Meet the Team

 
Reverend Jennifer Bailey I 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 , Aspen Ideas Scholar,  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  . 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 .

Reverend Jennifer Bailey I 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, Aspen Ideas Scholar, 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. 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.

 
Micky ScottBey Jones I Director of Healing and Resilience Initiatives   Micky ScottBey Jones - the Justice Doula - accompanies people as they birth more love, justice and shalom into our world. As a womanist, faith rooted, contemplative activist, healer, and nonviolence practitioner, Micky supports students, clergy, activists and everyday leaders in a variety of roles - speaker, writer, facilitator, pilgrimage guide and teacher. She is the Director of Resilience and Healing Initiatives with the Faith Matters Network and is a core team member with  The People’s Supper  who has gathered more than 10,000 people around tables since the 2016 U.S. election for bridging and healing conversations. Micky earned a M.A. in Intercultural Studies from NAIITS/Portland Seminary and is currently pursuing advanced studies in the Enneagram. You can find pieces of her soul (writing) in two multi-authored books - Becoming Like Creoles: Living and Leading at the Intersections of Injustice, Culture and Religion and Keep Watch With Me: An Advent Reader for Peacemakers releasing in 2019.   Named one of the Black Christian leaders changing the world in Huffington Post, Micky travels the world exploring peacemaking and relationships in different contexts, spreading revolutionary love, engaging in authentic conversations, participating in transformative experiences - and most importantly - she  never  passes up a dance floor.

Micky ScottBey Jones I Director of Healing and Resilience Initiatives

Micky ScottBey Jones - the Justice Doula - accompanies people as they birth more love, justice and shalom into our world. As a womanist, faith rooted, contemplative activist, healer, and nonviolence practitioner, Micky supports students, clergy, activists and everyday leaders in a variety of roles - speaker, writer, facilitator, pilgrimage guide and teacher. She is the Director of Resilience and Healing Initiatives with the Faith Matters Network and is a core team member with The People’s Supper who has gathered more than 10,000 people around tables since the 2016 U.S. election for bridging and healing conversations. Micky earned a M.A. in Intercultural Studies from NAIITS/Portland Seminary and is currently pursuing advanced studies in the Enneagram. You can find pieces of her soul (writing) in two multi-authored books - Becoming Like Creoles: Living and Leading at the Intersections of Injustice, Culture and Religion and Keep Watch With Me: An Advent Reader for Peacemakers releasing in 2019.


Named one of the Black Christian leaders changing the world in Huffington Post, Micky travels the world exploring peacemaking and relationships in different contexts, spreading revolutionary love, engaging in authentic conversations, participating in transformative experiences - and most importantly - she never passes up a dance floor.

 
Margaret Ernst I 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.

Margaret Ernst I 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.


Rachel Ternes I 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.

Rachel Ternes I 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.

Diego Gomez I Artist in Residence   Diego Gomez has been exploring the act of healing through movement and theatrical explorations for the past 3 years. Holding a bachelors in Directing, Diego uses a combination of political activism and theatrical devising to create work that relies on the honest stories and experiences from community members. He believes in the power of healing through art and its positive effects on building community.

Diego Gomez I Artist in Residence

Diego Gomez has been exploring the act of healing through movement and theatrical explorations for the past 3 years. Holding a bachelors in Directing, Diego uses a combination of political activism and theatrical devising to create work that relies on the honest stories and experiences from community members. He believes in the power of healing through art and its positive effects on building community.

Arelis (Aly) Benítez I Fellow Movement Chaplaincy   Aly has an M.A. in Clinical Ministry from Loma Linda University and is currently working towards her PhD in Religion at Vanderbilt University. Vocationally, she is a Healthcare Chaplain, in practice since 2009. While serving as a Lead Chaplain at a medical center in southern California, she successfully recruited, trained, and supervised 45+ volunteer chaplains. In her academic experience, she has participated in the curriculum development, assessment, and review of a master’s level degree in Chaplaincy. Aly is committed to developing and strengthening the infrastructures of programs that are devoted to equipping leaders who will advocate and create justice  with  minoritized and oppressed persons and communities.

Arelis (Aly) Benítez I Fellow Movement Chaplaincy

Aly has an M.A. in Clinical Ministry from Loma Linda University and is currently working towards her PhD in Religion at Vanderbilt University. Vocationally, she is a Healthcare Chaplain, in practice since 2009. While serving as a Lead Chaplain at a medical center in southern California, she successfully recruited, trained, and supervised 45+ volunteer chaplains. In her academic experience, she has participated in the curriculum development, assessment, and review of a master’s level degree in Chaplaincy. Aly is committed to developing and strengthening the infrastructures of programs that are devoted to equipping leaders who will advocate and create justice with minoritized and oppressed persons and communities.

Consulting Partners

 
Hilary Allen I 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.

Hilary Allen I 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.

Carinne Luck I Project Consultant                                     Rooted in Resilience   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.

Carinne Luck I Project Consultant Rooted in Resilience

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.

Kevin Miguel Garcia I Consultant                         Communications & Social Media   Kevin Garcia a digital pastor, content creator and hot mess based in Atlanta, GA. They graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2013 with a BM in Music Education and they have been everything from a barista to a corporate office worker to a non-profit professional since then. After coming out in the fall of 2015 as a queer Christian, Kevin has reached thousands of individuals across the globe through his  writing ; his podcast,   A Tiny Revolution   ;  and through his  YouTube channel . Kevin believes that by telling our stories, we set others free to tell theirs.  Kevin is presently a candidate for a Masters of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA. In addition to LGBTQ advocacy, Kevin’s passions include vocal jazz, tacos, and really horrible dad jokes.

Kevin Miguel Garcia I Consultant Communications & Social Media

Kevin Garcia a digital pastor, content creator and hot mess based in Atlanta, GA. They graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2013 with a BM in Music Education and they have been everything from a barista to a corporate office worker to a non-profit professional since then. After coming out in the fall of 2015 as a queer Christian, Kevin has reached thousands of individuals across the globe through his writing; his podcast, A Tiny Revolution; and through his YouTube channel. Kevin believes that by telling our stories, we set others free to tell theirs.

Kevin is presently a candidate for a Masters of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA. In addition to LGBTQ advocacy, Kevin’s passions include vocal jazz, tacos, and really horrible dad jokes.