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 San Gabriel, CA with her husband, Dan, and their two year old daughter, Miriam. 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 currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska where she serves as the senior pastor of Leake Temple AME Zion Church, and also as the presiding elder of the Fairbanks-Anchorage District. Gina earned an MAT in Theology & Biblical Studies from Fuller Seminary in 2008, and recently graduated with a DMin in Workplace Theology, Ethics & Leadership from Gordon-Conwell Seminary.
 
DARRYL FORD is lead pastor at Ikon Community Church in Atlanta, GA and previously served as a Micah Groups Mobilizer, helping to recruit and train Micah Group facilitators. Darryl's greatest passion is seeing the gospel radically transforming myriad cultures and people groups through creative contextualization without compromise.
 
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.
 
BRUCE MAIN is founder and president of Urban Promise, whose mission is to equip children and young adults with the skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth, and Christian leadership. He is also a frequent speaker, teacher, and author. Bruce has been part of the Micah Groups ministry from early days, co-facilitating two groups in Camden, NJ. He has an MAT from Fuller Seminary and a DMin from Princeton Seminary.
 
STEVE NORMAN is the Teaching Pastor at Central Wesleyan Church in Holland, MI. He’s a Fuller Seminary alum (MAGL ’03, DMiss ’13) who is passionate about developing preachers and local church leaders, which you can read about in his articles for Christianity Today. Steve served as a facilitator for two Micah Groups in the Detroit area.
 
BRET WIDMAN has been cofacilitating Micah groups since 2013. He is ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church and is the Lead Pastor at River Life Covenant Church in Sacramento, CA and is also adjunct faculty at Western Seminary. 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 25 years and have 4 daughters.
 
TIM YEE has been involved with Micah Groups since 2013. He is senior pastor of Union Church of Los Angeles, a 99-year-old church in downtown LA’s Little Tokyo District, which serves professionals, internment camp survivors, artists, and homeless. Tim is on the Board of Directors of the Union Rescue Mission in LA’s Skid Row and is also a founding member of Give Urban Farms, whose vision is to develop urban farms in every neighborhood in Los Angeles.
 
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