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Buildings for a New Tomorrow

2013 Information

A symposium for solving the dilemma of church buildings

2013 Theme: Beating Back Inertia

A mind altering, ecumenical symposium to change the way you think about church buildings.

Highlights from This Year's Symposium

The Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel


Running time: 2:17

"Bishop Rickel Does Dr. Seuss"

Running time: 3:42

"Calculating Generosity"

Running time: 4:48

"Liberace Would Have Loved That Thing!"

Running time: 6:23

Full Presentation

Running time: 41:17

The Rt. Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton

"Control, Power, and Authority"

Running time: 3:21

"Jesus Was a Loser

Running time: 2:30

The Rt. Rev. Bud Cederholm

The Boiler Room

Running time: 54:21

The Bishop's Panel

Running time: 1:05:11


Buildings for a New Tomorrow

The catalyst for a dynamic, creative and honest dialogue for financial self-sustainability

Albuquerque, New Mexico
April 8-10, 2013

April 8, Monday

3:00 - 6:00 p.m.Registration
6:00 - 6:30 p.m.Reception – Fireplace Room
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.Dinner - Franciscan Ballroom
Greeting - Julia M. Groom, President, Episcopal Church Building Fund
Welcome and Grace - The Rt. Rev. Michael Vono, Bishop of Rio Grande
7:30-8:00 p.m.Trends in the Church - The Rev. Dr. Derek Darves, Associate for Pastoral Care and Church Research, Church Pension Group
8:00-9:00 p.m.How to Convert Inertia - Yours, Theirs, Ours - Into Action - The Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel, Bishop of Olympia
9:00 - 9:15 p.m.Night Prayer

