Clergy & Congregation Care Service Providers
In addition to the primary Clergy & Congregation Care (CCC) providers listed below, CCC has the privilege and opportunity to draw from clinicians on Samaritan’s counseling team and consultants from Samaritan’s Business Consulting program as situations and requests warrant.
Director of Clergy and Congregation Care
Sherill joined Samaritan in the spring of 2016, initially with Samaritan Business Consulting. She soon found herself engaged with the Clergy and Congregation Care program and accepted the position of Program Director for Clergy and Congregation Care. As director, she will continue to be a consultant for both CCC and Business consulting.
Sherill has an extensive background in assisting individuals, leaders and congregations. She served as a consultant with Advocates for Congregational Health (2008 to 2015) and in that capacity worked with congregations experiencing conflict, leading change, re-envisioning their mission, understanding and embracing their diversity, and congregations in a spiritual discernment process.
Sherill designed, developed and directed, for 15 years, the Human Resources department for Eastern Mennonite Missions and served as their Pastoral Care Director for mission workers. As part of the leadership team, she helped lead strategic planning, systems review, and change management. Her work in HR and pastoral care included recruitment, spiritual direction, conflict mediation, counseling, crisis management, critical incident stress debriefing, coaching, team development, leading spiritual formation retreats, policy writing, and training. She successfully helped to lead the organization through cultural change to operating as a team out of persons’ strengths. Sherill previously worked for 11 years in Swaziland, Southern Africa, in church leadership development. She is an ordained minister in the Mennonite church and co-pastored with her husband a congregation in Virginia for three years.
She is passionate about helping every congregation find a greater degree of health and effectiveness. She offers her passion and specialty skills to congregations in the following areas:
- Congregational Assessment using the Organizational Intelligence tool
- Group and individual spiritual direction
- Leadership and/or life coaching
- Spiritual discernment as a community in decision-making
- Spiritual formation within the congregation – stage of life development, seekers
- Healthy conflict for transformation
- Leading adaptive change within a congregation
- Developing cultural awareness, e.g. communication and conflict, with multicultural congregations and leadership teams
- Team growth in trust, healthy conflict, and commitment for greater results
- Strengths Finder assessments– what persons’ strengths offer a team
- Facilitating congregations to embrace all the spiritual streams within the body of Christ
- Transition and building resiliency skills
Sherill is an accredited Spiritual Director, a certified leadership coach (from Coach Approach Ministries in alignment with the International Coaching Federation) and a trained interpreter of Holy Cow!’s organizational intelligence tools. She is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite Seminary with a Master’s Degree in Church Leadership with a concentration in spiritual direction and pastoral care. Sherill also received a Masters certificate in Conflict Transformation and basic and advanced training in Trauma Awareness and Recovery from Eastern Mennonite University.
Clergy & Congregation Care Coordinator and Consultant
David Miron joined the Clergy & Congregational Care team in September 2013. As Coordinator of CCC, David is the main contact person for the team. He provides administrative support, helps to manage and develop new services for religious leaders and congregations, nurture relationships, and provides consultation, coaching and training on local and judicatory levels. David has an ecumenical background. He has participated in the life of Jewish, Mennonite, and Episcopal communities. He served as a pastor at Blossom Hill Mennonite church for 5 years, as a staff person for Jewish-Christian relations in the Mennonite church and served as a consultant for the Dept. of Congregational Development for the Episcopal Diocese of Central PA. He has an MS in Human Resource/Organizational Development from American University, a BA in Religion w/ a Certificate in Jewish Studies, Summa Cum Laude, Temple, and a Certificate in Biblical Studies, Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Harrisonburg VA. He also serves, part-time, as an instructional facilitator for courses in comparative religion at Elizabethtown College. David is trained as an interpretive consultant for Holy Cow! Consulting’s Organizational Intelligence tools and works with both congregations and judicatories. He developed and facilitates “Intersections”—training programs for developing boundary awareness and he co-facilitates a clergy group. David can be reached at email@example.com or 717-560-1949, extension 108.
