2020-2021 IMN BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jenny Stephens, UCCN Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
Jenny Stephens is the Team Leader: Policies and Programs for Ministry Personnel in the General Council Office of The United Church of Canada. Raised in the Methodist Church of Great Britain, Jenny has worked within The United Church of Canada serving in both team and solo ministry in multi-point pastoral charges as well as 16 years as the personnel minister in Hamilton Conference (middle judicatory). She has taken the IMN training and enjoys supporting the practice of interim ministry. Jenny is a trainer with the Emotional Intelligence-Human Relations Skills Center (www.eqhrcenter.org). She lives in Cambridge, Ontario.
Cynthia Huheey, CAE McLean, VA
Rev. Marvin Morgan, UCC Charlottesville, VA
Rev. Dr. Marvin L. Morgan, UCC. Marvin is the Interim Senior Pastor at Sojourner United Church of Christ in Charlottesville, VA. Dr. Morgan, a Certified Intentional Interim Minister (IIM) and Church Consultant, has served as a UCC pastor and interim pastor for 50 years, in NC, NY, GA, TN and IL. During this same period, he also served as Director of the Atlanta Police Dept.’s Chaplaincy Program, a Fulton County government chaplain, a theological school faculty member/administrator and as a community organizer with the UFCW’s Justice@Smithfield Campaign.
Rev. Ron Pogue, EP Arlington, Texas
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 fifty-one years and are parents of two grown sons.
Rev. Holly Miller Shank, UCC Rocky River, Ohio
Rev. Holly Miller Shank, UCC. Holly is an energetic and committed member of the body of Christ. She was raised at Myerstown UCC in Penn Central Conference. She has served the church in various capacities; as a Global Ministries Volunteer in India and Korea, as an intern/consultant with the UCC Office of Public Life and Social Policy in Washington DC, as a member of the Local Church Ministries Board of Directors and as a Trustee for Lancaster Theological Seminary. Holly has a BA in International Relations and Business from American University and an M.Div. from Lancaster Theological Seminary. She has worked both for Witness for Peace and as a local church pastor in central Pennsylvania. Called in 2010, Holly served as the Minister and Team Leader for the Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) Ministry Team in the UCC’s national offices based in Cleveland. In partnership with others, MESA works to support authorized Ministers and Committees on Ministry in the United Church of Christ. In 2019 she began as the Intentional Interim Minister at Olmsted Community Church.
Director - 1st term through 2021
Rev. Lynn Carman Bodden is an Intentional Interim Minister, who after one settled pastorate has served nineteen transitional ministries over the course of 30 years. Lynn has been fortunate to serve congregations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, North Carolina and Connecticut, which identify as UCC, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Presbyterian (PCUSA), Quaker (FUM) and Reformed Church in America. Trained in Cazenovia, NY in 1993-94 by the Interim Ministry Network, Lynn has been a member of the IMN faculty since 2003, and helped edit an earlier version of the training. She has served twice as a member of the IMN Board of Directors (1995-2001, 2018-2021). She has applied both her consultant and coaching training from the Center for Congregational Health in local congregations and with clergy colleagues. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, she is a member of Emmanuel Friedens Church in Schenectady (ABC/UCC), where her husband, Peter JB Carman, serves as pastor. She is grateful to participate in the interfaith work of Schenectady Clergy Against Hate. This past fall, Lynn was fortunate to be a pilgrim along the Camino de Santiago, although her pilgrimage was curtailed by an injury. The mother of two married sons who are both urban educators, Lynn recently became an Oma (grandmother) to Ida, who lives in Durham, NC.
Director 1st term through 2023
Rev. Doug Duerr is an ordained minister with the Association of Unity Churches and has served as Ministry Leadership Coordinator for Unity Worldwide Ministries since 2017. In this role, he focuses on proactive practices and supports communities across the U.S. and Canada as they navigate the facets of healthy organizational change and transition including: consulting, training, transitional support; bylaw, policy, procedure review; leadership development, conflict transformation and ethics.
Rev. Doug has served faith-based communities since 2008 and non-profit leadership since 2005. He is a Certified Transition Specialist published author and is Dare to Lead Trained ™ from Brené Brown. As a coach, teacher and minister his vulnerability-based style of leadership has served teams and organizations for more than 25 years; his experience and heart for organizational development, education, grief facilitation and mediating agreements, are all aspects of process consulting and are evident in his work.
“Liminal seasons are ripe with possibility and varying degrees of chaos. It can be a powerfully creative space to birth clarity of purpose, connection and an increased awareness of new life in the sacred story of a community.” Doug is passionate about the value of the interim period and the substantial results of effective transitional guidance. He is a faculty member for the Unity seminary through Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute and also oversees the education/certification program for Unity’s consultants and specialists involved with intentional interim ministry. https://www.unityworldwideministries.org/home-office-staff-profiles#duerr
Director 1st term through 2021
Rev. Lynn Carter Edmands, EP. Lynn has nearly thirty years of leadership experience as a priest in parish and diocesan ministry, including vocational discernment and mentoring, congregation and clergy transitions, formation and leadership development, and mediation and conflict transformation. She has retired since departing her position as Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Southern Ohio where she served eight years as a member of the Bishop’s staff. She has also served as the rector of two parishes and as a chaplain and teacher at a boy’s boarding preparatory school where she taught Bible, Ethics, and senior electives in religion. Lynn has completed IMN training, remains an IMN member, and looks forward to assisting IMN with its supportive presence and influence in the life of our faith communities.