April 9, Tuesday

7:15 a.m.Centering Prayer (Optional) – Franciscan Ballroom
The Rt. Rev. Eugene Sutton, Bishop of Maryland
The Rev. Daniel Webster, Canon for Evangelism and Ministry Development, Diocese of Maryland
8:00-9:00 a.m.Breakfast - Alvarado AB
9:00-10:30 a.m.Holy Eucharist – Franciscan Ballroom - Presider, The Rt. Rev. Bud Cederholm, Retired Bishop Suffragan of Massachusetts
Sermon, "What's keeping us from becoming the Body of Christ in the 21st Century?" -The Rt. Rev. Eugene Sutton, Bishop of Maryland
10:45 – 12:00 a.m.Workshop session #1 (each workshop will be presented twice)
Workshops A, B, C
  • Ministering to the Homeless, the Opera, and the Sharks - Potter's Room
    Three dynamic clergy will discuss their unique missions, how they relate to their communities, and why it is important.
    The Rev. Susan Allison-Hatch, Missioner to the Homeless, Diocese of Rio Grande
    The Rev. Randy Lutz, bi-vocational Priest and Chaplain to the Santa Fe Opera
    The Rev. Helen S. Svoboda-Barber, Harcourt Parish, Gambier OH
    Host: Brian Taylor
  • (B) Nomadic Church – Weaver's Room
    No buildings. No grounds. No problem.
    The early Church had no, well, church. Yet, today we are so attached to our buildings. Learn about ministry without buildings, the pitfalls and the successes.
    The Rev. Rhonda McIntire, San Gabriel the Archangel, Corrales, NM
    Joni Thompson, Parishioner, San Gabriel the Archangel, Operations Director, 3 Advertising
    The Rev. Christina Encinosa, Holy Redeemer, Lake Worth, FL
    Host: Dan Webster
  • (C) Praying in Front of the Boiler (Again) – Turquoise Room
    It's a money issue, and it's a faith issue. Houses of Worship are hogs. Energy hogs. Tom and Bud present a nuts and bolts presentation on how to save money and green your building. They will give you simple ideas you can implement immediately.
    Mr. Tom Nutt Powell, Founder and President, Capital Needs Unlimited, Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light
    The Rt. Rev. Bud Cederholm, Retired Bishop Suffragan of Massachusetts
    Host: Steve Abdow
12:00 – 12:45 p.m.Lunch - Alvarado AB
1:00 – 2:15p.m.Workshop session #2 (each workshop will be presented twice)
Workshops D, E, F
  • (D) See Ya Deferred Maintenance; Hello New Life! – Potter's Room
    Back by popular demand! Steve and Bud's presentation on mergers and closings is one of the most highly rated workshops at BFNT. They will get you unstuck and moving forward to a new and hopeful future.
    Mr. Steve Pierce, CCA, Diocese of Massachusetts Coordinator for Congregational Support
    The Rt. Rev. Bud Cederholm, Retired Bishop Suffragan of Massachusetts
    Host: Steve Abdow
  • (E) Future Trends in the Church – Weaver's Room
    CPG Research Group will present on key trends within the church, looking particularly at long term geographical shifts and the demographic risk factors that contribute to parish decline.
    The Rev. Dr. Derek Darves, Church Pension Group
    Dr. Matthew Price, Director of Analytical Research, Church Pension Fund
    Host: Dan Webster
  • (F) Recasting Your Building Assets – Turquoise Room
    The Building Fund collaborated with the Diocese of Iowa on an 18 month Recasting process. Hear what happened form the Rector's and Diocesan perspective. Did anything really change? And would they do it again?
    The Rev. Torey Lightcap, Rector, St. Thomas, Sioux City, IA
    Anne Wagner, Operations Manager and Convention Coordinator, Diocese of Iowa Sally O'Brien, Vice President, Episcopal Church Building Fund Host: Brian Taylor
2:30 – 3:45 p.m.Workshop session #3 (repeat of morning sessions)
Workshops A, B, C
  • (A) Ministering to the Homeless, the Opera, and the Sharks - Potter's Room
  • (B) Nomadic Church – Weaver's Room
  • (C) Praying in Front of the Boiler (Again) – Turquoise Room
3:45 – 4:45 p.m.Free Time
4:45 – 5:30 p.m.Reception – Fireplace Room
5:30 - 6:45 p.m.Bishops Panel: Leading Revolutionary Change in Uncertain Times – Franciscan Ballroom
The Rt. Rev. Bud Cederholm, Retired Bishop Suffragan of Massachusetts
The Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel, Bishop of Olympia
The Rt. Rev. Rob O'Neil, Bishop of Colorado
The Rt. Rev. Eugene Sutton, Bishop of Maryland
The Rt. Rev. Michael Vono, Bishop of Rio Grande
Moderator: The Rev. Daniel Webster, Diocese of Maryland
6:45- 7:10 p.m.A prayer for evening
7:10 p.m.Dinner – On your own

April 10, Wednesday

7:15 a.m.Centering Prayer (Optional) – Franciscan Ballroom
The Rt. Rev. Eugene Sutton, Bishop of Maryland
The Rev. Daniel Webster, Canon for Evangelism and Ministry Development, Dio. of Maryland
8:00 a.m.Breakfast - Alvarado AB
9:00-10:00 a.m.Being Agents of Change Back Home - Franciscan Ballroom
The Rt. Rev. Eugene T. Sutton, Bishop of Maryland
10:15-11:30 a.m.Workshop session #4 (repeat of Tuesday afternoon sessions)
Workshops D, E, F
  • (D) See Ya Deferred Maintenance; Hello New Life! – Potter's Room
  • (E) Future Trends in the Church – Weaver's Room
  • (F) Recasting Your Building Assets – Turquoise Room
11:30 -12:00 p.m.Closing - Franciscan Ballroom
12:00 p.m.Adjourn
Bag lunch will be provided – Franciscan Ballroom

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Speaker Bios for 2013 (Confirmed Speakers to Date)

Robert J. O'Neill

The Rt. Rev. Robert J. O'Neill

Tenth Bishop of Colorado

The Right Reverend Robert J. O'Neill currently serves as the tenth Bishop of Colorado. Educated at Texas Christian University and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, Bishop O'Neill was ordained to the priesthood in 1982. He was elected Bishop of Colorado in 2003, and consecrated in January, 2004.

