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Covenant Gathering 2019 Faculty


The Rev. Jennifer Burns Lewis serves the Presbytery of Wabash Valley as their Visioning and Connecting Leader. She loved attending Synod School long ago when her children were young, and vividly remembers trying all kinds of crafts and artistic expression during those hot summer days at Hanover. She learned to spin and weave, the art of hardanger, none of which she does anymore. These days, she’s excited about journaling in many forms—art, bullet, and written, and any chance to hang out with her family of interesting adults and especially her tiny granddaughter, Eleanor.

The Rev. Adam Maluk pastors Faith United Presbyterian, a small, suburban church in Tinley Park, IL.  He has served there 8 years and is deeply committed to enlivening the congregation's relationship with its community and the community's relationship with Christ.
The Rev. Carol McDonald retired in 2014 after serving the Synod of Lincoln Trails for 25 years. A PCUSA Minister of Word and Sacrament for 47 years, she now serves as Parish Associate for Northminster Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, IN.

Ginny Shanda is a commissioned ruling elder from the Presbytery of Transylvania and a member of First Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Kentucky.  Currently, Shanda serves on the Commission on Preparation for Ministry and is the elected presbytery ruling elder commissioner to the Synod of Living Waters. A life-long Presbyterian, Shanda participated in mission trips to the John Day Valley Parish in Oregon, as well as to the Navajo Reservation in Kayenta, Arizona. She served as the Moderator of the Presbytery of Scioto Valley from May 2015 to November 2016 and was an active member of many committees and commissions prior to that service. During her time as moderator, Shanda worshipped with over 70 different congregations in that Presbytery.  On the national level, she served as the Executive Director for the Committee on Local Arrangements for the General Assembly when it met in Columbus, Ohio in 2002. Shanda enjoys reading, writing, and thinking about faith as an ever-unfolding journey and is the proud mother of two adult daughters, and the wife of Mark Shanda.

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.

Faculty Member and Key-Note Speaker
The Rev. Abby King-Kaiser is the Associate Director of the Center for Faith & Justice at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She moved back to her hometown to engage interfaith work and serve Protestant students on that Jesuit, Catholic campus seven years ago. Active in the 1001 movement, she has helped to start two new worshipping communities and was featured in the first season of the"New Way" podcast from PMA. You can always find her on Instagram, @revabbykk, where she shares some of her work, but a lot of the antics of her two kids.

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