Thriving in the Stormy Seas of Change 

January 14-16, 2019
Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Harrisonburg, VA

Scripture: Mark 4:35-41

Keynote speakers are: David Evans, Sue Park-Hur and John Pavlovitz  

Pastors and church leaders are well aware of the tumultuous seas in which we serve.  Significant changes and conflicts in contemporary politics, churches and denominations and in our personal lives present challenges and opportunities for preaching and leading the church today.  Church leaders riding these waves of change yearn for deep communion with God’s Spirit and for inspiring worship with other leaders in order to thrive in ministry.  School for Leadership Training 2019 will provide this worshipful and renewing encounter through the narrative of Jesus’ crossing the stormy sea with his disciples in Mark 4:35-41.  

Keynote Speaker Bios

Sue Park HurSue Park-Hur is the Denominational Minister for Leadership Development and Transformative Peacemaking for MC USA. She is also the co-director of a peace center in Los Angeles called ReconciliAsian specializing in conflict transformation and restorative justice for immigrant churches. Prior to her new role, she was the co-lead pastor of Mt. View Mennonite Church in Upland, CA and co-church planter of Church for Others in Temple City, CA. In addition to her role as a pastor, she worked at Fuller Theological Seminary teaching theological English to pastors from overseas. She is trained in Intercultural Development Inventory(IDI), sexual abuse investigations, and is a Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) practitioner.

John PavlovitzJohn Pavlovitz is a pastor, writer, and activist from Wake Forest, North Carolina. In the past four years his blog Stuff That Needs To Be Said has reached a diverse worldwide audience. A 20-year veteran in the trenches of local church ministry, John is committed to equality, diversity, and justice—both inside and outside faith communities. In 2017 he recently released his first book A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community. His newest book, 'HOPE and Other Superpowers' arrives in November.



David EvansDavid Evans is Associate Professor of history and intercultural studies and the director of cross-cultural programs at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. His teaching and research focus on the braided identity categories of race, religion, and nation.

Evans is the co-editor of the forthcoming book Between the World of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Christianity (Cascade, 2018). In concert with his teaching and scholarship, he practices a local “eco-lutionary” lifestyle that promotes an ecologically just future for the diverse people of the Shenandoah Valley watershed. He is a United Methodist.

SLT Planning Committee

Dale Detweiler, pastor, Birch Grove Mennonite Church, Port Allegany, PA
Peggy Packard, pastor, Weyers Cave United Methodist Church, Weyers Cave, VA  
Dawn Ranck-Hower, pastor, New Holland Mennonite Church, New Holland, PA  
Danilo Sanchez, co-pastor, Ripple-Allentown, and associate pastor, Whitehall Mennonite Church, Allentown, PA
Brenda Martin Hurst, director of Lilly Grant, Eastern Mennonite Seminary  
Veva Mumaw, SLT coordinator, Eastern Mennonite Seminary

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