6:00 pm – 6:10 pm Opening Worship & Welcome
6:10 pm – 6:15 pm Break
6:15 pm – 6:45 pm Simultaneous Workshops
6:45 pm – 7:00 pm Break
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Simultaneous Workshops
Millennials and Generosity ǀ Rev. Dr. Colie Bettivia
Rev. Dr. Colie Bettivia has been serving as Associate Pastor of Grace Congregational United Church of Christ, in Two Rivers WI, since 2013. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Illinois and a Master of Divinity from Lancaster Theological Seminary, and in May of 2020, graduated with a Doctor of Ministry degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary. Her doctoral research project was a study on Millennials in church and is titled: “Hello, We’re Here! Active Participation in Traditional Church Congregations by Those in the Millennial Generation.”
The What, Why, and How of a Capital Campaign for Your Church ǀ Rev. Charles Blaisdell
Following his retirement in late 2017 from full-time congregational ministry, Rev. Charles Blaisdell joined the staff of the United Church of Christ Church Building & Loan Fund in January 2018 as Regional Mission Interpreter for the Western Region. Prior to this, he served as Senior Pastor at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he led the congregation in innovative approaches to annual stewardship along with a successful $500,000 capital campaign
Partnering with the Wisconsin Foundation UCC ǀ Bret Bicoy
Bret Bicoy is President & CEO of the Door County Community Foundation, Inc. Since he assumed the position in 2008, the Community Foundation has become the premiere vehicle for bringing people together to address issues facing Door County. Prior to this, he served as President of the Nevada Community Foundation. Under his leadership, the Nevada Community Foundation received $49 million in contributions and secured $71 million in known estate commitments. He currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Wisconsin Conference Board of Directors.
The Top 10 Best Practices for Financially Healthy Congregations ǀ Maria C. Coyne
Maria C. Coyne currently serves as the President and CEO of United Church of Christ Cornerstone Fund. She is a financial services executive with over 30 years of experience in commercial and retail banking and was named twice (in 2013 and 2014) as one of American Banker’s “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking”, and twice as one of the “Women to Watch” (2011 and 2012). She is a prominent thought leader on small business and women’s leadership and has been featured frequently in media including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, NPR, Bloomberg News, and BusinessWeek.
How a Thank You Note Changed My Life: Communications for Increased Giving ǀ Rev. Andy DeBraber
As a Generosity Officer with the United Church of Christ National Setting since early 2017, Rev. Andy DeBraber leads the denomination’s major gift fundraising and facilitates workshops on a variety of stewardship & philanthropy topics. He was a local church pastor for 16 years, a nonprofit executive director, and a community organizer. Living in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Andy enjoys time with family, drinking good coffee, and being outside on his bike or kayaking beautiful rivers.
Spiritual Autobiographies: Connecting with Your Own Story ǀ Lisa Hart
Lisa Hart, a Commissioned Minister of Faith Formation and Youth Ministry, is the Associate Conference Minister for Faith Formation and Justice Ministries for the Wisconsin Conference UCC, as well as the Executive Associate to the Conference Minister. She joined the Wisconsin Conference Staff in January 2006 after working in faith formation and youth ministry in the local church setting. She also serves in a number of capacities beyond the Wisconsin Conference. These include Moderator of the Network of Wider Church Youth Ministries of the United Church of Christ and Board of Directors for the Association of United Church Educators.
Online Fundraisers ǀ Paul Koehler and Rev. Zayna Thomley
Paul Koehler is a layman at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Sellersville Pennsylvania. He is the chairperson of the CGC (Creating Generous Congregants) (formerly the Stewardship Committee) at St. Paul’s. He serves on Consistory and has been a past Consistory President. When not working or at church he is the head coach of the Sellersville Belles Gold, an 18U girls fastpitch softball team.
Rev. Zayna Thomley is in her eighth year of serving as the pastor of First Congregational UCC in Platteville and Mt Zion UCC in Cornelia. She is a member of the UCC Pension Board’s Next Generation Leadership Initiative where she has been called to think deeply about church leadership in changing times.
