giving, and Development for the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. His book One-Minute Stewardship: Creative Ways to Talk about Money in Church (Church Publishing Incorporated: 2018) is available at Cokesbury and Amazon.
Charles Pillsbury, who goes by Charlie, is an attorney, mediator and co-director of the Center on Dispute Resolution at Quinnipiac University School of Law. He was a founding Board member of the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM), and a founding member of Mediators Beyond Borders International. He is a graduate of Boston University School of Law and Yale University and is a member of Shalom United Church of Christ in New Haven, CT. He has authored several “Sacred Stories” about dispute resolution in the Bible.
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 is pastor of John’s Creek United Methodist Church near Atlanta. He is the author of two books on preaching: That’ll Preach! 5 Simple Steps to Your Best Sermon Ever (Abingdon Press, 2017), available at Cokesbury and Amazon; and Say Something: Simple Ways to Make Your Sermons Matter (Abingdon Press, 2019), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.
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.
Chris Sonksen is founding and lead pastor of South Hills Church in Orange County, California, and founder of Church Boom, an organization that provides personal coaching to leader and churches.
Chris Willard is the director of generosity initiatives and premium service for Leadership Network. He is coauthor, with Jim Sheppard, of Contagious Generosity: Creating a Culture of Giving in Your Church (Zondervan, 2012).
Chris Wilterdink is director of Young People’s Ministries at Discipleship Ministries, the agency of the United Methodist Church that helps churches and church leaders fulfil their mission of making disciples for the transformation of the world.
Christian Smith is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology at Notre Dame University. His extensive body of work addresses issues ranging from race and religion to evangelicalism, from giving and generosity to the spiritual lives of young adults and youth. His most recent work with coauthor Amy Adamchyk is Handing Down the Faith: How Parents Pass their Religion to the Next Generation, available at Cokesbury and Amazon.
Christie Latona is director of connectional ministries for the Baltimore Washington Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. She is co-author of Connecting for a Change: How to Engage People, Churches, and Partners to Inspire Hope in Your Community (Abingdon, 2019) with Joe Daniels, available at Cokesbury and Amazon.
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.
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.
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.
Chuck Lawless is Dean of Doctoral Studies, Vice President for Spiritual Formation and Ministry Centers, and Professor of Evangelism and Missions at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina.
Church Fuel is a professional development community providing practical tools and coaching to help strengthen the basic work of churches. www.churchfuel.com
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.
Claudia McIvor is the Director of Faith Formation at Saint Mary Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Her desire to adapt existing and new ministries to reach online audiences inspired her to train and collaborate with like-minded co-ministers in the field of Digital Discipleship.
Clayton L. Smith is a United Methodist elder who serves in retirement as an author, conference speaker, webinar facilitator, and workshop leader. His most recent book (with Matt Schoenfeld) is Growing Through Disaster: Tools for Financial and Trauma Recovery in Your Faith Community (Abingdon Press, 2019), available at Cokesbury and Amazon. Rev. Dr. Smith holds degrees from Central Methodist University, Perkins School of Theology, and McCormick Theological Seminary.
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.
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 of the United Methodist Church and dean of the Florida Conference Cabinet. She participated in the Lewis Center's Lewis Fellows program for outstanding young clergy in 2005-2006.
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 his website or the Congregational Consulting Group. Dan’s most recent book is Governance and Ministry: Rethinking Board Leadership, Second Edition.
Dan Jackson is Director of The Vital Church Initiative in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Dan Pezet is an ordained elder serving as the Superintendent of the Metro District in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Dan Reiland is Executive Pastor at 12Stone Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He is described as one of the nation’s most innovative church thinkers, and his passion is developing and empowering leaders who want to grow, are willing to take risks, and enjoy the journey.
Dan Turner is pastor of Northwest Community Church in Washington, DC, and a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry program in church leadership. He is co-author, with Greg Wiens, of Dying to Restart: Churches Choosing a Strategic Death for a Resurrected Life (2018), available at Amazon.
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.
Dave Barnhart is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and pastor of Saint Junia, a house church network in Birmingham, Alabama. He is author of Church Comes Home: Start a House Church Network Anywhere (Abingdon Press, 2020). The book is also available at Cokesbury and Amazon.
Dave Harder is Principal Consultant at Parish Properties in Ontario, Canada.
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 E. Woolverton currently serves as Lead Pastor at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, and as affiliate professor of leadership studies at Evangelical Theological Seminary in Myerstown, Pennsylvania. His most recent book is Mission Rift: Leading Through Church Conflict (Fortress Press: 2021).
David Gilmore is superintendent of the Heartland District of the Missouri Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Previously, he served as pastor to three historically Black congregations in Kansas City, Missouri, as well as four years as Director of Congregational Development in the New York Conference. Gilmore began ministry after a 20-year career in the U.S. Navy.
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.
After pastoring Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, for 37 years, David Horner now serves as the Executive Director for Equipped for Life, a ministry established to equip men and women to grow in Christ and learn to excel in their ministry callings.
David L. Heetland is Senior Vice President for Planned Giving at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. He is the author of Happy Surprises: Help Others Discover the Joy of Giving (2019) and Creating Generous Congregations (Wipf and Stock, 2020.)
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).
David P. King, Ph.D., is Karen Lake Buttrey Director of Lake Institute on Faith & Giving and Assistant Professor, Philanthropic Studies at IUPUI in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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.
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.
Dawn Darwin Weaks is co-pastor of Connection Christian Church, a vibrant and trusted community leader in Texas' Permian Basin. She is a contributor to the Unbinding the Gospel series, a popular church transformation resource, and author of Breakthrough: Trusting God for Big Change in Your Church (Chalice Press, 20220, available at Chalice Press, Cokesbury, and Amazon.
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.
Deborah Ike is the president and founder of Velocity Ministry Management: a company dedicated to helping church leaders grow their churches and create a life with healthy margins. Deborah launched VMM to serve the church. She is the author of three books and writes for several church-related publications.
Denise Dombkowski Hopkins is Woodrow W. and Mildred B. Miller Professor of Biblical Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Her writings include A Commentary on Books 2 and 3 of the Psalms (42-89) in the Wisdom Commentary Series (Liturgical Press, 2016), available at Cokesbury and Amazon, and Journey Through the Psalms (Chalice Press, 2002), available at Cokesbury and Amazon. She is also co-author with Michael Koppel of Bridging the Divide between Bible and Practical Theology (2018), available at Amazon, and Grounded in the Living Word: The Old Testament and Pastoral Care Practices (2010), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.
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.
Deanna G. Bartalini, M.Ed., M.P.A., is a certified spiritual director, speaker, and content creator. She is the founder of the LiveNotLukewarm.com online community, a place to inform, engage, and inspire your faith through live, interactive faith studies and retreats. Her weekly Not Lukewarm Podcast gives you tips and tools to live out your faith in your daily life.
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.
Dietrich “Deech” Kirk is executive director of the Center for Youth Ministry Training. He is the author of Raising Teens in an Almost Christian World: A Parent’s Guide and one of the co-authors of Now What? Next Steps in Your New Life with Christ.
Domenic Dutra is founder and CEO of 3D Strategies, an organization committed to helping churches and non-profits become more fiscally sustainable by optimizing the use of their property. He has also served as president and CEO of Dutra Realty and as a two-term member of the Fremont City Council. He is author of Closing Costs: Reimagining Church Real Estate for Missional Purposes (Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2022), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.
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 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.
Dottie Escobedo Frank is a United Methodist bishop serving the California-Pacific Annual Conference. She was previously a pastor and district superintendent in the Desert Southwest Conference. She is also a speaker and writer, and her work has centered on church revitalization, worship and preaching, and multicultural ministry.
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.
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.
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. He is the author of The Adept Church: Navigating Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Abingdon Press, 2020), available at Cokesbury and Amazon. He is also co-author with Jasmine Smothers of Not Safe for Church: Ten Commandments for Reaching New Generations (Abingdon Press, 2015), available at Cokesbury and Amazon. His previous books include New Wine, New Wineskins: How African American Congregations Can Reach New Generations; Transforming Evangelism: The Wesleyan Way of Sharing Faith; and Transforming Community: The Wesleyan Way to Missional Congregations.
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. Friesen is a professor at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. He also serves with Parish Collective, an organization that helps leaders and their groups recover their neighborhoods and participate in whole-life discipleship in the Jesus-Way. His most recent book is 2020s Foresight: Three Vital Practices for Thriving in a Decade of Accelerating Change (Fortress Press, 2020), available at Fortress Press.
Dwight J. Zscheile is the Vice President of Innovation and Professor of Congregational Mission and Leadership at Luther Seminary.
Dr. Earl Creps is the founding director of Northwest University’s Center for Leadership Studies. He 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. More information can be found on his website, earlcreps.com.
Ebonie Johnson Cooper is founder and executive director of Young, Black & Giving Back Institute. She also serves as an associate clínical professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. She has been recognized as one of the nation’s top leaders for her innovation around NextGen African-American philanthropy.
Ed Brandt currently serves as pastor of Lely Presbyterian Church in Naples, Florida. He recently retired as chief of chaplains for the U.S. National Guard, having achieved the rank of Brigadier General.
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.
Eddie Pipkin has 30 years in ministry experience at churches in Georgia and Florida, primarily in the United Methodist Church. His ministry leadership includes stints in youth and children’s ministry, creative worship design, outreach and missions, communications, special event coordination, and leadership development.
Eileen Campbell-Reed (she/hers) co-directs the Learning Pastoral Imagination Project, a national, ecumenical, and longitudinal study of ministry. She is visiting associate professor of Pastoral Theology and Care at Union Theological Seminary, New York City. She is founder and host of Three Minute Ministry Mentor featuring weekly episodes to inform and inspire the practice of ministry.
Eileen Guenther is Faculty Emerita of Church Music at Wesley Theological Seminary, former president of the American Guild of Organists. For many years she hosted "The Royal Instrument," heard on Washington's WGMS radio station. She is a national and international organ recitalist and has performed in recordings with Etherea Records, the US Air Force Orchestra, Vista Records (London) and Foundry Records. Her books, In Their Own Words: Slave Life and the Power of Spirituals (MorningStar Music Publishers, 2016) and Rivals or a Team? Clergy-Musician Relationships in the Twenty-First Century (MorningStar Music Publishers, 2012) are available on her website, www.eileenguenther.com, and Amazon.
Elizabeth Evans Hagan, ordained Baptist minister, most recently served as senior minister of the Palisades Community Church in Washington, D.C. She is the author of Brave Church: Tackling Tough Topics Together (Upper Room Books, 2021) and Birthed: Finding Grace Through Infertility (Chalice Press, 2016). Hagan is the executive director of Our Courageous Kids, a foundation that serves young adults who grew up in international orphanages. She is an alumna of the Lewis Center’s Lewis Fellows leadership development program.
Elizabeth Mae Magill (elizabethmaemagill.com) is the pastor of the Small Church Collaborative in Ashburnham, Massachusetts, and Rindge, New Hampshire. She is a missioner to the affiliates of Ecclesia Ministries (the network of outdoor churches in the United States). Her books are available on through her website and Amazon.
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 has served as the senior pastor at St. James United Methodist Church in Kansas City, Missouri, since 2009. He participated in the Lewis Center's Lewis Fellows program for outstanding young clergy in 2008-2009. His most recent book, Feed My Sheep: Preaching God’s Word (Market Square Publishing, 2023), is available on Cokesbury and Amazon.
Dr. Emily Peck-McClain is the Visiting Professor of Christian Formation and Young Adult Ministries at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. She is also an ordained elder in the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Her recent publications include Arm in Arm with Adolescent Girls: Educating into the New Creation (Pickwick, 2018), available at Cokesbury and Amazon, and We Pray with Her: Encouragement for All Women Who Lead (Abingdon, 2018), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.
