Lecturers

Ginger Gaines-Cirelli

Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli is Senior Pastor of historic Foundry UMC in Washington, DC, the first woman to hold this leadership position. A graduate of Yale Divinity School, she contributed to and served as a general editor for The CEB Women’s Bible and authored Sacred Resistance: A Practical Guide to Christian Witness and Dissent. Ginger is a sought-after preacher, teacher, and facilitator at local, regional, and international events.

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The Rev. Sandy Webb

The Reverend Sandy Webb has served as Rector of Church of the Holy Communion (Episcopal) in Memphis, and as a trustee of St. Mary’s Episcopal School, since 2013. Sandy has also served as a fire department chaplain, on a medical research ethics panel, and for fifteen years as a worship planner and coordinator for the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. An accomplished Christian educator, Sandy’s letters and essays have been accepted by a variety of publications.

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Kory Knott

Kory is Sr. Minister at Custer Road UMC, Plano TX. He received degrees from Evangel Univ, Perkins School of Theology, and Portland Seminary, Kory has specialized in revitalizing local churches. He has been recognized for outstanding effectiveness in evangelism and church growth. He is also an author. Kory and his wife Jennifer have 3 children.

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Susan Salley

Susan Salley is an Associate Publisher at Abingdon Press, the publishing arm of The United Methodist Publishing House. Her team works on inspirational books and media-based Bible study. She received her MBA at The Owen Graduate School of Management. Her first career was in the tour industry creating a lifelong love of travel.

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Michelle Funk

Michelle Funk serves as the Women’s Ministry Program Director at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. She provides direction and support for all discipleship opportunities specific to women, including a ministry for moms, bible study offerings, denominational ministry, women’s small groups and special events.

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Jerrad Lopes

Jerrad Lopes is a Christian pastor and the founder of Dad Tired,  a non-profit ministry focused on equipping men to lead their family well. He hosts the weekly Dad Tired Podcast, listened to by hundreds of thousands of men from around the world, and also authored Stop Behaving: A Gospel-Centered Devotional for Men. 

He and his wife Leila live in Portland, Oregon with their two children.

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Kevin Bogan

Kevin is the director of Traditional/Blended Worship Arts at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS. He has developed a wide variety of worship and musical experiences for the church that have included music, dance, drama and multi-media resources. Under his direction, the Resurrection Choir and Orchestra have performed around the country and world. Kevin is also active in the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts as well as in musical theater in Kansas City. Kevin travels with EO regularly and has been the Musical Guest on past Celebration Cruises. Members of the Resurrection Choir will perform with him during the 2020 cruise. 

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Dr. Rich Bimler

Rich is Ministry Consultant and Ambassador for Health, Hope, and Aging! for Lutheran Church Charities. Based out of the Chicago area, he writes, speaks and consults with agencies and organizations throughout the world. He is author of 17 books, editor for Hope-Full Living: Daily Devotions for Christian Seniors and writer for www.richandcharlie.com. He has served in local churches,  district and national denomination positions and on numerous boards and advisory groups. Rich continues to enjoy his family, grandparenting, jogging, St. Arbucks, writing, laughing and the Chicago Cubs.

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Brent A. Strawn

Brent A. Strawn is William Ragsdale Cannon Distinguished Professor of Old Testament in the Candler School of Theology and the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University. He has twice won the On Eagle’s Wings Excellence in Teaching Award at Candler. Brent is an ordained elder in the North Georgia conference of The United Methodist Church. In addition to his many speaking engagements at churches, he is a frequent contributor to CNN. Brent’s most recent book is The Old Testament Is Dying: A Diagnosis and Recommended Treatment.

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Carol Newsom

Carol Newsom is the C. H. Candler Distinguished Professor at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and the Graduate Division of Religion, where she has taught Hebrew Bible since 1980. The first woman on the international team that translated the Dead Sea Scrolls, Carol has also focused on the ways in which women are portrayed in the Bible, and she co-edited the Women’s Bible Commentary, which has sold over 100,000 copies. Carol was president of the Society of Biblical Literature and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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