Authors

Authors are listed alphabetically by first name.

Adam B. Snell is senior pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Kensington, Maryland. He received the Doctor of Ministry degree in Church Leadership from Wesley Theological Seminary.

Adam Copeland

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

Adam Hamilton

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

Alan Roxburgh

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

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

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

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

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

Amy 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.

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

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

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

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

Asa Lee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bob Whitsel

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

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

Brad M. Griffin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chris Willard

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).

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

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

Chris Bennett

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dan Hotchkiss, long-time senior consultant for the Alban Institute, now consults independently on strategic planning, board governance, and staff development. He can be reached through the Congregational Consulting Group. His most recent book is Governance and Ministry: Rethinking Board Leadership, Second Edition.

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

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

Daniel Hilty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donald W. Haynes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Douglas Ruffle

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

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

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

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

Ebonie Johnson Cooper

Ebonie Johnson Cooper is a student at Wesley Theological Seminary and a participant in Wesley’s Innovation Hub. She is the founder and executive director of the Young, Black & Giving Back Institute.

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

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

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

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

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

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Eric Seiberling writes for United Methodist Communications.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ian Urriola is Director for Christian Discipleship at Dulin United Methodist Church in Virginia. He is also a recent graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary.

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

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

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

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

Jake Mulder

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Jane Donovan is a lecturer in religious studies at West Virginia University, recipient of the 2011 Eberly College Outstanding Teaching Award, and author of Henry Foxall: Methodist, Industrialist, American.

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

Janet Cromwell is Associate Pastor English Language Ministry at West Lost Angeles United Methodist Church.

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

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).

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.

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

Jessica Anschutz is senior pastor of Open Doors Community Parish and also Projects Manager of Connectional Ministries in the New York Conference. She completed the Doctorate in Ministry in Church Leadership Excellence at Wesley where she also 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 is 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 is the Lead Pastor and Jennifer is a Executive Pastor at Harvest Church, a church they launched in Warner Robins, Georgia in 2001. They are the authors of Start This, Stop That: Do The Things That Grow Your Church (Abingdon, 2012).

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

Jim Hoffman

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.

From 2007 to 2018, Jim Ozier was Director of New Church Development and Congregational Transformation for the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. A clergyperson for nearly 50 years, he co-authored The Changeover Zone: Successful Pastoral Transitions (Abingdon, 2016) and Clip-In: Risking Hospitality in Your Church (Abingdon Press, 2014).

Jim Pledger serves as associate pastor for stewardship, church development, service matters, and welcoming ministries at Arlington Heights United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. Previously, he served 20 years as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Sherman, Texas.

Jim Sheppard

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).

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

Jim Tomberlin

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

Joe Daniels is Lead Pastor at Emory United Methodist Church in Washington, DC, and leader of a Relevant, Enthusiastic, Authentic and Loving church movement. He served as a district superintendent and as a co-chair of the Washington Interfaith Network. He teaches at Wesley Theological Seminary and his books include The Power of REAL and Walking with Nehemiah.

Joel Snider is a consultant and coach for The Center for Healthy Churches. He is retired from 40 years in pastoral ministry, most recently as pastor of First Baptist Church, Rome, Georgia where he served for 21 years.

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

Dr. John H. Southwick is pastor of Abundant Life Fellowship, Chewelah, WA.He was previously Director of Research at the 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 and head of the resource clearinghouse, Web21.com.

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John R. Schol is resident bishop of the Greater New Jersey Area of the United Methodist Church. 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 W. Wimberly, Jr., former pastor of Western Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC., is a consultant for the Congregational Consulting Group.

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

John Zehring is a retired United Church of Christ pastor who has also served in higher education, primarily in development and institutional advancement. He 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 pastor of Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Washington, DC, and Bells United Methodist Church in Camp Springs, Maryland. She received her Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary, 2016. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation.

Jon Powers is Chaplain at Ohio Wesleyan University and Director of the Explore Institute at which high school students begin discerning God’s call to discipleship and servant leadership.

Jonathan Arnpriester is pastor of Chandler United Methodist Church in Chandler, Arizona.

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Jonathan Gledhill 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 is author of The Hidden Option, Created for More, a 30-day devotional, and Unwelcome: 50 Ways Churches Drive Away First-Time Visitors. His website is jonathanmalm.com/.

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

Joseph E. Arnold is Registrar for Wesley Theological Seminary. He was previously Research Manager for Wesley's Lewis Center for Church Leadership.

Joshua L. Mitchell is Minister to Youth and College Students at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, and author of Black Millennials and the Church (Judson Press, 2018) available at Cokesbury and Amazon.

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

Judith Sutera is a Benedictine sister of the monastery of Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, Kansas. A magazine editor and the author of several books, she is a director for oblates, teaches courses in monastic spirituality, and gives presentations, retreats, and workshops for monastic communities, academic conferences, formation groups, and retreat centers across the United States.

