Ministers Week 2021

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Date(s) - 02/09/2021 - 02/10/2021
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Welcome to Ministers Week 2021 online! Join us this year as the conference takes on a new look and feel with multiple preachers, panels, and opportunities for conversation. The sessions examine trauma-informed care for self and community, the impact of Whiteness hidden within the church, and building stronger, more resilient communities. There are times set aside for sharing wisdom in conversation with other ministers and chaplains.

Ministers Week is a gift from Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, and University Christian Church.

The Wells Sermons – “An Old Story in a New World”

Karl Barth said we should “preach with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other.” Printed newspapers may not be as prevalent today but the news this year has been non-stop and overwhelmingly in need of a faithful response from the good news of the Gospel. For some it may even have been challenging to discern what that good news is. In the Wells sermons four pastors grapple with that question as they explore the coming seasons of the lectionary.

Tuesday (9:00 am and 4:15 pm)

“Who Cares?” Isaiah 50:4-9a – Rev. Dr. Irie Lynne Session, Co-Pastor, The Gathering, A Womanist Church, Dallas, TX

John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15 – Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon, Senior Pastor, Friends Congregational Church, College Station, TX

Wednesday (9:00 am and 4:15 pm)

“Reminisce” Phil 1:3-11 – Rev. Dr. Perryn Rice, Senior Pastor of the Lake Highlands Presbyterian Church, Dallas, TX

“Born of God” John 1:10-18 – Rev. Dr. Katie Hays, Lead Evangelist, Galileo Church, Fort Worth, TX

Tuesday, February 9

The Gilbert and Hilda Davis Workshop in Ministry – “Standing in the Breach: Pastoral Care in the Midst of Trauma, Tragedy, and Turmoil”

The pandemic, social unrest, racial injustice, political turmoil and deepening divisions in the country and economic loss of jobs and income have intensified the need for pastoral care for individuals and communities, and for those offering that care. The events of 2020 have been traumatic and have impacted pastors and chaplains to varying degrees as they juggle redefining what it means to gather as church, learning new skill sets, offering pastoral care in a virtual setting, standing in for family unable to be with loved ones in critical care, and guiding communities through conflict, economic struggles, and violence. The Gilbert and Hilda Davis Workshop in Ministry examines trauma-informed pastoral care for self and community through an introductory lecture and two panels.

Lecture – When the Story is Over: Narrative Identity Foreclosure in the Face of Trauma (10:00 am to 11:00 am)

Dr. Eunil David Cho, Visiting Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care and Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX

Panel – Sustaining as the Wounded Healer (11:30 am to 12:30 pm)

Rev. Kim Gage Ryan, Panel Moderator, Co-Director and Pastor of Bethany Fellows, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Rev. Dr. Dawn Rosignol, Senior Minister, Monte Vista Christian Church, Albuquerque, NM
Sr. Overseer Tonia J. Hatchett, Interim Chief of Chaplain Service, VA North Texas Health Care System, Dallas, TX
Rev. Krister White, Director, Spiritual Care, Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas, TX

Panel – Caring for a Community in Crisis (1:30 pm to 2:30 pm)

Dr. Eunil David Cho, Panel Moderator, Visiting Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care and Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX
Rev. Chantel Nelson, Senior Pastor, Promise United Church of Christ, Dallas, TX
Rev. Dr. Laurie Pound-Feille, Senior Pastor, First Christian Church, Minneapolis, MN
Rev. Dr. Dawn Weaks, Co-Pastor, Connection Christian Church, Odessa, TX

Wednesday, February 10

Panel – “Confronting Whiteness in Our Churches” (10:00 am to 11:00 am)

From the events of the summer we as a country are facing the issue of systemic racism embedded in our society, including the church. This panel explores how white Christians, even and especially those who believe themselves to be progressive and non-racist, still operate in church systems that privilege whiteness and white supremacist ideas, even if unknowingly. The panelists speak from primarily non-white contexts or are scholars who study non-white religious contexts and who can help us see the ways in which this is the case and lead us in a conversation about confronting and ultimately undoing white supremacy in our churches, even the subtle-but-no-less-sinister forms of white supremacy in white progressive Protestantism.

