May 23-26, 2021

Keynotes | Workshops | Prayer
Networking | Virtual Exhibit Hall
Professional Development | and More

Register today! 

 

Partnered in Mission re-imagines what was NCCL’s annual membership meeting. This inaugural summit of members will focus on deepening our communal understanding of the new mission, vision, and values of In Word and Witness. All members of our community are encouraged to partake in this gathering. 

Our event begins on May 23rd, Pentecost Sunday, and continues through Wednesday, May 26th. Partnered in Mission features general sessions for discussing organizational business, dynamic keynotes from a variety of ministry leaders, engaging facilitated sessions centered around our core values, workshops, opportunities for prayer and discernment, an exhibit hall, and an immersive social justice experience. Register today! 

All times subject to change.

Event Sessions

Monday, May 24th

Reflecting On Who We Are
paid
11:00am (EDT)
LIVE: Opening Session, May 24th

Emcee Remarks, Organizational Updates, and a Keynote.

Colleen Campbell

Coordinator of Formation Programs

LIVE: Opening Session, May 24th

Margaret Matijasevic

Executive Director

LIVE: Opening Session, May 24th

Victoria Radleigh Smith

Director of Mission Integration

LIVE: Opening Session, May 24th

Douglas Leal

Author, Speaker, Trainer

LIVE: Opening Session, May 24th

Tuesday, May 25th

Exploring How To Engage
paid
11:00am (EDT)
LIVE: Morning Session, May 25

A general session with emcee remarks, Board updates, and a keynote.

Denise Utter

Chair of the In Word and Witness Board of Directors

LIVE: Morning Session, May 25

Jackie Hopper

Vice President, In Word and Witness Board of Directors

LIVE: Morning Session, May 25

Colleen Campbell

Coordinator of Formation Programs

LIVE: Morning Session, May 25

Phyllis Zagano, Ph.D.

Senior Research Associate-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor

LIVE: Morning Session, May 25

paid
3:00pm (EDT)
Thinking and Praying Through Accompaniment, Together

An interactive presentation on the topic of accompaniment.

Deacon Matt Halbach, Ph.D.

Deacon, Speaker, Author, and Catechist

Thinking and Praying Through Accompaniment, Together

paid
5:00pm (EDT)
An Evening of Storytelling

Speakers share with us an evening of storytelling and witness.

Denise Utter

Chair of the In Word and Witness Board of Directors

An Evening of Storytelling

Rev. Erik Samuelson

Pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church

An Evening of Storytelling

Edwina Gateley

poet, theologian, artist, writer, and lay minister

An Evening of Storytelling

Wednesday, May 26th

Moving Forward
paid
11:00am (EDT)
LIVE: Morning Session, May 26

Our general session includes emcee remarks, a financial report, Board updates, and a keynote.

Colleen Campbell

Coordinator of Formation Programs

LIVE: Morning Session, May 26

Margaret Matijasevic

Executive Director

LIVE: Morning Session, May 26

John Gaffney

Treasurer, In Word and Witness Board of Directors

LIVE: Morning Session, May 26

Claire Henning, DMin.

Founder of Catholic Conversations, Pastoral Associate, Co-founder of Parish Catalyst

LIVE: Morning Session, May 26

paid
2:00pm (EDT)
Ablaze With The Spirit

This 2-hour block of time will feature 3 dynamic speakers who address the issue of systemic racism and racial justice.

Deacon Timothy Tilghman

Deacon

Ablaze With The Spirit

Evangelist Michael Howard, MA.

Founder of Eat the Scroll Ministry

Ablaze With The Spirit

Valerie D. Lewis-Mosley, OPA

Catechist, Minister, Preacher

Ablaze With The Spirit

paid
4:30pm (EDT)
LIVE: Closing Event

A closing session with prayer, emcee remarks, and a powerful keynote.

Colleen Campbell

Coordinator of Formation Programs

LIVE: Closing Event

timone davis, DMin.

Assistant Professor

LIVE: Closing Event

Post-Summit Opportunities

Thursday, May 27th

Exploring The Importance of Mission

Wednesday, June 23rd

Exploring Discipleship
paid
12:00pm (EDT)
Dynamic Discipleship

Claire Henning, DMin.

Founder of Catholic Conversations, Pastoral Associate, Co-founder of Parish Catalyst

Dynamic Discipleship

Monday, July 12th

Gathered Prayer Experience
paid
1:00pm (EDT)
Praying Through Discernment

A 45 minute time for conversation, prayer, and discernment.

Becky Eldredge

Writer and Spiritual Director

Praying Through Discernment

Kathy Powell

nonprofit and faith-based communications professional

Praying Through Discernment

Presenters

Andrew Lyke

Author, Storyteller, Anti-Racism Activist

Andrew Lyke is an author, storyteller, and anti-racism activist.