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

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

Dr. Kara Powell

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

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

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

Kate Jagger

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

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

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

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Kay Kotan is director of Congregational Development for the Susquehanna Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. A credentialed coach, church consultant, speaker, and author, she served on the Missouri Conference's Healthy Church Initiative Executive Team. Her recent book, Small Church Checkup, is available at Upper Room Books, Cokesbury, and Amazon.

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

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

Kem Meyer is communications director at Granger Community Church in Indiana.She is a blogger, speaker and the author of Less Clutter, Less Noise.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kim Mitchel is the pastor of Big Cove Presbyterian Church in Brownsboro, AL .

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

Kirk Hadaway was Officer for Congregational Research at the Episcopal Church, 2002–2016. Previously, he was Minister for Research and Evaluation at the national offices of the United Church of Christ. He has written several books.

Kristine Miller is Senior Vice President and Partner of Horizons Stewardship and previously served as director of stewardship for the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan. She is a co-author of Bounty: Ten Ways To Increase Giving At Your Church and C.L.I.M.B. Higher: Reaching New Heights in Giving and Discipleship.

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Rajkumar Dixit is 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 eared his Doctor of Ministry in Leadership Excellence from Wesley Theological Seminary where he also was a Lewis Fellow.

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L. Roger Owens is an Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality and Ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and adjunct faculty member in the Upper Room’s Academy for Spiritual Formation. Previously, he was preaching pastor of Duke Memorial UMC. He is co-author of A New Day in the City (Abingdon Press, 2017), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.

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Larry Buxton is Minister of Visitation at Herndon United Methodist Church. He returned from retirement after forty years of parish ministry most recently as Senior Pastor of Burke UMC in Burke, VA. He is adjunct faculty in the Course of Study at Wesley Theological Seminary and an ICF-accredited coach working with clergy and churches in crisis.

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

Laurie A. Occhipinti is 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. A recent book is Making a Difference in a Globalized World: Short-term Missions that Work.

Laurie Day is a graduate of Willamette University

Laurie Haller became Bishop of the Iowa Conference in July 2016. Previously, she was senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Birmingham in the Detroit Annual Conference. She blogs at www.lauriehaller.org and is author of Recess: Rediscovering Play and Purpose (Cass Community Publishing House, 2015).

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

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

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

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) [Cokesbury | 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).

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

Liz Perraud is a Executive Director of GenOn Ministries which offers training, resources, and support for intergenerational church programs including LOGOS.

Loren Bergstedt is congregational development assistant for the Minnesota Conference.

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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.

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

Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr.

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

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Lucinda S. Holmes operates InConnexion Coaching and Consulting Services at www.lucindaholmeskc.com. She is a certified trainer with the Arbinger Institute and co-author of Worship Ways for the People Within Your Reach.

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

Rev. Mack Strange is Senior Pastor of Fellowship United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro, TN.

Marc Brown is director of Connectional Ministries for the Virginia Annual Conference and chairperson of the Common Table.

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

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.

Maria Liu Wong

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

Mark DeVries is founder 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 Disruption: Repurposing the Church to Redeem the Community.

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

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 Teasdale

Mark R. Teasdale is Associate 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 Go! How to Become a Great Commission Church (GBHEM, 2017), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.

Mark Waltz is a church consultant and coach. His website is becausepeoplematter.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.

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

Marty J. Cauley is Director of Content and Coaching at the Office of New Faith Communities at the NC Conference of the United Methodist Church. An ordained elder, he was also Director of Ministry with Young People for the Southeastern Jurisdiction. He blogs about ministry and living with terminal cancer at www.martycauley.org and has written a book, Dying to Go on Vacation.

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

Mary Clark Moschella is a professor of pastoral care and counseling at Yale Divinity School. Previously, she served on the faculty of Wesley Theological Seminary. Her books include Caring for Joy: Narrative, Theology and Practice and Pastoral Bearings: Lived Religion and Pastoral Theology.

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

Matt Miofsky is pastor of The Gathering United Methodist Church in St. Louis, Missouri. He wrote Fail: What to Do When Things Go Wrong and happy?: what it is and how to find it and co-wrote Eight Virtues of Rapidly Growing Churches.

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

Matthew T. Curry is Director. of Connectional Ministries the New York Conference of the United Methodist Church. Previously, he was pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Valley Stream, New York

An ordained UMC Deacon, Melissa Cooper is a coach with Vibrant Faith Institute. Previously, she was program coordinator of the Life Enrichment Center of the Florida Conference working with intergeneration ministry like Grandparents and Me, Family Camp, Mom and Me Weekend and Dad and Me Weekend.

Melvin Amerson is Senior Area Representative and Resource Specialist with the Texas Methodist Foundation (TMF)and author of Stewardship in African American Churches and co-author of Fruit for Celebrating the Offering (both from Discipleship Resources). He is also a board member of the Ecumenical Stewardship Center.

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.

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 is Director of Finance, Counselor to the Presiding Bishop. The Community of Christ denomination has 250,000 members in more than 60 nations and is headquartered in Independence, Missouri.

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 recently wrote Thriving in the Second Chair: Ten Practices for Robust Ministry (When You're Not in Charge). He blogs at mikebonem.com.

