Category: Staff

Michael Cuppett

Michael is a native of St. Louis, MO, and is a M.Div/MACEF student at Princeton Theological Seminary. Michael is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, and works at the intersection of faith, design, and technology. Professionally, Michael has served with Ministry Architects consulting, the Montreat College Conference, and a variety of congregations throughout Tennessee and New Jersey. Alongside being the Zoe Project’s website administrator, Michael currently works with Evolving Faith as a designer.

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Kelsey Holdermann

Kelsey Holderman is a current student at Princeton Theological Seminary, seeking degrees in Divinity and Christian Education Formation. Formerly from Columbus, Ohio, she spent her past life studying education and teaching Math and Science to 7th grade students, and has since moved into the world of youth ministry!

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Katherine Douglass

Katherine is an ordained teaching elder in the PC(USA) and is Assistant Professor of Ministry at Seattle Pacific University. Katie also directs The Confirmation Project, an ecumenical study of the confirmation and equivalent practices in five denominations practicing baptism in the United States. Katie and her husband John and their three young sons live in awe of the outdoors in Seattle.

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Kenda Creasy Dean

Kenda is an ordained United Methodist pastor and the Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary.

She is the author of numerous books on faith and young people, including Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church; The Godbearing Life: The Art of Soul-Tending in Youth Ministry; and, most recently, Under the Dragon Scales: Restoring Joy to Youth Ministry, with Wesley Ellis, Justin Forbes, and Abigail Visco Rusert.

A graduate of Miami University (Ohio) and Wesley Theological Seminary (Washington, DC), Kenda served as a pastor and campus minister in the DC suburbs and New Jersey, and co-founded (with Mark DeVries) a consulting and education group that promotes missional innovation. Kenda and her husband Kevin’s two children have “grown and flown,” so they now borrow the neighbors’ kids for the fun stuff.

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Trey Wince

During his years of church leading, planting, consulting, and pastoring, Trey has remained convinced that high impact churches are really just churches who know how to take care of the little stuff first. He has served as pastor of Kingston UMC, College Director (serving students at Vanderbilt, Belmont and Lipscomb Universities), Director of Young Adult Ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville and international missions coordinator with Joshua Expeditions.

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Shari Oosting

Shari Oosting serves as Associate Director of Formation for Ministry at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. She has the privilege of discerning with seminary students the shape of their call to ministry through mentoring and internship placement.

Her favorite vocational place to be is at the intersection of scholarship and the church; she loves to pull pastors toward substantive theological reflection and academic theologians toward the work of Christian ministry. She and her husband Jason have four rambunctious young children who joyfully consume most of their time. Outside of work she enjoys running, playing board games or poker, and having great conversations with friends.

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Aqueelah Ligonde

Aqueelah believes that every young person has a voice and place in our churches and communities. She presently serves as a Staff Consultant with Ministry Architects, Site Coordinator for the Young Adult Volunteer Program of New York City, and Field Staff for Racial Ethnic Young Women (PCUSA).

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Mike Baughman

Rev. Mike Baughman is the Community Curator and founding Pastor for Union Coffee in Dallas, TX. A New Jersey native, he’s thrilled to return to his homeland and share lessons learned from fifteen years of experience in urban and suburban ministries with rising generations as well as his book, Flipping Church.

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Mark Yaconelli

Mark is an author, storyteller, speaker, minister, and community activist. He is the Executive Director of The Hearth—a nonprofit that uses personal narratives to support individual healing and social change. He has helped to start many creative ministry projects including The Center for Engaged Compassion at Claremont School of Theology and The Youth Ministry and Spirituality Project at San Francisco Theological Seminary. He is the author of five books including The Gift of Hard Things: Finding Grace in Unexpected Places, Wonder, Fear, and Longing: A Book of Prayers, and Contemplative Youth Ministry.

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Ricky Leighton

Ricky is a filmmaker and screenwriter currently residing in Portland Maine with his wife, Sarah. His work focuses on creating short films for small businesses and organizations throughout the U.S. While living in New Jersey, Ricky attended Kingston UMC where he found a passion for helping churches share their story utilizing digital media.

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The Zoe Project was funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc, and is headquartered at Princeton Theological Seminary.