Throughout his ordained ministry, O'Neill has focused his efforts on the work of evangelism, strategic leadership development and support and faith formation for all ages, and he has made these areas central to the work of the Office of the Bishop in Colorado, making significant adjustments to staffing and budget to focus resources in these three areas of ministry. He has also dedicated the resources of the Bishop's Office and the diocese on the mission of the Church, and three basic marks of mission – proclamation, discipleship and servanthood.

Under his leadership, the diocese of Colorado acquired Cathedral Ridge, 156 acres of beautiful woodland, meadows, and streams, just west of Pike's Peak and surrounded by the pristine Pike National Forest. This camp and conference facility is a new venture in ministry that represents an innovative vision and a long-term commitment by The Diocese of Colorado to continue its trajectory of growth by investing in the heart of the next generation. It will also continue to support the three leadership priorities of the Office of the Bishop – evangelism, particularly to youth and young adults, strategic leadership development and support, and faith formation for all ages.

O'Neill currently serves as the chair of the Board of Directors for Episcopal Relief & Development. He also serves as the vice president of Province VI of The Episcopal Church, and is a member of the Presiding Bishop's Committee on Pastoral Development. He has served as President of El Hogar Ministries, Inc.—a non-profit organization that provides food, clothing and education to poor and abandoned boys the Diocese of Honduras.

Prior to being elected as Bishop, O'Neill served as a priest in Colorado and Massachusetts. For ten years he served as Canon Educator at Saint John's Cathedral in Denver. In 1991 he became the rector of The Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, Massachusetts. During his service in Massachusetts, O'Neill served on a variety of diocesan commissions and committees, including chairing the Task Force for the development of the Barbara Harris Camp and Conference Center.

Eugene Sutton

The Rt. Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton

Bishop of Maryland

On June 29, 2008, the Right Reverend Eugene Taylor Sutton was consecrated the 14th Bishop of the Diocese of Maryland of the Episcopal Church. Now a resident of Baltimore, MD, he came to the diocese after having served as Canon Pastor of Washington National Cathedral since June 2000, and Director of its Cathedral Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage

Throughout his ministry in parishes and academia, Bishop Sutton has been a frequent leader of retreats and conferences throughout the nation on prayer, spirituality and preaching. While in the nation's capital, he founded Contemplative Outreach of Metropolitan Washington (COMW), an ecumenical network of churches and individuals committed to centering prayer and renewing the contemplative dimension of the gospel for daily living. In addition to having published several articles on prayer, spirituality and homiletics, he is one of the contributors to the book The Diversity of Centering Prayer.

He is married to Sonya Subbayya Sutton, who serves as the director of music at St. Alban's Church in Washington, DC, and they have four young adult children and stepchildren in their blended family.

Bud Cederholm

The Rt. Rev. Bud Cederholm

Until his retirement in November 2011, Bishop Cederholm provided oversight for diocesan congregational development, including clergy and congregation transition ministry, congregational business consultants and collaborative ministries. His leadership and participation in summer Family Camp made it one of the diocese's most popular annual events

Bishop Cederholm continues in retirement as an ac¬tive voice and witness for environmental stewardship, and he works passionately to engage God's people in advocacy and partnerships devoted to reversing global warm¬ing and climate change. In the fall of 2010 he launched an ambitious Green Grants Initiative to encourage, challenge and support all congregations in the diocese in environmental stewardship and caring for creation through grants, idea sharing and education. To date over fifty congregations have received grants to reduce their carbon footprint while saving dollars for mission.

His leadership for a sustained diocesan commitment to relief and development work in the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 included his own participation in numerous mission work trips to Mississippi and Louisiana. He remains involved in disaster preparedness and response efforts.

Bishop Cederholm is a musician, a gardener and an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan. He and his wife, Ruth Ann, have two sons and five grandchildren

Greg Rickel

The Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel

Bishop Greg Rickel was elected the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Olympia on May 12, 2007, ordained bishop on Sept. 15, 2007. Rickel has served the wider church as a stewardship consultant for the Stewardship Office of the Episcopal Church and for the Episcopal Network for Stewardship. He also served on the Resolution B004 Mission Funding Task Force and as an Episcopal representative to the Earth Charter meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. He is a trainer for the Climate Project. He has received training from the National Organization for Victim Assistance and has worked on disaster debriefing for the Arkansas Attorney General Office.

