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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PAUL FREEMAN

Secretary

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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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 Superintendent of the Blue Ridge District of the Western North Carolina Conference. 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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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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BRANDON WRENCHER

Member-at-Large

Brandon is a minister, organizer, writer, and facilitator working across the U.S. within faith, education, and non-profit sectors at the intersections of decolonizing church, contemplative activism, and local presence to build beloved communities. He is an innovator and church planter whose latest venture is starting The Good Neighbor Movement with a team of friends and neighbors. Brandon holds a BA in Religion from UNC-Chapel Hill, a Master of Divinity from North Park Theological Seminary, and completed post-graduate studies in theology and ethics from Duke Divinity School.

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