About Us

Head Shot - 2014Rebekah Simon-Peter Coaching and Consulting Inc.

Rebekah Simon-Peter – developer of the award-winning leadership program, Creating a Culture of Renewal – equips participants with increased emotional intelligence and practical leadership skills that transform church leaders and the congregations they serve.

Creating a Culture of Renewal interrupts church decline, and empowers church leaders to do the impossible with people who may not even get along. All so that your church can dream and lead like Jesus again!

Rebekah helps church leaders like you:

  • Craft a bold vision that exponentially expands what you and your congregation(s) thought possible.
  • Dramatically increase the number of people actively engaged in ministry.
  • Transform a risk-averse culture into a congregation willing to dream like Jesus, enthusiastically tackling new initiatives and launching new ministries.

An ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, Rebekah has served black, white, small, medium and large churches in the Mountain Sky Conference. During her three appointments to local church ministry she broke the color barrier, the gender barrier and the religion barrier.

Drawing upon her life experiences in the Reform and Orthodox Jewish communities, as well as her training in environmental studies she wrote The Jew Named Jesus, Green Church: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rejoice!, Green Church Leader Guide and 7 Simple Steps to Green Your Church. Her books have been awarded the “Trusted and Transformational” designation by Cokesbury. Green Church: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rejoice! was featured on the United Methodist Women’s 2012 Reading List.  Her most recent book Dream Like Jesus, will be published in 2018.

Additionally, Rebekah is a Member of International Coaching Federation.  Everything DiSC Authorized Partner JPEGShe holds Certifications as an Everything DiSC®  and 5 Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Authorized Partner from Wiley as well as their highest credential for coaches and trainers.*  She is Certified as an Online Instructor for the Richard and Julia Wilke Institute for Discipleship.

Rebekah Simon-Peter Coaching and Consulting Inc. evolved from BridgeWorks, which was originally founded in 2007 as an extension ministry of the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Rebekah continues to offer top-notch innovative coaching, consulting, workshops, seminars, and classes.  Each is grounded in authentic spirituality and intellectual integrity.

She has engaged, thrilled, and challenged audiences around the country. A budding organic gardener, decent skier, and all out dog-lover, Rebekah lives in Casper, Wyoming with her husband Jerry Gonzales.

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Jennie Miller, Program Coordinator

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Jennie is the newest member of the team and full of enthusiasm & dedication in supporting our mission.  Her background includes teaching at the secondary and upper level, with a focus in psychology, mental health and the helping profession.  She has been involved in a variety of settings involving social justice issues and helping others reach their potential, from working with under privileged rural populations to inner city homeless youth.

A native of Wyoming, after living and working outside of the state, she is happy to be back in her hometown of Casper. When not working she enjoys the outdoors, music, writing and doing art.

She is an animal lover with a rescue chihuahua and chiwennie.  Most of all, she loves spending time with her friends and family.

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Ann Miller, Special Projects Coordinator

With a background founding, directing and managing non-profit organizations, community organizing, website maintenance, peace and justice activism, and freelance writing, Ann started with Rebekah Simon-Peter Coaching and Consulting as the Program Coordinator.  After a move to South Carolina in 2018, she continues to work for Rebekah remotely as the Special Projects Coordinator.  She has a degree in English from the University of Washington.

She has one son, Christie, and lives with husband Cole, her brother John, and a cat with claws.

 

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FACULTY

 

Adrianne Coleman

Adrianne Coleman

Rev. Adrianne Coleman is an ordained United Methodist minister, currently serving as pastor at First United Methodist Church in Gallup, NM. Adrianne holds a BS in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute and a Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Previous pastoral appointments include Farmington, Raton, Des Moines, and Shiprock, all in the New Mexico Annual Conference. Adrianne is the chair of the New Mexico Annual Conference Committee on Native American Ministries and serves as liaison with Four Corners Native American Ministries, located in Shiprock, NM, on the Navajo Reservation. Adrianne serves as an on-call hospital chaplain in Gallup, NM. She is also active in local area Walk to Emmaus communities.

Born and raised in Houston, TX, Adrianne and husband Bruce Coleman have been married for 42 years. They have four children and five grandchildren. She is a proud military mom (x 2!)

Adrianne’s interests include family, “light” exercise, community theater, reading, and music. She is an avid community supporter, having served most recently as “Community Champion” for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life chapters in Raton and Gallup. No stranger to adversity, Adrianne is a breast and colon cancer survivor/thriver. Her life mantra is “It’s ok to wake up laughing.”

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Bonnie Marden

Bonnie has worked with congregations and boards in the areas of leadership development, conflict transformation and navigating transitions for over 20 years as a parish consultant, trainer and presenter. Her passions for professional organizational development, rebuilding trust through deep listening, and discovering the grace and healing that can occur during changes are interwoven into stewardship and financial management projects. As a laywoman who grew up in a ministry family, her knowledge of the blessings and challenges of the call to ministry are both personal and professional. Trained in mediation and restorative justice, she has led numerous retreats and training events including a process named Conflict As A Means of Grace. Her spiritual disciplines include swimming and handwork projects.

