Meet Our Team

Rebekah, Faculty and Staff

Rebekah Simon-Peter

Chief Visionary

Rebekah is passionate about reconnecting spiritual leaders with their God-given powers to co-create miracles with the divine.  Her award-winning group coaching program, Creating a Culture of Renewal® has energized church leaders across the country to reclaim their calling and to grow their ministries.  Known for teaching leaders how to bring out the best in the people who frustrate them the most, her work transforms church leaders and the congregations they serve.

Rebekah is the author of the upcoming Forging a New Path: Moving the Church Forward in a Post-Pandemic World (Market Square Publishers, 2022), Dream Like Jesus®, The Jew Named Jesus, Green Church, Green Church Leader Guide, and 7 Simple Steps to Green Your Church.

A dynamic speaker, Rebekah has engaged and challenged audiences around the country.  When she’s not on the road, you can find her on the hiking trail with her dog Beau, or concocting in the kitchen with her wonderful husband Jerry Gonzales.

For more information about Rebekah Simon-Peter, call (307) 333-5990, email office@rebekahsimonpeter.com or visit www.rebekahsimonpeter.com.

Our Faculty

Bonnie Marden

Bonnie Marden

Senior Faculty

By empowering church leaders and congregations, Bonnie joyfully fulfills her call to support bold leadership, courageous missions, wise discernment and strategic stewardship.  She lives in Massachusetts with her partner Lee and has launched three children into adulthood. Her spiritual disciplines include reading, writing and swimming.  Bonnie is the author of “Church Finances for Missional Leaders: Best Practices for Financial Stewardship” – a vision fulfilled through Creating A Culture of Renewal.

McKenzie Sefa

McKenzie Sefa

Faculty and CCR Project Manager

Rev. McKenzie M. Sefa is an ordained elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, currently serving in extension ministry as the Creating a Culture of Renewal Project Manager.  Her calling and passion is church renewal, guiding others to take their place as God’s beloved children, and leading the church to build the Kingdom in their communities.  McKenzie is married to Rev. Craig Sefa and mother to her beautiful daughter, Ariana. In her spare time, McKenzie enjoys cross-stitch, reading, and cheering on her Gators and Jaguars.

Martha Taylor

Martha Taylor

Faculty and CCR Guide

In addition to serving as certified faculty for Creating a Culture of Renewal, Martha is the former Communications Director of the Arkansas Annual Conference, and the founder of a unique organization where her clients expand their capacity through a combination of coaching and equine assisted learning. She lives in Arkansas with her equine partner, Handsome, and her human partner, Clay.  Martha and Clay have two adult children, a beautiful daughter-in-love, and granddaughter Liv, who Martha asserts is the smartest, prettiest, most fascinating granddaughter on the entire planet.

Steve Trout

Steve Trout

Faculty

Rev. Dr. Stephen Trout is recently retired after 40 years of service as an Elder in the New Mexico Annual Conference of the UMC. He’s been married to his wife Elaine for 46 years and they have 2 grown children and 3 grandchildren. Steve is a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do, and an avid outdoorsman.

So, he can kick … and pray for you at the same time.

Jim Weible

Jim Weible

Apprentice Faculty

Rev. Jim Weible currently serves as the pastor of Middletown Amanda UMC in southwest Ohio. Prior to serving as a Licensed Local Pastor, Jim spent more than thirty years serving as a full time Worship Leader in several churches. His purpose is to entertain, educate, and inspire people to transform their lives toward the kingdom of God, using his gifts and talents as fully as possible.

Jim is married to his partner, Lisa Deaton. Between them, they have five adult children and a grandchild on the way. They live in a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Adrianne Coleman

Adrianne Coleman

Faculty

Rev. Adrianne Coleman is an ordained elder in the New Mexico Annual Conference, serving in full-time ministry for 20 years. She’s the chair of the Conference on Native American ministries. Married, with 4 children and 6 grandchildren, she enjoys using her musical and theatrical talent to lead congregations in spiritual growth and missional connection with their communities. Adrianne says that “Creating a Culture of Renewal® helped me understand more about my personal ministry style and skills, and develop a bold vision for ministry in my current context, in our conference, and in our mission field.”

Beth Anne Crego

Beth Anne Crego

Apprentice Faculty

Rev. Beth Anne Crego is currently the Executive Pastor at Westwood UMC in Cincinnati, OH. She is married to John and has 2 boys and 2 dogs.

Beth Anne loves to travel and is an avid hiker.  She’s also actively involved with her “guys” in Scouts, BSA.

Shannon Davis

Shannon Davis

Apprentice Faculty

Shannon Davis is the pastor of Woodward (OK) First United Methodist Church and an ordained elder with over 25 years of experience serving churches.   He is an avid Oklahoma State Cowboys fan and plays the violin.  His wife, Jan, and their three sons (one married) are very musical.   They let him play fiddle but ask him not to sing. They have two cats, parakeets, fish and bunnies.

Our Staff

Ann Miller

Ann Miller

Special Projects Coordinator

Ann’s background includes founding and managing non-profit organizations, community organizing, freelance writing, and marketing.  With a life-long passion for peace and justice work, Ann has marched the streets from coast to coast, and spearheaded two projects bringing war-injured Iraqi children to the United States with No More Victims.  She and husband Cole, are currently the world’s most doting grandparents to grandson Sumter, and willing servants to four-legged family, Scooby, Blaze, and Big Boy.

Jamie Snively

Jamie Snively

Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Jamie is a Wyoming native with a passion for helping others. Born and raised in Jackson Hole, she developed a love for nature and the outdoors at a young age and it has never left her. She lives in Casper, Wyoming with her husband, Adam, and their two four-legged babies, Goose and Nellie. Jamie likes camping, fishing, hiking, and floating the river. When the windy Wyoming winter doesn’t allow for outdoor activities, she enjoys cooking and baking, reading, and crafting.

Ashley Suggs

Ashley Suggs

Bookkeeper

Ashley is passionate about serving the community around her having participated in a variety of ministries equipping people to live out their identities and callings in Christ. She’s been a part of Teen Challenge Program as a volunteer and staff member for several years. A gifted singer and song writer, Ashley has a growing guitar collection. She loves traveling, camping, kayaking, hiking, and all things outdoors. As a full-time student at SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary, she’s working toward her bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies. Ashley and her husband, Jesse, live in Wyoming with their precious young daughter, Everest, born in December of 2021, and two energetic dogs.

Steve Pudinski

Steve Pudinski

Mentoring Coordinator

Rev. Steve Pudinski, an Associate Member of the California-Nevada Annual Conference, came out of retirement again bringing his 51 years of experience in public service and church leadership to his position as Mentoring Coordinator. A retired military warrant officer, law enforcement manager, and pastor, Steve is passionate about working with others to help them reach their full potential. He still serves on a District Committee on Ordained Ministry and does pulpit supply. Steve lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with his wife, Kelley, and two fur-babies, Newton and Sasha.  They have six grown children and six grandchildren.

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