Rev. Michael Brewer
Michael Brewer is a priest of The Christian Community in Detroit, Michigan. As his father was a priest, he grew up in The Christian Community. He attended the Rudolf Steiner School in New York and Bowdoin College in Maine. Before becoming a priest, he worked in Camphill in Pennsylvania, Northern Ireland, and then for many years in Copake, New York. There he worked as house parent, gardener, finance administrator, and seminar teacher. From 1994 through 2000 he was a holder of the lessons of First Class in the School for Spiritual Science. He plays and composes music for the lyre. Michael was ordained in 2002, and worked in the Taconic Berkshire congregation before being sent to Detroit in 2007.
Dr. Mark Hancock
Mark Hancock, MD MPH, founded Humanizing Medicine in Atlanta in 2015. The clinic provides integrative Anthroposophic healthcare to the community through a membership model direct primary care. It also provides advanced use of mistletoe extracts in its integrative oncology practice. Dr. Hancock has worked with Anthroposophic medicine for his entire professional career. He is interested in Goethean science, philosophy and gardening.
Rev. Emma Heirman
Rev. Emma Heirman was ordained in The Christian Community in February, 2016 and began serving the congregation in Denver, Colorado.
Rev. Carol Kelly
I grew up in a large Catholic family and have always loved community life, devotional prayer, singing and celebrating with others. I became a Waldorf teacher and a music teacher in 1984. I worked to bring to the children a love for the earth, a love for humanity and all living creatures, and love for every subject we studied. This is “devotional” teaching. So, the step to becoming a priest was very natural to me. I studied at the Christian Community Seminary in Stuttgart, Germany from 1998-2001 [at that time the North American Seminary had not yet been founded] and was ordained on March 17, 2001. I worked as a priest in Spring Valley, NY from Sept. 2001- June 2011, when I came to the Washington DC congregation. It is a privilege to be able to serve this congregation in every way possible and sometimes even in the impossible! It is wonderful to think that we are able to shed light and prayer into the world in these tumultuous times.
Rev. Patrick Kennedy
On April fools, 2006, Patrick was consecrated into the priesthood in Chicago, Illinois. Born in Sacramento, California, and baptized in the Christian Community there, Patrick eventually graduated from the Kimberton Waldorf School in Pennsylvania. Prior to attending the seminary in Stuttgart, Germany, Patrick studied and worked in the field of Early Childhood Education and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz in Cultural Anthropology. His first sending as a priest was to the congregation in Devon, Pennsylvania. From November 2007 to November 2015, he served as the resident priest in the Washington D.C. area congregation, and from November 2015 to June 2019, he served both as the resident priest in the Spring Valley, NY, congregation and as co-director of the Seminary of the Christian Community in North America, also then located in Spring Valley. In July 2019, the seminary and Patrick moved to Toronto, Canada, where he now lives with his wife and two daughters and continues as Seminary co-director with Jonah Evans.
Artist Martha Loving, educating all ages in the arts since 1976, is Waldorf trained and is the first woman in the USA to receive a diploma in Collot Painting Therapy from the Medical Section, Goetheanum, Switzerland. Martha works out of her mobile art studio, ”Emerald heART Spot”, creating works of art in painting, photography and Star Chart Talismans in jewelry and collage. She is the author of “In Deepening Silence”, about the Spiritual aspects of color in relationship to Light and Darkness.
Jolie Luba is a Waldorf educator in her 12th year working as an early childhood teacher at the Waldorf School of Atlanta. She has a degree in Psychology from University of São Paulo, Brasil. Her studies in Anthroposophy answered some of the questions she had around the theme of death and dying. Since 2013 she has been offering workshops, creating safe space for people to share fears and beliefs. After attending a national conference called Sacred Gateway in 2018, she started a local group that focuses on the practicalities of preparing for death. The Death Care Community group meets once a month.
Rev. Julia Polter
Rev. Julia Polter was ordained in 1999 as a Christian Community priest. She holds a Masters Degree in Philosophy, Literature and Linguistics and is a trained hospital chaplain and spiritual director. She likes to explore areas where art, science, and spirituality merge. Julia, who is expanding her role as a community priest, works full time at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and is training to educate Divinity students and future chaplains in clinical pastoral education (CPE).
Barbara Renold is a practicing speech artist and teacher and director of community theatre. She trained in Speech and Drama at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland from 1978-1981 and supplemented her studies at the Harkness Studio in Sydney, Australia in 1982-83. During her time as a speech and drama teacher at Sunbridge College (1983-2007), she directed many student productions, particularly all three Oberufer Christmas Plays and several Shakespeare plays, as well as giving speech lessons to all the full-, part- and summer programs of the college. Her great passion is Rudolf Steiner’s Mystery Dramas, of which she has directed two full cycles, 1987-1998 and 2006-2014. This work culminated in the historic Mystery Drama Festival of August, 2014 in Spring Valley, NY, in which all four dramas were presented by one cast, in one conference for the first time in the English speaking world. Barbara also holds a BA in Math from Douglas College and two MA’s in Elementary Education, one of which is in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.), as well as Creative Speech diplomas from the Goetheanum and the Harkness Studio.
