Ministers Week 2022

Date(s) - 02/07/2022 - 02/09/2022
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January 12, 2022

As you know, we have been closely monitoring the latest Covid-19 surge and the potential impact on Ministers Week. After much discussion with our partners, we have made the difficult decision to move Ministers Week 2022 to a virtual format. If you pre-registered prior to this change, no additional steps are needed. All registrants will receive an email with login information for the event.



Ministers Week 2022
February 8-9, 2022

As this event is a gift from Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University and University Christian Church, there is no general registration fee; however, registration is required.

We look forward to seeing you at Ministers Week 2022!

Newell Williams Lea McCracken
President and Professor of Modern and
American Church History
Associate Chaplain and
Church Relations Officer
Brite Divinity School Texas Christian University





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3. Call 817.257.7589


The Wells Sermons
Rev. Carla Aday

Carla Aday became Senior Minister of Country Club Christian Church in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2017, after serving as an associate minister there for 28 years. Rev. Aday holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Yale University where she was honored with the Mersick Prize for effective public address and preaching. At Country Club she led 20 international and domestic mission trips and developed the Great Start early marriage ministry. She currently serves on the Division of Overseas Ministry Board. In 2017, she spent a month volunteering for Mediterranean Hope, a project working to address refugee migration. In Kansas City, she has served as a tutor, mentor and board member at numerous schools and not for profit agencies. Rev. Aday grew up at University Christian Church in Fort Worth where she was mentored by many faculty and students of Brite. She and her husband, Dr. Dave Ehman, have three adult children and five grandchildren.

The Scott Lecture
Dr. Francisco Lozada, Jr.
“The Racialization of Immigration: An Ethical-Theological Response”

Francisco Lozada, Jr. is the Charles Fischer Catholic Professor of New Testament and Latina/o Church Studies. Dr. Lozada holds a doctorate in New Testament and Early Christianity from Vanderbilt University. His recent scholarship addresses issues of cultural and ideological interpretation in exploration of how the Bible is employed and deployed in ethnic/racial communities. Dr. Lozada facilitates immersion travel seminars to Guatemala and various locations along the US-Mexico borderlands to explore colonial/postcolonial issues in life and society, most recently, to El Paso, TX, and Nogales, AZ. He is a past co-chair of the Johannine Literature Section (SBL), past chair of the Program Committee of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), and a past member of SBL Council. He is a past president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States, a past steering committee member of the Bible, Indigenous Group of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), and past co-chair of the Latino/a and Latin American Biblical Interpretation Consultation (SBL). He also serves on the board of directors for the Hispanic Summer Program, and mentored several doctoral students with the Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI). In 2014-15 Dr. Lozada was part of a leadership team for the Wabash Center for Teaching & Learning in Theology and Religion Workshop for Pre-Tenure Theological School Faculty. In April 2019, Dr. Lozada received The Catherine Saylor Hill Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, Brite Divinity School.

This lecture is partly supported by the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School.

The Gilbert and Hilda Davis Workshop in Ministry
Rev. Dr. Cynthia Gano Lindner
“Ministerial Multiplicity for our Brave New World: Reimagining Pastoral Practice, Restoring Congregation, Reconciling Community”

Cynthia Gano Lindner is Director of Ministry Studies and Clinical Faculty for Preaching and Pastoral Care at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Lindner received the MA and DMin degrees from the Divinity School and an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northwest Christian College. She worked as a parish pastor, hospice chaplain and psychotherapist for twenty years before joining the Divinity School faculty in 2002. Dr. Lindner’s teaching and research interests include questions of contemporary ministerial identity and formation, multi-religious theological education, the ethics of preaching and pastoral care in a multicultural society, and the interface of corporate worship and public witness. She is one of the directors of the Divinity School’s Chicago Commons Project, an early-career pastoral leadership development program for Chicago clergy. Rev. Lindner is also a licensed psychotherapist on the staff of the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy in Chicago. Lindner explores pastoral multiple-mindedness in her book Varieties of Gifts: Multiplicity and the Well-Lived Pastoral Life, published in 2016 by Rowman and Littlefield.

The McFadin Lecture
Dr. David Hooker
“Justice is Neither Boat nor Barbeque: The Role of Narratives in Pursuit of a Compelling Vision of a Just Future”

David Anderson Hooker has worked with communities, governments, and international NGOs and civil society organizations on post-conflict community building, environmental justice, and other issues of public policy and social justice. He has managed multi-party conflicts, conducted workshops, and consulted across the U.S. and around the world. Hooker also is a lawyer who has represented the State of Georgia as an assistant attorney general. He has taught graduate courses in negotiation, mediation, conflict resolution, conflict analysis, trauma healing, and conflict transformation at Eastern Mennonite University. From 2010-2015, Hooker was a senior fellow for community engagement strategies at the University of Georgia’s J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development. He served as an associate professor of the practice of conflict transformation and peacebuilding and was a core faculty member of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, an integral part of the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. He is president and principal consultant of CounterStories Consulting, LLC, where his work focuses on narrative alignment for civic, community, and faith leaders. Hooker is a graduate of Morehouse College (B.S./B.S.) in Atlanta, Georgia; the University of Massachusetts Amherst (M.P.H. & M.P.A.); Emory University’s School of Law (J.D.); and Emory University’s Candler School of Theology (M.Div.). He earned his Ph.D. from Tilburg University in the Netherlands.



T1. Working with a Search Committee

Regional Ministry staff members will present best practices for navigating search and call within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). This will include–(1) Assembling your ministerial profile and references; (2) locating ministry openings; (3) communicating with regional staff persons; (4) initial conversations with search committee; (5) negotiations and navigating transitions.

