Dr. Timothy C. Tennent has served as President since July 2009. Prior to his coming to Asbury Seminary, Dr. Tennent was the Professor of World Missions and Indian Studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where he served since 1998. Ordained in the United Methodist Church in 1984, he has pastored churches in Georgia, and in several of the largest churches in New England. Since 1989, he has taught annually as an adjunct professor at the New Theological College in Dehra Dun, India. He is a frequent conference speaker around the country and throughout the world, including numerous countries in Asia, Africa and Europe.
Dr. Tennent received his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell, a Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He is also a 2008 graduate of a three year mentor project in Academic Leadership sponsored by the Lily endowment.
Dr. Tennent is the author of numerous books and articles. His books include, Building Christianity on Indian Foundations (ISPCK), Christianity at the Religious Roundtable (Baker Academic), Theology in the Context of World Christianity (Zondervan) and Invitation to World Missions: A Trinitarian Missiology for the 21st Century (Kregel Academic).
With the advent of global Christianity and thousands of Christian movements, networks and denominations, Dr. Tennent will help us explore the mission of the Church in the faith-work movement. He will address what the Church can expect from the institutions charged with preparing its leaders for the full range of expressions of Christian service including pastors, counselors, cross-cultural workers, teachers, marketplace ministers, social entrepreneurs, and others.
Visit Dr. Tennent’s Blog at timothytennent.com
William G. Messenger is the Executive Editor and member of the Steering Committee of the Theology of Work Project, an international organization dedicated to researching, writing, and circulating materials about how the Christian faith can contribute to the workplace. Its materials are free of charge. The TOW Project also helps faith-and-work organizations, pastors and Christians in the workplace work more closely together to equip their members for meaningful and fruitful work in the world. Previously, Will was the Director of the Mockler Center for Faith and Ethics in the Workplace at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary from 1999 to 2008, and an adjunct faculty member there. He created and led the seminary’s doctoral and master’s degree programs in workplace leadership and business ethics. He has served as an adjunct faculty member of Laidlaw-Carey Graduate School (Auckland, New Zealand), guest lecturer at Holy Cross College (Worcester, MA) and adjunct professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY).
Will is a member of the Board of Directors of ArQule, Inc., a biotechnology company near Boston, where he chairs the compensation, nominating and governance committee and is a member of the audit committee. He previously worked as a sales representative at IBM, corporate finance associate at Goldman Sachs, consultant at McKinsey & Co., and vice president of sales and marketing Advanced Metabolic Systems. Will is ordained in the Episcopal Church and formerly served as pastor of Charles River Church in Boston and assistant rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Belmont, MA. He was awarded a B.S. in Physics from Case Western Reserve University, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, a Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Dr. Amy L. Sherman, is a Senior Fellow at the Sagamore Institute where she directs the Center on Faith in Communities. Through the Center, Amy provides training and consulting to churches and non-profits seeking to transform their communities for the common good. She was named by Christianity Today in 2012 as one of the “50 Evangelical Women Most Influencing the American Church and Christian Culture”. Dr. Sherman is the author of six books and more than 80 articles in such diverse periodicals as Christianity Today, First Things, The Public Interest, Policy Review, Prism, The Christian Century, and Books & Culture. Her most recent book is Kingdom Calling. She serves as the Editorial Director for FASTEN, a capacity building project for faith-based organizations that offers a robust website of practical resources for ministry practitioners.
Sherman is the founder and former Executive Director of Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries, an Evangelical nonprofit assisting low-income, inner-city families. She has served on the Advisory Board of the Christian Community Development Association for several years. A passionate participant in the fight against violent injustice around the world, Sherman serves as a Senior Fellow at the International Justice Mission’s IJM Institute. IJM is the leading Christian human rights agency engaged in the fight against modern-day slavery and human trafficking.
Her undergraduate degree is from Messiah College and her graduate degrees are from the University of Virginia.