At the time of his election, Rickel was the rector of St. James' Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas. Previously he served as the vicar of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Conway, Ark. Before ordination to the priesthood he was a hospital administrator in Arkansas and Texas. Bishop Rickel embraces radical hospitality that welcomes all, no matter where they find themselves on their journey of faith. He envisions a church that is a safe and authentic community in which to explore God's infinite goodness and grace as revealed in the life and continuing revelation of Jesus Christ. As Bishop of Olympia he has articulated a vision with three main mission foci: congregational development, concentration on those 35 years of age and under, and stewardship of all creation.

Bishop Rickel was born June 27, 1963 in Omaha, Neb., and has been married to Marti, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, since 1984. They have one child, Austin. You may follow Bishop Rickel's blog at

Michael Vono

The Rt. Rev. Michael Vono

Bishop of the Diocese of the Rio Grande

As Curate in an inner-city multicultural church, I lived with people in crisis, transition, conflict, and confusion. I learned how to be a shepherd, counselor, and friend, as my parishioners struggled to recognize God in their personal wildernesses.

As its Vicar, the 'bedroom community' of Christ Church, Leicester taught me the value of living in a spiritually intimate community. I learned how to be a priest, pastor and teacher, and the pastoral gifts to bring an economic mix of people together, enable pastoral visioning and inspire positive results in conflict management situations.

As Rector of St. Paul's, Rome, Italy, I lived and worked with people of diverse cultures and religious backgrounds. St. Paul's is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, ecumenical and interfaith community. Our ministries included the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center, a sizable Latin American community, service to the elderly poor of the city as well as displaced youth.

My spiritual and physical disciplines include praying and studying Scripture/theology each morning and taking physical exercise each day. I meet with my spiritual director monthly, and make a monastic retreat each year. I love community gatherings, theatre, music, travel and writing, and nothing invigorates me more than a challenge.

Torey Lightcap

The Reverend Torey Lightcap

Rector, St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Sioux City, Iowa

Torey grew up in the Southern Baptist tradition in Oklahoma and, to the astonishment of practically everyone, became an Episcopalian in 1993 upon hearing mass sung by a female priest at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Shawnee. He was ordained to the priesthood in January 2005, and has served churches in Texas, Colorado, and now northwest Iowa. Torey has settled in Iowa with Jacquie, his wife of 19 years and their two children: Gabriel, 7, and Annie, 4. (He wants you to know that his children are probably cuter than yours.)

Torey is attracted to the astonishing thinness of the liturgy, the intellectual depth and (frequent) emotional maturity of The Episcopal Church. Though, when he is not working at church or building awareness of The Episcopal Church on various social networks, he loves spending time with his children and wife, reading books, watching movies, and playing with Harley, a beagle of some local renown.

Torey and the congregation of St. Thomas are working through the Recasting of Building Assets process with the ECBF, using the assets of the people and property to provide an income stream to support the parish budget. Their delicious, Hazel's Own church-made toffee can be order and shipped nationwide at They have earned grants for an innovative urban garden Green project, and are initiating relationships with other non-profit organizations to find collaborative opportunities.

Rhonda Smith McIntire

The Rev. Rhonda Smith McIntire

Rector, San Gabriel the Archangel Episcopal Church
Corrales, New Mexico

The Rev. Rhonda Smith McIntire is rector of San Gabriel the Archangel Episcopal Church, Corrales, NM, the newest parish in the Diocese of Rio Grande. After only six years San Gabriel's was granted parish status.

The intention is never to own property so resources go to outreach rather than building maintenance or capital improvements. Someone asked, "If you were gifted a million dollars tomorrow, would you buy a building?" "No, sir," was the reply. "We'd do our best to talk that donor into helping us feed the hungry and end homelessness in our community instead."