Eric Daniel serves as Senior Pastor of Hillside Church in Napa, CA, since 2002. Eric has served as Executive and Sectional Presbyter for the Northern California and Nevada District Council of the Assemblies of God and holds a position as adjunct professor for the School of Urban Missions, teaching principles of leadership, homiletics, and hermeneutics.
Eric Hernandez is pastor at Iglesia Metodista de Puerto Rico. He is also an organizational industrial psychologist, husband, dad, musician, and a fan of the New York Knicks and Arecibo Captains.
Rev. Erika Gara is a United Methoidst Elder in the United Methodist Church with over 25 years of experience currently serving Los Altos UMC in Long Beach, California. She was a Lewis Fellow at Wesley Seminary and graduated from the Upper Room’s Two-Year Academy for Spiritual Formation.
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 Communities Today is a series of ongoing research surveys and practical reports about congregational life, conducted and published by the Cooperative Congregational Studies Partnership, a multi-faith group of religious researchers and faith leaders from 25+ different faith groups, working in conjunction with Hartford Institute for Religion Research.
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. She also publishes books through Cass Community Publishing House.
Fiona Haworth, former Director of Talent for Southwest Airlines, has been a United Methodist for 16 years, during which she has held several leadership roles both in the local church and serving the North Texas Conference. She is coauthor of Clip In: Risking Hospitality in Your Church (Abingdon Press, 2014), available on Cokesbury and Amazon.
G. Jeffrey MacDonald is a freelance religion journalist and author who, as an ordained United Church of Christ minister and a Certified Transitional Ministry Leader, serves as an interim or part-time pastor in New England UCC churches. He currently is the interim pastor of Kensington Congregational Church in Kensington, NH. He maintains a website, jeffreymacdonald.com. His book Part-Time is Plenty: Thriving without Full-Time Clergy (Westminster John Knox Press, 2020), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.
Gary Alan Shockley worked as a pastor in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church who became a certified grief counselor through the American Institute of Healthcare Professionals (AIHCP). He is also a member of Spiritual Directors International (SDI) as well as a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). His books include The Meandering Way: Leading by Following the Spirit (Alban, 2007) and Imagining Church: Seeing Hope in a World of Change (Alban, 2009). He operates HopeSpring Creative Solutions.
Gary L. McIntosh is President of the Church Growth Network and Distinguished Affiliate Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He is a church growth expert who has written or coauthored 25 books. His recent book is The Solo Pastor (Baker Books, 2023), available on Cokesbury and Amazon.
The General Commission on Religion and Race challenges, leads and equips the people of The United Methodist Church to become interculturally competent, to ensure institutional equity and to facilitate vital conversations about religion, race, and culture.
The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women advocates for full participation of women in the total life of The United Methodist Church. One of the commission's roles is to provide resources to respond to and prevent sexual misconduct in the church by educating church leaders and seminarians on sexual ethics and policies and by supporting victims/survivors of sexual harassment or abuse.
George Bullard is the retired executive director of Columbia Metro Baptist Association. 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 the priest-in-charge of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Brooklyn, NY. Previously he wasa Controller & Chief Financial Officer of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. He is the author of three books on church leadership and finances. As a priest, he has helped lead parishes from the brink of collapse.
Rev. Dr. Gil Rendle is a board member of Wesley Impact Partners. He is a retired senior vice President and part-time consultant with the Texas Methodist Foundation. He spent 12 years with the Alban Institute and has been named as a Distinguished Alumni of the Boston University School of Theology. The most recent of his 10 books is Countercultural: Subversive Resistance and the Neighborhood Congregation (Rowman & Littlefield, 2023), available on Cokesbury and Amazon.
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.
Ginger Gaines-Cirelli is senior pastor of Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, DC, and author of Sacred Resistance: A Practical Guide to Christian Witness and Dissent (Abingdon, 2018), available at Cokesbury and Amazon. She participated in the Lewis Fellows program for outstanding young clergy in 2007-2008.
Glorymar Rivera Báez serve as the executive director of REHACE (Rehaciendo Comunidades con Esperanz, Inc.). She holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico and a doctorate in Industrial Organizational Psychology from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico. She is also a Certified Professional Coach.
Rev. Glynis LaBarre led the Missional Church Learning Experience as a transformation strategist for the American Baptist Home Mission Society. She was certified as a ministry coach by Valwood Christian Leadership Coaching.
Graham Standish is the executive director of Samaritan Counseling, Guidance, Consulting that provides services to Greater Pittsburgh. He also directs the organization's Caring for Clergy and Congregations program. He has been an adjunct professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Tyndale Theological Seminary as well as the pastor, for 22 years, the pastor of Calvin Presbyterian Church in Zelienople, Pennsylvania. He was written several books,most recently Preaching to Those Walking Away (Fortress Press, 2022), available on Cokesbury and Amazon. More information is available on www.ngrahamstandish.org.
Greg Moore is the senior pastor of Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh, NC. Previously, he was the director of New Faith Communities for the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Greg Rogers retired from his 35-year tenure as Senior Pastor at Oakmont Baptist Church in Greenville, North Carolina. Through the Center for Healthy Churches, he coaches individuals, congregations, and businesses. He also serves as a mentor to mentors and has developed and led initiatives for helping pastors and churches thrive in a changing culture. Rogers is currently the interim senior pastor and transition coach at Wake Forest Baptist Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina.
Rev. Hannah Adair Bonner is the director of The Wesley Foundation at the University of Arizona, Tucson. The campus ministry is nicknamed Frontera Wesley. She previously was on staff at St. John’s Downtown UMC in Houston where she founded The Shout poetry collective. In 2016, she was recognized nationally as one of the “16 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2016” and given the Prathia Hall Social Justice Award by Woman Preach, Inc. She is the author The Shout: Finding the Prophetic Voice in Unexpected Places./em> (Abingdon Press, 2016), available on Amazon.
The Rev. Canon Harold J. Percy of the Diocese of Toronto of the Anglican Church of Canada is Honorary Assistant at Christ Church St. James. He previously served as Rector of Trinity Anglican Church in Streetsville, Ontario.
Heather Bradley is Executive Vice President of the Toledo, Ohio, Regional Chamber of Commerce. She is an executive coach and human relations specialist and an adjunct professor within the Jesup Scott Honors College. She is coauthor with Miriam Bamberger Grogan of Switch Off: The Clergy Guide to Preserving Energy and Passion for Ministry (Abingdon, 2016), which is available on Amazon.
Dr. Heber M. Brown III is the executive director of Black Church Food Security Network (BCFSN), which supports churches in establishing gardens, hosting farmer’s markets, and buying wholesale from Black farmers. He served for 14 years as pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the founding director of Orita’s Cross Freedom School, an educational program that celebrates African heritage and develops hands-on skills in youth. His work has garnered numerous awards. He is a Lewis Fellow and has a DMin in Church Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary.
Heidi A Campbell is Professor of Communication, affiliate faculty in Religious Studies and a Presidential Impact Fellow at Texas A&M University. She is also director of the Network for New Media, Religion and Digital Culture Studies, and a founder of Digital Religion studies. She has received the RCA Scholar of the Year Award and TAMU’s Transformational Teaching Award. One of her recent books is Digital Creatives and the Rethinking of Religious Authority (Media, Religion and Culture) (Routledge, 2020), available on Amazon.
Henry G. Brinton has been the senior pastor of Fairfax Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, Virginia, since 2001. He is an author of several books, which are available on Amazon. Resource Publications published two in 2021: The Bible’s Greatest Hits: Top Sixty-Six Passages from Genesis to Revelation as well as Windows of the Heavens: A Novel in which a Methodist minister solves a murder mystery.
Dr. Henry H. (Hal) Knight III is Donald and Pearl Wright Professor Emeritus of Wesleyan Studies and E. Stanley Jones Professor Emeritus of Evangelism. 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, most recently John Wesley: Optimist of Grace (Cascade Books, 2018), available on Cokesbury and Amazon.
Rev. Dr. HiRho Y. Park is the lead pastor of Bethesda United Methodist Church in Bethesda, Maryland. She previously directed professional development at the UMC General Board of Higher Education and Ministry as Executive Director of Clergy Lifelong Learning and UMC Cyber Campus. In addition to coediting books, she is the author of Develop Intercultural Competence: How to Lead Cross-Racial and Cross-Cultural Churches (United Methodist General Board of Higher Education, 2018), available on Cokesbury and Amazon.
Ian Urriola is Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Development and Outreach at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. He is also a recent graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary.
M. Ingrid Dvirnak is editor of the Judson Press's Secret Place devotional quarterly, creates online workshops for ABHMS’ Church Life & Leadership series, and writes leader’s guides for Judson Press books. She is a recipient of the Judson Press Ministry Award for commitment to excellence in publishing ministry. She has authored two Judson Press books and an ABHMS book . She has written and edited adult study curriculum for Judson Bible Journeys and previously edited The Baptist Leader. She is the 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 Jones-Smith is an ordained elder in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church who recently retired following her service as pastor of Christ UMC in St. Petersburg, Florida. She had a distinguished career in business and law prior to heeding God’s call to ministry.
Dr. Jacqueline J. Lewis, PhD, is a public theologian and the first Black or female senior minister at Middle Collegiate Church in Manhattan. Middle Collegiate Church is co-affiliated with the United Church of Christ and the Reformed Church in America. She is the author of Fierce Love: A Bold Path to Ferocious Courage and Rule-Breaking Kindness That Can Heal the World (Harmony, 2021), available on Cokesbury and Amazon.
Jake McGlothin is the associate pastor of Gainesville UMC in Gainesville, VA. He previously served as pastor of Restoration: Loudoun, a campus of Floris UMC. He is the author of The Mission-Minded Guide to Church and School Partnerships (Abingdon, 2017), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.
Jake Mulder is the Senior Director of Strategy at the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and Fuller's Executive Director of Leadership Formation Division. He 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 Elrod Jr. serves on the faculty of Yale Divinity school teaching nonprofit finance. Much of his 35-year career in finance has been devoted to work in the nonprofit sector.
James Kim has been pastor at the Little Church on the Prairie and Lakewoodgrace in Lakewood, Washington, for 13 years. Prior to that James was a pastor in Dallas, Texas, for 15 years.
Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler is the president of the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, an Indianapolis arts and humanities private foundation. He served previously as the dean and president of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, the president of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, and a trustee of the National Association of Episcopal Schools. He is one of the authors in the Episcopal book series, Transformation (Church Publishing, 2008).
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 is a disaster psychologist and disaster ministry expert. He is the founder and the executive director of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute and Disaster Ministry Conference and holds the Blanchard Chair of Humanitarian & Disaster Leadership at Wheaton College. He is the editor and author of several books and is coeditor of Refugee Mental Health (American Psychological Association Books, 2021), available on Amazon.
Jan Rivero is a retired pastor in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. She previously served at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Charlottesville and 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 has been a book review editor in Methodist history and lecturer in religious studies at West Virginia University. She is the recipient of the 2011 Eberly College Outstanding Teaching Award and author of Henry Foxall: Methodist, Industrialist, American (GBHEM Publishing and New Room Books, 2017) available on Cokesbury and Amazon.
Janet Craswell is Minister of Discipleship at National United Methodist Church in Washington, DC.
Janet Cromwell is a retired elder in the California-Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church. Previously, she was Associate Pastor English Language Ministry at West Lost Angeles United Methodist Church.
Janet Jamieson is Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer for The United Methodist Church General Board of Discipleship and The Upper Room. She lectures on stewardship, giving, financial reporting, transparency, and clergy tax for numerous denominations. She coauthored The United Methodist Guidelines for Finance Committees (Abingdon Press, 2016 and 2012) and Ministry and Money: A Practical Guide for Pastors (Westminster/John Knox Press, 2009).
