Lee Kricher is the author of For a New Generation: A Practical Guide for Revitalizing Your Church, a book that chronicles the transformation of the church he pastored from an aging, dying church of 150 people into a growing, multi-generational church of 2000 people. After leading the revitalization of his church, Lee identified and mentored his successor and led the church through a seamless pastoral transition.
Lee’s four decades of leadership experience in both the church and corporate worlds give him a unique perspective on how to apply proven leadership principles in the church. He has a Master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.
Linda Kricher, Ph.D.
Dr. Linda Kricher is the co-founder of Future Forward Churches. She was integrally involved with the revitalization and pastoral transition at Amplify Church. Linda currently serves as the Chief HR Officer at Net Health, a rapidly growing, Pittsburgh-based Health Care Technology Firm. Previously, Linda was Vice President of Human Resources for McKesson Corporation, where she led a team of 60 HR professionals serving 5,000 employees.
Linda has extensive experience as an Executive Coach for business, not-for-profit and church leaders. She earned an MBA from Regent University and a Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development from Penn State University. She is also a graduate of Duquesne University’s Professional Coach Certification Program.
After marriage in seminary, Geoff and Becca Chapman went on to raise a large family and serve five Anglican parishes around the country. He recently finished his pastoral career after 24 years at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Sewickley, PA by leading a seamless pastoral succession process at St. Stephen’s.
Geoff is passionate about helping other church leaders to navigate pastoral succession. A good portion of his time is also given to helping pastors in a process of spiritual formation that seeks to end their isolation and deepen their walk with Christ. According to Geoff, “There are few callings more important, and at the same time more challenging, than the pastorate.”
After experiencing a seamless pastoral succession, Pastor Brian James Edmonds followed his predecessor as the Senior Pastor of the Macedonia Church of Pittsburgh. He faithfully served the congregation since 2007 as the Preaching Pastor of Discipleship and the Pastor of Young Adult and Campus Ministries and assumed the position of Senior Pastor in April of 2012.
Pastor Edmonds graduated magna cum laude from the Duke University Divinity School, with a Master of Divinity Degree and the award for Excellence in Biblical Studies. Following his graduation from Duke Divinity School, he was ordained by the American Baptist Churches of the South. Brian is committed to maximize his leadership potential and to help other leaders to maximize their leadership potential.
Dr. Jay Passavant
Dr. Jay Passavant is the Founding Pastor of North Way Christian Community in Wexford, Pennsylvania, a church that grew from a handful of people in 1981 to a church of over 4,000 members. After leading North Way for over three decades, Jay initiated a thorough succession planning process that resulted in a successful leadership transition in 2013.
Dr. Passavant’s model for succession planning is documented in his book, Seamless Succession, a book which covers principles that allow a church to actually grow healthier in the midst of major leadership change. Jay was ordained in the United Presbyterian Church in 1974. He earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary.