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2003 - 2004 SEMINAR STAFF
(Presenting at all seminars unless otherwise noted)

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. (800-334-7626,

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 The World's Most Dangerous Bible Study.

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,

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,

President, Episcopal Church Building Fund, New York, NY
Director of Congregational Development, Episcopal Church Center, NYC, NY.
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. (800-334-7626,

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,

Director 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 2020 movement.

At 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,

Rosemount, MN.
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,

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 Theological Seminary.

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,

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,

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. (

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,

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