Lauren Speeth, DMin, founded NHM Ministrants after becoming fascinated by eMinistry during her religious studies, which she began at the Graduate Theogical Union in Berkeley and completed at Bakke Graduate University in Seattle, Washington in 2011. An interfaith chaplaincy CPE program she undertook at Stanford Hospital and Clinics further honed her vision to equip those interested to follow a healers’ path. A Baptist minister, Speeth is also a filmmaker, educator, and entrepreneur. With knowledge gained from a lifetime of work in the Silicon Valley, from the startup to the Fortune 50 levels, Speeth founded The Elfenworks Foundation and Elfenworks Productions LLC, leveraging high-tech experience, the power of partnership, and a gift for storytelling to foster creative solutions “on the cutting edge of hope.” An External Advisor for The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, she was an architect programmer on their initial website, orchestrating their launch with A Concert for Hope. Speeth is also a Lifetime Member of The Board of Councilors at The Carter Center, a Regent Emeritus of Saint Mary’s College of California, and a member of the healing prayer team at Burlingame United Methodist Church. For her work, Speeth was named one of 40 Women of Influence by Saint Mary’s College and awarded a Doctor of Law Honoris Causa from Golden Gate University. For detailed biography, with graduate work, film and music credits, written publications, and acclaim, see www.elfenworksproductions.com.
Meet Kelly Shaw, our Project Manager. Mrs. Shaw has a deep background with NHM Ministrants, having traveled to India to help our Director teach the Spiritual Holistic Inquiry Process and other ministry subjects. She has a heart for the unjustly marginalized, and completed her masters’ thesis on the status of widows in India, based around our own Widows of India Status and Empowerment project, which arose after our visit to Tiruchirappalli, way back in 2013.
Meet Mike Dalling, a master of 8-bit video games and anything on two wheels. With twenty years of working in commercial arts and design, Mike is always ready to help us shape our vision into reality. This means much more than our beautiful logo and overall look-and-feel; it also means creating apparently simple graphics that convey a great deal of information, seemingly effortlessly. We especially love our S.H.I.P. graphic for our Spiritual-Holistic Inquiry Process, developed in 2011 and brought to life with the new graphic in the Summer of 2013. Most recently, he completely overhauled the look-and-feel of the website when we changed our name from The Center for Nonharming Ministries to NHM Ministrants. We promise never to do that to you again, Mike!
Council of Advisors
Our Council of Advisors is an advisory (non-voting, non-fiduciary) body comprised of distinguished theologians, ministers, and professional and academic leaders. Members share wisdom and provide counsel and recommendations to our Director. Members are invited to serve for a period of three years. In addition to advising the Director on issues relative to tour work, members function as ambassadors to the outside community.
Brother Camillus Chavez, F.S.C., Ph.D., Professor
Saint Mary’s College of California
Brother Camillus Chavez, holds a B.A. in philosophy, an M.S. in Spanish and Latin-American literature, a second M.A., in theology, and a Ph.D. in clinical and social psychology. A certified hypnotherapist, he has taught at Saint Mary’s College of California since 1975, offering courses on prayer and meditation, as well as open meditation sessions. His reputation for being gregarious arises from consciously practicing the Lasallian teacher’s virtues of Vigilance, Gentleness, and Prudence. It is Brother Camillus’ purpose to introduce students to their own interior life. Camillus, who entered psychology because of an abiding interest in the workings of the soul, has now moved into teaching courses that approach psychological material from a spiritual perspective, because, “I’ve found that psychological problems often indicate a need to move forward in one’s spiritual development.” For Camillus, the key to that development is the interior life. He notes that “even just a five-minute meditation can recall us to the fact that we are in the presence of a God who loves us with an overwhelming love. This is a Lasallian heritage – in the Rule of the Brothers the most important exercise of the day is interior prayer – but unless we connect the students to it, they won’t know it’s their heritage, too. I also think it’s important now for the Brothers to reach out and to share the charism of interior prayer.” Brother Camillus received the Saint John Baptist de La Salle Award in 2000 from the Saint Mary’s College Alumni Association, the highest award given by the Alumni/ae to a faculty member who has evidenced concern for students, availability to them beyond the classroom, and commitment to professional excellence.
