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Godly Play Foundation Board of Directors

DOUG WATTS PhotoThe Rev. Doug Watts
President, Board of Directors
GPF Executive Committee

Doug Watts is the Director of Pastoral Care and Clinical Pastoral Education at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, TX.  Doug is ordained in the United Church of Christ and has been a pediatric Chaplain for over 20 years. He led Children’s Medical Center in the establishment of The Center for The Spirituality of Children in 2011 and the construction of a Godly Play room, which is adjacent to the chapel on the Dallas campus, and a Godly Play Chapel on the Legacy campus of Children’s Medical Center. The pastoral care department at Children’s also provides Chaplain services for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas.  Doug also led the establishment of two Godly Play programs in two churches, the St. Charles Ave. Baptist Church in New Orleans, LA and Royal Lane Baptist Church in Dallas, TX.  Doug completed the Certificate in Spiritual Guidance of Children offered at The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in 2012.


The Very Rev. Rebecca McClain

The Very Rev. Rebecca L. McClain
Vice-President, Board of Directors
GPF Executive Committee

The Very Rev. Rebecca L. McClain is a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church and was ordained in 1985. Rebecca has served as priest at the congregational, diocesan and national levels and recently retired after completing her responsibilities as Interim Dean of Saint Paul’s Cathedral in San Diego, California. In every role and position, her life and work has been shaped by the conviction that all creation is holy and every human being is beloved of God. Through the lens of Jesus, she strives to see as God sees and seeks to serve as an agent of God’s love.

Rebecca spent sixteen years in Arizona and in that time served as Dean of Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix. Concurrently, she served as Canon to the Ordinary to the Right Reverend Robert R. Shahan, Bishop of the Diocese of Arizona. In 2007 she assisted the Godly Play Foundation in a reorganization project after which Rebecca was called to her position at Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle. After a short six month retirement, she was called to serve as Interim Dean at Saint Paul’s. She reentered retirement in March of 2014 and returned to Phoenix, Arizona. Her vocational life is marked with a capacity to manage communities in transition and a profound sense that we are all called to flourish as children of the Holy One.

Rebecca has three grown children and four grandchildren. They are the joy of her life.


Ted Pix

Fredrick Gerbracht Jr., PhD
Treasurer, Board of Directors
GPF Executive Committee

Ted Gerbracht was elected to the Godly Play Foundation Board in early 2011.  He first became involved in the work of the Foundation while serving as Chief Academic Officer at the General Theological Seminary in New York.  While at General, Ted led the effort to develop and implement a graduate certificate program in the spiritual guidance of children based on Jerome’s work.

In addition to almost forty years as a manager and executive in the private sector, Ted has been active in a variety of financial, stewardship and educational ministries at the parish, diocesan and national level in the Episcopal Church.  He has served as Treasurer of the Diocese of Long Island (1991-2000) and currently serves as a Trustee of the Estate of the Diocese.  From 2000-2009, he served as Treasurer and a Trustee of the General Theological Seminary.  He teaches the History of Christianity at the Diocese of Long Island’s George Mercer School of Theology in Garden City, Long Island.  Ted also serves on the Episcopal Church’s General Board of Examining Chaplains.

He has masters’ degrees from Butler and St. John’s Universities, an MBA from Adelphi University, and a Ph.D. in history from New York University.  He is married, with four grown children and seven grandchildren.


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Julie A. Braybrooks, MA
Secretary, Board of Directors
GPF Executive Committee

Julie A. Braybrooks is a thirty year member of St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle.  Julie has served on the Board of GPF since June 2012. In January of 2013  she began serving in the capacity of Secretary of the Board. At St. Mark’s, Julie has co-led Baptism preparation classes, served as Chalice Bearer and participated in Discernment committees. For ten years Julie co-led children’s faith formation with her spouse. Halfway through those years, GP Trainer Cindy Spencer brought the Godly Play Method to the Cathedral. Being a GP Storyteller and witnessing children’s absorbed delight in the GP classrooms has been profound. Currently Julie serves only rarely as a substitute GP Storyteller. Coming from a modern dance background, Julie’s graduate studies were in Expressive Therapies at Lesley University.  Julie is married to Gregory E. Simon and they have two grown children.  Julie’s hobbies include gardening, bicycling, and sculling in the wondrous Pacific Northwest.


