Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Peggy Hahn is a passionate champion for growing leaders. She dreams of confident, Spirit-led leaders of all ages and cultures using their gifts to be the church in their own neighborhoods.

Peggy has served as the assistant to the Bishop in the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the ELCA for 18 years. Prior to that, she served in three congregations in two states as an innovative lay leader and Deacon.

Peggy is the executive director of LEAD, since it was envisioned in 2012. This nonprofit organization is focused on resourcing and coaching church leaders who want to make adaptive changes.

Peggy received the 2014 Tom Hunstad award and has served the ELCA Youth Ministry Network as a coach to the board, a frequent workshop leader and intensive care course teacher. She has written six books, coordinated service projects for 36,000 and 32,000 people at the 2009 & 2012 ELCA Youth Gatherings in New Orleans. She was the innovator of Camp Hope Day Camp Ministries and The Disciple Project.

Peggy has made her enthusiasm for the gospel known in the U.S. and around the globe. She has led groups to Spanish-speaking countries for more than 24 years and is learning the language. She has survived being hit by a motorcycle in Africa, has hiked the Inca Trail in Peru, and has eaten papoosas with dear friends in El Salvador for 28 years. She walked the Camino de Santiago in 2016 and looks forward to more adventures in the future.

Peggy is married to Dewayne Hahn, lives in Houston, hangs out in the country in Smithville on weekends off, and calls New Orleans home. She loves gardening, reading, yoga, walking, and any time she gets to spend with their five adult children, their spouses, and six grandchildren.

Dr. David L. Odom joined Duke Divinity School in August 2007 to launch Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School and now oversees all of its programs and publications, including the web magazine Faith & Leadership.

Leadership Education is a Lilly Endowment funded initiative that works to strengthen Christian institutions in the United States that support congregations.

In addition, Odom develops and supervises select initiatives at Duke Divinity School, where he serves as an associate dean. Currently, those initiatives include Alban, a resource for congregations, and the Duke Youth Academy for Christian Formation for high school juniors and seniors.

Before coming to Duke, Odom was the founder and president of the Center for Congregational Health in Winston-Salem, N.C., which supports healthy communities of faith through consultation, leadership development, interim ministry training and vocational discernment.

Odom is a Baptist pastor and graduate of Furman University, which awarded him the Richard Furman Baptist Heritage Award for outstanding service as an alumni. He is also a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Princeton Theological Seminary. He married to the former Lynn Camp and they have three sons.

The Reverend Keith Anderson serves as pastor at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church near Philadelphia, and he’s the author of The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World (Morehouse, 2015), and co-author with Elizabeth Drescher of the forthcoming Click2Save Reboot: The Digital Ministry Bible (Morehouse 2017).

Keith is a popular author, teacher, and speaker on how our digitally-integrated and networked culture shapes faith and the practice of ministry. Keith’s work focuses on the understanding and use of social media and digital technologies for ministry, ministering in a culture of increasing religious non-affiliation, and extending the Gospel beyond our church buildings into local and digital gathering spaces.

His work on religion, new media, and popular culture has appeared on The Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, Day 1, The New Media Project, and The BTS Center Bearings blog.

Keith employs a wide range of social media to minister on and offline in his parish ministry. He also speaks regularly with local and national church groups, synods, and other organizations on the practice of digital ministry and the impact of digital culture on face-to-face ministry. He has taught at Andover-Newton Theological School, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and Columbia Theological Seminary.

Keith holds an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School and Master of Sacred Theology degree in Lutheran Studies from The Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

Learn more at pastorkeithanderson.net and find Keith on Twitter on Instagram at @prkanderson.

 

Churchwide Representative

The Reverend Don Kreiss is the bishop of the Southeast Michigan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Kreiss was elected bishop May 14, 2011 at the synod’s assembly in Farmington Hills, Michigan and was re-elected by the assembly on May 4, 2017 to a second term. Prior to his election, Bishop Kreiss was senior pastor of Antioch Lutheran Church in Farmington Hills.

Bishop Kreiss grew up as a member of the United Methodist Church. As an undergraduate student at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., a friend invited him to the University Lutheran Church in Evanston, where he had a positive campus ministry experience.

Born in Milwaukee, Kreiss earned a BA from Northwestern University and an M. SC. in Medieval Languages from the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. He earned both a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Ministry in preaching from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

Following his ordination in 1992, Kreiss served as pastor of King of Glory Evangelical Lutheran Church, Flushing, Mich., before he became pastor at Antioch Lutheran Church. Kreiss was a conference dean in the Southeast Michigan Synod, a member of the Alumni Board of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, an Internship Supervisor, and a member of the Farmington Area Interfaith Association.

Kreiss and his wife, Kristin, are parents of two (nearly adult) children, Kate and Perry. The family resides in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

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