Dr. Gwendolyn J. Dewey, Academic Dean
Bakke Graduate University
Dr.Gwendolyn Dewey holds a doctorate from the University of Washington in educational policy, governance, and administration, and a Doctor of Ministry from Eastern Baptist theological Seminary in transformational leadership for the global church. She is the Academic Dean at Bakke Graduate University over both the School of Theology and the School of Business, as well as the Director of Doctoral Dissertations, and Administrator of the Theology of Work grant program. She was past President of Bakke Graduate University and teaches in the U.S. and globally. She has experience both in the corporate world and in education (pre-kindergarten through university levels), holding key administrative positions at each level. She served as professor in the graduate educational administration program at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington.
Gabriel Ehri, Executive Director
Friends Journal (Quaker)
Gabriel Ehri is Executive Director at Friends Publishing Corporation, a nonprofit with a 185-year legacy of Quaker publishing. Its flagship monthly magazine, Friends Journal, reaches Quakers, spiritual seekers, and fellow travelers worldwide. Gabe is a native of the Pacific Northwest and a lifelong Quaker. He has a degree in English from Haverford College and was Content Manager at the Philadelphia-area Internet startup Hot Neuron LLC before joining Friends Publishing in 2004. His experience includes systems integration, project management, circulation, marketing, and fundraising. He enjoys the particular challenge of adapting a ministry of the written word into today’s media environment, continuing to serve Friends while also introducing new audiences to the vibrancy and relevance of historical and contemporary Quaker thought and action. He sees great potential in the increasing cross-pollination of religious and secular activism aligned with traditional Quaker tenets that include simplicity, peace, and integrity. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and son. His interests include literature, music, local food, and urban sustainability. He serves on the Corporation of Haverford College.
Rev. Calvin Jones, Jr., Senior Pastor
Providence Baptist Church
Pastor Rev. Calvin Jones, Jr. has been Senior Pastor of Providence Baptist Church, one of the largest congregations in San Francisco, since 1991. He holds a BA in Social Welfare from the University of Washington, and a Masters of Divinity from Harvard. He also played Defensive Back for the Denver Broncos from 1973 to 1976. Rev. Jones works tirelessly as he ministers to families and youth involved in or affected by crime in San Francisco, including a youth outreach program at San Francisco Juvenile Hall, ministering to youth and their families to assist with communication and life-altering skills. Pastor Jones serves as a Board Member of the Tabernacle Community Development Corporation, Commissioner of National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. Prison Ministry; Founding Board Member of the San Francisco Housing Development Corporation; Founding Executive Director of the Family School of San Francisco; and a member of the Mayor of San Francisco Citizens Advisory Committee for the Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard. A true proponent of faith-based community development, Jones has collaborated with the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, the Mayor’s Office of Housing, San Francisco Housing Development Corporation, Christian Church Homes of Northern California, & Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide Seniors of the Bayview-Hunter’s Point Community with affordable housing. Pastor Jones has received numerous awards and recognition which include: CityFlight’s “10 Most Influential African Americans in the Bay Area”; Distinguished Clergy of the Year, Alliance of Black School Educators of SF; and Honored by the San Francisco Chapter of the NAACP. He has also spoken on numerous national platforms, including a keynote address at a White House prayer breakfast, in 1977.
Rev. Dr. James (Jim) Keck, Senior Minister
First Plymouth Congregational Church
Rev. Dr. Jim Keck was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and started heading west for undergraduate study at the University of Colorado, Boulder and graduate study in Berkeley. He received his Doctorate of Ministry from Andover Newton Seminary and was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 1990. In 1993, after serving churches in Berkeley and Corona Del Mar, California, he became the Sr. Minister of the West Concord Union Church, in MassachusettsIn 1999 he became the Sr. Minister at the Congregational Church of San Mateo, California. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Pacific School of Religion; as president of the Peninsula Clergy Network which links 400 clergy with other area civic leaders; and as a board member of the Mission Hospice of San Mateo County. He has also served as a guest lecturer at Tufts University, Andover Newton Theological School, American Baptist School and Pacific School of Religion, as well as a keynote speaker for numerous denominational events. Rev. Keck and his wife Karen Taylor have two young children. When not at church he loves to play golf, basketball, handball, tennis, or just about any sport.