Executive Committee

---Rev. John Keydel, EP---- St. Michaels, MD
President-2nd term through 2017 ~ Director-2nd term through 2019

The Reverend John F. Keydel, Jr. is currently the Interim Rector for Christ Episcopal Church in St. Michaels, Maryland. Over his 18 years of ordained ministry, John’s main focus has been formation, whether for a diocese or as an interim. Prior to his work as an interim in specific congregations, he served as a Canon in the Diocese of Michigan for nine years, including six years as the Canon for Ministry Development and Transitional Ministries. Prior to that, he worked in various parish ministry positions. Father Keydel started his career with eleven years in retail banking in Connecticut. His M.Div. degree is from the Berkeley/Yale Divinity School, following upon M.B.A. and M.Ed. degrees. John and his wife Meg have two grown children.

----Cynthia Huheey, CAE ---- McLean, VA
Executive Director

- Rev. Margaret Bain, UCCN - Caledonia, Ontario Canada
Vice President - 2nd term through 2017~ Director-2nd term through 2017

Rev. Margaret Bain is a Designated Interim Minister in the United Church of Canada and has been involved in Interim Ministry in that denomination for 19 years. She has been a member of the Interim Ministry Network and part of the faculty of the Network since 1995. During that time Margaret has been involved in three curriculum revisions for the Network and has participated in the work of the Network on the Professional Development Committee and the Board of Directors as well as its Executive Committee. She completed her term last year as President of the Network and presently hold the office of Treasurer. Margaret retired from active ministry in 2012 and is now involved in helping to facilitate congregational conversations about what their future holds and doing education about the process of transition within the United Church of Canada.

--Rev. Sue Seiffert, ELCA-- Portland, OR
Secretary-2nd term through 2017 ~ Director-1st term through 2018

Pastor Sue Seiffert is a trained intentional interim minister.  She has served churches in transition since 1999  and is currently serving Resurrection Lutheran Church in Portland, Oregon. Prior to that she served on “settled” calls. She has been in Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota. She has always considered Oregon her home state. Pastor Sue enjoys the challenge of getting to know different congregations and walking with them as they explore the opportunities of the interim time.

Rev. Les Robinson, UCC--- North Myrtle Beach, SC
Treasurer -2nd term through 2017 ~ Director-1st term through 2017

Rev. Les Robinson serves as Manager of Interim Ministry Resources for the Center for Congregational Health. In that position, he gives oversight to the interim training curriculum and assists faith communities seeking to engage in interim ministry. Les also has expertise in consulting, mentoring, conflict management, group facilitation, and team building. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University (B.S) and Southwestern Seminary (M.A. and Ph.D.).  Les serves on the IMN Board of Directors and is in a one year term as secretary. He has also served a major role on many IMN Task Forces and Committees.


--Rev. Kevin Buchanan, PCUSA-- Marshfield, Wisconsin
Director - 1st term through 2017

Rev. Kevin Buchanan has been ordained since 1980 and began as a consultant for youth ministry for the Presbytery of South Florida and served two congregations as youth minister. From there, he served as a solo pastor and an associate pastor in Missouri, Oregon, and California. When he married Astrid in 2002, he served in transitional ministry at congregations in San Leandro, San Rafael, Windsor, Turlock, and San Anselmo, California. He served in long term transitional ministry (otherwise known as installed) in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Kevin currently is serving as the transitional pastor at Central Presbyterian Church in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Malcolm Himschoot, UCC -- Cleveland, OH
Director - 1st term through 2019

Rev. Malcolm Himschoot, is the Minister for Ministerial Transition for the United Church of Christ in Cleveland, OH. Part of his responsibilities includes engaging partners in researching, developing and disseminating resources on ministerial transition in the United Church of Christ. Supports interim ministers in the United Church of Christ and the UCC interim minister’s network. Develops resources and support for conference staff engaged in search and call. Oversees the UCC Profiles Office including the UCC Ministerial Profile’s Portal, Ministry Opportunities Listings, and the development of a new Local Church Profile system and resources and supports ministers transitioning between calling bodies or into retirement.