Mr. Joel Brown, Panel Moderator, Ph.D. Candidate at University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Rev. Dr. Gregory Cuéllar, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, TX
Rev. Dr. Lisa Barnett, Assistant Professor of American Religious History, Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, OK
Ms. Irie Price, Member, Broadway Baptist Church, Fort Worth, TX

Panel – “Building Resilient Communities” (1:30 pm to 2:30 pm)

Communities form the fabric of our society and yet are under threat of increasing natural disasters, social inequality and unrest, deepening divisions in how we perceive the world, and violence. Experience has shown that the stronger the social bonds, the better a community weathers the storms raging in our society. Communities of faith practice relationship building, believe in transformation, seek the beloved community and have much to offer in building resilient communities with a focus on the common good. This panel shares wisdom gained through experience in building interfaith connections, building back stronger after natural disaster, and working to increase the well-being of underserved communities.

Rev. Amanda Henderson, Panel Moderator, Director of the Institute for Religion, Politics & Culture, Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO
Rev. Dr. Jay Hogewood, Senior Minister, Rayne United Methodist Church, New Orleans, LA
Rev. Danielle Ayers, Minister of Justice, Friendship Baptist West Church, Dallas, TX
Rev. Charles Foster Johnson, Executive Director, Pastors for Texas Children, and Co-Pastor, Bread, Fort Worth, TX

Connecting through Conversation

Join in conversation with other pastors and chaplains about the practice of ministry at this pivotal time. The hour will be structured around sharing your wisdom, questions, lessons learned in the past year and how to move into the future. Choose the conversation of most interest to you.

Tuesday (2:45 pm to 3:45 pm)

Re-opening: Perspectives from Health Care
Facilitated by
Rev. Dr. Raumone Burton, Staff Chaplain, Memorial Hermann Health System, Houston, TX
Dr. Talmage Holmes, Associate Director, Disease Control and Prevention, Chief Science Officer Tarrant County Public Health, Fort Worth, TX

Virtual Pastoral Care in the Parish Ministry
Facilitated by
Rev. Anthony Chatman, Christian Community Church, Fort Worth, TX
Rev. Dr. Cody Sanders, Pastor, Old Cambridge Baptist Church, and American Baptist Chaplain, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Virtual Pastoral Care in the Health Care System
Facilitated by
Rev. Dr. Mitzi Ellington, Chaplain Manager, Texas Health Alliance Hospital, Fort Worth, TX
Rev. Don Tatlock, Chaplain, Community Hospice, Fort Worth, TX

Trauma-Informed Care of Children and Youth
Facilitated by
Rev. Kristin Burrow, Staff Chaplain, Cook Children’s Hospital, Fort Worth, TX
Rev. Jennifer Hayes, Chaplain, Cook Children’s Hospital, Fort Worth, TX

Wednesday (11:30 am to 12:30 pm)

Saying Goodbye to One Congregation and Hello to Another When You Can’t Meet Face to Face
Facilitated by
Rev. Dr. Chris Wilson, Senior Pastor, Saint Andrew Christian Church, Olathe, KS
Rev. Peter Mitchell, First Christian Church, McKinney, TX

Hybrid Church – Combining Online and In Person Communities?
Facilitated by
Rev. Nathan Russell, Senior Pastor, Washington Avenue Christian Church, Elyria, OH
Rev. Christian Briones, Associate Minister, Mayflower Church, UCC, Minneapolis, MN

Ministry in a Small Town: Challenges and Successes
Facilitated by
Rev. Maria Garza, Senior Pastor, First Christian Church/Primera Iglesia Cristiana, Commerce, TX

Wednesday (2:45 pm to 3:45 pm)

Re-opening: Ritual and Re-Integration
Facilitated by
Rev. Dottie Cook, Senior Minister, South Hills Christian Church, Fort Worth, TX
Rev. Ashley Dargai, Pastor, Azle Christian Church, Azle, TX

Virtual Worship
Facilitated by
Rev. Loren Baxter, Director of Technology Resources, Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX
Rev. Megan A. Peglar, Senior Minister, University Christian Church, Austin, TX

