The Reverend Doctor Patrick Garnet Duggan is a native New Yorker, the son of a Jamaican cabinet maker and a New York attorney. A graduate of New York City schools, he attended Harvard University earning the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1980. In 1993, he earned the Master of Divinity degree from the New York Theological Seminary. In May 0f 2013, Rev. Dr. Duggan earned the Doctor of Ministry from NYTS through completion of his demonstration project, “Ground Zero in the Economy of God”.
In October 2012 Dr. Duggan was called to serve at the national setting of the United Church of Christ (UCC) and named Executive Director of the UCC Church Building and Loan Fund (CB&LF). CB&LF offers consulting, financing, training and capital campaign services for the purchase, construction or renovation of church buildings, meeting houses, parsonages/rectories, and other facilities used by churches of the United Church of Christ or by any Christian church without limitation to sect, denomination or name. In selecting him for this position, the United Church of Christ charged Dr. Duggan to expand upon CB&LF’s tradition of leveraging assets for tangible, public, measurable impact in the advancement of the mission and ministry of the church.
Dr. Duggan was licensed to the Christian Ministry at the Solid Rock Baptist Church, Jamaica Queens in 1986, and ordained there in 1989. Shortly after receiving the Privilege of Call with the United Church of Christ in 1995, the Congregational Church of South Hempstead/UCC called him to serve as Senior Pastor. The fruits of his ministry with this thriving congregation include the enlarging of mission, ministry and membership, over $280,000 in renovations of the church facilities, a vision plan to guide the church to its 100th anniversary in 2043, and assisting six ministerial candidates to complete the ordination process in the United Church of Christ. In 1999, Dr. Duggan founded a church affiliated community development corporation, Abundant Communities Together, which has served over 900 faith leaders from some 50 denominations to explore faith-based development initiatives in sustainable agriculture, conservation/renewable energy and faith-based social enterprise.
Dr. Duggan has amassed nearly two decades of economic and community development expertise through his work in government and the public sector on Long Island. From 2004 to 2009, Dr. Duggan served as Nassau Deputy County Executive for Economic Development. Under his leadership, the County constructed or rehabilitated over 2000 units of housing, secured the County’s first Empire Zone, facilitated over $1.3 billion in new investment and created over 5700 jobs. From 1998 to 2004 he was the first Executive Director of Sustainable Long Island where he led visioning processes with over 3000 Long Islanders in six communities. The resulting vision plans have led to almost $600 million of investment in the region’s poorest communities.
Among the numerous awards and distinctions he has received, Dr. Duggan is most proud of his time as a Group XIII Kellogg Fellow when he toured community development initiatives across the United States and economic development NGOs in South America, the Caribbean, and Africa. For his work in ministry and community economic development, in 2003 Dr. Duggan received the highest honor bestowed annually upon one New York Theological Seminary alumnus/a, the Sower Award for Distinction in Ministry.
Married since 1982 to Patricia Phillips, an educator, the Duggan family includes two adult sons, Jameson and Christopher, an adolescent son, Aaron, and four grandchildren, Makeda, Malik, Maki and Ava.
The Rev. Canon Rosa Lee Harden is a self-described serial-entrepreneur. Her vocational life has included being publisher of weekly newspapers, trade journals, a business journal and CEO of a ‘Silicon Valley’ start-up. She was ordained as an Episcopal Priest in 2000 and served as Vicar of Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in San Francisco for ten years during which time its adult membership doubled and the number of children younger than 12 went from two to more than 50.
In 2008, she and her husband, Kevin Jones, launched the global SOCAP (Social Capital Markets) conference, described as ‘the conference at the intersection of money and meaning.’ In its 11thyear, SOCAP19 brought more than 3,000 people from more than 60 countries to San Francisco to talk about how to accelerate the good economy. More recently they have launched a new series of conference/labs with the goal of transforming the economy called Faith+Finance.
For several years, Rosa Lee also produced the Wild Goose Festival, an annual gathering of progressive Christians focusing on spirituality, justice, music and the arts. She has also served as Canon for Money and Meaning at the Cathedral of All Souls in Asheville, North Carolina, where her ministry worked toward bringing into consciousness how money impacts and guides life’s decisions.
