Staff

JENNIFER ACKERMAN:
Director of Operations and Director of Micah Groups

Jennifer is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA) with more than 20 years of previous experience directing the worship and preaching efforts of churches in multiple denominations across the US. While earning her MDiv at Fuller Seminary, Jennifer worked alongside Mark Labberton in the original development of Micah Groups and other Ogilvie Institute programing, later becoming the Micah Groups Coordinator under Tim Dearborn's direction. Now, as Director of Operations, Jennifer is working to ensure the Ogilvie Institute's long-term sustainability as a leader in the convergence of worship, preaching, and justice; and as Director of Micah Groups, she oversees recruitment and training of Micah Group Facilitators, curriculum development, and ongoing support of more than 100 Micah Groups across the US, Canada, and abroad. Jennifer is also working on a PhD in Theology & Culture, which is an opportunity to further research the Ogilvie Institute's commitment to the convergence of worship, preaching, and justice. Contact Jennifer at jenniferackerman@fuller.edu or 626-396-6058.

 

Erin Brockway:
Program Administrator

Erin comes to the Ogilvie Institute with approximately ten years of administrative experience. She holds a BA in English Literature from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and studied French and French Culture in Aix-en-Provence, France. Originally from Bethlehem, PA, Erin now lives in Brockport, NY with her husband, Dan, their three year old daughter, Miriam, and their 18 months old son, Ezekiel. Erin oversees the administrative management of the Ogilvie Institute, so all questions or concerns about web access, Micah Group registration, payments, and Ogilvie Institute general information may be directed to her. Contact Erin at information@ogilvieinstitute.org or 626-396-6004.

 

MICAH GROUPS ADVISORY TEAM

The Micah Groups vision to "catalyze a movement of empowered, wise preachers who do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God" requires the commitment of many, diverse voices to help nurture and guide this ongoing movement. Members of our Advisory Team include experienced church leaders who have served as Micah Group facilitators and are now working to help recruit, train, and develop new facilitators and leaders.

 

GINA CASEY has facilitated Micah Groups in Boston and Phoenix. She has more than twenty years experience as a senior pastor in the AME Zion Church and is currently serving as a chaplain at Providence Health & Services in Anchorage, Alaska. Gina has a Masters of Arts in Theology & Biblical Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry in Workplace Theology, Ethics & Leadership from Gordon-Conwell Seminary.
 
JIN CHO has been involved with Micah Groups since 2016. He has worked for over twenty years as a pastor and a church planter and recently received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, writing on the topic of race, evangelicalism, and the local church. Jin now consults with churches and non-profits on neighboring and community building in Orange County, California. He is currently in the process of becoming an Anglican priest.
 
DEBBIE DALEY-SALINGER has been part of the Micah Group movement since 2016. She is an ordained Elder and a member of The Order of Elders in The United Methodist Church. Debbie currently serves as the lead pastor at Wesley Memorial in Fort Myers, Florida.  She and her husband, Peter, have been married for 33 years and have three lovely daughters. She earned a Masters in Divinity and in Pastoral Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary and is currently a candidate for a Doctorate in Ministry at Portland Seminary. Debbie also has over 20 years of corporate management experience to compliment her ten plus years of ministry experience.
 
JOY JOHNSON has been part of the Micah Group movement since 2012. As President of the Board for Sacramento Area Congregations Together (ACT), Joy leads in mobilizing public sentiment around social justice grounded in faith, and as part of the regional leadership team for Sacramento City Pastors Fellowship, she helps to build bridges among diverse clergy. Joy has a doctorate degree from Sacramento Theological Seminary and currently serves as pastor at Agape Alive Church in Roseville, CA.
 
ASBURY JONES has been involved with Micah Groups since 2014. He is the former Senior Pastor of Valley View Church of Folsom, CA, and the former Executive Director of the Spencer W. Perkins Fellowship program, an urban ministry and racial reconciliation training program for college students. Currently, he is a Public Relations Manager with California Department of Public Health’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Education). Asbury has a Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School.
 
MICHAEL STAFFORD has been involved with Micah Groups since 2016. He began leading worship at 7 years old and preaching at 9. He was commissioned by his father as a Minister Associate and has served numerous denominations as a worship and arts pastor, youth minister, and teaching pastor. Michael studied music and theater at CSU Fresno and Fresno City College and has lead ministry workshops for Missions of Hope International. Currently he is a worship pastor for Union Church of Los Angeles, CA.
 
BRET WIDMAN has been involved with Micah groups since 2013. He is ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church and is the Director of CRUX at North Park University in Chicago, IL. CRUX is an intentional, transformational living learning cohort where first year students will experience Christ formed in them and participate in the revealed and unfolding Kingdom of God. Bret has an MDiv from North Park Theological Seminary and a DMin from Fuller Theological Seminary. Bret and his wife, Janine, have been married for 27 years and have 4 daughters.
 
TIM YEE has been involved with Micah Groups since 2013. He is a pastor, consultant, speaker, and coach based in Los Angeles. Tim has served on the Board of Union Rescue Mission, the New Joshua House, Give Urban Farms, and various churches and non-profits. Most recently Tim was the senior pastor of Union Church of Los Angeles, a 101-years-old church in downtown LA’s Little Tokyo District, which serves internment camp survivors, professionals, recovering addicts, and artists as well as residents from Skid Row.
 
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