Introducing Disciples of Welcome Facilitation Team!

Peer Group Faciliators are ministers and community-builders from throughout North Carolina and the country skilled in dialogue across difference, who will hold space for community building and leadership growth in small groups of Disciples of Welcome cohort members.

Rev. Gloria Winston-Harris, Lead Facilitator   The Rev. Gloria Winston-Harris is the director of the Office of Spiritual Development and Dialogue and executive director of the NCCU Wesley Foundation/Campus Ministry at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina.  A licensed provisional elder in the United Methodist Church, she received an M.D. from Duke Divinity School and is currently pursuing a doctor of ministry in transformative leadership with a concentration in interfaith dialogue and peace building at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.

Rev. Gloria Winston-Harris, Lead Facilitator

The Rev. Gloria Winston-Harris is the director of the Office of Spiritual Development and Dialogue and executive director of the NCCU Wesley Foundation/Campus Ministry at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina.

A licensed provisional elder in the United Methodist Church, she received an M.D. from Duke Divinity School and is currently pursuing a doctor of ministry in transformative leadership with a concentration in interfaith dialogue and peace building at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.

Lauren D. Cunningham, MPA  |  Retreat Consultant and Peer Group Facilitator  Originally from Louisville, KY, Lauren combines a unique background in higher education, community and youth development, and leadership to her work as a facilitator. Using the arts as her vehicle to engage and center others in the meaningful process and practice of critical reflection, Lauren believes in the power of building positive and supportive relationships with others. Raised in Black Baptist Church faith traditions, Lauren is a member of Good Neighbor Movement in Greensboro, a multiracial, people of color and black centered, queer inclusive network of missional communities.   Lauren is excited to share her unique set of skills, gifts, and talents with the Disciples of Welcome community. She believes in the power of journeying with others to make our own corners of the world a more compassionate, just, and loving place.

Lauren D. Cunningham, MPA | Retreat Consultant and Peer Group Facilitator
Originally from Louisville, KY, Lauren combines a unique background in higher education, community and youth development, and leadership to her work as a facilitator. Using the arts as her vehicle to engage and center others in the meaningful process and practice of critical reflection, Lauren believes in the power of building positive and supportive relationships with others. Raised in Black Baptist Church faith traditions, Lauren is a member of Good Neighbor Movement in Greensboro, a multiracial, people of color and black centered, queer inclusive network of missional communities.

Lauren is excited to share her unique set of skills, gifts, and talents with the Disciples of Welcome community. She believes in the power of journeying with others to make our own corners of the world a more compassionate, just, and loving place.

Minister Candace Simpson | Retreat Consultant and Peer Group Facilitator   Minister Candace Simpson is a sister, preacher and educator. She formerly served on a team of Faith and Justice Educators at the United Methodist Women. Currently, Minister Simpson is an independent consultant, working with non-profits and churches to develop Christian anti-oppression learning experiences. She is also an associate minister at Concord Baptist Church of Christ. It is Candace's philosophy that Heaven is a Revolution that can happen right here on Earth. She invites people to participate in that philosophy at  Fish Sandwich Heaven , an online resource for dreaming a freer world. She brings a deep appreciation for participatory bible studies as political education to the team. When we critically and creatively engage common texts (like the Bible,  The Wiz  or Janelle Monae’s  Dirty Computer),  so much is possible towards personal, communal and societal transformation.

Minister Candace Simpson | Retreat Consultant and Peer Group Facilitator

Minister Candace Simpson is a sister, preacher and educator. She formerly served on a team of Faith and Justice Educators at the United Methodist Women. Currently, Minister Simpson is an independent consultant, working with non-profits and churches to develop Christian anti-oppression learning experiences. She is also an associate minister at Concord Baptist Church of Christ. It is Candace's philosophy that Heaven is a Revolution that can happen right here on Earth. She invites people to participate in that philosophy at Fish Sandwich Heaven, an online resource for dreaming a freer world. She brings a deep appreciation for participatory bible studies as political education to the team. When we critically and creatively engage common texts (like the Bible, The Wiz or Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer), so much is possible towards personal, communal and societal transformation.

Karen Keen | Peer Group Facilitator   Hello! I am a spiritual director and educator in Durham, North Carolina. Trained in the Ignatian tradition by Catholic sisters, I am passionate about providing spiritual care for pastors and ministry leaders through private practice at The Redwood Center for Spiritual Care and Education. I have previous experience as a dialogue facilitator with the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion, as well as training in Peacemaking Circles under Kay Pranis. Much of my experience in social healing has involved helping churches and individuals process complex questions of faith and sexuality, including authoring the book  Scripture, Ethics, and the Possibility of Same-Sex Relationships  (Eerdmans). My educational background includes a MS in education (counseling) from Western Oregon University, MA in exegetical theology from Western Seminary, and ThM in biblical studies from Duke Divinity School. As a group facilitator with the Disciples of Welcome program, I am excited to create space for honest conversation, reflection, and encouragement to support leaders in community bridge building.