The Rev. A. Thomas Blackmon


Noël HuebnerNoël Huebner

Noël Huebner is Director of Strategic Marketing for Soundview Paper Company and has more than twenty-five years of industry and management consulting experience with consumer manufacturing, retail and technology companies in the areas of strategic planning, product development, marketing, and operations. Previously, Noël was Senior Director of Supply Chain Excellence for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Senior Manager for Deloitte Consulting’s Southeast Strategy & Operations practice, and worked in both Intellectual Property and Marketing for The Coca-Cola Company. Noël has a BA in Political Science from Wellesley and an MBA from Emory University. She is an advocate for progressive education, serving on the Board of Trustees for Springmont Montessori School for two consecutive terms and is currently an active volunteer at Galloway School in Atlanta. She is passionate about the practice of Godly Play; Noël holds both a core and advanced training certificate and has guided many classrooms at the Cathedral of St Philips in Atlanta over the past 5 years, but loves her most recent experiences with 4th-5th grade Advanced Godly Players.


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The Rev. Karin I. Liebster

Karin Liebster serves as Pastor for Faith Formation at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Houston, TX providing educational programs and opportunities toward the formation of the Christian faith in all stages of life. She first was accredited as Godly Play teacher in 2003, and trained as trainer in 2012. Karin is a leader with the Godly Play Network Houston Gulf Coast. She joined the Godly Play Foundation Board in September 2011.

Karin came to the United States in 1993 from Germany where she received her Master of Divinity and was ordained in the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland. She served Montvale Congregational Church in Woburn, MA (United Church of Christ) before moving to Houston in 1997. Her theological formation took place in the climate of second-generation postwar Germany, a time characterized by the desire to build global ecumenical understanding and relationships, the reformulating of Christian theology in light of two world wars, and the effort of the church to repent and renew relations with the Jewish people.  She and her husband Matthias Henze have three teenage children. She enjoys traveling, walks in nature, swimming, cooking, a good book, the newspaper in hard copy, and museum visits.


Ms. Alyda Macaluso


Mary Hunter RouseMs. Mary Hunter Rouse, MA

Mary Hunter serves as Canon for Education at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, GA, and is Visiting Instructor for Christian Education in the School of Theology at Sewanee. Mother to a Montessori child, Mary Hunter believes that Godly Play and the Montessori method are rich resources for being church in the 21st Century. In her time at the Cathedral she has built a thriving Godly Play program for children age 2 through 5th grade.


Adam ThomasThe Rev. Adam Thomas

One of the first millennials ordained to the Episcopal priesthood, Adam serves God as the rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Mystic, CT. Adam started a blog the week before his ordination in 2008, and it is still going strong over at wherethewind.com. He has also written books (Digital Disciple, Letters from Ruby) and curricula (Unusual Gospel for Unusual People, Converge: Who is Jesus?) published by Abingdon Press. In his spare time, Adam plays board games with his wife Leah and their friends, and he has been known to pick up his guitar now and again. Adam was first introduced to Godly Play when serving as a CPE summer chaplain at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, TX (with Doug Watts) and attended Godly Play Core Training at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Cohasset, MA (where he met Lee Dickson). Ever since, Adam has been scheming ways to get into the Godly Play room. Adam and Leah live in Mystic, CT with their beautiful twin blessings, Charlie and Amelia.


Lee DicksonMs. W. Lee Dickson, MBA
GPF Executive Director
Ex Officio Board Member

In January 2016, Lee Dickson accepted the appointment as Executive Director. After 5 years as Board President, Lee has taken early retirement from her corporate job to join Godly Play full-time. The Foundation is excited for this next chapter under Lee’s direction as her energy and enthusiasm for Godly Play couples with her extensive leadership and organizational skills in the more formal role of Executive Director. Lee has been a Godly Play practitioner at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Cohasset, MA for 15 years where she continues to be a story teller in their 4th and 5th grade classroom. She professes that her faith journey has been wonderfully enriched through the circles of Godly Play and believes it speaks to all ages. In addition to her role at the Foundation, Lee is an Active Trainer in the Northeast US region.