Janice Riggle Huie serves in ministry with the Texas Methodist Foundation in the area of Leadership Formation, following twenty years as a bishop of the United Methodist Church. Previously, she served as bishop of the Texas Annual Conference and the Arkansas Conference and is former president of the Council of Bishops.
Jasmine Smothers serves as lead pastor for the historic Atlanta First United Methodist Church. Previously, she served as Associate Director for Congregational Vitality through the Office of Connectional Ministries in the North Georgia Conference. She is co-author of Not Safe for Church: Ten Commandments for Reaching New Generations (Abingdon Press, 2015). Her book with coauthors Lia McIntosh and Rodney Smothers, Blank Slate: Write Your Own Rules for a 22nd-Century Church Movement (Abingdon Press, 2019), is available at Cokesbury and Amazon.
Jason Moore runs Midnight Oil Productions and was a co-founder of Lumicon Digital Productions in Dallas. He was also served as a graphic and animation artist at the Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church in Ohio. An expert in digital ministry, Jason is a sought-after speaker and trainer.
Jaye Johnson is director of congregational excellence for the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Jayne Davis has served as the Minister of Spiritual Formation at First Baptist Church, Wilmington, NC since 2001. She is a coach and a consultant for The Center for Healthy Churches and the co-coordinator for CHC-Carolinas.
Jayson Bradley writes on the church and social engagement. His work has been featured or linked to by Relevant, Christianity Today, Leadership Journal, and Sojourners.
Jeffrey S. Rogers Associate Provost for Extended Campus Programs and Dean of the Gayle Bolt Price School of Graduate Studies at Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina. Jeff is the author of six books.
Jennifer Cowart is co-founding co-pastor of Harvest Church in Middle Georgia, which has been among the fastest growing in our country in the past decade. She is the author or coauthor of several books, more recently a Bible Study, Thrive: Living Faithfully in Difficult Times (Abingdon Press, 2023), available on Cokesbury and Amazon.
Jeremy Maxfield is a freelance content developer and consultant living in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He's also served in youth ministry and as a lead team pastor of discipleship for a large multicampus church. He coauthored Leveling the Church: Multiplying Your Ministry by Giving It Away (Moody Publishers, 2020), available at Amazon.
Jeremy Steele served the Los Altos United Methodist Church in Los Altos, California, and the Christ United Methodist Church in Mobile, Alabama. He spent over 20 years working in youth and children's ministry and continues to train children and youth workers. He is the author of several books and resources that you can find at jeremy-steele.com.
Jessica L. Anschutz is the Assistant Director of the Lewis Center and co-editor of Leading Ideas. She teaches in the Doctor of Ministry program at Wesley Theological Seminary and is an elder in the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Jessica participated in the Lewis Fellows program, the Lewis Center's leadership development program for young clergy.
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 was Pastor of Ministry Initiatives and Development and Next Gen Ministries at Westwood Community Church, a Baptist heritage, multisite church with campuses in Excelsior and Minnetonka, MN. She is co-author of Volunteering: A Guide to Serving in the Body of Christ (Zondervan, 2015).
Jim Cowart is the lead and founding pastor of Harvest Church in middle Georgia, a congregation that he and his wife, Jennifer, began in 2001 and that has twice been named among the nation’s fastest-growing congregations. Jim has authored and coauthored numerous books, most recently a Bible study, The One Participant Book: Reaching the Lost with the Love of Christ (Abingdon Press, 2021), available with resources on Abingdon Press, Cokesbury and Amazon.
Jim Downing retired in 2021 after 25 years as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Sedalia, Missouri.
Jim Hoffman is pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Kansas City, Missouri. He is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry program in Church Leadership Excellence.
Jim Keat is the Digital Minister at The Riverside Church and Director of Online Innovation for Convergence, a diverse collective of faith-based leaders, learners, artists, activists, leaners, communities, and congregations. He is also a Digital Consultant to various progressive faith agencies and organizations.
Jim Kitchens is a consultant for the Center for Healthy Churches and the coordinator for CHC-West. He has served Presbyterian churches in California and Tennessee for almost 35 years. He is the author of The Postmodern Parish: New Ministry for a New Era published by the Alban Institute.
Jim Ozier is founder of The Difference Makers Group, an expansion of Ozier Coaching. He served as Director of New Church Development and Congregational Transformation for the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. He coauthored The Changeover Zone: Successful Pastoral Transitions (Abingdon, 2016) and Clip-In: Risking Hospitality in Your Church (Abingdon Press, 2014), available at /www.churchdifferencemakers.com/
Jim Pledger (1947-2019) served 50 serves in ministry in the United Methodist Church in Arkansas, North Texas, and Central Texas as pastor and district superintendent. He retired after serving 20 years as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Sherman, Texas, and subsequently became associate pastor for stewardship, church development, service matters, and welcoming ministries at Arlington Heights UMC in Fort Worth.
Jim Sheppard is CEO and principal of Generis, a consulting firm committed to developing and accelerating generosity for churches and Christian ministry organizations. He is coauthor, with Chris Willard, of Contagious Generosity: Creating a Culture of Giving in Your Church (Zondervan, 2012).
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 is founder of MultiSite Solutions, later merged with The Unstuck Group, 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.
Dr. Joseph W. Daniels is Lead Pastor at Emory United Methodist Church in Washington, DC, and the founder of the Emory Beacon of Light, Inc., the mission arm of The Emory Fellowship. Daniels was Pastor Daniels was a cofounder and cochair of Washington Interfaith Network, a social justice organization in the District of Columbia and is a former district superintendent. He teaches at Wesley Theological Seminary and his books include Connecting for a Change: How to Engage People, Churches, and Partners to Inspire Hope in Your Community (Abingdon, 2019) with Christie Latona, available at Cokesbury and Amazon; Walking with Nehemiah (Abingdon, 2014); and The Power of REAL (Not Just A Curtain Puller, 2011).
Johannah Myers is director of Christian Formation at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Greenville, South Carolina. She also serves as the Regional Coordinator for Messy Church USA for North and South Carolina.
John Briggs is a retired pastor in the Virginia Annual Conference of the UMC
Dr. John H. Southwick is a retired pastor of Abundant Life Fellowship, Chewelah, WA. He was previously the director of research at the UMC's General Board of Global Ministries and editor of the monthly online newsletter Background Data for Mission. After that he was Director of Research, Networking, and Resources for Good News magazine.
John R. Matthews (J. Matthews) served for many years as Associate Director of Midwest Ministry Development Service in Columbus, Ohio. He has been a pastor, minister of education, chaplain, and adjunct faculty for a field practicum program. He is an Ordained Elder in the West Ohio Conference the United Methodist Church, Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Ohio, and professional membership in the American Counseling Association and the Association for Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling. He coauthored Health, Holiness, and Wholeness for Ministry Leaders, (Judson Press, 2020) available online at Cokesbury and Amazon.
John R. Schol is the Resident Bishop of the Greater New Jersey Area, which includes the Greater New Jersey Conference in the Northeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church. He also serves as the Interim Bishop for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference - Philadelphia Episcopal Area. He was previously Bishop of the Baltimore-Washington, DC, Conference. While Director at the Office of Urban Ministries at the General Board of Global Ministries, he led the development of the Holy Boldness Urban Academy and the Communities of Shalom.
John Roberto has spent a lifetime working in faith formation — teaching, writing, researching, consulting, and developing program resources. He founded Lifelong Faith Associates in 2006 to continue his work. His latest book is Lifelong Faith: Formation with All Ages and Generations (Church Publishing, 2022), available at Church Publishing, Cokesbury, and Amazon.
John W. Wimberly Jr., Pastor Emeritus of Western Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., 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 has written many books, including Beyond Stewardship: A Church Guide to Generous Giving Campaigns (Judson Press, 2016), with Kate Jagger, and Get Your Church Ready to Grow (Judson Press, 2018).
Johnsie W. Cogman is Washington East District Superintendent of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church. Cogman previously served Zion Wesley UMC in Waldorf, Bells UMC in Camp Springs, and Mt Zion UMC in Georgetown. Before entering the ministry, she was an Air Force officer who gained experience in providing pastoral care, assisting the base chaplain, and directing choir.
Jon Powers is University Chaplain Emeritus at Ohio Wesleyan University after serving as chaplain for 31 years. He also served as the director of the college's EXPLORE Institute where high school students began discerning God’s call to discipleship and servant leadership.
Rev. Jonathan Arnpriester is senior pastor at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church in Paradise Valley, AZ. He previously served at Chandler United Methodist Church, in Chandler, AZ.
Jonathan Gledhill (1949–2021) retired in 2015 from the Church of England as Bishop of Lichfield. He was previously Bishop of Southampton. He is the author of Leading a Local Church in the Age of the Spirit (London: SPCK, 2003).
Jonathan Malm manages SundaySocial.tv and ChurchStageDesignIdeas.com. He recently coauthored The Volunteer Effect: How Your Church Can Find, Train, and Keep Volunteers Who Make a Difference (Baker Books, 2020) and The Volunteer Survival Guide: Your Question-and-Answer Resource for Volunteering (Baker Books, 2020). His books are available at Baker Publishing Group, Cokesbury, and Amazon. Read more at www.jonathanmalm.com.
Rev. Jorge Acevedo is a writer, speaker, and coach serving as co-mentor for Spiritual Leadership for Church Renewal in the DMin program at United Theological Seminary. He retired in 2023 after 39 years of pastoring United Methodist churches, with 27 years of those as the lead pastor of Grace Church, a large, multi-site congregation in Southwest Florida that disaffiliated in 2023. He is the author of Everybody Needs Some Cave Time: Meeting God in Dark Places (Invite Press, 2023), available on Cokesbury and Amazon. More information is available at www.jorgeacevedo.com.
Joseph E. Arnold is Registrar for Wesley Theological Seminary. He was previously Research Manager for Wesley's Lewis Center for Church Leadership.
Dr. Josh Packard, Executive Director of Springtide Research Institute, is an accomplished researcher with an expertise in the sociology of religion and new forms of religious expression. Springtide’s The State of Religion & Young People 2022: Mental Health — What Faith Leaders Need to Know offers insights into Gen Z’s religious beliefs and practices and recommendations for how church leaders can better reach Gen Z. Available at Springtide Research Institute and Amazon.
Rev. Dr. Joshua L. Mitchell is the senior pastor of the historic Thirty-First Street Baptist Church in Richmond, VA. He is a lecturer and consultant on effective ministry to youth and young adults and is the founder and CEO of Digital Discipleship LLC, which is a consulting firm in the area of millennial church engagement. He is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Houston, Payne University, and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. He wrote Black Millennials and the Church (Judson Press, 2018), available on Cokesbury and Amazon.
Joy Skjegstad consults with nonprofits and churches on strategic focus and effective community ministry. An Episcopalian, she is an author and the founder of the Institute for Ministry Leaders. She has also served as the Executive Director of the Park Avenue Foundation at Park Avenue United Methodist Church. She recently coauthored Real Connections: Ministries to Strengthen Church and Community Relationships (Judson Press, 2021), available on Judson Press and Amazon.
Judith Sutera is a Benedictine sister of the monastery of Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, Kansas. 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 a retired United Methodist pastor in the Virginia Annual Conference. Her pastoral appointments included Warwick Memorial UMC in Newport News and Franktown Memorial United Church in Franktown.
Prior to his untimely death in 2021, Junius Dotson served as 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.
Justin A. Irving is professor of ministry leadership and director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Dr. Kara Powell is the executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), professor of youth and family ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. She is the author of several books, and recently coauthored Faith Beyond Youth Group: Five Ways to Form Character and Cultivate Lifelong Discipleship (Baker Books, 2023), available on Cokesbury and Amazon.
Karen Shay-Kubiak is a marketing consultant in Milwaukee and the former director of communications at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin.
Karl Vaters has been in pastoral ministry for over 40 years. He strives to help pastors of small churches find the resources to lead well, and to capitalize on the unique advantages that come with pastoring a small church. He is also the author of several books. Read more at https://karlvaters.com/.