Karen Keen | Peer Group Facilitator

Hello! I am a spiritual director and educator in Durham, North Carolina. Trained in the Ignatian tradition by Catholic sisters, I am passionate about providing spiritual care for pastors and ministry leaders through private practice at The Redwood Center for Spiritual Care and Education. I have previous experience as a dialogue facilitator with the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion, as well as training in Peacemaking Circles under Kay Pranis. Much of my experience in social healing has involved helping churches and individuals process complex questions of faith and sexuality, including authoring the book Scripture, Ethics, and the Possibility of Same-Sex Relationships (Eerdmans). My educational background includes a MS in education (counseling) from Western Oregon University, MA in exegetical theology from Western Seminary, and ThM in biblical studies from Duke Divinity School. As a group facilitator with the Disciples of Welcome program, I am excited to create space for honest conversation, reflection, and encouragement to support leaders in community bridge building.

Rev. Dr. M. Keith Daniel | Peer Group Facilitator   Dr. Daniel is a General Partner for Resilient Ventures, LLC. and owner of Madison Consulting Group, LLC MCG and served as the Executive Director of Operations and Strategic Partnerships for StepUp North Carolina and DurhamCares, Inc. Dr. Daniel has nearly 3 decades of management, leadership, teaching and service in higher education administration in undergraduate and graduate student affairs, human resources, and religious life, including with the PathWays Program and Duke Chapel. Daniel is ordained American Baptist minister. About Disciples of Welcome, he says: “I joyfully bring to the table as a Peer Group Facilitator a love for “gardening with people”, a myriad church-based servant-leadership experiences, and sustained spiritual practices of discernment, decision-making and wholistic community engagement. I am excited for the learning journey provided by the Disciples of Welcome ministry initiative and receive it as yet another gift from God for beloved community building.

Rev. Dr. M. Keith Daniel | Peer Group Facilitator
Dr. Daniel is a General Partner for Resilient Ventures, LLC. and owner of Madison Consulting Group, LLC MCG and served as the Executive Director of Operations and Strategic Partnerships for StepUp North Carolina and DurhamCares, Inc. Dr. Daniel has nearly 3 decades of management, leadership, teaching and service in higher education administration in undergraduate and graduate student affairs, human resources, and religious life, including with the PathWays Program and Duke Chapel. Daniel is ordained American Baptist minister. About Disciples of Welcome, he says: “I joyfully bring to the table as a Peer Group Facilitator a love for “gardening with people”, a myriad church-based servant-leadership experiences, and sustained spiritual practices of discernment, decision-making and wholistic community engagement. I am excited for the learning journey provided by the Disciples of Welcome ministry initiative and receive it as yet another gift from God for beloved community building.

Joy Bronson | Peer Group Facilitator   Joy earned her M.Div. from Vanderbilt Divinity School (TN) with a focus in holy play and transformational change, and her undergraduate English degree with a focus in Africana Studies from The College of Wooster (OH). Herself a PK (Preacher’s Kid) of a PK and a childhood recipient of social services, Joy approaches this work from an ethic of creating sustainable and thriving connections and communities by centering equity relationships. She currently serves as a strategic planning consultant with CauseImpact (OH), as well as Design Implementation Specialist with American Baptist College’s (TN)  Called to Lives of Meaning & Purpose Initiative .  For the Disciples of Welcome process, Joy is most excited to learn and journey with folks pursuing their calling and living in God.

Joy Bronson | Peer Group Facilitator

Joy earned her M.Div. from Vanderbilt Divinity School (TN) with a focus in holy play and transformational change, and her undergraduate English degree with a focus in Africana Studies from The College of Wooster (OH). Herself a PK (Preacher’s Kid) of a PK and a childhood recipient of social services, Joy approaches this work from an ethic of creating sustainable and thriving connections and communities by centering equity relationships. She currently serves as a strategic planning consultant with CauseImpact (OH), as well as Design Implementation Specialist with American Baptist College’s (TN) Called to Lives of Meaning & Purpose Initiative.

For the Disciples of Welcome process, Joy is most excited to learn and journey with folks pursuing their calling and living in God.

Rev. Brandon Wrencher | Peer Group Facilitator   Brandon is a minister, writer, organizer, and facilitator working across the US within faith, education, and non-profit sectors at the intersections of decolonizing church, contemplative activism, and local presence to build beloved communities. He is a serial innovator and church planter whose latest venture is starting Good Neighbor Movement, a multiracial, people of color and black centered, queer inclusive network of missional communities in Greensboro, NC. Brandon is a provisional elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church and serves on several local and national faith-based social justice committees and boards. Brandon is excited to share his skills of group facilitation, coaching, public speaking, pastoral care and counseling, strategic and program planning, and community organizing with the Disciples of Welcome community. He believes Disciples of Welcome will cultivate ministries of conversation and hospitality that will be critical to the wholistic transformation needed in our current spiritual and political climate in the US.

