Steering Committee

Joe Bush (Wesley Theological Seminary) Chair

Joseph E. Bush taught in the area of Ministry in Church & Society at the ecumenical Pacific Theological College in the Republic of Fiji and at the Presbyterian School of Ministry in Dunedin, New Zealand, where he was also responsible for field education. He has continued to teach field education and religious leadership in the United States at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and in his current position as Director of Practice in Ministry and Mission for Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.  An ordained United Methodist minister, he is the author of several articles in social ethics, environmental ethics, professional ethics, and pastoral ministry. His book Gentle Shepherding was named one of the top ten for 2006 by the Academy of Parish Clergy.

Diane Maloney (Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary) Vice-Chair

Diane Maloney retired in 2014 after 23 years on the faculty at Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies, where from 2006-2014 she held the position of Clinical Associate Professor of Pastoral Studies and Director of Field Education. A Roman Catholic laywoman, she has an M.A. in Religious Education from St. Thomas Theological Seminary (Denver), an M.A. in Pastoral Counseling from Santa Clara University, and a D.Min. in Pastoral Counseling from Chicago Theological Seminary. Diane has been actively involved in educating graduate students for ministry since 1991, and has greatly enjoyed supervising students in a wide range of degrees including divinity, pastoral counseling, social justice/community development, pastoral studies and religious education as they have pursued various vocational gifts and interests. She is currently serving as Course Leader for 3rd year M.Div. field education students at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and feeling privileged to have the continuing opportunity to engage students in theological reflection on their ministerial practice.

Tracy Hartman (Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond) Secretary

Since 2001, Tracy has served as the Daniel O. Aleshire Professor of Homiletics and Practical Theology at BTSR. She teaches preaching and directs the seminary’s Supervised Ministry and Doctor of Ministry programs.  She is the author of Letting the Other Speak: Proclaiming the Stories of Biblical Women and co-author of New Proclamation Commentary.  She also contributed to the Feasting on the Word and Feasting on the Gospels commentary series. Her forthcoming book will help congregations think theologically about risk and change. Dr. Hartman served as preacher and preaching instructor for the First Annual Pastor’s Conference and as preacher and lecturer for the First Annual Lay Women’s Conference at Baptist Theological Seminary at Zimbabwe.  She is active in Baptist life and has served as staff member and interim pastor to several Virginia churches. She enjoys preaching throughout the region. Professor Hartman was a member of the first class of M. Div. students at BTSR and won the Miller Award for Academic Achievement upon her graduation in 1995. Her Ph.D. work at Union Theological Seminary included ground-breaking research into the relationship between parish setting and preaching style for women pastors.

Timothy Johnson (North Park University) Treasurer

Since October 2005, Timothy L. Johnson has been the Field Education Director at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. In addition to his responsibilities in field education, Tim teaches ministry courses as well as denominational history in the Orientation program of the Evangelical Covenant Church (the sponsoring denomination of NPTS).  Tim is originally from the state of Washington and the town of Yakima from where is derived his nickname “Yak”. Previous to his time at NPTS, Tim pastored for 25 years in Connecticut, Illinois and Minnesota.   Tim received his BA (1975) and MDiv. (1980) from North Park and received his Doctor of Ministry from Hartford Seminary in 1991.  Tim’s wife Kari Lindholm-Johnson is an ordained minister and currently works as Artist in Residence at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago.  Together they have a son, Gabriel, and a daughter, Chloe.

Axel Schoeber (Carey Theological College) Communications

Axel is Associate Professor of Supervised Ministry, building on his 27 years as a Baptist pastor in Western Canada. He also teaches Baptist Identity and Reimagining the Educational Mission of the Church. He coordinates for the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada a transitional mentorship for pastors new to the denomination, the Graduate Internship Program, and spends considerable time preparing candidates for ordination. He has been at Carey for over 8 years and teaches entirely online. He has completed a BEd (UBC, 1976), MDiv, ThM (Regent College, 1981, 1987); DMin (Faith Lutheran, 1990); MA, PhD in French réforme in the sixteenth century (UVic, 2005, 2013).

Allen Kuss (The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, University of St. Thomas) Local Arrangements

Jennie Salas (Princeton Theological Seminary) Member-at-large

Ms. Jennie Lee Salas is an Assistant Director in the Field Education office at Princeton Theological Seminary and a Pastor in Residence at Iglesia Presbiteriana Nuevas Fronteras. She received her M.Div from Princeton Theological Seminary and her Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from Rutgers University. She is an Elder in the Presbyterian Church and a Candidate toward receiving her certification to Ordained Ministry of the Word and Sacraments. She is also preparing to obtain her licensing toward clinical social work. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Jennie worked fourteen years in corporate and ten years in mental health and social services. She is co-founder of a non-profit organization, Trenton Transformation Team, serving an urban community with educational seminars to parents and families and providing pastoral counseling and social service. She serves in two non-profit organizations that address concerns of poverty, violence against women and children and other social justice issues and is involved in community organizing. 

John Senior (Wake Forest University School of Divinity) Member-at-large

Lee Beach (McMaster Divinity College) Member-at-Large 

Lee is the Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry, the Garbutt F. Smith Chair in Ministry Formation and the Director of Ministry Formation at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario where he teaches courses on the church in culture, pastoral ministry and Christian spirituality. Prior to coming to MDC Lee pastored for 18 years with the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada serving churches in Peterborough, Cobourg and Scarborough, Ontario. He is currently involved in a new church initiative in Ancaster, Ontario where he lives with his wife Joanne. Lee Received his BRE from Canadian Bible College, his MDiv from Tyndale Seminary and his PhD from McMaster Divinity College. Lee and Joanne have two adult children. He is the author of the book, The Church in Exile: Living in Hope after Christendom (IVP).


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