Source Collaborative: Staff
Rev. Beth Ludlum, D.Min.
Rev. Dr. Beth Ludlum is co-creator and Director of Source Collaborative. She is Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Director of the Wesley Innovation Hub at Wesley Theological Seminary. An ordained UMC Elder, her Doctor of Ministry project focused on creating a training program to help local congregations embrace innovation through design thinking.
Rev. Lorena M. Parrish, Ph.D.
Rev. Dr. Lorena M. Parrish serves as a key advisor and partner in curriculum development for Source Collaborative. She is Associate Professor of Urban Ministries and Director of the Institute for Community Engagement at Wesley Theological Seminary. Dr. Parrish earned her Ph.D., M.Phil. and M.Div. at Union Theological Seminary in New York, and holds a M.S.S.W. from the Columbia University School of Social Work. Rev. Dr. Parrish is an ordained Baptist minister.
Rev. Emily Peck-McClain, Th.D.
Rev. Dr. Emily Peck-McClain is co-creator and Cohort Director of Source Collaborative. She is the Visiting Professor of Christian Formation and Young Adult Ministries and theological educator for the Wesley Innovation Hub at Wesley Theological Seminary. Rev. Dr. Peck-McClain is an ordained Elder in the UMC and has served churches in both New York City and the Hudson Valley.
Julie Hagen is Administrator for the Source Collaborative. She is a Master of Divinity student and staff member of the Office of Strategic Initiatives at Wesley Theological Seminary. Julie is a candidate for ordination in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the UMC with a background in business development, non-profit management, and communications and marketing.
Rev. F. Douglas Powe, Jr.,Ph.D.
Rev. Dr. F. Douglas Powe, Jr., is a key advisor and partner to Source Collaborative. He is the Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership and James C. Logan Professor of Evangelism (E. Stanley Jones Chair) at Wesley Theological Seminary. He is also an ordained UMC Elder and is committed to helping urban congregations and congregations in transitional areas flourish through community partnering. Doug and the Lewis Center staff will help to identify existing resources to build the program and cocreate resources for broad dissemination from what is learned.
Denominational leaders, alumni networks, and the Source Collaborative design team are selecting high-potential clergy who are interested in being trained as coaches. They will join the design team for monthly check-ins as they work with individual congregations in their assessments, planning, and implementation.
Select seminarians will join the program as research associates. They will help facilitate gatherings and retreats, design and implement surveys and interviews, and compile data and insights to inform new resource creation.
David Shank and Rev. Laura Norvell are Wesley alumni and development staff. Together, they will work with the design team to identify potential congregational participants, share news and resources with alumni, and identify potential coaches.
Also serving on the design team are Rev. Dr. Cathy Abbott, former Virginia UMC District Superintendent, and Rev. Dr. Stacey Cole Wilson, Executive Minister of Justice and Service for the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the UMC. Both pastors have extensive experience leading local congregations and working with clergy and laity. They will continue to help guide program design, select participants, and discern valuable learnings for further development.