Leader Spotlight

Leader Spotlight: Kent Ferris

By Katie Dubielak | April 18, 2013

Kent Ferris is a native of Blair, Nebraska and currently resides in Davenport, Iowa with his family. Kent graduated from Coe College in Cedar Rapids with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and from Mankato State University, Mankato, Minnesota, with a master’s degree in counseling and student personnel. Kent is currently the social action director for…

Leader Spotlight: John Claassen

By Katie Dubielak | April 18, 2013

John Claassen is a long-time resident of California and is the new chair of Gamaliel affiliate, Genesis. He had a wonderful five years as a teenager attending Ryan Prep College, the Diocese of Fresno minor seminary staffed by ten great Jesuit priests. John felt it was here that he was able to live the vision of…

Leader Spotlight: Jesusa Rivera

By Katie Dubielak | April 18, 2013

Jesusa Rivera is a member of Gamaliel affiliate, TAP, in Indiana.  TAP engages five churches, four of which are in South Bend. Jesusa is also the chair of TAP’s, Civil Rights for Immigrants (CRI), that seeks comprehensive immigration reform that will serve justice for all states, not just Indiana.  Additionally, Jesusa is the current Indiana Hispanic/Latino…

Leader Spotlight: Janine Brown

By Katie Dubielak | March 18, 2013

Janine Brown is an active parishioner at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Atlanta, Georgia and is a powerful member of Gamaliel affiliate, ABLE. Janine was raised in a Catholic household in Boston and has had quite the faith journey, leading her to her present home at Our Lady of Lourdes working as a powerful…

Leader Spotlight: Sandy Milligan

By Katie Dubielak | March 18, 2013

Sandy is the new president of WISDOM, Gamaliel’s statewide organization in Wisconsin. Sandy is a lifelong resident of Kenosha, WI and is a retired special education teacher. She is a member of St. Anne Catholic Church in Pleasant Prairie, WI and became actively involved in parish Charity & Justice Ministries. Sandy is the first Catholic president of…

Leader Spotlight: Leroy Jordan

By Katie Dubielak | March 18, 2013

Leroy Jordan, a Springfield (Illinois) community activist and educator, is formerly the Assistant Superintendent of the Research and Information Systems in the Springfield Public School System. Prior to being Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Jordan was employed for 21 years at Sangamon State University where he was the Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs. He started his career…

Leader Spotlight: Sister Susan Bowles

By Katie Dubielak | February 18, 2013

Sr. Susan grew up in Southern Tier of New York State with her family, attended school in Lockport and has spent most of her time in the city of Buffalo. She is the director of religious education at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Buffalo, New York, a diverse and exciting parish that is both…

Leader Spotlight: Father Jim Parke

By Katie Dubielak | February 18, 2013

Father Parke is originally from McKeesport, PA., near Pittsburgh, and has been a “teacher” throughout his four-plus decades as a priest. Father Parke was assigned to Church of the Holy Apostles in 2004. The 125 families of this unique Anglican/Roman Catholic congregation in Virginia Beach “share a vision with their Bishops and Priests to form…

Leader Spotlight: Father Richard Creason

By Katie Dubielak | February 18, 2013

Father Richard Creason was born and raised in the St. Louis, Missouri area and is pastor at Most Holy Trinity Parish in St. Louis, Missouri. Most Holy Trinity is a small, but mighty congregation with about 175 parishioners and is a part of Gamaliel Affiliate, Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU).  How did your work with Gamaliel…

Leader Spotlight: Father Fred Thelen

By Katie Dubielak | February 18, 2013

Father Fred Thelen has been pastor at Cristo Rey Church since 1993. Before that he was working in the Lake Titicaca area of Peru for five years as an associate missionary with Maryknoll, the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America. Father Fred grew up in Fowler, Michigan, a small German-Catholic rural community. For Father Fred,…