Room for All Coalition Endorsed
General Conference 2020 Candidates
Russ Abel, clergy
Russ is the senior pastor of Saint Joseph UMC in Fort Wayne and the incoming Conference Superintendent of the East district. While serving as a past delegate to General Conference, Russ actively worked for retirement equity for clergy and currently serves in connection with the General Board for the Committee on the Status and Role of women.
Experienced with delegate leadership
Engaged as a social justice activist for marginalized persons
Duane Carlisle, clergy
As a pastor at Broadway UMC in Indianapolis, Duane is a staunch advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and serves on the steering committee of the coalition for full inclusion. As a multi-racial individual Duane believes his own perspective and life experiences help him understand and advocate for others.
Proven advocate for full inclusion
Pastor of a Reconciling Ministries church
Lisa Schubert Nowling, clergy
Lisa represented Indiana at both the 2016 and 2019 General Conferences. As a female clergy person under 40, Lisa works to listen to voices from all generations and brings deep passion to her work of ensuring all God’s children are embraced and affirmed through our UMC.
Bold progressive voice in Indiana and nationally
Worked with Young Pastor’s Network and General Board of Church & Society
Rob Fuquay, clergy
Rob is a published author and active pastor engaged in denominational leadership as he works with Adam Hamilton and others to bring about a fully inclusive expression of Methodism. As senior pastor of St. Luke’s UMC in Indianapolis, Rob has helped the church carry out its mission of being an open community.
National voice engaged in denominational conversation with other key leaders
Member of Garrett Seminary Board of Trustees and several groups working through national boards and commissions to focus on stronger ministry
Jill Howard, clergy
As a young, progressive clergy woman, Jill has worked to make national and international connections and sees value in making room for all voices, especially those which have been silenced for too long. As a reserve delegate to GC2016 & GC2019, Jill has experience with our UMC General Conference process and is willing to work for change.
Member of the Young Clergy Women International group
Passionate about full inclusion
Aleze Fulbright, clergy
Currently serving as our East District Conference Superintendent, Aleze has served as a pastor in a cross-racial/cross-cultural appointment, where she developed expertise in the work of clarifying positions and theological understandings. Aleze believes a healthy UMC values all persons and works to include all that they may experience the love of Jesus Christ.
Parish, conference and superintendency leadership across two conferences
A voice for diversity of thought and expanded perspective
Ronnie Bell, clergy
An Afro-Caribbean-American whose parents immigrated from Jamaica, Ronnie’s ministry has focused on building bridges of grace that connect us where humanity would divide. Currently serving as the Associate Pastor at North UMC, a Reconciling Ministries church, Ronnie believes in the work God is and can continue through God’s church.
Young Clergy who will be ordained at AC2019
Focused on ministry engagement in and through a diverse community
Chris Tiedeman, clergy
As a founding member and organizer for the Methodist Reclamation Project, Chris is reaching out across the denomination to inform and encourage a fully inclusive expression of Methodism. As a member of the steering committee for the Room for All Coalition, Chris assisted in the development and implementation of the spring rallies held in multiple locations across the state.
Actively works to connect and inform center and progressive Methodists through social media innovation
Experienced with conversations across diverse theological lines
Shannon Priddy, laity
As the national president of our United Methodist Women, Shannon has a voice in this conversation which reaches and includes women, youth and children all across our denomination. Shannon believes that whole person in Jesus Christ can come together as whomever they have been called to be and help one another respond to their call.
National leadership presence
Experienced in finding common ground for the purpose bringing change
Ian Hall, laity
As the Director of Administration and Finance for our INUMC, Ian has a hand in shaping our responses to the changes coming through GC, including decisions made by Trustee, Council of Finance and Administration, and the Extended Cabinet. As a naturalized US citizen, Ian can relate to and has an appreciation for those who experience differences in their community.
Desires a church that does no harm and truly provides a welcoming place for all
Engaged in leadership conversations throughout the denomination
Tiffany Duke, laity
Tiffany brings a young and passionate perspective rarely represented at Annual or General Conference. Tiffany gave the Laity Address at the 2018 Indiana Annual Conference. She has traveled internationally and has strong connections with the LGBTQ+ community and young persons who have left the church.
