Meet the Team

Staff

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Rev. Michael Gulker
President
Michael builds strategic partnerships and provides organizational leadership and direction.
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Michael has a long-standing interest in the oft-times contentious intersection of faith and culture and how both thrive best when rooted in worship. Michael has, during his ten years leading The Colossian Forum, become a leader turning conflict into opportunity for both deeper discipleship and more beautiful witness. The Colossian Forum has equipped hundreds of church leaders and thousands of laypeople in transformative Christian practices that harness the energy of everyday conflicts for positive spiritual formation. A native of West Michigan, he studied philosophy and theology at Calvin College, has a divinity degree from Duke Divinity School and is an ordained Mennonite pastor.

Before helping form The Colossian Forum, Michael served as pastor of Christ Community Church in Des Moines, Iowa. He and his wife, Jodie, have two children.

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Rev. Dr. Tanner Smith
Chief of Staff
Tanner manages our strategic initiatives and internal processes to help move our transformative mission from theory to reality.
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Tanner has been leading teams of staff since 2008. He loves to co-create healthy cultures where team members experience fulfillment, belonging, and accomplishment. Tanner completed his doctorate in Mission and Leadership in 2016 from Luther Seminary and is an ordained minister in The Reformed Church in America. He is a lifelong learner, pursuing many interests and seeking opportunities to grow and expand his world. Tanner spends as much time as possible outdoors with his wife and 3 children.

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Dr. Stacey Wieland
Vice President of Programming
Stacey develops the practices underpinning our conflict transformation programs.
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Dr. Stacey Wieland earned her PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and she has previously worked with The Colossian Forum to conduct an in-depth study of the transformation done in Colossian Way small groups. A specialist in organizational communication, her qualitative research focuses on identity, culture, and discourse. Stacey has published in journals such as Communication Monographs, Management Communication Quarterly, Communication Theory, and The Journal of Applied Communication Research.

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Rev. Kevin Douglas
Vice President of Relationships
Kevin fosters relationships between The Colossian Forum and other churches and organizations to help implement our mission.
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With his Bachelor’s in Marketing and Business from Central Michigan University 2009 and his Master’s of Divinity from Moody Theological Seminary in 2016, Kevin has a wide range of ministry and business experience. He started a digital marketing company in 2011, then transitioned into a Director Of Pastoral Care role in 2012. In 2017, he became the Director of Marketing for Trauma Based Christian Parenting and, most recently, was a Co-pastor for a growing church plant in the heart of New York City. Kevin’s knowledge and experience of being a pastor in the midst of one the most diverse places on earth has given him extensive experience with conflict. He is passionate about utilizing the knowledge gained from his marketing and pastoring experience to bring the transformative power of The Colossian Forum to as many organizations that he can. 

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Rev. Jess Shults
Vice President of Training and Assessment
Jess leads and executes our program deployment and assessment, ensuring we understand and exceed our partners' expectations and needs.
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Jess has a deep hope about the ways facilitating Christian conflict transformation effectively in Christian organizations is pivotal for such a time as this. Previously, she served as Lead Pastor of Standale Reformed Church. Jess is ordained in the Reformed Church in America earning her MDiv from Western Theological Seminary and Bachelor of Arts from Nothwestern College. Her decade long work as a faculty member with Churches Learning Change is narrated in Learning Change, Congregational Renewal Fueled by Personal Renewal, in which she wrote the chapter, “Courage: Stepping off the Sidelines.” When not working, you can find Jess cheering on her boys at their high school sporting events or enjoying a walk with a friend.

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Monica Risch
Training and Events Manager
Monica coordinates our events and trainings, and provides support to our programming team.
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Monica thrives in places filled with genuine connection, bulleted lists, and warm hospitality. She believes there is beauty and power in creating a space for people to engage in meaningful discussion and that is precisely how she serves TCF’s mission. Monica earned her BA in Strategic Communication from Cornerstone University and has experience in event planning, banking, and organizational management. In her spare time, you'll catch her playing board games with friends, sipping a sweet latte, and coordinating weddings.