Youth Ministry: Creative Approaches
Facilitated by
Rev. Yadi Martinez-Reyna, Youth Pastor, New Church, United Church of Christ, Dallas, TX
Rev. Kristen Glover, Director of Youth Ministry, First United Methodist Church, Paris, TX

 

Schedule

Tuesday, February 9-

9:00 AM Opening and Wells Sermon I
10:00 AM The Gilbert and Hilda Davis Workshop in Ministry – “Standing in the Breach: Pastoral Care in the Midst of Trauma, Tragedy, and Turmoil”
Lecture – When the Story is Over: Narrative Identity Foreclosure in the Face of Trauma
11:30 AM Panel – Sustaining as the Wounded Healer
12:30 PM Break
1:30 PM Panel – Caring for a Community in Crisis
2:45 PM Connecting through Conversation
Re-opening: Perspectives from Health Care
Virtual Pastoral Care in the Parish
Virtual Pastoral Care in the Health Care System
Trauma-Informed Care of Children and Youth
4:15 PM Wells Sermon II

 

Wednesday, February 10-

9:00 AM Opening and Wells Sermon III
10:00 AM Panel – “Confronting Whiteness in Our Churches”
11:30 AM Connecting through Conversation
Saying Goodbye to One Congregation and Hello to Another When You Can’t Meet Face to Face
Ministry in a Small Town: Challenges and Successes
Hybrid Church: Combining Online and In Person Communities?
12:30 PM Break
1:30 PM Panel – “Building Resilient Communities”
2:45 PM Connecting through Conversation
Re-opening: Ritual and Re-integration
Virtual Worship
Youth Ministry: Creative Approaches
4:15 PM Wells Sermon IV and Closing

 

Speakers

Rev. Danielle Ayers, Minister of Justice, Friendship West Baptist Church, Dallas, TX
Rev. Ayers’ leadership focuses on economic, food, gender, and environmental justice, as well as legal clinic, racial reconciliation, voter engagement, and immigration. She also leads the church’s public policy and justice initiatives through education, mobilization and organization. As a consultant, she facilitates sessions at churches across the country offering effective tools to decolonize mission trips and construct justice ministries. Rev. Ayers serves as the Co-convener of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Inc. and as a delegate to the Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race. She serves on President Jimmy Carter’s New Baptist Covenant Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of the Faith Cooperative Federal Credit Union. She holds a BBA from The University of Memphis and a MDiv from Brite Divinity School. Rev. Ayers is the co-author of To Serve This Present Age: Social Justice Ministries in the Black Church and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Rev. Dr. Lisa Barnett, Assistant Professor of American Religious History, Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, OK
Dr. Barnett did her PhD work in the history department at Texas Christian University, focusing on U.S. history since 1877 and specifically American Indian history and American religious history. She has both a MDiv and MTh from Brite Divinity School. She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Dr. Barnett was the 2012 winner of the Isaac Errett Award for History sponsored by the Stone-Campbell Journal and the Disciples Historical Society. Her paper was published in the Spring 2013 edition of the Stone-Campbell Journal. She is also the author of two essays in the book on the history of Brite Divinity School published by TCU Press in 2011, and has a chapter included in Border Policing: A History of Enforcement and Evasion in North America.

Mr. Joel Brown, PhD Candidate, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Mr. Brown studies race and religion in modern American history. He is finishing a dissertation titled “Breaking the Spiritual Bondage of Whiteness: Race and Social Christianity in Turn-of-the-Century Chicago.” He is the former Managing Editor of Sightings and the Religion & Culture Forum, digital publications of the Martin Marty Center for the Public Understanding of Religion, which report and comment on the role of religion in public life. He currently directs publications and programming for the Disciples Divinity House of the University of Chicago, where he is also a House Scholar. He graduated with a ThM from Brite in 2014, and he was the 2013 winner of the Isaac Errett Award for History sponsored by the Disciples Historical Society. His most recent publication is “White Christianity and Resistance to Civil Rights for Racial Minorities in Twenty-First-Century America” in Slavery’s Long Shadow: Race and Reconciliation in American Christianity.