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

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Mike Slaughter is 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 .

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

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Molly Phinney Baskette is 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, including Standing Naked Before God: The Art of Public Confession.

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.

Natasha LeShawn Gadson is Minister of Leadership Growth and Development at Turner Memorial AME Church in Hyattsville, MD. She has taught courses in communication and leadership at Howard University, Prince George's Community College, and University of Maryland University College.

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

Nicole Baker Fulgham is the founder and president of The Expectations Project, a non-profit organization that develops and mobilizes faith-motivated advocates who help close the academic achievement gap in public schools. She is the author of Educating All God’s Children and Schools in Crisis.

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

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.

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

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

Perry Chang is an research associate with Research Services for the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PCUSA).

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

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

Philip D. Jamieson is vice president and CEO of the United Methodist Foundation for the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences. Previously he was assistant professor of pastoral theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. A recent book is The Face of Forgiveness: A Pastoral Theology of Shame and Redemption.

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

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

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

Reggie McNeal serves as the Missional Leadership Specialist for Leadership Network of Dallas, TX. His books include Kingdom Come: Why We Must Give Up Our Obsession with Fixing the Church-and What We Should Do Instead (2015) and Get Off Your Donkey!: Help Somebody and Help Yourself (2013).

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

Rich Birch is a consultant with MultiSite Solutions and founded unSeminary resource website. He helped develop multisite churches: The Meeting House in Toronto, Connexus Church in Georgia, and Liquid Church of of New Jersey. He wrote Unreasonable Churches: 10 Churches Who Zagged When Others Zigged and Saw More Impact Because of It. (2016).

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 senior editor and book review editor for The Christian Century magazine.

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

Rick Ezell is Managing Partner of Employee Care of America. Previously, he was pastor of First Baptist Church in Greer, South Carolina. He is the author of eight books, including Forgiveness: A Lovely Idea Until. . . (2017). He blogs at rickevell.com.

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

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

Robert C. Crosby is a communicator, a ministry leader, and writer. He is Professor of Practical Theology and previously served as a Vice President at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. He has written several books including More than a Savior and Living Life from the Soul.

Robert Howard is 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 several books, including Just Say Yes: Unleashing People for Ministry.

Roger Lovette is an author and retired Baptist pastor who lives in Clemson, South Carolina. He blogs at rogerlovette.blogspot.com.

Roger Ross is Director for the Center of Congregational Excellence of the Missouri Conference of the UMC. He was previously the senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Springfield, Illinois. He is the author of Meet the Goodpeople: Wesley’s 7 Ways to Share Faith (Abingdon Press, 2015).

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

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Dr. Cooper R. (Rudy) Guess is senior pastor of First United Methodist Church, Tuscumbia, Alabama. He was previously pastor at Gardendale-Mt. Vernon UMC in Gardendale, Alabama.

Rudy Rasmus is co-pastor with Juanita Rasmus of St. John’s Downtown United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas. They founded the Bread of Life which provides services to the homeless and distributes produce to families. It also owns Amazing KMAZ radio station and Eco Life Employment LLC, a digital employment and staffing agency for people with troubled past lives.

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

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

Sally Dyck is Bishop to the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church and the President of the General Board on Church and Society. She wrote A Hopeful Earth: Faith, Science and the Message of Jesus.

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. She received her D.Min. from Wesley Theological Seminary.

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

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

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

Scott Glysson is Director of Choral Activities and Vocal Studies at California Polytechnic State University. 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 McKenzie

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

Scott Thumma, Scott is Director of Hartford Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry program and the Hartford Institute for Religion Research. He co-directs the Insights into Religion Portal and isthe co-author of The Other 80 Percent: Turning Your Church’s Spectators into Active Participants.

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

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

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Stacey Cole Wilson is Executive Minister of Justice and Service for the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church. She participated in the Lewis Center for Church Leadership’s Lewis Fellows leadership development program for young clergy in 2008-2009.

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

Stephanie Remington

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

Stephen Chapin Garner is the senior pastor of The Congregational Church of New Canaan, Connecticut, and adjunct faculty member in homiletics and pastoral studies at Boston University School of Theology. He is the author and co-author of several books.

Steve Wende was senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas. He is a project direct for The SRD Group, consulting in stewardship and major gifts, and a contributing editor for Preaching Magazine.

Steve Willis is a Presbyterian (USA) pastor who has served small churches in rural, town, and urban settings. He wrote Imagining the Small Church: Celebrating a Simpler Path.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thomas Bandy is a church consultant and author and co-author of numerous books.

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

Thomas Risager is pastor of the United Methodist Church in Odense, Denmark. He completed the Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary.

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

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Tom Berlin is senior pastor of Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia. His books include Defying Gravity: Break Free from the Culture of More, The Generous Church: A Guide for Pastors, and Restored: Finding Redemption in Our Mess.

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Tom Corcoran is associate to Father Michael White at the Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Maryland, near Baltimore. He is co-author of Rebuilt: Awakening the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, and Making Church Matter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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