Board of Directors
REV. DR. LYNNE CALDWELL
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 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 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
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 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 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
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.
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."
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.
of Boston, Massachusetts currently serves as CEO/Managing Member of Provident Investment Company, LLC, a venture capital firm based in Boston. 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. He is married and has one daughter.
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.