Godly Play Foundation Staff

Center for the Theology of Childhood

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


The Rev. Dr. Jerome BerrymanSenior Fellow


Godly Play Foundation Staff

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

US College of Training

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 Assistant 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.


Anna Thomas – Communications

Anna lives in Boca Raton, is the mother to 5 beautifully wild children, and is married to Ben who serves as Assistant Rector at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church where they regularly build circles together with children of all ages, including monthly family services and new comer’s classes. She loves novels, children’s books, her greyhounds, traveling, and good thunderstorms. Anna is also a Godly Play Foundation Missioner.


Godly Play International

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


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 pieces, 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