Dr. Eunil David Cho, Visiting Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care and Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX
Dr. Cho completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan. He received his MDiv and PhD from Emory University. As a pastoral theologian, he seeks to link pastoral theology with narrative theories, psychology of religion, and social scientific study of religion. His current research focuses on how narrative can be used in understanding interpersonal identity formation and people’s collective experiences of trauma and loss. His publications have appeared in the Journal of Pastoral Theology, Pastoral Psychology, and Springer’s Encyclopedia of Psychology. Prior to theological education, he was a middle school teacher and also a counselor working with youth and young adults. As an ordained Presbyterian Church (USA) minister, he previously served congregations in Florida and Georgia.

Rev. Dr. Gregory Cuéllar, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, TX
Dr. Cuéllar is an interdisciplinary and international biblical scholar with a strong commitment to ecumenical engagement. As a biblical scholar, he is interested in alternative ways of reading the biblical text, in particular those that are rooted in a broader contrapuntal position of liberation. Within the parameters of postcolonial theory, migration studies, museum studies, and various types of advocacy criticism, his biblical research seeks to expose the nefarious forms of power in Western hermeneutical and epistemological regimes. He is the author of Empire, the British Museum, and the Making of the Biblical Scholar in the Nineteenth Century and Resacralizing the Other at the US-Mexico Border: A Borderland Hermeneutic.

Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon, Senior Pastor, Friends Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, College Station, TX
Dan De Leon (he/him/his) has served the pastorate of Friend Church for 15 years. His leadership, characterized by intentional inclusiveness and the pursuit of social justice, has fostered the identity of the congregation as a Gospel-rooted community, loving God, loving people, and loving creation. Whether he is preaching or teaching, at the coffee shop listening, in the public square marching, in the sanctuary strumming six-string, at a laptop zooming, or at a table breaking bread and pouring the cup, Dr. De Leon leads by demonstrating that it’s more than okay to be human; it’s altogether good. He holds a BJ in Public Relations from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a MDiv and DMin from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University. Find him on Facebook and Twitter at @RevDanDeLeon.

Rev. Dr. Laurie Pound Feille, Senior Pastor, First Christian Church, Minneapolis, MN
Rev. Dr. Laurie Pound Feille graduated with a MDiv from Brite Divinity School at TCU, in December 1996 and was ordained by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in January 1997. She graduated with her DMin degree in Biblical Preaching from Luther Theological Seminary, in May 2018. Her thesis was Confessional Biblical Preaching in the Face of Whiteness: Challenging the Preacher’s Understanding of White Supremacy. In 2017, Dr. Feille created Disciples Public Presence, a Facebook group that helps to connect Disciples clergy and laity across the breadth of the church with justice issues. Dr. Feille is also one of the founders of Standing Rock Camp for Disciples High School students from across the U.S. and Canada. It is held on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota.

Sr. Overseer Tonia J. Hatchett, Staff Chaplain VA North Texas Health Care System, Dallas, TX
Senior Overseer Tonia J. Hatchett (Toni) has served as a Clinical Staff chaplain at the VA North Texas Health Systems since 1998. Her specialty area of ministry is Spinal Cord Injury and Moral Injury. She is a Board Certified Clinical Chaplain since 2003. Within her denomination, Toni serves in the appointment of Senior Overseer, Kingdom Council of Interdependent Christian Churches and Ministries (KCICCM) since June 2019. In 1987, she received her commission to the United States Air Force. In 2008, she retired at the rank of Lt Colonel as Commander of the 610th Services Squadron with twenty total years of military service. Academically, Toni received her BS in Hospital Administration (with special concentration in Nursing Home Administration) at Southwest Texas State University in 1987, MEd from Troy State University in 1991, and MDiv from Brite Divinity School at TCU in 2000.

