Called Together Leadership

Chaplain Couple: The Revs. Jan Edmiston and Fred Lyon

Rev. Dr. Jan Edmiston, Co-Moderator of the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
Jan was born, raised, and educated in Chapel Hill, NC, where she grew up in the University Presbyterian Church. She attended Andover-Newton Theological School in Newton-Centre, Massachusetts and was ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament, having received a call to serve as pastor of the Presbyterian United Church of Schaghticoke, New York. She later earned a Doctor of Ministry in Christian Spirituality from Columbia Theological Seminary. Edmiston and her husband, the Rev. Fred Lyon, moved to National Capital Presbytery in 1989 to serve as Designated Co-Pastors of Fairlington Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, VA. She served the congregation for twenty two years before moving with her husband to Chicago where he accepted a call in Flossmoor, Illinois, and she has served as Associate Executive Presbyter for Ministry at the Presbytery of Chicago. Her duties as Co-Moderator have given her a broad and deep experience in the church.  Recently she accepted the call to become the General Presbyter of Charlotte Presbytery, a position she will begin on May 1, 2018.

Rev. Fred Lyon, Senior Pastor, Flossmoore Community Church, Flossmoor, IL
 Fred was called as Senior Pastor to Flossmoore Community Church in November 2010. He served congregations in the greater Washington, DC area for 22 years. He felt called to FCC because of their intentional focus on Christ and diversity, as well as the congregation’s openness to discerning new directions where the Holy Spirit is leading them. As Senior Pastor and Head of Staff, Fred offers leadership to the Worship & Arts, Christian Education, Stewardship and Personnel Committees. Fred graduated from Bucknell University (BA) and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.). 


Resource Leader: Rev. Martha Spong

Martha is a writer, a pastor, and a clergy coach. Her new book, Denial is My Spiritual Practice (and Other Failures of Faith), coauthored with Rachel G. Hackenberg, will be published in May, 2018, by Church Publishing, Inc.

Martha is the Executive Director of RevGalBlogPals, an ecumenical ministry providing support and resources to clergywomen around the world and across and beyond denominations, and the editor of There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, a collection of essays by members of the RevGalBlogPals web ring.

Martha has a leadership coaching practice focused on empowering clergywomen to meet their goals in leadership and life. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, she has served congregations of diverse size and situation as both a settled and intentional interim pastor, in Maine and Pennsylvania.

Her avocations include knitting socks, rooting for the Washington Nationals, and singing along with musicals. Martha lives in South Central Pennsylvania with her wife, who is a Presbyterian Church (USA) pastor. They have four “hers and hers” children, from a 7th grader to three who have flown the nest for Los Angeles, Boston, and Tokushima, Japan.

Workshop Leader: Brad Barnett

Brad Barnett is an Accredited Financial Counselor and Certified Personal Financial Manager who works as the Director of Financial Aid & Scholarships at James Madison University.  In addition to his numerous state, regional, and national activities in over decades of working in the financial aid profession, Brad also teaches personal finance at JMU and provides financial counseling services to individuals and couples outside of his role with the university.  These financial services include:

    Alignment of goals/values with cash flow planning

    Budgeting/cash flow planning

    Debt elimination

    Financial health assessment (behaviors, risk exposure, spending, saving, etc.)

    Financial organization

    Goal setting

    Creating a financial plan

    Review of assets and positioning to pay for college

Brad has been married to his lovely wife, Sara, for 23 years.  They have an 18 year old son named Drew and a 16 year old son named Jackson.  He is a deacon in his church and enjoys spending time with his family, skiing, and playing golf.