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2020 Annual Conference

June 23-25, 2020

Western U.S. venue to be
announced later this fall


The Rev. Peter Alexander
Intentional Interim Ministry "found" Peter for the last one-third of his ministry career as the ministry he was being prepared for during the previous 25 years as parish pastor, Lutheran educator, and congregational consultant. Former Dean of the NALIP training faculty, he has been a trainer of interims for 12 years and is currently serving as ISP at Grace Lutheran, Escondido, California, his 10th interim site. His interim service has been primarily in the Pacific Southwest District, LCMS, but also in the NJD, SED, and CNH.

The Rev. Dr. John R. Denninger, Judicatory Guest
John is currently serving his 3rd term as Southeastern District President. He was first elected to the position in May 2012.

Born in Hannibal, Missouri, John spent most of his growing up years in Fort Wayne, IN. He graduated from Concordia Junior College, Ann Arbor, MI; Concordia Senior College, Ft. Wayne, IN; and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO. He earned his Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA.

After being ordained in 1980, he served as Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Auburn, NE. In 1984, he was called to be Campus Pastor at Nebraska University, Kearney, NE, where he served until receiving a call from Prince of Peace, Springfield, VA in 1988. He served at Prince of Peace first as Associate Pastor, and then as Senior Pastor.

John has been married to Constance for 36 years, and they have three daughters: Jessica, Laura, and Sara; three sons-in-law; and 6 grandsons.

The Rev. Dr. Timm Griffin
Timm's educational background includes studies at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, the University of Northwestern in Minnesota, and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. The latter is where he received his Masters of Divinity degree in 1982 and Doctor of Ministry degree in 1994. His pastoral experiences include: planting three mission churches (Illinois, Nebraska, and Wisconsin), serving as the Senior Pastor in three other congregations in Wisconsin and Tennessee, serving on the Board of Directors for the South Wisconsin District.LC-MS, and serving on numerous other boards and committees at the District and Synodical level. He completed his IIM certification at CSL in the spring of 2012. In this capacity he has served as IIM Senior Pastor with various congregations in Nebraska, Minnesota, Kansas, Illinois and Wisconsin. He presently serves as the chair of the Education Committee for NALIP. In the course of his ministry he has created numerous practical ministry resources, including: The Lay Elder One Year Training Manual, The Lay Elder Calling Guide, A Practical Guide to Intentional Interim Ministry, The CARE process for addressing issues within the Task Force and Focus Group Model, and the FOC-US workshop and other various tools for ministry.

The Rev. Beth Marie Halvorsen
Beth Marie has served a wide variety of Texas congregations in Galveston, Austin, and the Greater Houston Area since 1984. A graduate of St. Olaf College and Luther Seminary, she received her Doctor of Ministry from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Her focus was the development of "Centered Flexibility." In 2009, she found a strong connection between interim ministry and her emphasis on emotions and spirituality, process and transformation. Beth Marie and her husband Russell live in Cypress, Texas. They enjoy being with their family, cheering for the Astros, traveling, and pursuing meaningful activities.

The Rev. William J. Gohl, Jr., Bishop of the Delaware-Maryland Synod
Bill joins the conference as the judicatory guest for the ELCA. Bishop Gohl was elected to the office of bishop of the Delaware-Maryland Synod, ELCA at the 2016 Synod Assembly. At the time of his election, Bishop Gohl was Lead Pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church and Intern Supervisor/Vice Pastor of St. Luke's Lutheran Church, both in Baltimore. Previously, the bishop served at Peace Lutheran Church in Glen Burnie and vice pastorates at Our Saviour, Lansdowne; Zion, City Hall Plaza; Faith, North Avenue and assisted at All Saints, Loch Raven and Peoples Community, Baltimore.

He attended Gettysburg College (BA, 1996) as well as The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (MDiv, 2000). He is caught-up somewhere between an STM and DMin at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

Bill is married to the Rev. Arwyn Pierce Gohl (Jerusalem, Baltimore) and they have four children, Saliese, David, Andrew and Joyanne.

The Gohls make their home in the northeast corner of Baltimore City and enjoy time with their families; the Gohl side in Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania (by way of Long Island, where the bishop grew up) and the Pierce side in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.

The Rev. Martin E. (Schroeder) Lee

Martin has served as an IIM practitioner with a Finance Specialty for 10 years in the Michigan, Eastern and Southeastern Districts of the LCMS. He serves on the IMC board and as a NALIP trainer.

Fred Poeppel
Fred was born in Germany in 1952. His parents emigrated to western PA later that year. He received his BS in Chemistry from Penn State in 1974 with a minor in Education. In 1975 he married his high school sweetheart whom he met at their church youth group. They have three grown sons. He worked for 7 years as an Analytical Chemist for a large chemical company near Princeton, NJ. In 1981 he took a job with a small Pittsburgh based manufacturer of mass spectrometers (think NCIS).

After 10 years he was lead to study for the ministry at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. In 1995 he received a call to a small congregation in Albion, PA where he served as sole pastor for 17 years. During those years he also served 3 neighboring congregations in traditional "vacancy" roles. At the third congregation the pastor died in office, so Fred pursued formal interim training at Pittsburgh Seminary (traditional IMN curriculum). He has also been trained in congregational-based CPE (family systems theory) and Biblical Peacemaking as a coach and mediator by Ambassadors of Reconciliation.

Fred is currently serving his fourth interim at a church with an average attendance of 60 and a PK- 6 school of 160 students. He is a member of the NALIP Conference Planning Committee, and is also serving as the Board Chair of the Interim Ministry Conference.

The Rev. Susan Williamson, Chaplain
Susan currently serves a two-point parish in the State College, Pennsylvania area, Ferguson Township Lutheran Ministry (Gatesburg Lutheran and Pine Hall Lutheran). The parish was established after three years into her first call at Gatesburg Lutheran. She was ordained in February 2007 before graduating with a MDIV from the former Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (United Lutheran Seminary) in May 2007. She has also served interim calls with St. Paul Lutheran in Pine Grove Mills, PA as well as a part-time interim with another two-point parish in Aaronsburg and Millheim, PA.

Prior to ordination, Susan worked as an Exploring Executive with the BSA Bergen County, New Jersey, a YMCA Program Director in Clearfield, PA and then explore the business of radio while establishing a business in the areas of breeding and selling English Setter Field Trial dogs. Her undergraduate degree is in Human Relations and Communications.

We are filled with gratitude that Susan has volunteered to serve as chaplain for this year's conference.

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2020 Annual Conference

June 23-25, 2020

Western U.S. venue to be
announced later this fall

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