Leadership for the New Pastor Cohort, 2019-2021

In addition to the leadership, insight and contributions of each participant, the cohort will be guided over the two-years by a team of exceptional mentors and leaders. Taken together, the leadership team brings extensive knowledge of pastoral ministry and decades of experience as pastors, teachers, community and congregational leaders. Each shares a commitment to the integration of learning and theory, reflection and practice, and to the importance of cultivating the spiritual life of the pastor as a foundation for competent and faithful practices in the arts of ministry. The Cohort leaders for 2019-2021 are:


The Rev. Dr. Eileen Campbell-Reed, Cohort Facilitator and Mentor

Rev. Dr. Eileen Campbell-Reed is an academic entrepreneur, public practical theologian, seminary professor, and theological ethnographer. Her writing, teaching, consulting and retreat leading, all seeks to bridge church and academy, spirituality and practice, personal faith and public theology, prayer and justice. Nashville is her home base. In 2019-20 she is a Visiting Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Since 2014, Eileen has been leading the work of mentoring, coaching and teaching in the Women’s Leadership Initiative (MDiv) for Central Seminary. Eileen is host of Three Minute Ministry Mentor, co-director of the Learning Pastoral Imagination Project, and author of the State of Clergywomen in the U.S.(2018) and Anatomy of a Schism, as well as numerous other publications.

Eileen’s insights, wisdom, pastoral gifts and deep commitment to the development and spiritual growth of pastors is reflected in the wide range of topics she addresses in her professional work as a scholar, teacher and practitioner. Her website is found at eileencampbellreed.org.


The Rev. Dr. Greg Rogers, Cohort Mentor

Dr. Gregory P. Rogers has been on staff at Oakmont Baptist Church for 36 years, serving as the church’s third senior pastor since 1986. A native of Raleigh, his first experience serving Oakmont was as a summer youth minister in 1976 and 1977 during his college years. Greg earned a B.A. degree in philosophy and religion from N.C. State University, and Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He has served through the years in various community and denominational leadership roles. His CBF of North Carolina participation includes six years on the Coordinating Council, two of those years as Moderator. In addition, he has served on the 20th Anniversary Vision Team, chair of the Partnership Development Team, and currently serves on the Council Restructuring Team.

An International Coach Federation (ICF) Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and certified High Performance Patterns (HPP) coach, he coaches with individuals, congregations, and businesses, as well as serving as a speaker and retreat leader. He has worked with individuals and teams exploring mission, vision, and core values, as well as spiritual formation, missional engagement, ministry and work transitions, and personal issues. He brings his own spiritual and pastoral experiences in congregational ministry as resources to the coaching relationship.

In his leisure time he enjoys competitive tennis, biking, and reading. Greg and his wife Leslie celebrated 41 years of marriage in August 2019. They have a married son and daughter, and five grandchildren.


The Rev. Lynn Rhoades, Cohort Mentor

Lynn Rhoades is co-founder of Authoring Action and Executive Director for the organization. Along with administrative oversight, program development and vocal/stage coaching, Rhoades provides emotional and spiritual support for Authoring Action teens and their families. An artist in her own right, Rhoades’ love of performance art and passion for the health and well-being of young people merged with her commitment to social justice to give birth to the idea of Authoring Action ~ where the voices and dreams of young people find a forum among the adults who most affect their lives. Together with Nathan Ross Freeman, they developed Authoring Action (formerly known as The Winston-Salem Youth Arts Institute).

Prior to directing Authoring Action, Rev. Rhoades, served as pastor of the Danbury Community Church in Danbury, NC (2003-2012), and as associate pastor of the Wake Forest Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, NC (1990-2001). A graduate of Carson-Newman College and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lynn is a clinically trained chaplain, and has co-facilitated Cultural Competency and Closing the Achievement Gap training for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. At Salem College, Rhoades taught service and leadership classes for 3 years. Trained in domestic violence counseling (Interact-Raleigh, NC and by Marie Fortune, Seattle, WA), she co-led other clergy in domestic violence awareness and served as a member of the Faith in Action Committee of the Domestic Violence Community Council. Her additional training and service includes: Stokes County Community Advisory Council for Hospice and Palliative Care; former clergy member of Vigils for Healing - a community project which holds vigils for families of victims of homicide; advisory board member for Winston-Salem State University’s Center for Community Safety; and group home teaching parent for Haven House (Bringing It All Back Home model, Raleigh, NC).