Our Team

Who We Are

For 39 years The Beecken Center has been an Episcopal center of learning for all the baptized. Our growing team stands ready to help you clarify your purpose and ministry, acquire the skills you will need to enact your ministry, and meet other people of faith who are committed to making a difference through the church.

Whether you are a diocese, a congregation, a new church plant, a college chaplaincy, an affinity group ministering to a specific need, or an individual in the process of discerning your personal ministry, we believe you will find many helpful resources and relationships through the programs center and feel welcomed and at home in our midst.

Our Team

Elsa Swift Bakkum
Assistant Director for Training, Education for Ministry
E-mail esbakkum@sewanee.edu

Joshua Booher
Assistant Director of Education for Ministry
E-mail jdbooher@sewanee.edu

Dr. Courtney Cowart
Director of The Beecken Center and Associate Dean of the School of Theology
E-mail cvcowart@sewanee.edu

The Rev. Cindy Fribourgh
Associate Director, SUMMA Theological Debate Society
E-mail summa@sewanee.edu

James Goodmann
Associate Director of The Beecken Center and Director of VocationCARE
E-mail jgoodman@sewanee.edu

The Rev. Dr. Christoph Keller
Director, SUMMA Theological Debate Society

Karen Meridith
Associate Director of The Beecken Center and Executive Director of Education for Ministry
E-mail karen.meridith@sewanee.edu

Paul Schutz
Director of Marketing & Communications, The Beecken Center
E-mail pcschutz@sewanee.edu

Caren Teichmann
Project Manager, Living in the Green
E-mail clteichm@sewanee.edu