Stuff for making ministry cooler, easier, and funner. Yes, we said funner.

Our writers and editors are committed to producing high quality worship planning and resource materials for the Narrative Lectionary.

 

But we're also into fun. What does that mean? It means that sometimes it's okay to have fun doing what we're doing. We've got energy! We know you'll love our stuff—we're here to make your worship planning experience easier (and funner too). The story is where it's at—God's story.

The Team

Rev. Dr. Kimberly "Kace" Leetch, Clergy Stuff Founder

Dr. Kimberly "Kace" Leetch is Clergy Stuff's founder and owner.

Her goal in her work life is to provide resources for clergy to make their ministries cooler, easier, and funner. Yes, she means funner. She also launched On Being Colorful in 2015, a lifestyle and Bible storytelling blog that’s fun, quirky, and a little bit (ok, a lot bit) snarky. Click here to read her blog.

Kimberly lives in Bloomington, MN. Before Clergy Stuff, she served as Associate Pastor of Shepherd of the Hills in Edina, MN and as Associate Pastor at Augustana in West St. Paul, MN. She received her D. Min. in Biblical Preaching from Luther Seminary in 2008, and her M.Div. from Luther Seminary in 1999. Before entering seminary she worked in advertising for the publisher of the magazine, Modern Liturgy (now Ministry and Liturgy).

She has been a freelance writer for Spark Story Bible, the Spark Sunday School and summer curricula by Augsburg Fortress’ Sparkhouse, and Augsburg’s Akaloo curriculum. She has also written for Working Preacher. She also served as Crosstown Conference Dean of the Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA. She is currently available for speaking and writing assignments.

She enjoys writing and speaking, and has a great passion for following God into the eye of the storm. Her most recent creation (and great joy) has been creating Narratology, a story- and mentor-based confirmation program for congregations with 1, 2 or 3 kids! In her spare time (rare!) she enjoys taking day trips with her family, cooking, baking, exercising at the gym, painting, home improvement projects, going to the movies, and finding new apps.

Her husband, Jeremy fixes computers by day, and by night he coaches the boys’ baseball and basketball, and Megan's volleyball. He also plays basketball. He has faithfully and patiently enjoyed over 23 years of marriage and ministry. He has always supported his wife’s career swings, a few educational degrees, her hobbies started and stopped, and her dogs, Beebo and Jaxon.

Josh, 20, works for the same company as dad. He is itching to explore the bigger world and is turning into a responsible, confident, happy young adult. Diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes at 16 months old, he is an active participant in JDRF’s Walk to Cure Diabetes. Josh was also diagnosed with MS in November, 2014. You can show your support at his GoFundMe page.

Luke, 18, is incredible with his kendama, a Japanese skill toy. He has tested at a level 8 of 10 and has been sponsored onto the pro team by Kendama Minneapolis. He is also currently working at the local kendama shop, Sweets Kendamas. He is working hard to save enough to go to this year's Kendama World Cup in Japan. He was also diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes in April, 2014, and has been walking in JDRF’s Walk to Cure Diabetes with the family for many years.

Megan is 13 going on 23. She enjoys her phone, dogs, phone, friends, dogs, phone, and of course, dogs. She plays volleyball and dad coaches her team. Also diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes in June, 2010, she too participates in JDRF’s Walk to Cure Diabetes. You can’t miss her in her bright blue (purple, blonde, pink… what color this week?) ombre. She was born with an amazingly huge smile on her face, which has never left.

 

Daniel D. Maurer, Director of Creative Content and Marketing for Clergy Stuff and Founder of Arches 'n Bells

Daniel D. Maurer is the Director of Creative Content and Marketing for Clergy Stuff. He's also the main point of contact to help you out at Clergy Stuff.

A former ELCA minister, Daniel now spends his time working for Clergy Stuff and as a freelance writer. He has three published books: Sobriety: A Graphic Novel (Hazelden Publishing, 2014) and Faraway: A Suburban Boy's Story as a Victim of Sex Trafficking (Two Harbors Press, 2015). His third book is now published (2016) with Augsburg Fortress Publishers: Papa Luther. This most recent work is an exciting book looking at the life of Martin Luther through the eyes of his kids! (It's also a graphic novel.)  He is currently working on his fourth book, which deals with how spirituality undergirds resilience.