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Ben Bland
Communications and Advancement Manager
Ben ensures our friends and partners receive compelling and consistent communication.
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Ben is a dynamic communicator who has experience editing literary journals, crafting university marketing strategies, and drafting copy for recipes and craft guides. His writing and editorial processes regularly include chamomile tea and superhero movie soundtracks. Through the written word, Ben strives to convey the vision of The Colossian Forum to supporters, donors, constituents, and new audiences.

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Andy Saur
Executive Assistant
Andy makes everyone’s life easier by providing administrative support to the President and the organization as a whole.
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Andy loves building interpersonal connections and has an overarching passion for story. His particular interest is how story encountered through the arts helps grow understanding and compassion. Andy has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Wheaton College and completed a diploma in Entertainment Business Management from Vancouver Film School. In his spare time, he seeks sunshine and an empty city bench to create art of his own in the form of poetry.

Board of Directors

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Gene Miyamoto
Chair
Gene serves as a principal advisor in the health services sector, and is based in Holland, MI.
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Gene has led and served as an executive and advisor for hospitals and health systems, as well as private ventures and a Fortune 1000 company. In faith-based healthcare, Gene championed Mission services for the poor and needy, rapid improvement of patient safety, quality and profitable growth in concert with substantial organizational and financial improvement.

He has a Bachelor of Philosophy from Calvin University and a Masters in Health Services Administration from The University of Michigan.

A member of Pillar Church in Holland, Michigan, Gene has served as a co-leader in hosting Colossian Way small groups in his community.

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Juli Morse
Vice Chair
Juli serves as Vice President of Customer Success at Swan Island Networks in Portland, OR.
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Juli is a mechanical engineer, entrepreneur, and technology commercialization enthusiast, with 17 years of experience working in the high tech and consumer goods industries. She founded River Parkway Labs, a technology commercialization and product marketing consultancy in Portland, OR. Her focus is working with early stage tech companies and startups, universities, and inventors to bring their innovations, IP, and products to market.

Juli also serves on the Engineering Advisory Board for George Fox University, and the Portland State University Venture Fund Committee. She graduated from George Fox University with a B.S. in Engineering and holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. Juli and her husband Matthew attend Moreland Presbyterian Church, where Juli serves as an elder.

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Dale Rietberg
Secretary/Treasurer
Dale serves as counsel at Varnum Law in Grand Rapids, MI.
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Dale has extensive experience in the area of nonprofit and tax exempt entities, and works with a wide range of exempt organizations, including charities, social service agencies, cultural and civic institutions, educational organizations, foundations, health organizations, clubs and associations, and churches and religious organizations. He also practices in the area of general corporate and business transactions, with a focus on closely-held family businesses.

Dale earned his MBA from the University of Michigan Graduate School of Business and his JD from the University of Michigan Law School. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Grand Rapids Bar Association and serves on the boards of the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, MOKA Corporation, and the Better Business Bureau of Western Michigan Foundation.

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Mycal Brickhouse
Director
Mycal serves as the Senior Pastor of Cary First Christian Church (Cary, NC) and the Managing Director of Grants at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School (Durham, NC).
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Mycal X. Brickhouse serves as the Senior Pastor of Cary First Christian Church in Cary, NC and as the Managing Director of Grants at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School. Mycal earned a BA in Political Science and a BA in African American Studies from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as a MDiv from Duke Divinity School.

Over the course of his ministry, Mycal has served as an Associate Minister at St. Luke A.M.E. Church in Fayetteville, NC, St. Joseph A.M.E Church in Durham, NC, and the chaplain intern at St. Augustine’s University Chapel. At Duke Divinity School, Mycal devotes himself to evaluating, reimagining, and creating new alumni programs and opportunities in order to create meaningful engagement for our broad array of 7,000+ alumni constituents—across denominations, generations, and sectors, as well as across Duke University.

Mycal is an active volunteer in the community and currently serves as a member of the Cary Coalition of Wake County Habitat for Humanity, and the Chairperson of the Western Regional Community Advisory Committee of Wake County Human Services. Rev. Mycal Brickhouse is married to the lovely Kristin McCullough Brickhouse.

