Board of Directors

The REA Bylaws (2010) state that “the management of all affairs, property, and business of the Association shall be vested in a Board of Directors who shall consist of the elected officers and Board members.” The REA:APPRRE Board Handbook further detailed the roles and responsibilities of our board, officers, and staff. Some members of the board also serve on the steering committee and the program conference committee.  The members of the current board are listed below.



Mai-Anh Le Tran
Eden Theological Seminary
St. Louis, MO

President-Elect & 2015 Program Chair

Harold (Bud) Horell

Harold (Bud) Horell
Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education
Fordham University
Bronx, NY


Siebren Miedema

Siebren Miedema
VU University Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Vice-President & 2016 Program Chair

Bert Roebben
Dortmund University
Dortmund, Germany


Kevin Sandberg (2017)
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN

Recording Secretary

Virginia Lee

Virginia A. Lee (2016)
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Evanston, IL


Kathy Winings (2017), Chair, Religious Education in Faith Communities Standing Committee
Unification Theological Seminary
Barrytown NY

Susanne Johnson (2016),  Chair, Religious Education in Public Life and Global Community Standing Committee
Perkins School of Theology
Dallas, TX

Leah Gunning Francis (2015), Chair, Religious Education in Academic Disciplines and Institutions Standing Committee
Eden Theological Seminary
St. Louis, MO

Ted Brelsford (2015), Member-At-Large and Chair, Proposals Selection Committee
Orchard Park Community Church
Orchard Park, NY

Mualla Selçuk (2015), Member-At-Large
Ankara University
Ankara, Turkey

Arch Wong (2016),  Member-At-Large
Ambrose Seminary, Ambrose University
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Chuck Foster (2015), Chair, Harper / Wornom Committee
Candler School of Theology, Emeritus
Salem, OR

Barbara Senecal-Davis (2017), Student Representative
Executive Minister, First Presbyterian Church, NYC
PhD Student at Fordham University

Ex Officio Members

Lucinda Huffaker, Executive Secretary
Yale Divinity School
New Haven, CT

Mary Hess, Networking Coordinator
Luther Seminary
St. Paul, MN

Jack Seymour, Editor, Religious Education
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Evanston, IL

Joyce Mercer, Editor-Elect
Virginia Theological Seminary
Alexandria, VA


Harper / Wornom Committee

Chuck Foster, Chair
Sara S. Lee (2015), Hebrew Union College
Justus Baird (2016), Auburn Theological Seminary
Boyung Lee (2017), Pacific School of Religion
Mary Elizabeth Moore (2018), Boston University

Board Steering Committee

The Board Steering Committee is comprised of the President, President-Elect, Past-President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Executive Secretary, Networking Coordinator, and the Journal Editor.

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is comprised of retiring Board and Committee members, and one member at large elected by the membership. The committee is chaired by the President.

Program Conference Committee

The Program Conference Committee is comprised of the President, President-Elect, Vice-President, Standing Committee Chairs, Call for Papers Chair, Harper/Wornom Committee Chair, Executive Secretary, and the Networking Coordinator.

AAR Program Committee

The AAR Program Committee is comprised of the President, President-Elect, Vice-President, and the Past-President.

Proposals Selection Committee

Ted Brelsford, Chair (2015)
Dean Manternach (2016)
Ryan Gardner (2016)
Carmichael Crutchfield (2018)

Journal Board Representatives

Jack Seymour, Editor
Hyun-Sook Kim (2015)
David F. White (2016)
Najeeba Syeed-Miller (2017)