2020 Speakers

Enjoy this preview from Week 1 Speaker Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto

Weyerhaeuser Associate Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary and an ordained Baptist minister, Eric is the author of Ethnic Negotiations: The Function of Race and Ethnicity in Acts 16 (Mohr Siebeck, 2010), the co-author of Exploring the Bible (Fortress Press, 2016), and editor of Reading Theologically (Fortress Press, 2014).

Eric will be exploring the relevance of the Acts of the Apostles for a 21st century audience, asking us to imagine what our call as stewards of the gospel looks like today, and how we can be a relevant, impactful church in the midst of crisis.


Week 2 You Will Meet Bonnie Ives Marden

Bonnie Ives Marden, is a leadership consultant and financial stewardship practitioner. Bonnie provides stewardship education through multiple United Methodist Foundations and is the author of Church Finances for Missional Leaders.

Bonnie will lead us in considering how our own personal relationship with money impacts our spiritual journey and how that in turn may affect how we engage with church finance. After the presentation there will be a live question and answer period where we can explore further how to be the best possible financial stewards for our faith communities.

Our Conference Concludes with the Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow

Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow, currently serves as the senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Palo Alto, California. Bruce is the author of four books, is a frequent guest lecturer, active commentator and a former moderator of the PCUSA. His work with organizations has dealt with organizational systems, institutional change, and long-term visioning.

Bruce will help us in considering how we expand a healthy financial foundation for our churches, looking across generations, culture, and ethnicity to think about congregational paradigms needed for strong forward looking funding for ministry.