Dr. Andrea Rentea
Andrea is a Family Physician practicing anthroposophical medicine in Chicago for over 35 years. She graduated from the Chicago Medical School, and after her residency at the University of Illinois spent five years in Europe studying anthroposophical medicine. She is a member of the following organizations: the Anthroposophical Society; the First Class of the School of Spiritual Science; the Christian Community; the Physicians Association of Anthroposophical Medicine and former Board member of the American College for Anthroposophic Medicine. She is a co-founder of the Illinois Homeopathic Medical Association.
Outside of the medical practice she is a consultant for health issues at multiple Waldorf Schools. Her additional activities include lectures, training seminars and workshops to professional and lay groups.
She was awarded the “Compassionate Doctor” Award by the Gold Foundation.
Following a long standing interest in researching ways for creating new pharmaceutical quality anthroposophical remedies Andrea co-founded, together with Ross Rentea MD and Mark Kamsler MD, the True Botanica Company (www.truebotanica.com). She is also Co-founder and Board Member of the Lili Kolisko Institute for Anthroposophical Medicine (www.koliskoinsitute.org), a non-profit organization for education, research and social help in the anthroposophical health care field.
Margaret Shipman has been a member of the Anthroposophical Society and The Christian Community for over 30 years and considers the work of Rudolf Steiner to be the core of her life. In 2002 she started a national study group for anthroposophy, ‘Geographically Engaged Members Study Group, or G.E.M.S. She is also a cellist and pianist and spent 36 years repairing and making instruments of the violin family. She co-authored Violin Restoration with her mentor, Hans Weisshaar, who was in the second-ever Waldorf class and knew Rudolf Steiner as a child.
Rev. Oliver Steinrueck
Oliver was born in Toronto in 1961, grew up in a Camphill Village in Copake, N.Y., graduated from Green Meadow Waldorf School and received a Master’s Degree in history. In 1989, Oliver entered the seminary in Stuttgart and went on to work in congregations in Freiburg (Germany), Chicago, San Francisco, and Spring Valley. From 2000 to June 2019, Oliver served as Lenker for the Christian Community in North America. He is now serving as Oberlenker with the Circle of Seven in Berlin, Germany, where he lives with his wife and two children.
Glen Williamson is a traveling actor, storyteller and playwright based in New York City. He continues to tour North America and Europe with his solo epic storytelling performances of The Incarnation of the Logos, Beat the Devil! (Faust, the Whole Story) and Kaspar Hauser: The Open Secret of the Foundling Prince, aswell as Vonnegut, Vonnegut! He played Tomasius in all four of Rudolf Steiner’s mystery dramas and has written a sequel, Future Dawning, about Steiner’s characters in their next incarnation. With Laurie Portocarrero, he has toured widely in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., playing multiple roles in The Refugee’s Tale (based on Goethe’s Green Snake parable) and in The Gospel of John with David Anderson of Walking the Dog Theater, as well as performing two two-person plays: The Mystery Journey of Johannes and Maria and Aeschylus Unbound, which Glen co-wrote with the late film star and anthroposopher Mala Powers. Other appearances include nine seasons with New Directions Theater in NYC, the award winning off-Broadway run of Glen’s one-man play The Boy Who Saw True and an internship at the American Stage Festival in New Hampshire. Glen trained at The Juilliard School, at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and in Michael Chekhov’s approach to acting under Ted Pugh and Fern Sloan with whom he has appeared in numerous productions of The Actor’s Ensemble.
Rev. Craig Wiggins
Rev. Craig Wiggins is from Joplin, Missouri. He holds a degree in German, which landed him an assignment in Cologne, Germany. Later, he and his family moved to Amsterdam, where he became involved with the Christian Community and was ultimately ordained in 1992. Craig worked in the Dutch cities of Amsterdam, Amhem, Zutphen, and Groningen before being sent to the San Francisco Community in 2011. Since spring of 2019, Craig has been serving the Chicago congregation and its affiliates in Wisconsin and Minnesota, and, since the summer, he has taken on the role of coordinator (a role known in Germany as “Lenker”) for the Christian Community of North America. He is also the co-director of the West Coast children’s summer camp, Camp Tamarack. He has four children and one grandson, who all live in Holland.
Eleanor Winship, a long-standing Waldorf teacher K-12, is a graduate of the Waldorf School of Garden City and Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied violin, voice, conducting, and music pedagogy. Eleanor was trained extensively in Werbeck singing by Jurgen Schriefer, a student of Valborg Werbeck Sverdstrom, and has studied anthroposophical singing therapy with Thomas Adam. She has given numerous music workshops and courses on the Waldorf music curriculum and on liberating the voice through singing at anthroposophical and Waldorf colleges, training centers, and conferences across several continents. Eleanor is currently director of the music program at the Waldorf School of Atlanta.
Having grown up on four continents, Dorit brings a cosmopolitan background to all her undertakings. She was born in Jerusalem, attended kindergarten in Zürich, primary school in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and junior and senior high schools in New York City. She has a BA in Secondary Education with minors in English and German from Oberlin College and American University, and an MA in Comparative Literature from SUNY/Binghamton. Dorit began her teaching career in 1969. She has taught 5th through 12th graders as well as adults. Her specialty is teaching creative writing. She spent 25 years as founding Director and lead teacher of Waldorf teacher training programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. Retired, Dorit continues to be active as teacher, mentor, consultant, and workshop leader. She is the author of five books and many articles including, “The Christ Impulse in Waldorf Education.” She is also a flutist and painter.