Bio

Andrew Lyke

Author, Storyteller, Anti-Racism Activist
Andrew Lyke is a Catholic ministry consultant, freelance writer, blogger, author, former campus minister, pioneer of Catholic Marriage & Family Ministry, Anti-racism Activist, Poet, Storyteller, husband, father, and grandfather. Over the past 40+ years, he has focused on Catholic Marriage & Family Ministry. He and Terri, his wife of 45 years, were part of a team of couples and priests who designed and presented PreCana for the Black Community in 1981. It was the first diocesan Catholic marriage preparation program by and for Black people. Andrew was hired by the Archdiocese to coordinate the marriage preparation and enrichment programs of the Archdiocese. He served in that role from 1999 to 2009 when he resigned to fully invest in Arusi Network, a not-for-profit he and Terri started for their ministry to marriage. He was rehired in 2011 as the Director of the Office for Black Catholics. Prior to his tenure in the Archdiocese of Chicago, he was a campus minister at DePaul University from 1996 to 1999. While at DePaul, he was part of a team of campus ministers who were trained in the “Recovery from Racisms” curriculum. The team facilitated focal support groups with DePaul students, faculty, and staff. In 2001, after the publication of Cardinal George’s Dwell In My Love: A Pastoral Letter on Racism, Andrew was a founding member of the Archdiocesan Anti-Racism Task Force through the Office for Racial Justice (ORJ). He served as a trainer, consultant, and program designer until 2014 when the ORJ was eliminated. Since then, he has served as a consultant, trainer, and motivational speaker on Catholic Anti-Racism, primarily in the Diocese of Joliet. Andrew authored “Forging a Commitment to Love All: Creating an Anti-Racist Church,” published in the February 2011 issue of Liguorian Magazine. More recently in November of 2020, America Magazine published online an article by Andrew titled, “Dear White Catholics: It’s time to be anti- racist and leave white fragility behind.” Andrew and Terri served as consultants to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Marriage and Family. They are the authors of several articles on Catholic marriage and family life for local and national periodicals. Their critically acclaimed book, Marriage On A Lampstand: Exploring a New Paradigm for Modern Christian Marriage, was “Book of the Month” on the USCCB marriage support website ForYourMarriage.org for March 2017. They are the parents of two married young adults and the grandparents of 4 girls and two boys ranging from 11 to 2 years.
Becky Eldredge

Writer and Spiritual Director

Becky is a writer and spiritual director from Baton Rouge, LA.

Bio

Becky Eldredge

Writer and Spiritual Director
Becky Eldredge is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and author who invites people deeper in their walk with Christ. She is the author of two books: The Inner Chapel (Loyola Press, April 2020) and Busy Lives & Restless Souls (Loyola Press, 2017). Passionate about Ignatian spirituality and teaching people how to pray, Becky leans on her twenty years of ministry experience to help people make room for God in their daily lives and invite then into deeper relationship with God. Follow her at www.beckyeldredge.com. Becky lives in Baton Rouge, LA, with her husband and three children.
Bro. Mickey McGrath

Artist, Writer, Storyteller

Bro. Mickey McGrath is a nationally acclaimed painter, writer, and storyteller.

Bio

Bro. Mickey McGrath

Artist, Writer, Storyteller

Meet Bro. Mickey

In a nutshell, I paint, write, and tell stories- and then travel all over the place telling the stories behind what I paint and write. My first formal art lessons were at the Moore College of Art in downtown Philly, my hometown. They had classes for young people on Saturday mornings which I attended through all four years of high school. The real blessings and life lessons I received there were not just about learning how to make art in a variety of techniques and styles, but discovering beauty in and with other kids who did not look like the kids in my white, Catholic, Monday through Friday world. In the beginning, Black, Jewish, Puerto Rican, and Asian teens were as new to me as ink, paint, charcoal, and clay. And I grew to love it all. After high school, I majored in Art at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA and later received an MFA in Painting at the American University in Washington, DC. I enjoyed wonderful art education at both places and am grateful to this day for the many ways in which both schools broadened my horizons and abilities. For eleven years, I was an associate professor of Studio Art and Art History at De Sales University in Center Valley, PA from where I transitioned in 1994 into working full time as an artist who leads retreats, creates books, and gives presentations. Boy, I didn’t see that coming! But you never know where the Holy Spirit is going to lead you, and Her plans always work out better than anything I could do left to my own devices. Since 1987, I have taught every summer at the Grunewald Guild, an interfaith art community in the Cascade Mountains of Leavenworth, WA which offers week-long classes in any number of art disciplines. Believe me, there are worse ways to spend summer days. And finally, since 2009, I have lived and worked in Camden, NJ where I have furthered my art education in the context of social justice and finding beauty in the margins. In 2017, I turned sixty and celebrated forty years as a Religious Brother in the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales- and firmly believe the best is yet to come.
Claire Henning, DMin.

