Monday, August 8, 2016 - 1:00pm to Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 12:30pm
Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes (Map)
Duke Divinity School
(919) 613-5323

The Convocation on the Rural Church is an annual opportunity for pastors from the North Carolina and Western North Carolina Conferences of the United Methodist Church to join with Duke Divinity School and The Duke Endowment to discuss issues that are important in transforming rural churches and communities and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We are no longer accepting applications.

Event Details

2016 Rural Convocation Image

Participants will join in worship, plenary sessions, workshops, fellowship and Sabbath. The theme of this year’s event is “Apprenticeship with Jesus.” The event will feature Dr. Gary Moon, Dr. Chris Adams and Randy Maddox, William Kellon Quick Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies at Duke Divinity School. Participants will receive a copy of Dr. Moon’s book, Apprenticeship with Jesus: Learning to Live Like the Master. Preachers, plenary and workshop leaders will offer models for ministry that embody the classic Spiritual Disciplines.

Eligibility Criteria

This family-friendly event is funded by The Duke Endowment. To attend, you must serve a church that is eligible to receive Duke Endowment grants.  The list of Duke Endowment eligible churches was expanded in 2014, which has allowed additional pastors to participate in this event.

Check your eligibility to attend (pdf).

In response to growing demand for this event and in an effort to include participants with a diverse array of experiences, we have implemented an application process that includes answering a few brief essay questions. Those selected to attend will receive notification and be invited to register within three weeks of completing the application; all others will be added to a waiting list.

Participants who attend all sessions of the event will be emailed one continuing education unit at the conclusion of the event.

Please contact us with any questions.


Over the course of the three-day convocation, participants will have the opportunity to attend plenary sessions, share in worship and meals, and enjoy free time. The conference will take place at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes.

Monday, August 8, 2016

1:00 p.m.


Hotel check-in as early as 4:00 p.m. (separate from event registration)

Group Registration Alcove

3:00 p.m.

Welcome & Opening Worship

Guests and Families Welcome

Rev. Brad Thie, Thriving Rural Communities Director, Duke Divinity School

Preacher: Rev. Mike Smith


Atlantic 1 – 4

4:30 p.m.

Plenary: “The Ministry of The Duke Endowment”

Rev. Robb Webb, Director, Rural Church Program Area

Rev. Kristen Richardson-Frick, Program Officer

Rural Church Program Area

Atlantic 1 – 4

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Break & Hotel Check-in


6:30 p.m.

Opening Cookout & Concert

Outside, weather permitting, casual dress

Pre-registered spouses and guests welcome

Oceanfront Courtyard

(In case of rain, meet in Atlantic 5 – 8)

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

7:00 – 8:30 a.m.


Atlantic 5 – 8

8:20 a.m.

Morning Prayer

Atlantic 4

8:45 a.m.

Plenary: "Flourishing: A New Vision for Spiritual Formation"

Dr. Gary Moon

Atlantic 1 – 4

10:15 a.m.

Refreshment Break

North Hall

10:45 a.m.

Plenary: "Flourishing: Dusting Off Some Ancient Practices"

Dr. Gary Moon

Atlantic 1 – 4

12:00 p.m.


Atlantic 5 – 8

1:15 – 2:45 p.m.


Understanding and Responding to Criticism in Pastoral Leadership (Atlantic 1)
Dr. Chris Adams

Wesleyan Wisdom on Heart Renovation (Atlantic 2)
Dr. Randy Maddox

The Best Rest: Sabbath and Spiritual Practices (Atlantic 3)
Rev. Matt and Rev. Nancy Sleeth

Navigating Conflict with Faith, Hope, and Love (Atlantic 4)
Rev. Molly Shivers

Listening with the Community As A Means of Grace (Tides 1)
Rev. Brandon Wrencher  

Invite only – The Course of Study at DDS:  Strengthening Ministerial Formation (Tides 2)
Dr. Laceye Warner












3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

The Best Rest: Sabbath and Spiritual Practices

Rev. Matt and Rev. Nancy Sleeth
Refreshments provided

Atlantic 4


*Free evening/Dinner on your own*


7:00 p.m.

