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Co-Shapers of Kinship Plot

The co-shapers of Kinship Plot are people of Christian faith who care deeply about reimagining and embodying resonant relationships and are committed to bringing their various gifts, loves, passions, and expertise to the table. The board of directors has governing and fiduciary responsibility for the organization. The wisdom council provides encouragement, wisdom, and insight based on their particular knowledge and expertise. Additionally, we are building a global "kinship network" of people who co-shape this vision and action in diverse and compelling ways. We hope YOU will co-shape with us, too!

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Rev. Stephanie and Rev. Dr. Wesley Vander Lugt


Co-Directors of Kinship Plot. Wes is a pastor, educator, writer, and arts advocate. Stephanie is a minister and social-worker-in-training. Together they are enthusiasts for community, reflection-on-action, transformation, beauty, gardening, and gathering eclectic groups of people around a table.

Karen McNary 

Board member, Vice President

Leader of global diversity at Bible Study Fellowship International. Church leader, Bible teacher, and consultant for intercultural competency in Charlotte, NC.

Melanee Marshall

Board member, Secretary

Founder and Chief Creative Liberator of Closet Creatives in Charlotte, NC. Multi-passionate hyper-creative and educator.

Kim Summerrow

Board member, President

Chief Product Officer at Payzer in Charlotte, NC. Builder of community, church leader, and social justice advocate.

Co-Shapers: Meet the Team
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Bob Gluck

Board member, Treasurer

Director of Finance at Warehouse 242 in Charlotte, NC. Lover of numbers, music, and the spiritual kinship of the church.

Dr. Daniel Gutierrez

Wisdom council

Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, and an Associate Professor in Counselor Education at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA. Passionate about kinship, contemplation, soulful living, and answering the yearnings deep inside.

Rev. Dr. Barbara Peacock

Wisdom council

Author, spiritual director, teacher, and founder of Barbara L. Peacock Ministries in Charlotte, NC. Passionate about soul care and the disciplines of prayer.

Rev. Helms Jarrell

Wisdom council

Contemporary mixed media folk artist, collaborative change maker, minister, and non-profit leader in Charlotte, NC. Passionate about cultivating beloved community through practices of hospitality, creativity, and prayer.

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Rev. Steve Smith

Wisdom council

Spiritual director, former pastor, writer and founder of The Potter's Inn retreat center. Cultivator of companionship and soul care for global ministry leaders in Charlotte, NC.

Dr. James Krohn

Wisdom council

Theological educator, former pastor, founder-director of KRUX in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Enthusiast of learning, hospitality, and spiritual transformation.

Angelica Garnett

Wisdom council

Educator, church leader, and immigration advocate in Charlotte, NC. Passionate about radical welcome, equity, bridge-building, and immigration justice.

Michael Gray

Board member

Head of engineering at Method in Charlotte. Bridge builder, conversation starter, and passionate about second chances.


Elizabeth Bridges

Board member

Musician, worship leader at The Grove Church, youth mentor, avid hiker, certified Forest Therapy Guide. Passionate about  family and friends, connecting humans and nature, meditative walks, fostering community, and contemplative practices.

Bethany Gunnink

Oddkin Unite Project Coordinator

Nature-lover, theology student. Passionate about co-creating and co-laboring with others and cultivating deep conversations and relationships.

Co-Shapers: Meet the Team
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