This year’s featured speakers at Leadership Academy currently include:
Rev. Teresa “Terri” Hord Owens, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. A Disciple since young adulthood, Hord Owens was dean of students at the University of Chicago Divinity School and pastor of First Christian Church of Downers Grove, IL prior to her election. Her ministry and intellectual interests include a theology of reconciliation, cultural intelligence, developing inclusive and multi-cultural congregations, and the mentoring of youth and young adults. We look forward to welcoming her back as a speaker!
Rev. Lorenzo Lebrija, Founding Director of TryTank, an experimental laboratory for church growth and innovation. He studied at the General Theological Seminary in New York City where he earned his Master of Divinity degree. Prior to launching TryTank, Lorenzo was the Chief Development Officer for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. He has been a frequent speaker at community events, including Leadership Academy, to groups on development, community involvement, the arts, business strategy, and marketing.
Rev. Dr. Eun Strawser, co-vocational church planter and physician in Honolulu, HI. Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in West Philadelphia, she was trained and practiced at the University of Pennsylvania and as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She currently lives in Honolulu, where she’s surrounded by her church, “Ma Ke Alo o“, a people of Presence, which includes her red-bearded husband and their three, seriously, amazing children. Ma Ke Alo o is a family of multiplied missional communities that disciples committed people of presence in their locally rooted places.