We’ve got a great slate of worship speakers lined up for the Phoenix 2013 Mennonite Church USA convention. Check it out, and check back often for more updates!
Adult Worship Speakers
Elizabeth Soto Albrecht is moderator-elect of Mennonite Church USA. Elizabeth is coordinator of field education at Lancaster Theological Seminary and Associate Chaplain at Lancaster General Hospital. She is an ordained pastor and has served on the Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA for two years.
Elizabeth is the author of two recent books, Seek Peace and Pursue It: Women, Faith and Family Care (Faith & Life Resources, Mennonite Publishing Network, 2010) and Family Violence: Reclaiming a Theology of Nonviolence (Orbis Books, 2008). In addition to study at AMBS, Elizabeth has earned a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco (Calif.) Theological Seminary, a Master of Arts in religion from the Seminario Evangelico de Puerto Rico and a bachelor’s degree in health education from the Universidad de Puerto Rico. A native of Puerto Rico, Elizabeth returns regularly to visit family and maintain connections with her home church, Iglesia Menonita El Buen Pastor, in Hitallo, where she was baptized over 30 years ago.
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño is a native of Edinburg, Texas and a third generation Methodist. She has served as a pastor in communities in Texas, California and New Mexico. She has served as a district superintendent for The United Methodist Church in the West Texas and New Mexico area as well as in the greater Portland, Oregon area. In July 2012, she was assigned to the Los Angeles Area of The United Methodist Church, the California-Pacific Conference. She presently serves as President of the College of Bishops of the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church.
Bishop Carcaño has had the opportunity to preach, teach, and speak at a variety of United Methodist and ecumenical church consultations, and justice and human rights events all over the U.S., Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, Mexico, Zimbabwe, and Switzerland. Out of a commitment to ecumenical and interfaith work she has served as President of the New Mexico Conference of Churches and as the President of the Arizona Ecumenical Council. For her national work in the area of immigration reform she has been recognized with the Mary Rhodes Award from the Order of the Sisters of Loretto.
She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Pan American and Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas). Both schools have honored her with their highest alumni recognitions. She is married to Thomas L. Spaniolo, a lawyer who specializes in immigration and criminal law. They have a daughter, Sofia T. Spaniolo-Carcaño, who is a student at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois.
Meghan Good has served as pastor of Albany Mennonite Church since 2009. In addition to being a passionate preacher and storyteller, she is a frequent speaker around such topics as biblical hermeneutics, integrative worship, and the Church’s generation gap. Her current projects include a Scriptural companion, Mud Pie God, which will appear progressively online beginning spring 2013. In her spare time, Meghan works with a local shelter providing advocacy, counseling, and life skills training for the homeless. Meghan previously worked with Duke Divinity School’s Center for Reconciliation (Durham, NC) while completing a Master in Divinity degree. She holds a Bachelors in Philosophy and Biblical Studies from Gordon College (Wenham, Mass.). Meghan currently lives in Albany, Oregon with a fantastic roommate, a prized dinosaur bone, and a ridiculously large book collection.
Richard Twiss is a member of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate from the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. His mother is Sicangu Lakota from Rosebud and his father is Oglala Lakota from Pine Ridge, SD. He’s married to an amazing woman since 1976 and is the father of four remarkable sons. He is President of Wiconi International and is committed to pursuing a life of peace, justice and wholeness, inviting others to the journey of meaningful relationship with Creator, creation and all others – in the Spirit of Jesus. Richard is a widely traveled and popular speaker, activist, educator, author and networker among innovative thinkers within the Native North American and Indigenous community internationally.
JOINT WORSHIP SPEAKER
Ervin R. Stutzman is Executive Director for Mennonite Church USA. Before taking on this role in January 2010, he served for nearly 12 years as Dean and Professor of Church Ministries at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Harrisonburg, Va. He has also served the Mennonite Church in the roles of pastor, district overseer, missions administrator, conference moderator and, from 2001 to 2003, as moderator for Mennonite Church USA.