Tiffany has serve as a youth representative at several UM Conferences
Prepared to fight for social justice for all marginalized groups
Alberto Hidalgo, Jr., laity
As a member of the LGBTQ+ community and a father, Alberto wants to be part of the evolving change toward openness and love for all which is moving across our denomination. Alberto is the son of Cuban parents and chose Methodism for our Wesleyan expression as a community that seeks, welcomes and values all people.
Brings a corporate understanding of organizational connection
Chose Methodism and believes God’s church is a place of love and welcome
Jeff Gehring, laity
Jeff believes our UMC should be a fully inclusive connectional church. As a clergy spouse, Jeff married into Methodism, but spent time contemplating what it meant to be Methodist for many years before coming to the conclusion that Methodism most closely resembles God’s vision of the Body of Christ.
Detail-oriented with a commitment to communication
Believes through Methodist connection the Body of Christ can live out its common beliefs and differences together
Anne Moman Brock, laity
Ann works for Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, which is part of the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Through her employment Ann has many contacts with different denominations who have been where our UMC is right now.
Life-long Methodist committed to helping our UMC become a more welcoming, loving denomination
Wants our church to let go of discriminatory practices
Nathan Lundy, laity
An Eagle Scout whose scouting experiences shaped his understanding of welcome and community. Graduate of Butler University where he was part of the InterFaith Council which has helped him develop expertise in having forward-moving conversations within theologically diverse environments.
One of our youngest delegate candidates, Nathan will be 21 at the time of GC
Hopes to foster common growth among the different generations for the purpose of meaningful outcomes for all people
Jack Dwiggins, laity
Jack serves on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army in Lafayette where he is reminded of all the missional possibilities we have in our UMC. As a former Conference Lay Leader and delegate to two General and Jurisdictional conferences, Jack will use his experience and expertise to create dialogue opportunities.
Experienced, level-headed leadership
Works and prays for our church to include everyone and not exclude anyone
Room for All Coalition Endorsed
Jurisdictional Conference 2020 Candidates
Adriane Curtis, clergy
With an MA in International Relations and Diplomacy, Adriane has focused her study and ministry on helping others understand diverse cultural contexts. In her local church appointments, Adriane has developed expertise in conflict management and mediation.
Committed to promoting diversity, deep listening, and intercultural understanding
Calm presence in the face of disagreement and tension
Larry Whitehead, clergy
As a local church pastor, Conference Superintendent of the North District and now the incoming Executive Assistant to the Bishop, Larry’s has offered a consistent message of inclusion. Having served as Dean of the Appointive Cabinet, Larry is well-connected with key leadership throughout our denomination.
Christian conferencing has been a key to bringing Larry to a fully inclusive understanding of the needs and direction of our UMC
Because of his journey, Larry believes he can help others engage in meaningful conferencing
Darren Cushman-Wood, clergy
As the pastor of North UMC in Indianapolis, Darren leads a strong, Reconciling Ministries congregation, Darren has strong opinions about the depth of damage done by current UMC policies. As a GC delegate in 2004, 2008 and a JC delegate in 2016, Darren has worked to keep dialogue open with traditionalists without compromising his own views.
Deep roots and ministry within the LGBTQ+ community
Represent RMN churches in Indiana
Greg Pimlott, clergy
While Greg understands GC is only one piece of the solution to developing a fully inclusive Methodist expression of Wesleyan theology, his consistent work with and through GC shows thoughtful leadership. Greg attended GC2019 on his own and posted a regular video blog to help others understand the impact and importance of what was happening.
Reserve delegate to GC and delegate to JC 2012, 2016
Desires a UMC where all persons are considered for marriage and ordination based on preparation, qualification, and call rather than race, gender or sexuality
Chris Nunley, clergy
The experiences of Chris’ 26 years of ministry with our INUMC have shaped his theology beyond his conservative evangelical roots. As the Conference Superintendent of our North Central District, Chris is now helping others across a wide theological spectrum consider a broader understanding of God at work within different cultures and contexts.