---Rev. Keith Kron, UUA--- Boston, Massachuttes
Director - 1st term through 2017

The Rev. Keith Kron has been the Director of the Transitions Office since 2010 for the Unitarian Universalist Association. He previously served from 1996-2010 as the UUA’s Director of the Office of Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Concerns. An elementary school teacher before entering ministry, he has taught an online course on children’s literature for Starr King School for the Ministry. He also leads workshops on the enneagram and has occasionally been a part-time tennis pro.

---Rev. Ineke Mitchell, UCC --- Canton, Connecticut
Director - 1st term through 2018

Rev. Ineke Mitchell is an ordained UCC pastor who has served for the last 30+ years as settled and intentional interim pastor in both local congregations and judicatory positions.  She is currently the Interim Associate Conference Minister for the Maine Conference UCC.  She has served on the IMN faculty since 1997 and has held the PTS designation since 2002.

Her ministry has spanned 8 conferences and congregations of pastoral – corporate size.  Her passion for ministry is to create healthy thriving faith communities that creatively find new ways to minister in the 21st century.  Her partner in ministry is General…a certified ministry dog who is the best listener in the world and preaches mean sermons.

---Rev. Ron Pogue, EP---Arlington, Texas
Director - 1st term through 2018

The Reverend Ronald D. Pogue is Interim Rector at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Jackson, Wyoming. He has served as an Interim Rector in Michigan, Kentucky, and Kansas. Before interim service, he was Rector in Galveston, Texas and a Canon at Houston’s Christ Church Cathedral.

Ron is a credentialed mediator and Professional Transitional Specialist. His emphasis in ministry has been stewardship, Christian formation, leader development, and evangelism. He is a leader in the Church’s advocacy for marginalized people.

Ron stated, “I am called to foster hope, lead change, inspire action, and glorify God, for the building up of the Church, and for the sake of the world. The promises I made at my ordination provide a rule of life: listen to others, study and teach, work collaboratively, become who and what I am, remain in intimate relationship with God.”

Ron and his wife, Gay, have been married for forty-six years and are parents of two grown sons.

Eleanor Scarlett, UCCN -- Canada
Director - 1st term through 2019

Rev. Eleanor Scarlett was born in St. Thomas Jamaica into a family actively involved in the Methodist Church where her faith was nurtured. Eleanor believes from an early age she was able to recognize inequality and began to cultivate a deep sense for social justice. She states that in the early years she struggled to find a welcoming faith community. She was aware of a call to ministry from a young age but instead chose other career paths. The call never really left and ultimately she said yes to the voice that kept nudging at her. She attended York University Atkinson College and obtained a BA (Hons) in Environmental Sciences and Sociology and later attended Emmanuel College in the M.Div. program and was ordained by Toronto Conference in 1996. Eleanor did her Internship at Cole Harbour United Church and settled in Halifax Presbytery, Maritime Conference. She later answered a call to Toronto West Presbytery and returned to Ontario. She is a founding member of the Journeys of Black Peoples of the United Church of Canada and served as chair of Toronto Conference Racial Justice Committee, Emmanuel Alumni, Conference Interview Boards, Presbytery Pastoral Relations Committees as well as the National level.

--Mr. Steven Van Voohees, EP -- Richmond, Virginia
Director - 1st term through 2018

Mr. Steven Van Voorhees is a consultant, educator, facilitator, and mediator. He served for over 30 years in the Federal Service and then with public and private sector organizations dealing with strategic leadership and management issues. He consults with churches in transition, including search processes, board and ministry team retreats, strategic planning, and shared ministry reviews. He is a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Counselor. Steven serves on the Board of the Interim Ministries in the Episcopal Church (IMEC), a former trustee of the church of the Holy Comforter Foundation, and is a current member of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Virginia. His undergraduate and post-graduate work is from Florida State University.

James West, ELCA ~ Windsor, CO
Director - Unexpired term through 2017

Rev. James West serves Bethel Lutheran Church, ELCA in Windsor, Colorado. In San Diego he served as an intentional interim minister at Atonement Lutheran Church. Before that he served in the U.S. Navy as a chaplain. Tours of duty saw him serving among Sailors and Marines, aboard ships and submarines, in the field, in hospitals, even boot camp. Before that he served congregations in Detroit and Toledo. He received his Master of Divinity from Northwestern Theological Seminary (Now Luther) in St. Paul, MN. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He grew up in Michigan.


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