2019-2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

2019-2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Executive Committee

Rev. Les Robinson, UCC ---- North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
President -2nd term through 2020 ~ Director-2nd term through 2020

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.

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

Rabbi Michael Remson, JReform Kenosha, WIsconsin
Vice-President - 1st term through 2020 Director - 1st term through 2020

Rabbi Michael M. Remson is a retired rabbi who, during the last decade of his career, specialized in guiding congregations through periods of tension and leadership transition.  He earned his Master’s Degree in Hebrew Literature at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 1973 and was ordained a rabbi by the faculty of the College-Institute.  He also received honorary doctorates from both HUC-JIR and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.  Much of Michael’s work is based on family systems theory, learned from the late Rabbi Edwin Friedman and Dr. Peter L. Steinke. Dr. Friedman, a family therapist, understood that congregations are emotional systems. Friedman’s first book Generation to Generation (Guilford Press, 1985) applied Dr. Murray Bowen’s family systems model to religious congregations and transformed the way Americans think about churches and synagogues.  Michael also studied with Dr. Steinke, the Lutheran pastor who has continued Friedman’s work.  Steinke developed the Healthy Congregations Workshops and the Bridgebuilder approach to conflict management.  Michael received training to be a facilitator in both of those programs. After serving small-city and suburban congregations for nearly three decades, Michael completed the then-six-month training program of the Interim Ministry Network, the IMN. He worked with congregations in transition until his retirement in April, 2011.  Michael has received the additional designation of Professional Transition Specialist (PTS,) from the IMN and serves on their faculty.

---Rev. Ron Pogue, EP---Arlington, Texas
Treasurer - 1st term through 2020 Director - 2nd term through 2021

The Reverend Ronald D. Pogue is Interim Rector at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, Mississippi. He has served as an Interim Rector in Colorado, Wyoming, 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.

---Jenny Stephens, UCCN -- Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
Secretary - 2nd 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.

Directors

--Rev. Kevin Buchanan, PCUSA-- Samento, California
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.

Rev. Lynn Carman Bodden, UCC-- Schenectady, New York
Director - 1st term through 2021

Lynn Carman Bodden has been a part of the Interim Ministry Network since 1994.  She served on the Board of Directors from 1995-2001, was a part of the Self-Study Task Force, and has been a member of the faculty since 2003.  Ordained in the United Church of Christ, Lynn has served as an interim minister in many settings, in several denominations and in five states.  She was trained as a coach by the Center for Congregational Health, and works with a few interim clergy clients.  She appreciates the creativity, dedication and faithfulness of her interim colleagues!

Currently living in Schenectady, NY, Lynn is married to the Rev. Peter JB Carman (ABC).  She has two adult sons, who with their significant others, are educators: Luke and Andi in Durham, NC and Benjamin and Shelli in Kansas City, MO.  Lynn likes running and cycling, is grateful for time in the garden, and is looking forward to her vacation in Maine this summer!

The Rev. Lynn Carter Edmands, EP -- Fort Thomas, KY
1st term throught 2021

Rev. Lynn Carter Edmands, EP. Lynn serves as Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Southern Ohio and is in her eighth year as a member of the Bishop’s staff. She has over twenty-five 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 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. She has completed IMN training, remains an IMN member and speaks favorable of interim ministry.

--Rev. Julie Harris, EP-- Martinsburg, West Virginia
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.

---Rev. Keith Kron, UUA--- Boston, Massachuttes
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.

---Rev. Holly Miller Shank, UCC --- Rocky River, Ohio
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.

--Rev. Marvin Morgan, UCC --- Collinsville, Illinois
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.

---Rev. Katrina Palan, DOC--- Springfield, Missouri
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.

Rev. Eleanor Scarlett, UCCN -- Brampton, Ontario 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.

The Rev. Dr. John Stonesifer, EP -- Silver Spring, MD
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.

Rev. James West, ELCA --- Ault, Colorado
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).

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