EFFECTIVE GOSPEL MINISTRY
SPEAKER BIOS2015 Anglican Connection Conference
Clark Cornelius is the Founding Minister of Grace Anglican Church, Dothan, AL. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, he was involved in military service overseas as well as in the USA. From a childhood which included life on a sheep farm, he is now a shepherd of God’s people. A long-distance runner he has learnt endurance to run the course. Following theological study at a Master’s level, Clark has co-labored with a variety of protestant congregations. Over the years his ministry has included oversight of missions and evangelism, Christian education including church preschools, youth ministry, and small group/discipleship.
Paul Goodwin-Groen is a classically trained musician and has sung with numerous opera companies in New York City, London and in Germany. He has a BA in English Literature from Wheaton College and an MFA in Theater Arts from Brandeis University. He is the child of medical missionaries in Nigeria, West Africa. Paul was raised in the Presbyterian Church and grew up singing in the choir. He married into Evangelical Anglicanism and has been trying to understand its culture ever since. Paul has attended and worked as Music Director in Anglican churches in New York, the UK, and Sydney.
Geoff Hatley (Virginia Tech and Reformed Theological Seminary). Geoff is the founding pastor at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Madison, AL, planted in 2004. A Christian since he was twelve, he has been active in outreach and discipleship ministries in various ways, since he was thirteen. Following graduation he was involved in full-time youth ministry before becoming a pastor. A minister of God’s people for twenty-two years he has known the challenges and joys of ministry – including the particular rigors of church-planting. Geoff and his wife Kelly have three children – all of whom are at college.
Sarie King, BD (Moore Theological College, Sydney). Ordained to the Diaconate in Sydney she has served as acting Dean of Women at Moore Theological College (Australia), Dean of Students at Mary Andrews College (Australia) and Director of Women’s Ministry & Training, Christ Church St. Ives. She is currently works at Effective Ministry, an organisation that seeks to develop evidence based research and working papers on best practice models for ministry development. For example, on the subject of small groups in churches, Sarie has written on six reasons small groups fail – including failure of leadership; lack of training; imbalance of core elements; unclear or competing expectations; stagnation, atrophy and discontent; and unclear methodology and philosophy. Her solution? Groups need to be disciple-making entities. She further provides what she considers to be the “non-negotiables” of small group ministry. Her articles and blogs on a range of ministry subjects are proving to be very helpful for anyone looking to have an effective ministry today.
Henry Jansma, PhD, is the Founding Rector of All Souls Anglican Church, Cherry Hill, NJ, and Canon Theologian in the Diocese of CANA East. Ordained in the Church of England, he has ministered in England (1991-2001) and the Episcopal Church (2001-2013). He studied theology at Northeastern Bible College, Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia, Lincoln Theological College, UK and the University of Durham, UK. His PhD thesis is The Prophetic Office in John Calvin’s Theology. He has taught homiletics (Diocese of Lincoln Lay Reader School), and Reformation History (Diocese of New Jersey Deacon School). He was Vicar of St. Aidan’s, Cleethorpes, an inner-city area of special economic and social need in England. He initiated and led a church-based community development organization that brought education, jobs, a credit union, and EU funding to the area. He was also a regular speaker on BBC Radio Humberside’s Pause for Thought. He was made the Rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Haddon Heights in 2001, a previously troubled parish church. He is committed to disciple people in an orthodox, biblical Christianity. As Canon Theologian in CANA East, he serves on the Theology Working Group of the ACNA Task Force on Marriage, Family and the Single Life.
Tony Jones is married to Sarah, an American, and they have three children. After leaving a legal career as a barrister in London, Tony studied theology at Oxford before being ordained in the Church of England. He has served in full-time Anglican ministry for the last 17 years. In 2003, Tony was appointed Senior Minister of Christchurch Durham, an exciting Anglican, gospel-centered church with a large college ministry in the heart of Durham City, England. Tony has developed a significant Ministry Training Scheme through which a number of interns are trained on staff every year. Over the last 13 years Christchurch has sent over a hundred people into ministry all over the world. Tony is involved in the Gospel Partnerships, a nationwide initiative in the UK seeking to pioneer new churches and expand gospel-centered ministries across the country. He regularly preaches in the United States as well as in other parts of the world.