Beach Communion Service

Meet in the lobby at 7:00 p.m.

Hotel Lobby

(In case of rain, meet in Atlantic 4)

8:00 p.m.

NCC Reception

Reverend Timothy Russell, Assistant to the Bishop

Tides 1

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

7:00 – 8:30 a.m.


Atlantic 5 – 8

8:20 a.m.

Morning Prayer

Atlantic 4

8:45 a.m.

Plenary: “Flourishing in Ministry: Formational Practices that Foster Resilience”

Dr. Chris Adams

Atlantic 1 – 4

10:00 a.m.

Refreshment Break & Check-out

Please check-out at the hotel front desk if you have not already done so

North Hall

10:15 a.m.

Panel Discussion:

“A Wesleyan Response to the Work of Dallas Willard”
Moderator: Randy Maddox
Dr. Chris Adams, Dr. Gary Moon, Dr. Laceye Warner


11:25 a.m.

Sending Worship: Service of Blessing and Sending

Guests and Families Welcome
Preacher: Rev. Robin Dease

Atlantic 1 – 4

12:30 p.m.


Boxed lunches available for registered participants and those who purchased a meal ticket

North Hall

The following additional activities on Wednesday afternoon are for current pastors and fellows of the

Thriving Rural Communities Initiative:

12:30 p.m.

Thriving Rural Communities Lunch

Bring boxed lunch to Tides 1

Tides 1  

12:45 – 5:00 p.m.

Gathering of the Thriving Rural Communities Pastors and Rural Ministry Fellows

Tides 1


On-site accommodations are required to attend this event.

Private room ($140):  For those arriving on Monday, August 8 and departing Wednesday, August 10, the registration fee is $140.  All private rooms are standard-sized hotel rooms, not suites.  They can comfortably accommodate up to four individuals, should your (non-clergy) spouse or family members be staying with you during the event.  Note that if you will be sharing your room with more than one other adult guest (anyone 18 years or older), the hotel may place on your bill a surcharge of $5 per additional adult per day. These charges will be applied to your personal credit card by the hotel; they are not included in your registration fee.

Clergy Couples

If you are part of a clergy couple and you both wish to attend the event, you each must apply and register separately. The cost of your shared private hotel room will be split during registration.

Extended Stay

We invite you to consider giving yourself the gift of sabbath by staying an extra night (Monday, August 8 arrival, Thursday, August 11 departure). At the time of application, please indicate whether you prefer a Wednesday departure ($140 registration fee) or an extended, Thursday departure for a total registration fee of $220. If you are accepted and invited to register, you will be emailed a unique registration link for the departure date that you pre-select. Please note that there is not an option to select your departure date at the time of registration, but only at the time of application.  


If you are a registered participant, the following meals are included in the cost of your registration fee: Monday dinner; both Tuesday and Wednesday breakfast, refreshments and lunch. Dinner is on your own Tuesday evening.  

Guests of participants (spouses and/or family members) are invited to attend a complimentary opening dinner on Monday evening. 

Guests of participants may also eat breakfast and lunch with participants on Tuesday and Wednesday if participants purchase a meal ticket ($60 through the online registration process). One meal ticket is required per guest. Due to our contract with the hotel catering, no guest meal tickets may be purchased on the day of the event. Guests who do not purchase meal tickets have the alternate option of paying for and eating breakfast or lunch elsewhere on their own. Thanks to the generosity of The Duke Endowment, meal tickets are available at this price.


Program sessions and accommodations for the Convocation on the Rural Church will be provided at the oceanfront Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes, a full-service hotel and conference center located in Myrtle Beach, S.C. 

Participants who plan to bring their families should note that rooms at the hotel do not include a multi-room suite arrangement. Each room holds a maximum of four guests. To oblige by hotel guidelines, please be prepared to pay for an additional room if there is more than four in your party. If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, please contact program coordinator, Kelcie Morningstar.

On-site accommodations are required to attend this event, and reservations must be made through the Divinity School while registering for the event. Parking is complimentary and available onsite.

