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Family Systems Conference: Leadership

The Rev. Dr. Peter Steinke is an internationally respected congregational systems consultant who has also served as a parish pastor, educator, and a therapist for clergy. He has worked with troubled churches and organizations for more than 20 years, and has helped churches with over 175 major conflicts. Steinke has written 12 books including, How Your Church Family Works, Healthy Congregations, and Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times. His work in Family Systems Theory has helped individuals and teams become effective agents of positive change in difficult congregational situations.

The Rev. Dr. Doug Hester, counseling pastor at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, San Antonio, and a licensed marriage and family therapist, regularly leads classes and retreats on Family Systems Theory with clergy, church and lay professionals in Texas and Arkansas. Hester contributed a chapter to the book, Bringing Systems Thinking to Life: Expanding The Horizons for Bowen Family Systems Theory.

The Rev. Dr. David Jones is a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, has experience as an emergency room crisis counselor, a hospital chaplain, a police chaplain, a college chaplain, and a community-based pastoral counselor. For seven years he served as executive director of the Harmony Grove Counseling Center in Lilburn, Georgia. In both Long Island and Hudson River Presbyteries, Jones served on the Committee on Ministry.
David holds a Th.D. in pastoral counseling from Emory University and has been ordained for 30 years. He spent 21 years in pastoral ministry serving several churches in New York State and Georgia.

The Rev. Trisha Taylor is a counselor and minister living in Austin, TX. She is a co-author of the Leadership Network book The Leader's Journey: Accepting the Call to Personal and Congregational Transformation and works with ministers and congregations in a variety of ways. In addition to maintaining a private counseling practice, Trisha works with Mission Houston, an ecumenical ministry committed to the social and spiritual transformation of the city. She is a fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and holds a state license in counseling. She has been married to Craig, a pastor, for 26 years and they have two young adult children, Andrew and Rebecca.

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