People

Robert Gallagher, OA brings 40 years of experience in leadership training and parish development. Bob offers exceptional skills in facilitating shifts and changes in people and organizations. He provides practical methods and vision for a transformed parish. Bob has a masters degree in Organization Development from Goddard College. Bob lives in Seattle.

He’s been a consultant and trainer in religious systems, non-profit organizations and small businesses since 1970. Bob has been a parish priest; on the staff of or consultant to ecumenical training organizations, an industrial mission and  metropolitan and state councils of churches. He served as the congregational development officer for the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut from 1981 - 88. He has consulted with hundreds of congregations. He has served as adjunct faculty in congregational development at Hartford Seminary and Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. He was Director of the Church Development Institute at the General Theological Seminary from 1985 - 2000 and continued as the Director of the Church Development Institute - Seattle until in 2011when that changed to Shaping the Parish. For a number of years Bob served as the Associate Priest for Ascetical and Practical Theology at Trinity Church, Seattle.  He attends and serves as a priest associate at St. Clement's Church, Seattle.  An article in the Washington Post on Bob's work

Michelle Heyne, OA brings empathy, humor, and a solid grounding in ecclesiology and effective organizational dynamics to her work as a trainer and consultant.  She is committed to helping parish leaders bring about effective change by developing the skills they need to make the most of the gifts they already have.  She has worked as a financial services executive for over 25 years and served as a parish lay leader for 15. Michelle lives in Seattle.

Michelle serves as part of the training team with the Diocese of Washington and national Shaping the Parish. She has also done training with the Church Development Institute. She is a consultant in the financial services industry for organization development and compliance issues. Michelle has extensive experience with financial management, interpersonal communications and team dynamics, and developing and implementing organizational change initiatives. She has non-profit experience in the areas of team building, strategic planning, and conflict management. She attends St. Paul's, Seattle. 

 

Michelle and Bob are both Professed Members of the Order of the Ascension.

 

 

Susan Adam is a professional artist having been trained in fine arts at Colorado College, San Francisco Art Institute and the Massachusetts College of Art. She brings an individualistic, insightful perspective to the work. Susan is empathic, easygoing and inclusive. Susan is part of the congregational development consultant network in the Diocese of Maine. Susan lives in Castine, Maine where she and her husband Josh have a gallery.  

Susan is part of the congregational development consultant network in the Diocese of Maine. Her training in congregational development and organization development has been with the Leadership Training Institute and the Church Development Institute. She’s a member of Trinity Church in Castine, Maine.