Workshop Leaders

2020 Workshop Leaders  – More TBA 

Grace G. Hackney is the Founding Director of Life Around the Table. As pastor at Cedar Grove UMC she came to understand that issues of race, gender equality, poverty, health, food access, and climate change are interconnected. She co-founded Anathoth Community Garden, whose mission was to seek reconciliation by bringing a diverse community together to grow food, using methods that would also heal the land. She and Life Around the Table staff welcome ministry professionals for Sabbath rest.

Margie Quinn grew up in Nashville. As the baby of six kids, she developed a love of getting people’s attention from early on. Margie just graduated from Duke Divinity School and is pursuing ordination in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She lives and works at the Bethany Hills Retreat Center in Kingston Springs, Tennessee and loves preaching, writing, singing, laughing, and taking down the patriarchy. Last week she killed three copperheads with a pick-ax. She ain’t scared.

Madeline Reyes is a queer, disabled Chicana born and raised in New Mexico. She holds a BA in Critical Race and Gender Theory from The University of New Mexico and an MDiv from Duke Divinity School, where she focused on disability theology, queer theologies, and trauma-informed pastoral care. She currently works as a Chaplain Resident at Children’s Hospital of Atlanta, where she is seeking ordination in the United Church of Christ and also practices Reform Judaism.



Deborah A. Williams, MDiv, made a shift four years ago from a career in banking to focus her studies in the ministry of reconciliation, healing, and Christian Education. These ministry foci led Deborah to pursue opportunities serving as a change agent of restorative justice through problem-solving court models. Minister Deb serves the Monument of Faith Church, in Durham, NC as their Minister of Organizational Operations. Deborah speaks to people through poetry, as a playwright, and author. She hopes that through her ministry, she addresses James H. Cone’s challenge for black civil rights leaders to liberate Christianity.


Chelsea Brooke Yarborough is a doctoral candidate in Homiletics and Liturgics at Vanderbilt University. A focus of her current work is imagining the possibilities of preaching outside of the pulpit by looking at historical Black women who were non-pulpit preachers. She received her MDiv from Wake Forest, is an ordained minister, a poet, an enneagram enthusiast, and a lover of leadership development.

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