Driving Directions

The Marriott is an ocean-front property on Myrtle Beach’s coastline within driving distance of ample shopping, dining, and attractions. Broadway at the Beach, located nearby, includes 300 acres of shopping, dining, nightlife, and attractions. Entertainment and dining options include Hard Rock Café, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Señor Frog’s, Ripley’s Aquarium, IMAX Theatre, the Palace Theatre, NASCAR SpeedPark & Café, Children’s Museum of South Carolina, and Crocodile Rock’s Dueling Piano Bar. Shopping also abounds just 10 minutes away at Coastal Grande Mall, one of South Carolina’s largest and newest shopping malls, or you can shop for bargains at Tanger Outlet Mall, located on Highway 501, just 15 minutes away.

Speakers and Staff

Gary W. Moon

Gary Moon imageGary W. Moon, M.Div. Ph.D. is the executive director of the Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture and the Dallas Willard Center for Christian Spiritual Formation at Westmont College. He directs a D.Min. program in spiritual direction at Fuller Theological Seminary.  He served as the founding director of the Renovaré International Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation and as founding editor of the Conversations Journal. His most recent books include: Eternal Living: Reflections on Dallas Willard’s Teaching on Faith & Formation (IVP, 2015) and Apprenticeship with Jesus (Baker Books, 2009). Other books include: Falling for God (Shaw/RandomHouse, 2004), and Spiritual Direction and the Care of Souls (IVP, 2004). Homesick for Eden (Servant, 1997) and a four-volume family devotion series, The Bible Ride (Servant and LifeSprings).

Dr. Moon will present the plenaries, “Flourishing: A New Vision for Spiritual Formation” and “Flourishing: Dusting Off Some Ancient Practices.”

Chris Adams

Chris Adams picture Chris Adams grew up in a music ministry family in the Nashville area. He is a third-generation pastor's kid and an ordained minister. Adams served in full-time music ministry for several years after college and then as an associate pastor at a large church for five years during and after seminary. Having recently completed 8 years as an associate campus pastor at Azusa Pacific University, He is currently serving as the director of the Center for Vocational Ministry at Azusa Pacific Seminary. This new center is focused on cultivating resilience in ministry leaders through research and formational resources. He also teaches pastoral care and counseling in the seminary, as well as psychotherapy and Christianity integration courses in the graduate psychology department. Adams is a consultant to a number of denominations and seminaries in the areas of clergy candidate assessment, clergy health, and pastoral leadership formation. He is a member of the Advisory Committee for Clergy Candidacy and Assessment for the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, and currently serves as the ministerial assessment specialist for the Cal PAC Conference. He is currently participating as a consultant and researcher with the Duke Clergy Health Initiative, Profiles in Ministry Project for the Association of Theological Schools, and the Flourishing In Ministry project at the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Adams will present the plenary, “Flourishing in Ministry: Formational Practices that Foster Resilience” and will lead the “Understanding and Responding to Criticism in Pastoral Leadership” workshop.

Randy Maddox

Randy Maddox picture Randy L. Maddox is the William Kellon Quick Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies at Duke Divinity School.  His publications and scholarly work focus on the theology and spirituality of John and Charles Wesley and later development of these matters in the broad Methodist/ Wesleyan tradition. Maddox is an ordained elder in the Dakotas Conference of The United Methodist Church, and has served as a theological consultant to the Council of Bishops on several projects. In addition to numerous articles he is author of Responsible Grace: John Wesley’s Practical Theology, a contributor to Wesley and the Quadrilateral, and editor of Aldersgate Reconsidered, Rethinking Wesley’s Theology for Contemporary Methodism, The Cambridge Companion to John Wesley, and Volume 12 of The Bicentennial Edition of the Works of John Wesley. He serves as associate general editor of the Wesley Works Editorial Project, and heads the project making all of the verse of Charles Wesley available in an online edition at the website for the Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition at Duke Divinity School. Maddox is currently the institute secretary of the Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies. He served previously as president of the Wesleyan Theological Society, co-chair of the Wesley Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion, and general editor of the Kingswood Books Imprint of Abingdon Press.

