The 2018 Children's Spirituality Summit
Pecha Kucha Speakers
Lacy Finn Borgo, DMin, teaches and provides spiritual direction for the Renovaré Institute, at Portland Seminary and at Fuller Theological Seminary. Lacy has her own spiritual direction practice and provides spiritual direction for children at Haven House, which is a transitional housing facility for homeless families. She is the author of Life with God for Children, a curriculum for the spiritual formation of children and Good Dirt: A Devotional for the Spiritual Formation of Families. Lacy also blogs at GoodDirtMinistries.org. Lacy holds a B.A. in English and a Teaching Certificate from UTPB, a M.S. in Education from SUNY, a DMin. from Portland Seminary and is a graduate of the Renovaré Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation. She holds a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Portland Seminary. Lacy lives on a small farm on the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains in Montrose, Colorado. The rhythms of the earth have formed and shaped her. She currently worships with an Anglican community, but finds something of God in all spaces and places.
Erik Carter, Ph.D. is a Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Special Education and a researcher with Vanderbilt’s Kennedy Center. He completed his undergraduate studies in Christian Education at Wheaton College and his graduate studies in severe disabilities from Vanderbilt University. His research and writing focus on promoting inclusion and valued roles in school, work, and congregational settings for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He co-leads the Collaborative on Faith and Disability and the Putting Faith to Work project, as well as partners with a core group of faculty to host the annual Summer Institute on Theology and Disability. He has co-authored 150 articles and six books, one of which is Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities: A Guide for Service Providers, Families, and Congregations. He is currently working on a book addressing belonging and the church.
Daron Pratt, MA, serves as Children and Family and Junior Youth Director for the New South Wales Conference, Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Newcastle, Australia. Daron began ministry in Victoria, Australia in 1994 before moving to New South Wales in 2001. It was in Victoria that his keen interest in children and family ministries grew, working as a school chaplain and children¹s pastor. He began working for the North New South Wales Conference Office for the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in 2004 where he resources and equips 85 churches and eight schools across the northern region of New South Wales. His passion for children and their faith development is infectious and he enjoys reading, researching, and writing in this area. Daron has also spent the past six years training churches in child protection, along with triaging child abuse cases and victim advocacy. He is married to Lisa and has a 22-year-old son Andrew and an 18-year-old daughter Maddison. Daron is also known as the Balloon Man on a children's series called Arnie's Shack which is seen on satellite television around the world.
John Roberto is on the leadership team for Vibrant Faith (www.VibrantFaith.org), coordinating training programs and the online “Certificate in Faith Formation for the 21st Century.” John works as a consultant to churches and national organizations, teaches courses and conducts workshops in faith formation, and has authored books and program manuals in faith formation. His latest publications include Families at the Center of Faith Formation (editor and co-author, 2016), Seasons of Adult Faith Formation (editor and co-author, 2015), Reimagining Faith Formation for the 21st Century (2015), Generations Together (co-authored, 2014), Faith Formation 2020 (2010), and Becoming a Church of Lifelong Learners (2006). He was the creator and project coordinator of the Generations of Faith Project – a five-year Lilly Endowment funded project from 2001-2006 – to develop intergenerational faith formation in Catholic parishes across the United States.
Andrea Roske-Metcalfe, MDiv, is the associate pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Apple Valley, MN, a congregation that works hard to embody God’s wide welcome for all people. In 2015, she created an intentional space for small children in the front of the sanctuary at Grace, as concrete recognition that children are central to the body of Christ. Wildly successful, the Pray-Ground has now been replicated by worshipping communities across the country and around the world. Andrea has an MDiv from Union Theological Seminary in NYC. She’s a Moth GrandSLAM storytelling champion, and lives in Minneapolis with her spouse, Luke, and their daughters, Olivia and Clementine.
Karen F. Williams, DMin, is a writer, an editor, and an author with a diversified career in journalism, book publishing, and Sunday school curriculum. She recently served as the Children’s Editor for the Sunday School Publishing Board in Nashville, Tennessee. Karen has written Sunday school curriculum, devotionals, plays, and is the author of Lights, Drama, Worship! (a collection of dramatic presentations for the church). She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English/Journalism from North Carolina A&T State University, a Master of Arts Degree in Communication (Creative Writing concentration) from CBN (Regent) University, a Master of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry (Arts and Theology) from Wesley Theological Seminary. She has also received several book publishing certificates from the Graham School of General Studies, The University of Chicago.