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Author Dissertation Topic Degree Awarded

Crowe, John M.

Church Health: An Organic, Doctrinal
Systems Approach

D. Min., Asbury Theological Seminary

Thomas F. Fischer

Lay Leadership Training: A Key To Congregational Growth?

Masters Of Science In Administration (M.S.A.)

Dale M.


Public Ministry And The Priesthood Of All Believers

D.Min, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO.

Dale M.


Systemic View Of Collaborative Leadership

Wood, Gordon

Lasting Peace In The Church


D. Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 
South Hamilton, MA

Biographical Info...

John Crowe, D.Min.

Rev. Dr. John M. Crowe is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and a member of the North Carolina Conference with over 20 years in the pastorate. He writes a quarterly church health column for Sharing The Practice: The International Journal for Parish Clergy. In 2002, he launched The Body Anatomy and Church Health Development Model web site. It is the internet's first site for equipping healthier clergy and churches through applying Biblical teaching to a congregation's anatomical subsystems. This site and its 68 pages receives over 1,000 hits per month.

His doctoral work on church health and experience with mental illness in his family led him to advocate for mental health within the United Methodist Church. In appreciation for his efforts, he received the 2002 Mental Health Association in North Carolina President's Award. In 2004, he was elected to serve as a member of the NC-NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) Board of Directors. He is a certified teacher of NAMI’s Family to Family Educational Course for relatives of the mentally ill. His web site also contains several pages related to the church's ministry to the mentally ill and their families. He received the Bachelor of Arts Degree from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina; and the Master of Divinity degree and the Doctor of Ministry degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He and his wife Donna have two sons.

Thomas F. Fischer, M.S.A., M.Div.

Director of, Fischer has been an ordained pastor of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod since 1984. Currently Administrative Pastor of Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Rochester Hills (Detroit), Michigan, Fischer has written extensively for numerous publications including Net Results, Christian Counseling Today, Enrichment, and numerous other publications. Asbury Theological Seminary and other church-related ministries have featured Fischer's writings. 

In January, 2005, the Fischer's chapter "Understanding Congregational Anxiety" appeared in the Alban Institute book entitled,  WWW.Congregational Resources.Org.

Fischer's M.S.A. Dissertation was accepted by Central Michigan University as part of the requirements for this Masters Degree program. It considers the relationship of lay leadership training and church growth.

Dale Kleimola, D. Min.
(Not currently Available)

Gordon Wood, D.Min.

Return Ministries ( provides services designed to empower pastors and lay-leaders to glorify God by promoting conditions where harmony replaces discord. Pastors, church leaders and parishioners are enabled to facilitate a return from conflict to Christ. Scripture and Systems Theory are used to foster unity by causing professing Christians to reclaim their identity as children of a loving God. Behavior is modified to be consistent with unity and peace. Return Ministries' services range from consulting with pastors, to working on location with church leaders and members.

Rev. Dr. Gordon Wood is Founder and Director of Return Ministries. He was once Television Director/Producer for WTVR (CBS) in Richmond , Virginia . Then, as a Management Consultant and an Associate of Walter V. Clarke Associates, he advised major US corporations and government agencies in the field of management and organizational effectiveness. Subsequently he headed Management Development for Honeywell Information Systems. He has taught college courses in management.  

For the past twenty years Dr. Wood has pastored churches and served as a consultant to strife-torn congregations. He received the Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio; and the Master of Divinity degree and the Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. He and his wife Paula have two married daughters.

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