The ECBF team also includes experienced consultants from the corporate, non-profit, and faith-based sectors. They bring a unique array of talents and perspectives to the ECBF’s consultation services.
Jonathan joined the building fund as a consultant after completing the Recasting of Assets Process with the Diocese of Western Massachusetts in 2015. As the coordinator of the St. John’s Episcopal Church Recasting Team, he witnessed a shift in his church that profoundly changed the trajectory of the church as it works to transform itself into an invigorated, relevant, and self-sustaining church with a renewed understanding of its mission and value in the world. He believes there is nothing more satisfying than witnessing congregations who are struggling with how to move forward in today’s world find new ideas and strategies through creativity, innovation, and forward thinking.
Anderson also is a Corporate Digital Technology Consultant where he makes strategic recommendations informed by the tools and process of “Design Thinking” on how to best integrate digital capabilities into today’s business models to enhance the customers’ experience. He also is very active in his community where he is a Planning Board member for the Town of Sutton, Massachusetts. He and his wife Kathleen live on a small homestead with their two young daughters, a dog, and 25 chickens.
The Rev. Richard A Burnett
For more than twenty years, Dick has been a member of the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art, and Architecture (IFRAA), and while at Trinity, Columbus, he has led talks and seminars on modern architecture, abstract expressionism (the spirituality of Mark Rothko), and sacred art at the Columbus Museum of Art. He has participated twice in the Institute of Liturgical Studies at Valparaiso University, and recently he delivered a paper on three signal Philadelphia architects (Frank Furness, Louis I. Kahn, and Robert Venturi) entitled “Brotherly Love.”
At Trinity, Capitol Square, Dick leads a vibrant downtown congregation committed to spiritual formation, public ministry, and worship reflective of a diverse congregation. He convenes the Public Policy and Social Justice Committee in the Diocese of Southern Ohio, and works closely with the Episcopal Public Policy Network nationally and in Ohio. Since 2001, he has served as dean of the Columbus Deanery (a network of 18 Episcopal congregations in and around Ohio’s capital city). He is married to Katharine Frisch Burnett, a nurse practitioner with Planned Parenthood. They have three grown children.
Jane was born and raised in Texas. She grew up in a rural area where farming and ranching were the main industries. She taught school and then went to law school and practiced law. She and her husband, Jim, both had children when they married. They formed two companies that provide financial counseling and education, both tied to the bankruptcy industry. Over the years, she has listened to the stories of hundreds of people in very difficult and desperate circumstances. Her goal has been to listen, help them recognize and accept where they are, and offer information, advice, and encouragement to rekindle their hope for the future. She has served on the vestry of her church, St. Stephen’s, and on the committee that participated in the ECBF Recasting Program for the Fort Worth Diocese in 2013-2014. She is delighted to bring the knowledge and wisdom of this program to others who are searching for answers in this challenging and exciting time in The Episcopal Church.
The Very Reverend Canon P. Lang Lowrey, III
Building on an 85-year family tradition, The Verta Group LLC continues the entrepreneurial success of grand patriarch Pierce Lowrey Sr., a Texas inventor and businessman, and patriarch Pierce Lowrey Jr., a dynamic entrepreneur and executive who built thriving technology businesses in Atlanta and New York City and then founded and led a highly regarded hospitality group on Hilton Head Island, S.C. until his passing in 2009.
P. Lang Lowrey III, has blazed his own eclectic entrepreneurial path. After college at Georgia Tech, he owned and operated several successful ventures before selling them to create Buckhead Technology Angels to incubate emerging technology companies. He twice was selected to run Fortune 500 firms facing difficult challenges, implementing complex financial turnaround plans and securing robust equity events. Following his career in corporate America, Lang was ordained a priest. After becoming associate rector of an Episcopal church, he led the start-up of a large corporate sized Atlanta-area parish and school as its founding vicar. Lang then was called to lead a financial turnaround as president of The General Seminary of the Episcopal Church. Lang co-founded Renova Partners, a community bank restructuring and investment banking firm and then The Verta Group, a financial and real estate advisory and development firm focused on resolution of special assets for its banking clients and church properties. Lang also co-founded Verta Capital, an investment banking firm which raises debt and equity for real estate ventures. Lang currently serves as Canon for Christian Enterprise in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta; Director of Episcopal Studies at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and is Professor of Church Leadership. He also works with the Domestic Foreign Mission Society, The Episcopal Church, on real estate and financial related projects. Lang is married with 4 children and 2 grandchildren and a member of various boards and organizations including The Capital City Club, The La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club and Chairman of The Episcopal Charities Foundation.
The Rev. Kedron Nicholson
Kedron got a degree in anthropology from the University of Georgia and graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2002. The priesthood has taken her on an adventure she never could have dreamed. From firewood ministry in Virginia to praying in Botswana, she believes God is always creating new avenues for ministry.
Kedron is interested in leadership, and has served on various boards including the Alumni Board at Virginia Seminary, the Volunteer and Information Center Board in Montgomery, AL, and completed Leadership Montgomery. Kedron now is serving the people of Grace Episcopal Church and School in Orange Park, Florida. She is joined in ministry by her husband James and their twin boys Mills and Walt. Kedron is excited to join the ECBF team as a chaplain after using ECBF materials with the parish she serves. She believes the Church needs revitalization more than ever and that clergy need support in exploring new avenues for sustainability and renewal.
Michael C. Wagner
Mike is the founder of White Rabbit Group, a business consultancy begun in 2004. He is a skilled business consultant, facilitator and brand building strategist. Mike serves leadership teams in the creation of competitive advantage and growth strategies. His approach is a unique combination of leadership development and organizational culture, informed by the tools and process of “design thinking.”
Companies like DuPont Pioneer, Wells Fargo, Siegwerk, and Businessolver, have partnered with Mike and White Rabbit Group to grow strong brands and competitive businesses. Well-known, non-profit organizations such as the YMCA and Habitat for Humanity have also engaged Mike to advance their mission. In addition, Iowa State University, University of Southern Florida and Drake University have sought his expertise.
Mike’s business career has included working with Saturn, the former GM car company, training sales consultants, and as an Internet business strategist for Spindustry Systems helping large corporate clients grow strong online brands. Earlier in his career he was an associate pastor of a large church in Lincoln, Nebraska.
As a gifted communicator, Mike speaks across the nation on leadership, design, and strategic brand building. The Iowa Association of Business and Industry has twice invited Mike to keynote their annual meeting. Mike’s mission is to release the wisdom and capacity of each organization he serves. He has a B.A. from the University of Nebraska in History and Classical Greek, and a Th.M. (Master of Theology) from Dallas Theological Seminary.