Leciane Goulart Duque Estrada is Pastor of the Igreja Presbiteriana Independente do Brasil. Leciane, 42 years old and born in a Brazilian missionary-pastoral family, is one of the first Brazilian pastors of her denomination and has been serving the Lord as an assistant pastor since 1999. She has been married for 21 years to Marcos who is also a Brazilian Presbyterian pastor. After 18 years of local pastoral ministry which focused on equipping and encouraging believers to be faithful to God´s Mission by reaching people with His love while struggling with their everyday concerns, she realizes it is time to broaden her ministry and theological horizons and deepen her calling roots to face new challenges. Leciane hopes to begin this new journey with the 1001 team.
Kimmothy Cole is an educator, facilitator, collaborator, performer and ritual artist. Their work centers folk process and play as a discipline for developing healthy communities. They are currently based in Austin, TX where they collaborate with local artists and community organizations to develop ritual and performance experiences that challenge systems of oppression and actively endeavor to facilitate the creation of equitable and inclusive spaces.
Lucas Fornel has served as a pastor for 3 years at the Brazilian Presbyterian Church in Maryland, supported by the National Capital Presbytery. He is married to Livia and has a daughter named Ana Luiza. He was pastor for 12 years in Brazil and received training and qualification from the CTPI (Church Planting Training Center) to plan and revitalize local communities. He was also pastor in Brazil and pastored a church that planted two new communities that are in full growth and development. The focus of his Maryland ministry has been to support young immigrant couples who have small children. The community he has led in Maryland is experiencing exponential growth and has more than 20 couples with children who are not yet 10 years old. In his hours of rest, Lucas loves to watch soccer games and do long walks outdoors.
Elijah Walker is the founding pastor at Solomon’s Porch, a new faith community currently forming in Jonesboro, AR. Solomon’s Porch is Christ centered, Spirit led, and LGBTQ+ affirming. Previously, Elijah served as a Pastoral Fellow at West Hills Friends Church in Portland, OR and helped form a worship group for people who have experienced religious based trauma. Elijah is part of the Jesus People Network, which is a community of pastors and churches that work toward the inclusion of LGBTQ+ people in the Body of Christ. In his free time, Elijah enjoys playing guitar, baking cinnamon rolls, and cuddling with his Pitbull named Harrison.
Chas. T. Carmichael is a Commissioned Pastor within the Presbytery of Pueblo serving Westminster Presbyterian Church and a NWC, Greenhorn Ministries, in his hometown of Pueblo, Colorado. Chas. has served both ministries for 2+ years, with current emphasis on growing Greenhorn from thriving discipleship cores into a cohesive community. Bi-vocational, Chas. works full-time as a Radio Technician while serving these volunteer ministries. Additionally, for the past year, Chas. has been part of two pulpit supply teams serving Presbytery churches that are currently without a pastor and leading worship 2-4 Sundays per month. An avid outdoorsman, when not on his motorcycle, Chas can be found in the nearby mountains, hunting, fishing, and camping with his wife (Cindy) of 20 years and youngest daughter (Emma, 12).
Gabriella Lisi is a M.Div. student studying at Union Theological Seminary come August 2019. She holds two bachelor’s degrees from Xavier University, B.A. in Theology and B.S. in Criminal Justice. Throughout her time at Xavier University, Gabby has been heavily involved in student leadership ranging from Center for Faith and Justice to Center for Diversity and Inclusion to the first-year orientation team. During her final year at Xavier, Gabby led a social media campaign to showcase the intersection of queer folx and faith through testimonies (@QueerFaithXU). Regarding 1001, she hopes to be enveloped in a learning environment wherein she is better equipped to plan, coordinate, and execute church-planting processes.
Laura Foote is a professional in the specialty coffee industry, interested in education, cultivating a community of belonging, and showing Christ’s love through an excellent cup of joe. Alongside coffee, Laura is passionate about disability. She has been instrumental in the starting of multiple contextual disability ministries, worked in group homes, special education classrooms, and most recently served as a research assistant studying joy and disability through Princeton Seminary and Yale Divinity. She is a graduate of the University of Northwestern and met her husband Brett studying in Italy. Through the starting of a specialty coffee business and a NWC they are merging their passions. Laura enjoys yoga, IPA’s, going for walks, and spending time with Henri their pug.
Brett Foote is the Pastor of United Presbyterian Church in Superior, Wisconsin. Prior to this, Brett served as pastor to a congregation in central New Jersey and as a Director of Student & Young Adult Ministries at a church in the heart of Amish country Pennsylvania. Brett is a graduate of Princeton Seminary and Lancaster Bible College. In 2012 he met his wife Laura while studying in northern Italy. Her dream is to open a specialty coffee business which employs individuals affected by a disability and pays fair and sustainable wages. Out of that coffee business they desire to start a new worshipping com-munity primarily made up of and led by those folks. Brett enjoys backpacking, lacrosse, good beer, soccer, coffee, traveling, and spending time with their pug Henri.