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Meet our Speakers

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Contact our office to arrange for a speaker from ADN in your congregation. List of available presentations.

Kathleen Nofziger Yeakey​

Kathleen Nofziger Yeakey, executive director

Kathy serves as ADN's Administrative Manager. She welcomes opportunities to preach and introduce the work of Anabaptist Disabilities Network. Kathy's personal experiences with anxiety and depression and seminary training in pastoral care and counseling equip her to speak on a wide range of topics, including mental health, disability theology, support networks, prayer, changing attitudes, and more. She lives in Goshen and attends North Goshen Mennonite Church.

Jeanne Davies


​Jeanne serves as ADN's Program Resources Manager. She is also pastor for Parables Community, a new church for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families, in Lombard, Illinois. For ADN, Jeanne coordinates the CONNECTIONS newsletter, manages the website, the Opening Doors blog, and maintains our social media presence. Jeanne is also available to speak to a broad range of disability topics and issues. She lives in West Dundee, Illinois.

Denise Reesor

​Denise is now a field associate for ADN. She speaks on a wide range of topics, including mental health, disability theology, developmental disability, caring for loved ones with disabilities, and more. Denise lives in Goshen and attends East Goshen Mennonite Church.

Kathy Dickson

​Kathy lives in Bluffton, Ohio, and works near Columbus, Ohio. Speaking interests include reflecting theologically on disability and on the gifts people with disabilities bring to the body of Christ.​​​ Kathy is a member of First Mennonite Church of Bluffton.

Debbie Eisenbise



​Debbie lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and has served as a pastor, spiritual director, and director of intergeneration ministries within the Church of Brethren. Speaking interests include the ways understandings of God and disabilities influence faith and church life. Debbie welcomes invitations to preach, teach, or help churches discern questions about accessibility and inclusion.

Deborah Ruth Ferber
​Deborah brings a love of people with developmental disabilities. She welcomes invitations to s​hare her stories of living in a L’Arche community and reflecting ethically and theologically about disabilities. She currently lives and works in the United Kingdom.

Rebekah Flores

​Rebekah brings experience living and working with people with developmental disabilities. Working from her home base in Elgin, Illinois, she welcomes speaking invitations to promote disability awareness and inclusion in congregations.​​ Rebekah's home congregation is Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren.

Mark Pickens​​
​Mark lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and brings to ADN his personal experience as a blind person. He enjoys speaking about how understandings of God and disabilities interact and influence faith and congregational practices. He welcomes invitations to preach, teach, and consult with congregations. ​Mark attends Harrisburg Church of the Brethren.

Jill Stemple

​Jill lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where she works in mental health and substance abuse services, with a background in services to persons experiencing homelessness and welfare casework. Jill brings her personal experiences with physical and mental health challenges, having grown up with a father who is blind, combining these with her professional experience to offer her insights on widening the congregational welcome to persons with disabilities. She attends Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster.

Milt Stoltzfus​

​Milt lives in Lititz, PA, and has served on ADN's board of directors over ten years. He is employed as director of spiritual care at Friendship Community, a residential services organization for adults with disabilities, and he brings a great sense of humor and a heart for including people with developmental disabilities in congregational life. He welcomes invitations to preach and lead workshops.​ Milt is a member of New Beginnings Brethren in Christ Church.

Jim Smith

​ADN's board president since the beginning, Jim lives in Goshen, Indiana, and brings experience in living in a wheelchair and forming supportive care networks. He welcomes preaching invitations and opportu​nities to encourage inclusion. He plans to retire from the ADN board at the end of January, 2019. Jim is a member of Pleasant View Church, Goshen.​ 

 

 Learn more

 
  • Christian education resources for children and adults with intellectual disabilities or learning disabilities.
  • Resources for teaching and preaching that support the full and intentional inclusion of people with disabilities.
  • Reviews of recommended books and videos for church groups and individual enjoyment
  • Tips for effective inclusion of individuals with disabilities into church youth groups.