FACULTY AND STAFF

FACULTY AND STAFF

Rochelle Lofstrand

Rochelle Lofstrand

Acting Director

Ms. Rochelle Lofstrand completed theological studies through PATHWAYS Theological Education, Inc. and holds a Masters of Education as well as additional degree-work in educational leadership and administration. While working as a public school principal she was recognized as an “Aspiring Leader” and has published in an academic journal on curriculum development for LGBT students. Rochelle has worked with a number of non-profit organizations and has experience in community and church leadership. Rochelle is currently a member of Pilgrimage United Church of Christ in Marietta, GA, an MID (Member in Discernment) in the Southeast Conference of the UCC, and Acting Director of PATHWAYS Theological Education, Inc.

Valerie Coe Lowder

Valerie Coe Lowder

Administrator / Registrar

The Rev. Valerie Coe Lowder is an authorized minister in the Southeast Conference, United Church of Christ, and administrator/registrar of PATHWAYS Theological Education. She is also a facilitator at 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.

Anita Bradshaw

Anita Bradshaw

Course Facilitator

The Rev. Anita 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, Eden Theological Seminary, Hartford Seminary and more.

Ashley Cleere

Ashley Cleere

Course Facilitator

Bio coming soon!

David Deremer

David Deremer

Course Facilitator

Bio coming soon!

Regina Drake

Regina Drake

Course Facilitator

Minister Regina Harris Drake has been an instructor in Education Ministry at Victory for the World Church, United Church of Christ in Stone Mountain, Georgia, teaching varied course work such as Bible studies, plays and workshops with particular interests in prayer, worship, women’s studies and Old Testament narratives. She has a Master of Divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA.

Debbie Gline Allen

Debbie Gline Allen

Course Facilitator

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. She 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.

Trish Greeves

Trish Greeves

Course Facilitator

The Rev. Dr. Trish Towle Greeves was ordained a United Church of Christ pastor in 1989. Trish enjoyed a sixteen-year pastorate with Union Congregational UCC, Elk River, Minnesota, and also served as an interim minister in several churches. She served as Contextual Studies Coordinator and adjunct instructor for Church Life and Leadership with United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.

Kathy Harvey Nelson

Kathy Harvey Nelson

Course Facilitator

The Rev. Kathy Nelson is an ordained Elder in the Susquehanna Conference-UMC, serving as the Director of The Center for Spiritual Formation, Inc., an ecumenical retreat center offering space for spiritual exploration and growth, as well as offering a two year Ministerial Direction program.

She has been a Spiritual Director for numerous people since being certified by the Center for Spiritual Formation in 2006. As a spiritual director, Kathy is committed to walking the journey of deepening spiritual relationships and exploring creative ways of practicing the presence of God.

Kathy has done doctoral writing on the spiritual formation of pastors, particularly of small churches and the impact seen in their churches and communities. She believes that spiritually passionate pastors of small to mid-size congregations are the hope for the world and as such loves seeing all that God is doing through them.
Kathy is married and mother of two grown children. In her spare time she enjoys reading, travel, and hand-crafts. She is also the author of a children’s book, “Eva: The Perfect Little Puppy,” a reflection of the love brought into her life by her current fur-baby.

Julius Jessup-Peterson

Julius Jessup-Peterson

Course Facilitator

The Rev. Julius Jessup-Peterson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice. He holds a B.A. and M.Div. from Emory University, as well as a M.S. in Social Administration from Case Western University. He is ordained in the United Church of Christ, and lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his husband.

Lou Kavar

Lou Kavar

Course Facilitator

The Rev. Louis F. Kavar, Ph.D. is an experienced therapist, spiritual director, professor of psychology and served as pastor to many churches. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Dr. Kavar brings over thirty years of experience working in the areas of personal and spiritual development with groups and individuals. He teaches in the doctoral program in psychology at Capella University.

Phil Kwiatkowski

Phil Kwiatkowski

Course Facilitator

An Eagle Scout, a karate Black Belt, and a commercial inspector, Mr. Kwiatkowksi holds a B.A. from Hartwick College, a M.B.A. from the American University, and a M.Div. from Luther Rice Seminary. He is passionate about educating churches and engaging congregations to end the opioid crisis.

Michael Malcom

Michael Malcom

Course Facilitator

The Reverend Michael Malcom is an ordained minister in the Pentecostal Holiness Church tradition, with Privilege of Call in the Southeast Conference United Church of Christ. He is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He is the former founding pastor of Fellowship Christian Ministry in Lithonia, Ga. He was a Chaplain in the United States Air Force Reserves. Handling several responsibilities, he is now serving as Senior Pastor at Rush Memorial Congregational United Church of Christ.