Dr. Maddox will lead the “Wesleyan Wisdom on Heart Renovation” workshop and the “A Wesleyan Response to the Work of Dallas Willard” panel discussion.

Dr. Matt Sleeth and Nancy Sleeth

Matt and Nancy Sleeth picture Matthew Sleeth, M.D., and Nancy Sleeth are founders of Blessed Earth, a Christian ministry that helps people lead more sustainable lives. Dr. Sleeth has spoken at more than 1,000 churches, seminaries, and colleges, including serving last year as the monthly guest preacher at the Washington National Cathedral.  His newest book is 24/6:  Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life. Nancy, a former educator at Asbury University, is the author of Almost Amish: One Woman’s Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life. Recognized by Newsweek and Christianity Today as top Christian leaders to watch, the Sleeths have been married for 35 years and live in Lexington, Ky.

The Sleeths will co-lead the “The Best Rest: Sabbath and Spiritual Practices” workshop.

Molly Shivers

Molly Shivers picture Shivers was born in Evanston, Ill., but moved south at a young age when her parents sought refuge from the Chicago winters.  She holds a B.A. summa cum laude in Fine Arts from Vanderbilt University and a M.A. from the University of North Carolina in the History of Art.  She was called from curatorial work in art museums to ordained ministry in 1996, completing a M.Div. summa cum laude from Duke Divinity School in 1999.  Shivers is an elder in full connection in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Shivers has served in appointments ranging from associate pastor in an 800-member church to pastor in charge of an 80-member church to an extension ministry appointment as director of the conflict transformation team in the (late) Burlington District of the United Methodist Church.  She was appointed as director of Conflict Transformation Ministries for the North Carolina Conference in July of 2014.  She has received training and continuing education from the Lombard Mennonite Peace Institute, JustPeace, and Plowpoint. In addition to her work in conflict transformation, adult education and spiritual formation are two of her chief areas of interest and experience.

Rev. Shivers lead the “Navigating Conflict with Faith, Hope, and Love” workshop.

Brandon Wrencher

Brandon Wrencher pictureWrencher hails from a small town in the Sandhills area of North Carolina. Since 2013 he has been serving in rural Western North Carolina as pastor of Blackburns’ Chapel United Methodist Church, a once dying rural church that in a few years has nearly doubled its congregation and has a major missional impact in the wider community. The growing vitality of the church is owed in large part to its partner ministry, Blackburn House, an intentional community program and community development organization. Wrencher serves as chaplain and executive director of Blackburn House. He completed coursework from Garrett and Asbury seminaries while pursuing his Master of Divinity degree at North Park Theological Seminary. He is currently pursuing a Th.M. degree at Duke Divinity School, researching and writing on the politics of identity (race, class, gender, etc.), drawing from the fields of Christian theology and ethics, black studies, cultural studies, postcolonial theory, and political philosophy. Wrencher writes for several Christian blogs and magazines, including Sojourners and edits the CCDA Theological Journal. Brandon has served in a host of parachurch and church settings, as a campus minister at UNC Chapel Hill and with InterVarsity at the University of Chicago, and in discipleship and missional ministry roles with the AME Zion Church and other churches in the Raleigh-Durham area.

Rev. Wrencher will lead the “Listening with the Community As A Means of Grace” workshop.

Laceye Warner

Laceye Warner picture Laceye Warner is an ordained elder in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and currently serves as the associate professor of the practice of evangelism and Methodist studies at Duke Divinity School. Before coming to Duke in 2001, Dr. Warner taught at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University as the E. Stanley Jones Assistant Professor of Evangelism. She has served urban congregations in the Methodist Church of Great Britain. Dr. Warner’s research interests in the historical theology of evangelism seek to inform and locate contemporary church practices within the larger Christian narrative. These interests are reflected in two books published in 2007: Saving Women: Retrieving Evangelistic Theology and Practice (Baylor University Press) and The Study of Evangelism, co-edited with Dr. Paul Chilcote (Eerdmans Publishing Company). She was a contributing editor to the Wesley Study Bible and completed a co-authored book with Bishop Kenneth Carder entitled Grace to Lead: Practicing Leadership in the Wesleyan Tradition, which was published in Fall 2010. Her most recent book is The Method of Our Mission: United Methodist Polity and Organization, published by Abingdon Press in 2014.  Dr. Warner is the author of numerous reviews and articles for academic and ecclesial audiences and the recipient of scholarly and ecclesial grants. Her teaching areas include theology of evangelism, women’s ministry practices, and Methodist/Wesleyan studies.