In 2003 she produced the via media series of videos, a curriculum that has been used in more than 1000 congregations in the Episcopal Church and dozens of other Anglican Churches around the world.
She and her husband Kevin are the parents of two adult children, Bradley Jones and B.J. Harden Jones, and grandparents to Logan and Asher. All of the Harden Jones family lives in Asheville, North Carolina. Bringing music and movement together in ballroom dance and through the drum corps activity are Rosa Lee’s two ‘extracurricular’ passions!
Cameron Trimble is a serial entrepreneur committed to the triple bottom line – a concern for people, progress and the planet. Driven by an adventurous spirit, she runs businesses and NGO organizations, both secular and faith-based. She serves as a consultant, a frequent speaker on national speaking circuits, is a pilot, and an author.
Cameron is a Partner at FutureWomenX, a global company of courageous, ambitious, forward-thinking female leaders united in our mission to elevate women and drive transformative change for a better future.
Cameron currently serves as the Board Chair of Stop the Traffik USA, an NGO focused on putting an end to human trafficking around the world through the use of technology-driven intelligence-led prevention. STT works in partnership with IBM, Barclays, Facebook, the Financial Times and many others to develop the tools to identify and disrupt human trafficking networks.
Cameron is also the CEO of Convergence, a not-for-profit made up of subsidiary companies and organizations focused on organizational transformation. She is the Lead Senior Consultant of Shallowford Consulting, a for-profit corporation providing executive leadership coaching and consulting services focused on organizational breakthrough outcomes. She is also a founding partner in Trimble Properties, a real estate company dedicated to housing vulnerable people in the Atlanta area.
Cameron is particularly focused on the empowerment of women, people of color and LGBTQ+ people in leadership. Her coaching clients are primarily executive leaders going through dynamic culture transformations. Diversity, she believes, is the source of lasting innovation.
As a pilot, Cameron learns many of her leadership lessons through the adventures of the cockpit of her airplane. She has also enjoyed a career as an ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ, serving as the pastor of four congregations in the Atlanta area. Hers has been an eclectic career path – undoubtedly with more adventures to come – and she welcomes the wisdom she gains each day on the way.
Tim Soerens is an author, speaker, social entrepreneur, and co-founding director of the Parish Collective. As director of the Parish Collective he convenes ministry leaders, teaches, and consults with organizations seeking human flourishing in particular neighborhoods while also working collaboratively across the city. Over 1,300 communities across the US, UK, and Canada are connected to the growing parish movement.
As co-founding producer of the annual Inhabit Conference, New Parish Conference UK, Conspire Gathering, Reimagine Conference, Cultivate Conference and Neighborhood Economics Conference he is a proven convener of sold out national and international events.
Tim is also the co-designer and instructor of the Leadership in the New Parish, an accredited masters level certificate program at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology where he is adjunct faculty. Along with Paul Sparks he has led dozens of learning communities all over the US where groups of 35-45 are trained in the parish collective ethos over the course of a year.
A popular speaker, Tim has speaks to a broad cross section of Christian leaders. From the National Conference for the Navigators and Q Commons to leadership conferences for denominations, he speaks to audiences in the U.S., Canada, and the UK.
Tim is an ordained minister with the Christian Reformed Church and is currently working with a local leadership team to start South Park Neighborhood Church in Seattle. He is also the co-founding owner of Resistencia Coffee, a neighborhood coffee shop and boutique event rental where the church will also initially gather.
As a social entrepreneur, he was the co-founding advisor to the Impact Hub Seattle, a co-working venue for social entrepreneurs. He is also the co-founder of Neighborhood Economics. Over the last three years, Neighborhood Economics events have catalyzed more than $5 million to groups working on entrepreneurship as the path to wealth for marginalized communities.
Tim earned a B.A. in Rhetorical Sciences from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and a Masters of Divinity from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. He lives in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle with his wife Maria-Jose and their three sons.
