We see you. Your ministry is valuable and important. Part-time and multivocational ministry is who we are as a denomination, and we are here for you. Circuit Riders are in and among us. They connect with pastors to make space for a mutually beneficial clergy-peer relationship offering spiritual support and an opportunity to connect. They are available to answer questions about resources, to connect you with further support, or simply to listen to your story and walk alongside you. Our number one priority is helping you thrive in your ministry setting. Circuit Riders are available to visit in person or to form connections via Zoom or over the phone. Click here to be connected to a Circuit Rider.
Spiritual Direction and Clergy Coaching
Spiritual Direction and Clergy Coaching is also available to part-time and multivocational pastors during 2022 as we maneuver through the shifts brought on by the global pandemic, changing ministry tide, and current denominational state. Spiritual Direction is for anyone desiring a deeper awareness of and communion with God. One engaged in Spiritual Direction is generally seeking self-understanding and spiritual growth sharing honestly how and where the Spirit of God is moving in your life. Clergy Coaching offers a conversation partner as the coachee works toward a particular goal in their current or upcoming call. One who engages in Clergy Coaching generally is exploring options, making changes, attempting to understand conflict, or in need of someone to hold them accountable to their professional goals. Click here for more information about being connected with Spiritual Direction or Clergy Coaching.
Meet our Circuit Riders
Founa I. Augustin Badet, Delray Beach, Florida (Kabalye Sikwi pou Pastè Kreyòl Ayisyen)
Founa I. Augustin Badet sèvi kòm Direktris Ministè Ayisyen, yon pati nan Ekip Lidèship Egzekitif Distri Atlantik LEgliz Frè Yo. Li envesti tan li nan plizyè fason tanjib nan kominote li kòm Pastè Jesus Lounge Ministry, Sekretè Administratif e fondatris Women of Impossibilities. Kounye a tou, Founa sèvi kòm Viseprezidan Lidèship nan Palm Beach County Council PTA, ak Chèman Komite Nominasyon pou S.D. Spady Elementary PTA. Fèt e grandi an Ayiti, Founa emigre nan Etazini pase 24 an e li posede yon biznis tradiksyon pwospere Founa’s Inc. nan Florid la. Founa marye ak Herman e li se manman Valencia, Josias ak Loudyn. Li gen yon Bakaloreya nan Ministè Kretyen ak Mastè nan Lidèchip nan Trinity International University.
Founa kontan pou l sèvi kòm Kabalye Sikwi pou Pastè Kreyòl Ayisyen yo nan ankouraje ede pwòp tèt yo ak fason pèmanan pou sipòte, ankouraje kwasans itil ak opòtinite aprantisaj pou pastè milti-pwofesyonèl nan Legliz Frè yo.
Founa I. Augustin Badet serves as Director of Haitian Ministries, part of the District Executive Leadership Team at the Atlantic Southeast District Church of the Brethren. She is invested in tangible ways in her community as Pastor of Jesus Lounge Ministry, and is the Administrative Secretary and founder of Women of Impossibilities. Currently, Founa also serves as Palm Beach County Council PTA, VP of Leadership, and Nominating Committee Chair for S.D. Spady Elementary PTA. Founa is wife to Herman and mother to Valencia, Josias and Loudyn. She has her Bachelor degree in Christian Ministry and Masters in Leadership from Trinity International University.
Founa is excited to serve as the Circuit Rider for Haitian Creole Pastors by helping to promote self-care and permanent ways to support, provide and foster helpful growth with learning opportunities for multi-vocational pastors in the Church of the Brethren.
Ryan Braught, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Ryan is the church planting Pastor of the Veritas Community in Lancaster, PA. Along with his wife and kids, Ryan planted the Veritas Community in 2009. He has also served with the New and Renew Team of the denomination since 2016 in helping to coordinate the bi-annual New and Renew Conference, as well as help to train, resource, equip, and support church planting in the denomination. Ryan is the husband of Kim and father to Kaiden and Trinity. Ryan has a Bachelors of Science in Telecommunications from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts in Religion from Evangelical Theological Seminary. Besides his work with Veritas, Ryan likes to read, listen to music, watch movies, snowboard and spend time with his family.