Since graduating from the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in 1996, Rhonda has served a cathedral, a beautiful suburban parish three blocks from the Pacific Ocean, and then a start-up parochial mission in suburban Albuquerque. Six different rental locations over several years finally led to a storefront in the village of Corrales, nestled on the Rio Grande River. Now, being a "village church" is a reality, especially during events like the yearly Harvest Festival and Pet Parade.

Rhonda has served on several commissions on ministry, diocesan council, and five stints on the faculty of the Episcopal Preaching Foundation's Preaching Excellence Program. She and her husband of 34 years, Tim, a life-long educator who now consults with schools worldwide. They both enjoy frequent hikes to visit the wild horse herds that live just over the hill from their home.

Sally O'Brien

Sally Dresser O'Brien

Vice President, Episcopal Church Building Fund

Sally joined the Episcopal Church Building Fund twenty years and three hair colors ago. She works with parishes as they plan building projects, consults with parishes in the Recasting of Building Assets process, co-edited the ECBF workbook A Congregational Planning Process, and coordinated the Start Up! Start Over! Congregational Development and Upward Bound conflict management seminars.

Sally has been in the service of the church as a lay person since 1979 when she was appointed the youngest Officer at the Episcopal Church Center, as Social Services Officer for the refugee resettlement program of the Presiding Bishop's Fund for World Relief (now known as Episcopal Migration Ministries.) Over her 13 years she helped develop a nationwide network of diocesan volunteer sponsorship programs, negotiated the first Cooperative Agreement with the Department of State, and organized the response to the Cuban/Haitian boat flow. She represented the Episcopal Church at forums on protection of children in areas of conflict in the southern tier of Africa and the Middle East. She was elected to the Board of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies in Geneva, Switzerland, and served on the American Council of Voluntary Agencies.

While working, she completed master degrees in Non-Profit Management and Social Work. She is trained in family therapy, cognitive therapy, sandtray therapy, and hypnotherapy. Married to Tom O'Brien, a salesman of the old order, she has three cherished young adult step-children.

Steve Pierce

Steve Pierce, CCA

Diocese of Massachusetts Coordinator for Congregational Support

Steve Pierce has 30-plus years of experience in non-profit financial management, including 10 years as CFO of the Diocese of Massachusetts. In his current position as Coordinator for Congregational Support for the diocese, he oversees the closing and merger process for churches including pastoral care to financial, legal, property and business matters that are part of good stewardship of assets.

Pierce also provides consultation on property and finance matters, working closely with a team of volunteer congregational business consultants who promote sound business practices as part of congregational vitality and viability. Steve's first church job came in his teenage years when he was tasked with typing the Sunday bulletin, and church participation has been an important part of his life ever since.

Thomas Nutt-Powell

Thomas E. Nutt-Powell

Founder and President, Capital Needs Unlimited
Brookline, Massachusetts

Thomas E. Nutt-Powell is co-founder and former President of Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light. (MIP&L) Currently a member of its Executive committee, Nutt-Powell is responsible for completing Environmental Stewardship Assessments for Houses Of Worship (HOWs). (

Nutt-Powell became involved in environmental stewardship for faith-based communities as founder and President of Capital Needs Unlimited, a firm involved in housing, planning and development. He has completed over 2,000 Capital Needs Assessments on various types of properties, mainly affordable housing.

Nutt-Powell is a parishioner at All Saints Episcopal Church, Brookline, Massachusetts. Beyond attending services, Nutt-Powell has been deeply involved with the church's 15 year long capital improvement projects. This work included new heating generation and distribution systems that resulted in a reduction of fuel use of about 40%.

An author and speaker for general and professional audiences, Dr. Nutt-Powell wrote MANUFACTURED HOMES: MAKING SENSE OF A HOUSING OPPORTUNITY (1982). He served on the faculty, of MIT's School of Architecture and Planning, where he headed the Master in City Planning (MCP) program and directed the Manufactured Housing Research Program of the Harvard-MIT Joint Center for Urban Studies. He has served on the Board of Governors of the American Institute of Planners. Dr. Nutt-Powell received graduate degrees from Harvard (MTS and MCP, 1970) and MIT (Ph.D., 1973) and a BA from the Pennsylvania State University (1965).