Rev. Anna Golladay thrives on curating creative, spiritual & entrepreneurial possibility and is curator of Faithmarks. Via her social enterprise Work of Place she helps urban churches understand how their underutilized facilities can work alongside burgeoning entrepreneurs, often lacking in resource and financing, with the intent of sparking both neighborhood revitalization and an increase in ideators who change their communities. Additionally, she works as the Sr Director of Communications and Marketing for the Convergence. Anna is a curator with Activist Theology Project and a serial entrepreneur at heart.
Anna is a minister in the United Methodist Church who was fired in 2018 for officiating at a same-sex wedding. Her ministry is focused on social justice and any inequity that exists both in and outside the walls of the corporate church. She is diligent in her advocacy of full inclusion of all persons in the United Methodist denomination.
Dr. Joseph W. Daniels, Jr. is the Lead Pastor of The Emory Fellowship in Washington, D.C. By God’s grace, during Pastor Daniels’ tenure and leadership, the congregation has shifted from having a maintenance mindset to becoming a ministry of impact that reverberates from the District of Columbia to across the globe. The Fellowship has been recognized on numerous occasions for its transformative urban ministry work and strong community based social justice agenda.
Pastor Daniels serves as one of the founders and co-chairs of the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN). He is also the founder of The Emory Beacon of Light, Inc. — the mission arm of The Emory Fellowship. Over the course of his 25+ year tenure at Emory, he has been an advisor to the Council of Churches of Greater Washington as well as the Fannie Mae Foundation. He has conferred with six successive mayors in the District of Columbia on matters of community revitalization and economic development. Pastor Daniels is also a Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership fellow, a former district superintendent in the United Methodist Church and serves as an adjunct professor at Wesley Theological Seminary.
Pastor Daniels is an author and consultant, frequently writing and teaching on topics surrounding vision and call, leadership development, diversity training, and congregational, community and economic development. He has and continues to serve in a developmental capacity to congregations and communities in Africa, Bermuda and the West Indies. He believes that we are to live a WHOLE life and is an advocate for peace and economic stability for families and communities globally.
Pastor Daniels has been happily married to his wife, Madelyn since 1985. God has blessed them with two children, Joia and Joey, as vital anchors for their ministry together.
Rev. Dr. Sidney S. Williams, Jr. is an impact investor and theologian with more than 30+ years of experience in corporate and community development. Taking advantage of his early experience working on Wall Street, where he learned how to develop sustainable business models, Williams is known for making a continuous effort to identify where theological and marketplace frameworks should interact. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Crossing Capital Group, Inc. and currently serving in his 10th year as the senior pastor of Bethel Church of Morristown (NJ). He previously pastored churches in Cape Town, South Africa while serving as a missionary with his family.
He is the author of two books – Morning Meditations: 100 Days to Believing You’re Successful and Fishing Differently: Ministry Formation in the Marketplace. He is committed to the study of theology and economics and has lectured in graduate business programs and seminaries, as well as consulted with corporate executives from Asia, Europe and the United States.
The Rev. David C. Schoen, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, serves part time as minister of church closure and legacy for CB&LF. As such, he researches and provides resources to churches that are facing the difficult but faithful decision to close and leave a lasting missional legacy.
Throughout his ministry in the UCC, David has worked to nurture and develop local congregations. He was responsible for the publication of the “Living Legacy: Church Legacy and Closure” resource in 2015.
“I celebrate CB&LF’s historic and present commitment to the development of missional congregations that make a difference in their communities and world,” David says.
Stephanie Swepson Twitty is President and CEO of Eagle Market Streets Development Corporation, CED (EMSDC). She is an 20 year veteran in the Not for Profit Industry (NPO). She is an economic development specialist, focusing on small business development and asset building and wealth creation.
Stephanie manages EMSDC’s day to day operations and co-manages their subsidiary holdings, Eagle Market Place Residential, LLC, (a 62-unit mixed income housing unit); Eagle Market Place Commercial, LLC, (9,000 sq. ft. of commercial lease space); Incubation Program, 70 South Market St; and Block-by-Block Industries, a commercial, production cut and sew operation. EMSDC is located in downtown Asheville, NC, the “oldest thriving African American Commercial Business District in the country”.