Karoline M. Lewis is the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN. Lewis is the Program Director of the Festival of Homiletics and Chair of the Homiletics and Biblical Studies Section of the Society of Biblical Literature and the author several books including A Lay Preacher’s Guide: How to Craft a Faithful Sermon and John: Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries. Her most recent book is Preaching the Word (Westminster John Knox Press, 2023), available on Cokesbury and Amazon. Visit karolinelewis.com for resources on preaching, leadership, and being a woman in ministry.
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).
Kate Payton is the senior pastor at Glendale United Methodist Church in Savage, Minnesota. She served for fifteen years in the Baltimore-Washington conference in suburban and urban settings and in campus ministry. She was also a Lewis Fellow at Wesley Theological Seminary.
Kathy Ashby Merry pursued her calling to the world of church work after retiring, at age 42 from a 15-year business career.
Katie Carson Phillips is lead pastor of Vine UMC in Dunn Loring, Virginia. She earned her M.Div. and Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary.
Kay Kotan is the founder of You Unlimited, a credentialed coach, church consultant, speaker, and the author or coauthor of more than 35 books. She is a former Director of the Center for Vitality for the Arkansas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and served on the Missouri Conference's Healthy Church Initiative Executive Team. A recent book is Being the Church in a Post-Pandemic World: Game Changers for the Post-Pandemic Church (Market Square Publishing, 2021) available on Cokesbury and Amazon.
Keith Anderson is pastor at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church near Philadelphia and coauthor of Click2Save: The Digital Ministry Bible (Church Publishing, 2018) and author of The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World (Morehouse Publishing, 2015).
Kelly Brown is superintendent of the Three Rivers District and co-superintendent of the Ohio Valley District of the East Ohio Conference. He previously served that conference as director of Congregational Vitality and as a member of the Conference New Church Start team.
Kelly Crespin is Children and Family Ministries Director at Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia.
Kenneth H. Carter Jr. is resident bishop of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and past president of the denomination’s Council of Bishops. His most recent book is God Will Make a Way: Spiritual Life and Leadership in a Contested Season (Abingdon Press, 2021), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.
Ken Owens is a retired pastor who served more than three decades in the South Carolina Conference for more than three decades.
Kenda Creasy Dean is the Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary, working closely with Princeton’s Institute for Youth Ministry and the Farminary. She is an ordained United Methodist pastor in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conferences and the author of numerous books on youth, church and culture.
Kenneth J. McFayden serves as Vice President for Academic Affairs, Academic Dean, and Professor of Practical Theology of Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. He is the author of Strategic Leadership for a Change: Facing Our Losses, Finding Our Future (Alban Institute, 2009), available on Cokesbury and Amazon.
Kenneth L. Carder is a retired bishop of the United Methodist Church and Professor Emeritus of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina.
Rev. Kent Ingram is a retired United Methodist pastor who serves as senior minister of First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Kim Bloom was a 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 has served as a certified spiritual director, a hospice volunteer, and a local pastor in the United Methodist Church.
Kim Mitchel is the pastor of Big Cove Presbyterian Church in Brownsboro, AL .
Kim Risedorph is a retired United Methodist pastor who recently served at San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church in Alamo, CA.
Kimberly Daniel serves as senior director of communications at the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) and is a co-founder of DO GOOD X, an initiative that provides a community and an accelerator for underrepresented faith-rooted social entrepreneurs who want to do good. She is co-author with Stephen Lewis of A Way Out of No Way: An Approach to Christian Innovation (BookBaby 2022), available at Amazon.
Kirk Hadaway is a sociologist who served as a research officer for the Southern Baptist Convention, the United Church of Christ, and the Episcopal Church. Previously, he was Minister for Research and Evaluation at the national offices of the United Church of Christ. He has written several books.
Krin Van Tatenhove has served as pastor of a number of Presbyterian parishes over 30 years of ministry. He is coauthor with Rob Mueller of Neighborhood Church: Transforming Your Congregation into a Powerhouse for Mission (Westminster John Knox, 2019), available at The PC(USA) Store.
Dr. Kristina Ricketts Gutierrez is ordained in the American Baptist Churches, U.S.A., affiliated with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and a member of the Chaplains' Association of Ohio. She has ministered in churches, led ministry organizations, and taught in seminaries and other settings in the mainland U.S., Puerto Rico, Bolivia, Chile, and Nicaragua. Since 2007, she has been a pastoral counselor at the Columbus office of Midwest Ministry Development Service. She coauthored Health, Holiness, and Wholeness for Ministry Leaders, (Judson Press, 2020) available online at Cokesbury and Amazon.
Kristine Miller, CFRE, Ministry Strategist with Horizons Stewardship, has assisted churches and nonprofits in fulfilling their visions for ministry for over fifteen years. Ms. Miller was previously the Director of Stewardship and Planned Giving for the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan and a Senior Vice President with a national stewardship consulting firm. She has coauthored several books with Scott McKenzie, the most recent being The Generosity Challenge: 28 Days of Gratitude, Prayer, and Faith, (Abingdon Press, 2019), along with supplementary products. hese are available online at Cokesbury, Abingdon Press, and Amazon.
Rajkumar Dixit was the Lead Pastor of Oakridge Adventist Church in Vancouver, Canada. He is the author of Branded Faith: Contextualizing the Gospel in a Post-Christian World. He earned his Doctor of Ministry in Leadership Excellence from Wesley Theological Seminary where he also was a Lewis Fellow.
L. Roger Owens is Hugh Thomson Kerr Professor of Pastoral Theology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a member of the faculty and the advisory board of The Academy for Spiritual Formation of The Upper Room. He has written several books, most recently Everyday Contemplative: The Way of Prayerful Living (Upper Room Books, 2022), available on Cokesbury and Amazon.
Lake Institute on Faith & Giving fosters a deeper understanding of the dynamic relationship between faith and giving, through research, education, and public conversation. It is one of the institutes connected with the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI (Indiana University Purdue University) in Indianapolis.
Laura Heikes is lead pastor of First United Methodist Church in McAllen, Texas. Her book, Finding God: Discovering the Divine in the Gritty and Unexpected (Cascade Books, 2023), is available on Cokesbury and Amazon. 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 Dean of the School of Liberal Arts, Education, Humanities and Communications at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, MA. Previously, she was an assistant dean and professor of anthropology at Clarion University in Clarion, PA. She wrote Making a Difference in a Globalized World: Short-term Missions that Work (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), available on Amazon.
Laurie Day is a graduate of Willamette University
Laurie Haller retired in 2022 as Bishop of the Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. She served local churches for 29 years and was a district superintendent before being elected a bishop in 2016. Her weekly essays from 2006 to 2022 are posted on her blog, Leading from the Heart. Her recent book is Wandering into Grace: A Journey of Discovery and Hope (Abingdon Press, 2020), available on Abingdon Press, Cokesbury and Amazon.
Lawrence W. Farris formerly served as Parrish Associate at First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo, MI. Before retiring, he served pastorates in Maryland and Michigan. He is the author of Dynamics of Small Town Ministry, Ten Commandments for Pastors New to a Congregation, and Ten Commandments for Pastors Leaving a Congregation.
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Lee Roorda Schott is pastor of Valley United Methodist Church, Des Moines. She previously served at 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. She is author of Foolish Church: Messy, Raw, Real, and Making Room (Cascade Books, 2019), available at Cokesbury and Amazon and The Fools’ Manual: A Study and Practice Guide for Foolish Church: Messy, Raw, Real, and Making Room (Cascade Books, 2019), also at Cokesbury and Amazon.
Lee Ann M. Pomrenke was ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2005 and is an interim pastor in the Saint Paul Area Synod. She has served congregations in Montana, Virginia, and Minnesota. She writes for Living Lutheran, The Episcopal Cafe, and Red Letter Christians and blogs at leeannpomrenke.com. Her book, Embodied: Clergy Women and the Solidarity of a Mothering God (Church Publishing, 2020), is available at Church Publishing Incorporated and Amazon. She is an alum of the Lewis Fellows program for newer clergy.
Lee B. Spitzer is General Secretary of American Baptist Churches USA. Previously, he served as Executive Minister for the American Baptist Churches in New Jersey. He has written several books, most recently Baptists, Jews, and the Holocaust: The Hand of Sincere Friendship.
Lee Kricher is the founder of Future Forward Churches and President of the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation. He was formerly pastor of Amplify Church in Pittsburgh. He wrote Seamless Pastoral Transition: 3 Imperatives + 6 Pitfalls (Xulon, 2022), also available at Cokesbury and Amazon, and For a New Generation: A Practical Guide for Revitalizing Your Church (Zondervan, 2016), also available at Cokesbury and Amazon.
Lewis Parks is Professor of Theology, Ministry and Congregational Development at Wesley Theological Seminary. He pastors Calvary UMC in Lemoyne, PA, assists denominational leaders around vitality in small churches and is author of several books, including Small on Purpose: Life in a Significant Church (Abingdon Press, 2017), available on Cokesbury and Amazon.
Lia McIntosh is the Director of KC Rising, a Kansas City regional economic development initiative, and a member of the Civic Council’s senior management team. She recently led the Kauffman Education Fellowship on educational issues. She is a life coach endorsed by the United Methodist Church, and she formerly served as a pastor of four congregations as well as Associate Director of Congregational Excellence for the Missouri United Methodist Annual Conference. She recently wrote Church School Community: Forging Partnerships to Change the World (Abingdon, 2021), available on Abingdon Press, Cokesbury, and Amazon.
Linda Ranson Jacobs is the author of Attract Families to Your Church and Keep Them Coming Back (Abingdon Press, 2014). She developed HLP4 (Healthy, Loving, Partnerships For Our Kids) and DC4K (DivorceCare for Kids). She helped develop the H.E.R.O.E.S. CARE Project (Homefront Enabling Relationships, Opportunities, and Empowerment through Support).
Lisa Kipp is the director of Congregational Engagement at Lutheran World Relief, connecting U.S. congregations with the organizational work of providing aid around the world. Rev. Kipp previously served an ELCA congregation in Rochester, MN, for nearly twenty years.
Liz Perraud is Executive Director of GenOn Ministries, a nonprofit organization that partners with churches to nurture, grow, and deepen intergenerational relationships through training, resources, and support. Liz has more than 30 years of experience in the field of Christian faith formation. She is a contributor to InterGenerate (“The Art of Christian Relationships” chapter) and the forthcoming Engage All Generations (“Intergenerational Community Around the Table” chapter).
Loren Bergstedt is a licensed professional counselor for Balanced Life Counseling in Champlin, Minnesota. Previously, he was the congregational development assistant for the Minnesota Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Loren B. Mead (1930-2018) founded the Alban Institute in 1974. He wrote several landmark books in the 1990s: The Once and Future Church, Transforming Congregations for the Future, Five Challenges for the Once and Future Church, and Financial Meltdown in the Mainline? His last book was published in 2015: The Parish is the Issue: What I Learned and How I Learned It.
Lory Beth Huffman is District Superintendent of the Appalachian District of the Western North Carolina. Conference She previously served as pastor in Boone and Winston-Salem, NC.
Lucinda S. Holmes is a retired pastor in the UMC Great Plains Conference. She served over 30 years in ministry, including work as a District Superintendent and as coach and mentor to others. She is co-author of Worship Ways: For the People Within Your Reach (Abingdon Press, 2014), available on Amazon.
Luke Edwards is Associate Director of Church Development for the UMC Western North Carolina Conference and a trainer for Fresh Expressions US. He was the founding pastor of King Street Church, a network of fresh expressions in Boone, NC.
Rev. Mack Strange is a retired pastor in the Tennessee–Western Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church. He most recently was senior pastor of Fellowship United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro, TN.