Dr. Warner will lead the “The Course of Study at DDS:  Strengthening Ministerial Formation” workshop (by invitation only) and sit on the Wednesday panel discussion.

Robin Dease

Robin Dease picture Rev. Robin Dease holds M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., As an ordained elder in the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, she has served several churches, and as chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Claflin University, Orangeburg, S.C. In 2013 Rev. Dease was appointed by Bishop L. Jonathan Holston to serve as the district superintendent for Hartsville District.

Rev. Dease will preach “Making It…off Broken Pieces” based on Acts 27.

Mike Smith

Mike Smith photoMike Smith, M.Div., STM, STD, grew up on a farm in the small town of Ware Shoals in upstate South Carolina, but now serves Trenholm Road UMC, a large, urban congregation in the capital city of Columbia.  Prior to this, the majority of his appointments were to rural parishes within South Carolina’s “Corridor of Shame.”  A former military and law enforcement chaplain, he served on the Conference Board of Church and Society, Native American Committee, and Board of Ordained Ministry as chair of the Doctrine and Theology Committee.  He also served on the board of directors of Rural Mission, Inc. on Johns Island, S.C. and Killingsworth Home for Women in Crisis in Columbia.  He also has a passion for sustainable agriculture and for creating community gardens where he has served.

Rev. Smith will preach “Goats, Gators, and Jesus” based on Mark 16:9-15.

Rev. Robert R. Webb III  

Reverend Robb Webb has served as director of The Duke Endowment’s Rural Church program area since 2010, having joined the endowment as a program officer in 2006. A graduate of Duke Divinity School, Rev. Webb is an ordained deacon in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Prior to this, he served as a management consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Healthcare Resource Associates. Rev. Webb chairs the Rural Life Committee of the North Carolina Council of Churches and serves as chair of the Ministerial Education Fund of the Western North Carolina Conference and is immediate past chair of the Council on Campus Ministry. He also is a board member of Faith and Form magazine, the Board of Visitors for Duke Divinity School, and a member of the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers Education Steering Committee. He has been a guest lecturer for the "Philanthropy for the Sake of the Church" and "Small Membership Church" courses at Duke Divinity.

Rev. Kristen Richardson-Frick

Reverend Kristen Richardson-Frick joined The Duke Endowment in 2012 as a program officer in the Rural Church program area. She is a graduate of Duke Divinity School and an ordained elder in the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Rev. Richardson-Frick served for 11 years as a pastor at several United Methodist churches in South Carolina, including a rural two-point charge for which she was the first female pastor. Her involvement with the South Carolina Conference has included certified ministry coach, chair of the committee on episcopacy and chair of the Orangeburg District committee on congregational development.

Martha Bassett & The Roots Revival Band

Roots Revival BandMartha Bassett was raised on the bluegrass and gospel of her native West Virginia farmland, less than a mile down the road from the State Gospel Song Convention. She has earned music degrees from the University of Kentucky and UNC-Greensboro. She has performed up and down the East Coast and into the Midwest playing festivals and concert venues as a featured artist, and opening for other artists such as Lyle Lovett, the Avett Brothers, Tony Bennett, Jim Lauderdale, and Chuck Prophet.  Martha also worked as the church music consultant for the Sony Classics film "Junebug." She has released eight discs to date. Throughout her performance career, Martha's work as a church musician has been constant as a soloist, a children's choir director, and a band leader. Most recently, she took on the musical leadership of "Roots Revival," a new service at Centenary United Methodist in Winston-Salem, N.C, in which Americana/Roots-based music is central.  Joining Bassett for the Convocation on the Rural Church are bandmates Sam Frazier (guitar) and Pat Lawrence (upright bass), and Rev. Sarah Howell, associate pastor at Centenary United Methodist. The Roots Revival Band celebrates the idea that all music is sacred, and finds creative ways to use different types of music meaningfully in worship. To learn more about Martha Bassett and Roots Revival, visit and