Richard A. Lepage, BA (philosophy and classics), St Anselm College; MA (theol), Westminster Theological Seminary. Richard is the Pastor of Reformation Anglican Church in Gray, ME. Following college, he worked as a college minister with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. More recently, he has taught rhetoric and logic at a classical Christian school, theology at a Bible college, and philosophy and ethics for three Maine Community College systems and for Southern New Hampshire University. Rick is an honorably discharged from the military and also serves as Chaplain for American Legion Post 86 in Gray, ME. Rick and his wife, Elaine, have three children.
John Mason is the provisional chairman of the Anglican Connection, Commissary to the Archbishop of Sydney in the USA and Canon of St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney. The Founding Rector of Christ Church New York City, his ministry experience includes lecturing in New Testament theology, establishing a new church in Canberra, Australia, and being senior minister of one of Sydney’s larger Anglican churches. He was a member of the Archbishop of Sydney’s Doctrine Commission and the Archbishop’s Liturgical Panel. His published works include, A Liturgy for Today’s Church (approved for use in the Diocese of Sydney and at Christ Church NYC), Luke: An Unexpected God, in the ‘Reading the Bible Today’ series, edited by Paul Barnett.
Marcus Robertson is the Rector of Christ Church Anglican, Savannah, GA. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, he studied theology at St. Mary’s Divinity School in St. Andrews, Scotland; he holds masters degrees from Westminster Theological Seminary and St. Luke’s School of Theology (Sewanee, TN), and a doctorate (DMin) from Fuller Theological Seminary. Marc has taught pastoral theology and is committed to the priority of the gospel in his ministry.
Tim Sims is a committed Christian and a highly respected, successful business leader. He and his wife are involved at one of Sydney’s largest churches. Two years ago he provided a report for Dr. Peter Jensen (then archbishop of Sydney) on church life and its interface with the wider culture based on thorough research conducted at that time. In the course of his research he found a significant correlation with church life and culture in the USA. Since that time he has initiated a strategic ministry program, Effective Ministry.
Barry H. Smith, MD, PhD, is the President/CEO of The Rogosin Institute and Director of the Dreyfus Health Foundation, a division of the Rogosin Institute; he is Professor of Clinical Surgery and Attending Physician at NewYork Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center; he has been directly involved in international health for more than 35 years, as well as medical research and patient care, administration, and health policy.
Jonathan Smith, MA, MBA, ThM, DMin, is the Rector of Redeemer Anglican Church, Orlando, FL. Born and raised in Orlando, he has been involved in local churches throughout his life. After college, he worked for eight years as a sales professional and trainer for pharmaceutical giant, Merck & Co. Sensing a call to Christian ministry, he left his corporate career to pursue a degree in theology after which he became Dean of Distance Education at Knox Seminary, Fort Lauderdale, FL. However, committed to the truth that God changes lives through faith in his Son Jesus Christ, he is now the Rector of Redeemer Anglican Church, Orlando, FL. His heart’s desire is to see the power of God enrich God’s people and engage the city of Orlando with God’s gospel. Jonathan has been involved in various aspects of church planting, revitalization, and missions in Central America.
Steve Wood, MDiv (Virginia Theological Seminary), is Bishop of the Carolinas and Rector of St Andrew’s Church, Mt. Pleasant, SC.. He grew up in Northeast Ohio where he came to faith in Jesus Christ. St Andrew’s Church, a church today of around 3,300 active members is well known for training young clergy, planting new churches, biblical preaching, a strong focus on missions, vibrant worship, outstanding children’s & youth ministries. In 2010 Steve Wood was integral in the foundation an establishment of the Diocese of the Carolinas and in 2012 he was elected and consecrated as the Diocese’s first bishop. He is married to Jacqui; they have four sons and one grandson.