Retired Maj. Gen. Randy Manner is an executive coach in George Washington University's Center for Excellence in Public Leadership. Previously, he was a senior partner at Korn Ferry and vice president at American Management Systems, both international consulting firms. For over three decades, he served in the Pentagon and around the world, including as a deputy commanding general of the United States 3rd Army in Kuwait, as the acting vice chief of the National Guard Bureau, and as the acting and deputy director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
Marc Brown is pastor of Fort Hill United Methodist Church in Lynchburg, VA. Previously, he served as the district superintendent for the Richmond District as well as the Director of Connectional Ministries for the Virginia Conference. He is a coauthor of Does Your Church Have a Prayer? (Discipleship Resources, 2009), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.
Margaret Marcuson is a coach, speaker, and consultant through her company, Ministry Leadedership Circle. Previously she was pastor of pastor of First Baptist Church of Gardner, Massachusetts, a leadership consultant, and an author. Her latest book is Money and Your Ministry: Balance the Books While Keeping Your Balance (Marcuson Leadership Circle, 2014), available at Amazon.
Margie Briggs is a certified lay minister who serves as pastor of Calhoun and Drake’s Chapel United Methodist churches in Missouri. She wrote a book, Can You Just Get Them Through Until Christmas?, about more than 10 years as a lay minister to the two small rural churches. The book is available at Amazon.
Mark DeVries is founder and President of Ministry Architects, a coaching firm that works with church leaders and youth and children’s ministers. He is a co-founder of Ministry Incubators, whose goal is to "turn hare-brained ministry ideas into sustainable impact enterprises with a theological mission." He is the author of several books.
Mark DeYmaz founded Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas. He is the co-founder and President of Mosaix, a network of faith leaders working to establish multi-ethnic and economically diverse churches. His most recent book is The Coming Revolution in Church Economics with Harry Li, published by Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, 2019. The book is also available at Cokesbury and Amazon.
R. Mark King is the Western North Carolina Annual Conference Treasurer and Director of Administrative Services. Ordained as a Baptist pastor and a United Methodist elder, he served as pastor before entering church business administration. He subsequently served at St. Stephen UMC and University City UMC, both in Charlotte, Centenary UMC in Winston-Salem, and Marble Collegiate Church in New York City.
Mark L. Strauss is University Professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He serves as Vice-Chair on the Committee for Bible Translation for the New International Version and as an associate editor for the NIV Study Bible. He was written several books and contributed to Biblical commentaries. His recent book is Four Portraits, One Jesus, 2nd Edition: A Survey of Jesus and the Gospels (Zondervan Academic, 2020), available on Amazon.
Mark MacDonald is founder and president of About Be Known for Something, a church branding and church communication agency based in Jacksonville, FL. He also serves as the national Executive Director of the Center for Church Communication. He recently wrote Be Known for Something: Reconnect with Community by Revitalizing Your Church's Reputation, available on Amazon.
Mark R. Teasdale is E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and an Elder in the United Methodist Church. He blogs at markteasdale.net. He is author of several books, including Participating in Abundant Life: Holistic Salvation for a Secular Age (IVP Academic, 2022), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.
Mark Waltz is a church consultant and coach. His website is marklwaltz.com. He served as Pastor of Connections and Executive Pastor at Granger Community Church, a United Methodist megachurch in Indiana. He was written three books, including First Impressions: Creating Wow Experiences in Your Church (Group Publishing, 2013), available on Amazon.
Martin Davis is a freelance writer and editor. His work has appeared in PGA Tour Magazine, US News & World Report, National Review, Philanthropy magazine, The Washington Post, and Read the Spirit magazine. He previously worked as a Senior Editor on the Autos team at U.S. News and regularly writes for Carfax.
Marty J. Cauley passed away in June 2021. Marty served for over 27 years in ministry with the United Methodist Church, including five years in the Office of New Faith Communities where he was Director of Content and Coaching. An ordained elder, he was also Director of Ministry with Young People for the Southeastern Jurisdiction. He blogged about ministry and living with terminal cancer and has written a book, Dying to Go on Vacation: A Journey of Discovering Life While Facing Death (Marbles Press, 2015), available on Amazon.
Marv Nelson is lead pastor at Indiana Alliance Church in Indiana, Pennsylvania. Prviously, he served as the College and Campus Plant Pastor at Allegheny Center Alliance Church, a multiethnic, inner-city church in Pittsburgh. He recently coauthored The Anchored Life: Nautical Principles that Help Believers Grow (Emerald House Group, Inc., 2023), available at Amazon.
Mary Alice Cunningham is pastor of the Maroa United Methodist Church 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. Before that, she was a chaplain and United Church of Christ pastor in Massachusetts. She has written several books. The revised second edition of her book Ethnography as a Pastoral Practice: An Introduction (The Pilgrim Press, 2023) is available on Cokesbury and Amazon.
Matt Bloom is an emeritus professor at the Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and co-founder of ritual.io, a well-being app. He previously was a research professor at Notre Dame and the director of the Wellbeing at Work Program. His book, Flourishing in Ministry: How to Cultivate Clergy Wellbeing (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019), is available at Amazon.
Matthew Lyons is marketing manager for the Lewis Center for Church Leadership.
Matthew S. Stanford is Chief Executive Officer of the Hope and Healing Center & Institute (HHCI) in Houston and adjunct professor of psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and Houston Methodist Hospital Institute for Academic Medicine. He is the author of five books, including his latest Madness & Grace: A Practical Guide for Pastoral Care and Serious Mental Illness (Templeton Press, 2021), available at Templeton Press and Amazon.
Matthew T. Curry is Senior Pastor at the United Methodist Church of New Canaan, CT. Previously he served as Director. of Connectional Ministries the New York Conference of the United Methodist Church and was pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Valley Stream, New York.
Maxie Dunnam was president of Asbury Theological Seminary from 1994 to 2004. He has written more than forty books, many of which can be found on Cokesbury and Amazon. He served as world editor of The Upper Room and created The Upper Room Cursillo that later became the Walk to Emmaus. He continues ministry as minister at large of Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, where he co-hosts a weekly television program and is engaged in missional outreach. He blogs at https://maxiedunnam.com.
Meghan Hatcher is the director of the Innovation Laboratory, a Center for Youth Ministry Training initiative to help faith communities develop ministry. She directs the strategy and programs, establishes partnerships with churches and organizations, coaches participants through the Lab’s cohorts, and guides the development and dissemination of resources related to the Lab’s learnings.
An ordained UMC Deacon, Melissa Cooper is Minister of Adult Formation and Leadership at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Orlando, FL. She is an associate with the ecumenical Vibrant Faith that helps churches with adaptive leadership and intergenerational ministry. Melissa previously served as program coordinator for the Life Enrichment Center and Warren Willis Camp.
Melvin Amerson is Senior Area Representative and Resource Specialist with the Texas Methodist Foundation (TMF) and serves on the Texas Annual Conference Church Leadership Team. He is an author and coauthor of several books, most recently Stewardship in African American Churches, available on Cokesbury and Amazon.
Meredith McNabb is the Associate Director for Educational Programming for the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving. Meredith is an ordained clergy member in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church who served as the Director of that conference’s Center for Clergy Excellence from 2014 – 2019. Meredith participated in the Lewis Fellows leadership development program for outstanding young clergy.
Micah Fries is the Director of Engagement at Glocal.net and the Director of Programs at the Multi-Faith Neighbor’s Network. He has served as a Senior Pastor in Tennessee and Missouri, at LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, TN, and as a Christian minister in Burkina Faso, West Africa. He is also an adjunct professor in the Clamp Divinity School at Anderson University. He coauthored Leveling the Church: Multiplying Your Ministry by Giving It Away (Moody Publishers, 2020), available at Amazon.
Michael Beck is director of the Fresh Expressions House of Studies at United Theological Seminary, Director of Re-Missioning for Fresh Expressions US, and Cultivator of Fresh Expressions for the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. He serves as the co-pastor of Wildwood UMC and St. Marks UMC and a network of 13 fresh expressions that gather in tattoo parlors, dog parks, salons, running tracks, community centers, burrito joints, and digital spaces.
Michael Kurtz is a retired pastor in the Western N.C. Conference (UMC) and a licensed marriage and family therapist. His most recent book is Mentoring Pew Sitters into Servant Leaders: Developing Servant Leader Volunteers through Mentoring (Plowpoint Press, 2018).
Father Michael White is pastor of Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Maryland, near Baltimore. He is co-author of The Rebuilt Field Guide: Ten Steps for Getting Started, Tools for Rebuilding: 75 Really, Really Practical Ways to Make Your Parish Better, and Rebuilt: Awakening the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, and Making Church Matter. His books are available on Amazon.
Michaela St. Marie is an elder in the United Methodist Church and pastor to Guilford UMC and Oxford UMC in Oneonta, New York Conference.
Michele McGrath, a minister for Community of Christ, holds the priesthood office of bishop. She is a self-sustaining Mission Center Financial Officer for the Western Europe and Eurasia Mission Centers. She most recently was as a member of the Presiding Bishopric. She also has served in the Southern California USA Mission Center, Southwest International Mission Center, and the Northeast USA Mission Field.
Michelle Snyder, MDiv, LCSW, has been doing organizational consulting for over 10 years. With training in theology, systems theory, and organizational intelligence, she brings a unique perspective to her consulting and coaching work with middle judicatories, congregations, nonprofits, and clergy. Michelle has co-authored the book Life, Death and Reinvention: The Gift of the Impossibly Messed-Up Life (Magi Press, 2016).
Michelle Van Loon is a blogger and a women's ministry leader. She is the author of several books on personal spirituality and spiritual formation, most recently Translating Your Past: Finding Meaning in Family Ancestry, Genetic Clues, and Generational Trauma (Herald Press, 2022), available on Amazon.
Mike Bonem is a facilitator and consultant with Texas Methodist Foundation (TMF). Previously, he was Executive Pastor of West University Baptist Church in Houston. He is the author or coauthor of several books. He recently wrote The Art of Leading Change: Ten Perspectives on the Messiness of Ministry (Fortress Press, 2022), available from the publisher and at Cokesbury and Amazon. He blogs at mikebonem.com.
Mike Slaughter is Pastor Emeritus of Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City, Ohio, During the 38 years he was pastor, the church rasied more than eight million dollars for humanitarian relief through their Sudan Project. He has written several books, including Made for a Miracle: From Your Ordinary to God's Extraordinary .
Mikka McCracken was the Executive for Innovation and Director, ELCA Leadership Lab of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
The Minnesota Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church is the regional organization of the 313 United Methodist congregations in Minnesota. It works to equip member churches to grow in love of God and neighbor, reach new people and heal a broken world.
Molly Phinney Baskette is Senior Pastor at First Congregational Church of Berkeley, United Church of Christ. Previously, she was lead pastor at First Church UCC in Somerville, MA. She was written several books, The most recent is How to Begin When Your World is Ending (Broadleaf Books, 2022), available on Cokesbury and Amazon.
Myung Sun Han was appointed Senior Pastor of Demarest United Methodist Church, Greater New Jersey Conference, in 2018. He was previously the senior pastor of Yobel Korean UMC in Demarest, New Jersey. He received his Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership from Wesley Theological Seminary.
Before becoming Senior Minister Emeritus, Nancy S. Taylor served from 2005 to 2022 as the 20th senior minister and chief executive officer of Old South Church. She was awarded numerous awards, including City Mission’s Light to the City Award, the National Center for Race Amity’s Medal of Honor (2018), the Yale Divinity School’s award for Distinction in Congregational Ministry, and the Rabbi Murray I. Rothman Award for outstanding inter-religious leadership. She serves on several boards, co-chairing the Dean’s Advisory Council at Yale Divinity School.
Naomi Annandale is Executive Director of Research and Strategic Evaluation. Naomi is an ordained elder in the Upper New York Annual Conference, where she led two churches; she serves on the conference’s council on finance and administration.
