2019-2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President -2nd term through 2020 ~ Director-2nd term through 2020
Reverend Dr. Les Robinson is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He served congregations in Texas and North Carolina, before serving 21 years as Manager of Interim Ministry Resources at the Center for Congregational Health. In that position, he gave oversight to the interim training curriculum and assisted 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 has served 10 congregations representing 4 denominational groups as an Intentional Interim Minister.
Les and his wife, Pam, have been married for fifty-six years and have two grown children and one incredibly exceptional grandchild!
Vice-President - 1st term through 2020 - Director - 2nd term through 2022
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.
Treasurer - 1st term through 2020 Director - 2nd term through 2021
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.
Secretary - 1st Term through 2020 - Director - 1st term through 2022
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 - 2nd term through 2020
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.
Director - 1st term through 2021
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.
1st term throught 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 - 2nd term through 2020
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.
Director - 1st term through 2022
Rev. Dr. Marvin L. Morgan, UCC. Marvin is the Interim Senior Pastor at St. John Evangelical United Church of Christ in Collinsville, IL. 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. He is currently serving the 900 member St. John EUCC congregation, located about 12 miles northeast of St. Louis, MO.
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 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 -1st term through 2020
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).