Voices on Stewardship is an independent entity of Christian organizations, associations, denominations, and individual influencers who all share a desire to serve and support Christian ministries. Contributors are committed to serving as an informational resource and support group for those seeking new and more effective ways to grow their ministries.

Meet Our Contributors:

Dr. David Anderson (Guest)
Bridgeway Community Church and BridgeLeader Network
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Dr. David Anderson, founder and president of the BridgeLeader Network (BLN), is one of the world’s leading authorities on building bridges across the deep divides of race, faith, culture and wealth. His insight, vision and passion have made him a widely sought speaker, writer and consultant for major national and international events and policy initiatives. As the founder and senior pastor of Bridgeway Community Church in Columbia, Maryland, Dr. Anderson reaches a dynamic, multicultural congregation of more than 4,000 weekly attendees. He hosts the daily radio talk show “RealTalk with Dr. David Anderson” and is the author of several books on race and diversity. Dr. Anderson earned his doctor of philosophy degree in 2001 from Oxford Graduate School’s American Centre for Religion and Society Studies in the U.S., while studying and defending his essays at Oxford University in England. He and his wife, Amber, reside in Ellicott City, Maryland, with their three children, Isaiah, Luke, and Asia.
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Richard Bauer (Member)
e-Giving Ambassador
Vanco Payment Solutions
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Richard joined Vanco Payment Solutions in July 2016 as the company’s e-Giving Ambassador. Richard works with both regional and national church leaders from all major Christian denominations in support of their stewardship efforts. He regularly travels to participate in events and speaks on how e-Giving is transforming the ways church members support their church and its mission. Richard works at demystifying the technology and showing churches of all sizes that these tools can be deployed by a faith community of any size.

Richard lives in Minneapolis with his wife Rebecca and their two adult sons. He also serves as an Elder for a small Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis that his family has been members of since 1996.

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Steve Caton, President of The Giving Crowd
Steve Caton (Member)
The Giving Crowd
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Steve is the President of The Giving Crowd and has over 25 years of experience building teams and growing innovative, rapidly growing organizations. In addition to successfully expanding a variety of companies, Steve has authored hundreds of articles and eBooks about effective leadership and organizational health. Before joining forces with Greg and Richard, Steve was part of the leadership team at one of the top church technology firms where he provided the catalyst for an 8-year period of double-digit growth. While living at the intersection of faith and technology is what Steve does on a daily basis, releasing resources to fund great causes is what matters to him…as well as enjoying the brilliant blue skies and deep powder of Colorado with his wife and two sons!
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Dr. Clif Christopher, M. Div., CFRE CEO, Horizons Stewardship Company
Dr. Clif Christopher (Member)
M. Div., CFRE
Horizons Stewardship Company
Since founding Horizons Stewardship Company in 1992, Clif and his strategists have led consultations in more than 2,000 churches, conferences, synods and diocese in all phases of building, finance and church growth, helping them to secure more than three billion dollars. He is an author, frequent speaker at stewardship seminars and a certified church growth consultant who earned the coveted title CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive). Clif was given the National Circuit Rider Award by the United Methodist Church in 1995 for outstanding leadership in developing vital congregations. He has been an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church since 1975, served in pastoral ministry for 20 years, and is married and living in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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Adam J. Copeland, Director of Stewardship Leadership, Luther Seminary
Adam J. Copeland (Supporter)
Director of Stewardship Leadership
Luther Seminary
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Adam is a professor/student, writer, God considerer, tech enjoyer and social critic. He teaches at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, where he serves as director of the Center for Stewardship Leaders. In his spare time, he’s pursuing a Ph.D. in rhetoric, writing and culture at North Dakota State University, where his dissertation analyzes how congregations and non-profits use crowdfunding. He lives in Rochester, MN, with this wife Megan, a pediatric physician.
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Phil Jamieson, President, United Methodist Foundation for the Memphis and Tennessee Annual Conferences
Phil Jamieson (Supporter)
United Methodist Foundation for the Memphis and Tennessee Annual Conferences
Phil is a member of the Tennessee Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and began his service at the Foundation in 2013. He earned the M.Div from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Boston College. After serving local churches for 11 years, he taught pastoral theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Jan, are the parents of two children. They’re also co-authors of Ministry and Money: A Practical Guide for Pastors and the 2012 United Methodist Guidelines for Finance Committees. His new book, The Face of Forgiveness: A Pastoral Theology of Shame and Redemption, was published in June 2016.
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Moses Rathan Kumar, General Secretary and Treasurer
Moses Rathan Kumar (Supporter)
General Secretary and Treasurer
The General Council on Finance and Administration of The United Methodist Church
With more than 35 years of business experience and a lifelong faith, Moses was elected general secretary of the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) of The United Methodist Church in August 2008. In this role, he serves as the chief financial officer for the 13 million-member denomination. He is responsible for oversight and administration of United Methodist global financial resources, statistical data collection, insurance products and legal interests of the church, among other areas of administrative ministry. Moses has established and implemented an innovative vision for the services provided by GCFA to increase its servant ministry and responsibilities to the people of The United Methodist Church. He plans to share not only financial insights for growing stewardship, but also experiences and inspirations from the churches he serves.
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Aimée A. Laramore, Director of Seminary Advancement, Christian Theological Seminary
Aimée A. Laramore (Guest)
Director of Seminary Advancement
Christian Theological Seminary
Aimée A. Laramore is a trusted consultant, effective strategist and premier team-builder in the field of faith and philanthropy. She brings more than 18 years of executive non-profit leadership to her role as Philanthropic Strategist for the first PhD Program in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric, at Christian Theological Seminary.  Previously serving as Director of Seminary Advancement for CTS and Associate Director of Lake Institute on Faith and Giving, Aimée has taught the spirituality of fundraising, fundraising as ministry and spiritual leadership of stewardship across the country. She has also served successfully in leadership roles at a variety of mission-driven agencies in the health, human services and community development fields across the country and has a long career in raising resources for mission-driven work, including annual and capital campaigns, grant writing and endowment development. Aimée also is owner/lead consultant for ALlyd Image Solutions, and her work can be seen through more than 100 non-profit agencies.  She and her husband Aaron have three children, Lydia, Noah and Andrew.
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Rusty Lewis (Member)
Vice President