Natasha LeShawn Gadson is Executive Minister at Turner Memorial AME Church in Hyattsville, MD. She is also trained as a consultant and researcher, specializing in the area of leadership change and transition and ministerial identity. Shas taught courses in communication and leadership at Howard University, Prince George's Community College, and University of Maryland University College.
Nicole Baker Fulgham is Schusterman Family Philanthropies’ Chief Impact Officer, leading our work to understand and deepen the impact of our grantmaking and to ensure that our processes effectively support our grantmaking and programs, as well as reflect our commitment to racial, gender and economic equity. She was the founder and president of The Expectations Project and a Teach for America vice president, policy analyst, and public school teacher. She is the author of Educating All God’s Children: What Christians Can & Should Do to Help Improve Low-income Public Schools for Kids (Brazos Press, 2013) available on Amazon.
Nicole Reilley is a life and ministry coach who focuses on working with pastors to help them achieve their best lives while living out their calling. A United Methodist pastor with over 30 years of experience, she is passionate about reaching new people for Christ and developing disciples through digital ministry, leadership development and spiritual practices. She is coauthor of Expanding the Expedition Through Digital Ministry (Market Square Publishing, 2021), available at Market Square Books, Cokesbury, and Amazon.
Olu Brown is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC Level) through the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and has transitioned from pastoral leadership to coaching business leaders, church leaders and church teams. He founded Impact Church in Metropolitan Atlanta with 25 volunteers and served as pastor for 15 years. When he retired in June 2022, the church had a weekly multicultural attendance of 5,000. His website is https://www.olubrown.com/.
Partners for Sacred Places, founded in 1989, is the only national, non-sectarian, nonprofit organization focused on building the capacity of congregations of historic sacred places to better serve their communities as anchor institutions for nurturing transformation and shaping vibrant, creative communities.
Patricia Riggs is Senior Pastor at Trinity UMC in Poquoson, VA. She previously served as pastor at Foundry UMC at Virginia Beach and the Evangelical Charge in Elkton, Virginia.
Patricia Farris is senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica, California. Rev. Farris is Chair of Claremont School of Theology's Board of Trustees and is a member of the UMC Committee on Faith and Order and the Episcopal/UMC Dialogue. She has served as a director of the General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns and has participated in three Assemblies of the World Council of Churches. Her book Five Faces of Ministry: Pastor, Parson, Healer, Prophet, Pilgrim (Abingdon Press, 2015) is available on Amazon. Her Advent Study Guide, Shine! Light for All People (Abingdon Press, 2011) is also on Amazon.
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.
Paul Erickson is Bishop of the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Previously, he served as Assistant to the Bishop for Evangelical Mission in the Saint Paul Area Synod of the ELCA and director of Agora, a ministry that works to develop lay leaders for immigrant and multicultural congregations.
Paul K.-K. Cho is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and the Director of the Master of Theological Studies program at Wesley Theological Seminary. His research interests center on the literary and theological interpretation of the Hebrew Bible. He has recently written Willingness to Die and the Gift of Life: Suicide and Martyrdom in the Hebrew Bible (Eerdmans, 2022), available on Cokesbury and Amazon. He previously wrote Myth, History, and Metaphor in the Hebrew Bible (Cambridge University Press, 2019), available on Cokesbury and Amazon. Cho is Presbyterian and served local congregations in New Haven and Toronto.
Paul Nixon is founder and CEO of The Epicenter Group, a coaching and leadership development organization. He has written multiple books on Christian leadership and recently coauthored Launching a New Worship Community: A Practical Guide for the 2020s (Discipleship Resources, 2021), available on Cokesbury and Amazon.
Perry Chang is a research associate with Research Services for the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PCUSA). He serves as Moderator of the Mid-Kentucky Presbytery and as member of the Religious Research Association.
Prior to his death in 2020, Peter L. Steinke was an internationally recognized leadership consultant who served as a parish pastor, therapist, director of a counseling center, educator and executive director of Healthy Congregations. His books include Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times: Being Calm and Courageous No Matter What and Uproar: Calm Leadership in Anxious Times (Rowman and Littlefield, 2019), available at Amazon.
Peter M. Moon is lead pastor at Reveille UMC in Richmond, VA. He has served multiple appointments in Richmond, Fairfax, Farmville, Woodlake, and most recently as the district superintendent of the Richmond District. He has also completed his DMin at Wesley Theological Seminary.
Phil Cooke is a filmmaker, media consultant, and founder of Cooke Media Group in Los Angeles, California. His newest book is Ideas on a Deadline: How to Be Creative When the Clock is Ticking (Inspire, 2022), available at philcooke.com and Amazon. He is also the author of Maximizing Your Influence: Making Digital Media Work for Your Church, Your Ministry, and You (Insight International, 2020), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.
Dr. Phil Maynard serves as Director of Excellence in Ministry Coaching and Director of Coach Training for Leaders. Before taking an early retirement to enter a full-time ministry of coaching, consulting, and training, Phil served as Director of Congregational Excellence for the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Phil is a Certified (ICF) and Endorsed (UMEA) Coach. He is the author of eight books and a wide variety of training guides.
Dr. Phil Schroeder is senior pastor at Dunwoody UMC in Dunwoody, GA. Previously, Phil spent seven years on the Bishop’s Cabinet, where he served as the Director of the Center for Congregational Excellence. Phil taught Religious Leadership and Church Administration, as well as Evangelism, Preaching, and New Church Development as adjunct faculty at the Candler School of Theology. An author of several books, his most recent is his second with Kay Kotan, Launching Leader: Taking leadership development to new heights (Market Square Publishing, 2019), available on Cokesbury and Amazon.
Rev. Philip D. Jamieson, Ph.D. is 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. He wrote The Face of Forgiveness: A Pastoral Theology of Shame and Redemption (IVP Academic, 2016) available on Amazon. He also coauthored theUnited Methodist Guidelines for Finance Committees (Abingdon, 2012 and 2016).
Philip J. Brooks is a writer/content developer on the leader communications team at United Methodist Communications, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Rev. Dr. Quincy D. Brown is the senior pastor of Snellville United Methodist Church and member of LaGrange College’s Board of Trustees. He has nearly 30 years of ordained ministry experience as a pastor, a church planter, and a college chaplain and vice president, a district superintendent and missional specialist. He is the author of three books, including Discipleship Path: Guiding Congregations to Connect with Jesus (Market Square Publishing, 2020), available on Cokesbury and Amazon.
Rachel directs the National Fund for Sacred Places and has played a key role in Partners' economic impact research, which focuses on congregations across the United States that are stewarding older and historic properties. She co-authored a chapter in the Routledge Handbook of Religion and Cities as well as Partners’ guide to transitioning property, Transitioning Older and Historic Sacred Places: Community-Minded Approaches for Congregations and Judicatories.
Dr. Ralph C. Watkins is Peachtree Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He was the executive producer and host of the television show Religion Roundtable with Dr. Ralph Basui Watkins on the Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasting Network. He was the seventh pastor of historic Wheat Street Baptist Church of Atlanta. The author of several books, he coauthored The Future of the African American Church: An Invitation to Dialogue (Judson Press, 2014), available at Amazon and Judson Press.
Randy Casey-Rutland is president of Town Management in Williamsburg, Virginia. He has a Ph.D. in ethics from Emory University and an M.Div. from Candler School of Theology. He is a member of Wesley Theological Seminary’s Board of Governors.
Randy Scrivener is a retired pastor in the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has served congregations in England, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Central Texas.
Reggie McNeal serves as City Coach for GoodCities of Minneapolis, MN. Before that, he served for ten years as Missional Leadership Specialist for Leadership Network of Dallas, TX. His latest book is Kingdom Collaborators: 8 Signature Themes of Leaders Who Turn the World Upside Down (IVP, 2018), available at Amazon.
Dr. Rhonda Van Dyke was Vice President for Student Life. Prior to that, she was Dean of Spiritual Life and co-director of the Institute for Church Professions. She previously served as senior pastor of Bon Air United Methodist Church in Richmond, Virginia.
Rich Birch is a consultant and founder of the unSeminary resource website. He helped develop multisite churches: The Meeting House in Toronto, Connexus Church in Georgia, and Liquid Church of New Jersey. His most recent book is Church Growth Flywheel: 5 Practical Systems to Drive Growth at Your Church (2018).
Rich Sider’s consulting service, Church Management Services, offers administrative and management support to congregations. For nine years, Rich was Director of Administration at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, Virginia; and he is currently President of the Association of UU Administrators.
Richard A. Kauffman is a Mennonite minister and retired book review editor for The Christian Century.
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.
Reinhard is principal of Niagara Consulting, Niagara Consulting Group, which works on reuse and redevelopment of houses of worship, as well as local economic development. He led economic-development organizations in the U.S. and United Kingdom for 30 years before working as an administrator for the United Methodist Church. Reinhard’s previous positions include serving as chief administrative officer of the United Methodist Church's General Board of Church and Society, president of Central Atlanta Progress, chief executive of the Ilex Urban Regeneration Co. in Derry, Northern Ireland, and chief of staff to the mayor of Buffalo, N.Y.
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.
Rob Mueller is the pastor of Divine Redeemer Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, Texas, a bilingual inner-city congregation. He is coauthor with Krin Van Tatenhove of Neighborhood Church: Transforming Your Congregation into a Powerhouse for Mission (Westminster John Knox, 2019), available at The PC(USA) Store.
Robert Howard was pastor of First United Methodist Church in Joplin, Missouri.
Robert K. Martin is Professor of Christian Formation and Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary. He was Dean of Wesley Theological Seminary from 2013 to 2017.
Robert Moon is Wealth Manager and COO with Heritage Financial Wealth Management. He is the author of Two Sons and Forty Years—A Novel, and My Pastor, My Money and Why We’re Not Talking: Bridging the Gap Between Pastors and Those with Wealth.
Robert Schnase became Bishop of the Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church beginning September 1, 2016, after serving as Bishop of the Missouri Conference. He has written many books, most recently, Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, Revised and Updated (Abingdon Press, 2018), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.
Before retiring in 2023, Rock Jones served 15 years as the 16th president of Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. Previously, he was executive vice president and dean of advancement at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. He has degrees from the University of Texas, Duke Divinity School, and Hendrix College. He is a member of Wesley Theological Seminary’s board of directors.
Dr. Rodney Thomas Smothers serves as a leadership coach and consultant in the areas of new church development and congregational revitalization. He recently coauthored Cry from the Pew: A Call to Action for The United Methodist Church (Market Square Publishing, 2022) available at Amazon. His book with coauthors Lia McIntosh and Jasmine Smothers, Blank Slate: Write Your Own Rules for a 22nd-Century Church Movement (Abingdon Press, 2019), is available at Cokesbury and Amazon. The three coauthors also founded the The Smothers Group. He previously served as lead pastor for Grace United Methodist Church in Fort Washington, Maryland, and the director of leadership and congregational development on the UMC Baltimore-Washington Conference Executive Leadership Team.
Roger Lovette is an author and retired Baptist pastor who lives in Clemson, South Carolina. His blog, Head and Heart is at https://rogerlovette.blogspot.com/. He served as pastor of six churches and as interim pastor for seven churches. He is the author of five books and a multitude of articles.
Roger Ross is a congregational consultant and coach for pastors and ministry leaders. He has been involved in church starts, spend a decade as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Springfield, Illinois, and has also been the director of congregational excellence in the Missouri Conference of the UMC. He wrote Come Back: Returning to the Life You Were Made For and Meet the Goodpeople: Wesley’s 7 Ways to Share Faith.
Ron Edmondson is a church and organizational leadership consultant. He served as CEO of the Leadership Network, planted two churches, and successfully revitalized three churches. Ron currently serves as lead pastor (for a second time) at the historic Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, KY.
