Remind & Renew January 24-25, 2018
Resilient Leaders, Resilient Congregations

Speakers and Preachers: 

David Hogue   Emlyn Ott   Bob Sitze   Ulysses Washington      
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Biographies of Speakers and Preachers

Dr. David A. Hogue
Professor of Pastoral Theology and Counseling
Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois

In Dr. Hogue's own words:

"After more than 25 years in pastoral counseling, and 15 of those in parish settings, I continue to be excited by the rich resources of the Christian tradition and the unfolding contributions of the social and biological sciences. Ritual studies and the neurosciences provide pastoral theology with unique insights into human nature, and into experiences of suffering and healing, as well as deepening our understanding of the nature of God. Knowledge of human experience is vital to all ministry as we seek to guide, sustain, reconcile, and heal those within and outside our communities of faith." 

Dr. Hogue holds a bachelor's degree from Greenville College, a master's in Special Education from Indiana State University, a Master of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary, and a doctorate from Northwestern University, in cooperation with Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

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The Rev. Dr. Emlyn A. Ott
Director of Healthy Congregations, Inc.

Dr. Ott is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and has served as a parish pastor, campus minister, pastoral counselor, leader and seminary professor during the last 29 years. She was named the CEO and Director of Healthy Congregations, Inc. in 2005. She holds a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, a Doctor of Ministry from Phillips Theological Seminary, and is a Clinical Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. She has participated for 12 years in post-graduate work at The Center for Family Process and the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family.

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Bob Sitze
Author and congregational consultant
Wheaton, Illinois 

Bob Sitze is a retired ELCA staff member—stewardship, faith formation, hunger education – with congregational service in California, Texas and Illinois. His work in applying the insights of brain science to the workings of congregations spans nearly thirty years. Author of several Alban Institute books—including Your Brain Goes to Church: Neuroscience and Congregational Life—Sitze has most recently published Stewardshift: An Economia for Congregational Change. (Morehouse). Bob is currently working on a blog resource ( for coming generations of older adults whose piety doesn’t always match current devotional styles.

Sitze holds a bachelor's degree from Concordia University-Seward, and a master's degree in education from Indiana University-Bloomington. 

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The Rev. Dr. Ulysses Washington
Senior Pastor
Theressa Hoover Memorial United Methodist Church
Little Rock, Arkansas

Dr. Washington began serving in his current position in January 2016. Formerly, he served Mission UMC in Fort Smith, Arkansas for 13 years. His life has been dedicated as a Senior Pastor with skills as an administrator, supervisor, teacher, organizational leader, as well as mentor for other preachers. He has decades of teaching, counseling, and community development experience which enables him to reach others with compassion, warmth, transparency and love. He has a heart for social justice and working with marginalized communities and people.  In pastoral ministry in the United Methodist Church, he values sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ, teaching the word of God, and helping others grow in their Christian commitment. 

Dr. Washington holds a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Phillips Theological Seminary.

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