Meet Our Team

Faculty and Staff

Rebekah Simon-Peter

Chief Visionary

Rebekah is passionate about reconnecting spiritual leaders with their God-given powers to co-create miracles with the divine.  Her award-winning group coaching program, Creating a Culture of Renewal® has energized church leaders across the country to reclaim their calling and to grow their ministries.  Known for teaching leaders how to bring out the best in the people who frustrate them the most, her work transforms church leaders and the congregations they serve.

Rebekah is the author of Dream Like Jesus:  Deepen Your Faith and Bring the Impossible to Life, The Jew Named Jesus, Green Church, and 7 Simple Steps to Green Your Church.

A dynamic speaker, Rebekah has engaged and challenged audiences around the country.  When she’s not on the road, you can find her on the hiking trail with her dogs Maddie and Beau, or concocting in the kitchen with her wonderful husband Jerry Gonzales.

For more information about Rebekah Simon-Peter, call (307) 333-5590, email office@rebekahsimonpeter.com or visit www.rebekahsimonpeter.com.

Our Faculty

Bonnie Marden

Bonnie Marden

Faculty

By empowering church leaders and congregations, Bonnie joyfully fulfills her call to support bold leadership, courageous missions, wise discernment and strategic stewardship.  She lives in Massachusetts with her partner Lee and has launched three children into adulthood. Her spiritual disciplines include reading, writing and swimming.  Bonnie is the author of “Church Finances for Missional Leaders: Best Practices for Financial Stewardship” – a vision fulfilled through Creating A Culture of Renewal.

McKenzie Sefa

McKenzie Sefa

Faculty

Rev. McKenzie M. Sefa is an ordained elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, currently serving as pastor of Central UMC, Spencer, NC.  Her calling and passion is making the Bible come alive, guiding others to take their place as God’s beloved children, and leading the church to build the Kingdom in their communities.  McKenzie is married to Rev. Craig Sefa and mother to her beautiful daughter, Ariana. In her spare time, McKenzie enjoys cross-stitch, reading, and cheering on her Gators and Jaguars.

Martha Taylor

Martha Taylor

Faculty

In addition to serving as certified faculty for Creating a Culture of Renewal, I am the founder of EquiDiscovery, LLC, where my clients expand their capacity through a unique combination of coaching and equine assisted learning. I live in Arkansas with my equine partner, Handsome, and my human partner, Clay.  We (Clay & I)  have two adult children, a beautiful daughter-in-love, and the smartest, prettiest, most fascinating granddaughter on the entire planet, Liv.

Steve Trout

Steve Trout

Faculty

Rev. Dr. Stephen Trout is recently retired after 40 years of service as an Elder in the New Mexico Annual Conference of the UMC. He’s been married to Elaine for 46 years and they have 2 grown children and 3 grandchildren. Steve is a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do, and an avid outdoorsman.  So, he can kick … and pray for you at the same time.

Mary Beth Taylor

Mary Beth Taylor

Faculty

Mary Beth Taylor is an energetic and Spirit-led Ordained Elder of the United Methodist Church, serving in the Mountain Sky Conference. She has 25 years of ministry experience in youth ministry, parish ministry, and church planting, as well as District and Conference committee service. A dynamic facilitator and coach, Mary Beth strives to challenge and inspire the church leaders with whom she works, so they can create the phenomenal lives they have dreamed possible through God.

 

Mary Beth finds traveling, singing, and mountain biking fun. She lives in Littleton, Colorado with her spouse, Steve Cummins, their 2 boys, 2 cats, and 2 dogs. 

Our Staff

Nikki Kranzler-Gacke

Nikki Kranzler-Gacke

Program Coordinator

Nikki has a diverse professional background in which she has served as a library technician, a museum interpreter, a policies and procedures writer, an editorial assistant, a public information officer, a special projects coordinator, an executive assistant, a children’s ministries coordinator, and an elementary school paraprofessional.

 Nikki, her two tweenaged daughters, and their two adventurous dogs love to explore the mountains and waterways around Casper, whether on foot, on bike, or on kayak. In her free time, she can be found enjoying a cup of coffee over great conversation with friends, wiling away hours at the piano, or having impromptu dance parties with her girls.

Ann Miller

Ann Miller

Special Projects Coordinator

Ann’s background includes founding and managing non-profit organizations, community organizing, freelance writing, and marketing.  With a life-long passion for peace and justice work, Ann has marched the streets from coast to coast, and spearheaded two projects bringing war-injured Iraqi children to the United States with No More Victims.  She and husband Cole, are currently the world’s most doting grandparents to grandson Sumter, and willing servants to four-legged family, Scooby and Blaze.

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