Dr. Ron Bell serves as Director of Healing and Resilience for Discipleship Ministries and The Upper room. He has been a senior pastor, a church plant pastor, and a UMC conference director over congregational development. His webinar series on Trauma and Empathy has been used by colleges and seminaries, nonprofit organizations, and county agencies. He is a board member of the Minnesota Coalition for Death Education and Support and the National Social Justice Clinical Pastoral Education. Three of his books deal with his work with grief and trauma, including The Four Promises: A Journey of Healing past and Present Trauma (Space for Me L.L.C., 2021), available at Space for Me and Amazon.
Ronald Slaughter is the youngest pastor in history to serve as Senior Pastor of Saint James African American Episcopal Church in Newark, New Jersey. He earned his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Pastor Slaughter serves on several boards, including Wesley Theological Seminary, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, Turner Theological Seminary, Chair of St. Michael’s Medical Center Board, and the deputy director of Community Relations for the City Newark’s Public Safety Department.
Rosario Picardo is a pastor and church planter currently serving Mosaic Church, a new multiethnic congregation he helped to birth in Dayton, Ohio. He also serves in a number of different capacities at United Theological Seminary, also in Dayton, Ohio. He is author of Funding Ministry with Five Loaves and Two Fishes (Abingdon, 2016), available at Cokesbury and Amazon. He recently coauthored Dynamite Prayer: A 28 Day Experiment.
Dr. Ross Peterson was Executive Director of Midwest Ministry Development Service and Southwest Ministry Development Service for 12 years before retiring in 2017. He was ordinated in the Evangelical Covenant Church and licensed as a clinical professional counselor. He has worked as coach and pastoral counselor for 23 years in church-related settings and taught in Chicago-area seminaries. He coauthored Health, Holiness, and Wholeness for Ministry Leaders, (Judson Press, 2020) available online at Cokesbury and Amazon.
Roy L. Spore is an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church. Currently, in retirement, he is serving part-time at Friendship UMC in Sherman, Texas. He is author of Productive Leadership: A Guide for Ministry in the Small Church (Wipf and Stock, 2021), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.
Dr. Cooper R. (Rudy) Guess is senior pastor of First United Methodist Church, Tuscumbia, Alabama. He was previously pastor at Gardendale-Mt. Vernon UMC in Gardendale, Alabama.
In 2023, Dr. Rudy became Executive Director of Bread of Life, Inc., which he and his wife, Rev. Juanita Rasmus, founded in 1992 to feed Houston's homeless. The Bread of Life works in the area of homeless outreach, health outcomes, hunger relief, and the community radio station KMAZ. In 2023, Dr. Rudy also was made Pastor Emeritus of Houston's St. John’s Downtown United Methodist Church, which Dr. Rudy and Pastor Juanita founded and co-pastored for thirty years, beginning with nine members. In 2020, he was editor and author of the audiobook, I'm Black. I'm Christian. I'm Methodist, available online at Cokesbury and Amazon.
Ruth Everhart is a Presbyterian pastor, an author, a Christian feminist, and one of the leading voices on the need to address issues of sexual abuse in the church. She’s the author of several books, most recently The #Me Too Reckoning: Facing the Church's Complicity in Sexual Abuse and Misconduct, available at IVP, Cokesbury, and Amazon.
Ryan Burge is assistant professor of Political Science at Eastern Illinois University. He is an academically trained researcher and the pastor of an American Baptist Church with a special interest in using data to understand trends in American religious and political life.
Ryan Stigile is co-founder and Executive Pastor of Nuvo Church in Columbus, Ohio. He previously served as Executive Pastor of Ministry at the six-campus Rock Bridge Community Church in North Georgia and the Tennessee Valley, and he has also worked with the Unstuck Group. He coauthored Vital Signs: Why Church Health Matters and 14 Ways to Measure It, available on Amazon.
Dr. Ryan T. Hartwig is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of Vanguard University. Dr. Previously, he served as the dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of Communication at Colorado Christian University. He was a coauthor of his most recent book, The Resilience Factor: A Step-by-Step Guide to Catalyze an Unbreakable Team, available online at Cokesbury and Amazon.
Sally Dyck is a retired bishop of The United Methodist Church. She served as bishop to the Northern Illinois Conference and was president of the President of the General Board on Church and Society. She wrote A Hopeful Earth: Faith, Science and the Message of Jesus, available online at Cokesbury and Amazon.
Dr. Sam Marullo served as director of Wesley’s Center for the Missional Church. He joined the Wesley faculty in 2010 after serving more than nine years as Chair and Professor of the Department of Sociology at Georgetown University.
Sam Rainer is the lead pastor of West Bradenton Baptist Church in Bradenton, Florida. He is president of Church Answers, the co-founder and co-owner of Rainer Publishing, and the president of Revitalize Network.
Sandra Peoples, ( sandrapeoples.com) is a leading voice in the special-needs community, a special-needs ministry consultant of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, and adjunct professor in Liberty University’s School of Divinity. She is a monthly cohost for Key Ministry: The Podcast where she shares her perspective on family aspects of disability ministry and inclusion. She has written three books, including Unexpected Blessings: The Joys and Possibilities of Life in a Special-Needs Family, available online at Amazon.
Sarah B. Dorrance is lead pastor at Middletown United Methodist Church in Middletown, Maryland. She is an International Coaching Federation Certified Coach and co-author of Reclaiming the Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley's Sermons for Today, available online at Cokesbury and Amazon. In 2019, she published a book about her spiritual experiences, One Pilgrim of Many on the Camino de Santiago: In Search of Spiritual Renewal available online at Amazon. She received her DMin from Wesley Theological Seminary.
Sarah Bereza, PhD, is music director at Grace United Methodist Church in St. Louis She is author of Professional Christian: Being Fully Yourself in the Spotlight of Public Ministry (Westminster John Knox, 2022), and she shares resources for church staff, including a podcast and newsletter, at sarah-bereza.com.
The Rev. Sarai Schnucker Rice is a graduate of Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman University) and Yale Divinity School. A consultant for 15 years with congregations in the United States and Canada in the areas of staffing and strategic planning, she has also served as interim senior minister at Plymouth Congregational Church in Des Moines IA, as a nonprofit executive with the Des Moines Area Religious Council and Ecumenical Ministries of Iowa, and as an interim presbytery executive with the Presbyteries of North Central Iowa and the Presbytery of the Twin Cities. Earlier in her career, she also served as co-pastor at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Ames, IA, and taught for six years at Memphis Theological Seminary.
Saving Grace is a partnership between Wespath and Abingdon Press providing resources for financial well-being for use by churches, individual Christians, and clergy.
Scott Chrostek is a pastor of Resurrection Downtown in Kansas City, Missouri, a campus of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. His most recent book is Advent — a Season of Surprises: An Advent Study for Individuals and Groups, (Market Square Publishing, 2023), available online at Cokesbury, and Amazon.
Scott Cormode is the Hugh De Pree Professor of Leadership Development at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. He is a senior fellow at the Max De Pree Center for Leadership and the Fuller Youth Institute. He founded the Academy of Religious Leadership and the Journal of Religious Leadership. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he was previously on the faculty of Claremont School of Theology.
Scott Dixon is a web designer and website consultant with ACS Technologies (https://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 and Vocal Studies at California Polytechnic State University. His conducting engagements include the Mozart Requiem with the Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra in Bulgaria, the Dan Forrest Requiem with members of the Royal Academy of Music in Dublin, Ireland, the Vivaldi Gloria with the Bel Canto Chorus and Nairobi Conservatory Orchestra in Kenya, and the Haydn Te Deum with the New England Symphonic Orchestra. He was previously the director of choral activities at West Liberty University in West Virginia and music director at Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia.
Scott Hughes is the Associate General Secretary (World Service) of Discipleship Ministries. Previously he served as Executive Director, Congregational Vitality & Intentional Discipleship and helped create the “Small Groups in the Wesleyan Way” podcast and several online courses, including “Basics of Faith Formation,” “Courageous Conversations,” and “Courageous Conversations: Racism.”
Scott McKenzie is a senior vice president and partner with Horizons Stewardship, which has helped more than 10,000 churches and faith-based nonprofits grow disciples and fund ministry with consultants, workshops, and resources. McKenzie has 25 years of fundraising experience with churches and nonprofits. He has coauthored several books with Kristine Miller, the most recent being The Generosity Challenge: 28 Days of Gratitude, Prayer, and Faith, (Abingdon Press, 2019), along with supplementary products. These are available online at Cokesbury, Abingdon Press, and Amazon.
Scott Thumma is Director of Hartford Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry program and the Hartford Institute for Religion Research. He codirects the Insights into Religion Portal and is the coauthor of The Other 80 Percent: Turning Your Church’s Spectators into Active Participants (Jossey-Bass, 2011), available at Amazon and Jossey-Bass.
Sharron R. Blezard, a pastor in the ELCA, died in July, 2021, following a three-year battle with breast cancer. In her 15-year career as a ordained minister she served as a parish pastor, an assistant to the bishop, spiritual director, writer and editor for the Stewardship of Life Institute.
Sheila M. Beckford is the Senior Pastor of John Wesley United Methodist Church in Brooklyn, New York, and coauthor with E. Michelle Ledder of Anti-Racism 4Reals: Real Talk with Real Strategies in Real Time for Real Change (Chalice Press, 2021). The book is also available at Cokesbury and Amazon.
Sidney S. Williams is President/CEO of Crossing Capital Group, Inc., a consulting firm that assists for-profit social enterprises, seminaries and colleges, and communities of faith to re-imagine their existing facilities, or land, to include mixed-used and mixed-income development projects.
Sondra Jones previously pastored several churches, most recently at St. Paul UMC in Gainesville, GA. She has also served in the North Georgia Conference's Center for Clergy Excellence. She earned a church leadership Doctor of Ministry student at Wesley Theological Seminary.
Stacey Cole Wilson is Executive Minister of Beloved Community for the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church. She previously served there as Executive Minister of Justice and Service. She participated in the Lewis Center for Church Leadership’s Lewis Fellows leadership development program for young clergy in 2008-2009.
From 1996 to 2017, Dr. J. Stanley Justice was pastor of Greater Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Trenton, New Jersey. He was extremely involved in Trenton community organizations, serving as CEO of the New Jersey HDC-State Commission on HIV/AIDS; Chairman of the Mt. Zion Neighborhood Development and Economic Corporation; member and Vice-Chairman of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, New Jersey Annual Conference Board Of Trustees; President of the Camden Trenton District Ministers Alliance; and Chairperson of the South Jersey Political Council and Chairman of the Education Committee of the New Jersey Black Ministers Council. He received the NAACP’s Religion Award and the Mercer County consortium HIV/AIDS Award. He and received his DMin in church leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary.
Stephanie Remington is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and has more than 15 years of pastoral leadership experience in the local church. She served as research manager for the Lewis Center for Church leadership in 2017 and 2018.
Stephen Chapin Garner is the senior pastor of The Congregational Church of New Canaan, Connecticut, and adjunct faculty member in homiletics at Boston University School of Theology and General Theological Seminary. He is the author and coauthor of several books. He recently wrote Practicing What Jesus Preached: A Month-Long Journey of Reflection, Practice, and Prayer available at Cokesbury and Amazon.
Steve Wende is a consultant with the UMC Texas Annual Conference's Ministry Specialist Initiative that helps churches assess needs and meet goals. He also participates in clergy mentorship. His contribution is focused on leadership development, organizational growth, and role effectiveness. Previously, Wende was pastor of University UMC of San Antonio for 21 years and First UMC of Houston for 15 years. He has been a contributing editor for Preaching magazine.
Steven C. Van Ostran, an ordained Baptist pastor, has served as Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of the Rocky Mountains since March, 2008. He was a church pastor for 18 years, and he has also served as an adjunct professor, a member of the Planning Commission of the City of Ottawa, and a board member for numerous non-profits and seminaries.
