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2018 Faculty

The Rev. Woody Amidon is a retired Presbyterian minister and elementary school teacher. He is a member of the Logan County Art League and attends painting classes at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center.  A highlight of the past several years has been attendance at the Kanuga Water Media Workshops near Hendersonville, N.C.  His work is presented at several art shows each year and at the Art League Gallery at the Holland Theatre in Bellefontaine, OH. He and his wife, Katie, live in Bellefontaine.

Eileen Best is a Certified Christian Educator and ruling elder, who has been involved in education in churches and presbyteries in Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan. She currently has three part time positions--as connections coordinator at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Portage, MI, as Resource Center director and educational consultant in the Presbytery of Lake Michigan, and as the coordinator of the Mission to the USA program for the Synod of the Covenant. Eileen has been involved in the leadership of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE), having served as president and historian. She and her husband, John, live in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and have three young adult children.   

The Reverend Ryan J. Landino is the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Geneseo, IL, and is currently serving a term as Moderator of Great Rivers Presbytery. In the past, he has served Slovak and Taiwanese immigrant church communities in New Jersey. He earned a dual M.Div./M.A. (Christian Education) degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. Film has been one of his lifelong passions, even wanting to be a director as a little kid. His other passions include preaching, leading bible study, and social justice—he serves as one of the local leaders of the grassroots nonprofit organization “One Human Family QCA”, which promotes diversity and inclusion in the Quad Cities area of Illinois and Iowa. This summer, he will be serving as vice-moderator of the Bills and Overtures Committee of the 223rd PCUSA General Assembly in St. Louis.     

The Rev. Laura Reason is the interim Head of Staff of United Presbyterian Church, Peoria IL.  She has studied family systems thinking since 2004 at the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center. She finds that practicing and applying this thinking to leading in the congregation is the single most effective way of encouraging folks to live into the admonition found in Ephesians 4:15-16:  God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love—like Christ in everything. We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we do. He keeps us in step with each other. His very breath and blood flow through us, nourishing us so that we will grow up healthy in God, robust in love.  (The Message)

Dr. Chip Weisgerber is currently Vice President for Enrollment Management at La Roche College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  For more than 20 years, Chip has worked with children, youth and adults in a variety of settings.  Along with wife Tara, he has been a volunteer youth ministry leader, a Cub Scout leader, and a Logos Program leader. Chip has also been Activities Director at Synod School and Covenant Gathering, has helped lead PYC retreats and Vacation Bible School and served as a chaperone for youth from the Muskingum Valley Presbytery attending the Presbyterian Youth Triennium.

Bryce Wiebe is manager of Special Offerings PC(USA) Mission Agency. Bryce has also served as mission associate for Enough for Everyone, PC (USA) Hunger Program, and as Christian Educator at First Presbyterian church in New Haven, Connecticut, where he wrote children’s plays, developed educational materials, created worship experiences, and led Bible studies that engaged issues of economic justice. Bryce holds an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School and BA degrees in Music and Business Administration from Hastings College. He retains part-ownership of a small, sourdough bread bakery in Nebraska. When he is not working, you can find him in the kitchen or at the gym, where he explores God’s many forms of nourishment.

Keynote Speaker    

The Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II serves as Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the largest Reformed denomination in the United States. He was elected at the 222nd General Assembly (2016) in Portland, Oregon.
The son, grandson, and nephew of Presbyterian pastors, Nelson is the first African American to lead the denomination, which has a 300-year history in the U.S. As Stated Clerk his duties include interpreting assembly actions, representing the church on various denominational and ecumenical councils, witnessing on behalf of the church to social justice issues, and making statements as directed by an assembly.
Prior to becoming Stated Clerk, Nelson served as director of the PC(USA)’s Office of Public Witness in Washington, D.C. His service to the denomination also includes calls as pastor of St. James Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, and organizing pastor of Liberation Community Church in Memphis, Tennessee.
As an extension to his ministry in the PC(USA), Nelson served as associate director of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis. As a consultant, he provided staff development training for teacher specialists, curriculum specialists, and principal leaders who provide assistance for low-performing schools.

Nelson holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary; a Master of Divinity degree from Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/Urban Studies from Johnson C. Smith University. He is a featured conference preacher and writer, and serves on various boards and professional organizations. His international travel includes trips to South Africa, Geneva, Switzerland, Montego Bay, Jamaica, and Havana, Cuba, on behalf of the PC(USA). Nelson is married to the Reverend Gail Porter Nelson, and they have one adult daughter, Alycia Yvette Nelson.


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