Regan SchutzMs. Regan M. Schutz
Director of Communications & Development
Interim US Training Operations Manager
Ex Officio Board Member

Regan Schutz believes that Godly Play® will change the world. Joining the Godly Play Foundation in 2010, Regan coordinates US Godly Play Training and operations for the Godly Play Foundation.

Regan became a Postulant for the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon in October 2013. Having started a Certificate in the Spiritual Guidance of Children, Regan will pursue an M.Div. at the University of the South’s School of Theology in Fall 2014.

Born and raised in Oregon, Regan attended Portland’s Jesuit High School and then received a BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. After time in New York City, Regan spent the last 12 years in Oregon and was actively involved in the Godly Play program at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. She and her family recently moved to Sewanee, TN where her husband was called to the School of Theology’s Beecken Center.


The Rev. Cheryl V. Minor, Ph.D.
Director, Center for the Theology of Childhood
Materials Consultant, Godly Play Resources

Ex Officio Board Member

Cheryl Minor is an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of Massachusetts. She and her husband Paul have been Co-Rectors of All Saints’ Church in Belmont for 18 years. Cheryl has a degree in Music Education from Boston University, a M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Northcentral University in Prescott, Arizona. Cheryl was the Consulting Editor for Volume 6, 7, and 8 of The Complete Guide to Godly Play and the newly revised edition of Teaching Godly Play. Cheryl has been a Godly Play Trainer since 2000 and served on the Education Committee of the Foundation for several years. Cheryl and Paul have two children. Their daughter is studying for her Masters in choral conducting at the University of Connecticut, and their son is a junior at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and is a Godly Play storyteller at Christ Church in Oberlin.


JeromeThe Rev. Dr. Jerome W. Berryman
Godly Play Founder
Senior Fellow, Center for the Theology of Childhood
Ex Officio Board Member

Biography


johnThe Rev. John D. Dennis
Emeritus Board Member

A Pennsylvania native, The Rev. John Dennis graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1962 alongside Godly Play Founder Jerome Berryman. After being ordained in the Presbyterian church the same year, Rev. Dennis served as Assistant Minister at First Presbyterian Germantown in Philadelphia from 1962 – 1969. Rev. Dennis’ inspiring youth leadership during this time led to the formation of a group that still meets today.

In 1969, Rev. Dennis was called to First Presbyterian in Corvallis, Oregon, where he served as Senior Minister until his retirement in 2006. Throughout his career, Rev. Dennis’ involvement in political, religious and humanitarian ministry has led to leadership roles and awards including:

Aspen Institute, Fellow (1986)
United States State Department South African Affairs, Consultant (1978)
Presbyterian Young Pastors Conference, West Coast Dean (1981 – 1984)
Who’s Who in American Religion (1986)
Corvallis Sister City Association, Organizer and President (1989 – 1992)
Oregon’s Religious Leader (Ecumenist) of the Year (1993)
Board of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Chair (1995 – 1997)
Who’s Who in America (1999)
Greater Corvallis Rotary Club, Rotarian of the Year (2000)
City of Corvallis Jim and Ruth Howland Special Achievement Award (2002)

Rev. Dennis currently resides in Portland, Oregon with Nancy, his wife of 47 years. His grown sons Michael and Andrew and their families live close by.


568Mr. Michael McCown
General Manager, Godly Play Resources
Ex Officio Board Member

Mike McCown became involved with Godly Play in 1990 while developing products for Jerome Berryman’s first Godly Play catalog. In the years to follow other products were developed and produced as well – the Mystery of Easter puzzle, Liturgical Furniture, The Upper Room and Temple, Noah’s Ark, the box for The Greatest Parable… and the list continues to grow. In 2008, shortly after the Godly Play Foundation was formed, Mike became the general manager of Godly Play Resources. The loves of his life are his wife of over thirty years, Valerie, his two children Katherine and Andrew, and of course, woodworking. Andrew, after completing college in 2009, returned to Ashland, KS to help with the woodworking business.


IMG_8714 - Andrew Sheldon at Godly Play Australia Launch - credit Luke RobertsThe Rev. Canon Dr. Andrew Sheldon
Chair, Godly Play International Council
GPF International Consultant
Ex Officio Board Member


2014 June Board Meeting, Denver CO

June 2014 Board Meeting, Denver CO