Daniel has created curriculum for the Whirl resource at Sparkhouse, and has worked intimately with Augsburg Fortress Publishers. His third book will be an AF children's resource (*UPDATE: It's out! You can find 'Papa Luther' right here). Daniel has also written for secular, science-based educational resources for Amicus Publishing—a series of books authored by him will come out in late 2016. The Word in Season, Alive Now!, and The Nature Conservancy are other publications he's written resources and articles for, as well as addiction/recovery resources and justice-related writings.

His non-fiction brand deals with sharing stories of personal transformation. Openly living in recovery from addiction and depression, Daniel has spoken at various venues around the Midwest and in New York City and Naples, Florida. His website, Transformation Is Real, has become a premier online resource sharing his and others' stories of change and transformation.

Daniel is also a writer for the Kids' Bulletins and Children's Sermons sections for Clergy Stuff Resources. In addition to all this stuff (whew . . . out of breath), Daniel founded Clergy Stuff's sister site, Arches 'n Bells which provides theatrical resources, skits & plays for progressive congregations. He lives with his wife, his two boys, and two cats & a dog named Lazarus in the world's coolest city, Saint Paul, Minnesota. He's also the designer for the online, affirmation of baptism phenomenon for kids with special needs, Narratology.

 


Rev. Wendy Sherer

Rev. Wendy Sherer - Writer graduated from Wartburg Theological Seminary in 1999, and has served in parish, campus and hospital ministries in Ohio and the United Kingdom, where she now lives and studies a PhD in media. Having been fortunate to visit many different places and experience things foreign to her own background, Wendy sees God’s love as something which knows no boundaries of language, tradition, even religious practice. When we let that love transform us, the whole world can be transformed. Wendy has spent her career writing sermons, articles, hymn texts and personal essays, and is now venturing into the world of drama and screenplays. Her MA thesis was an audio documentary entitled, “Foundation or Facade? The State of Christianity in Great Britain,” and can be found here: https://wendysherer.wordpress.com/2014/07/14/foundation-or-facade-the-state-of-christianity-in-britain/. Wendy resides in West London with her cat (and fellow emigrant) Athena, who competes with her computer for lap space while she writes liturgy. Wendy writes for the Prayers section for Clergy Stuff Resources.

 

Rev. Dr. Ruth Hetland

Rev. Dr. Ruth Hetland - Writer is the pastor of Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church in Audubon, Minnesota. Ordained in 1999, she served congregations in New York, Colorado, and Texas prior to returning to her home state. She attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, received her Masters of Divinity at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, MN, and her Doctor of Ministry degree at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO.  She has written for Sundays and Seasons, Christ in our Home, the Upper Room, the Lutheran Magazine, and authored one book, “The Power of Place and Story in Preaching”. Proud of her Norwegian heritage, in 2014, she participated in the Gullruten (“Golden Screen”) award-winning reality television show, Alt for Norge, in Norway. She loves to bake, run, watch Hallmark Christmas movies, and prowl around used book stores. On any given day you can find her joining in a Gear Daddies sing-along with her husband, Chad, and her two little Vikings, Owen and Jesse. Ruth writes for the Kids' Translation of the Message section for Clergy Stuff Resources.

 

Elise Seyfried, Writer for Clergy Stuff

Elise Seyfried - Writer is the author of three books of humorous spiritual essays: Unhaling: On God, Grace and a Perfectly Imperfect Life; Underway: Reflections on Everyday Grace; and Everyday Matters. She has written numerous freelance articles for such diverse publications as The Philadelphia Inquirer; The Lutheran Digest; Simul: Lutheran Voices in Poetry; Metropolis; and Guideposts magazine. Elise has written 15 plays for children, and many devotions for The Word in Season. She is Director of Spiritual Formation at Christ's Lutheran Church, Oreland, PA. Elise is also a columnist for a Philadelphia newspaper, an actress, mom of five and new grandma. Elise writes about her hectic, funny, perfectly imperfect life—and the wonder of God's grace through it all. Elise can be contacted through her website: www.eliseseyfried.com; she blogs at eliseseyfried.blogspot.com. Elise writes for the Creative Expressions section for Clergy Stuff Resources.