During Dr. Hunter’s tenure, which began in 1985, Northland has grown from 200 faithful souls to a Florida-based congregation of 20,000 that worships worldwide via the web. Dr. Hunter has become an internationally known advocate for peace, for the poor, for victims of human trafficking, for protecting God’s creation for the sake of victims of pollution-caused climate change, for the inclusion in church and society of families/persons dealing with disabilities, and for racial equality and reconciliation. He is the Chairman of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, a Florida-based nonprofit organization leading the Central Florida effort to end homelessness.
He has been featured in national publications including Time, Newsweek, The New York Times and The Washington Post. A three-time consecutive recipient of Central Florida’s “50 Most Powerful” citizens by Orlando magazine, he has been interviewed on NPR and featured on programs such as “The Early Show,” CNN’s “American Morning,” PBS’ “Religion and Ethics,” and “Anderson Cooper 360.”
Dr. Hunter, due to his ministry involvement in public policy, often relates to public officials in a pastoral role. “All of the issues in which I advocate that we take a moral responsibility are biblical admonitions,” Dr. Hunter says. A longtime bridge-builder who seeks common ground for the common good, Dr. Hunter approaches today’s issues in a biblical and balanced manner. Cooperation and partnership are hallmarks of his ministry. Together, he believes, we can accomplish more because of our differences than we would on our own—without giving up our unique identities.
Dr. Hunter is the author of several books, including A New Kind of Conservative (Regal Books), which outlines a non-partisan approach to political involvement, and Church Distributed, an explanation of how the church can thrive in an era of connection. He is a scholar in own right, having earned several advanced degrees:
• Bachelor of Science in History and Government, Ohio University
• Master of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Divinity, Christian Theological Seminary
• Doctor of Humanities, Belhaven University
• Doctor of Divinity, Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary
Larry Kreider was the President of The Gathering USA for 27 years — in 2014 he retired and is now serving on the Board of Directors.
Larry is Board of Trustee Emeritus at John Brown University and has served on several ministry and civic board of directors. He is the former President of the Greater Orlando Leadership Foundation and was part of the faculty of “Success That Matters Seminars” sponsored by Man In The Mirror Ministries. He was one of the founding members of the National Coalition of Men’s Ministries.
A gifted teacher, Larry has had a major impact through the BASICS/Foundations Sunday School Class at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando and also teaches a seminary course, “Men’s Ministry in the Church.” He is the author of Bottom Line Faith published by Tyndale House, and the co-author of The Four Priorities, which challenges men and women to mature in their faith.
He is a native of Colorado and has lived in the Orlando area since 1987. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas and has attended Reformed Theological Seminary.
Larry was a Founding Partner of Lifework Leadership along with Ralph Veerman. Lifework Leadership is committed to transforming leaders by clarifying their calling, challenging their minds, and engaging their hearts for service.
Eddy Moratin is the Executive Director of LIFT Orlando, a non-profit organization founded by business leaders to partner with neighborhood residents and accelerate community transformation. Its mission is to break the cycle of poverty through holistic neighborhood revitalization mixed-income housing, cradle to career education, wellness and economic opportunity.
Prior to joining LIFT Orlando, Eddy spent seven years as the Executive Director of Lifework Leadership Orlando, a premier leadership development organization. During this time he also served as Senior Fellow at PathNorth in Washington D.C. helping senior leaders around the country broaden their definition of success. As a social-entrepreneur who believes in the power of creating jobs to transform lives and entire communities, he became a co-founder of BAM, LLC a holding company for shared officing and remote receptionist franchises. Additionally, he founded a minority certified joint-venture that helped launch Laurus, a multi-functional, call center outsourcing company employing hundreds domestically and abroad.
His early career included serving as a Client Services Consultant with Right Management Consultants, the leading global provider of integrated consulting solutions, helping 80% of Fortune 500 companies to “manage the human side of change”. He served in multiple leadership positions over a six year career at the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, one of the largest and most influential chambers in Florida with over 5,000 members. During his time there he became a founding team member for Workforce 2020, one of the most innovative, business-led welfare and workforce reform initiatives in the country. He worked with the Jobs Partnership of Florida, a job training program designed to help the under and unemployed break the cycle of poverty through employment. There he designed, launched and delivered their first corporate training curriculum for developing better leaders, managers and employees.
