Godly Play Foundation Staff

Godly Play Foundation

Lee DicksonMs. W. Lee Dickson, MBA – Executive Director

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.

Godly Play International

1901151_695655407140857_1152483480_nThe Rev. Canon Dr. Andrew Sheldon – Godly Play Advocate for International Development

Center for the Theology of Childhood

The Rev. Cheryl V. Minor, Ph.D.Center Director

The Rev. Dr. Jerome BerrymanSenior Fellow

Godly Play Resources

568Michael McCown – General Manager

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.

Teresa Arnold

Connie Herl

Teika Arnold

The Rev. Cheryl V. Minor, PhD – Materials Consultant

US College of Training

Teresa Phares, MA – US Training Operations Manager, Director of US Membership

Teresa has been working for the Foundation since 2016. She oversees training operations, and is also the Director of Membership.

Teresa was born and raised in Southwest Michigan and received her B.S. in Mathematics Education from Western Michigan University. During her eleven-year teaching career, she also obtained an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Spring Arbor University. In 2014, Teresa’s family moved to Sewanee, TN so that her husband could pursue his call to ordination and attend seminary. While living in Sewanee, Teresa also attended the School of Theology at the University of the South and received her M.A. in Theology in May 2017. Teresa and her family now live in Pensacola, FL, where her husband serves as Associate Rector at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church.

In addition to her roles on staff with the Foundation, Teresa also serves as a Godly Play Missioner in the Gulf Coast region and has been instrumental in starting and supporting several Godly Play programs in the area. For Teresa, being a Godly Play practitioner and storyteller is a spiritual practice that enriches her own faith story in countless ways. Her favorite part of sharing stories in a circle of children is witnessing how they develop the Christian language and internalize the stories in deep ways.

US Membership

Teresa Phares, MA – US Training Operations Manager, Director of US Membership