April Alkema is the Associate Lay Pastor at Woven, a NWC in Fresno, CA. She is also an Adjunct Faculty at Fresno Pacific University in Biblical & Religious Studies. As a candidate for ordination, April seeks to use the residency experience as a time to gain skills for starting a new ministry initiative integrating theology and the arts. She is passionate about the capacity of art-making to be a vehicle for healing and a transformative power in the world. April has a background in this work from her time at Fuller, exploring the intersection of theology, spirituality and art through the resources of the Brehm Center. April is also an artist, and enjoys the grounding practices of contemplative spirituality, yoga, and hospitality.
Erin Angeli is a Michigan native living in Pittsburgh with her brand-new wife, Sarah! Sarah and Erin were married in February of this year and they’re having a ball. They share a home with a housemate, Maggie (also a pastor), a pocket-sized pitbull named Winnie and most recently, five chickens (a few pictured). Erin’s spirituality is fed by tending to plants and animals, where she gets to observe God’s smallest miracles every day. When Erin isn’t working for the Commonwealth of Oakland, the NWC where she is a second-year resident, she enjoys talking to strangers, home improvement projects with Sarah, and camping with friends. The most surprising thing to Erin during this past year with Commonwealth has been the frequency with which she has used Presbyterian polity as a tool for evangelism and community organizing.
Nathaniel L. Carter Jr., a product of the Mon-Valley area in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, alumni of the Woodland Hills School District. In 2010 he earned a bachelor’s degree from Waynesburg University in Sociology with a minor in Biblical Studies
He is the founder and CEO of This Generation Cares, LLC (2015) and This Generation Connect [Non-Profit] (2018). He mentors the youth through various organizations. Involved locally and internationally, in 2017 he served in Africa (Uganda and Kenya) for nearly a month speaking and working with the BOHG team to support on-going development.
Nathaniel was recognized by WHIRL magazine’s 20 in their 20s class for 2018 in March. In December 2018 he was a nominee for Coro Pittsburgh 2019 Distinguished Young Leadership Award. He is New Pittsburgh Courier Class of 2019 FAB 40 award recipient. He is a licensed minister who is sought after to speak across denominational lines, racial barriers, and ethical background. He completed a graduate certificate in Church Planting and Revitalization from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary June 2018. His strong community presence presented him the task to officiant the memorial service of Antwone Rose II.
He is currently completing apprentice work with the Pittsburgh Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 1001 new worshiping community movement. He is developing a Community Center in the Mon-Valley area (East Pittsburgh) called “The Connect Center.” Nathaniel is purpose driven with a passion to serve this generation well!
Victoria Litardo is a second-year resident with The Open Table in Kansas City. Her first year in the residency program was focused on collaborating on various projects such as the Paragon Grant, developing curriculum centered on contemplative activism, leading a Sacred Feminine Womxn’s Retreat, and co-facilitating workshops utilizing Gloria Anzaldúa’s Center/Borderlands theory to teach effective organizing methods to church clergy members. Victoria is passionate about intersectional pedagogy and how it relates to identity, oppressive systems and our pursuit for liberation. Her hope is to create a space where folks can weave their complex, lived experiences into a greater spiritual narrative that celebrates embodiment, healing & a new-found freedom. When she’s not doing community organizing, you can find Victoria studying the art of Capoeira and yoga, enjoying community conversation over a meal, or expanding her world through travel.
Madison Mae Parker “Madi” is the Resident at the Open Table KC, Kansas City, Missouri. Madi is an artist and a space-maker. Holding a BA from Texas A&M University in English Creative Writing, she owes her loud vocals and rambunctious laughter to her Texas roots. She is currently an Artist-in-Residence with Charlotte Street Foundation, a Youth Advocate with Mattie Rhodes Center, and a resident with The Open Table in Kansas City, MO. Her love of the young people, the arts, and the stories that make us human are her motivating factors in all things — to remind others that they are not alone. She believes art lives in us all, and that is the Divine speaking through us. When she is not art-ing, you can find her watching anime and eating Hot Cheetos with her cat MeowZaki.
Brandon Schoeneweis is a 1001 New Worshiping Community Resident at Beacon Church in Philadelphia, PA. He holds his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Princeton Theological Seminary and his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from Lee University. He’s also in the process of becoming an ordained minister in the PC(USA). Brandon’s recently served as a church intern at the First Presbyterian Church of Dutch Neck and at the First Presbyterian Church of Nashville; a development and outreach intern at the nonprofit Rocketown; and a chaplain intern at the University of Pennsylvania’s Princeton Medical Center. In his free time, he enjoys being with his loved ones and kitty, photography, traveling, and skiing. Brandon regularly seeks out innovation and creativity, engages a variety of new people and ideas, and strives to incorporate his passions into his call to ministry. Because of this, he was more than compelled to pursue residency with 1001 New Worshiping Community, a program designed to develop just these. Brandon is looking forward to having his spirit fostered by people that are similarly spirited, both with and through the vibrant community of Beacon Church.
Kearni Warren is the second-year Resident at Thomas M. Thomas Memorial Church in Chester, PA. After a successful first year of exploring the caregiver demographic, Kearni is excited to continue working with 1001 New Worshipping Communities for a second year as her ministry expands and collaborates with local organizations to offer educational, spiritual, and wellness activities. In this second year, she wants to move into specific needs associated with those who care for special needs children, people living with Alzheimer’s disease, the disabled, terminally ill, and temporarily ill. According to a 2015 survey from AARP, it is estimated there are 43.5 million Americans working as unpaid caregivers. The work can lead to isolation and caregivers are often overlooked. Kearni chose this special demographic from personal experience working as a caregiver for her mother and other family members.
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” — Matthew 11:28