Rev. Jennifer Bailey, Founder and Executive Director
Named one of 15 Faith Leaders to Watch by the Center for American Progress, Rev. Jennifer Bailey is an ordained minister, public theologian, and emerging national leader in multi-faith movement for justice. She is the Founding Executive Director of the Faith Matters Network, a new interfaith community equipping faith leaders to challenge structural inequality in their communities. Jennifer comes to this work with nearly a decade of experience at nonprofits combatting intergenerational poverty. Rev. Bailey is an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
An Ashoka Fellow, Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellow, On Being Fellow and Truman Scholar, Jennifer earned degrees from Tufts University and Vanderbilt University Divinity School where she was awarded the Wilbur F. Tillett Prize for accomplishments in the study of theology. She writes regularly for a number of publications including On Being, Sojourners, and the Huffington Post. Her first book, tentatively titled Confessions of a #Millennial #Minister is currently under contract with Chalice Press. Rev. Bailey enjoys good food, dancing like no one is watching, and road trip adventures with her husband, psychotherapist and religious studies scholar Ira Helderman.
Margaret Ernst, Program Manager
Margaret Ernst learned what she knows about faith and justice from organizing alongside clergy, school parents and airport workers in Philadelphia, when she led communications for POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild), a faith-based organizing group that has built a broad base and won several campaigns in the Philadelphia region. Since moving to Nashville in 2015, Margaret has continued to be involved with low-wage worker struggles and helped found a network of congregations in Middle Tennessee showing up in solidarity with immigrant communities.
Margaret loves to hold sacred space rooted in the unique stories, places and histories that form us in order for changemakers to deepen relationship and grow their leadership. She holds a special commitment to equipping fellow white people to take action against racism and to do the personal work of disrupting white supremacy from within. Margaret is in the process of seeking ordination in the United Church of Christ and has a Masters of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School. She also loves to sing and laugh at all costs.
Micky ScottBey Jones, Director, Resilience and Healing Initiatives
Micky ScottBey Jones- the Justice Doula - supporting people as they birth more love, justice and shalom into our world. As a womanist, a faith rooted, contemplative activist, a healer, and nonviolence practitioner, Micky supports faith leaders, activists and everyday leaders in a variety of roles - speaker, writer, facilitator, pilgrimage guide and teacher. Topics of exploration and expertise include creating brave space, movement chaplaincy, contemplative activism, healing & resilience, transformation through travel, sustainable leadership and community building.
Micky develops and supports many of our programs at Faith Matters Network and deeply values collaboration, relationship as core to the work of personal and social transformation within our team and in our offerings to the world.
Micky has a M.A. in Intercultural Studies and is currently pursuing mentorship and advanced studies in the Enneagram. Micky was named one of the Black Christian leaders changing the world in Huffington Post. You can interact with her work and collaborations at www.mickyscottbeyjones.com . She never passes up a dance floor or a lively conversation around the dinner table.
Rachel Ternes, Faith Engagement Fellow, The People’s Supper
Rachel Ternes dove into the work of building community and seeking justice while serving with neighbors and faith communities in Philadelphia. She is now a Master of Divinity student at Vanderbilt Divinity School, and believes deeply in the power of communities creating and consuming good art and good food.
Hilary Allen, Project Consultant, Daring Compassion: Growing Movement Chaplaincy
Hilary Allen is a facilitator, coach, and consult focused on individuals and collectives at the intersection of justice and spirituality. Committed to transforming the experiences of people within movement, Hilary co-founded and convenes Ruach Guild, a peer supervision group for activists and organizers learning spiritual care. She is Lead for Innovation & Growth in the New England Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Hilary received a Master of Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School where she was given the Alison Cheek Prize in Feminist Liberation Theologies.
Nicholas Hayes, Consultant, Transformational Storytelling
Since his first exposure to faith-based community organizing in 2009, Nicholas Hayes, MDiv, has found in it a powerful set of practices to bridge personal and social transformation. Whether as a young adult organizer through Life Together (Boston's Episcopal Service Corps), a trainer and coach for Marshall Ganz's Leading Change Network, a leader in the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, or the national Faith Community Organizer at New Economy Coalition, Nicholas has brought spirituality and social justice organizing together in diverse ways throughout his career. He has led and facilitated trainings in narrative and organizing for diverse nonprofits, religious institutions, professional groups, and government organizations. After spending a year as a Teaching and Research Fellow for Marshall Ganz at the Harvard Kennedy School, in September, 2016 Nicholas began a PhD program in Theological Ethics at Boston College to ground his work in further study.
Carinne Luck, Project Consultant, Rooted in Resilience Mapping Project
Carinne is an organizer and strategist who supports groups to build healthy and leaderful organizations that can win concrete changes to improve people's lives. Most recently, Carinne worked with Hand in Hand, a partner of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, to build a movement of care consumers and employers of domestic workers to create an affordable, accessible and fair care system for all. Carinne is an adviser to CTZN WELL, The Wildfire Project, and If Not Now, and a board member of The Watershed Center and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice. She is also an active member of Momentum’s Community of Practice and is actively supporting movement incubation. Carinne was a co-founder of J Street, where she served as Chief of Staff and led the Field/Campaigns teams for 5 years. Carinne has studied meditation instruction with The Interdependence Project and participated in the Buddhist Peace Fellowship's Block, Build, Be leadership program. From 2015-2017, Carinne was the primary care manager for her father during his struggle with ALS. She is currently working on a collection of essays about this experience and the personal, spiritual and political lessons she has drawn from it.