D. Newell Williams
D. Newell Williams has been President and Professor of Modern and American Church History of Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University since 2003. He has also taught at Christian Theological Seminary, where he served as Vice President and Dean from 1992 – 1998. He holds academic degrees from Vanderbilt and the University of Tulsa. He is the author of several books and articles with such titles as Barton Stone: A Spiritual Biography, and Ministry Among Disciples: Past, Present, and Future. He is co-editor with Paul M. Blowers and Douglas A. Foster of two publications: The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement (Eerdmans, 2004) and The Stone-Campbell Movement: A Global History (Chalice Press, 2013). Dr. Williams is an Ordained Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and a member of the Stone-Campbell Dialogue. Dr. Williams served a two-year term as Moderator of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) from 2007 to 2009. He is currently chair of the General Commission on Ministry. He is married to the Rev. Sue McDougal; they are the parents of three adult children.
Nancy Claire Pittman
Rev. Dr. Nancy Claire Pittman was born in Lubbock, Texas, grew up further north in Amarillo, and graduated from Putnam City High School in Oklahoma City. She earned a B. A. degree in Religion and Psychology and a M. Div. degree from Texas Christian University. She also holds a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Southern Methodist University.
Dr. Pittman was ordained into the ministry by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest in 1984. She has served as a minister in several churches across Texas or Oklahoma and preached or lectured as a guest speaker in numerous congregations and regional and national events. Fourteen years ago she and her husband, Dr. Don A. Pittman, returned from Taiwan where they served for six and a half years as missionaries on the faculty of Tainan Theological College and Seminary, a school related to the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan.
Dr. Pittman continues to engage in research in the Book of Revelation and the Gospel of John, particularly as they relate to current images of faithful and faithless community, understandings of ministerial leadership in the 21st century, and women in pastoral leadership. She is currently working on a book project at these intersections and contemporary ecclesiolatries.
Currently, Dr. Pittman is Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean and Stephen J. England Associate Professor of the Practice of Ministry at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, an ecumenical seminary affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She is also an accredited spiritual director.
The Rev. Dr. Douglas Skinner
A 1975 graduate of Northwest Christian College in Eugene, Oregon, Douglas Skinner earned his Master of Divinity degree from Brite Divinity School and was ordained in 1979 to the ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Doug has served churches in Texas from Plainview on the high plains to Houston on the coastal plains. He has been the Senior Minister of Northway Christian Church in Dallas for the past 20 years. Doug has served the church in a variety of leadership roles in the Regional, General and Ecumenical Church. He earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1995, and part of his integrative project was published by Chalice Press as At the Lord’s Table – Communion Prayers for all Seasons. Doug also has a certificate on Spiritual Direction from the Pecos Benedictine School for Spiritual Direction in New Mexico.
Kris Steele is Executive Director of TEEM (The Education and Employment Ministry), a nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty and incarceration in Oklahoma. TEEM offers educational opportunities, character development courses, job training and employment placement assistance to individuals reentering the community. Steele also serves as the Chair of Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform, a coalition comprised of community groups, business leaders, health professionals and faith leaders dedicated to advancing effective approaches to public safety by increasing access to treatment and programs designed to address root causes of crime. Kris earned a bachelor’s degree in Religion from Oklahoma Baptist University, and master’s degree in Education from East Central University. Prior to joining TEEM, Kris served as State Representative from 2000-2012, and Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives for the 53rd Legislature. During his tenure in office, he led the charge on a number of reforms in the areas of health care, human services and criminal justice. Kris and his wife, Kellie, are blessed with two daughters: Mackenzie (14) and Madison (12) and currently reside in Shawnee.
Commissioner Terri White
Terri White, commissioner for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, serves as the CEO for one of Oklahoma’s largest state agencies. She is a passionate advocate for individuals experiencing mental illness and addiction. Because of her leadership, ODMHSAS has become nationally known for its children’s behavioral health services; community-based treatment programs; technological innovations such as “telepsychiatry;” and the integration of behavioral health care into primary healthcare settings.
White was the first woman to be appointed Oklahoma Secretary of Health, serving in that capacity for then Governor Brad Henry from 2009 to 2011. She has been recognized by The Journal Record newspaper as one of Oklahoma’s top “Achievers Under 40” and is a three-time honoree of The Journal Record's “50 Women Making a Difference.” In 2014, White received the “Kate Barnard Award” from the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women, an award created to honor women who have made a difference in Oklahoma through public service. In 2011, she was inducted into the University of Oklahoma’s Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work Hall of Fame. She is also volunteer faculty with the University’s School of Medicine and is a Henry Toll Fellow with the Council of State Governments. White received both her Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from OU.