CENetwork Leadership

LACE Officers: Yellow Ex-Officio Board Members: White Network Advocates: Blue

President: Rev. Juli Lejman-Guy

Bellevue, Ohio
Current Term: Jan. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2018

In 2001 a group of Christian Educators began brainstorming ways we could support one another in this journey of Faith Formation. Our muse was "Edna", the dedicated Christian woman who has been teaching Sunday School faithfully without ever attending seminary or continuing education events. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, hundreds of people are now part of this Network.
My passion for Faith Formation is multi-faceted. I am a single mom of two young women; Caroline (Baldwin-Wallace University) and Sarah (Purdue University). I am called as the pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church in Bellevue, OH. Our congregation celebrates a rich history of the St. John's Christian Preschool serving the community for over 35 years. I serve on the Synod Discipleship Task Force, Synod Council and am the liaison to the Synod Christian Education Team.  In addition, I am an Advocate for the Global Leadership Summit (Willow Creek). Coaching, Prayer, Discipleship and Leadership are the areas of emphasis for my teaching and learning.  

Vice President for Advocacy: Judy Washburn

Winter Haven, Florida
Current Term: Jan. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2018

My name is Judy Washburn and I am currently a board member with the Christian Education Network.  I am a retired education specialist, previously working for Augsburg Fortress and Sparkhouse, Publishers.  I’ve also worked for AF as a development editor and regional sales manager.  My experience has been teaching adults for the past 30 years in a variety of venues, including mission work for SEND International in China and the Rafiki Foundation in Ecuador, and teaching leader for Bible Study Fellowship International.  My teaching methods are based on the principles of dialogue education and my most recent continuing education in this field has been through Global Learning Partners.  I have a B.A in Business Management from Bethany College, Lindsborg, KS and a M.A. in Liberal Arts from North Central College, Naperville, IL.                

Happily married to Russ Washburn, we make our home in Winter Haven, Fl.   We are very close to our three grown children, Emily, Anna, and Dylan.  We are also blessed to have Zach, Emily’s husband, as our son-in-law. I love to travel, read, teach and learn! My greatest passion is for God and the Bible, and I am deeply grateful for the students and mentors I have been so privileged to serve.  A lifelong Lutheran, (I think that’s in my DNA), and I’m excited to move forward with the ELCA as an educator.

*If you have experience in Christian Education and would be willing to assist as a short term mentor to CENetwork members, please contact Judy.

Vice President for Networking: Cindy Sommers

Charleston, South Carolina
Current Term: Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2017

Cindy’s passion in ministry is creative Christian Education to provide learning opportunities for all ages to grow as disciples of Jesus. Cindy was selected LACE 2007 Educator of the Year. This past year, Cindy represented LACE, now the Christian Education Network of the ELCA, at the ELCA Lay Schools of Ministry Table.Networking with other Christian Educators through LACE/CENetwork has been tremendous support in ministry.

Financial Secretary: Teresa Kaldor

Solana Beach, California
Current Term: Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2017

Over ten years ago, I joined other Christian educators in Chicago to dream about and plan for a new organization to bring together Christian educators in the ELCA to support one another and be advocates for faith formation.  As a fairly new Director of Christian Education in my home church, I was eager to connect with others so that I could learn from others and share my joys and concerns.  From those meetings developed the Lutheran Association of Christian Educators (LACE), now known as the Christian Education Network of the ELCA.  Over the years, I have deeply appreciated the collective experience, wisdom, and passion of those who work in faith formation ministries in our churches.  This shared ministry has enriched my own faith journey!

Currently, I serve as the Faith Formation Ministry Team Leader at Calvary Lutheran Church in Solana Beach, California, a position which allows me the opportunity to work with all age groups, infant through adult.  I am happy to be returning to the board after serving as the first president of the Lutheran Association of Christian Educators (the CE Network's predecessor) for five years as well as past president for four years.  I have been involved with Christian Education as a lay leader, both in volunteer and staff roles, for over seventeen years.  Before that, I was a middle school and high school teacher for eleven years.  I am married with one son who is in his second year of law school.

Secretary-Historian: Beth Wolslegel

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Current Term: Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2017

My ministry is centered in the baptismal promises. I love teaching the language of faith to children and families, encouraging families to continue to speak that language at home. I have a passion for Intergenerational ministry and am working hard to find new ways for the generations to share their stories with one another and take time to see their story as God’s continuing story. I currently serve as the Director of Elementary Ministry & CYF Development at Westwood Lutheran Church in St Louis Park, MN.