Brad Thie
Director, Thriving Rural Communities
Rev. Brad Thie, a 1998 Duke Divinity School graduate, is an ordained elder and a member of the Western North Carolina Annual Conference. He has pastored three Rural United Methodist churches in North Carolina, and has extensive experience ministering as a chaplain and spiritual counselor in prisons, hospitals, and retirement communities. Before joining Thriving Rural Communities in 2013, Thie served as pastor for eight years of Friendship UMC in Newton, N.C., a partner church with Thriving Rural Communities. Thie has an M.B.A. from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Fla., and a B.A. in Psychology from Bowling Green State University. He experienced his calling to pastoral ministry while participating in a Disciple I Bible Study at Mt. Pisgah UMC in Greensboro, N.C. During his service at Mt. Pisgah, he also served as a facilitator of Disciple Bible Study through Disciple Bible Outreach Ministry (DBOM) in two prison facilities. He has served on DBOM’s Executive Council, as a candidacy mentor for numerous ministry candidates, as spiritual director of the Emmanuel Emmaus Community, and currently serves on the Board of United Church Homes and Services. He is a Passion in Partnership certified coach, has served on Plowpoint Church Transformation teams, and is a graduate of the Royce and Jane Reynolds Program in Church Leadership.


Workshops will take place the afternoon of Tuesday, August 9 for an hour and a half. Participants may select one workshop to attend. Please review the workshop descriptions below and be prepared to select one workshop on the registration site (a registration link will be emailed to you once you complete the application and are accepted). Each workshop has limited space, so please register for the event as soon as you are able to reserve your seat.

Wesleyan Wisdom on Heart Renovation

The workshop will explore first the deep commonalities between Dallas Willard’s emphasis on “Renovation of the Heart” and John Wesley’s emphasis on “Holiness of Heart and Life.” We will then turn attention to some of the differences in assumption and practice between Willard and Wesley about the renovation of the heart—and the implications of these for spiritual formation in congregations today.

Rev. Randy Maddox

The Best Rest: Sabbath and Spiritual Practices

Sabbath is the thread that sews together all the other spiritual practices. It provides the time, space, and intentionality required to form habits that carry into the other six days of the week. Join Nancy and Matthew Sleeth, M.D., for this “Sabbath 201” experience and explore practical ways you can incorporate spiritual practices such as prayer and meditation, study of Christian literature, simplicity, fasting (including fasting from technology), walking, gardening, and engagement with nature into your weekly, life-giving rhythms.

Dr. Matt Sleeth and Nancy Sleeth

Understanding and Responding to Criticism in Pastoral Leadership

Research indicates that the criticism pastors receive is one of the most stressful aspects of ministry leadership. In this workshop, pastors will learn a different lens through which to understand and constructively cope with criticism from parishioners. Pastors will learn skills to increase their social and emotional intelligence, and grow in their capacity to navigate conflict with difficult people.

Dr. Chris Adams

Listening with the Community As A Means of Grace

Fragmentation, displacement, segregation, and growing membership decline often plague conversations about rural churches. Yet historically, the rural church has been an anchor institution for rural communities. In this workshop, we will discuss what a relevant posture should be for those in the rural church—the posture of a good listener. Listening with the community as congregations and leaders can restore and renew the role the rural church has historically had in their communities.  

Rev. Brandon Wrencher 

Navigating Conflict with Faith, Hope, and Love

Conflict is a natural, normal, and necessary part of life, even life in the church.  This workshop teaches faith-filled skills for navigating conflict in a healthy manner so that conflict is transformed from a problem in to an opportunity. 

Rev. Molly Shivers


The Course of Study at DDS:  Strengthening Ministerial Formation

This workshop is an opportunity to share stories as well as thoughts and input regarding the Course of Study at Duke Divinity School. 

Dr. Laceye Warner