- 2004 SEMINAR STAFF
(Presenting at all seminars unless otherwise noted)
||MS. SALLY DRESSER O'BRIEN -
Vice President of the Episcopal Church Building Fund, NYC, NY.
Prior to coming to the ECBF she served on a diocesan capital campaign, the Presiding Bishop's Fund for World Relief, and Episcopal Migration Ministries at the Episcopal Church Center. She has a background in non-profit management and psychotherapy.
At Start Up!Start Over! Sally Dresser serves as the conference coordinator
and presents a workshop on the building planning process.
||THE REV. DR. ERIC ELNES-
Senior Pastor, Scottsdale Congregational United Church of Christ, Scottsdale, AZ.
Eric is the leader of a program sized congregation which offers
on Sunday morning a traditional worship experience and a multi-sensory,
high technology worship experience supported by professional
jazz musicians. He is an international speaker on arts and worship.
Publications include ìThe World's Most Dangerous Bible Study.î
At Start Up!Start Over! Eric Elnes will showcase the multi-media
worship at his congregation and offer ways to implement multi-sensory
experiences in congregational ministries. (480-946-2900, firstname.lastname@example.org)
||THE REV. BEN HELMER-
Rural and Small Communities, Congregational Development, Episcopal Church Center, NYC, NY.
Ben works with dioceses and clusters of congregations in rural
and small communities that want to revitalize their congregations
with a focus on mission and growth. As vicar he re-developed
a congregation and has assisted others in their re-development
as a consultant. Ben is a former regional missioner for rural
churches helping them move from maintenance to mission.
At Start Up!Start Over! Ben will address congregations with an average Sunday
attendance of under 75 people on the unique dynamics of family
and pastoral size churches, the attitude of discipleship,
and issues of identifying common core values in the congregation.
He will also conduct a workshop on moving into mission. (800-334-7626,
||THE REV. CHARLES N. FULTON, III
President, Episcopal Church Building Fund, New York, NY
Director of Congregational Development, Episcopal Church Center,
Trained in architecture, with 15 years as a Rector in Franklin,
TN, where he doubled the congregation, he is also a consultant
on issues of congregational health, development, and the building
process. He has designed the liturgical space at General Conventions,
authored Church Sites and Buildings, Planning Guide for Congregations
and The Church for Common Prayer, A Statement on Worship Space
for the Episcopal Church and is the Associate Producer of
the video "Churches for Common Prayer." He is coordinating the
national church's response to the 20/20 Resolution to double
the membership of the Episcopal Church by the year 2020 and
leads the staff of Start Up!Start Over!
At Start Up!Start Over! Charles Fulton will address Leadership in Changing
Time, Congregational Life Cycle, Conflict, Buildings as Tools
for Evangelism, and Growing the Church Beyond 200 Members.
THE REV. DR. ALVIN JOHNSON -
Rector, St. Michael's Church, Barrington, IL
An experienced redeveloper, Al has successfully redeveloped
and doubled an established congregation that had suffered trauma
and had hit a plateau. He has trained with Rabbi Ed Friedman,
Peter Steinke and Arlin Rothauge and has Doctorate in Congregational
Studies. A former Field Associate for Congregational Development
at the Episcopal Church Center, he now serves as Associate Faculty
at the Seabury Institute Advanced Studies in Studies in Congregational
Development at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary.
At the October 2004 Start Up!Start Over! Al Johnson will
serve as the seminar chaplain and coordinator of worship and
music. He will also present a workshop on the special needs
of healing congregations that have experienced trauma. (847-381-2323,
THE REV. CANON KEVIN MARTIN
of Vital Church Ministries, Christ Church, Plano, TX
Kevin leads a parish teaching outreach ministry and conducts
conferences and consulting on congregational vitality. Formerly
the Diocese of Texas Canon to the Ordinary for Mission and
Congregational Development. Kevin has been directly involved
in the leadership development of congregational leaders in
this fast growing diocese that has taken leadership in the
October 2003 Start Up!Start Over! Kevin Martin will present
on the dynamics of congregational culture and how this effects
efforts at revitalization, planting, and the development of
various size congregations. (936-825-7175, CanonKevin@worldnett.att.net)
||THE REV. DR. GEORGE
The Founder of the Episcopal Ad Project George Martin has earned
the distinction of making over 10,000 door-to-door calls in
his new church ministry. A successful new church planter George
built a congregation to an average attendance of over 300. He
has a Doctorate in Congregational Studies and serves as Associate
Faculty to the Seabury Institute Advanced Studies in Congregational
Development at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. He authored
From Disciple to Apostle: A User Friendly Manual for Church
Membership, Door to Door Ministry and Advertising the Local
Church- A Handbook for Promotion.
At Start Up!Start Over! George Martin will address advertisement
and marketing the Church, and articulating the congregation's
vision. (651-423-3046, email@example.com)
||THE REV. PATRICIA L. MERCHANT
Rector, The Indian Hill Episcopal-Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati,
OH Pat is a successful new church planter of a parish in Fayetteville,
GA, and the former Dean of the Cathedral in the Diocese of Missouri.
She is the former Chair of Dio. of Atlanta Commission for Congregational
Development and has been guest faculty for the Seabury Institute
Advanced Studies in Congregational Development at Seabury-Western
At the February 2003 Start Up!Start Over! Pat Merchant will
serve as the seminar chaplain, lead the worship experiences,
and present a workshop on new church development.(513-561-6805,
||MS. SUSAN H. MILLER -
President, Miller & Associates, based in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Susy Miller has twenty years experience leading a national consulting firm that addresses organizational effectiveness, leadership development, and issues affecting church organization and congregational life. She provides executive level/leader coaching and is expert in conflict resolution. She has served as the Process Consultant to the ECUSA House of Bishops since 1994. Working with dioceses and congregations Susy designs client specific processes for preparing for change and decision making and currently serves monthly in a diocese as consultant/director for congregational ministries. She developed an approach to reforming congregations for growth and the inclusion of new and current members.
At Start Up!Start Over! Susy Miller will address the incorporation of newcomers,
meeting management skills, and the process for planning for
change. (904-273-2855, SusyM1@aol.com)
Children's Choir Director, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis, MO.
Lydia is a professional singer, songwriter, music director, and performer. She has produced a CD and has a degree in vocal music education.
At the February 2003 Start Up!Start Over! Lydia Ruffin will provide music
and lead the music during worship. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
||THE REV. DR.TEX SAMPLE -
An international consultant, researcher, speaker, and former
Rogers Professor of Church and Society, St. Paul School of Theology,
Kansas City, MO. Tex Sample has authored seminal books on church
in the current culture: The Spectacle of Worship in a Wired
World; Ministry in an Oral Culture: Living with Will Rogers,
Uncle Remus, & Minnie Pearl; U.S. Lifestyles and Mainline Churches;
Blue-Collar Ministry, Hard Living People & Mainstream Christians.
At Start Up!Start Over! Tex Sample will address understanding
and reaching the members of the electronic generations. (623-536-7976,