Stephanie is proficient in fundraising, grant-writing, nonprofit board governance and management. She received her BSM core studies at Montreat School of Adult and Graduate Studies, has a certificate of completion from the National Development Council in Economic Development Finance, and is proficient in fiscal management and accounting.
Pastor Terrell L McTyer serves as the Minister of New Church Strategies for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. He works to teach, equip, assist and multiply leaders and congregations through New Church Ministry to increase missional efficacy and efficiency towards starting sustainable, world-changing churches and making disciples. His mission is to equip leaders to equip leaders. Terrell is a pastor, writer, speaker, mentor, coach, and musician that lives by the mantra, “It’s a sin to be good when God has called you to be GREAT!”
His leadership experience, skills and giftings include work in music, marketing, entrepreneurship, project management and more in the both corporate and non-profit sectors.
He comes from the Greater Kansas City Region where he was the founding pastor of Manifestation Christian Center. MCC was an innovative, cause-driven group of young people that steeply used technology and unique tactics for discipleship.
The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers is one of the Episcopal Church’s leading thinkers and consultants around 21st century ministry and mission and is Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism and Reconciliation.
The author of The Episcopal Way (the first volume in the new Church’s Teachings for a Changing World series) and Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other and the Spirit of Transformation, she serves as Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism and Reconciliation. Spellers is responsible for supporting the ministry of the Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church as it pertains to evangelism and reconciliation efforts at the local, congregational, diocesan, and churchwide levels.
She also teaches and directs programs in mission, reconciliation and formation at General Theological Seminary in New York City, and serves as a Senior Consultant for the Center for Progressive Renewal, an ecumenical consulting and training group that works nationwide.
Maria-José “Coté” Soerens is a church planter in Seattle, Wash., where she is nurturing a faith community rooted in the South Park neighborhood where she lives. Born in Chile, she came to the US at the age of 25 and has since started a number of initiatives in the private and nonprofit sector. Her favorite is Resistencia Coffee, a neighborhood-owned and -operated coffee shop at the heart of South Park.
She also is a co-founder of Cultivate South Park, a neighbor-led asset-based community development group dedicated to identifying, connecting, and celebrating the gifts of South Park residents to co-create a more equitable community. There, she serves as part of the Urban Fresh Food Collective and the South Park Arts and Culture Collective. She also serves on the city of Seattle’s Equitable Development Initiative advisory board and the Cultural Space Agency Council, both focused on increasing access to community-controlled spaces for communities of color in Seattle.
Scott Thumma‘s most recent book, The Other 80 Percent: Turning Your Church’s Spectators into Active Participants (Jossey-Bass 2011, coauthored with Warren Bird), is a practical research-based work that argues for seeing the marginally involved members of a church as a mission field. His earlier book Beyond Megachurch Myth (Jossey-Bass 2008), coauthored with Dave Travis, documents his 20 years of studying the megachurch phenomenon. He has researched and written on evangelicalism, the rise of nondenominational churches, the impact of the Internet on church dynamics, and homosexuality and religious life.
Scott is the director of the Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry program, the distance education program and Hartford Institute’s church survey service. He co-directs the Insights into Religion Portal (www.religioninsights.org) for the Lilly Endowment, and consults with churches and religious organizations on congregational revitalization, planning and new technologies. He is responsible for many religion research websites including the Hartford Institute site, Robert Bellah’s website, as well as the Faith Communities Today and the Religious Research Association sites. Much of his work can be found at the Hartford Institute website www.hartfordinstitute.org. Scott and his family live in Connecticut.
Melissa Spas is the Managing Director of Education and Engagement for the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving. She joined the staff of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in 2016, having spent two years developing new initiatives and strategic partnerships for Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington. From 2007-2013, Melissa worked for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, where she contributed to the development, design, and delivery of strategic leadership programs and resources for Christian institutions. A native of Chautauqua, New York, Melissa is a graduate of Allegheny College and Harvard Divinity School, and she is an active lay person in the United Methodist Church.
The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, author and theologian, currently serves as ninth General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ.