Rev. Dr. Katie Hays, Lead Evangelist, Galileo Church, Fort Worth, TX
Rev. Hays (she/her/hers) went to M.I.T. before she moved on from engineering to theology. She was educated for traditional church ministry at Yale Divinity School and Princeton Theological Seminary and served traditional congregations for almost 20 years before planting Galileo Church, a next-church community of belonging in Jesus’ name, in 2013. She reports that she has learned to love it when God takes an unexpected hard left turn, tires squealing, seat belts locking, cars all around God honking in indignation. Katie’s books include a memoir of Galileo’s first five years, We Were Spiritual Refugees: A Story to Help You Believe in Church; For the Bible Tells Me So: the Biblical-Theological Necessity of LGBTQ+ Inclusion In the Church; Family of Origin, Family of Choice: Stories of Queer Christians co-authored with Susan Chiasson (2021); and God Gets Everything God Wants (forthcoming, fall 2021).

Rev. Amanda Henderson, Director of the Institute for Religion, Politics & Culture, Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO
Rev. Amanda Henderson is a Brite graduate (2012) and is the Director of newly formed The Institute for Religion, Politics & Culture at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. She most recently served six years as the Executive Director of The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado. She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), is author of Holy Chaos, Creating Connection in Divisive Times with Chalice Press, and is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Denver in religion and politics. Amanda’s areas of expertise are in interfaith understanding, political advocacy, and civic engagement and leadership.

 

Rev. Dr. Jay Hogewood, Senior Minister, Rayne United Methodist Church, New Orleans, LA
Dr. Hogewood has served at Rayne UMC since July 2017. The church partners in ministry with Mount Zion United Methodist Church to bring healing and compassion to the underserved community of New Orleans. Their mission is to provide hope, help, and healing in response to the medical, mental, and spiritual health concerns of the post-Katrina New Orleans community. Before moving to Rayne Jay served multiple churches in Baton Rouge. Jay received his BA in English and History from Samford University in Birmingham, his MDiv at Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University and his PhD in Hebrew Bible/Theological Hermeneutics from Brite Divinity School at TCU.

Rev. Charles Foster Johnson, Executive Director, Pastors for Texas Children, and Pastor, Bread, Fort Worth, TX
Rev. Charles Foster Johnson is a pastor and public education advocate. He is founder and pastor of Bread, a faith community in Fort Worth, Texas. Throughout his forty-year pastoral ministry he has served churches in Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee and Texas. In 2013, he founded Pastors for Texas Children, a statewide ecumenical organization mobilizing the faith community for public education support and advocacy. PTC now has over 2,500 faith partners throughout Texas. The national organization, Pastors for Children, now has networks in eight states. Rev. Johnson served on the faculty of McAfee School of Theology as Visiting Professor of Preaching. He has served as a pastoral mentor for students at Perkins School of Theology and Brite Divinity School, where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees. He has been twice named “Baptist of the Year” by the Baptist Center for Ethics. He was inducted into Morehouse College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers in 2008 and was named national “Outstanding Friend of Public Education” by the Horace Mann League in 2020.

Rev. Chantel Nelson, Senior Pastor, Promise United Church of Christ, Dallas, TX
Rev. Nelson’s theology of ministry reflects a theology of presence which she lives out as a pastor, chaplain, and educator. She has extensive experience with diverse cultural groups providing emotional and faith-based supports including assessments of the individual and family systems across the life span. For numerous years she provided education to individuals, professionals, and community groups related to children and families in crisis, medical/procedural supports, coping with grief, sibling support, coping with grief and loss during the holidays and the like. Rev. Nelson represents Promise UCC of Dallas in the larger community as their Sr. Minister. While Sr. Minister of Peace, UCC in Stevens Point, WI, she served as a volunteer police chaplain and as a member of various external work groups, programs and boards.

Ms. Irie Price, Broadway Baptist Church, Fort Worth, TX
As a Black woman married to a white mainline church pastor, Irie Price has been having conversations on race and church for more than fifteen years. A former secondary English teacher, Irie has led or co-facilitated conversations about race and equality in classroom, church, and professional settings. Irie believes that truth and self-reflection are powerful tools for conversations around race and equality — particularly in the church setting. Her current teachers include the truth-telling literature of James Baldwin, the vulnerability work of Brené Brown, and the anti-racist and self-reflective writings of Ibram X. Kendi. Irie works as a technical communications specialist for Jacobs, an engineering consulting firm. She is married to Rev. Ryon Price, who is the senior pastor of Broadway Baptist Church. They live in Fort Worth with their three school-aged children.