Experienced leadership as delegate to GC in 2012 and JC in 2008
Strong voice for centrists
Derek Weber, clergy
Derek’s ministry experience includes teaching in a Church of Scotland divinity school, lecturing internationally with the Lutheran World Federation, as well as partnerships with Episcopalians and other Anglicans in the UK and US. Derek says he has been one of the silent majority for most of his ministry and believes now is the time for those who have been silent to speak up.
Excellent persuasive speaker who will become a national voice this summer as he steps into a new role with GBOD
Committed to a fully inclusive church
Matt Landry, clergy
Matt is an Ecumenical thinker who works to bring together disparate viewpoints for purposeful conversation. As a young clergy person, Matt is not interested in lamenting what has been and instead is focused on moving forward in hope to realize the new think God is doing in our UMC and God’s larger church.
Committed to a fully inclusive Methodist church
Willing to engage in difficult conversations through Christian conferencing
Marti Lundy, clergy
Marti has served 19 years in her current appointment and has worked each of those years to provide welcome and pastoral call for all. Marti is has also served in the Northern Illinois Conference and in 2018 was named Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary’s Distinguished Alum.
Active clergy mentor through her church ministry and as chair of dCOM in the Northeast Distirct
As a woman in ministry serving in conservative locations, has confronted judgment because of who God has called her to be
Jamie Clark, laity
Representing our young laity, Jamie has grown up as a Methodist and is actively working to discover her unique response to God’s call. Jamie is committed to our UMC and want to work to help ensure it is a church that affirm the understanding our UMC taught her that God is loves, accepts and affirms everyone.
Young adult passionate about the work of the church
Willing to invest in a fully inclusive future for our UMC
Alisa Isaacs-Baily, laity
Alisa is a self-avowed, practicing homosexual and is blessed to belong to a reconciling congregation while living in a small town. Alisa is the mother of three girls and desires to build a church her girls will want to be a part of. Alisa is a graduate of Garrett Theological Seminary and maintains strong connections with Garrett Alumni.
Living as a member of the LGBTQ community in a small town has equipped her to serve alongside persons who differ on many issues.
Participated in Critical Conversations through the Conference and Annual Conference.
Dr. Carolyn Johnson, laity
Professor at Purdue University, Carolyn has served as Indiana Conference Secretary, conference and national President of United Methodist Women as well as the national boards of UMCOR and the ADVANCE. Prayer, mission, justice ministries and organizational integrity are the Carolyn’s core concerns.
Believes the global nature of the church is crucial to the UMC mission
Values the church’s witness to international conflict, shifting economic realities and the tension created by technology
Richard Shuck, laity
On faculty of DePauw University, Richard volunteers with several non-profit organizations that provide financial and emotional assistance. He has a passion to see all of God’s children having the same opportunities in a chosen profession, family and worship.
Desires to see the UMC practice Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Minds to any person who enters
Regrets our church and society have not been able to see all people as created in God’s image
Mary Ann Cain, laity
As a long-time teacher in Bible Study Fellowship, Mary Ann has been exposed to great diversity of Christian values and understandings. In her work as a member of the Board of Ordained Ministry she has honed her understanding of our Methodist Theology and Doctrine.
Understands Methodist doctrine and polity
Wants to work for a future where all are included
Kim Arnott, laity
Kim is our INUMC’s Conference Director of Lay Servant Ministries and as such serves on the national board’s association alongside directors from all the conferences. With a degree in Christian Education from CTS, Kim has been on a journey which has taken her from what she calls “pretty right-wing” to being a “centrist or liberal” and believes she can be a uniting voice.
Desires full inclusion in our UMC
30+ years experience in UMC laity leadership
Lynn A. Nelson, laity
Lynn is an active participant in the diversity round table conversation circles in Lafayette. Those conversations, in addition to the work she has done on the Board of Laity, the Northwest Operations Team and thorough the racial reconciliation group she participated with for 5 years have helped Lynn develop a deep appreciation for the need for inclusivity.
Experienced Methodist leaders with deep training in recognition and reconciliation
Desires a fully inclusive expression of our UMC