Ervin graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Cincinnati (Ohio) Christian University. He holds master’s degrees from the University of Cincinnati and Eastern Mennonite Seminary. He received his Ph.D. from Temple University. Ervin is a preacher, teacher and a writer for Herald Press. His latest book is a scholarly study of the church’s conversation about peace, called From Nonresistance to Justice: The Transformation of Mennonite Church Peace Rhetoric 1908-2008.
Ervin is married to Bonita Haldeman of Manheim, Pa. They currently live in Harrisonburg, Va., and are members of Park View Mennonite Church, where Ervin regularly teaches a men’s Bible study. Ervin enjoys doing woodworking projects in partnership with Bonita. They have three adult children, Emma, Daniel and Benjamin, and two grandchildren.
YOUTH WORSHIP SPEAKERS
Isabel Castillo has lived in the Shenandoah Valley (Virgina) for the past 20 years. She is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University. She is a board member for New Bridges Immigrant Resource Center and Shenandoah Valley Scholars’ Latino Initiative and a volunteer social worker /interpreter for the Harrisonburg Public Schools. Isabel is the founder of DREAM Activist Virginia and co-founder of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance. Isabel advocates for immigrant rights and young students like herself across Virginia and across the country. She has led rallies, organized a march on Washington D.C., and staged a non-violent sit-in at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) office, which led to her arrest but not deportation. On May 2011, the University of San Francisco awarded an honorary doctorate degree to Isabel Castillo for her unwavering advocacy for the passage of the Dream Act. She received this degree on behalf of all undocumented youth who are currently in college or graduated from college.
Glen Alexander Guyton currently serves as the Associate Executive Director Finance & Convention Planning for the national offices of Mennonite Church USA. After the completion of 4 years as an officer in the United States Air Force, Minister Glen felt the call to ministry. Along with this wife Cynthia (Cyndi), Glen served as youth pastor and in many other ministry leadership roles for over 17 years in Hampton, Virginia as part of Calvary Community Church’s (C3) Executive Leadership Council.
Glen & Cyndi are the founders C3’s Generation Youth Ministry (Gen-Min), a passion driven focus on youth ministry that emphasizes the value of ministering to the entire family and continuity of youth disciple development. Glen has also worked diligently with Eastern Mennonite University in the creation of mentorship programs to promote theological training for high school youth. His work also included the development programs to promote peace and social justice amongst urban youth and provide students in these areas with alternatives to military service. Glen has spoken to thousands of youth and adults throughout the United States, Jamaica, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Ghana. Glen holds a Bachelors of Science in Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Masters of Education from Regent University.
Glen & Cyndi are natives of Texas. Today they reside in San Antonio and are the campus pastors of C3-San Antonio. They have been married since December of 1995 and have two children: a lovely daughter, Andrea Nikole, and handsome son, Glen Alexander II (Alex).
Luke A. Hartman is a dynamic and energetic communicator who has been sharing with youth and adults all across the country for the last 16 years. After serving as a university professor, head basketball coach, and administrator of a diverse public school, he now serves Eastern Mennonite University as Vice President for Enrollment. He earned an Associate in Arts degree from Hesston College (Kansas), a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Arts with endorsement in special education from Eastern Mennonite University (Virginia) in 1991, and a Masters of Education degree from Wichita State University (Kansas) with emphasis in mild handicapping conditions. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies at Virginia Tech. Luke enjoys spending time with his wife, Staci, and three daughters, Sarina, Sophia, and Sarah.
Hal L. Shrader is currently the Lead Pastor of Trinity Mennonite Church, an urban, missional, Anabaptist community in the Phoenix, Ariz., area where he lives with his family and special needs dog. Hal was first drawn to the Anabaptist way of following Jesus when in college he first considered the concept, “What if Jesus was really serious about what he said in the Sermon on the Mount?” He has a Master degree in Theology from Pepperdine University (Malibu, Calif.), and is honored to teach from time to time as an adjunct professor at Hope International University’s School of Professional Studies (Fullerton, Calif.). Before moving to the desert, he served with his wife Chrisie, and two daughters, Mollie and Madison, in Chile for three years. Prior to that he was a student ministries pastor in Ventura County, Calif., for ten years. Hal is gifted at making space for people who like Jesus, but, for a variety of reasons, might not be too crazy about church.