Speakers + Workshop Leaders

Rev. Dr. Lisa Baroody Culpepper

Keynote Speaker

Our keynote speaker is Rev. Dr. Lisa Baroody Culpepper.

Lisa lives with her husband Dr. David M. Culpepper in Lexington Kentucky. Lisa and David have two young adult children, Lauren Cohn and Daniel Culpepper.

Lisa is a graduate of Furman University (BS, 1979); Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity (2007); Doctor of Ministry, Mission and Cross-Cultural Studies (2013).

Lisa has pastored several churches in New Harmony Presbytery, South Carolina. She has also served as a conference presenter and speaker for Wee Kirk and the Association of Small Membership Church conferences. As a trustee of The Outreach Foundation, Lisa has traveled annually to Lebanon and Syria, from 2014-2019.

Her cross-cultural exposure includes growing up in a Lebanese family and being surrounded by the Arabic language and hospitality. She has followed her great-grandfather in ministry as he served as a Presbyterian minister in Lebanon in the early 20th century. She has been involved cross-culturally for many years through participating in and leading short-term mission teams to Latin and Central America, Eastern Europe, and most recently Lesvos Greece, where she served in Moria refugee camp.

Since moving to Lexington in January 2020, Lisa has been affiliated with Kentucky Refugee Ministry and Peace Catalyst International and serves on the Church Development and Revitalization Ministry of Transylvania Presbytery.

Dr. Phyllis W. Sanders

Workshop Leader

Meet Dr. Phyllis W. Sanders.

Phyllis is the Vital Congregations Coordinator and Commissioned Pastor Evangelist for Trinity Presbytery in Lexington, SC. She is also an experienced educator, mediator, and arbitrator; Licensed Professional Counselor, National Board Certified Counselor, and Board Certified Coach. She served as the Associate Director for SC’s Office of AdvancED International Systems and School Accreditation. She has served as national and international trainer and consultant. She loves to play golf.

She has her own personal “Wisdom Club,” with members ranging from ages 80-102 years old. They give her wisdom, love, and much laughter. She founded a prayer ministry 17 years ago called PAWS4Prayer, An Annual Prayer Breakfast Retreat. She loves to write, and is the author of the book, “From Prayers to Peace: It All Begins with Faith.” She is a member of Northminster Presbyterian Church PC (USA); serves on the Synod of Atlantic Permanent Judicial Commission and serves on the Board of Self Development Of People for PC (USA). Her greatest love: God! Her greatest fear: God! She and Maurice Sanders have two adult children, Maurice, Jr. & Phylisha, and two granddaughters, Tiara & Lily Isabell Sanders.

Phillip Morgan

Workshop Leader

Meet Phillip Morgan.

Phillip serves as Director of Music at Central Presbyterian Church in Louisville, KY. Recently, Phillip has been invited to lead music in worship and present seminars on African American sacred music at several national gatherings of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) including the Presbyterian Women Annual Gathering, the Association of Presbyterian Christian Educators Annual Event, Big Tent, the Presbyterian Youth Triennium, and the Music and Worship Conferences at Montreat sponsored by the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, an organization of which he has served on the Executive Board of Directors. Dedicated to preserving the music traditions of African-Americans in both worship and concert, Phillip is the President of the Kentuckiana Branch of the National Association of Negro Musicians. He is also a member of the Louisville Chamber Choir and has performed as a soloist with the Louisville Orchestra, the Choral Arts Society, and the Kentucky Opera.

Gad Mpoyo

Workshop Leader

Meet Gad Mpoyo.

Gad was born and raised in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is the Organizing Pastor of Shalom International Ministry, a cross-cultural New Worshiping Community led by immigrants and refugees located in Clarkston, Georgia, perhaps the most ethnically diverse city in the United States. He is also the Southeastern Associate for 1001 New Worshiping Communities in the Presbyterian Church USA. Gad is currently pursuing his DMin at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Workshop Information

Seasons of Change: An Opportunity to Create and Re-Create; Think and Rethink Church Change

Isaiah 43:19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. (NLT)

Ecclesiastes 3:1 For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven… (NLT)

Change is inevitable—foreseen and unforeseen.   American singer and songwriter, Sam Cooke sang about it in his song, “A Change is Gonna Come.” Well, it has made its way to our churches. The pandemic, without our consent, extended an invitation to Mr. and Mrs. Change, and they accepted it. This interactive workshop is designed to introduce you to the Change family, equip you for managing change, and empower congregational leaders to participate in new ways to grow, glow and glorify God in Seasons of Change. Please come to this session with one area of ministry in mind that you desire God to create or re-create as a result of a need to serve, witness, and or worship with greater vitality.

Workshop led by Phillip Morgan.

What Smaller Congregations Can Learn from the Work of 1001 New Worshipping Communities

“Using the lens of 1001 New Worshipping Communities, Rev. Gad Mpoyo will explore pathways to flourishing of small congregations as they rethink church in a new way.  Gad Mpoyo wonders, in these changing times, if small congregations can seize this moment as an opportunity to chart a new path and identify ways to engage in partnership, relationships, and cross-bridges as they participate in what God is going in the community.”

Workshop led by Gad Mpoyo.