Barry combines his knowledge of how successful businesses grow and develop their human resources with a deep understanding of human behavior. He has provided HR consultations to diverse organizations, including family businesses, manufacturing, construction, healthcare and professional associations. His work includes HR systems, process improvement, retained search, compensation and performance appraisal programs, talent management, dealing with the human and legal aspects of reduction in force and organizational surveys.
Dr. John Emmert
Consultant and Clergy Group Facilitator
John is a retired Episcopal priest who has served as an adjunct staff member of the Samaritan Center for the past eight years. Using skills developed in 35 years of ordained leadership in a variety of ministry settings from Williamsburg, VA, to Valdez, AK, he mentors a Clergy Consultation Group, provides theological reflection for the Center’s Clinical staff, and has participated in a number of church consultations. John received his D.Min in Ministry to Marriage and Families, focused on the study of family systems. He received the Bishop’s Lifetime Award for Servant Ministry and was recognized for pioneering a Clergy Wellness Ministry in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania. John delights in the ongoing work of the Samaritan Center to raise up a new generation of spiritually healthy and resilient leaders. He is also active in the Safe Church program, with a particular hope of encouraging men to undertake the challenge of healing from sexual abuse.
Dr. James Hanna, Consultant
Senior Consultant, Clergy Leadership Coach and Clergy Group Facilitator
Dr. James W. Hanna is the founder of Lancaster’s Samaritan Counseling Center. After 21 years as executive director and counselor, Jim shifted his role to one of senior consultant and advisor for the Clergy and Congregation Care program. As such, he facilitates a clergy group, provides individual clergy leadership coaching, and consults with clergy and congregations. Prior to founding the Center in 1987, Jim was Associate Pastor of the Highland Presbyterian Church for 19 years. He has facilitated numerous seminars, led clergy groups for more than 15 years, and has authored a book on intimacy. Jim is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and Lancaster Theological Seminary (D.Min). He currently serves on the national leadership team of the Samaritan Institute (Denver, CO) for Clergy & Congregation Care programs. Special Consultation Interests: Jim primarily uses approaches derived from family systems, adaptive change, and Appreciative Inquiry.
Areas of interest include re-imagining church for the 21st century, leadership covenants, realigning staff and structure with mission and budget, the distinct roles of governance and ministry, the role of the church system in conflict and its resolution.
Dr. Randolph (Randy) Riggs
Consultant, Coach and Clergy Group Facilitator
Dr. Randy Riggs has served with Samaritan Counseling Center since 2012 as a consultant, advisor, fund developer and clergy group facilitator. He is a native of California and an honorably retired pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA). His pastoral career spans 41 years in four different churches. He came to Lancaster in 1996 and served as Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Lancaster for 16 years. In addition to his work at Samaritan, he is active with the Lancaster County Council of Churches and the Lancaster Theological Seminary. He is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara (B.A. in History), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and San Francisco Theological Seminary (D.Min.). Special Consultation Interests: Pastor as Head of Staff; Goal Setting and Staff Management for the 21st Century Church; Effective Preaching and Communication; Ecumenical and Interfaith Cooperation; Appreciative Inquiry as a Tool for Vision Casting.
Gerald R. Ressler
Executive Director, Counselor and Consultant
Gerald Ressler, LCSW, BCD, MHA, serves as Executive Director of Samaritan Counseling Center. A member of the clinical counseling team, he also works directly with clergy and congregational leaders as an organizational consultant, primarily using approaches derived from family systems, adaptive change and Appreciative Inquiry. Typical areas of consultation include organizational and leadership structure and development, strategic planning, and conflict resolution.
Linda C. Crockett
Director of SafeChurch/SafePlaces, Coach and Consultant
Linda joined Samaritan Counseling Center, Lancaster PA in 2003 and serves as Director of SafeChurch/SafePlaces programs. She is a state certified sexual assault advocate, nationally certified coach, trainer, and consultant. Linda is trained in family systems, adaptive change, organizational intelligence, and Appreciative Inquiry, and uses these approaches in her work on a broad range of issues. An area of specialty is preventing, and responding to, child sexual abuse.