Reverend Dr. Perryn Rice, Senior Pastor, Lake Highlands Presbyterian Church, Dallas, TX
Dr. Rice loves to preach and does so with a power and passion that comes from God. He received a BA in English from Bethel College of McKenzie, TN, his MDiv from Brite Divinity School at TCU and his DMin degree from the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, TX, with a concentration in homiletics. Perryn holds dual membership in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church (CPC) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America, and is a member of the Grace Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A (PCUSA). He teaches the Principles of Preaching course with the CPC’s Program of Alternate Studies. Earlier in his life, Perryn spent some years as a stand-up comedian and R&B singer. Dr. Rice is the author of Sixty-six Devotions from Sixty-six Great Books.

Rev. Dr. Dawn Rosignol, Senior Minister, Monte Vista Christian Church, Albuquerque, NM
Dawn lived in Texas all her life until Monte Vista CC called her in 2017 to serve as Senior Minister. She earned her Accounting degree and CPA license, working in corporate management for years before God called her to ministry. Dawn began her seminary studies at Brite Divinity School in 2000 and was ordained in 2007. She served several congregations in Texas prior to moving to Albuquerque. In early 2020, Dawn completed all requirements to earn her Doctor of Ministry degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, including defending her dissertation entitled “Maintaining Spiritual Health in the Trenches of Ministry” that is now published. Dawn and husband, Ron, have been married 29 years and are parents to 2 beloved dogs, Gracie and Lexie. In addition to serving the church Dawn enjoys gardening, listening to an eclectic list of music genres, traveling near and far, and exploring hiking trails with her baby dogs. Dawn and Ron love life in New Mexico and enjoy seeing the sights and learning about all the rich history and culture.

Rev. Kim Gage Ryan, Co-Director and Pastor of Bethany Fellows, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Rev. Kim Gage Ryan serves as Co-Director/Pastor of Bethany Fellows—a ministry serving congregations by supporting young clergy in their first five years of ministry. Kim also enjoys the collaborative partnering of Bethany Fellows with Chalice Press and with the Pension Fund’s Excellence in Ministry program. Building on 25 years of congregational experience in Texas, Indiana and Missouri, she consults with congregations to help expand their ministries to reach their goals and visions—specifically in the areas of Christian Education, Evangelism & Welcome and Hospitality. Kim graduated from Texas Tech University in 1980 and Brite Divinity School in 1984.

Rev. Dr. Irie Lynne Session, Co-Pastor, The Gathering, A Womanist Church, Dallas, TX
Dr. Session is a spiritual entrepreneur, preacher, teacher, author, and coach. From her early days being raised in public housing in New York City, she developed a passion for social justice and a love of theology that shows up in her enjoyment of teaching biblical texts in ways that help all marginalized persons discover and reclaim their unique voice and value. Dr. Irie holds a B.S. in Social Work from Oklahoma Christian University, an M.Div. with a Certificate in Black Church Studies from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University, and a Doctor of Ministry from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, specializing in Transformative Leadership and Prophetic Preaching. She is the author of Murdered Souls, Resurrected Lives, Badass Women of the Bible, and co-author of The Gathering, A Womanist Church: Origins, Stories, Sermons, and Litanies. For more information check out her website at www.dririe.com.

Rev. Dr. Dawn Weaks, Co-Pastor, Connection Christian Church, Odessa, TX
Dawn heard her calling to ministry as a teen at youth camp. She pursued God’s call as she received degrees from Baylor University, Brite Divinity School, and St. Paul School of Theology. She was ordained in the Southern Baptist church before becoming a Disciples of Christ minister in 1999. She pastored churches in Texas and Missouri before becoming a co-pastor of Connection Christian Church in Odessa, TX, with her husband, Rev. Dr. Joe Weaks. Connection is known for its courageous strides to serve the community and be a vibrant witness for Christ. Three years ago, the church moved out of its 110 year-old setting and began a new adventure, changing its name, becoming clear about the welcome and affirmation of LGBT persons, and inviting 6 community non-profits to become partners in a building where they relocated. Dawn’s passion for ministry is lived out by connecting church with community and watching it change both.

