David Ensign is a writer, musician, and Presbyterian pastor in Arlington, Va., where he has lived for almost 20 years with Cheryl Lederle, his beloved of more years than he can remember. Prior to being named interim executive director of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, David served three congregations in National Capital Presbytery, one in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and one in Pittsburgh.
David and Cheryl have three adult children and two grandchildren (whose pictures he will happily show you). Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 1999, David holds a doctorate in philosophy from DePaul University and a masters in religious studies from the University of Chicago Divinity School.
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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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Alison is a facilitator, advocate, and educator rooted in the U.S./Mexico borderlands where the tortillas are fresh and the cacti (and politics) are thorny. She splits paid work time between PPF and coordination of the Tucson Borderlands Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program. Alison served as an accompanier in Colombia in 2014 and participated in the 2018 Fossil Free PCUSA Walk to Divest.
Vocationally, Alison is engaged in peacemaking and accompaniment work alongside migrants and asylum seekers, other white people seeking anti-racism practice, and young adults exploring the world as YAVs. She is passionate about deep listening, following the leadership of impacted communities, and holding space for people to show up as themselves — all things she puts in practice coordinating PPF’s accompaniment work. Alison maintains her resilience with pottery classes and dog walks.
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Lucy is a politicized faith leader & organizer, a healer, writer and ritualist working at the intersections of spirit, body and anti-oppression to support the emergence of our collective liberation. She believes the work of engaging our spiritual life is not so very different from engaging in our shared public (political) life.
After ten years as a pastor, her ministry is now focused on engaging other racialized-white people in anti-racism practice, as she is always deepening her own. Alongside her role at PPF, Lucy is currently engaged in rural organizing on Anishinaabe land (otherwise known as Northern Michigan), and is part of a team of anti-racism facilitators with Title Track. Her children are some of her best teachers, as are the trees and garden.
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Deanna became involved in gun violence prevention work when her home state of Texas passed a law allowing guns on college campuses and she witnessed her college age daughter’s friends and roommates see this as an invitation to become armed. Feeling powerless to protect her kids from their friends’s dangerous decisions, Deanna got involved in Moms Demand Action.
Deanna has a MDiv from Perkins School of Theology and a Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She gets excited about approaching GVP work from a faith and spiritual perspective. Deanna is also the co-founder of Retreat House Spirituality Center and a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the PC(USA).
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Bob Ross is a Professor of Social Justice Studies and Community Engagement at Point Park University. He loves watching baseball, playing softball, hiking with his family, running, joining movements for justice, gardening, and playing with his toddler son.
He has served on the steering committees of the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Fossil Free PCUSA. He has also worked with Friends of Sabeel North America and the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. Bob lives with his wife and son in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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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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Liv is currently living in Baltimore, MD and discerning a call toward ministry. Since moving to Baltimore, Liv has organized and imagined with local community members and churches about what 21st century mission might look like. A native of southern Louisiana, she cares fiercely for the disappearing coastline and for the people who know and love that land as she does.
A hopeful dreamer that the church can be better than it has been, she knows this dream comes true only when our resources align with our call to first care for creation and for one another.
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