Helen Svoboda-Barber

Rev. Helen Svoboda-Barber

Rector, Harcourt Parish Episcopal Church
Gambier, Ohio

Helen grew up as "the doctor's daughter" in a small Kansas town. She went to college at the University of Kansas where a single dorm contained more people than her home town. After completing a degree in psychology Helen worked in the financial sector before going to seminary. She completed her MDiv and was ordained in 1998. Her first three years as a priest were at Grace Cathedral, Topeka KS. Next was three years as an associate pastor at a fast-growing ELCA congregation in Kansas City. She is now approaching nine years as rector of Harcourt Parish in Gambier, OH.

Harcourt Parish has spent the last 186 years worshiping in a building they don't own--they are an Episcopal congregation worshiping in the Kenyon College chapel. The congregation does own a Parish House which is used by the parish, the college and community members. In the past two years, Harcourt Parish has had a renewed vision around their call to hospitality. They have begun welcoming strangers into their homes with Harcourt Homestay@Kenyon and they feed the bodies and souls of Kenyon athletic teams during Spring Break. Both endeavors have lead Harcourt Parish to "doing well while doing good."

Helen and her husband Shawn enjoy their family (Luke, 6 and Charlie, 9; 1 dog, 2 gunnea pigs, and 3 cats) and their homestead where they garden and have a pasture labyrinth. Many days Helen commutes to work on her 3-wheeled recumbent bike and composes her sermon at her walking desk. Life is good.

Matthew Price

Dr. Matthew J. Price

Vice President for Research and Data, Church Pension Group

Dr. Price is responsible for research on church and clergy issues and joined CPG in 2001. He is responsible for ensuring the quality and veracity of corporate data CPG has on clergy and is working on a number of collaborative projects with other agencies in the Church. He received an undergraduate degree in sociology from the London School of Economics in 1984, a Masters in History from the University of Sussex, and then a Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton in 1994. From 1992-95 he was a research associate at the Lilly-funded Religion in Urban America Program in Chicago, specializing in the study of downtown churches. From 1999 to 2001 he was Associate Director of the Lilly funded Pulpit and Pew Project at Duke University. He has written a number of publications including the article, "Fear of Falling," about the clergy's relative decline in the class structure in The Christian Century (8/2001). He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with his wife, three teenage daughters, two dogs and three cats.

Derek Darves

The Rev. Derek Darves

Episcopal Diocese of Oregon

Derek Darves is a priest from the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon. Before joining the Church Pension Group's Research Department, he worked as a staff chaplain and clinical pastoral educator for New York Presbyterian Hospital. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Oregon, and has a background in statistics, survey research, and organizational theory.

Anne Wagner

Anne Wagner

Operations Manager, Episcopal Diocese of Iowa

Have been with the Diocese since 1994. Helped bring Recasting of Assets to Iowa. Will continue to assist and challenge the 3 Iowa congregations. Have sold 2 closed churches, and we are presently looking at recasting a 3rd closed church.

Family: Husband Mike, 3 grown children (1 back living at home), 3 amazing grandchildren, and my parents (Mom is disabled and I help with her care).

In my spare time, I do the bookkeeping for my husband's business (White Rabbit Group, Inc.), volunteer with the Youth Justice Initiative in West Des Moines, IA (a restorative justice program for juvenile offenders), and am looking forward to spring when I can resume bike riding my orange cruiser bicycle.

Joni Thompson

Joni Thompson

Operations Director, 3 Advertising LLC – Albuquerque, NM
Parishioner, San Gabriel the Archangel Episcopal Church – Corrales, NM

Although not an Albuquerque native, Joni, like so many others, "got here as fast as she could." Her deep love of Albuquerque's high desert deeply influences her spirituality. Joni has led and facilitated many educational programs and retreats, most recently a Lenten Retreat: "Standing on Higher Ground". Her "denominational pedigree" began in the Presbyterian church, moved through Southern Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Disciples of Christ, non-denominational, Episcopalian, Roman Catholic and back to Episcopalian. Each move was prompted by significant friendships, indicating that to Joni, Community is more important than Creed. She and her partner of 20 years have been worshipping thankfully and joyfully at San Gabriel the Archangel Episcopal Church in Corrales, New Mexico since January 2011.

