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Executive Director

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Emily Eastwood is the Executive Director of ReconcilingWorks and the Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program. She is a lifelong Lutheran, would-be pastor, story-teller, organizer and sometime stand-up comic. She and her partner, Jan Bailey, are members of the first RIC congregation. Emily is a graduate of Texas Lutheran College and attended both Gettysburg and Luther Seminaries before choosing a career in business to support her church habit. For the next 18 years, Emily worked as a volunteer in ministry with and on behalf of LGBT people, their families and friends. In May of 2002, Emily was hired to run the Reconciling in Christ Program. In July of 2004, Emily was named Executive Director of the entire organization. Emily travels throughout North America working to promote the mission of the organization and the need for all of God's children to be welcome in their church. Using the principles of faith based community organizing she is building and training teams to foster the expansion of the RIC program in the Lutheran church.

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Development/Communications Assistant

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In one week Zac Baker graduated, bought a car, and moved in faith to Saint Paul to join the ReconcilingWorks staff in May 2013. Ever since Zac found a safe space at the Lutheran Campus Ministry freshman year at the University of South Carolina, he has wholeheartedly embraced the ELCA’s warm hospitality. Empowered by his campus pastor, Frank Anderson, Zac became a leader in USC’s LGBT community as the President of the Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Straight Alliance and a community advocate as a founding member of Youth Empowered Against HIV. Zac also spent the Summer of 2012 as a camp counselor at Lutheridge in North Carolina. Zac has a bachelor’s degree in Visual Communications and is enthusiastic to produce web, video, and print material for ReconcilingWorks. Zac enjoys naming colors, listening to public radio, exploring Midwestern culture, and recently discovered that hot dish is a close starchy cousin to the South’s casserole.

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Director of Finance and Information Systems

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Brett Bowman's duties include the oversight of the finances, information technology, and office management. He also has a direct hand in development work, specifically working with donors and grantors to match their desires to help our programs and advocacy. Brett began work with LC/NA in 2000, as a volunteer. Subsequently, he was brought onto staff in 2006, serving as Operations Manager across a wide spectrum of internal and external programs. He has been an ever present spirit for more than 12 years and his gifts in finance will strengthen the organization that has brought many the ability to become involved on the front lines of its ministry. (Photo by Richard W. Garnett)

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Grassroots Organizing and Training Coordinator

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Tim Feiertag joined the staff in February of 2012. He first joined ReconcilingWorks as a member of the Kansas City-Lawrence chapter in 1993. He served as a regional director from 1995 to 1998 and as co-chair from 1998 to 2002. It was during his time as co-chair that he began to sense a call to ordained ministry in the ELCA. He left behind his work in the foster care system in Kansas City and headed to seminary in Berkeley, California, in 2005. After receiving the Master of Divinity degree in 2009, Tim returned to Kansas City and became a church secretary. He might still become your pastor some day. Until then, he is pleased to help congregations become places of more intentional, wide-spread, and public welcome!

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Legislative/Communications Assistant

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Tim Fisher is honored to work for positive change in the church and has served as a member of the ReconcilingWorks staff since March 2007. He has worked toward the goal of full inclusion in a number of settings, including local congregations, synod assemblies, the Joint Committee for Inclusivity (Minneapolis and St. Paul Area Synods), online discussion groups, newspaper op-ed pages, and five (and counting!) ELCA Churchwide Assemblies. He and his wife Christine are members of Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They enjoy restoring their 1921 bungalow and hunting for treasure at estate sales and antique stores.

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Regional Director for Region 3
(Minnesota and the Dakotas)

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Anita C. Hill is the Regional Director of Reconciling Works assigned to work with congregations in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota to help them live into the new policies of the ELCA in both pulpit and pew. Pastor Hill is called by the Saint Paul Area Synod to serve in specialized ministry with ReconclingWorks. Pastor Hill served St. Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church as pastor from 1994 to 2012. Her “irregular” (read extraordinary) ordination in 2001 helped the movement for full inclusion on the journey to policy change in the ELCA. Anita is a former Co-Chair of the ReconcilingWorks Board (1980-82) and has ministered with and on behalf of LGBT people, their families, and friends for most of her adult life. As a child of the old South, Anita actively seeks to establish racial and economic equity through faith based community organizing. Anita and her partner, Janelle Bussert, welcomed an African family seeking asylum in the United States into their home and their hearts in 2009. Anita loves being “Gramanita” to Thabiso, an active pre-schooler.

   

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Executive Assistant

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As the Executive Assistant, Ben Masters supports the work of the Executive Director and other staff in a variety of areas, including calendar management, expense reporting, and development. Ben has lived in the Twin Cities since he arrived for a year with Lutheran Volunteer Corps in 2009, and in the work of widening the church’s welcome he continues to be encouraged by the words from the Salvadoran hymn “Vamos Todos al Banquete” (#523 in the ELW for you folks singing along at home): “May we build such a place among us / Where all people are equal in love! / God has called us to work to work together / And to share everything we have!”