CENetwork Leadership

Officers: Yellow Ex-Officio Board Members: White Network Advocates/Members at Large: Blue

President: Diane McGeoch

Nampa, Idaho
Current Term: Sep. 1, 2021 to Aug. 31, 2023

I am a deacon in the ELCA serving as Coordinator of Learning Peace A Camp for Kids in Nampa Idaho.  Learning Peace is a day camp teaching peace making and peer relationship skills to children ages 6 to 13.  It is a collaborative ministry involving churches and ministries throughout the Boise Idaho area.  I've served congregations and ministries in Connecticut, Maryland and California as a Youth Minister and Christian Educator both in paid and volunteer roles.

I am a member of Hope Lutheran Eagle Idaho where I serve I on the Young Disciples Team.  

I graduated from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in 2003 with a Master of Christian Ministry degree with a concentration in intergenerational faith formation.  

Financial Secretary: Teresa Kaldor

Solana Beach, California
Current Term: Oct. 15, 2018 to Aug. 31, 2022

Almost twenty 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 Mission Outreach Team Leader at Calvary Lutheran Church in Solana Beach, California and teach Adult and Confirmation classes. Before taking on this new role, I was involved with faith formation as a lay leader, both in volunteer and staff roles, for over twenty years and a middle school and high school teacher for eleven years.

Secretary-Historian: Terri Robertson

Santa Ana, California
Current Term: Sep. 1, 2021 to Aug. 31, 2023

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 Executive Assistant for Accounting and Communications. I have also served as the adult chair of our Pacifica Synod Youth Team since 2006. This team invites high school students from congregations around our synod to learn leadership skills as they host synod events for children, youth and adults.

I have served as a CENetwork Board member since 2017 and am grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve as Secretary/Historian.  I value the good work that takes place through this organization and its members. I enjoy learning more about the ways we can connect and share resources with those serving in our congregations and support this important work.

Past President: Rev. Juli Lejman-Guy

Holgate, Ohio
Current Term: Sep. 1, 2021 to Aug. 31, 2023

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 (Coordinator of Communication and Technology, NWOS-ELCA) and Sarah (Student - Civil Engineering, Purdue University).

Having served congregations in Northwest Ohio, Central Southern Illinois, Indiana-Kentucky and Southeast Michigan synods I am the pastor of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in the village of Holgate, Ohio. 

In addition, I serve on the ELCA Faith Formation Team and the Book of Faith Initiative Team for the ELCA. I am also an Advocate for the Global Leadership Summit.

Coaching, Prayer, Discipleship and Leadership are the areas of emphasis for my teaching and learning.  

Membership Coordinator: Janet Renick

Holly Hill, Florida

My name is Janet Renick and I am from Daytona Beach, FL, home of the World's Most Famous Beach. I am a cat mom to Pippi Marie, a beautiful blue-eyed Snowshoe.

I have served in Youth Ministry and Christian Education in California churches for 42 years with four different congregations. In addition, I served as the Adult Chair for Synod Youth Teams in both Northern California and Southern California. Recently I returned to Florida to be the full-time caregiver with my mom, so my ministry focus has changed just a tad!

I am passionate about serving God's people in both big and small ways, and love to think outside of the box.

I deeply enjoy serving the Christian Education Network as the new Coordinator of Membership. I am grateful for Stephanie Pasch, who did an amazing job in this role for many years.

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!

 

Member at Large: Julie Hestermann

Lincoln, Nebraska
Current Term: Sep. 1, 2021 to Aug. 31, 2023

I am the Director of Faith Formation at Sheridan Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. I have been on staff at Sheridan for 20 years and my role recently expanded to include working with adult faith formation in addition to overseeing children's ministry. I find joy in providing faith formation for the children and adults as well as partnering with them in their faith journey. I also enjoy working closely with volunteers. I have been married to my husband Scott for 31 years. We have two adult children, a son-in-law and a 16-month-old grandson. When not at church, I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling.

Member at Large: Pastor Ellen Lundie

Glenshaw, Pennsylvania
Current Term: Sep. 1, 2021 to Aug. 31, 2022

Hello, my name is Ellen Lundie. I am the Associate Pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Glenshaw PA. My role includes working with our Christian Education and Youth Committees to program Sunday School, Confirmation, Adult Education opportunities, and Youth Events. I attended Wittenberg University (BA 2012) and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (MDIV 2016).

I hope to bring creativity and dependability to the board. One of my hobbies is improv comedy, which helps me to think and adapt quickly (and hopefully with some good humor!) and as we say before performances, “I’ve got your back!”

Member at Large: Holly Shipley

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Current Term: Sep. 1, 2021 to Aug. 31, 2023

I'm Holly Shipley and serve as a deacon in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. My present title at Holy Trinity is Minister of Faith Formation. I work with youth and families, as well as oversee adult faith formation. I'm just coming off a sabbatical where I studied long term ministry and as a result, I'm changing my role a bit at HTLC (with the congregation's approval). I learned that long term ministers (8 years or more) need to shake things up a bit to keep things fresh and creative! I also know this from experience, having served my previous church in KY for 18 years! I'll be adding some administrative duties to my current position, as well as continuing to be the communications person and backing off some of my youth responsibilities. I'm single and live with my dog, Daisy. I enjoy hiking, jigsaw puzzles, and murder mysteries.

I was honored to be asked to serve on the Board. I think I offer many years of experience in Christian education (I've been an associate in ministry/deacon for 31 years), as well as a creative and open mind. I look forward to serving!