Rev. Krister White, Director, Spiritual Care, Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas, TX
Krister (MDiv, Brite, 2007) is the proud father of three children (Marin, 11; Parker, 9; and Soren, 7) who are reminders of the power of the present moment and who encourage his commitment to wholeheartedness. Professionally, he serves as Director, Spiritual Care at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, TX. Krister has been involved in the work of spiritual care and education since 2007 both as a hospital chaplain and ACPE Certified Educator. In these roles, he bears witness to the painful realities of our chaotic and creative world that provoke and inspire our desire to create meaning and derive hope from traumatic and difficult situations. His theory papers, “Chaos, Mutuality, and Paradox as Pathways to Self-Authorship: A Theory of Supervision,” were named theory papers of the year and were published in the 2013 volume of Reflective Practice: Formation & Supervision in Ministry.

Connecting through Conversation Facilitators

Rev. Loren Baxter, Director of Technology Resources, Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX
Rev. Christian Briones, Associate Minister, Mayflower Church UCC, Minneapolis, MN
Rev. Kristin Burrow, Chaplain, Cook Children’s Hospital, Fort Worth, TX
Rev. Dr. Raumone Burton, Staff Chaplain, Memorial Hermann Health System, Houston, TX
Rev. Anthony Chatman, Christian Community Church, Fort Worth, TX
Rev. Dottie Cook, Senior Minister, South Hills Christian Church, Fort Worth, TX
Rev. Ashley Dargai, Pastor, Azle Christian Church, Azle, TX
Rev. Dr. Mitzi Ellington, Chaplain Manager, Texas Health Alliance Hospital, Fort Worth, TX
Rev. Maria Garza, Senior Pastor, First Christian Church/Primera Iglesia Cristiana, Commerce, TX
Rev. Kristen Glover, Director of Youth Ministry, First United Methodist Church, Paris, TX
Rev. Christina Haworth, Senior Minister, First Christian Church, Burkburnett, TX
Rev. Jennifer Hayes, Chaplain, Cook Children’s Hospital, Fort Worth, TX
Dr. Talmage Holmes, Associate Director, Disease Control and Prevention, Chief Science Officer Tarrant County Public Health, Fort Worth, TX
Rev. Yadi Martinez-Reyna, Youth Pastor, New Church, United Church of Christ, Dallas, TX
Rev. Peter Mitchell, First Christian Church, McKinney, TX
Rev. Megan A. Peglar, University Christian Church, Austin, TX
Rev. Nathan Russell, Senior Pastor, Washington Avenue Christian Church, Elyria, OH
Rev. Dr. Cody Sanders, Pastor, Old Cambridge Baptist Church, and American Baptist Chaplain, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Rev. Don Tatlock, Chaplain, Community Hospice, Fort Worth, TX
Rev. Dr. Chris Wilson, Senior Pastor, Saint Andrew Christian Church, Olathe, KS

Other Program Personalities

Rev. Aretha Flucker, Director of Community and Spiritual Life, Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX
Rev. Dr. Joretta Marshall, Professor of Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Care and Counseling, Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX
Rev. Lea McCracken, Associate Chaplain and Interim Church Relations Officer, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX

Dr. Michael Miller, Executive Vice President and Dean, and Associate Professor of Theology, Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX

Rev. Deborah Morgan Stokes, Senior Minister, East Dallas Christian Church, Dallas, TX
Rev. Dr. Russ Peterman, Senior Minister, University Christian Church, Fort Worth, TX
Rev. Dr. Eilene Theilig, Director of Lay and Continuing Education, Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX
Dr. Jeffrey Williams, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Institutional Effectiveness Officer and Associate Professor of American Religious History, Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX
Dr. Newell Williams, President and Professor of Modern and American Church History, Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX