LEAD 2020 Speakers
UMC LEAD 2019 Speaker: Brandon Wrencher
Rooted in his formation in small towns and the Black Church, Brandon’s visionary leadership has spanned rural, small town and urban communities in North Carolina and Chicago.
LEAD 2020 Speaker: Lindsey Bell-Kerr
Lindsey’s Talk: The ship may be sinking, but also – it’s on fire.
LEAD 2020 Speaker: DJ del Rosario
While DJ was on a training run for his marathon, he noticed a lump in his leg. One year later doctors were not able to diagnose him. For his LEAD talk, DJ will share his story of chemo, moving to disability and his evolving identity from broken to bro-kin.
LEAD 2020 MC: Kim Montenegro
Kim Montenegro lives to connect with the deep, meaningful parts of peoples lives.
LEAD 2020 Speaker: Jeremy W Scott
Jeremy’s Talk: Lack of proper infrastructure is the unglamorous, unsexy, and absolutely essential thing that is killing many of our congregations.
LEAD 2020 Speaker: Sophia Agtarap
Sophia Agtarap serves as the Director of Communications at Vanderbilt Divinity School. She loves exploring the interconnectedness of food and community, and the ways that we can love and serve neighbor through those intersections.
LEAD 2020 Speaker: Kacie Hopkins
Kacie’s Talk: Teaching storytelling through design in rural areas locally and globally through the Methodist connection.
LEAD 2020 Speaker: Meredith Dodd
Meredith’s Talk: Collaboration is not efficient. But collaborative leadership like co-pastoring slowly moves us closer to the kingdom of God.
LEAD 2020 Speaker: Ismael Ruiz-Millán
Ismael’s Talk: Jesus in fact embodies what cultural humility means, his kenosis should be a reminder that the “emptying of one self” should be at the center of any effort toward becoming culturally humble, and consequently culturally competent.
LEAD 2020 Speaker: Ronald Bell
Ronald’s Talk: Lets talk about the realities of grieving while leading. As leaders that tension to hide our grief often leads to resentment and burnout.
LEAD 2020 Speaker: Andy Lang
Andy’s Talk: In a culture of nonstop growth, churches have a unique role in creating small groups that allow for vulnerability and storytelling.
LEAD 2020 Speaker: Kate Kilroy
Kate’s talk with Jenny Smith: Healthy collaboration is all about a fierce trust in God, our own soul work, each other and the work we share.
LEAD 2020 Speaker: Jenny Smith
Jenny and Kate Kilroy’s talk: Healthy collaboration is all about a fierce trust in God, our own soul work, each other and the work we share.
LEAD 2020 Speaker: Lorrin Radzik
Lorrin’s Talk: Resurrection Hope: Church Closure and a Faithful Future
LEAD 2020 Speaker: Michelle Matthews
Michelle’s Talk: The willingness to collaboratively translate worship in spaces that people love & places where people are is critical for Church’s future.
LEAD 2020 Speaker: Dottie Escobedo-Frank
Dottie’s talk: Now is the time to dream a new Methodist movement. We can dream courageously instead of accepting incremental change.