Director - 1st term through 2021
The Reverend Julie N. Harris is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church. Although currently serving in a settled pastorate as Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Martinsburg, WV, she has been involved with IMN since 2000. During that time, she has been active as a member of the Annual Conference planning team, a member of the Board of Directors and as Vice President. Julie has also been active as a Board Member of Interim Ministries in the Episcopal Church since 2010. She finds energy in times of transition and believes that all ministry is transition ministry. She is a healer and administrator who has assisted several parishes discover hope and new life in the aftermath of conflicted pastorates. Julie finds the nexus of her ministry in the words of the prophet Micah: What does the Lord require? To do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.
Director - 1st term through 2023
Rev. Dr. Margret O’Neall is an accredited Interim Minister and Professional Transition Specialist serving Unitarian Universalist churches in times of transition and development. Margret holds academic degrees in Community Development and Sociology, and earned her Master of Divinity from Meadville-Lombard Theological School. She entered intentional interim ministry following a 35-year career working in the public and private sectors, and her call to ministry follows her passion for the transformation process that individuals and organizations may engage with intention in times of change. Since entering the ministry in 2009, Margret has served interim ministries in Sarasota, FL; Buffalo, NY; Schenectady, NY and Phoenix, AZ, and is now serving a 5-year Developmental Ministry in the Unitarian Universalist church in Cherry Hill, NJ.
Director - 1st term through 2023
Emlyn Ott grew up in Rochester, New York where her parents owned and ran a manufacturing company called, surprisingly enough, “Ottco.” After completing seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, she served as Campus Pastor to Oklahoma State University and as Pastor of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma for nineteen years. In 2005, she accepted a call to teach at Trinity Lutheran Seminary and to oversee the work of Healthy Congregations, Inc. She was named as the Dean of Leadership Formation at Trinity in 2012. She has spent portions of each of the past three years providing pastoral support for colleagues currently serving in parishes who are on sabbatical.
Pastor Ott did her doctoral work in pastoral counseling and congregational dynamics. In her spare time, she is an avid reader, cook, gardener and enjoys choral and instrumental music. She is currently working on the goal of hiking/walking every Metropark in the Columbus area. Emlyn is the spouse of Dr. Robert Ward, a musician, educator and conductor who is on the faculty of the School of Music of The Ohio State University.
Director - 1st term through 2021
Rev. Katrina Palan has been in ministry since 1995. She served the Church for ten years as a commissioned minister, holding positions in youth ministry, singles ministry, chaplaincy (2 years at Wesley hospital in Wichita), and as an interim pastor while attending Seminary. Katrina graduated from Friends University in Wichita, KS with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy in 1998. She then attended Phillips Theological Seminary earning a Masters of Divinity in 2001. Katrina started teaching in community colleges in 2002. She has taught face to face classes, blended of online and in class, remote (students in class & video students in another location) and since 2009, teaching online. She teaches Religion, Philosophy and Ethics classes. After Seminary, Katrina accepted a call to a congregation in Ottawa, KS. After serving for four years, she and her late husband moved back to the Wichita area where her Interim ministry began. Katrina continued to do Interim pastorates and teach online. Her last interim was as the Intentional Interim Regional Minister for the Christian Church (DOC) in Nebraska. Katrina and her late husband, Paul, have four adult children and ten grandchildren. Their kids live in San Antonio, Tx; Killeen, Tx; Nuevo, California and Broken Arrow, OK. Katrina moved in December 2017 to Springfield, Mo to take a settled call as one of four Regional Ministers for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Mid-America (SW). Katrina is also the current President for the Disciples Interims for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.
Director - 1st term through 2023
Rabbi Dennis S. Ross is the author of When a Lie Is Not a Sin: The Hebrew Bible’s Framework for Deciding released by Jewish Lights Publishing. He also author of God in Our Relationships: Spirituality between People from the Teachings of Martin Buber (Jewish Lights) and All Politics Is Religious: Speaking Faith to the Media, Policy Makers and Community (SkyLight Paths). Rabbi Ross has written for The New York Times and blogs for Rewire.
Rabbi Ross is an Intentional Interim Rabbi and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with specialized training and experience supporting congregations in transition. He is now at West End Temple in Neponsit, N.Y., and has served synagogues in Manhattan, Chappaqua, Monroe and Albany, N. Y., Summit, N. J., Washington, D. C., and Pittsfield and Worcester, Massachusetts.
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.
Director - 1st term through 2022
The Rev. Dr. John Stonesifer. EP. John is a leader for the Interim Ministry in the Episcopal Church (IMEC) and the ecumenical Interim Ministry Network (IMN), both of which support the training and development of interim ministers. His doctoral work in transition leadership was completed in 2015 at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Before embarking on his call to interim ministry, John graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1984; served in parish ministry for six years; and then for nine years for two Episcopal Schools as chaplain, assistant to the head of schools, and leader of religious curriculum. As well as earning an M.B.A., John has focused on serving as a professional interim priest for the last 16 years, serving a total of 13 parishes in Maryland, Kentucky, Delaware, New York, West Virginia, and Illinois. He is an IMN faculty member, currently leading the IMN Fundraising Task Force.
Director -2nd term through 2023
Rev. James West currently serves First Lutheran Church in Ault, CO as an intentional interim pastor. His previous interim assignments were St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Williamsport, PA, Bethel Lutheran Church in Windsor, CO, and Atonement Lutheran Church in San Diego, CA. He is a former U.S. Navy chaplain. Before joining the Navy Chaplain Corps, he served as pastor in Detroit and Toledo. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary (now Luther Seminary) in St. Paul, MN. His baccalaureate degree is from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He grew up in the Great State of Michigan (Lower Peninsula).