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Patricia Duthler
Director
Patricia serves as the Managing Investor and CEO at Duthler Holdings, LLC.
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Patricia is currently CEO of Duthler Holdings, LLC where she manages a portfolio of commercial real estate investments. Formally, she was CEO and Dealer Principal of Duthler Automotive Group and Duthler Truck Center. She has also served as the Executive Director of GROW (Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women), and as a senior consultant with Greystone Global of Chicago where she advised organizational leaders on strategic change management. Patricia has expertise as a project manager and program planner with a number of non-profit organizations; she also worked as a computer systems analyst with international for-profit corporations.

 

A graduate of Calvin College and Aquinas College with a BA in Secondary Education from the former and a BS in International Business from the latter. She has also earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Western Michigan University as well as a Master Certificate in Applied Project Management from Villanova University. While Patricia has been a long-time resident of West Michigan, she currently shares her time between Michigan and Virginia.

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Tru Pettigrew
Director
Tru is the founder/owner of Tru Access and is the first Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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Tru is a celebrated author, an engaging speaker, a committed community leader, and an award-winning marketing executive with close to 20 years of experience at the nation’s top advertising & marketing agencies.

Tru founded Tru Access (www.tru-access.com) to serve as an inspiration and empowerment consultancy to help individuals and organizations bridge gaps across areas that cause division, dysfunction, and separation.

As a part of his bridge building efforts, he founded Barbershop Rap Sessions, which is a platform that leverages barbershops across the country as a trusted venue for hosting facilitated dialogue between Law Enforcement and communities of color. He also serves as a Subject Matter Expert for the International Association of Chiefs of Police and has spent time working with brands such as Nike, Hennessy, Unilever, and Ford.

Most recently, Tru joined the Minnesota Timberwolves as their first Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer where he oversees all diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts including setting the strategic vision across four franchises—the Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Lynx, Iowa Wolves, and T-Wolves Gaming.

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Christine Pohl
Director
Christine is Professor Emeritus of Church and Society at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY.
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Dr. Christine Pohl is Professor Emeritus of Church and Society at Asbury Theological Seminary (Wilmore, KY) where she taught for almost 30 years. She earned her PhD in Ethics and Society at Emory University.

Before her tenure at the seminary, she worked in various ministries including owning a Christian bookstore and serving refugees through advocacy and resettlement efforts. She has served on the boards of the Louisville Institute and the Society of Christian Ethics, and has also directed a four-year grant with the Lilly Endowment on Sustaining Pastoral Excellence in Community.

Dr. Pohl speaks regularly, at the national and international level, on recovering the practices of hospitality and community. She has addressed various communities concerning these matters including congregations, intentional communities, and staff and volunteers in ministry with homeless people, people with disabilities, and refugees.

She is also the author of several books including Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition and Living into Community: Cultivating Practices that Sustain Us.

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Kristi Potter
Director
Kristi most recently served as director of the January Series at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, MI.
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Kristi served as part of the January Series staff at Calvin University (Grand Rapids, MI) from 1996 to 2022. For the first 11 years, she served as Assistant to the Series founding Director, June Hamersma. She succeeded Hamersma as Director in 2007 and successfully expanded the Series to be available at over 50 remote locations across the U.S. as well as Canada and other sites around the world.

Her work as the January Series Director brought important voices to the Series including John Perkins, Bryan Stevenson, Cokie Roberts, Olympia Snowe, Krista Tippett, Sherry Turkle, Jimmy Wales, N.T. Wright, and many others. The January Series is a yearly fifteen-day free noontime lecture series that curates important conversations about what is happening in the nation and the world and challenges the audience to respond as people of faith to make a positive impact. 

Kristi is a graduate of Calvin University and has served as an elder at Calvary Christian Reformed Church (Wyoming, MI). She and her husband Jim are active members in their church and have served as volunteer youth leaders for over 25 years. They have three grown sons and one lovely daughter-in-law. In her free time, Kristi enjoys reading, traveling, and learning about new places.

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