John began his ministry serving First Congregational United Church of Christ and Zion United Church of Christ in rural Missouri. He then served as Associate Conference Minister in the Missouri Mid-South Conference, and then Conference Minister of the Southwest Conference of the UCC prior to his election as General Minister and President.
Rev. Dorhauer received a B.A. in Philosophy from Cardinal Glennon College in 1983 and a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary in 1988, the same year he was ordained in the United Church of Christ. He received a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in 2004, with his area of focus on white privilege and its effects on the church.
With a personal theology shaped in the passionate conviction that God is love and God is just, John has embodied the United Church of Christ’s vision of “A Just World for All” throughout his ministry. On October 17, 2014, he conducted the first legal same sex wedding in the state of Arizona when he performed the wedding service of David Laurence and Kevin Patterson.
In his first term as General Minister and President, recognizing increasing sensitivities in this country around race, John initiated the collaborative creation of a curriculum, “White Privilege: Let’s Talk – A Resource for Transformational Dialogue.” Designed to invite UCC members and others to engage in safe, meaningful, substantive, and bold conversations on race, the curriculum and accompanying facilitator’s guide have been used by both UCC and non-UCC audiences. He has called the church to accomplish essential strategic priorities over the next 10 years to position the church for a transformative future, which includes attaining inclusive excellence, and curriculum and training towards “A Just World for All.”
John also serves as Vice-Chair of the National Council of Churches (NCC), and has co-chaired the NCC’s United to End Racism campaign. In 2017 he was identified by the Center for American Progress as one of the religious leaders to be watching.
Carla Leon is a serial innovator. She has been an intrapreneur in the for-profit sector winning the President’s Award for innovation. She has started an e-learning platform, a telemarketing social enterprise, and a consulting firm that supports small businesses and non-profits. She is beginning new initiatives in the United Church of Canada including a mentoring platform, a pitch competition for social entrepreneurs, and ramped up the innovation granting program which has funded 190 initiatives in two years. This fall she published the “Giveback Economy,” a book about how to do well while doing good. Her latest initiative is Community Innovation Hubs. This is a national strategy in Canada that leverages church space to support spiritual entrepreneurs in their work. The hubs provide workshops, peer-to-peer learning sessions, mentoring and access to the social capital of the communities of faith. Most importantly, the spiritual entrepreneurs build new relationships and are connected with each other adding to the already existing networks between hubs.
Mark Elsdon lives and works at the intersection of money and meaning as an entrepreneur, pastor, consultant, and speaker. He is cofounder of RootedGood, which seeks to create more good in the world through social innovation; executive director at Pres House on the University of Wisconsin’s Madison campus; and owner of Elsdon Strategic Consulting. Mark is president of the board of directors of Working Capital for Community Needs (WCCN) an impact investing fund that provides micro-finance for the working poor in Latin America.
Mark has a BA in Psychology from UC Berkeley, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin School of Business. Mark is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, USA, and lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his spouse and two daughters. He is an avid cyclist and considers it a good year when he rides more miles on his bike than he drives in his car.
Mark is donating 100% of author proceeds from the sale of We Aren’t Broke to nonprofit organizations engaging in creative solutions to address the “wicked” problems he writes about in the book.
DeAmon Harges is the original “Roving Listener” as a neighbor and staff member of the Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. His role is to listen and discover the gifts, passions and dreams of citizens in his community, and to find ways to utilize them in order to build community, economy and mutual “delight.” The bulk of DeAmon’s work is based on the principles and practices of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) that brings neighbors and institutions together to discover the power of being a good neighbor. DeAmon builds on what is already present and in place in the neighborhood, using those formally undiscovered assets to connect and empower rather than working only from the community’s needs and deficits. There is now a corps of “Roving Listeners” working in the Broadway Methodist Church neighborhood.
DeAmon is also a co-founder of Tesserae Learning Community. Tesserae Learning LLC was conceived in the fall of 2011 as a way to began conversations about how to bring the ideas of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD), Theory U and other contemporary practices to the forefront of community and organizational life.
As an artist, DeAmon uses his art for social change and community building. DeAmon’s characterizes his work in general as the practice of “deep listening” and “positive deviance” from the typical models of neighborhood organizing.