Prior to joining the Center staff in 1990, Ray served twelve years in ministry with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gary, Indiana, and has worked as an independent organizational consultant. He holds graduate degrees in theology from St. Francis School of Pastoral Ministry in Milwaukee and in Community and Organizational Development from Loyola University in Chicago.
Rachel McDonald, MDiv, Communication
Rachel has been building and updating the Center’s online footprint and communication strategy since 2017. She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and currently serves a local church in the Cleveland, OH area. She holds degrees from Baldwin Wallace University and Princeton Theological Seminary.
Inagrace T. Dietterich, Ph.D.,
Director of Theological Research
An ordained minister of the Iowa Conference, The United Methodist Church, Inagrace has done research and writing which form the theological foundations for the Center’s work. She has a Ph.D. in Christian Theology from the University of Chicago Divinity School, and degrees from the University of Iowa and Wartburg Theological Seminary. Inagrace is Director of Theological Research for the Center. She is the author of a range of significant and rich Bible study resources that cultivate God’s people in their missional calling.
Paul Dietterich, Th.D.,
Executive Director Emeritus
An ordained minister of the Iowa Conference, The United Methodist Church, Paul has served pastorates in Massachusetts and Iowa. He holds degrees from Ohio Wesleyan University and Boston University School of Theology. (An earned doctorate in the field of planned change in church organizations.) Paul served as Executive Director of the Center from 1976 to 2005 and is a major contributor in the field of practical theology.