Rev. Emily Brewer is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (2015) and Maryville College (2009). Before joining staff of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, Emily participated in PPF by serving on the National Committee, interning at General Assembly, serving as an accompanier in Colombia, attending several demonstrations at the School of the Americas, and traveling with a delegation to Palestine and Israel. Emily became committed to peacemaking during her two years as a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer in Guatemala and Nashville. Emily lives in Brooklyn but will always consider East Tennessee home.
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Art is active in the First Presbyterian Church of New Haven, CT (Ruling Elder, Mission Committee and Convener of the Peace and Justice Action Group); EmergeCT program (tutor) in New Haven, CT; Hamden, CT Democratic Town Committee; Spring Glen Civic Association, the Project Management Institute (mentor). He is married and has four grown children and six grandchildren. He cherishes time with his grandchildren and enjoys reading, travel, exercise, paddling, hiking and most other outdoor activities (certified AMC hike leader). He volunteers as a pro bono facilitator and mentor with not-for-profit organizations on executive development, articulating and communicating their mission and strategic direction, planning, execution and managing transitions. He retired from Yale University in 2014 after 24 years leading change management, process improvements and software implementations.
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Christa is a life long advocate for social justice and peace. She graduated from Marshall University in Huntington, WV with a degree in sociology. Christa completed her senior thesis on the local food movement in a community with very little access to healthy, local food and helped open the first local food hub in the area. Most recently, Christa worked at a non-profit in Camden, NJ called the Neighborhood Center, an organization dedicated to providing a safe and educational space for children of all ages in a city plagued by violence and poverty. Christa lives in Swedesboro, NJ with her husband, Lou and daughter, Rosalita. In her free time, Christa enjoys riding roller coasters and traveling to classic amusement parks.
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Aric Clark is a writer, a speaker, and Presbyterian minister who lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two gremlins pretending to be his sons. He is the co-author of Never Pray Again: Lift Your Head, Unfold Your Hands, and Get To Work, a book which challenges readers to embrace a concrete other-centered spirituality. He is also the creator of LectionARIC a youtube channel for hermeneutical vlogs. When he is not writing, preaching, or parenting, Aric can be found engaging his tabletop gaming hobby, or cooking for a crowd of random strangers he invited home without his wife’s permission. He is a pacifist and he still can’t grow a beard.
The Rev. Shannan R. Vance-Ocampo serves as the General Presbyter for the Presbytery of Southern New England. Previously she served as Transitional Presbyter for Albany Presbytery (NY), Pastor of the Watchung Avenue Presbyterian Church in North Plainfield, NJ and the Associate Pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Rumson, NJ. Shannan holds a bachelors degree from The College of Wooster (1998), a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary (2001), coursework towards a Masters in Public Policy and the Certificate in Executive Leadership from McCormick Seminary (2014). She is a Fellow with GreenFaith and a Certified Christian Educator in the PC(U.S.A.). Currently, Shannan serves on the Executive Committee of PPF and as Co-Moderator of the Activist Council. She served as one of our accompaniers in November 2006. Her husband, Juan Gabriel Ocampo Valle is a native Colombian, having grown up in Bogotá. Together they are the proud parents of Sofia Elena who is a budding peacemaker. Shannan is available for speaking in the areas of Accompaniment in Colombia, political advocacy, and congregational and Presbytery educational resourcing for all ages specifically focused on the Biblical foundations of peacemaking and/or ecology. Contact Shannan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
rev. abby mohaupt is a Teaching Elder in San Francisco Presbytery and PhD student at Drew University. She loves Jesus, running, and the ocean. Her previous work has included working as a pastor in Northern California, a volunteer at a domestic violence shelter in Chicago, and an artist for worship and liturgy for a variety of conferences. She semi-regularly blogs at www.featheology.org, and her writing on earth care has appeared in Sojourners, the Presbyterian Church USA’s Unbound, and Ecclesio. She can usually be found with at least one crayon in hand.
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Aric Clark, Co-moderator
Shannan Vance-Ocampo, Co-moderator
Rick Ufford-Chase, Secretary
Art Hunt, Treasurer
Whitney Palmer, Assistant Treasurer
Bill Galvin, Member-at-Large
Jessica Light-Wells, Member-At-Large
abby mohaupt, Member-At-Large
Betsy Simpson, Member-At-Large