PATHWAYS FACULTY

The facilitators are seminary faculty, university faculty, ordained clergy, and educators/practitioners who have been trained in group facilitation, adult education, collaborative learning, and the philosophies/theologies underlying the PATHWAYS program.

Rev. Anita Bradshaw, Ph.D.

Rev. Anita Bradshaw, Ph.D.

The Rev. Anita L. Bradshaw, Ph.D. is a consultant, theologian, pastor, trainer, and teacher working with congregations, judicatories, denominations, and non-profits. She taught at Yale University Divinity School, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, Augsburg College, The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, University of St. Francis, Eden Theological Seminary, University of Wisconsin – River Falls, and Hartford Seminary. She served previously as director of supervised ministries at Yale Divinity School, as well as professional staff in several non-profit and governmental organizations. She holds an M.Div. and an S.T.M. from Yale University in theology and a Ph.D. from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her fields of study were systematic theology and congregational studies. She has served as a parish pastor, an interim pastor and an interim denominational executive, as well as a consultant. She is currently the Designated Associate Conference Minister for the Minnesota Conference of the United Church of Christ. She is ordained in the United Church of Christ. She is the author of Change and Conflict in Your Congregation (Even If You Hate Both) published by SkyLight Paths Publishing. In addition, Ms. Bradshaw has been an activist and educator in urban and social justice ministries. In 1999, she was awarded a Coffin-Forsberg Fellowship at Yale Divinity School in recognition of her work in those areas. Aside from her professional interests, she is actively involved in the arts. She was an incorporating board member of Opera Americana and has sung with One Voice Mixed Chorus, as well as serving on their Board of Directors.

Rev. Dr. Trish Towle Greeves

Rev. Dr. Trish Towle Greeves

Trish Greeves was ordained a United Church of Christ pastor in 1989 after many years as a lay leader and teacher at Emmaus United Church of Christ in Vienna, Virginia. Trish enjoyed a sixteen-year pastorate with Union Congregational UCC, Elk River, Minnesota from 1990 to 2006. Before and after the pastorate in Elk River, Trish filled interim positions at churches in Minnesota, Virginia, and Georgia. Trish retired in 2013 after seven years as Contextual Studies Coordinator and adjunct instructor for church life and leadership with United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. She also served as an instructor for multiple paths to ministry courses in several denominations. She moved to Atlanta in 2014 to be near her exceptional, above-average grandchildren and is now teaching online courses for PATHWAYS Theological Education. Trish is the author of Prophetic Faith: Preparing Your Church to Advocate Social Justice and Recollections: Mantras, Wisdom and Prayers Guiding My Life. She has co-authored seven Kerygma Bible Study Leader’s Guides with Rev. Myra Nagel and had articles published in the Clergy Journal, Alban Institute’s Congregations, the Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Trish majored in political science at Duke University (1963). She received her Masters of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary (1988) and her Doctor of Ministry degree with Distinction from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities (2013). Trish believes it is a great privilege to minister in the midst of God’s people with all their struggles and joys. She also believes it is an impossible calling unless it is spiritually grounded and practiced in love, along with healthy participation in the sacrament of holy laughter.

Rev. Valerie Coe Lowder

Rev. Valerie Coe Lowder

The Rev. Valerie Coe Lowder is an authorized minister in the Southeast Conference, United Church of Christ, and administrator/registrar of PATHWAYS Theological Education. Ordained as a Baptist, she came to the UCC by privilege of call, after sojourning among Methodists, Moravians and other ecumenical exploits. She served as a pastor in North Carolina and Virginia, a campus minister in Delaware, and a youth minister in Indiana and Pennsylvania. As an educator, she has taught Spanish to elementary and middle school students; religion, philosophy and ethics to college students; and served as administrator of two preschools. She regularly teaches two-year olds in Sunday School. She holds a B.A. from Wake Forest University, a M.A. in Religious Studies from Indiana University, a M.Div. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, with further studies at the Divinity School of Duke University. She earned a certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education and is trained in therapeutic parenting and emergency response. For decades she has been a mentor to many women and men preparing for ministry, including chairing the Commission on Ministry of Southeast Conference and serving on the Members In Discernment committee at Kirkwood UCC in Atlanta, Georgia. She is also a mental health advocate, a hand-weaver and quilter. She is married to Dr. Patrick Lowder. They have two almost-grown sons, an old black cat, and a xoloitzcuintli puppy.