Eddy has a passion for encouraging others to realize their full potential and to use their individual gifts and influence for the betterment of the whole community. Eddy serves on the board of Summit Church in Orlando, Florida.
As Chief Services Officer, Lisa Schultz is responsible for the alignment of CNL Financial Group’s strategy, brand, culture and leadership to accelerate organizational performance. She facilitates the development and communication of CNL’s strategic architecture and integrates those plans with business management systems. In addition, she oversees all facets of the private alternative investment firm’s marketing, communications and human capital management. This includes corporate and product messaging, investor communications, community development, public affairs, brand, leadership development, performance management and total rewards. She also serves as a member of the CNL Financial Group Board of Directors.
Mrs. Schultz has more than 25 years of experience in real estate and financial services, including leadership roles with Bank of America, NationsBank and Barnett Bank. She holds an M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and B.S. in Psychology from Appalachian State University.
A strategic and discerning leader, she is passionate about making a difference in the community. Mrs. Schultz uses her unique combination of skills to serve a variety of organizations:
Dr. George Cope serves as the Director of Church Ministries of Vision Orlando, a trans-denominational ministry seeking to bring unity and renewal through the Body of Christ in Central Florida to affect positive community transformation. Vision Orlando offers a wide variety of resources to help people become more productive in their communities.
Dr. Cope received his B.A. degree in Biblical Studies from Central Bible College, his M.A. in Leadership Studies from Vanguard University and earned his D.Min. in Leadership from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His ministry began in Waukegan, IL serving as a Youth Pastor while pursuing his studies at Trinity Seminary. Rev. Cope assumed the pastorate of Belmont Evangelical Church in the inner city of Chicago. Following, Cope led Abundant Life Christian Center in Alton, IL for six years and served at his third church, Bethany Assembly of God in Agawam, MA for nine and half years. While at Bethany, he was elected Assistant District Superintendent of Assemblies of God.
Dr. Cope served as President of Zion Bible College in Barrington, R.I. from March 2000 to December 2005. In January 2006, he was elected Lead Pastor at Calvary Assembly of God in Winter Park, FL where he served until 2013. Cope has traveled extensively outside the United States in ministry. Four trips to the former USSR resulted in the establishment of two churches and one orphanage. Several past mission trips include Jamaica, Haiti, Europe, India, Sri Lanka and the Middle East.
The Rev. Dr. Tapiwa Mucherera is an ordained Elder of United Methodist Church and a member in full connection with the Zimbabwe West Annual Conference. He is also an Affiliated Member of the Florida United Methodist Annual Conference and serves on the Board of Ordained Ministry. He has served several churches in Zimbabwe, Chicago, Iowa, Denver, and Kentucky. Dr. Mucherera is the Director of the Office of Faith, Work and Economics and a full time Professor of Pastoral Counseling at Asbury Theological Seminary (Florida Campus) where he has taught for the last 16 years. He is author of three books: Glimmers of Hope (2013), Meet me at the Palaver (2009), Pastoral Care from a Third World Perspective (2001), 2005). He has chapters in Anne E. Streaty Wimberly, Keep it Real: Working with Today’s Black Youth (2005), and Stephen Madigan, Therapy from Outside In, (2004).
Some of Dr. Mucherera’s passions are in doing workshops with pastors on self-care, and seminars on marriage and family issues. He also has a heart for ministering and supporting those orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemics especially in Africa and Zimbabwe in particular. Dr. Mucherera worked as an individual and family therapist before joining the Asbury Seminary faculty.
He received a Diploma in Theology at United Theological College, Zimbabwe; M.Div., Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary; B.A. in Religion and Psychology, Simpson College; M.A. in Pastoral Care and Counseling, Iliff School of Theology; and a Ph.D., University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology.
