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.

 
Photo credit:    1000 Words Photography

Stefanie Fauth is the Creative Content and Production Associate at Clergy Stuff. With a undergraduate degree in Spanish and no emphasis in teaching, Stefanie spent her early career in retail, administration and dreaming before entering attending seminary. She served as an interim associate pastor before her first call where she worked part time as an associate pastor of faith formation. She loves the people she works with, and finds particular joy in creating interesting types of worship, with carefully crafted prayers and sermons. She is also a voice actor represented by a local talent agency, working on building her reel and branching into on-camera work.

In her spare time, Stefanie can be found in community theaters, rehearsing for the next production she’s been welcomed into and trying to wrangle her two young sons, Royce & Arthur. Her husband, Martin, works for a company installing lifts and ramps to help people with mobility issues stay in their homes. Having grown up a pastor’s kid, Martin is an excellent resource for the patterns of clergy living. He is also responsible for keeping Stefanie grounded, which doesn’t pay well, but has benefits of its own! The family loves to make messes, laugh, movies and games—and they especially love their cats Socks & Gabby.

Stefanie loves to paint, make music, crochet, cook, spend time with friends, crack crazy jokes, write poems and songs, and is working on writing her first musical when she’s not busy with her many other endeavors

 
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. Dr. Clint Schnekloth

Rev. Dr. Clint Schnekloth – Writer pastors at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He serves as the chairman of the board of a refugee resettlement agency, Canopy NWA, he started a few years back. He blogs at Patheos, coaches soccer, plays a lot of Dungeons & Dragons, and attempts to cause holy trouble as the Spirit leads.  Clint writes for Clergy Stuff on the RCL Worship Resources site as the major contributor for additional preaching resources.

 
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.

 
R. Moir Photo

R. Fergus Moir works as a writer and educator in the Twin Cities area. She has written skits, plays, songs, curriculum and more for several faith communities over the past few decades as well as curriculum for Sparkhouse, the children’s education arm of 1517 Media (Augsburg Fortress Publishing). She is currently pursuing an MA in Children, Youth, and Family Ministry from Luther Seminary in St. Paul.

Moir lives with her husband, two teenagers, one cat, one dog, and two parakeets. In addition to playing video games and watching anime and YouTube videos with her kids, she spends her free time writing The Connor Shepherd Chronicles, a series of middle-grade adventure novels set in a Minecraft world.

Moir writes content for the daily devotion sections of the Clergy Stuff and RCL Worship Resources websites.

 
Ron Valadez Photo

Ron Valadez – Writer was born, raised and currently resides in California, but life has taken him to a few other places over the years. He and his wife Sara have three daughters, along with their Great Pyrenees, Pearl. He loves to fish, play video games, all things sci-fi, cigars, craft beer, and doesn’t know how he’d live without his music!

After a short stint at Lutheran Bible Institute of Seattle, Ron and Sara raised their children in the Gettysburg, PA area for 18 years. While there he earned an associates degree from Harrisburg Area Community College and then majored in history at Shippensburg University before receiving his master’s degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, which included a yearlong internship in Birmingham, AL. He then moved back to CA with the whole gang and has been a solo pastor ever since in the ELCA.

The first time he was published was during internship when one of his sermons was included in a collection of faith leader’s responses to Alabama’s immigration law, Love Has No Borders. Shortly after ordination he began freelance writing for Augsburg Fortress. He is a regular contributor to their Sundays & Seasons Preaching commentary, as well as Bread for the Day, and two of their Lenten devotionals, Lasting Hope and the upcoming Wondrous Love. He blogs at latinlutheran.net.

For Clergy Stuff, Ron contributes to the additional resources commentary on the Narrative Lectionary readings.

 
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.

 
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.