Founder of Catholic Conversations, Pastoral Associate, Co-founder of Parish Catalyst

Claire Henning has a blog titled Catholic Conversations which encourages dialogue about faith.

Bio

Claire Henning, DMin.

Founder of Catholic Conversations, Pastoral Associate, Co-founder of Parish Catalyst
I am a product of 25 years of Catholic education. I received my bachelor’s degree in Music from Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles, a master’s degree in Pastoral Theology from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. I was commissioned in 2009 as a Pastoral Associate in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. I worked in parish ministry for 20 years at St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Los Angeles.  St. Paul’s is staffed by the Paulist Fathers. Working with five different Paulist pastors and a variety of associates was an important component of my formation. In 2012 I left parish ministry to co-found Parish Catalyst, a parachurch nonprofit dedicated to encouraging parish leadership teams to “Think Creatively, Act Courageously and Renew the Church.” In 2019, Parish Catalyst was acquired by Renew International. Since leaving Parish Catalyst I have been listening to and writing about the stories of disaffiliated Catholics. I recently launched a blog titled Catholic Conversations, which explores the Catholic experience. It is designed to provide a space where committed Catholics, cultural Catholics, disaffiliated Catholics, anyone who loves a Catholic, and everybody in between can listen to one another. As my blog bio states:I’ve preached at liturgies and set up cones in rainy parking lots.  I’ve spoken at Oxford University and been the only one left at a parish event to do the clean-up.  My Catholic husband and I have raised four kids Catholic, and only one has stuck with it.” A few years back, after my granddaughter’s baptism, I posted her picture on Facebook with the caption, ‘Welcome to the faith!  Grandma is working to build a church you can thrive in.’  So here I am, a blogger, looking for a way to help this wounded and beautiful church that I love thrive. Over the years, I’ve seen and heard so many stories of steadfast faith and painful disaffiliation and participated in hundreds of stimulating conversations about the future of the church. This blog is a place for all those conversations to land, collect, and inform us as we, the church, step out onto new ground.”
Colleen Campbell

Coordinator of Formation Programs

Colleen Campbell is Coordinator of Formation Programs at the Catholic Apostolate Center.

Bio

Colleen Campbell

Coordinator of Formation Programs
Colleen Campbell is Coordinator of Formation Programs at the Catholic Apostolate Center. She is also a PhD Candidate studying Catechetics and Religious Education at the Catholic University of America, where she is currently working on her dissertation on Pope Francis's understanding of accompaniment and the baptismal catechumenate. Colleen is a co-author of The Art of Accompaniment: Theological, Spiritual, and Practical Elements of Building a More Relational Church (Catholic Apostolate Center, 2019). Colleen holds a BA in Pastoral Ministry from the University of Dallas and an MA in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. She is an alumna of Notre Dame's Echo Program, through which she served as an apprentice catechetical leader in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Colleen has also served in various lay and catechetical ministry roles in the Diocese of Ft. Worth and the Archdiocese of Washington. She is originally from Greenville, South Carolina, and currently lives in Washington, DC. To learn more about Colleen's work, and the work of the Catholic Apostolate Center, visit https://www.catholicapostolatecenter.org/
Deacon Matt Halbach, Ph.D.

Deacon, Speaker, Author, and Catechist

Executive Director of Catechesis for William H. Sadlier, Inc.

Bio

Deacon Matt Halbach, Ph.D.

Deacon, Speaker, Author, and Catechist

Deacon Matthew Halbach, Ph.D. was ordained in 2018 for the Diocese of Des Moines, IA. He is the Executive Director of Catechesis for William H. Sadlier, Inc. and a national author and speaker on the topics of mercy, accompaniment, evangelization, and catechesis. Deacon Halbach is also a member of the USCCB National Advisory Council (2019-2023). He earned his Ph.D. in Catechetics from The Catholic University of America in 2014, and is a reviewer for the university’s International Journal of Evangelization and Catechesis. Deacon Halbach is a husband and father of six children.

Deacon Timothy Tilghman

Deacon

Timothy E. Tilghman is a husband, father, sailor, an organizer, and a deacon.