Rusty joined Generis in 2001 to team up with a dedicated group focused on accelerating generosity toward God-inspired vision. He engages with clients in ministry fund development, ministry expansion and capital projects, major donor development strategies, generosity audits, pre-campaign assessment and feasibility studies, special projects and planned giving initiatives. Rusty has written about stewardship and generosity since 2008, and has produced several e-books on topics that impact giving cultures within the church. He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and a member of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals (AFP). Rusty serves as coordinator for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University and is a Certified Financial Coach. He and his wife, Andrea, live in the St. Louis area. They are proud parents of two grown children and one granddaughter.

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Joel Mikell (Member)
Senior Vice President and Partner
Horizons Stewardship Company

After 25 years in ministry as a pastor of worship and music in local churches, Joel has worked for organizations focused on stewardship and fundraising for more than 17 years, and has helped more than 150 churches raise over $600 million. He currently serves as senior vice president and partner with Horizons Stewardship. His passion for the ministry of stewardship comes from seeing churches experience profound spiritual growth and individual lives transformed through stewardship journeys built around prayer and scripture. He is author of Crafting a Theology of Stewardship and co-author of Church Giving Matters and The Ministry of Giving. A resident of Shelby, North Carolina, Joel and his wife, Donna, have three children and six grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys writing music, running, hunting, bass and fly-fishing and participating in outdoor activities of all kinds.

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Philip Nation (Member)
Pastor and Author
First Baptist Church
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Philip is the pastor for First Baptist Church of Bradenton, Florida, and assistant professor of leadership and biblical studies for Houston Baptist University. He is the author of several books and Bible studies, including Habits for Our Holiness: How the Spiritual Disciplines Grow Us Up, Draw Us Together, and Send Us Out; Storm Shelter: Psalms of God’s Embrace; and Pursuing Holiness: Applications from James. Philip, who earned a doctor of ministry degree from Southeastern Baptist Seminary, frequently speaks at conferences and trains other pastors. He is happily married to Angie and proud to be father to their two sons, Andrew and Chris. Visit his website at

