Eric D. Barreto is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and an ordained Baptist minister. The author of Ethnic Negotiations: The Function of Race and Ethnicity in Acts 16 (Mohr Siebeck, 2010), he is also a regular contributor to ONScripture.org, The Huffington Post, WorkingPreacher.org, and EntertheBible.org.
An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Adam holds degrees from St. Olaf College and Columbia Theological Seminary. To read more of Adam’s writing visit A Wee Blether (http://adamjcopeland.com) and follow his tweets @ajc123.
Nathan Dungan is the founder and president of Share Save Spend®. For over 20 years, Nathan has been an industry thought-leader on helping individuals and families align their values with their money decisions. He speaks and consults nationally with organizations and families on the topic of money and the effects of the consumer culture of money habits.
Money Sanity U™ is Nathan’s newest resource for organizations. This subscription-based virtual learning library is designed to help address a variety of money topics in a simple and interactive format.
Nathan is also the author of three books, Money Sanity Solutions: Linking Money + Meaning, Prodigal Sons and Material Girls: How Not to Be Your Child’s ATM, and a textbook for high school students, Personal Finance: A Lifetime Responsibility.
Since 1990, Nathan has worked extensively with faith communities throughout North America to help them be more proactive and strategic in engaging youth and adults about money and the role it plays in their lives. He was a featured guest on Krista Tippet’s critically acclaimed radio program Speaking of Faith, discussing the topic of Money and Moral Balance.
He is one of the national media’s go-to experts on family finances. He has been widely quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Business Week, and TIME magazine, and has been a featured guest on CBS, CNN, PBS and public radio’s Marketplace Money.
Nathan is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota Foundation and is a member of the Youth Frontiers Board of Directors. Prior to founding Share Save Spend he was a top-performing financial advisor and vice president of marketing for a Fortune™ 500 financial services company.
Cameron Howard, Assistant Professor of Old Testament, Luther Seminary
Cameron B. R. Howard is Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has published essays in The New Interpreter's Bible One-Volume Commentary (Abingdon, 2010) and the twentieth-anniversary edition of the Women's Bible Commentary (Westminster John Knox, 2012). She is also a regular contributor to WorkingPreacher.org.
Charles Lane, Director, Center for Stewardship Leaders, Luther Seminary
Pastor Charles Lane serves as the Director of the Center for Stewardship Leaders at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. He graduated from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, and Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. He served St. Mark Lutheran Church, Butler, PA; St. Phillip’s Lutheran Church, Fridley, MN; and Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wadena, MN. He served as Assistant to the Bishop in the Northwestern Minnesota Synod, ELCA, from 1996-2005, and as Director for Stewardship Key Leader, ELCA, from 2005-2010.
Pastor Lane is the author of Ask, Thank, Tell: Improving Stewardship Ministry in Your Congregation,published by Augsburg Fortress in 2006, and the annual stewardship program Walk with Jesus, published by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2006. He is also the author of several articles on stewardship.
Pastor Lane is married to Chris, who is a retired elementary teacher and an educational consultant.They have two adult children who live in Minneapolis.
Greg Meyer, Pastor, Jacob’s Well, Minneapolis, MN
Greg Meyer is the mission developer and lead pastor of Jacob’s Well, a re-invented congregation of the ELCA in South Minneapolis. Greg grew up in the Lutheran Church, graduated from St Olaf
College and Yale University Divinity School and did post graduate work at Luther Seminary. He did research and then served as a missionary in Papua New Guinea for nearly seven years. He was Executive Pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in South Minneapolis before launching Jacob’s Well in 2006. The Jacob’s Well dual vision is to create a network of congregations focused on engaging those who have given up or are giving up on church, faith and God, and to share what they are learning so others can contextualize and use it in their own communities.
Chris Nelson, Pastor, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN
Pastor Christopher P. Nelson (Chris) is the Senior Pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Before being called to Bethlehem in 1994, he served on the staffs of St. Philip the Deacon, in Plymouth, MN and Incarnate Word, in Rochester, NY.
Raised in Philadelphia, Pastor Nelson is a graduate of Ithaca (NY) College and has earned degrees at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (M.Div.) and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (D.Min.). He is married to Deborah Carbaugh, who is on the Music Faculty (voice) of Hamline University, and they have two adult children: James and Alison.
Pastor Nelson is passionate about the possibilities of parish ministry, and since the congregation has become Purpose Driven, it has grown to nearly 3900 baptized members; attendance has grown to 1698 and giving has more than doubled. Pastor Nelson teaches Purpose Driven, and Preaching Workshops across the United States, in India, Argentina and in Northern Europe.
During his tenure at Bethlehem, two congregations have been planted by the congregation: Spirit Garage, in 1997 and Jacob’s Well in 2006. Pastor Nelson serves on the Fairview Hospital System Board and the Ebenezer Society Board.
Melissa Reed, Pastor, Redeemer Lutheran Church and Leaven Project Community, Portland, OR
Melissa, a native New Englander, earned her BA in English from Boston College and graduated with her MDiv from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in 2008. A double PK, she never dreamed of becoming a pastor, but after working for Lutheran Community Services, she wondered what transformative difference the church, especially local faith communities, could have around death-dealing issues such as isolation, poverty, inequity, and addiction. Melissa currently serves as Mission Developer Pastor for the Leaven Project (leavenproject.org), an emerging community out of 93-year-old Redeemer Lutheran Church, in Portland, OR, focused on the intersections of communal spirituality and living out faith values publicly through the arts and practices of community organizing. Among Leaven, no subject that impacts real life is off the table -- including, and especially, money.
Deb Stehlin, Director of Evangelical Mission, Minneapolis Area Synod
The Rev. Deb Stehlin first learned God's radical way with money when a trusted mentor shared how bill-paying day is a spiritual practice of stewardship and unselfishness. She couldn't believe that writing the first check for ten percent would ever be a reasonable plan, but has discovered the joy of God's economy.
After starting a mission church that draws in many young adults, Deb was called to be the Director for Evangelical Mission for the Minneapolis Area Synod.
Sara Yotter, Assistant to the Bishop, South Central Synod of Wisconsin
Sara grew up in Appleton, WI. She received a BA in Religion and Biblical Languages from Luther College in Decorah, IA and her MDiv from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. She has been on the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin staff as an Assistant to the Bishop and Synod Stewardship Specialist since 2008.
Her personal mission statement is to love Jesus and to help others love Jesus. Her passion in ministry is that the Church may be real and relevant in the world today to connect all people to Jesus, particularly focusing on generosity as a discipleship tool.
She is a wife to Justin, a mother to Nickolas, and owner of two Boxers, Zane and Maggie. They live in Madison, WI and in her free time she loves cooking and entertaining their friends and family and playing legos with Nickolas.