The ‘Dream Team’
Dr. Andrew Wicks is the Ruffin Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. He also serves as the director of Darden’s doctoral program and the Olsson Center for Applied Ethics. Co-author of four books, Wicks has published just under 40 academic journal articles and served as Guest Editor of Business Ethics Quarterly and the Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion.
Dr. Ann A. Michel is the Associate Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership and the editor of the Center’s widely recognized newsletter, Leading Ideas. Ann serves as an adjunct faculty member at Wesley Theological Seminary where she teaches church leadership. She spent many years on the senior staff of Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church (the National Church of United Methodism), most recently as the director of mission and outreach.
The Rev. Canon Anthony Guillén serves as the Missioner for Latino/Hispanic Ministries and Director of Ethnic Ministries for the Episcopal Church. Canon Guillén launched a series of nine-day Latino Ministry competency courses in partnership with various Episcopalian seminaries. Among other things, the course dives deeply into traditional Latino religious traditions while also examining the difference between first-generation Latinos and American- born, multigenerational Latinos, who require a bicultural ministry.
The Rev. Beth Estock co-authored the ground-breaking book Weird Church: Welcome to the 21st Century, which examines and engages the future of American Christianity. As a member of the Epicenter Group leadership team and a professor at the Missional Wisdom Foundation, she guides churches in transition. Rev. Estock blends contemplative practices with a no-nonsense approach to facing current cultural realities.
The Rev. Canon Charles Simmons is the Canon for Ministry in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. He assists the Bishop in the oversight of clergy ordination and formation. Before joining the diocesan staff, he served as Priest-in-Charge of St. Andrew’s Church, Bronx; Assistant Priest of St. Gabriel’s, Brooklyn; Associate Rector at St. Bartholomew’s, Manhattan; Honorary Associate, Old St. Paul’s, Edinburgh; and Assistant Priest, St. George’s, Nassau, Bahamas.
The Rt. Rev. Chilton Knudsen is the Assistant Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland and former Bishop of the Diocese of Maine. Bishop Knudsen is nationally known for her expertise in conflict resolution and congregational development. Additionally, she co-authored So You Think You Don’t Know One? Addiction and Recovery in Clergy and
The Rev. Dr. Chris Gambill is the Director of the Center for Congregational Health. Chris has extensive experience helping individuals and groups in managing interpersonal and intergroup conflict; developing capacity and skill in utilizing emotional intelligence; creating participative processes for strategic planning; facilitating staff team development; improving job performance; and developing effective communication and dialogue processes.
The Rev. Dr. Fadi Diab serves the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem as the Rector of St. Andrew’s Church, Ramallah and St. Peter’s Church, Birzeit. He is the founder of the Youth Connection for Peace Program and is a member of the Palestinian-Israeli Theologians Forum and the Palestinian-Israeli Theologians Forum.
The Rev. Canon Frank Logue is the Canon to the Ordinary for the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia. He previously served as the founding rector of King of Peace, Kingsland and served that parish ten years. Logue also serves the broader church as a member of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church, and he has co-authored seven books with his wife, Victoria.
The Rev. Jay Sidebotham is the Director of RenewalWorks. He also serves as Associate Rector at St. James’ Parish in Wilmington, NC. Jay comes to this work out of his experience as Rector of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest, IL, where he led the congregation through a period of sustained focus on spiritual growth and renewal. He is well known for his cartoons about church life and his animation work on the television series Schoolhouse Rock!
Jim is the founder of Griffith Coaching. He began his ministry by planting churches to reach new, underserved audiences. He started five new churches in Florida, North Carolina, and Denver. Since then, he, and his network of associates, have assessed over nineteen hundred church planting candidates, trained thousands of planters, and coached hundreds of new churches.
The Rev. Canon Kai Ryan is Canon to the Ordinary for the Episcopal Dioceses of Texas. As the Chief Operating Officer, Canon Ryan empowers the ministerial staff in their execution of the diocesan vision. She supports the Bishop’s work with canonical Revised Title IV work and mentors rectors, clergy new to the Diocese, bi-vocational priests, transitional deacons, pastoral leaders, pastoral leader interns, and interim clergy.
Kathryn “Katie” Glover, MPA, SHRM-SCP is the Vice President for Administration and Institutional Effectiveness at Virginia Theological Seminary. She came to VTS in 2001 and has since served as the Officer for Institutional Effectiveness and Planning, Staff Officer to the Dean and President, Director of Alumni Affairs, Program Coordinator for the Center for Lifetime Theological Education and Doctor of Ministry Program, and a member of the faculty.
The Rev. Canon Pamela Mott is the Canon to the Ordinary for the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts where she focuses on deepening communities of practice and congregational development. Prior to this, she served as Rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Rhode Island where, among other accomplishments, she developed a project for sustainable living and initiated an innovative service for families with young children.
The Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe was ordained and consecrated as the eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania in 2007. He also serves as the Bishop Provisional in the Diocese of Bethlehem. Sean has instituted a new mission statement and strategy, which center on transformational leadership and ministry, and reflects his doctoral dissertation on organizational learning and leadership.
Ms. Vandana Allman, MA is the Managing Director of Avaz Leadership. She spent a decade with The Gallup Organization as the Global Practice Group Leader and Senior Strategic Consultant for Leadership and Talent Development. At Gallup, she led the advancement of psychometric tools and implementation within complex global organizations. Vandana has helped transform leadership teams in government agencies, healthcare organizations, and law firms. She also serves on the Pastoral Care Steering Team at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Arlington.
The Rev. Canon Dr. Winfred “Fred” Vergara is the Missioner for Asiamerica Ministries in the Episcopal Church. He was appointed national Asiamerica Missioner in 2004 and received an honorary doctorate at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) in 2007. Fred is the author of numerous books and pamphlets, including Milkfish in Brackish Water: Filipino Ministry in