In her Monday-Friday life, Joni joined 3 Advertising in December 2012 after almost 15 years at the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau. She has served on numerous non-profit boards and has made presentations to numerous professional organizations.

Christina Encinosa

The Rev. Christina D. Encinosa

Church of the Holy Redeemer, Lake Worth, Florida

The Rev. Christina D. Encinosa was born in Miami, Florida. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Miami. In 2004, she graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from The General Theological Seminary and was awarded the seminary's Church and Society Prize for her research. She is the first Cuban-American woman ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church. She is currently a student in the Virginia Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Program.

Encinosa has served as Priest-in-Charge at the Church of the Holy Redeemer since June 2004. The congregation is a mission in the Diocese of Southeast Florida and worships in two languages: English and Spanish - the actual sanctuary building of the church was demolished in 2006 due to structural damage although the church community contines to thrive. Encinosa also leads the church's feeding program, serving approximately 3000 meals per month betwen a food pantry as well as daily onsite meals. Her church has received numerous Diocesan awards for growth trends in average worship attendance, Easter attendance, Plate and Plege and operating revenues.

In addition to working at Holy Redeemer, Encinosa is a member of the Diocesan Executive Board as well as the Diocesan Technology Committee and is an ocassional guest of the Diocese's Spanish language radio program. She has also served two years as a delegate for the Episcopal Church to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. While not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, creating art, and playing music.

Randy Lutz

The Rev. Randy Lutz

Assisting Priest, Saint Bede's Episcopal Church, Santa Fe, NM
Properties Director and chaplain, Santa Fe Opera

Randy is a bi-vocational priest; serving as an assisting priest at St. Bede's Episcopal Church and as Properties Director for The Santa Fe Opera. Randy was ordained to the priesthood in 2007 and has been on the staff at The Santa Fe Opera for 32 years, beginning his career with the opera in 1979 as a shop carpenter. There must be something about the desert, carpentry and serving... the Lord knows.

Bringing the church out into the world, stepping "out" in faith and with faith to serve Christ within the community has always been a strong calling for Randy and St. Bede's. Serving as a chaplain in the workplace, Randy is able to offer colleagues a listening ear, pastoral care and the opportunity to find the sacred in the secular.

Randy Lutz

The Rev. Susan Allison-Hatch

Missioner to the Homeless, Diocese of the Rio Grande

Housing the homeless, feeding the hungry, reaching out beyond the walls of the church, ministry on the margins—that's the work I do. But not by myself. I get by with the help of my friends—the Congregation of St. Martin's, a congregation of abundantly housed and homeless that meets each Sunday at the back of a day shelter; churches and synagogues eager to share in the work; a network of non-profits who welcome a collared collaborator; a deanery and diocese committed to serving those in deepest need and willing to bend a few rules; friends who still return phone calls even though they know they are in for a "beg."

Sunday afternoons, I hang out in a church with a building and beautiful stained-glass windows. I'm part of Live at Five—a diverse community of the very young and very old, singles and families, those with deep roots in our New Mexican multi-cultural soil and fresh transplants, the prosperous and those struggling to get by, LGBTQ and straight, Protestants and Catholics, cradle Episcopalians and religious skeptics all seeking to draw closer to the living God and to follow Jesus in his ways of bringing God's love, hope and justice to a broken world.

"I'm retired," I say to those who ask. To me that means taking time to be with those I love and to do the things I love to do—spending time with friends, swimming laps, walking the dogs, biking, making quilts, traveling with my husband (sometimes even by bike!) and ministry on the margins.

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With grateful appreciation to Church Insurance for generous underwriting of the 2013 Buildings For a New Tomorrow Symposium.