Stewart Perry is Senior Pastor of New Life Community Church in Burlingame, California. Previously, he was pastor of the International Church of Bangkok and he has served Baptist churches in Washington, DC, and Alexandria, Virginia.
Sue Nilson Kibbey is the inaugural director of the Bishop Bruce Ough Innovation Center at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. Previously, she served as Director of the Office of Missional Church Development for the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. Since writing Ultimately Responsible: When You’re in Charge of Igniting a Ministry in 2006 (available at Cokesbury and Amazon), she has coauthored several more books, most recently Dynamite Prayer.
Susan Beaumont is a consultant, author, coach, and spiritual director with Susan Beaumont and Associates (susanbeaumont.com), which provides consulting and online resources for leaders who serve large congregations. She is author of several books, most recently How to Lead When You Don't Know Where You're Going: Leading in a Liminal Season (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019), available at Amazon and Rowman & Littlefield.
Susan Cox-Johnson is a retired 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. She wrote about her experiences in ministry on her blog, A United Methodist Emerging ....
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 (now the American Baptist Home Mission Societies) and serving 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.) In retirement, she now is a public speaker, newspaper columnist, consultant, and silversmith in her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.
Susan Nienaber is a licensed marriage and family therapist, consultant, mediator, ordained clergyperson and District Superintendent in the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. She consults with congregations on issues of conflict, crisis, personnel matters, professional misconduct, leadership, and interpersonal dynamics.
Rev. Dr. Tanya Campen is an ordained deacon in the Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church and currently serves as Director, Intergenerational Discipleship for the Rio Texas Conference Office. Her book, Holy Work with Children: Making Meaning Together (Pickwick Publications, 2021), celebrates children as theologians and invites those who journey with children (parents, caregivers, ministry leaders) to consider how they support and encourage children in their meaning making process as they grow in and develop a lifelong faith. The book is available at Pickwick Publications, Cokesbury, and Amazon.
Ted is a retired executive from a large multinational company, serving in executive management roles and consulting roles in strategy and improvement. He has been a coach/facilitator for twenty-five churches as part of the Mid-Atlantic United Methodist Foundation Financial Leadership Academy.
Rev. Dr. Teresa L. Fry Brow is the Bandy Professor of Preaching and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Candler School of the Theology. She is the author of African American History & Devotions: Readings and Activities for Individuals, Families, and Communities (available at Abingdon Press, Cokesbury, and Amazon) , Delivering the Sermon: Voice, Body, and Animation in Proclamation (available at Fortress Press and Amazon), as well as several other publications.
Terry Bookman is Chief Spiritual Officer for Eitzah: The Center for Congregational Leadership, which he cofounded with William Kahn. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Mastery foundation, an interfaith organization. He has written about Jewish spirituality, synagogue life, and contemporary Jewish music. He recently wrote Beyond Survival: How Judaism Can Thrive in the 21st Century (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2019), available at Amazon and Rowan & Littlefield.
The Unstuck Group helps pastors grow healthy churches by guiding them through experiences to align vision, strategy, team and action. Their core services include ministry health assessments, strategic planning, staffing and structure reviews, multisite and merger planning.
Following a long career as a executive in media, entertainment and technology, Theodore May now teaches communication to executives and business students. He is active in his local Episcopal congregation with a particular interest in the ministry of lay reading. And he is a Christianity columnist for Beliefnet.com and tweets at @GospelHear.
Theresa S. Thames is the Associate Dean of Religious Life and the Chapel at Princeton University. An ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, Theresa is a graduate of Howard University, Duke University Divinity School, and Wesley Theological Seminary. She is passionate about the intersections of theology, gender, organizational development, and social justice. Dean Thames is involved with the Princeton community through student engagement, pastoral care, overseeing religious programs, and regularly preaching at the University Chapel.
Thom S. Rainer serves as founder and CEO of Church Answers. Dr. Rainer publishes a daily article and podcast at ChurchAnswers.com and has written more than two dozen books. He previously served as president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources.
The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Bandy (Tom) is an author, consultant, and leadership coach for Christian organizations and faith-based non-profits. Tom has published over 25 books including Sideline Church: Bridging the Chasm Between Churches and Cultures (Abingdon Press, 2018), available at Cokesbury and Amazon. He is the president of Thriving Church Consulting and can be contacted using the website's contact page.
Thomas G. James is Pastor at Washington Street United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Virginia. Previously, he served as resource manager for the Lewis Center for Church Leadership.
Thomas Risager is a district superintendent of the United Methodist Church in Denmark, a member of their Central Conference Committe on Theological Education of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, and a pastor in Odense. He completed the Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary.
Tiffany Deluccia is Director of Sales & Marketing for TheUnstuckGroup.com, where she has also written articles. Before joining The Unstuck Group, she worked in public relations with major national retail brands, nonprofits and churches on content creation, strategic planning, communication consulting and social media.
Dr. Timothy K. Snyder is Associate Dean of Digital Learning and Assistant Professor of Contemporary Spirituality at General Theological Seminary. Previously he was a senior researcher for the Lewis Center for Church Leadership and visiting assistant professor of practical theology at Wesley Theological Seminary. At Wesley he was the principal investigator of the Religious Workforce Project, a national study funded by Lilly Endowment Inc.
Tim Welch recently retired from over 40 years of journeying with others in parish and diocesan ministries. One of his greatest joys was, and continues to be, exploring ways of employing media and technology in our call to make real the Reign of God. Tim is a graduate of Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary in Collegeville, Minnesota.
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Tom Berlin is bishop of the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church. Previously, for over 25 years, he was senior pastor of Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia. He was written several books. Most recently, he coathored The Third Day: Living the Resurrection (Abingdon Press, 2023), available on Cokesbury and Amazon.
Thomas Nees, 83, of Arnold, Maryland, passed away 24 January 2021. Nees served the Church of the Nazarene in many capacities, including as director of the USA/Canada Mission/Evangelism department (now USA/Canada Region) and as Nazarene Compassionate Ministries director for the USA and Canada. Early in his ministry he was the founding director of Community of Hope, a low-income neighborhood organization in Washington, DC.
Tom Pruski, RN, MAPS, DMin, is Director of the Heal the Sick program, part of the seminary’s Community Engagement Institute, which coordinates and develops faith community health networks as well as institutional and congregational partnerships. He has over 22 years of health ministry experience, training health advocates and working with congregations, congregational health ministry networks, hospitals, universities, public health, local, state, and national government agencies.
Dr. Thomas F. Tumblin is Professor of Leadership and associate provost for global initiatives and academic affairs at Asbury Theological Seminary. He was previously a pastor and district superintendent in the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. His book AdMinistry: The Nuts and Bolts of Church Administration (Abingdon Press, 2017) is available at Cokesbury and Amazon.
Dr. C. Anthony Hunt is pastor of Epworth United Methodist Chapel in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the Supervising Pastor of the Beloved Community Cooperative Parish and the founder and project director for Hope for the City: Transforming Urban Leaders, both in Baltimore. He is also Professor of Systematic, Moral and Practical Theology, and Dunning Permanent Distinguished Lecturer at St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore. Dr. Hunt also teaches on the adjunct faculties at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, and United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.
Tony Morgan is founder and chief strategist for The Unstuck Group which provides consulting and leadership coaching services to over 100 congregations annually. Previously, he served on the leadership teams at several churches, including Granger Community Church in Indiana, NewSpring Church in South Carolina, and West Ridge Church in the Atlanta area.
Tracy McNeil Wines is pastor of Clarendon United Methodist Church in Arlington, Virginia. Previously, she served 19 years at Vale UMC in Oakton, VA.
G. Travis Norvell is the pastor of Judson Memorial Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and an adjunct faculty member at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. He is author of Church on the Move: A Practical Guide for Ministry in the Community (Judson Press: 2022). The book is also available at Cokesbury and Amazon.
Tricia K. Brown is a speaker, Bible teacher, author of Seen, Heard, Beloved and A Year of Yearning: A 12-Month Devotional to Help You Study God’s Word More, and blogger at The Girls Get Together.
Tyler Kleeberg is a church leader, writer, teacher, and community leader in Metamora, Ohio.
Tyler Sit is the church planter of New City Church, a community in Minneapolis that focuses on environmental justice and is led mostly by queer people of color. Tyler is a United Methodist pastor and the author of Staying Awake: The Gospel for Change Makers, available at Cokesbury and Amazon.
Victoria Atkinson White is the director of grants at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. In this role, she encourages traditioned innovation among Christian institutions and their leaders. For eight years, Victoria was a chaplain at the 900-resident Westminster Canterbury Community in Richmond, Virginia. Before that, she worked as minister to alumni at the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. Victoria is a graduate of Duke Divinity School, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond and Rhodes College. She is an ordained minister affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
Vincent W. Howell is pastor of Centenary United Methodist Church in Clemmons, NC, and Director at the Congregational Faith and Learning Center at Hood Theological Seminary. He is author of "Managing Projects in Ministry," Judson Press, 2017. The book is available at Cokesbury and Amazon.
Virginia Callegary is Director of Christian Education of First Presbyterian Church of Howard County in Columbia, Maryland. She is on the leadership council of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators and manages the social media presence of the organization.
Wade Griffith is pastor of Grace United Methodist Church, formerly Liberty Crossing UMC, in Birmingham, Alabama.
Dr. Warren Bird is Senior Vice President of Research and Equipping at the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, former Research Director at Leadership Network, and the author or co-author of over 30 books.
Wayne Day retired in 2009 from the position of Vice President of the Texas Methodist Foundation Institute for Clergy and Congregational Excellence.
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
William Brosend is an Episcopal priest and Professor of New Testament and Preaching for the School of Theology at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. His most recent book is Preaching Truth in the Age of Alternative Facts (Abingdon Press, 2018), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.
William G. Davidson is a retired elder in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Churches. His pastoral appointments include Duncan Memorial UMC in Ashland and Warwick Memorial UMC in Newport News, Virginia.
William H. Griffith is a retired minister and hospice chaplain with 35 years of experience in pastoral ministry. He is author of several books, most recently The Changing Church: Finding Your Way to God's New Thing (Judson Press, 2019), cowritten with Daniel M. Cash. Available at Cokesbury and Amazon.
William Kahn is Professor of Management and Organizations at the Boston University School of Management. His books include Holding Fast: The Creation of Resilient Caregiving Organizations and The Ostrich Effect: Solving Destructive Patterns at Work.
Rev. William T. Chaney Jr. is Senior Pastor at Chesterbrook UMC in McLean, VA. He has planted and revitalized churches and served as a Discipleship Adventure Guide, District Superintendent, and a New Church Strategist for Discipleship Ministries. He has also coached and trained leaders in churches, business and nonprofit organizations.
William Willimon became Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry and Director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Duke Divinity School after retiring as bishop in the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is author of over 70 books and is an editor-at-large for The Christian Century. He previously served as Duke Divinity professor and the dean of Duke Chapel.
Yvi Martin is Lead Pastor at Platte Woods UMC in Platte Woods, Missouri. Following missionary work in the Philippines and Mozambique, she entered ministry and has served at King’s Way UMC in Springfield, MO, and the Gathering UMC in St. Louis. She participated in the Lewis Center’s Lewis Fellows leadership development program for young clergy in 2013-2014.
Yvonne Gentile is Guest Experience & Event Management Lead Director of Share Church, a ministry of the Church of the Resurrection, the largest United Methodist Church in the United States, which has five locations in the Kansas City metro area. She is coauthor of four books, including The Art of Hospitality (Abingdon Press, 2020), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.
Zach Lambert is Lead Pastor and the founder of Restore Austin, an urban church in Austin, Texas. He serves on the boards of Restore Houston, Louder than Silence (a non-profit for survivors of sexual violence), and the Austin Church Planting Network.