The Board is very proud of the Alban consultants, past and present, and the work they have done over the decades, faithfully serving America’s congregations and helping The Alban Institute fulfill its mission. The consultants who have been faithfully dedicated to the health, vitality and mission of local congregations will continue to empower congregations to transform the lives of their constituents and the communities they serve.

As of April 1st, 2014, the consultants can be reached at and through the links below.

Susan Beaumont  Susan translates sound business practices and organizational development into the world of faith, particularly among larger congregations and their staffs and boards. Her specialties include change management, leadership development and staff team effectiveness. email Susan

Dan Hotchkiss  When congregations seek guidance for discernment and dialogue around issues of planning, visioning, and governance, Dan is a valued partner for his creative approaches and sensitive understanding of the human and institutional dynamics within congregations. email Dan


Speed Leas  Speed Leas is a nationally known consultant to religious organizations and an educator of church leaders, including pastors, laity, and church executives. He has earned a special reputation as an authority on conflict. email Speed

Alice Mann  When it comes to helping congregations pursue their callings within their context, no one is better than Alice at transforming the conversation into a positive, fruitful experience. She is wonderfully wise, thorough, and down to earth. email Alice


Susan Nienaber  With a background as a counselor and therapist, Susan combines compassion with independence when working with congregations on issues of conflict, dialogue, crisis, personnel, professional misconduct, leadership, and interpersonal dynamics. email Susan

Sarai Rice Sarai Rice loves to work with churches that are exploring their role in their community and visioning for their future – seeking to discern what and who God is calling them to be. She is skilled at planning and program development, as well as working with churches who are dealing with discord and decline. email Sarai

Linda Rich  Linda Rich is a specialist in coaching, leadership, organizational development, and management consulting.  In addition to working with synagogues and non-profit organizations, she has worked with large corporations and small businesses. email Linda

John Wimberly  John served congregations for 38 years, thirty of them at Western Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC. His quest for continuing personal, spiritual and professional growth led John to complete a PhD in systematic theology and an Executive MBA program.  He consults with congregations on issues such as the creation and implementation of strategic plans, congregational growth and the empowering use of endowments. email John