The seventeen pastors selected to participate in the Wabash Pastoral Leadership Program for 2011-2012 are:
Eric Augenstein is priest at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in New Albany. He received his Master or Divinity degree from Saint Meinrad School of Theology, a master of arts' degree in Catholic Thought and Life from Saint Meinrad, and a Bachelor's degree from LaSalle University. Reverend Augenstein is a member of the Board of Trustees of Providence High School. At Saint Meinrad School of Theology, he serves as a Spiritual Director, Presenter for the Institute for Priests and Presbyters, and Parish Supervisor for Pastoral Ministry.
Thomas Bartley is the senior pastor at Crooked Creek Baptist Church in Indianapolis. He earned his undergraduate degree in religion from Wabash College, before earning his Master of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary and a Master's of Theological studies from Candler School of Theological Studies.
Melissa Bennett is pastor for Youth at Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren in Fort Wayne. Reverend Bennett earned her Bachelor’s degree in social work from Manchester College, and her Master of Divinity BethanyTheological Seminary. She is on the Committee on Interchurch Relationsfor the Church of the Brethren.
Ryan Berryhill is pastor at First Southern Baptist in Terre Haute. Reverend Berryhill earned his Bachelor’s degree in religion from East Texas Baptist University. He earned his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and earned his Doctorate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Jeffrey Bower is vicar at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Speedway. Reverend Bower is a graduate of Wabash College and has two Master’s degrees from Christian Theological Seminary. He also has a Certificate of Advanced Theological Studies from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. Bower serves on the boards of Grace Unlimited (Indianapolis Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministries), the Congregational Resource Center at Christian Theological Seminary, and the Advisory Board for Clinical Pastoral Care at Clarian Health. He is Dean of the Mid-Central Deanery and serves as a member of the Executive Council and the Commission on Ministry for the Diocese of Indianapolis.
David Brown is pastor at Frist Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Jeffersonville. He received his Bachelor’s degree in physics from Lynchburg College in Virginia before earning his Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Reverend Brown has served Park Christian Church since 2006. Outside of his pastoral ministry, he speaks on the subjects of Israel, Palestine, and the Palestinian Christian struggle for survival. His wife, Julie, serves on the pastoral staff of Beargrass Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Louisville.
Rebecca Craver is the Church Developer at Zacchaeus’ Tree Congregation in Indianapolis. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and earned her Master of Divinity from Moravian Theological Seminary.
Carey A. Grady is the senior pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Indianapolis. Reverend Grady graduated from Howard University with a major in history,and earned his Master of Divinity degree from the Turner Theological Seminary of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta. While in college he was Archives Intern at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History at the Duke Ellington Collection, a Congressional Black Caucus Intern, and later a Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow on Capitol Hill for Congressman James Clyburn.
Wesley Kendall is the pastor of the Greencastle Presbyterian Church in Greencastle. He is a graduate of DePauw University and received his Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. He said he believes his “family has been called to serve the Greencastle community, seeking to do justice while serving as good neighbors and citizens.” Reverend Kendall works a small farm, and shares some of what he produces with those who need food in his community.
Timothy Knauff is the pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in South Bend. Reverend Knauff graduated with a degree in music from DePauwUniversity, where he also earned a Master’s degree in computer since.He attended and earned his Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. He has published in the magazine Currents in the “Preaching Helps” column. While at Lutheran School of Theology, he was awarded the Edgar Krentz Award for Biblical Interpretation.
Libby Manning is the pastor of Ministry and Maturity at Christ the Savior Lutheran Church in Fishers. She graduated from Davidson College and attended Trinity Lutheran Seminary, from which she earned her Master of Divinity degree. While at Trinity Seminary, Pastor Manning received the Phillip E Auer award for outstanding first year student, and the prestigious Goethe Institute Scholarship for study-abroad in Germany.
Jason Nicholls is the pastor of Redeemer Missionary Church in South Bend. Reverend Nicholls graduated from Vennard College and earned a Master’s degree in Christian Thought from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He received his Doctorate in Religious Studies from Marquette University. While at Marquette, Rev. Nicholls served as a Teaching Fellow and Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Theology.
Thomas Ream is the senior pastor at the First United Methodist Church in Marion. He received his undergraduate degree in Medical Technology from Purdue University and his Master of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary.
Brent Wright is the pastor at Broad Ripple United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. Reverend Wright earned an engineering degree from Purdue University and a Master's degree in education from the University of Colorado. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School.