Mayra Calix, Lancaster, Pennsylvania (sirviendo nacionalmente como “acompañante del circuito”)
Mayra Cálix ha sido miembro de la Iglesia Alpha y Omega CoB en el Atlántico noreste por más de veinte años. En la actualidad es un Ministro Licenciado, Mayra se graduó del programa de la Academia de los Hermanos SeBAH en el año 2019. Durante sus años en el ministerio, ella ha servido a la comunidad hispana en diferentes capacidades. Ella ha trabajado por los últimos 18 años como especialista de apoyo al estudiante en el Programa de Educación para Migrantes de PA ubicado en la universidad de Millersville. Esto le permite conectar con muchas familias migrantes, apoyándolas y conectándolas con los diferentes programas disponibles en la comunidad. Mayra está casada con Liborio Cálix por 33 años y tienen tres hijos maravillosos y dos asombrosos nietos, Kevin (quien partió con el Señor), Kathleen y Elizabeth Calix; Noah y Kai. Mayra está muy emocionada de ser parte del grupo de “acompañante del Circuito” y espera poder escuchar a las necesidades de los ministros y buscar la mejor manera para conectarlos con los recursos disponibles y así poder ayudarles al alcanzar el llamado de Dios en su ministerio, confiando que juntos podemos hacer grandes cosas para el reino de los cielos. “estando persuadido de esto, que el que comenzó en vosotros la buena obra, la perfeccionará hasta el día de Jesucristo” Filipenses 1:6
Mayra Calix has been a member of the Alpha and Omega congregation in Atlantic Northeast District for over 20 years. Currently a Licensed Minister, Mayra graduated from the SeBAH-CoB ministry training program of the Brethren Academy in 2019. During her years in ministry, she has served the Hispanic community in different capacities. She has worked at the Pennsylvania Migrant Education Program at Millersville University as a Student Support Specialist for PA migrant farm workers for almost 18 years. This allows her to connect with many immigrant families and to support and connect them with programs available in the community. Mayra has been married to Liborio Calix for 33 years and they have 3 wonderful kids, Kevin (called home to be with the Lord), Kathleen, and Elizabeth Calix and two amazing grandkids, Noah and Kai. Mayra is so excited to be part of the Circuit Riders team and looks forward to listening to leaders and finding the best ways to connect them to the available resources to help them fulfill God’s calling, believing that together we can accomplish great things for the kingdom of heaven. “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:6.
Angela Carr, Floyd, Virginia.
Angela serves the full-time body of believers at Laurel Branch Church of the Brethren as part-time pastor. She has had the privilege of ministering there for the past 15 years, while continuously working full-time in secular positions in higher education and K-12 public education. She has first-hand experience successfully managing time and balancing demands in both roles. Angela is excited to join the Circuit Rider team! She looks forward to helping shape permanent ways to support and provide helpful growth & learning opportunities for multi-vocational pastors in the Church of the Brethren and supporting pastors and the churches they serve as we all seek to live out Ephesians 4:11-13 ” So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
John Fillmore, Caldwell, Idaho
John has been serving as pastor of the Nampa Church of the Brethren for 8 years. Prior to ministry, he had a career in construction, working as a finish carpenter and cabinet maker. As the church continues to find new ways to embody Christ in our culture, he believes the multi-vocational pastor will provide a vital and necessary bridge between the spiritual needs and the lived experiences in our communities of faith.
Jan Largent, Muncie, Indiana
Jan has served in ministry since 1980 as a hospital chaplain, associate pastor, team pastor and mentor. In addition to her formal clergy roles, she also sees her role in her family – as parent, grandparent and caretaker for her own parents – as part of her vocation. One thing that excites her about the work of Circuit Rider is the opportunity to give back to local churches and pastors who formed her: “..for the local churches and pastors who loved me, helped mold me, for Sister Carrie who reminded me that I could not earn my salvation; for a local congregation having called me to ministry; for Bethany Theological Seminary who trained me for ministry (when women were just beginning to attend seminary); for the Church of the Brethren and all of the saints.
Erin Matteson, Modesto, California.
Erin spent nearly 25 years as a pastor in the Church of the Brethren before transitioning into more focused spiritual formation work as a spiritual director, retreat leader, writer and speaker. Part of her work also includes partnering with Joyce Rupp and others as a “Boundless Compassion Facilitator,” having been trained and certified in that program. Erin’s sense of call with these and other forms of ministry is to be creating safe space for deep listening and compassionate companionship… for the greening and growing, ripening and healing, of each one, and so all creation. As a Circuit Rider, she is excited about the opportunity to live into this call with pastors, other congregational leaders, and congregations as a whole.