Candice Blomeley is the Owner at JMHC, Inc., and serves as its Vice President. Candice has more than 30 years of experience in accounting and computer operations. She has been a part of the management team at JMHC since 1985 and is involved daily in the administrative operations. She holds an active Underground Utility Contractor License in the State of Florida.
Candice is also the Founder and President of NINE12, Inc., an organization that empowers and financially equips people to understand and solve their personal budgeting issues. Candice is a dynamic speaker and financial coach on the subjects of spending wisely and giving generously. She has taught audiences of hundreds at local workshops about what it takes to create and to live within a Spending Plan.
Candice has a Bachelor of Science and a MBA with a concentration in Accounting and Computer Science from Columbus University in Columbus, Georgia and continued with additional accounting coursework in the Doctoral program at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Case Thorp leads The Collaborative team, and is having too much fun doing it. Really. He is also Senior Associate Pastor leading the mission and evangelism ministries for FPCO. Educational stops along the way have included Oxford College (AA), Emory University (BA), Princeton Theological Seminary (MDIV), and Fuller Theological Seminary (DMIN in Missional Ecclesiology).
Originally from Atlanta, Case is a pastor who has served in New Jersey, Texas, California, and Louisiana. He writes, blogs, and presents for the growing faith and work movement while serving as the Made to Flourish Network co-director for Orlando.
He enjoys time engaging the arts, urban design, politics, cycling and swimming, and both a NYT and WSJ in Starbucks.
Read some of his editorials and blog posts at casethorp.com
As Executive Director of Compass Urban Stewardship Ministries, Inc., Ken Battles is charged with the mission to equip the urban community to faithfully apply God’s principles of finances, love and leadership through a discipleship approach to learning and practical application. Compass Urban Stewardship Ministries is an affiliate of Compass- finances God’s way, a worldwide non-profit interdenominational ministry that teaches people of all ages how to handle money based on the principles of the Bible.
Ken has a very successful career with more than thirty-five years of diversified Information Technology experience. His skills and expertise include global service management, process management, process improvement and optimization, project management, IT general controls, IT security, and collaborative leadership. His last assignment as a Strong Authentication Service Delivery Manager involved leading a global team responsible for an Information Technology security service utilized by 55,000 employees of a large multi-national company.
He is a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Oviedo, FL where he serves as a deacon and a member of many ministries, including Strategic Planning, Education and Chamber of Commerce.
Ken graduated from Alabama A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.
Yanet Herrero is the President and CEO of Kings Service Solutions and Kings Financial Group. The daughter of Cuban entrepreneurs, Yanet was born in Havana, Cuba, and came to the United States at the early age of seven. Following the entrepreneur spirit her parents instilled in her, she founded Kings Service Solutions, LLC in 2007. Kings Service Solutions provides facility maintenance services throughout the state of Florida. In 2013, Yanet founded Kings Financial Group, which specializes in providing tax services to low income families. Kings Service Solutions and Kings Financial Group give 10% of their earnings to local organizations and charities.
In 2013, Mrs. Herrero was interviewed by MSNBC on their nationally televised “Your Business” show featuring her as a female entrepreneur whose company is profitable and produces exceptional service. With an unyielding drive to provide customer service and deliver an excellent product, she has taken Kings Service Solutions from a startup company to being recognized on several platforms including: Hispanic Business Initiative Fund of Central Florida as “Success Story of the Year”; Vision Magazine’s “One of 25 Most Influential Persons in Central Florida” and “Latin Entrepreneur of the Year 2014” by Latina Style magazine.
Mrs. Herrero serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida and the Board of Directors for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando.
She earned her M.B.A. from Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business.
Mark Goldstein is the President & CEO of the Central Florida Christian Chamber of Commerce and President of On The Mark Consulting LLC., a relationship-building company.
Mark is best described as a “people helper”. He has an intense passion to help others succeed in business and ministry by developing and implementing creative marketing strategies. He has over thirty years of experience in sales and marketing which includes broadcast media, print, home-based, Internet and trade show. Mark holds a Bachelors Degree in Theology and a Masters Degree in Christian Counseling. He is currently completing a doctorate in that same field of studies. As president of the Christian Chamber, his goal is to build business, build community, and build the Kingdom. As president of On The Mark Consulting, he helps individuals and businesses enhance communication, reduce conflict and increase productivity.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Mark’s career began when he enlisted in the US Air Force in 1973. For nearly nine years he served his country while having various tours of duty including Spain, Italy, Germany and The Netherlands.