Bio

Deacon Timothy Tilghman

Deacon
Timothy E. Tilghman is a husband, father, sailor, an organizer, and a deacon, one who lives to answer the question:  How does my individual action build the community? This life is learning, teaching, and walking with others as they take action that gives meaning to their public lives; it includes caring for family, those related by blood and the larger family of those encountered in public life.  His formal education at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and his graduate work in Public Administration at the George Washington University, and in Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University’s Ecumenical Institute, were important milestones in his formation.  The defining role in his life is as a son, the son of an organizer. Going to the Well to Build Community is a chapter in the life of a son striving to live the lessons of his father, as Jesus worked to do the will of his Father.   Deacon Tilghman and The Evangelist, Michael Howard met in August 1992, 18 years prior to ordination, and three weeks after Deacon Tilghman’s marriage to Jennifer.  Believing that the domestic church is the first church, the Tilghmans (Jennifer and Timothy) and the Howards (Charlene and Michael) practiced being community with their children since they met.  Their relationship and collaboration in ministry continue to grow from an almost 29-year family conversation to build community.
Denise Utter

Chair of the In Word and Witness Board of Directors

Denise is the President, Chair of the In Word and Witness Board of Directors

Bio

Denise Utter

Chair of the In Word and Witness Board of Directors
In addition to serving as the President, Chair of the In Word and Witness Board of Directors, Denise Utter is a writer, educator, and speaker who presents on topics of faith and evangelization at national, regional, and diocesan conferences. Her experience at both the parish and diocesan levels shapes her work as a consultant who accompanies church leadership teams in their efforts to create vibrant and engaging faith communities. Denise’s publications include articles for Catechetical Leader, Catechist Magazine, and Take Out: Our Faith on the Go! (OSV), and in online curriculum for Our Sunday Visitor, Center for Ministry Development, and the Archdiocese of Chicago. Denise partners at Strong Catholic Family Faith with other diocesan leaders who have a passion for affirming, empowering, and equipping families in their mission to pass on their faith; she coordinates their social media page which can be found here. Denise earned a Masters of Arts in Pastoral Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She and her husband Rob live in Chicago and have three adult children.
Douglas Leal

Author, Speaker, Trainer

Douglas is the vice president of mission integration with St. Joseph Health.

Bio

Douglas Leal

Author, Speaker, Trainer

Douglas Leal has worked in ministry in New Orleans, Chicago, and Los Angeles. He is currently vice president of mission integration with St. Joseph Health. Previously, he was the director of adult formation for the Office of Religious Education of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Douglas has over 20 years’ experience in learning and development, organizational design and effectiveness, and strategic planning and implementation. Prior to establishing his own consulting firm, he was a director in the management consulting practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

As an actor, Douglas has appeared in numerous regional theater productions and independent films.  He co-directed and appeared in the West Coast premiere of Lady Lancing, Oscar Wilde’s original script of The Importance of Being Earnest. His play Outsider was produced by Write Act Repertory in Hollywood. Douglas was a member of ComedySportz Chicago and has served as artistic director of two improv groups.

Douglas received his M.A. in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College and his B.A. from Loyola University New Orleans.

Dr. Carol Zinn

Sister of St. Joseph

Dr. Carol Zinn, a Sister of St. Joseph from Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA.

Bio

Dr. Carol Zinn

Sister of St. Joseph
Dr. Carol Zinn, a Sister of St. Joseph from Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA has ministered in the formal and non-formal education profession.  She has taught on all levels (pre-K through post-graduate) and has worked in the areas of educational leadership, religious education, sacramental coordinator, and music minister. Dr. Zinn earned a BS in Education from Chestnut Hill College, PA; a Master’s in Theology from St. Bonaventure University, NY; and a Doctorate in Curriculum Development and Education Foundations from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.  She was also a research fellow at Episcopal Divinity School and Harvard University on the topic: Leadership and Transformation. Dr. Zinn worked in grassroots-based international movements as consultant and facilitator.  In particular, she worked on the United Religions Initiative and the Earth Charter.  She works with multi-sector and multi-issue groups in helping people deepen an understanding of global realities, local efforts, and the connections inherent.  Dr. Zinn also worked as the Education Program Director for Global Education Associates, a non-governmental organization working to further global systemic change. Dr. Zinn served as the main representative for the Congregations of St. Joseph, an NGO in General Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council at the United Nations. She represented over 15,000 Sisters of St. Joseph who live and minister in 57 countries. In this capacity she participated in UN meetings on the topics of Human Rights, Eradication of Poverty, Environment, Peace and Disarmament, Education, Sustainable Development, Women, Children and Healthcare.  She also spent time with individual congregations and provinces in helping them connect their particular efforts and energies to the global issues and concerns.   This aspect of her work took place in retreat settings, congregational/provincial assemblies, chapter gatherings, and community meetings. Dr. Zinn served on her Congregation’s leadership team and in the Presidency of LCWR (Leadership Conference of Women Religious) for a 3 year term, 2012-2015. She served as the Senior Vice President for Mission Integration for Plante Moran Cresa Company working with Congregations as they discerned the future of their mission and charism and the fully living of religious life during these transformational times. Currently Carol serves as the Executive Director of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.
Dr. Donald R. McCrabb

Executive Director

Dr. Donald R. McCrabb is Executive Director of the United States Catholic Mission Association.