Rev. Brandon Wrencher | Peer Group Facilitator

Brandon is a minister, writer, organizer, and facilitator working across the US within faith, education, and non-profit sectors at the intersections of decolonizing church, contemplative activism, and local presence to build beloved communities. He is a serial innovator and church planter whose latest venture is starting Good Neighbor Movement, a multiracial, people of color and black centered, queer inclusive network of missional communities in Greensboro, NC. Brandon is a provisional elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church and serves on several local and national faith-based social justice committees and boards. Brandon is excited to share his skills of group facilitation, coaching, public speaking, pastoral care and counseling, strategic and program planning, and community organizing with the Disciples of Welcome community. He believes Disciples of Welcome will cultivate ministries of conversation and hospitality that will be critical to the wholistic transformation needed in our current spiritual and political climate in the US.

Rev. Susan Chorley | Peer Group Facilitator   Reverend Susan Chorley is an ordained American Baptist minister and co-founder & current Executive Director of  Exhale , a national after abortion counseling talkline. She has served in congregations in Massachusetts, North Carolina, Washington and California. Prior to Exhale, Susan served as the Associate Director and Minister of Programs at the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry in Roxbury, MA where she began innovative survivor-led work weaving together faith/spirituality and restorative justice principles through circle practice and ritual creation. Susan and her son live in Boston, MA.

Rev. Susan Chorley | Peer Group Facilitator

Reverend Susan Chorley is an ordained American Baptist minister and co-founder & current Executive Director of Exhale, a national after abortion counseling talkline. She has served in congregations in Massachusetts, North Carolina, Washington and California. Prior to Exhale, Susan served as the Associate Director and Minister of Programs at the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry in Roxbury, MA where she began innovative survivor-led work weaving together faith/spirituality and restorative justice principles through circle practice and ritual creation. Susan and her son live in Boston, MA.

Rev. Tyler Sit | Peer Group Facilitator   Rev. Tyler Sit has the  immense  pleasure of being the church planter of New City Church in Minnesota a new community that focuses on environmental justice. He is a lover of Minnesota, a United Methodist pastor, and the son of a Chinese immigrant. Sit holds a BS in Communication from Boston University and a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology, and he has traveled broadly across four continents. He has received training as a prison chaplain, community organizer, and social entrepreneur. When he's not at New City, you'll find Tyler wandering around the Mississippi River.  Tyler looks forward to facilitating a group with the Disciples of Welcome because he’s a sucker for honest, vulnerable conversation with people who are really different from each other.

Rev. Tyler Sit | Peer Group Facilitator

Rev. Tyler Sit has the immense pleasure of being the church planter of New City Church in Minnesota a new community that focuses on environmental justice. He is a lover of Minnesota, a United Methodist pastor, and the son of a Chinese immigrant. Sit holds a BS in Communication from Boston University and a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology, and he has traveled broadly across four continents. He has received training as a prison chaplain, community organizer, and social entrepreneur. When he's not at New City, you'll find Tyler wandering around the Mississippi River.

Tyler looks forward to facilitating a group with the Disciples of Welcome because he’s a sucker for honest, vulnerable conversation with people who are really different from each other.


Rev. Iván Gonzalez | Peer Group Facilitator   A Central Florida native, Rev. Iván Gonzalez is the associate pastor of Spring of Life United Method Church in Orlando, Florida. In addition to ministry, Rev. Gonzalez is also a licensed mental health counselor in private practice where he specializes in working with substance abuse issues, couples therapy and with young adults. Rev. Gonzalez holds a bachelors in Psychology, a masters degree in Counseling from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School at Duke University. I am looking forward to Disciples of Welcome, as I believe this cultural moment is inviting church leaders to live into Isaiah 58:12, women and men who are called to be “repairers of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.” In order for us to live into this mandate, we need spaces like Disciples of Welcome to cultivate meaningful and honest dialogue, and for that I am greatly thrilled to be walking alongside this cohort.

Rev. Iván Gonzalez | Peer Group Facilitator

A Central Florida native, Rev. Iván Gonzalez is the associate pastor of Spring of Life United Method Church in Orlando, Florida. In addition to ministry, Rev. Gonzalez is also a licensed mental health counselor in private practice where he specializes in working with substance abuse issues, couples therapy and with young adults. Rev. Gonzalez holds a bachelors in Psychology, a masters degree in Counseling from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School at Duke University. I am looking forward to Disciples of Welcome, as I believe this cultural moment is inviting church leaders to live into Isaiah 58:12, women and men who are called to be “repairers of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.” In order for us to live into this mandate, we need spaces like Disciples of Welcome to cultivate meaningful and honest dialogue, and for that I am greatly thrilled to be walking alongside this cohort.