In 2023, Leadership Education awarded 31 Reflective Leadership Grants to lay and ordained Christian leaders.

This grant program provided up to $15,000 to step away from their current work to reflect on accomplishments, broaden perspectives and discern next steps.

These leaders serve in a range of roles, from project director to senior administrator, and work in a variety of organizations, including denominations, seminaries, church-related colleges, consultancies, congregations, Christian non-profits, Christian social enterprises and others.


Lindsay Armstrong

NCDC: A Start-Up Studio of the Presbyterian Church USA
Atlanta, GA

Researching and discerning the questions that will help sustain and scale a start-up organization


Hannah Bonner

The Campus Christian Center at the University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

Strengthening the connections of those integral to one's story, while knitting together journeys that will make the picture more complete

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Lynn Brinkley

Baptist Women in Ministry
Fayetteville, NC

Engaging in deep listening and building connections to discern how to develop a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization


Debra Bronkema
Pleasantville, NY

Understanding connection points to learn what it means to lead a nonprofit into new creative and innovative opportunities

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Jonathan Brooks

Lawndale Christian Community Church
Chicago, IL

Reflecting on leadership skills that assist in reevaluating oneself and one's context

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Hilary Burgin

Quaker Voluntary Service
Northampton, MA

Leaning into the pivot of analyzing programs to be more faithful to what God asks of us in 2023

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Toni Dunbar

City of Refuge United Church of Christ
Oakland, CA

Fully embracing crucial changes in one's life and ministry


Daniel Lee

Bethel Presbyterian Church
Beaverton, OR

Reflecting on leading a multigenerational church and developing skills necessary to promote healing in our community


Nikole Lim

Freely in Hope
El Sobrante, CA

Creating an intentional time of discernment to gain clarity on how to implement creative and transformative models for growth


Bethany Rivera Molinar

Ciudad Nueva Community Outreach
El Paso, TX

Creating intentional time for rest and reflection to reimagine innovative ways to move from a place of reactivity to proactively fulfill mission and vision


Nancy Neal

Bread for the World Institute
Washington, DC

Researching and reflecting on the theology, leadership skills, and practices necessary to build a culture of wellness and connection among Bread for the World Institute staff

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Matt Norvell

Johns Hopkins Hospital
Burtonsville, MD

Transitioning hospital ministry to reach the broader community of healthcare workers


Michaela O'Donnell

Fuller Theological Seminary
Omaha, NE

Discerning what is needed to be pruned, developing new leadership capacities, and taking faithful steps toward a sustainable and scalable financial model


Matthew Overton

Columbia Presbyterian Church and The Columbia Future Forge
Camas, WA

Imagining shifts in identity and missional function for the local church, entrepreneurial nonprofit, and for personal ministry


Sue Park-Hur

Pasadena, CA

Exploring a more sustainable and supportive model to use gifts and experiences


Larry Pickens

Pennsylvania Council of Churches
Mechanicsburg, PA

Reflecting on the ecumenical and interfaith challenges of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council of Churches


Kelly Preboski

Luther Heights Bible Camp
Boise, ID

Reflecting on intentionally building teams that listen, educate and equip families for faith development throughout the natural rhythms of life


Daniel Prieto

Conexión Pastoral
Duncanville, TX

Researching innovative ways to steward organizational growth


Turbo Qualls

St. Mary of Egypt Orthodox Christian Church
Kansas City, MO

Researching best practices to dictate God's visible presence of hope, while taking time to listen for God's direction


Robert Rueda

Baptist Student Ministry Rio Grande Valley
Edinburg, TX

Establishing dedicated time for reflection, assessment, and conversations with leaders to drive fruitfulness while adapting to the evolving needs of those we serve in the Texas-Mexico Border

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Adriana Schellhaas

Casa Chirilagua
Alexandria, VA

Understanding the type of leader I am and the importance of standing firm on solid ground


Kelly Smith, Jr.

First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill
Nashville, TN

Learning to harness lessons learned and leveraging those lessons in a way that best serves the community

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Lynne Smith

Benedictine Women of Madison
Middleton, WI

Reflecting on what is emerging as the next phase of ministry at the juncture of communal life and work

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Rebecca Stevens-Walter

For People Media Ministries
Brooklyn, NY

Thoughtfully discerning and prayerfully reflecting on vocational trajectory


Tyrone Stevenson

Hope City Church
Valley Stream, NY

Reflecting on past accomplishments to determine the capacity to lead the church community into the next generation

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John Terrill

Stephen & Laurel Brown Foundation (Upper House)
Madison, WI

Discerning how to approach opportunities for missional and geographic expansion and how historical lessons from the Chautauqua Movement can inform our local and national Christian Study Center work


Sharon Wada

Sustainable Faith
San Jose, CA

Reflecting on past experiences and current realities to create an organizational culture that welcomes the next generation of diverse leaders


Ron Werner, Jr.

Together Lab of the Oregon Synod, ELCA
Portland, OR

Engaging in reflection on the next season and how to cultivate structures for deep discernment and belonging amidst so many pulls, pressures and possibilities

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Sean Williams

First Baptist Church (ABCUSA)
McMinnville, OR

Discerning clarity concerning what God is calling the organization to do and how operate in a sustainable manner


Greg Yee

Pacific Northwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church
Renton, WA

Listening to God on how to move forward with organizational and strategic changes

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Joy Zedler

The Pearl Project
Ocala, FL

Focusing on the need to grow deeper and align practices, programs and services on holistic mental health