Bio

Dr. Donald R. McCrabb

Executive Director
Dr. Donald R. McCrabb is Executive Director of the United States Catholic Mission Association, which connects all missionaries – lay, religious, and ordained. Don’s lifetime of service to the Church includes years in campus ministry, teaching, priestly formation, and administration. Don is co-author with his wife Barbara of Rise, Take the Child – Reflections on the Vocation of Adoption. Don is active in his parish, The Shrine of the Sacred Heart, in Washington, D.C.
Edwina Gateley

poet, theologian, artist, writer, and lay minister

Edwina is a poet, theologian, artist, writer, and lay minister.

Bio

Edwina Gateley

poet, theologian, artist, writer, and lay minister
Edwina’s life has been described by Publisher’s Weekly as “fascinating – an exceptional blend of contemplation and action”. Her journey has led her to teaching in Africa, founding the Volunteer Missionary Movement (VMM), sojourning in the Sahara Desert, spending nine months of prayer in a trailer in the woods, befriending and ministering to street people and women in prostitution – “God’s little ones,” and preaching the Good News: God Is With Us. Edwina is a poet, theologian, artist, writer, and lay minister. She is a single mom and has been described as a modern day mystic and prophet. She gives talks, conferences, and retreats in the United States, as well as internationally while continuing to reach out to women in recovery from drugs and prostitution.
Evangelist Michael Howard, MA.

Founder of Eat the Scroll Ministry

Michael Howard, MA. is the founder of Eat the Scroll Ministry.

Bio

Evangelist Michael Howard, MA.

Founder of Eat the Scroll Ministry

Evangelist Michael Howard, MA., the founder of Eat the Scroll Ministry developed this ministry through a deep sense of calling from the Holy Spirit. Mr. Howard read the Book of Ezekiel, where God instructed the prophet to "Eat the Scroll." These prophet words inspired Mr. Howard to study the Bible to lead others to a personal encounter through Scripture and Tradition, the two primary sources to God's Revelation.

 

Mr. Howard received his M.A. in Church Ministry/Spirituality at St. Mary's University Seminary, Ecumenical School of Theology, and holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies at Washington Bible College. Presently, he facilitates and teaches Online courses for the University of Dayton. He served as an "Inculturation Consultant," and is a National Speaker for Sadlier's Publications. Eat the Scroll Ministry has a weekly online blog titled Hallelujah People Blog, reflecting on Sunday's gospel reading, an on-lone Bible Study, and Advent videos on their youtube channel. In 2020, Eat the Scroll Ministry collaborated with AursiNetworks to produce other motivational and historical videos for Black Catholics and other ethnic groups.  

 

Mr. Howard other catechetical/teaching experience includes the certification program "My Catholic Faith Delivered" for parishes in the Archdiocese of Washington, the Military Archdiocese, Coordinator of the Religious Education for St. Margaret of Scotland: Pastoral Associate at St. Francis De Sales and Director of Religion at Incarnation Church. He also worked as a liturgy specialist for St. Francis Xavier Academy and prayer leader/planner for "Young Neighbors in Action" Catholic Service Learning, Youth With Heart. Mr. Howard served on the Pastoral Care staff of volunteers at Doctor's Community Hospital visiting the sick. Mr. Howard founded and directed the Eat the Scroll Ministry, which conducts retreats, Bible Study programs, and revivals. Mr. Howard is married to Charlene, who, on many occasions, accompanies him in ministry. They have four children and four grandchildren.

Gail DeGeorge

Editor

Gail DeGeorge became editor of Global Sisters Report in January 2016.

Bio

Gail DeGeorge

Editor
Gail DeGeorge became editor of Global Sisters Report in January 2016. She lives near Washington, D.C., and has spent much of her career reporting on economic, business, and labor market issues for national and regional publications. She's taught eighth grade and Confirmation classes for more than 10 years at parishes in South Florida and Silver Spring, Maryland, helped revitalize the Rosary Guild ministry at St. Bonaventure in Davie, Florida, and served on the parish council, volunteered at a food pantry, and other parish activities.
Jackie Hopper

Vice President, In Word and Witness Board of Directors

Jackie Hopper is the Director of Religious Education and Catechetical Leadership, Diocese of Boise.

Bio

Jackie Hopper

Vice President, In Word and Witness Board of Directors
Jackie Hopper is the Director of Religious Education and Catechetical Leadership for the Diocese of Boise.  She has been a professional minister in her Diocese for almost 39 years. Serving as parish youth minister, diocesan director of Youth Ministry, DRE, and many other positions along the way give her life meaning as a lay minister. Her background in nonprofit business and nursing has paved the way for her to serve in these diverse ways in the Church. She holds an MBA alongside Pastoral Theology and Youth Ministry certifications. This year, her husband Rob and she will celebrate 40 years of marriage alongside their 3 incredible adult children. Jackie’s passion in the church is to mentor others in ministry and share new and exciting ways to share the Good News. She strongly believes we are all called to make Saints in our work as pastoral leaders.
Jazmin Jimenez

Director of Liturgy & Worship

Jazmin Jimenez is the Director of Liturgy & Worship at her parish.

