This year's guest preacher and Bible study leader is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church. She is the co-founder of the Missional Wisdom Foundation
, a non-profit with several regional hubs across the US that serve as contextual learning sites for missional community formation, new monasticism, social enterprise, and reimagining church. Elaine has provided retreat and seminar leadership in spiritual formation and leadership development for clergy for many years. Among her research interests are the new monasticism, the emerging church, spirituality and evangelism, gender and evangelism. She was also the leader for Bishop Devadhar's 2019 Pre-Lenten Gatherings for clergy.