Workshop Descriptions & Speaker Bios


Rachel Metheny

Rachel has been the pastor at Congress Street UMC in Lafayette, IN since 2017, and previously at Broadway UMC in Indianapolis, IN from 1999-2017. A practitioner of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD), Rachel has led training sessions for churches and clergy as well as learning journeys. She has a PhD in ethics from Graduate Theological Union and has been an adjunct professor at various universities.  



Mike Mather

Rev. Michael Mather has been the pastor of Broadway UMC in Indianapolis, IN since 2003. He is the author of "Having Nothing, Possessing Everything: Finding Abundant Communities in Unexpected Places," and is on the faculty of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at DePaul University. A pastor for 33 years, Mike was born in Brooklyn, NY but grew up in small towns in southern Indiana. He and his wife, Kathy Licht, have two adult sons.

Many from our conference will remember Mike as a speaker from last June’s annual conference session. He shared stories of how his church found abundance in their community when his members moved beyond their own walls and out into the streets and discovered that people are rich in strength, talents, resiliency, and love.


Darryl Answer

Darryl Answer was born and raised in London, England. He is the founding and current lead pastor of New Community Church, in Kansas City, MO. Darryl has served in a variety of leadership roles within churches, non-profit organizations, and in community development. Darryl also provides consulting and training for organizations and churches in the areas of Racial Justice and Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD). Darryl is a member of Christian Community Development Association’s (CCDA) 5th leadership cohort, and Faculty-Board Member of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute based in DePaul University, Chicago. Darryl and his wife, Stephanie, live in the Kansas City with their two children, Jaidyn and Kian.