Giving What the Moment Demands: Christ’s Persistent and Perplexing Call to Generosity in Luke and Acts ǀ Rev. Dr. Karl Kuhn
Rev. Dr. Karl Kuhn is Professor of Religion, Grace Chair of Religious Studies, and Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts at Lakeland University where he has served since the Fall of 1999. An ordained United Church of Christ clergy, he has served several congregations as an associate and interim minister. His special interests are in the fields of biblical interpretation and biblical theology, and he has widely published and lectured in both fields. In addition to his work in biblical studies, he also speaks frequently in the community to promote interfaith understanding.
Innovating Faith ǀ Rev. Phiwa Langeni
As a queer, Black, trans person from an immigrant family, the Rev. Phiwa Langeni is quite skilled at detecting and decreasing various societal gaps, especially with/for those with multiple minoritized identities. Since ordination in 2011, Phiwa has served in just about every local church setting possible: a thriving progressive church, multi-charge rural churches, a large suburban church, small churches deeply rooted in political and social justice, and a new church start/nonprofit hybrid. They currently serve as the Ambassador for Innovation & Engagement in the UCC’s Center for Analytics, Research & Development, and Data (CARDD). Phiwa is also the owner of a few small creative businesses, including their most recent adventures in fashion design.
Reparatory Justice through Active Stewardship ǀ Rev. Dr. Velda R. Love
Rev. Dr. Velda R. Love currently serves as Minister for Racial Justice in The Justice and Local Church Ministries of The United Church of Christ National Office. She is a restorative racial justice trainer and educator. Rev. Dr. Love develops resources in an effort to equip UCC congregations to be on a restorative racial justice journey in order to dismantle and eradicate structural, systemic, and individual racism. Prior to joining the UCC, she served as Director of Justice and Intercultural Learning in the Office of Diversity’s Collaboratory of Urban and Intercultural Learning at North Park University.
Leveraging Social Media and Electronic Giving ǀ Jacqueline Owen and Laurel Steinetz
Jacqueline Owen is a 20-year development professional. She has served in numerous capacities including database administrator, grant writer and special events coordinator. In her current role as United Church of Christ’s Development Strategist, she shares her various talents in supporting the philanthropic team. She is passionate about the mission of the United Church of Christ.
Laurel Steinetz is the Social Media Specialist for the United Church of Christ National Setting. For the last 8 years, her ministry has been serving local churches by doing and teaching digital communications. Laurel lives in Cleveland, OH, with her rescue dog, Queenie.
Help! I Have More Month than Money! A Starting Conversation on Personal, Faith-Based Finances ǀ Rev. Jessica Shine
Rev. Jessica Shine serves as a Generosity Officer for the United Church of Christ national setting. She earned degrees in theology and divinity, was ordained to ministry by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and continues offering spiritual care as a clergy member of The CHI Interfaith Community. With over two decades of experience pastoring church communities, police officers, hospice patients, hospital staff, teenagers, and most recently as Community Minister of The Chaplaincy Institute, Shine has a passion for people and a skill for communicating in transformative ways.
The Why of Your Congregation: Making the Case for Financial Support ǀ Rev. Kent Siladi
Rev. Kent J. Siladi is the Director of Philanthropy for the United Church of Christ. He began his work in this position in September of 2020. In his 40 years of ordained ministry he has served as a Bridge Conference Minister of the newly formed Southern New England Conference, as the Conference Minister of Connecticut and Florida and as a Regional Minister in CT. Prior to that he served as a local church pastor in two Connecticut churches for 16 years. Rev. Siladi is a graduate of Nasson College and Yale Divinity School.
Planned Giving ǀ Rev. Andrew Warner
Rev. Andrew Warner, CFRE, serves as Director of Development for the Wisconsin Conference UCC, where he leads the fundraising efforts of the conference and supports the planned giving and effective philanthropy of congregations. He also serves as a Generosity Outreach Officer of the national setting of the UCC. In that role he trains, coaches, and mentors conference and congregational leaders across the country to strengthen the culture of generosity in the UCC. Before joining the conference staff in 2019, he served for twenty-two years as pastor of Plymouth Church UCC of Milwaukee