Andy Mangum, MDiv, DMin, is Regional Minister for the Christian Church in the Southwest. Prior to becoming regional minister in 2017, Andy served as a local church pastor, associate minister, and youth minister.



Tiff Williams, MDiv, Brite Divinity School; BA, TCU, is the Associate Regional Minister for the Christian Church in the Upper Midwest. Before assuming this role in 2016, Rev. Williams served as program director for Disciples Crossing in Athens, Texas, and as associate minister in Christian Churches in Granbury, Irving, and Fort Worth.


Pamela Holt, Regional Minister, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oklahoma (since 2015), graduated from TCU (1990), then pursued a Master of Divinity at Brite Divinity School (1993). She served the church as Regional Youth Minister for the Christian Church in the Southwest while simultaneously serving as Trinity Brazos Area Youth Minister, and as Youth Minister for South Hills Christian Church, Fort Worth. As an ordained minister, Pam served Rosemont Christian Church in Dallas, Texas Central Christian Church in Weatherford, Texas, and First Christian Church in Mineral Wells, Texas. Then became Regional Minister of the Christian Church (DOC) Oklahoma in 2015.

Nadine Burton is the Executive Regional Minister for the Great River Region of the Christian Church (DOC). Dr. Burton earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee-Martin and a Master of Divinity degree from Memphis Theological Seminary. She completed her Doctor of Ministry degree in Multicultural Studies at Lexington Theological Seminary, completing her thesis, “Considering the Relevance of a Multicultural Reality within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).” She provides spiritual and administrative oversight for 92 congregations throughout Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and a pastoral “presence” for pastors, lay leaders, and members.

This workshop is partly supported by the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School.


T2. Growing Disciples

The M28 Church is designed to reverse the declining relevance of Christ’s Church in America. Born from work that began at Central Christian Church in Weatherford, Texas, over 6 years ago, the M28 Church is a model to help congregations rediscover the mission that spawned the Stone Campbell movement – creating disciples of Jesus Christ. Join us as we explain The M28 Church and how your congregation can begin the process of transformation into a discipleship-model church.

Dan Simmons, Senior Minister, Central Christian Church in Weatherford, Texas, brings his experience with team-based management/leadership from his previous career to help address the challenge of reimagining congregational leadership through M28. Dan was called as Senior Minister at Central Christian Church Weatherford in the fall of 2020 after serving the congregation as the Faith Development Minister for six years. Dan graduated with a Master’s in Divinity from Brite Divinity School, TCU in December of 2019 and was ordained into ministry in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) on March 14, 2020.


Danny Couch has taken on a new role as Transitional Mininster, Central Christian Church of Weatherford, Texas, to be able to work with other churches as well as Central Christian Church of Weatherford, Texas, in helping churches reach a world craving to hear God’s word. Danny is a graduate of Texas Christian University (1985) and Brite Divinity School (1989) at TCU. He celebrated 26 years of ministry at CCC in the spring of 2020.



T3. Faith and the Border: Texas Impact’s Courts and Ports

Texas Impact’s Sid Earnheart will discuss border issues at the Texas/Mexico border through the lens of Texas Impact’s Courts and Ports program, a 2-day immersion experience designed to build understanding of the many challenges facing migrants and public servants at the Texas-Mexico border.

Sid Earnheart initially joined the Texas Impact team as part of his pastoral internship through Perkins School of Theology in 2019. He works on helping Texans of faith engage in advocacy and the public policy process through programs like Courts and Ports, while also engaging in the underlying legal and policy research for programs related to immigration, voting and energy. Sid is also the Executive Director of Justice for Our Neighbors – North Central Texas, an immigration ministry of The United Methodist Church. Sid is also a practicing attorney and holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Baylor Law School at Baylor University, a Master of Arts in Ministry from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma. He enjoys spending time and conversation with family and friends.


T4. Triangle Theory and Its Applications

We often hear God described as the Trinity: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Dr. Philip Chacko points out these three entities make up the sides of a triangle, perfectly balanced around a center of love and peace. As humans are made in God’s image, humans themselves are made up of triangles too. Each of us holds four different triangles at our core, each concerned with a different element of our inner being. But as humans, our triangles are not perfectly balanced like that of God. Since our triangles are not balanced, we suffer conflicts within. In this workshop, Dr. Chacko helps participants to understand the interactions of the triangles. He illustrates how each of our inner triangles is wired, describes how we can discover them for ourselves, and explains the true value of connecting with God in order to do so. Through this connection with God, we reach deeper understanding of the self, achieve balance, and empower ourselves to be all that we have the potential to be. Practicing the triangle theory, one can not only fulfill the Ten Commandments, but also follow the teaching of Jesus to be the Salt of the Earth and Light of the world.

Philip Chacko retired from the Christian ministry after forty-four years of serving churches in Texas. He authored worship materials used internationally in alignment with the liturgical calendar, including the Love on the Cross, Forty Days with Jesus, Women of the Cross, and Fifty Days to Power programs. Philip was raised in Kerala, a state along the southwestern coast of India, where rich orthodox traditions were first instilled by the disciple Thomas in AD 52. After graduating from Southern Asia Bible College in Bangalore, India, he came to the United States to study further at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Brite Divinity in School in Fort Worth, Texas. At Texas Christian University, he earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees. After more than twenty-two years as a pastor of Disciples of Christ churches, Philip became the area minister for the Northeast region of Texas and served sixty-four congregations until 2006. He returned to pastoral ministry before retiring in 2019.