In April of 2018 the Godly Play Foundation Board of Directors, staff, and Trainers announced a new pilot program in the United States: Godly Play Missioners. The goal for Missioners was to bring Godly Play to the world and to bring the world to Godly Play. Through gatherings, introductory sessions, stories in “outside the box” locations, and concentrated work with existing programs including reaching out to people who we have trained, everyone was hopeful that the volunteer Missioners would work to change the world through Godly Play. The larger vision was for Missioners to become the bridge for programs needing support before or after attending Core or Advanced Training. You can read about the success of the first year and apply to be a Missioner here!
Melinda Wenner Bradley
Melinda Wenner Bradley serves as the Youth Religious Life Coordinator for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). She is a Godly Play US Trainer and the Director of Communications for Faith & Play Stories, Inc.
The Reverend Ebony Grisom
When she is not in a Circle, you can find her reading, traveling, enjoying her friends and family, or advocating on Capitol Hill. Ordained in the American Baptist Churches, USA, Ebony is thrilled to be a Godly Play Missioner while serving in ministry at an anti-poverty non-profit.
Mary Hunter Maxwell
She is currently the Director of the Preschool at Second-Ponce in Atlanta. A practitioner of Godly Play since 2006, Mary Hunter loves to tell stories to children of all ages and is passionate about nurturing and sustaining Godly Play mentors and programs.
She currently serves as chaplain at St. Luke’s Nursing Center, a ministry of Grace Episcopal Church in Carthage, MO, where she incorporates Godly Play into her ministry, and provides consultation and support in children’s ministry for congregations.
She has an MA in Curriculum & Instruction from Spring Arbor University, as well as an MA in Theology from the University of the South. Teresa also works for the Foundation as US Training Operations Manager and Director of Membership.
Currently a seminarian at Church Divinity School of the Pacific and the Canon for Children’s Ministries in the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona. Jana works to support new and existing Godly Play practitioners and programs throughout the state.
Anna lives in Boca Raton, FL and serves at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church where they regularly build circles of all ages. She also works part-time for the Foundation helping with communications.