April 28 - May 10, 2014
The Mosaic of Peace Planning Team began its work in November 2012. The members of the planning team are:
Jessica Hawkinson: Jessica recently graduated with her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies from Macalester College in 2008. Jessica is a former staff member of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, and serves as a member of the Peace Discernment Steering Team for the Presbyterian Church (USA). Her academic interests include Christian social ethics and public theology, conflict resolution, human rights, and the Middle East.
Carl Horton: Carl is a lifelong Presbyterian of the Southern California variety, born, raised and nurtured in the faith in Santa Ana, the place of warm winds. He is a graduate of Lewis and Clark College, Princeton Theological Seminary and Rutgers School of Social Work. Carl has been an ordained teaching elder for over 20 years and has had served on the pastoral staff of congregations in California, Nebraska and Kentucky. He was previously the Coordinator for Church Leader Support with the PCUSA. He then served as interim pastor in 4 congregations in Mid-Kentucky Presbytery and is currently leading the Peacemaking Program through a transitional period. In his spare time you’ll find him playing with dogs, working in the yard, sweating in hot yoga, or eating at El Mundo in Louisville, KY.
Leah Johnson: Leah is a life-long Presbyterian and has been a member of Westminster in West Chester, PA, for 23 years in Donegal Presbytery. She has served for 12 years as the Clerk of Session. She is the Presbytery Moderator, serving her 2nd term on Committee on General Assembly (COGA) and is a member of IPMN. She is a long-time active PW member; a former medical social worker; and she served for 12 years as WPC's Thrift Shop Manager. Her newest title is "Mama J" to Jordan Maria, born in 2012 to her son and his wife. She cheers for Duke and the Cincinnati Reds and finds serving in various ways through the PCUSA a wonderful faith expression.
Ron Kernaghan: Ron has been a Presbyterian pastor for thirty something years and currently serves at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has served at the General Assembly level on the task force on reparations which reported to the 2002 Assembly, and then served on the Advocacy Committee for Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) for six years. Ron is married to Brynn, has two sons (Chris & Darren) and one grandchild (Nolan).
Sara Pottschmidt Lisherness: Sara is the Director of Compassion, Peace and Justice Ministry for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She has been involved in the peacemaking ministries of the Presbyterian Church since the mid-1980s, serving as the Peacemaking Enabler for the Presbytery of San Fernando from 1989 to 1991. She began her work with the General Assembly Council of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 1992, working as the Associate for Middle Governing Body Support. In 1999 she became the coordinator for the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and served in that role until 2007. Sara graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and attended San Francisco Theological Seminary in Southern California. She is married, the mother of three and lives in Louisville, KY.
Irene Pak: Irene was born and raised in the wild west of Ogden, Utah. She is a cradle Presbyterian and graduated with her M.Div. at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. She served as an intern for racial justice and advocacy at the Presbyterian Center in Louisville in 2007 and is particularly passionate about racial justice issues. Irene served for four years as an Associate Pastor of English Ministries and Christian Education at Daesung Korean Presbyterian Church in Sunnyvale, CA and is currently serving as the Associate Pastor at Stone Church of Willow Glen in San Jose, CA. She loves to read, play music, cook, exercise, and eat good food.
Andrew Rosencrans: Andrew is a Presbyterian "by birth and by choice". He has been the full-time Chaplain of Lake Forest Place, a continuing care retirement community in the Presbyterian Homes family, since 2008; and he has served concurrently as the part-time Stated Supply pastor for the Lansing Presbyterian Church for the last two years. Previously Andrew served as the pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Llanerch in Havertown, PA for 15 years; and as the pastor of the St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Sanford, NC for 4 years. Andrew has visited Israel / Palestine three times, including his partcipation in the 2006 "Steps Toward Peace" Conference. He has been a member of various Presbytery committees, and is a former co-moderator of the Committee on Ministry for the Presbytery of Philadelphia. He has three children: Anne (23); Sarah (21) and John (18).
Ron Shive: Ron has been the Pastor/Head of Staff of the First Presbyterian Church, Burlington, North Carolina, for the past eleven years. Prior to this, he served three churches in South Carolina: Lake Murray Presbyterian Church, Chapin; Trinity Presbyterian Church, Travelers Rest; and First Presbyterian Church, Greenville. Ron served as the Chair of the Middle East Study Committee (2008-2010) and as a member of the Middle East Monitoring Committee (2010-2012). He is married to Pam Shive, an educator with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and they have two adult children.
Consultant to the Planning Team
Douglas Dicks: Doug has been under appointment as a Presbyterian Church (USA) mission co-worker in the Middle East since 1995. Today, Doug serves as the Regional Liaison for the PCUSA in Jordan, Egypt, Israel, and the Palestinian Territories, including the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and Jerusalem. He has worked with both the Middle East Council of Churches in their Jerusalem Liaison Office and with Catholic Relief Services, in their Outreach Program in Jerusalem. Doug also communicates to Presbyterians and congregations in the U.S. through an e-mail list serve, providing a regional perspective on current headlines coming out of the Middle East. His interests and hobbies include writing, traveling, photography, genealogy, and history.