NextGen Preachers Day1 Sermon Salon Series 2019

 Day1 Sermon Salon Series 2019

NextGen Bios July 11


The Rev. Palmer Cantler is the Associate Pastor of Missions at Church Street United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tenn. At 13, attending Junior High Assembly, she stopped in front of a lime-green sign that proclaimed, "So You Want to Go Into Ministry?" She laughed and thought she was walking away down the hall. However, the next thing she realized she was writing her name on that sign. A native of East Tennessee, she earned her M. Div. at Duke University School of Divinity and a Certificate in Leadership in Non-Profit Management from the University of North Carolina. She enjoys cooking, knitting, and watching too much Netflix. She will be married this fall to Brent Gregory.


The Rev. Brandon Duke has served as a parish priest at St. Julian’s Episcopal Church in Douglasville for five years. He is currently on paternity leave after the birth of his and Ann’s second child. He grew up East Texas and found his way to the Episcopal Church when his college’s choir director needed male voices at a small Episcopal Church in Tyler. It was Brandon’s first experience with a liturgical tradition. He was a parishioner at Church of the Epiphany in Atlanta when he started seminary at Candler School of Theology. He served as chaplain at Central Outreach and Advocacy Center and as a hospital chaplain at Emory’s Wesley Woods Center. After Emory, he attended Sewanee: The University of the South’s School of Theology to hone his pastoral skills in liturgy, pastoral care, and community life.


The Rev. Chris Henry is senior pastor at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. He earlier served Shallowford Presbyterian in Atlanta. A North Carolina native, Christ is a graduate of Duke University and Columbia Theological Seminary where he received the Wilds Book Prize, Columbia’s highest academic honor, and the Harvard A. Anderson Graduate Fellowship. He currently serves as a member of Columbia’s board of trustees, the advisory board of NEXT Church, and the board of the Alliance for Christian Media. Chris has a passion for preaching that inspires and challenges all to faithful living in complex times. Chris and his wife the Rev. Sara Hayden are parents of two sons. Chris likes running long distances, grilling on the Big Green Egg, watching Duke basketball, reading, and traveling.


The Rev. Lauren Holder serves at the Cathedral of St. Philip as Canon for Outreach and Congregational Life and as Chaplain to the Cathedral Preschool. She was earlier at Trinity Wall Street in NYC and St. Luke’s in Atlanta. A graduate of Washington & Lee University, she earned an M.A. at St. John’s College and an M.Div. at General Theological Seminary. She serves on the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, the board of Crossroads Community Ministries, the board of Ahava Early Learning Center, and is a founding board member of the Boyce L. Ansley School, a private pre-k and kindergarten for children experiencing homelessness. She and her husband, Jason, are parents of two children. Lauren believes that preaching is a spiritual practice and that communication is how we create community.


Victoria Lawson is a native of Alabama and a graduate of Samford University. She has worked in various arenas of children’s and youth ministry. She is currently pursuing an M. Div. at Mercer University McAfee School of Theology. She loves ministering through music and seeks to empower others through speaking and preaching. You can find her writing on her blog, “Journeys on Purpose.” She is in the process of publishing her first book. Victoria volunteers with Atlanta Young Lives.


The Rev. Rob Lee, baptized and raised in the United Methodist Church, was ordained in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. He currently lives in his hometown, Statesville, N.C. A graduate of Appalachian State University where he met his wife Stephanie, Rob earned an M.T. from Duke University Divinity School. He began work on his D. Min in spirituality and storytelling in 2018. He is a columnist for the “Statesville Record and Landmark” where his writing on faith includes interviews with many well-known theologians and preachers. His work has appeared on NPR, The State of Things, The View, MTV’s Video Music Awards, Huffington Post, the Common English Bible, and the Washington Post. His first book, “Stained-Glass Millennials,” explores the relationship between the institutional church and the millennial generation. His second book, “A Sin by Any Other Name: Reckoning with Racism and the Heritage of the South,” was published in April 2019.


The Rev. Joshua Scott serves as Associate Pastor to Youth, Young Adults, and Families at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church. He has been a youth pastor and worked with students in various capacities since 2010. A graduate of Jacksonville State University, he earned an M. Div. from Mercer University McAfee School of Theology and is pursuing a D. Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Josh can be found running slowly for exercise, watching movies with his wife Lauren, or eating red velvet cake. When considering the challenges of life, Josh believes no obstacle is too hard for God. His goal is to equip the next generation to know and love God.

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