In 2016 Bob published Stewardshift: An Economia for Congregational Change in response to the shifts he saw occurring in both the secular world and in churches. The book offers theoretical support and practical tools that promote sustainability, and examines resources that are available to help individuals, church leadership, and congregations make the stewardshift needed in their setting.
Bob spent 40 years in congregational leadership and as a denominational executive with the ELCA in hunger education, Christian education, stewardship education, and family life. His previous books include Not Trying to Hard, Your Brain Goes to Church, Starting Simple, It’s Not Too Late, and Simple Enough.
Denise serves as the Coordinator for Racial and Intercultural Justice at the Presbyterian Mission Agency. As an educational leader Denise provides leadership and training focusing in on anti-racism, cultural humility, and justice. Denise will address issues of diversity, the changes that are occurring in who we as church communities serve, and how to think broadly about who are neighbors are.
In addition to her work with the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Denise serves as Pastor for Unity Presbyterian Church in Temple Hills, Maryland where she teaches and writes.
Rev. Jon Wolf, Pastor of Digital Engagement and Faith Formation– Plenary Leader
As the Pastor for Digital Engagement Jon works to connect daily life to matters of faith across platforms and life stages. Jon uses technology to bring people together, build connections, and keep people active in faith even if they are not at church. Jon will focus on sharing practical tools for increasing engagement with technology, and ways we can feel connected even if we are not in the same room.
Jon serves at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Overland Park, Kansas where he has been since 2010.
Rev. Dr. Jonah So– Plenary Leader
Rev. Dr. So has served numerous churches in a variety of capacities giving him experience navigating multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, and multi-generational congregations while leading members in building a sense of unity and “going together.” In addition to serving in a pastoral role, Jonah is also a Minister of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity with the Presbyterian Foundation, bringing the perspective of the Asian-American community to a national body, Trustee for the Confluence Institute, and a Council member in the Hudson River Presbytery.
Rev. Dr. So currently serves as Lead Pastor at Arcola Covenant Community in Paramus, New Jersey.
Rev. Lemont Wells, Director for Mission, Vitality, and Partnerships – Worship Leader
A dynamic and thought provoking preacher, Rev. Lemont Wells will lead us in inspirational worship to deepen our spiritual understanding of stewardship and our place in society today.
Rev. Kathryn Z. Johnston, Senior Pastor Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church – Worship Leader
Rev. Johnston has been serving as senior pastor at Mechanisburg Presbyterian in South-Central Pennsylvania since 2009. She graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary and has served in a variety of capacities from solo pastor to youth ministry. She lead the closing worship at NEXT Church’s National Gathering in 2018, and will lead our closing worship with a dynamic presence and excitement for the power of stewardship to transform the church.