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Iris de León-Hartshorn
Iris de León-Hartshorn has worked within the Mennonite Church in various roles since 1996, serving as a leader in racial and gender justice in the church. She is currently director of transformative peacemaking for Mennonite Church USA. In this role, she coordinates initiatives and programs related to the churchwide priority of “undoing racism and advancing intercultural transformation.”
De León-Hartshorn works within the denomination on core issues such as immigration, anti-racism efforts and intercultural competency to build bridges among cultures and move toward a transformed intercultural church. She is also involved in discussions the denomination is having on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) inclusion within the church.
She is the co-author of Set Free: A Journey Toward Solidarity Against Racism (Herald Press, 2001) and is also a featured writer in the anthology Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry–Conversations on Creation, Land Justice and Life Together, edited by Steve Heinrichs.
She received her M.A. in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding from Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va., in 2005. Iris and her husband Leo live in Portland, OR.
Rev. Meredith McNabb is an ordained elder in the Virginia Conference where she has been serving for the last eleven years. She is presently appointed as the Director of the Center for Clergy Excellence, where she oversees clergy formation, continuing education and conference relationships and serves as the staff for the Board of Ordained Ministry, working with the 1600 United Methodist clergy across the Virginia Conference. Prior to that, she was one of the pastors at Grace UMC, a large congregation in the western DC exurbs in Manassas, Virginia.
McNabb is one of the elected clergy delegates to the General Conference, the global legislative body for the UMC which met in 2016 and will meet again in 2019.
Before entering the ministry, she was an attorney in Virginia, working primarily with low-income victims of domestic violence. She's a graduate of Candler School of Theology, the Washington and Lee School of Law, and the University of Virginia. Meredith lives in Richmond with her husband, Mike Davis and their 17-year-old beagle.
EMS Alumni Panel:
Brett Klingenberg, MDiv 2011. Pastor, First Mennonite Church, Beatrice, NE
Carmen Horst, MDiv 2010. Associate Pastor, James Street Mennonite Church, Lancaster, PA
Nicholas Detweiler-Stoddard, MDiv 2010. Pastor, Salem Mennonite Church, Freeman, SD
Lorie Hershey, MDiv 2005. Pastor, West Philly Mennonite Church, Philadelphia, PA