Board of Directors

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ELAINE HEATH

President

Elaine holds a BA in English from Oakland University, an MDiv from Ashland Theological Seminary, and a PhD in Systematic Theology from Duquesne University. She is ordained as an Elder in the United Methodist Church and is the co-founder of the Missional Wisdom Foundation and of Neighborhood Seminary. She lives at Spring Forest, an intentional Christian Community and farm in rural North Carolina, where she also serves as Abbess.

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REV. DR. LYNNE CALDWELL

Vice President

Lynne is the Dean of Neighborhood Seminary and pastor at Bethel UMC in Winston-Salem. An Elder in the Western North Carolina Conference and former District Superintendent, she taught for 10 years at the Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond.

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DINA HELDERMAN

Secretary

Dina has a passion for helping organizations engage their missions and achieve their goals by building infrastructure and processes that enable teamwork and efficiency. She is a partner at Saison Consulting, LLC, in Durham, NC, and works as the office manager for Neighborhood Seminary. Previously, she was the director of Events Management and on staff in Leadership Education, both at Duke Divinity School. She holds an MDiv from McAfee School of Theology.

TIM VAUGHN

Treasurer

As principal of BeMissional Finance LLC, Tim Vaughn assists pastors and church leaders maximize their impact by providing simple and effective accounting solutions for their ministries. These solutions allow ministry leaders to save time and money while focusing on the parts of their work they love. As a seminary-trained pastor, Tim is passionate about equipping a new generation of church leaders with the imagination and tools necessary for encountering God in a changing world. He lives with his family in an intentional community in Durham.

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BETH CRISSMAN

Member-at-Large

Beth serves as Lead Pastor at West Market Church in Greensboro. Along with her husband, Rev. Kelly Crissman, they serve as founders and executive directors of Plowpoint, a non-profit organization committed to transforming leaders and churches for the transformation of local communities. She has served several congregations and authored several books, A graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (BS in Nursing), Beth also has Masters degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles and Emory University.

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KIMBERLY CLARKE

Member-at-Large

Kimberly is currently working toward her M.Div. degree at Hood Theological Seminary. She also attended Duke Divinity where she completed coursework toward a Master of Arts in Christian Practice. She is the Interim Director for the Institute for Early Career Clergy Development at Hood and as pastor of Triad Native American UMC.

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PAUL FREEMAN

Member-at-Large

Paul comes from the Methodist tradition serving in several leadership roles at Mount Pleasant UMC and in the Western North Carolina Conference. He graduated from Greensboro College, majoring in history of the American South, and is now enrolled at the Wake Forest School of Divinity, where he is pursuing his MDiv. "Neighborhood Seminary is so dear to me because it asks 'who is my neighbor?' And then teaches how to be a neighbor."

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JOSEPH KIM

Member-at-Large

Joseph is an Elder in the Western North Carolina Conference currently serving Lee’s Chapel and Carraway in the Northern Piedmont District. He was Missional Spiritual Director for two years with Neighborhood Seminary’s Greensboro cohort and part of the leadership for the pilot of the program.

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BLAISE MERCADANTE

Member-at-Large

Blaise is a leader with more than 35 years of experience in psychology, business development, team building, health and spiritual care. He is adept at building messaging and branding for organizations, experienced in turning around failing businesses, transforming service offerings, and rebranding. A strong relationship builder, team creator, and communicator, Blaise has experience working in healthcare and in a range of church environments. He is excited to be on the Board of Neighborhood Seminary where he can bring his constellation of skills to serve the development and future vitality of Neighborhood Seminary.

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TODD RANKIN

Member-at-Large

Todd Rankin of Boston, Massachusetts currently serves as CEO/Managing Member of Provident Investment Company, LLC, a venture capital firm based in Boston. Todd works closely with senior executives who operate portfolio companies on a regular basis, helping them with matters related to governance, strategic planning, capitalization, mergers and acquisitions and human resources. Todd has served in leadership on more than 50 different governing boards throughout his career. Prior to working in the field of principal investment management, he worked as an attorney in securities law, corporate finance and venture finance. Todd currently serves as Chairman of the Board of David C Cook, Chairman of the Board Operations Committee of United World Mission, Treasurer of Christ Mission Anglican Benedictines and Managing Director of Partners for Uganda. He serves also serves as an advisory board volunteer at Harvard University and Harvard Business School. He graduated from Duke Divinity School with an MDiv degree in May 2020. In his free time, Todd enjoys endurance sports, including marathon running. Todd is excited to serve on the Board of Neighborhood Seminary, where he is happy to serve in order to support the flourishing and growth of NS.

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