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Board of Directors

REV. DR. LYNNE CALDWELL
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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.

KIMBERLY CLARKE
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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.

BETH CRISSMAN
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Chair

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.

DR. ANTHONY EVERETT, BS ORM, MDIV, DMIN

Member-at-Large

Dr. Everett is the executive director of Mission Beyond Bars & Beyond Inc., a faith based non-profit that educates communities in Kentucky with the tools for the successful reentry of returning citizens. This ministry reduces recidivism through mentoring. Dr. Everett is a social entrepreneur, an academic, a church and ministry coach, and a community activist engaged in intersectional social justice centered on the empowerment of marginalized people and communities. 

ELAINE HEATH
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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.

DINA HELDERMAN
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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.

STERLING EUGENE FREEMAN, MDIV, DMIN
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Member-at-Large

Dr. Freeman is a liberation theologian, and leadership educator and coach, building capacities for equity and systemic social change for the cause of achieving an anti-racist,  fairer and more just world. He is the Co-Founder and Principal of CounterPart Consulting, Inc., where he leads client-partners’ strategic efforts to incorporate a racial equity lens into the core of their organizations. The work includes facilitating baseline racial equity capacity building, organizational assessments, coaching and technical assistance. Client-partners cover a myriad of sectors including early childhood education, higher education, philanthropy, healthcare, religious, environmental and more. 

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.