Evangelism is fundamental to the Jesus Movement. Together, we’re growing our own loving, liberating, life-giving relationships with God in Christ, and then helping our neighbors to discover or deepen relationship with God for themselves. We call this humble, generous, mutual approach “Episcopal Evangelism”: we seek, name and celebrate Jesus’ loving presence in the stories of all people - then invite everyone to MORE. More conversation. More relationships. More of God.
Meet the Speakers
The Rev. Dr. Lauren Winner
Lauren F. Winner is Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality at Duke Divinity School, and Vicar of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, in Louisburg, North Carolina. She is the author of many books including Girl Meets God, Still, and, most recently, A Word to Live By (the volume on Bible-reading in the Church’s Teachings for a Changing World series).
The Rt. Rev. Alan Scarfe
Alan Scarfe was serving as a priest in the Diocese of Los Angeles when he was called to serve as Bishop of Iowa in 2002. Scarfe has focused his ministry as bishop on the development of baptismal ministry, global companionships, communities of faith beyond traditional parish models, and outreach to the young adult and millennial generation. He has encouraged learning communities and developing ministries in new and collaborative ways. His deep commitment to spiritual renewal inspired a year of revivals across the state and from that have grown two new initiatives—Growing Iowa Leaders and Engaging All Disciples. Born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, Scarfe received a MA in Theology at Oxford and then studied Romanian language and culture at the University of Bucaresti, and theology and church history at the Romanian Orthodox Theological Institute. While in Romania, Scarfe became acquainted with leaders working for religious freedom and served as an advocate and researcher for human rights at Keston College. He worked as editor of Keston News Service which reported on religious life in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe; and served as Eastern European correspondent for Christianity Today and wrote for other publications. Scarfe is married to Donna, who was a US Fulbright Scholar to Romania in 1974 where the two met. They have two adult sons and two adult daughters, and live in Des Moines, Iowa.
The Rev. Daniel Vélez-Rivera
The Rev. Daniel Vélez-Rivera is passionate about establishing loving Christian communities with and for all people. His congregational ministry focus is planting new Latino ministries and creating sustainable dual-language congregations (English and Spanish). Daniel is the vicar of Saint Gabriel’s Church in Leesburg, Virginia where he is committed to nourishing and strengthening the community’s call to serve others as Christ’s ambassadors. When St. Gabriel’s launched its Hispanic Ministry in 2014, it became the first bilingual, multicultural Episcopal congregation in Loudoun County, Diocese of Virginia.
Daniel is married to Parker Gallagher, his partner of twenty-two years, who introduced him to the Episcopal Church in 1996. In his free time Daniel enjoys being with family and friends, cooking and eating, yoga, golf, travel, music, dancing, and learning.