Leading the Generations: Ecclesial Leadership in a Time of Crisis

An intergenerational panel discusses what the crises of today are teaching us about the necessities, failings, and the future of the Church. Our four panelists include clergy from the network of HPU alumni, family, and friends in a variety of stages of ministry.

This was a free, online event

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Thursday, October 1, 2020 – 11:00am to noon

Contact: Katja Brown at kbrown7@highpoint.edu

Meet the Panel

Bishop Sandra L. Steiner Ball is the resident bishop of the West Virginia area of the United Methodist Church. Before being elected bishop in 2012, Steiner Ball served appointments as an Associate pastor, Sr. Pastor, District Superintendent, Director of Connectional Ministries, and New Church Start pastor in the Peninsula-Delaware Conference of the UMC. She and her husband, The Rev. Barry D. Steiner Ball, are the parents of two HPU graduates, Sarah Elizabeth and Sandra Rebekah.
Rev. Dr. Michael B. Brown is a pastor, motivational speaker, writer, and teacher who is a graduate of HPU, where he serves as a Trustee and adjunct instructor of religion. Among the churches he has served are Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, NC, and Marble Collegiate Church in New York City. He is the author of numerous books, and he has hosted or made guest appearances on numerous podcasts, radio, and TV programs. He and his wife Page have four children, Adam, Alison, Katharine, and Zachary, and two grandchildren, Anderson and Wells.
The Rev. Kyle Thompson is the Senior Pastor of SouthPark Church in Charlotte. He has served appointments in the Western North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church for 24 years. Kyle is a graduate of HPU and the Harvard University Divinity School. He is married to Lora. They have two sons, Luke and Nathan.
Ms. Sydney Richards is a 2017 graduate of HPU and a 2020 graduate of Duke Divinity School. She is Church Administrator at City Well United Methodist Church in Durham and teaching assistant of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School. A native of Lexington, NC, who grew up Baptist, Ms. Richards hopes to pursue a Ph.D. and become a faith-filled and faithful Homiletics Professor.
Rev. Dr. Chris A. Franks is Owen D. and Mattie Holt Macpherson Associate Professor and Department Chair of Religion and Philosophy at HPU, along with serving as Pre-Ministry Advisor. A United Methodist elder, he served churches in Wales before joining HPU 17 years ago. He and his wife Sandy have five children, Isaac, Noah, Sophia, Rebekah, and Eliza.