Prophet, Priest, and Pastor:The Complex Call of the Church for a Time Such as This with Rev. Ashley Rossi and Elder Roland Reeves
Rev. Ashley Rossi is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. After serving as a solo pastor in north-central Pennsylvania, she joined the staff of Carmel Presbyterian Church in Glenside as the Associate Pastor in charge of education, youth ministry, and mission. In her past life, she was a CPA, and she still appreciates a detailed pie chart or a complex Excel formula. Ashley currently lives in Glenside with her husband, three human children, and pit bull.
Roland Reeves is the Commissioned Lay Pastor serving at the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Kensington. He has completed Certificate Programs in both Christian Ministry and Church Leadership through the Urban Theological Institute of the Lutheran Theological Seminary. Roland Reeves currently serves as Convener of the Southeast Region of the Presbytery and a member of the Philadelphia Self-Development Committee.
Understanding Ourselves as We Lead Others:The Enneagram is more than a Number with Rev. Jim Thornton
*this session counts as two workshops
Rev. Jim Thornton, B.A., M.Div., D.Min., has been in pastoral ministry since 1979 and is currently Head of Staff at Carmel Presbyterian Church in Glenside. He is also a certified Enneagram teacher, having studied with many of the major international Enneagram developers including, Helen Palmer, David Daniels, Don Riso, Russ Hudson, Kathy Hurley, and Theodore Donson. He has been using the Enneagram to teach in churches and consult in businesses since 1998.
About the Enneagram Institute:
The Enneagram helps us to see ourselves at a deeper, more objective level and can be of invaluable assistance on our path to self-knowledge. For more information: The Enneagram Institute
Finding Partners for Mission and Ministry: Expanding the Reach of God’s Kingdom with Revs. Brenton Thompson and Pam McShane
Rev. Brenton Thompson is the Pastor of Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Limerick. Rev. Thompson currently serves on the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board and has previously served two years internationally with the PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer Program.
Rev. Pam McShane is the pastor of Tree of Life Church, a small congregation in Delaware County. Rev. McShane has led the congregation in forming partnerships with others both in the larger church and in the community around them. Through these partnerships, the congregation has widened its reach and redefined its understanding of God’s mission for them. They have learned that you are always stronger when you work together, and you can do way more together than you can alone.
We Never Did It That Way Before: Nurturing an Entrepreneurial Spirit within Established Structures with Revs. Kari Olson and Raymond Bonwell
Rev. Kari Olson serves as the pastor of East Falls Presbyterian Church. Kari previously served as a solo pastor in a small town in Pennsylvania’s coal country, where she introduced small group gatherings to cultivate new leadership and led the congregation to put on a visual and theater arts day camp for middle school students. As a Seattle native, she lives her life in search of good coffee shops and going out of her way to recycle.
Rev. Raymond Bonwell was classically trained in economics and served a twelve year professional career in institutional investing and personal financial planning. Discerning a call to ministry after serving as a commissioned lay pastor, Rev. Bonwell earned his MDiv at Princeton Theological Seminary. Raymond’s two full-time validated ministries include serving on staff at Princeton Theological Seminary, and at the Board of Pensions in his current role as Corporate Secretary. Raymond has served four part-time pastorates, including Broad Street Ministry and currently at Overbrook Presbyterian Church. Raymond serves on the Commission on Ministry for the Presbytery, and has also moderated two administrative commissions. Raymond’s observations on the intersection of faith and finances have been published, and he is a frequent speaker in national denominational programs. Raymond tweets @raymondbonwell