Leadership Team

David Finnegan-Hosey headshot

Scholar-in-Residence

David Finnegan-Hosey currently serves as the College Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministries at Barton College in Wilson, NC, having previously worked with campus ministries at Georgetown University, American University and the University of Hawaii. He holds an M.Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary and a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education from the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. He is certified by Mental Health First Aid USA to provide initial help to people experiencing mental health crisis. The author of Christ on the Psych Ward and Grace is a Pre-Existing Condition: Faith, Systems, and Mental Healthcare, he speaks and writes about the intersections among mental illness, mental health, and faith. David lives in Wilson, NC, with his wife Leigh and their dog Penny Lane.

Lisa Smith headshot

Storyteller-in-Residence

Rev. Lisa Smith is an actor, director, pastor, and creative entrepreneur in the Washington, DC area. She received her BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, and worked as a professional actor for many years before attending seminary and seeking a way to merge her calling as an artist and a person of faith. She founded Shadows of Light Productions, a Theatre Company devoted to exploring the intersection of art, faith, and the human experience. In 2006, she received her M.T.S. degree from the John Leland Center for Theological Studies and founded Convergence: A Creative Community of Faith. She has served on the board of the NorthStar Church Network and Baptist News Global for which she writes periodic opinion columns on arts, culture and faith. She has taught classes at the John Leland Seminary, Wesley Theological Seminary, and Virginia Theological Seminary on the subjects of worship, theology and arts.

JillAnn Knonenborg headshot

Program Director

JillAnn Knonenborg serves as the Director of Religious Life for the University of Evansville and as Associate Pastor for Methodist Temple in Evansville, IN. She received her M.Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary before returning home to Indiana to pursue her three passions: theology, social justice, and the spiritual development of young people. She previously served twice as a Vocational Mentor for Open Table before becoming Program Director for 2020. She lives in Evansville, IN, with her husband Matt. They are expecting their first child in September.

Vocational Mentors

  • Mark Dicken, retired clergy, Newburgh, IN
  • Mary Dicken, Pastor of Mission & Discipleship, Meridian Street UMC, Indianapolis, IN
  • Craig Duke, Lead Pastor, Newburgh UMC, Newburgh, IN
  • Linda Duke, Pastor of Youth Ministry, Newburgh UMC, Newburgh, IN
  • Corey Gieselman, Pastor, Howell UMC, Evansville, IN
  • Matt Knonenborg, Director of Christian Formation, St. Paul's Episcopal, Evansville, IN
  • Chris Millay, Senior Pastor, First UMC, Mt. Vernon, IN
  • Aaron Morrison, Assistant Director, Institute for Leadership & Service, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
  • Ahnnalise Stevens-Jennings, Director of Youth Ministries, Aldersgate UMC, Alexandria, VA
  • Garth Stevens-Jennings, Youth Ministry Developer, Christ Lutheran, Washington, DC