Debbie Gline Allen

Debbie Gline Allen

Commissioned Minister of Christian Formation

Debbie Gline Allen is is a Commissioned Minister of Christian Formation in the United Church of Christ. She currently serves as the Consultant for Christian Education & Youth Ministry for the Massachusetts Conference United Church of Christ (now the soon-to-be-named tri-conference of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island). She is also a Certified Specialist in Christian Education. She is passionate about guiding congregations in ensuring that their children are nurtured in the Christian faith through corporate worship and intentional intergenerational relationships, so that they will grow up keeping their faith and a church community at the center of their adult lives. Debbie has served as the Minister of Christian Formation at five different United Church of Christ congregations in New Hampshire and Massachusetts over the past 35 years, as well as in the local, regional, and national settings of the Association of United Church Educators. She has served both the New Hampshire and Massachusetts Conferences in a wide variety of Christian education and formation ministries. She has written for three UCC-based curriculum resources as well as having created materials for outdoor ministries. Debbie lives is Derry, New Hampshire with her spouse, two sons, and beloved cat.

Julius Jessup Peterson, LCSW, M. Div.

Julius Jessup Peterson, LCSW, M. Div.

Julius Jessup Peterson is a psychotherapist, activist, and ordained clergy in the United Church of Christ. Julius has over 10 years of experience as a mental health provider. Julius obtained his graduate degree in social work from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in 2006. Julius believes that everyone is responsible for their own freedom, and has the capacity inside themselves to work towards their own freedom. Julius specializes in helping individuals build and develop their internal resources, draw from their strengths, and build new skills that will allow them to live as a free person. He believes everyone has the strength within themselves to heal with information, resources, treatment options, and practical skills. Julius is a LCSW (licensed clinical social worker) and obtained a Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology in 2014. Currently Julius is the sole member/manager/owner of Roots Seeds and Branches LLC, a mental health and social justice practice that offers evidence based and culturally sensitive psychotherapy for survivors of trauma, and oppression sensitive pastoral care for individuals who feel marginalized in response to white supremacy. For more information visit, www.rootsseedsandbranches.com

Rev. Dr. Ruth E. Shaver

Rev. Dr. Ruth E. Shaver

The Reverend Doctor Ruth E. Shaver is the Interim Senior Pastor of First Church of Christ, Congregational, United Church of Christ, in North Conway, New Hampshire. She completed phase three of the Interim Ministry Network training as an interim/transitional specialist in June, 2018. In addition to her pastoral role, she is actively involved in ministerial education and formation as a course facilitator and secretary of the board of directors for PATHWAYS Theological Education, Inc., in Atlanta, Georgia. Shaver previously served for five years as Minister of Christian Education and Family Life at Second Congregational Church United Church of Christ in Attleboro, Massachusetts (Old Colony Association) and for ten years as Pastor and Teacher of The United Church of Schellsburg in Schellsburg, Pennsylvania (Juniata Association, Penn West Conference). While in Schellsburg, she was the Instructor in Old Testament for seven years and New Testament for five years at the Penn West Lay Academy for Ministry. She completed her Doctor of Ministry at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 2016 with a dissertation project titled, “I Wonder: Scientific Exploration and Experimentation as a Practice of Christian Faith.” As a result of her doctoral work, she was selected as a Sinai and Synapses Fellow in the Class of 2017-2019, working there with other faith leaders and scientists, engineers, science educators, and science writers to develop resources for communities of faith and the public around the idea that science and faith are in the words of the United Church of Christ, “not mutually exclusive”. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Soviet and East European Studies from the College of Liberal Arts (now College of Arts and Sciences) and a Master of Divinity degree from the School of Theology at Boston University.

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