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Steve Oelschlager, ELCA stewardship program coordinator
Steve Oelschlager (Supporter)
Stewardship Program Coordinator
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Steve is the stewardship program coordinator for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, as well as the director of engagement and generosity for Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Libertyville, Illinois. He has spent more than 20 years as an entrepreneur offering consulting and marketing communications services, and his whole life as a layperson and leader in the Lutheran church. He is energized by ideas about life, faith, religion and money, and hopes to be a teacher and leader of life-giving change through his work.
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Marvin Owen, President, ACS Technologies
Marvin Owen (Supporter)
ACS Technologies
Marvin joined ACS Technologies as a programmer and helped write the initial code for ACS, rose to the role of president in 2014 and also serves on the Board of Directors. Under his leadership, the company’s customer support department has grown and become better equipped to meet clients’ needs. Marvin was vice president and general manager from 1998 until 2014, and also served as programming manager, where he was instrumental in developing a larger, more experienced programming department. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Furman University and an MBA from Wake Forest University.
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Jeff Pelletier, Executive Pastor, Milestone Church
Jeff Pelletier (Guest)
Executive Pastor
Milestone Church
Jeff leads, manages and cares for the church staff, oversees the development and strategies of all ministries, and manages the business, human resources and day-to-day operations of Milestone Church. He’s been in ministry for 14 years and spent eight years on the executive team at Fellowship Technologies, a provider of church management software. He and his wife Ginger have three children: Justin, Maegan and Ryan.
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Richard Rogers (Member)
Vice President
Horizons Stewardship
Richard brings a unique blend of business savvy and passion for the local church to his work with Horizons. Working with pastors and church leaders, Richard aspires to raise levels of generosity in the church to enable God’s vision to become a reality. In his early career, he worked as a manager for a Fortune 500 company, but a response to a capital campaign prayer led him into ministry to serve as a church administrator. Throughout Richard’s tenure in the local church, his leadership and focus on faith development helped his congregation experience a 70 percent increase in giving to the annual ministry plan. Most recently, he has focused his stewardship teachings on electronic giving through his book, The E-Giving Guide for Every Church: Using Digital Tools to Grow Ministry (Abingdon Press, 2016). A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Richard and his wife, Jennifer, have six children and reside in Arkansas.
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Marcia Shetler, Executive Director/CEO, Ecumenical Stewardship Center
Marcia Shetler (Member)
Executive Director/CEO
Ecumenical Stewardship Center
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Marcia Shetler has been serving as executive director/CEO of the Ecumenical Stewardship Center since 2011. She holds an MA in philanthropy and development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, a BS in business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a Bible Certificate from Eastern Mennonite University. She formerly served as administrative staff in two middle judicatories of the Church of the Brethren, and most recently was director of communications and public relations for Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Indiana, an administrative faculty position.
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Clayton L. Smith, Executive Pastor of Generosity, United Methodist Church of the Resurrection
The Rev. Dr. Clayton L. Smith (Member)
Executive Pastor of Generosity
United Methodist Church of the Resurrection
Clayton became executive pastor of generosity at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in the greater Kansas City, Missouri area in September 2005 after 25 years as a senior pastor in several churches. He leads the ministry areas of stewardship, development and generosity, offering oversight and support to giving campaigns. He consults with churches on stewardship and financial campaigns, speaks at conferences and leads faith-based programs that help people with personal financial stewardship. As senior pastor at Schweitzer United Methodist Church, he received the denomination’s Circuit Rider Award for Church Growth. His book, Propel: Good Stewardship – Greater Generosity, was published in March 2015. Clayton and his wife, Lori, have four children and two grandchildren, and love horses, gardening, golf and travel.
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Dr. David A. Waganer (Member)
Transitional Pastor
New Heights Church
David served as senior pastor for a number of churches before spending more than two decades providing interim leadership to churches going through transitional periods, including his current role at New Heights Church in Columbia, South Carolina. A writer and transitional pastor trainer, he also served on the Baptist State Convention staffs in South Carolina, Oklahoma and Missouri and currently is executive coordinator for the national Stewardship Development Association. He received his doctorate of ministry degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and also holds two master’s degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He and Karen, his wife of 43 years, have two children and six grandchildren.
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Justin Wise, Founder & CEO, Think Digital
Justin Wise (Guest)
Founder & CEO
Think Digital
Justin Wise helps people share what matters most. At Think Digital, Wise and his team help clients through online coaching programs and done-for-you digital marketing. He speaks on digital marketing strategy at national conferences such as the NRB Research Symposium & Expo, CLA Internet & Ministry Technology Summit, and the Nonprofit Leadership Academy. Wise lives in Des Moines, IA (by choice), with his wife and three children.   
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Riah Solomon
Voices on Stewardship

Atlanta resident Riah Solomon is a communications professional and editor of Voices on Stewardship. 
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