 

Jerry Salter, Creative Original Music Composer for the Narrative Lectionary Liturgical Resources

Jerry Salter - Composer & Music has been writing music for about as long as he can remember. He has tried to create music for almost everywhere that he finds himself—in school for choir, band and plays, for friends looking for music to sing, in church, and in his kid's schools.  Writing music is an activity he truly adores. He states, "I'm so grateful that God has given me this gift. And now I am so thrilled to use my skills to help connect the scripture readings with the congregation by creating scripture responses the reinforce the readings for that Sunday!"  It's Jerry's hope that you find Clergy Stuff Original Music a welcome addition to your worship as you use the Narrative Lectionary.

 

Rev. Jay Egenes, Worship & Praise Music Contributor for Narrative Lectionary Resources

Jay Egenes - Writer, Praise Music (last name pronounced Egg’-uh-ness) is a musician, a lawyer, and the pastor/redeveloper at Spirit of Hope in San Bernardino, California.  

Several years ago, people in a Bible study Jay was leading starting asking him “Why aren’t you a pastor?” After spending time in prayer and discussion with his family, Pastor Jay left his law practice and took a part time position at a church while preparing for full-time ministry.

His preaching/teaching style focuses on understanding a biblical text, and the larger biblical story, to see how it reveals the love of Jesus for us—for you.  This in turn, inspires us to love Jesus and to love reading the Bible so that we can get to know Jesus better, experiencing and reflecting His love in our lives.

Pastor Jay studied political science and philosophy at Luther College and got his law degree at University of Iowa.  He has lived in southern California since 1988, and practiced law for 16 years before entering full-time ministry.  

Jay studied at Fuller Theological Seminary (where he studied worship and learned about integrating Vineyard-style “Praise & Worship” music with the historical four-part worship structure from professors as diverse as Clayton Schmit, Ron Rienstra, Bill Dyrness, and Mike Breen) and received his M.Div. from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary.

Both before and after entering law practice, Jay worked as a professional musician.  He starting singing in church sometime before the age of 7 and has played blues, jazz, rock, folk, country and gospel. Before Jay entered the ministry, you may have seen him playing guitar or harmonica in a local club, or even at House of Blues or B.B King’s.  His musical background has been instrumental in designing an upbeat worship service incorporating new and old songs that tell of Jesus’ love for us.

Pastor Jay is very lucky to be married to Gail Egenes, who puts up with him no matter what.  They have three grown daughters—Anna, Kirsten, and Erica.

 
Dr. L. Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan Photo courtesy University of St. Thomas.

Dr. L. Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan Photo courtesy University of St. Thomas.

L. Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan, Ph.D. is the Associate Professor for Special Education and Gifted Education at the University of St. Thomas. Dr. Stansberry Brusnahan is the parent of a young adult with autism. She coordinates the autism spectrum disorders certificate, license and master’s program.  Lynn earned her Ph.D. in Urban Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2007). She received a Masters degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Special Education and her undergraduate degree from Purdue University.  Her professional experiences include being an independent inclusion, autism and behavioral specialist working with individuals with a wide range of abilities and challenges in school and community settings.

Dr. Stansberry Brusnahan has written the fine content included with Narratology; every session of Narratology includes teaching tips for congregations needing a church confirmation program for children with special needs.

 
David Arends Photo (Comic Artist for the Narrative Lectionary Confirmation Program Narratology)

Dave Arends, (aka ‘The Dave Abides’) is a small-town Minnesota boy. He studied in Duluth, MN learning such things as psychology and theater. Equipped with knowledge of the inner workings of the human mind, Dave proceeded to Luther Seminary in St. Paul to earn a M.Div., along with the skills of ventriloquism and unicycling. Dave and his wife, Arianna, worked as mission developers in Napa Valley along with their two daughters. Somewhere on the journey back to Minnesota, Dave learned to draw and created The Revised Comic Lectionary, which can be found at thedaveabides.com or on Facebook @revisedComicLectionary. David is Narratology's very own comic artist for Clergy Stuff!

 

Seeking New Writers

We're occasionally looking for fresh writing talent at Clergy Stuff & also at Clergy's sister site Arches 'n Bells, the church theatrical resource site. If you're interested, send us a message.

Requirements

  • Background or experience in writing theologically progressive and grace-centered theology to produce church worship resources.
  • Can stick to a writing schedule and deadlines.
  • Know how to be über creative and super fun.
  • Believe in the power of the story—God's story.