has coached more church plants in the NONE and DONE zones of the USA than anyone else we know in the mainline denominations. She is a pastor, cultural architect, yoga instructor and futurist, integrating multiple theories of cultural evolution into her work.
Her pastoral work began in the Atlanta area, but shifted to the Pacific Northwest two decades ago. She and her husband, Jeff, and two daughters live in Portland, one of the funkiest American cities that forecasts many of the cultural shifts that are happening quickly elsewhere as Christendom becomes a foggy twentieth century memory. During her Oregon years, Beth has served as a pastor in conventional churches as well as house churches, and served as Director of New Faith Communities for the Oregon-Idaho Conference of The United Methodist Church.
Beth coaches leaders and churches with a no-nonsense approach to facing the current cultural realities while also seeking faithfulness to Christian faith traditions. Her approach is steeped in contemplative practices that help to give shape to innovation. She works with progressive churches on both coasts, plus several in-between – in Austin, Texas and Chicago, etc. Beth is among the most proficient interpreters of the Readiness 360 inventory in the world. Beth and Paul Nixon co-authored a ground-breaking work on the future of American Christianity: Weird Church: Welcome to the Twenty-First Century.