Past President: Deborah Streicher

Ridgeley, West Virginia
Current Term: Jan. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2018

I am now the Past President of this organization. I continue to meet, connect, and network with clergy, staff, and volunteers across denominations. A common, focused goal on growing the church is evident. I am honored to have the opportunity to continue tapping into my passion for an immersion in the language of faith. My vision is to involve all ages in faith formation, strengthen family relationships through Spiritual growth, and empower God-given gifts to do ministry.

Please take a minute to scroll down this page and meet the rest of this wonderful, supportive, and energetic board of Christian educators. They are dynamic leaders in their own setting and I am forever grateful they are extending their knowledge and expertise to suggest resources, mentor, and listen to you as we strive to support lifelong faith formation in the home and congregation across the country.

Chaplain: Rev. Elizabeth Cummings

Haysville, Kansas
Current Term: Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2017

I grew up in Connecticut and was very active at church all through my youth. I attended The University of Connecticut for my undergraduate degree in psychology, Go Huskies!.  I then went on to get a Masters of Divinity from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. I have been serving the wonderful people of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Haysville, KS for 5 years now and have enjoyed getting to know all the people that I interact with both near and far.  I am passionate about Christian Education and am always looking for new and interesting ways to involved lay leaders in congregations.  I always marvel at how connected we are as disciples and the various ways that our paths intersect and cross.

Membership Coordinator: Stephanie Pasch

Rochester, Minnesota

I invite all who are interested in the areas of Christian Education and Faith Formation to become part of the Christian Education Network of the ELCA.  It provides great opportunities to connect with others interested in lifelong faith formation and growth and share ideas on how to achieve that goal.  After volunteering in the church for many, many years, I served as a paid staff member in Christian Education in a congregation for nine years.  Passions include milestone ministry, confirmation as well as service and outreach opportunities for families.  Currently, I am the coordinator of the Christian Education Network of the ELCA and I am an "apprentice coach" for the From Promise to Practice Coaching Initiative in the ELCA.

Social Media Coordinator: Judy Twist

La Grange, Illinois

I’m part of an amazing organization called CENetwork – The Christian Education Network of the ELCA.  We are a group of people who are passionate about faith formation for all ages and in many ministry settings.

We have a great Facebook page and I am blessed to be able to put together the monthly e-newsletter as their social media coordinator.  Check out our Facebook page sometime – You can find it here!

 

Network Advocate, Region 1: Lorie Hughes

Billings, Montana
Current Term: Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2017

It was a lifesaver for me to get connected with CENetwork (formerly LACE) when I first started my part-time position of Christian Education Coordinator at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Billings, MT. I found others who shared my passion for Christian education. The support, encouragement, and resources I have received through the years have been priceless. I invite others to join us on this journey! You will be so glad you did. I have especially loved working in the areas of milestones ministry and nurturing faith in the home. Now retired, I look forward to continuing to learn from and contribute to this amazing group of Christian educators.
 

Network Advocate, Region 2: Terri Robertson

Santa Ana, California
Current Term: Jan. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2018

For just over 20 years, I have served in ELCA congregations in a variety of children, youth and family ministry positions, both as a volunteer and as a paid youth minister. I’ve worked with those from birth to young adults and find great joy and passion in walking alongside young people in their faith journey. I currently serve as a staff member with the Pacifica Synod, where I am the Director for Accounting and Communication. I am also the adult chair of our Pacifica Synod Youth Team, comprised of high school students from congregations around our synod who serve in leadership roles for events for children and youth.

I am excited about the opportunity to serve on the CENetwork Board and I value the good work that takes place through this organization and its members. I look forward to learning more about the ways we can connect and share resources with those serving in our congregations and support this important work.

Network Advocate, Region 3: Rachel Coen-Tuff

Fargo, North Dakota
Current Term: Jan. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2018

Rachel Coen-Tuff is the Director of Faith Formation at Faith+Journey Lutheran Church in West Fargo, North Dakota. Prior to coming to Faith, Rachel served as a missionary as part of the ELCA program Young Adults in Global mission, serving in the United Kingdom. Rachel is a graduate of Luther Seminary in St. Paul receiving her MA in Children Youth and Family ministry in 2015. Rachel loves to travel and drink coffee, preferably doing both at the same time. When she is not working or traveling, she enjoy spending time with her family and friends and continues to be blessed by the opportunities God has place in her life! 

Network Advocate, Region 4: Emily Dalen

Omaha, Nebraska
Current Term: Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2017

Emily Dalen serves as the Director of Children’s & Family Ministry. Her ministry roles have included serving as a Director of Youth and Family Ministry at a church in Milford, IA, as well as, the Director of Children's Ministry in Plymouth, MN.

She lives with her husband, Scott, and their two children. When they’re not at church or chasing kids around at activities, she bakes fancy cakes and cookies. Having grown up in a home where faith was a part of all that we did, Emily is passionate about equipping parents to be the primary faith examples for their children.