Bio

Jazmin Jimenez

Director of Liturgy & Worship
Jazmin Jimenez is the Director of Liturgy & Worship at her parish, American Martyrs Catholic Church, in Manhattan Beach, CA. Before transitioning to parish work, she taught religion and worked in campus ministry at Catholic high schools for 13 years. Jazmin is a proud product of Catholic education and alumna of Loyola Marymount University where she studied theology. She happily serves on the board for The Association of Catholic Student Councils, a youth leadership organization, with which she has been involved since 1996; the House of Yahweh South Bay Outreach Center; and is president of her town's moms club. Jazmin is a member of the Church Renewal Working Group for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, a group of religious and lay leaders who desire to become a discerning and empowering community committed to church renewal. She is a daily practitioner of Ignatian Spirituality and when not working or volunteering, Jazmin can be found listening to a podcast while cooking in the kitchen. She resides in El Segundo, CA with her husband, Mike, and their two young boys.
Jenny Hoffman

Global Creative Strategist, Spotify

Jenny Hoffman is a soon-to-be-certified spiritual director who does creative marketing.

Bio

Jenny Hoffman

Global Creative Strategist, Spotify
Jenny Hoffman is a soon-to-be-certified spiritual director who does creative marketing at a tech company, in that order. Jenny intersects the secular and sacred on a daily basis. She frequently hosts silent retreats, leads group retreats, and holds small group sessions for young adults across the country. A passionate public speaker, you can find her giving presentations on discernment, the gift of silence, the value of storytelling and personal witness in faith, and maintaining inner peace. She is currently enrolled in the three-year Spiritual Direction program at Mount St. Mary’s University. She's been in spiritual direction for almost 10 years and is an active parishioner at St. Monica (Santa Monica, CA), and she’s a daily practitioner of Ignatian spirituality. In 2018, Jenny was recognized for her work in young adult ministry by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. When she's not serving at St. Monica, Jenny is a global creative strategist at Spotify, leading her team’s outreach efforts to the creative community. She’s a big believer in creative marketing with soul, infusing her spiritual background into her work. A born-and-bred Hoosier and a former New York resident, she now resides in Santa Monica, CA. Learn more about her at www.jennyhoffmanmarketing.com.
Joe Paprocki

Consultant

National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press.

Bio

Joe Paprocki

Consultant

Joe Paprocki, DMin, is the National Consultant for Faith Formation for Loyola Press. Over the 40+ years Joe has served in catechetical ministry, he has presented in over 150 dioceses in North America and has authored over 20 books, including his most recent, Preparing Hearts and Minds: 9 Ways for Catechists to Cultivate and Living Faith. 

John Gaffney

Treasurer, In Word and Witness Board of Directors

John Gaffney is a Diocesan Director and serves as Treasurer on the In Word Witness Board.

Bio

John Gaffney

Treasurer, In Word and Witness Board of Directors
John Gaffney serves as the Diocesan Director for Evangelization and Catechesis in the Diocese of Des Moines, Iowa. He has been in that role since 2010. Before entering this ministry, he served in a variety of catechetical leadership roles at two parishes in the diocese: the Basilica of St. John and St. Theresa of the Child Jesus. John has a Master of Arts in Adult Education from Iowa State University as well as a Master in Ministry at Creighton University.
Kathy Hendricks

Consultant and Catechist

National Catechetical Consultant for William H. Sadlier

Bio

Kathy Hendricks

Consultant and Catechist
Kathy Hendricks is the National Catechetical Consultant for William H. Sadlier and a contributing writer for many of their materials, including the new catechetical series, Christ in Us. Kathy has extensive experience in catechetical and pastoral ministry and offers talks and retreats across the country on topics of catechesis, spirituality, and family. She is a spiritual director and the author of several books. She and her husband, Ron, are the parents of two adult children, Eric and Anna, and a daughter, Jenny, who died in infancy. They also dote on their beautiful grandchildren, River Grace and Clay John.  
Kathy Powell

nonprofit and faith-based communications professional

Kathy, a passionate nonprofit and faith-based communications professional.

Bio

Kathy Powell

nonprofit and faith-based communications professional
Kathy, a passionate nonprofit and faith-based communications professional, has over 15 years of experience and a rather specific niche, having previously worked for a Jesuit retreat center, an interfaith organization, a Catholic parish, and a Reform Jewish synagogue. In her current role as the Creative Director and Content Strategist for Becky Eldredge, Kathy amplifies the mission to invite people deeper in their walk with God through Ignatian Spirituality. She lives in the suburbs of Atlanta with her husband and three children, spending her free time reminding her kids to use their inside voices, cooking without recipes, and walking with families who have lost a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss. 
Leisa Anslinger

Minister, Author, Catechist

Leisa has a long history in ministry specializing in lifelong catechesis and stewardship.

