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

Speakers, Preachers, and Worship Leaders: 


David Hogue   Emlyn Ott   Bob Sitze   Ulysses Washington    Roland Carter   Gail Robinson-Oturu    
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Biographies of Speakers, Preachers, and Worship Leaders

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 education in counseling 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.

Where Two or Three are Gathered: Brain Science and the Care of Congregations

In his presentation and workshop, Dr. Hogue will describe how neuroscience research is documenting the deeply social nature of the brain. He will illustrate that the brain is an organ shaped by human relationships throughout life, and makes our most intimate relationships of care possible. Dr. Hogue will explore the numerous ways our brains enable us to understand, engage in conflict with, and reconcile with others. He will also help participants imagine how this neuroscience research can be applied to understanding leadership dynamics and practices within congregations.

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

Emlyn Ott is a Lutheran pastor and a graduate of Phillips.  She served as a parish and campus pastor in Stillwater, Oklahoma and as faculty member and dean at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.  A student of Bowen family systems theory, she currently serves as Executive Director and CEO of Healthy Congregations, Inc.  a non-profit educational and consulting organization based on Bowen theory.  She teaches in Doctor of Ministry programs at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio and Bexley Seabury Seminary in Chicago and conducts leadership coaching groups and congregational consultations throughout the country.  Her original vocational goal was to be a triple threat on Broadway and sees ministry as the next best option. 


This is Your Brain on Ministry!

In a world filled with sudoku, Jeopardy and brain teasers, faith community leaders have their own experiences and practices that can and do expand resilience in ministry.

TIYBOM topics will include current thinking on the impact of epigenetics, congregational and denomination history, and emotional process on the development of brain capacity. Dr. Ott will share productive responses to prolonged tension, rapid change and experiences of challenge in ministry. In this presentation/workshop, she will introduce participants to practices that could expand their capacity for resilience.

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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. 


From Phillips to Pulpit, Pew and Pub

Presenter Bob Sitze gathers together the fresh insights of this event’s speakers and preacher into further practical considerations for pastors and leaders. Sitze will explore the sometimes-startling connections between neurobiology and the day-to-day ministries of congregations.

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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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Dr. Roland Carter
Founder and CEO of Mar-Vel, Inc.
Founder and Executive Director of The Roland Carter Institute for Studies in American Music.
Professor Emeritus of American Music at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC)

Affectionately known as DEAN OF CHOIRS and DEAN OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC, Carter served for 24 years at UTC. Prior to this appointment, he was Director of Choirs and Music Department Chair at his undergraduate alma mater, Hampton University for two and a half decades.  Dr. Carter’s accomplishments as a leading figure in the choral arts include lectures, workshops, master classes, and concerts with major choruses and orchestras in prestigious venues nationwide. He is especially noted as an authority on the performance and preservation of music of African American traditions and composers. Carter is founder and CEO of Mar-Vel, Inc., a music publisher specializing in the music of African American composers and traditions; and is Founder and Executive Director of The Roland Carter Institute for Studies in American Music. He maintains an active schedule of workshops and guest conductor appearances. For fourteen years he has conducted the Chancel Choir at the Cascade United Methodist Church, Atlanta, GA.

Accompanying Dr. Carter is soloist, Dr. Gail Robinson-Oturu.

Dr. Gail M. Robinson-Oturu

Chair of the Music Department/Professor of Voice at Austin Peay State University, in Clarksville, TN.

Dr. Robinson-Oturu, soprano, is an active performing artist and sings primarily as a recitalist.  Her voice has been heard on local, regional, national, and international stages.  As an educator, Dr. Robinson-Oturu’s primary academic home was Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, FL where she served twenty-one years as Coordinator of Vocal Studies and Director of the Opera Workshop.  Dr. Robinson-Oturu was a visiting scholar at Harvard University where she began research on African Americans in Mainstream Opera in the United States. This research and her subsequent innovations provided inspiration for and have given birth to various projects of national and international scope. including the NOA Legacy Career Development Grant awarded to individuals whose work help to achieve greater racial and ethnic diversity in Opera.   A native of Washington, DC, Robinson-Oturu earned the Bachelor and Master of Music Education (Vocal Emphasis) from Howard University and the Doctor of Philosophy from New York University.

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