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