Bonnie says, “The Creating A Culture process weaves all of these skills and experiences together and has blessed my life with discipline and accountability I have not found anywhere else in the church. I credit the support and discipline of Creating A Culture of Renewal for the 2019 publication of my book on financial stewardship for churches.”

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McKenzie Sefa

Rev. McKenzie Sefa is a native Floridian with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Stetson University.  She planned to pursue a law degree but changed course to work in accounting.  McKenzie and her husband, Craig, married in 2000 and, in 2005, felt the call to ministry together.  They packed their mobile home and moved to Kentucky to attend Asbury Theological Seminary.  As students, they pastored Springfield United Methodist Church in Springfield, KY.  They graduated seminary together in 2011, each with a Masters of Divinity and an additional masters degree: McKenzie with a Masters of Christian Ministry with an emphasis on Worship and Craig with a Masters of Theology.  Following seminary they moved to the Western North Carolina Conference where McKenzie took her first full-time appointment at Union United Methodist Church in Waxhaw, North Carolina.  McKenzie was ordained an Elder in 2014 (Craig in 2016) and began her current appointment at Central United Methodist Church in Spencer, NC in July 2017.  Her passion in ministry is experiential worship, helping the Bible come alive in preaching and teaching, and leading others to find their place in The Story, God’s work of redemption.

McKenzie and Craig have one daughter, Ariana, who is 4 years old, knows her Bible stories, loves going to “mommy” or “daddy’s” church, and loves surprising her preacher parents with what she learns at church. In her spare time, McKenzie enjoys reading, working on her “Church I Serve” cross-stitch project, exploring new places and, most of all, spending time with her family.  During football season, McKenzie proudly wears her Florida Gators blue and orange, and, being from Jacksonville, her Jaguars teal, black and gold.


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Martha Taylor

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Martha Taylor is the founder of EquiDiscovery, an equine facilitated learning and leadership coaching ministry. Time and time again, she’s seen the magic that happens when horses and humans come together. And now she’s sharing what she’s learned with others.

An ordained United Methodist Deacon, Martha is an equine specialist certified through the Equine Experiential Education Association (E3A). She is also a certified coach with the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education (GBHEM) and the International Coach Federation (ICF).

Prior to launching EquiDiscovery, Martha served for 10 years as the Arkansas Conference’s communications director and is a certified Christian Communicator. She earned a B.A. in Mass Communications and Marketing from the University of Central Arkansas and attended Memphis Theological Seminary.

“If you are content with the status quo, this program is not for you. I can personally attest to the transformation that happens through Creating A Culture of Renewal. As a participant, I learned so much about how to communicate better, how to create a vision that scared me (in the best way!) and get into action so the vision God gave me of a unique extension ministry became a reality. As faculty, we are dedicated to helping others see new possibilities for themselves and their ministry settings.”

 

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 Mary Beth Taylor

mary-beth-taylorMary Beth Taylor is a pastor and entrepreneur with the United Methodist Church. Her greatest passion in ministry is twofold: 1) to create ways for people to meet God outside the four walls of a traditional church and 2) to guide people to understand they are created good in the image of God, allowing individuals to embrace that no one else can bring their unique gifts to the world.

Four years ago, Mary Beth began Creating a Culture of Renewal and is excited to now be Certified Faculty for this transformational program. When she began CCR, she also began creating a new program, Open Space, with a Lead Team from Littleton United Methodist Church in Littleton, Colorado. Due to her growth in her emotional intelligence through CCR, Mary Beth grew stronger in understanding people’s DiSC styles which helped her be a better leader of all people, not just the people like her. Also, she learned to recognize her strengths and weaknesses as a leader, leaning into the things that she does best and recognizing the things that paralyze her in fear respectively. Her work with CCR gave her the confidence to transition Open Space into a new UM church plant. As of July 1, 2016, The Open Space ‘church’ meets at The Platte River Bar and Grill in Littleton.

Mary Beth lives in Littleton, Colorado with her life-partner, Steve Cummins, and family of pets–Noir, YaFah, Opus, and Pearl. She loves coffee and wine, especially when she gets to drink either one with her friends, family, and colleagues while discussing the thin places where we meet God, discussing theology, and/or discussing the happenings of the day.


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Steve Trout

Steve Trout is a pastor, teacher, story teller and servant of Christ. He has served small and large Churches in rural and urban settings for 39 years in the New Mexico Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He likes to joke that he has more education than he can use, more experience than he wanted and more adventures than he can tell.

Steve has been married to his high school sweetheart for 45 years. He loves motorcycles, skiing, gardening, his dogs and his grandkids, hiking in the mountains and any outdoor adventure. He has also practiced the martial arts for more than 30 years.

Steve began the work in Creating a Culture of Renewal 5 years ago. His Church experienced greater ease in communication and decision making, better understanding of leadership style, a resurgence of new people in the church and a renewed vision for the future of ministry and mission. The Church’s vision to end hunger in Los Alamos County, NM created several new initiatives for the Church and the community that are making headway to end hunger in the area.

 

Interested in becoming a part of this amazing faculty team?  Email Rebekah@rebekahsimonpeter.com to find out more.

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