Network Advocate, Region 5: Stephanie Luedtke

Milwaukee, WI
Current Term: Jan. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2018

I am an educator, minister, and artist of sorts, and often combine the three in creative ways, weaving education and arts through my ministry or ministry into arts education. I am a certified music educator, as well as a rostered Deacon in the ELCA, with a Master’s Degree in Worship Arts. Through work as a music teacher in school and private settings, ministry work in churches and at the synod level, and through independent work as a consultant and curriculum writer, I have always tried to live out my passions, and have worked to help others discover theirs. 

I  enjoy exploring new avenues of ministry, and have just completed training as an ELCA Discipleship Coach and am a team member with the Generosity Project. I am excited, too, to take on the role of Region 5 Network Advocate with the CENetwork, and look forward to building relationships in our network!

Network Advocate, Region 6: Dan Jacob

Springfield, Ohio
Current Term: Jan. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2018

After obtaining his Masters in Divinity from Yale Divinity School, Dan has returned to his alma mater Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, as its Ministry Associate.  Dan also serves as the Youth Leader at Peace Lutheran Church in Beavercreek, Ohio.  As a Deacon of the ELCA Dan specializes in Youth, Children’s, and Family Ministries as well as Christian Education and expressions of faith through Art.  At Wittenberg he fosters leadership development among campus ministries, is leading a contemporary worship service, and works with churches about potential new Wittenberg students.  Dan also leads an after-school art and technology program for low-income kids called the Hart Street Makery.  Dan’s passions include continued study of the liberation theologies that inspired him to pursue a career in ministry and exploring the power of imagination in faith and life. 

Network Advocate, Region 7: Rev. Dominic Smyth

New Britain, Connecticut
Current Term: Jan. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2018

Dominic grew up in rural Liberia. Through his family, Dominic learned important life values and was brought up in the Christian faith at an early age.  Upon completion of high school, Dominic enrolled at St. Charles Lwanga pre-major Seminary, Monrovia, for a yearlong discernment, and later at St. Paul’s Major Seminary, Gbarnga (Holy See), where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. Dominic, then, attended the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), where he studied theology for two years.  It was then that Dominic discerned that celibacy wasn’t a gift he had. He then left Seminary and returned to Liberia, where he later met his wife, Success, and worked at the Ministry of Post & Telecommunications, Monrovia, as an Information Communication Technology (ICT) Analyst.  

In 2009, Dominic came to the United States, specifically Philadelphia, where he became a member of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.  After continuous prayers and discernment, it was clear to Dominic that no one hides from God’s calling; a calling that lead him through further discernment at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), where he earned a Master of Divinity with Interfaith Concentration. Dominic is also a graduate of the United States Army Chaplain Officer Leadership Training School, FT Jackson, SC. Dominic has completed a year of internship at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Hartford, where he lives with his wife Success and the youngest of his three daughters Comfort (Ruth and Svetlana are away).  Dominic is currently the ministerial assistant for youth and neighborhood outreach at Emanuel, Hartford, and serves in the United States Army Chaplain Corps as a Chaplain Candidate.

Network Advocate, Region 8: Rev. Dave Wasemann

Indiana, Pennsylvania
Current Term: Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2017

Greetings and blessings to you!  I certainly was moved by the dedication my mother and father had to the faith, church and ministry.  We regularly attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Wheeling, WVA.  I also loved to be with my mother’s parents in the summer as they began the day with devotions.  I continue to cherish their example, bible study and prayers.  With these roots I have been a lifelong follower of Jesus, learning from him through parents, grandparents and church members.  Let me know how we can continue to till the soil, plant seeds of faith, nurture the growth together.

Network Advocate, Region 9: Rev. Dr. Phyllis Blair-Milton

Norfolk, Virginia
Current Term: Jan. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2018

Thank you for the privilege and opportunity of serving you as your Region 9 Advocate on the CE Network Board.

My philosophy regarding Christian education has always been to “teach what we know, the best way we know.”  My most basic belief regarding education that is Christian has its center in learning about the works of God found in the Hebrew Scriptures and the gospel of God in Christ as found in the New Testament.  As educators, we have the awesome opportunity to aid in that process with various modes of creative delivery that we may choose to use.  Through the resources and networking provided through the CE Network, we can incorporate strategies that can stimulate learning and foster faith formation.

I serve as Synodical Minister for Christian Faith Formation for the VA Synod, giving guidance and leadership to ACTS and Roots & Wings.  I am also the Associate Pastor at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hampton, VA.  In addition to my church responsibilities, I am the Chaplain for Gloria Dei Lutheran School, providing leadership for chapel services and pastoral care for children, families and staff.