Bio

Leisa Anslinger

Minister, Author, Catechist
Leisa Anslinger has a long history in parish ministry. Her parish work has helped form Leisa as an effective adviser to others in pastoral ministry. Leisa speaks nationally on several key topics. She is a known expert on lifelong catechesis and stewardship. These two dimensions of parish life intertwine in Leisa's work, one informing the other. "For lasting results in stewardship," Leisa says, "a strong process for adult conversion and formation must be in place. Otherwise, you get a fund raising flash-in-the-pan!" She also provides workshops on using StrengthsFinder in the Catholic Community. And, related to that, also provides parish-changing workshops on parishioner engagement. Leisa holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, a Masters in Secondary School Counseling from Purdue University and a Master of Arts in Religion from the Athenaeum of Ohio. Leisa is the author of Here Comes Everybody! Whole Community Catechesis in the Parish. This book has helped thousands shape their own lifelong faith formation programs. She is also co-author with Bill Huebsch of Desires of the Heart, a powerful prayer book to accompany The Growing Faith Project or simply to stand alone as a personal source of prayer inspiration. Her most recent work is Forming Generous Hearts: Stewardship Planning for Lifelong Faith Formation, co-authored with Vikki Shepp.
Margaret Matijasevic

Executive Director

Margaret Matijasevic serves as the Executive Director of In Word and Witness.

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Margaret Matijasevic

Executive Director
Margaret has served the In Word and Witness community as Executive Director since 2015 and has over 20 years in professional church ministry. She lives in MD with her two children, two cats, two frogs, and one guinea pig. Margaret is passionate about accompanying the People of God in faith, leadership governance, and the potential of technology to expand the sharing of the Gospel. Maximizer. Individualization. Arranger. Connectedness. Self-Assurance.
Monsignor Ray East

Monsignor and Speaker

A priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.

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Monsignor Ray East

Monsignor and Speaker
The grandson of Baptist missionaries to South Africa, Msgr. Ray East was born in Newark, N.J., and raised in San Diego. A priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., he served in six local parishes before being named Pastor of St. Teresa of Avila Church. Msgr. East was Director of the Office of Black Catholics and Vicar for Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. He is a regular and popular speaker and he continues to present workshops, facilitations and keynote addresses at major national events.
Phyllis Zagano, Ph.D.

Senior Research Associate-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor

Dr. Zagano is Senior Research Associate-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor of Religion.

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Phyllis Zagano, Ph.D.

Senior Research Associate-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor
Phyllis Zagano, Ph.D. is Senior Research Associate-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor of Religion at Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, where she continues her research into women deacons. Pope Francis appointed her to the 2016-2018 Pontifical Commission for the Study of the Diaconate of Women.
Rev. Erik Samuelson

Pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church

Rev. Erik Samuelson, a Lutheran pastor, works in the area of discernment, formation, and mentoring.

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Rev. Erik Samuelson

Pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church
Rev. Erik Samuelson accompanies leaders in journeys of transformation as they come alive to their deep callings and act powerfully with others to change the world. He serves part time as pastor of Freeborn and Faith Lutheran Churches, North of Seattle. His wider work is in the areas of vocational discernment, spiritual formation, organizational innovation and change, leadership development, and alternative theological education. He also works as a coach and trainer with VibrantFaith, including on a Lilly Foundation “Innovation Hub” grant project that works with churches across the country as they “Create a Culture of Calling.” Erik is a trained community organizer, and trains with the ELCA’s Organizing for Mission Network. He is the founder of “Come Alive Coaching” which offers coaching, workshops, practices, and resources to individuals and communities looking to deepen their engagement with vocation, spiritual formation, organizational renewal, and leadership development. Erik holds an MDiv from PLTS, an MA in Systematic and Philosophical Theology from the Graduate Theological Union, and is in the process of being certified as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation. Erik lives in Everett, WA with his wife, Tauni, two teenage daughters, and two rambunctious poodles.
Sister Kieran Sawyer, SSND

Sister of Notre Dame.

Sister Kieran is a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

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Sister Kieran Sawyer, SSND

Sister of Notre Dame.
Sister Kieran is nationally known for her creative work in youth ministry and adolescent catechesis. She has taught religion at all levels of grade and high school, in Catholic schools and in Religious Education Programs, and has presented numerous workshops and programs for religion teachers, catechists, and youth ministers across the country. Sister Kieran's publications include Learning about L.I.F.E: Love, Infatuation, Friendship, and Exploitation; Sex and the Teenager: Choices and Decisions; The Faith Difference; Faith Facts for Young Catholics; More Faith Facts for Young Catholics; Time Out: Resources for Teen Retreats; and Confirming Faith: a Confirmation Preparation Program for High School Teens. Her catechetical and youth ministry materials are published by Ave Maria Press, the Center for Ministry Development, and Econographics. Sister Kieran is a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.
Sr. Kathleen Lunsmann, IHM

President of SOAR!

