Salford Mennonite Church
BA in Youth Ministry, with a Minor in Psychology
Masters in Church Leadership, with a concentration in local and global missions
Pacific Northwest, Mid South East or North East
Youth Minister 2000-2005.
Missional Entrepreneur 2007-current
Interim Church Missional Leader 2011-2012
Advising with Christian Love In Action 2011-2012
Advising with Ted and Company Theater Works in Brand Strategy/Marketing 2011- Current
Advisor/Strategist with Delaware Valley Family Business Center 2011 – Current
Leadership Development, Local/Global Missional Enterprises, Incubators for Missional Entreprenurialism because of the church transition toward Post Christendom, Communications/Marketing, Brand Strategies for Ministry Leaders
I am called as a marketplace minister to co labor with leaders in the process of transformation, both in their individual lives and their roles of leadership in their family and business. My background is what led me to this calling. At a young age, I sensed a call to become a leader, pastor and speaker. I started my faith journey at a Mennonite high school and went to college to learn about youth ministry and psychology. I led two growing youth programs in two mega churches in my 20’s. This led me to believe the model of the mega church is not where sustainable growth will be in the future generations. I wondered for a couple years trying to get my feet back under me, and started two business’ out of my family home. One is in specialty coffee and the other is in marketing strategy. This led me to be invited into many diverse organizations, from churches, conferences, institutions and now family business. The role I play as an advisor and strategist to emerging leaders who engage me for executive coaching, strategic planning and team development are my “flock” and I am there to listen, ask questions and provide input. Seminary, both at Eastern Mennonite where I focused my studies on the Anabaptist perspective of theology and leadership, as well as at Biblical Seminary where I learned Missional Theology and systems theory, are integrated into my work as a consultant. I am present to break down thinking in order for the individual leader and the organization to be restored, repurposed and often reinvented. The theological framework I start with in all my work is that, “I exist in both my beauty and brokeness to invite the love of God into every fiber of my being”. I believe as a leader I can only be present during change and in order to participate in God’s mission of restoration in the world. So I see my self as a missional entrepreneur, thanks to my colleagues, cohorts and teacher/mentors family and friends, along the way.
Ideal Ministry Situation
Be a short term advisor/consultant in the area of organizational change, identity development, team development, leadership development, group faciliation, mediation, and presentations.
Eastern Mennonite Seminary grounded me during a major shift in my identity. I started seminary during one of the lowest points in my life. I was questioning everything, God, meaning, church, family, and my role in the world. The reading, writing, and discussions, allowed me to test ideas with other people who care about restoring their lives and the lives of others through ministry, be it in church or business. The professors and advisors helped shape my courses based on my interest, and I think I am a better person to serve in my roles in family, church and business.
Post Christendom in Context – Steve Kriss and Stuart Murray
Anabaptist History – Steve Kriss and John Ruth
Formation in Ministry – Marcus Smucker
Advice for Prospective Students
Go to Eastern Mennonite Seminary because you want a restorative identity to energize you in your roles of work and life. Go to Eastern Mennonite Seminary to be loved for who you are and how you were created. Go to Eastern Mennonite Seminary because you are curious. Go because you are scared, and go to see if you trust God or even believe in God. Go now in peace that passes all understanding.