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Leadership and Staff


Fred Plumer, President, Acting Executive Director
After an extensive background in building management, real estate development and restaurant ownership and management, Fred Plumer made a career shift in 1981. He earned his M.Div. degree at the Pacific School of Religion while doing work in an inner city community center. In 1984 Rev. Plumer was called to the Irvine United Congregational Church in Irvine, California to lead a UCC new start church…READ MORE

Janice Gregory, Vice President
A charter member of The Center for Progressive Christianity, Janice Gregory is a strong proponent of encouraging those who have not sought formal ordination to speak their spiritual truths and of providing sound tools that help individuals and groups test their spiritual assumptions and grow spiritually…READ MORE

dan senter 1 Dan Senter, Secretary
Dan serves as Secretary on the board of He is currently the Senior Pastor at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Lafayette, CA. For the past 20 years, Dan has been working to manage Christianity’s slow mutation into post modernity. Dan writes, “For the past 20 years, I have been trying to wrap my head and heart around the changing face of Christianity”…READ MORE

Susan Flanders cropped Susan Flanders
Susan Flanders was ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1985. She was baptized and raised as a Presbyterian but left the church for ten years, returning as an Episcopalian in 1975. She brought with her the skepticism of her youth and an appreciation of other faith traditions gleaned from two years spent in Laos in the mid-60’s. She loved the tolerance for ambiguity and questioning that she found in the Episcopal Church and soon moved from an unsatisfying stint as a real estate agent to a gradual process through seminary…. READ MORE

Jerry_Stinson Rev. Jerald Stinson
A magna cum laude graduate of both Occidental College and the Divinity School at Harvard University, Rev. Jerry Stinson has been a minister in the United Church of Christ for over forty-one years. He recently retired after serving for twelve years as the Senior Minister at the First Congregational Church of Long Beach. He previously served congregations in Carlsbad, California and Almira, Washington as well as serving for four years with the United Church Board of World Ministries in southern Africa… READ MORE


Deshna Deshna Ubeda- Project Director, Web Manager
Deshna grew up in an amazing Progressive Christian church, IUCC, in Irvine California as a PK (pastor’s kid) and so was blessed to be involved in a community that was open, educated, innovative, and inclusive. She was involved in the church at many… READ MORE

Deborah Grady profile 2 Deborah Grady, Administrator
Deborah’s experience and capabilities span the full spectrum of running a small business. As President/CEO of Fitness and Wellness Insurance Agency, she managed a national firm doing $15 Million in sales with 30 employees and 20,000 clients in all 50 states. READ MORE

Polly Moore Icon Polly Moore- Director of the Liturgy Project
Dr. Polly Moore is the part-time Director of the Liturgy Project. Polly has remarkable credentials for the task. She has a PhD in mathematics, was the vice president of Genentech Inc, a major biotech firm, and is a recent… READ MORE


Honorary Advisors

Karen Armstrong
A former Roman Catholic nun who teaches at Leo Baeck College for the Study of Judaism in London… READ MORE

Marcus J. Borg
Marcus J. Borg is Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon. Internationally known in both academic and church circles as a biblical and Jesus scholar, he was Hundere Chair of Religion and Culture in the Philosophy Department at Oregon State University until his retirement in 2007. He is the author of nineteen books…. READ MORE

Jim Burklo
Jim Burklo is an ordained United Church of Christ pastor who serves as the Associate Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California. He is the author of BIRDLIKE AND BARNLESS: Meditations, Prayers, and Songs for Progressive Christians. Reverend Jim Burklo is the Associate Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California. READ MORE

 Bishop Spong Bishop John Shelby Spong
John Shelby Spong, whose books have sold more than a million copies, was bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark for 24 years before his retirement in 2001. His admirers acclaim him as a teaching bishop who makes contemporary theology accessible to the ordinary layperson — he’s considered the champion of an inclusive faith by many, both inside and outside the Christian church. READ MORE

Barbara Lundblad
Barbara Kay Lundblad, received a B.A. in English from Augustana College (1966), the M.Div. from Yale Divinity School (1979), and the D.D. from Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. An ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, she served 16 years as a parish pastor in New York City, as well as campus pastor at Lehman College and New York University. She has taught preaching at Yale Divinity School, Princeton Theological Seminary, Hebrew Union College, and in the D.Min. program of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools.

John Cobb
Professor Emeritus at Claremont School of Theology, founder of the Center for Process Studies, and cofounder of Progressive Christians Uniting. John B. Cobb, Jr. (born February 9, 1925) is an American United Methodist theologian who played a crucial role in the development of process theology. He integrated Alfred North Whitehead’s metaphysics into Christianity, and applied it to issues of social justice.


In Honor of Our Founder

James Rowe Adams
In 1994, James R. Adams founded The Center for Progressive Christianity. Until he retired from parish ministry in 1996, Jim Adams served for nearly thirty years as rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Jim passed away on September 13, 2011 from brain cancer.  He was a courageous and wise man. He was an inspiration to uncountable people all over the world. He is greatly missed by us all.