In addition, Rev. Malcom now serves as the Environmental Justice Representative for the Southeast Conference, UCC. He is also the Founding Executive Director of Martha’s Corner and The People’s Justice Council, a 501C-3 outreach component of Rush Memorial which specializes in education efforts for Human Services, Environmental Justice and Advocacy. He is also the Director for Alabama Interfaith Power and Light. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Beulah Heights University, a M.Div. degree from Interdenominational Theological Center, and a M.B.A, from Terry School of Business, University of Georgia. He has completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education at The Atlanta VA Medical Center and AnMed Health Hospital in Anderson, SC. He is currently enrolled in the Convergence Leadership Project with the Center for Progressive Renewal and the Just Energy Academy with Partner’s for Southern Equity.

Julie Mavity Maddalena

Julie Mavity Maddalena

Course Facilitator

The Rev. Dr. Julie Mavity Maddalena is the interim pastor at First Congregational of Georgetown, Massachusetts. Previously, she has served as School Minister and Director of Christian Education. She completed a Ph.D. in Religious Ethics from Southern Methodist University. Outside of the parish, she consults with churches, community groups, and schools doing cultural competency education around race, gender, sexuality, ability, and intersectionality. Julie lives with her spouse, Mike, and two sons. They love spending time in the mountains and at the ocean.

David McMahill

David McMahill

Course Facilitator

The Rev. David McMahill and his wife, Jane, served several churches in Nebraska and Minnesota. In 1995, David was called to be the Minister for the Eastern Association of the Minnesota Conference, United Church of Christ, then as the Acting Conference Minister in 2003. David taught UCC History, Theology and Polity at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.

Ruth Shaver

Ruth Shaver

Course Facilitator

The Rev. Dr. 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. She 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, 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, 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.

Danny Spears

Danny Spears

Course Facilitator

The Rev. Dr. Danny A. Spears has served as pastor of several Metropolitan Community Church congregations, and is a certified MCC Interim Specialist and Supervising Pastor. He holds a B.S. from Clayton College and State University, and M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Bryan Whitfield

Bryan Whitfield

Course Facilitator

Bio Coming Soon!

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Ginnie Ferrell

Ginnie Ferrell

Board President

Ginnie Ferrell is a retired UCC clergy and long-time Christian Educator. She served as Associate Minister of Central UCC in Atlanta for many years. During that time, she became an Environmental Educator and worked with the congregation to start a children’s nature camp. Over the years, Ginnie worked as a field geologist and studied chemistry. She is a member of both the Board of Directors and the Commission on Ministry in the Southeast Conference UCC. For several years, Ginnie has continued in leadership with PATHWAYS Theological Education, currently as President of the Board of Directors. Ginnie is married to Jack Raymer. She enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, and travel to visit family and friends

Marian Plant

Marian Plant

Board Vice President

Bio Coming Soon!

Mike Suzo

Mike Suzo

Board Treasurer

Mike has enjoyed a 30-year career in university administration overseeing
admissions, financial aid and marketing. He served Defiance College as
Vice President for Enrollment Management and Ohio Northern University as
director of enrollment planning. He also has served as director of
admissions for Transylvania University and director of transfer admissions
for Ashland University. Mike earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kent
State University and a Master of Divinity degree from Bethel Theological
Seminary. His professional memberships include the Ohio and National
Associations for College Admissions Counseling and the American
Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. He also
served on the Research Committee for ACT. He was elected to the Ada
Exempted Schools Board of Education and is a past president of the Ada
Rotary Club. He and his wife, Kathy, are the parents of John and Andrew.

Ruth E. Shaver

Ruth E. Shaver

Secretary

The Rev. Dr. 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. She 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, 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, 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.

Heather Allman

Heather Allman

Board of Directors

Bio Coming Soon!

Mike Clawson

Mike Clawson

Board of Directors

Mike Clawson (Austin, TX), is founder of the Spiritual Transformation Project, working to create transformative events at the intersection of spirituality and social change – including the New Story Festival, a new annual event for creativity, spirituality, and social action in Austin, Texas. A former pastor, church planter, and leader in the Emerging Church Movement, Mike received his MA in Theological Studies from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (APTS) in 2010 and completed his PhD in Religion at Baylor University in 2017 studying the ways Christianity is evolving in the twenty-first century. He has served as an adjunct faculty instructor at APTS, Baylor University, the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, and Wake Forest School of Divinity. Mike is passionate about personal growth and collective liberation, and enjoys exploring Austin and watching 80s adventure films with his two children.

Joshua Hester

Joshua Hester

Board of Directors

Bio Coming Soon!