Dr. Jay Moon comes to us from Sioux Falls Seminary in South Dakota where he has been a Professor of Intercultural Studies and Director of Wesley House of Study, since 2005. He has taught a wide range of classes including intercultural studies, evangelism, church planting, discipleship, community development, and practical intercultural ministry courses. From 1992-2001, Jay and his family were involved in church planting in Ghana. While there, he served as Project Manager for a hand-dug well project. He also taught a variety of church planting courses at Chiana Bible Training Centre in Ghana. Jay received his PhD in Intercultural Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2005 and has published numerous articles along with a couple books, including African Proverbs Reveal Christianity in Culture (2009). He has been a keynote speaker for a wide variety of seminars and conferences focusing on missions, church planting and other related issues. Besides his African experience, Jay has been involved in numerous innovative missional enterprises, including ministries to First Nation people, urban “at risk” neighborhoods, and a church-plant with Embrace UMC.
Sara McKinley was born in England, raised in Africa, worked in the Far East, traveled extensively throughout the world, and chose to live in the United States of America. Before her call to ordained ministry she worked in the juvenile court system in Worcester, MA, for 3 years, international corporate business in the U.S and the Far East for 9 years, and co-owned a graphic design business in Florida for 12 years. She earned her Bachelors degree in Social Psychology from the University of Bristol, England; her Masters of Business Administration in Organizational Development and Human Resource Management from Clark University, Worcester, MA; and her Masters of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University, where she graduated valedictorian.
Sara served as Associate Pastor for 9 years at Plantation United Methodist Church (UMC), as Senior Pastor for 5 years at First UMC Coral Springs, and for 4 years at First UMC Gainesville. Since July, 2016, she has been serving as the Director of the Office of Clergy Excellence overseeing the recruitment, credentialing and formation of the approximately 700 clergy of the Florida Conference of the UMC.
Sara has a passion for mission: serving the homeless and extremely poor in Gainesville; making three trips to sister churches in Cuba and hosting Cuban pastors on several occasions; and serving on a medical mission team in Haiti shortly after the earthquake in 2010. She is passionate about inclusivity in all its forms; about taking the church out into the community; and is now challenged to help recruit and develop the clergy needed for the 21st century church, which will include many “Fresh Expressions” beyond the walls of the established church.
Sara has served on the Florida Conference Board of Ordained Ministry for 13 years in various leadership capacities, and on leadership and strategic planning committees at the District level of the UMC.
The Dream began in 2005. We had been envisioning a gathering place for the community to do life together. Not just a place about the coffee, tea, smoothies, pastries, panini and desserts, but rather a place about people in the community coming together around a cause. A place about helping those in need: locally, nationally and internationally. A place about giving instead of taking. A place where guests are not just numbers, but people with stories to tell. We wanted to find a way to tangibly touch the lives of people in need: orphans, human trafficking victims, the poverty-stricken, those without potable water, etc while creating a place that unites the local community. So, we decided to give all the profit away in hopes of changing the world…one cup of coffee at a time.
The name was born out of this dream. Axum is a city in Ethiopia. In Axum, there are 45,000 people. The is no fresh water, inadequate medical care, 1000 orphans on the streets and 1000 beggars who are old, blind or physically impaired in some way. Most people walk over 5 miles each day to collect water from a reservoir that then needs to be boiled to be relatively safe. Over the next 10 years, with the right funding and committed people we can bring fresh water to the city, enhance medical care, sponsor orphans back into homes of relatives or friends and help care for the old, the poor, the blind etc. If we do these things the city will experience total transformation and our impact will be felt for generations to come. We are currently working in Axum and hope that in 10 years this WILL be our story. Axum will always be a picture of our dream for cities around the world. Let’s change lives one city at a time!
