Rev. Dorothy Clark is a native of Thomasville, Georgia and has resided in Durham, NC since 1998. She was licensed to preach by the Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church in Durham, NC and ordained by the East Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Association in Creedmoor, NC. She has served as an Associate Minister at Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church and at Lawson Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Roxboro, NC. She is currently Co-Pastor of Change Paths Ministry in Durham, NC. Reverend Clark has served in prison ministry in New York State, Butner, and Durham, NC. She has also ministered to persons in nursing homes, and women who have been abused and have low self-esteem. Currently she serves as operations coordinator for the Hands of Christ Mission in Person County, NC. Rev. Clark is an accomplished actor, playwright and director. She honed her craft with Rites & Reason Theatre at Brown University, was co/founder and artistic director of Renaissance Revival Theatre in Binghamton, NY, and founder and artistic director of Front Porch Entertainment in Durham, NC. She has performed on stages and at church events throughout North Carolina and the Northeast. She is also a noted trainer and workshop leader.
Claudia Fulshaw has led creative retreats and has operated her own graphic design business in downtown Durham for more than 20 years. She is an active member of Pilgrim United Church of Christ, a visual artist and the owner of Art Wanders – creative retreats that invite your spirit to roam. Known for being ridiculously creative, a fondness for wild ideas and a propensity for wandering, Claudia’s journey has propelled her toward supporting those inclined along their own path of uncovering and discovering the time, place and creative ways that allow their divine spirits to shine. Her infectious “art spirit” fuels her desire to share the joy and discovery found while immersed in art-making. Claudia’s fun-loving personality fosters a warm and natural connection that will leave you energized and well fed. A native of the real Jersey Shore, with a degree in art and graphic design from The College of New Jersey, Claudia has now called Durham home for the past 30 years. Best of all, no art experience is needed for the guided and exploratory retreats offered by Art Wanders.
A recent graduate of Duke Divinity School, Rev. Rhody Mastin is a pastor at Emmaus Way, a small church in Durham. Originally from Virginia, she studied public policy at the University of Virginia before moving to North Carolina. As a bi-vocational minister, she is also a birth and postpartum doula focusing on the intersection of sexual trauma and childbirth.
The Rev. Dr. Jerusha Matsen Neal, Assistant Professor Homiletics at Duke Divinity School, is an ordained ABC(USA) pastor who recently served as a Global Ministries mission partner in the Fiji Islands through the United Methodist Church. She has spent her ministry preaching in cross-cultural spaces and bridging denominational communities. God’s work in these in-between locations has convinced her that preaching matters now more than ever. Her forthcoming book, The Overshadowed Preacher (Wm. B. Eerdmans) asks the sticky question of what we mean when we say preaching is “anointed.” It challenges preachers to leave behind their false shadows and be overshadowed by the Spirit of God. Neal is committed to encouraging the voices of young preachers– and particularly the voices of women – in the risky proclamation of gospel hope. A former actress and playwright, she has authored a collection of dramatic monologues, Blessed: Monologues for Mary (2012).
Susan Mazzara serves Butner Presbyterian Church as a part-time bivocational pastor while also working part-time in IT. She believes that to be entrusted by a congregation to read, study, interpret, and proclaim God’s word is an honor and a privilege, and is also the heart of a pastor’s calling. In addition to serving in Christian contexts, she also loves to meet up with God on the yoga mat, in the sangha, and in the pages of Sufi mystics. As one who is convinced that varied spiritual traditions have much to teach us, she is currently studying for meditation teacher certification with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. She is the mother of two adult children and the wife of Chris, with whom she shares a house in Cary with two cats.
Kelli Hitchman-Craig grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. A lifelong preacher’s kid and a true child of the 90s, she grew up learning the gospel of girl power as an avid fangirl of the Spice Girls. She attended the University of Georgia where she studied Nutrition Science with a concentration in Community Health. She graduated from Duke Divinity School in 2018, and currently serves as an Associate Pastor at Auburn United Methodist Church in Auburn, Alabama. While in divinity school, she befriended a gaggle of wonderful women, mentors, and lifetime friends, and because of the experiences became interested in studying the female preaching experience.
Rev. Angela Roach Roberson was installed as pastor of Congregational United Church of Christ in High Point in 2012. Angela is a summa cum laude M.Div. graduate of Hood Theological Seminary. While at Hood she served as the Evelyn Mattern Endowment Social Justice Internship with the NC Council of Churches. Angela is a 2011 Th.M. graduate of Duke Divinity School where she worked as a Research Assistant in the Office of Black Church Studies. She served as a Duke Divinity School Guide, an ambassador for the Divinity School. Angela completed her graduate graduate work in Historical Studies by interrogating religion’s role in the construction of race and gender in North Carolina and exploring the perichoretic nature of the triune God in the mission dei of the twenty-first century Church. The Divinity School faculty choose her to serve as a Duke University Marshal to represent the graduating class in the 2011 commencement ceremony.
In classrooms, in faith communities, in the public square, Katherine Shaner challenges leaders to listen for the voices of people who are usually left out of our stories in our biblical texts and in our histories of justice. She is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Wake Forest University School of Divinity where teaches courses across the New Testament and early Christian history that explore the theological, social, and political implications of biblical interpretation for contemporary communities. Throughout her teaching and scholarship, she examines the intersections of race, class, and gender as well as the ethics of contemporary biblical interpretation. Her course offerings include Women and Slaves in the New Testament, The Material World of the New Testament, Interpreting New Testament Letters, Revelation, and introductory courses. Shaner’s book, Enslaved Leadership in Early Christianity (Oxford University Press, 2018), challenges readers to re-think common perceptions about how enslaved persons participated in early Christian communities. She is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and regularly preaches in churches big and small.
Angela Whitenhill is the Mental Health Initiative Manager of the National Benevolent Association, the health and social service general ministry of the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. As a licensed clinical social worker and adjunct faculty at the University of Denver Graduate Social Work school, Angela is under care for ordination at Covenant Christian Church in Cary, North Carolina and known for teaching, training and preaching that pays close attention to the nuanced intersections of social identity, religious belief, and mental health. Angela holds two master’s degrees—a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work—as well as a certificate in marriage and family therapy from Denver family Institute. Motivated by spirit lead transformation, Angela preaches, trains and speaks across the country bringing awareness about mental health in the church and helps break stigma regarding mental illness, and issues of oppression and marginalization that impact mental health.