Sr. Kathleen serves as the president of Support Our Aging Religious (SOAR).

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Sr. Kathleen Lunsmann, IHM

President of SOAR!
As president of SOAR!, Sister Kathleen leads, manages and establishes a clear vision and direction for the organization and its staff. Sister Kathleen has been with SOAR! since 2010. Prior to this, she served  as the director of development of her own congregation, the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Sister Kathleen earned a master’s in public administration from the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University and has been involved in the ministry of fundraising for more than 20 years. Originally from New Jersey, Sister Kathleen enjoys everything about living in Washington, DC except the traffic.
timone davis, DMin.

Assistant Professor

dr. timone davis is an assistant professor in the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University

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timone davis, DMin.

Assistant Professor
timone davis* is a cradle Catholic who was a “pewster” until she discovered that the uselessness of the Church was because she wasn’t giving anything of herself. After committing to do something, her life changed. Her first ministry was with the RCIA, where she not only welcomed others into the Church, but also revitalized her own spirituality. After working for the Archdiocese of Chicago as the coordinator of ReCiL – Reclaiming Christ in Life Young Adult Ministry, timone launched PEACE centered WHOLENESS with her husband Orlando, where they are blending clinical counseling and spiritual companioning. In addition to running a business, timone is an assistant professor in the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago. In her spare time, she serves as the treasurer of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium. timone's dynamic energy and deep spirituality enhance her brand of teaching that engages one’s spirit through the use of storytelling. No matter the occasion, timone's mission is to help others open their hearts and minds to the soul-saving power of God's Grace, Love and Mercy. *timone uses lower case letters in spelling her name to indicate her decrease as God increases within her.
Valerie D. Lewis-Mosley, OPA

Catechist, Minister, Preacher

Valerie serves the Church as a Lay Associate Order of Preachers (OPA)

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Valerie D. Lewis-Mosley, OPA

Catechist, Minister, Preacher
Valerie is an alumna of Boston College School of Nursing (BSN 1979), Seton Hall University School of Law (MSJ - Health Law 2006), Seton Hall University School of Theology – Immaculate Conception Seminary (MAPM -Christian Spirituality/Spiritual Direction 2011), and Drew Theological School (Doctor of Ministry -  Practicing Healing Mind Body Spirit 2015). Valerie has graduate studies in Nursing Leadership from New York University. She is also a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana-Institute for Black Catholic Studies (2002) with a certification as a Master Catechist in the Catholic Church. She also has doctrinal certification from the Archdiocese of Newark where she has served in ministry for over thirty years. She is the Director of Religious Education at the Church of Christ the King - Jersey City, New Jersey, a historical Black Catholic Parish an Apostolate for Evangelization in the African American community. She serves in various capacities across the nation as a mentor to youth and adults; evangelist, retreat leader and revivalist and public speaker, life coach and Spiritual Director. Catechesis to children and youth and women’s spirituality and empowerment are a major component of her ministry as a pastoral associate. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Theology at Caldwell University, Caldwell, New Jersey and she is a member of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium. She belongs to various International Honor Societies and is a Silver Life member of the NAACP. She is retired from clinical practice at the New York Hospital-Weill Cornell University Medical Center. Her specialty area was in High Risk/Tertiary Care Obstetrics where she served as the Senior Staff Clinical Nurse, Unit Preceptor, and Quality Assurance Committee Representative. She was also an interim administrative Nurse Recruiter. Valerie is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion for the sick and infirm. She serves as a minister on the Pre-Cana team preparing couples for the Sacrament of Matrimony. She serves the Church as a Lay Associate Order of Preachers (OPA) of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell, New Jersey. It is her mission “To Praise, To Bless, To Preach” the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her life models the spirituality of the Dominican and Jesuit charism. Black Catholic spirituality and Catholic Social Justice Teaching are premiere in her use of culture and faith to authentically evangelize.
Victoria Radleigh Smith

Director of Mission Integration

Victoria Radleigh Smith serves as the Director of Mission Integration for In Word and Witness.

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Victoria Radleigh Smith

Director of Mission Integration
Victoria Radeigh Smith serves as the Director of Mission Integration for the In Word and Witness. She has more than 15 years of professional ministry experience and has previously worked at both the parish and diocesan level. Throughout her career, she has coordinated or assisted in a variety of events, such as: The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress (Youth Day and Adult Days), The City of Saints Teen Conference, The National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC), and the National Conference for Catholic Youth Ministry (NCCYM). Victoria holds a National Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies and is a certified Master Catechist for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. She and her husband, Andrew, live in Burbank, California. Achiever. Woo. Communication. Individualization. Learner.