This is our story. Join us and make it your story! We would love to hear about local, national and international causes that are near and dear to your heart. Enjoy our coffee and more at various locations.
Don’t miss the Faith + Work Summit’s Community Forum “Coffee, Conversation and Community” at Axum Market Café on Thursday, March 9th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. where we will talk local and global impact through social entrepreneurship. (Please register for this event on the Registration Page)
Lynette Fields was born and raised in Indiana and came to Florida in 1989 as a US-2 missionary for the United Methodist Church. She has been on staff at St. Luke’s since 1997, originally as the first Director of Outreach Ministries and currently in her role as Executive Director of Missions. In this position she oversees community and international missions, lay activation, intern ministry, family emergency assistance, United Methodist Men, and United Methodist Women.
Lynette received her B.A. in Theology from the University of Evansville, a United Methodist school in Indiana, and a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. Her work background is varied serving as a leader on a YMCA camp staff, youth director, social worker for a supervised independent living program, and a national missionary in Miami. While in Miami, she worked with the immigrant community as well as directing the disaster recovery efforts for the United Methodist Church after Hurricane Andrew. She has participated in the UMC at every level—local to international and has taught many workshops on how churches can be effectively involved in missions.
Her spiritual gifts include administration, discernment, and wisdom. What keeps her going in ministry day after day is the incredible opportunity the church has to motivate people to make a difference in their community and world. She gets really excited when lay people find ways to use their gifts and talents to help bring about glimpses of the kingdom of God here on earth.
Efrain Rivera is a native of the Bronx Borough of New York City and is the first born son of first generation Puerto Rican immigrants. Upon graduating high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, was trained in the power generation industry and earned an Associate’s Degree from the Community College of the Air Force. Efrain served in Panama, Oklahoma City and as part of the Civil Engineering Group served in special assignments in Central America and the Middle East. Upon completing his enlistment, Efrain returned to Long Island, NY then relocated to Florida in 1990.
After managing various local companies in onsite power generation, Efrain became Vice President of Sales/Service of The American Generator Company from 1999 to 2001. In 2001, he established a new company in Central Florida to provide equipment sales and service of onsite emergency power generation systems called Alternative Power Solutions, Inc. This was a boot strap project and 16 years later the company has grown to one of the largest independent, regional service providers in Central Florida with statewide contracts with Charter Communications, The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, the City of Orlando and over 800 other companies in both the private and public sectors. Currently, Alternative Power Solutions has 10 employees and just celebrated 16 years in business.
In 2010 Efrain was called to start Men Walking with Christ / Hombres Caminando con Cristo to assist all men seeking a real life changing relationship with Christ and service to family, community and church. Nine men from Florida organized three days of men’s ministry in various correctional institutions as well as churches in San Jose, Costa Rica. The Men Walking with Christ Facebook page currently has over 32K likes and has had as many as 400K people engaged during a week’s period. This social media platform is its main disciple outreach tool.
Efrain completed Counseling and Pastoral Studies in the Latino/Latina Studies Program (LLSP) and is pursuing a M.A. in Leadership at Asbury Theological Seminary-Orlando Campus. He is also serves as Pastor of Hope Orlando Christian Church, a mission church that is active in ministering to the underserved and marginalized persons in our communities.
Darryl Outing is the Director of Business Development for Corporate Care Partners, LLC a company with a holistic Employee Support Program tasked with providing a service of presence, compassion, listening, and encouragement for today’s workforce when life happens. As Director of Business Development, encompasses:
Darryl is a native of Orlando, Florida. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management from Orlando College. Years later he enrolled in Asbury Theological Seminary (Florida Dunnam Campus) and is pursuing a M.A. in Theological Studies. Darryl began serving in ministry at the age of 20 under his father’s tutelage and later as an Elder. His leadership as an Ordained Minister in the local church included curriculum development and small group bible studies for families. His passion for ministering to people coupled with his business background called him into the marketplace. Darryl is an avid reader, a history buff and enjoys philosophy.
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