Speakers

Brian Mclaren-small Brian McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is an ecumenical global networker among innovative Christian leaders.A frequent guest on television, radio, and news media programs, he has appeared on All Things Considered, Larry King Live, Nightline, and Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. His work has also been covered in Time (where he was listed as one of American’s 25 most influential evangelicals), Christianity Today, Christian Century, the Washington Post, Huffington Post, CNN.com, and many other print media. He has taught or lectured at many seminaries and has served on a number of boards, including Emergent Village (emergentvillage.com), Sojourners (sojo.net), Mars Hill Graduate School (mhgs.edu), International Teams (iteams.org), and Off The Map (off-the-map.org), and he is a founding member of Red Letter Christians (redletterchristians.org).
Bruce Reyes Chow squared Bruce Reyes Chow has been an ordained Presbyterian Teaching Elder for nearly two decades serving as the pastor of a multi-generational congregation in San Francisco, CA as well as the founding pastor of a church plant made of up mostly 20′s and 30′s. A blogger, author and speaker, in 2008 he was elected Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the highest elected office of the denomination. While Bruce’s interests lie in many areas of ministry: one of his greatest passions is helping communities and individuals to thrive in that space where life, faith and technology converge. He believes that the better handle congregations and leaders have on the use of social media and technology, the better they will communicate the gospel and express faith in life and online.
Shawna Bowman 2 Shawna Bowman is the pastor at Friendship Presbyterian Church and an artist in the Chicago Area. Shawna writes an ‘almost daily’ reflection on the lectionary for the coming Sunday here at: Daily Reflections – Working Towards Sunday. The reflections found here are Shawna’s thoughts and words as she moves towards Sunday with her quirky and beautiful folks at Friendship in mind. If you find a word here that makes you curious, gives you hope or deepens your own engagement with what we lovingly and sometimes begrudgingly call our Holy Scriptures even better! Please don’t go away with out leaving your own thoughts, stories and ideas!
Doug Pagitt Square Doug Pagitt is a possibility enthusiast who seeks to find creative, entrepreneurial and generative ways to enlist people to join in the hopes, dreams and desires God has for the world. Doug is a speaker and consultant for churches, denominations and businesses throughout the United States and around the world on issues of Inventive Age culture, social systems Christianity and Leadership. Doug has worked in churches, for a non-profit foundation and has owned three businesses in Minneapolis. Doug serves on the Center for Progressive Renewal team as the Director of Inventive Initiatives as well as being the Director of the CANA Initiative.
Yvette Flunder is much sought after as a preacher, educator, conference speaker and singer. She has been a lecturer, Adjunct Professor and speaker at numerous seminaries to include Lancaster, Duke, Drew, Eden, Yale and New York Theological.  She is the author of “Where the Edge Gathers: A Theology and Homiletic of Radical Inclusion” Pilgrim Press. In June 2003 Bishop Flunder was consecrated Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship a multi-denominational fellowship of 110 primarily African American Christian leaders and laity representing 56 churches and faith-based organizations from all parts of the United States Mexico and Africa.
Stacey Harwell Stacey Harwell is our Minister of Community Building and a deacon in the South Georgia Annual Conference.  She graduated from Mercer University with degrees in journalism, Christianity, and photography; then went on to do her Masters of Divinity work at Candler School of Theology at Emory University.  Her concentration while at Candler was on Church and Community Leadership which includes an emphasis on Asset Based Community Development. 
Carol Howard-Merritt has been a pastor for 13 years, serving growing Presbyterian Churches in the swamps of Cajun Louisiana, a bayside village in Rhode Island, and in an urban neighborhood in D.C. She served as a pastor at Western Presbyterian Church, an intergenerational congregation in Washington, D.C. Western’s deep commitment to serving the poor in the city has helped to initiate programs like Miriam’s Kitchen, a social service program for the homeless which provides a hot, nutritious breakfast and dinner for over 200 men and women. She is the award-winning author of Tribal Church (Alban 2007) and Reframing Hope (Alban 2010). Alongside this site, Carol blogs regularly at Huffington Post, Augsburg Fortress’s The Hardest Question, and Dukes Divinity’s Faith and Leadership sites. She hosts Unco (short for Unconference), open-space gatherings where participants support one another while dreaming about and planning for the future of the church.  And she co-hosts God Complex Radio, a podcast with Derrick Weston. Carol lives in Chattanooga, TN as a full-time writer and speaker.
Michael-Piazza Michael Piazza is the Director of Congregational Vitality of the Center for Progressive Renewal. Michael is a spiritual visionary and social justice advocate who, in addition to his work with the Center for Progressive Renewal, is President of Hope for Peace & Justice, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is equipping progressive people of faith to be champions for peace and justice.  Rev. Piazza is an adjunct professor teaching church renewal with the Pacific School of Religion and Chicago Theological Seminary.Today, Michael is the senior pastor of Virginia Highland Church in Atlanta, GA.
cameron-trimble 140 Cameron Trimble is the Executive Director, CEO of the Center for Progressive Renewal. She teaches Church Planting and Renewal courses and is a sought after speaker across the country. Rev. Trimble is an adjunct professor teaching church planting and renewal at the Pacific School of Religion, Brite Seminary, and Chicago Theological Seminary. She has co-authored the book “Liberating Hope” with Michael Piazza in 2011. Cameron is also the co-pastor of Virginia Highland Church in Atlanta, GA.