Godly Play Foundation
Ms. 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.
The Rev. Regan M. Schutz – Director of US Training, Director of Communications & Development
Regan Schutz believes that Godly Play will change the world. Joining the Godly Play Foundation in 2010, Regan oversees US Godly Play Training and Foundation Communications and assists Executive Director Lee Dickson with Foundation Development.
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 12 years in Oregon and was actively involved in the Godly Play program at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. She and her family live in Sewanee, TN where her husband was called as Director of Marketing & Communications for the School of Theology’s Beecken Center.
Regan received her Master of Divinity at the University of the South’s School of Theology and is an ordained Deacon in The Episcopal Church. Currently serving Otey Memorial Parish in Sewanee, TN, Regan preaches, teaches, and is presently piloting a Godly Play preschool morning for the 20-month to 5-yo set.
Godly Play International
The 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 Berryman – Senior Fellow
Godly Play Resources
Michael 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.
The Rev. Cheryl V. Minor, PhD – Materials Consultant
US College of Training
Regan M. Schutz – Director of US Training
Teresa Phares, MA – Registrar, Director of 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.
Teresa Phares, MA – Membership Manager