Board of Advisors

Advisory Board Members


Joanne Webber

Joanne Webber, wife of the late Robert E. Webber, worked in education, social work, and law in the public sector for 30 years, and has been retired since 1997. Joanne holds the Bachelors of Education from Wheaton College, a Masters in Public Administration from Northeastern University, in Boston, Massachusetts, and a Doctoral of Jurisprudence from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. Joanne serves as a Board Member of the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies as well as the Ancient-Future Faith Network.

She resides in the beautiful lakeside home that she and Bob built at Bethany Beach in Sawyer, Michigan.

Dr. Jennifer Clayton

Founder and Director, The Wounded Worshiper Sanctuary, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

A Resource partner of the AFFN, Jennifer serves as parish musician for St. Bonaventure Church in Glenshaw, PA, and maintains a private voice and piano studio. She writes, “I am a third generation church leader and have served as everything from piano player, furniture mover and wallpaper hanger to music and worship director, women’s ministry, Bible study facilitator and creator of a children’s curriculum on worship. I have a bachelor and master’s degree in music from the University of Michigan and a DWS (Beta II class) from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies.

“The Wounded Worshiper Refuge is a newly-forming retreat ministry birthed by the Spirit out of my seemingly unrelated life and work experiences. I am humbled and excited by the evidence of God’s favor and grace as this project gets underway.” Back to Top

Dr. Mark Jonah

Assistant Professor of Worship Arts, LeTourneau University, Longview, Texas

Mark joined the faculty of LeTourneau University in the fall of 2010, where he teaches Foundations of Christian Ministry, Worship Leadership, Foundations of Worship, Multimedia and Technology for Worship, and the University Chorus. He is experiencing the temperatures of East Texas that are quite different from his home country of Canada! Most recently living in Alberta, Canada, the move to Texas has included seeing many familiar things– oil rigs, cowboys, and half-ton trucks. Mark’s experience in worship arts has been challenged and stretched through formal studies and has been realized and practiced through church ministry. With close to 25 years of experience in worship arts ministry in local churches, Mark is excited to be part of the team at LeTourneau developing a new degree focusing on worship arts. The beginning of the Worship Arts degree took place in fall, 2011. Originally from the East coast of Canada, and a veteran of worship ministry, Mark has studied and worked across Canada, including churches in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Kitchener, and Moncton. Mark and his wife Jennifer are parents to three active and talented teens. Mark received his doctoral degree from The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies (2009), a master’s in theology from Tyndale College and Seminary (2001), and did his bachelor’s work at the University of Waterloo (1991) and Briercrest Bible College (1986). Back to Top

Donald Bowes

Elder and Founding Member, Epiclesis: An Ancient-Future Faith Community, and Treasurer, Ancient-Future Faith Network, Sacramento, California.

Donald holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and a Master’s Degree in Dramatic Art from the University of California, Davis. For eight years he worked at being an Actor, Director and Producer in Northern California and also in various related art fields as a song writer and Art Center Director. In 1977, he began a new career in the Real Estate industry and for the next 30 plus years worked in various capacities with Citibank and Bank of the West as an Underwriter and as a manager in Sales, Appraisal and Project Development. His last position before retiring was as a Vice President for Construction Lending.

All during this time, Donald never stopped participating in the artistic endeavors he loves. For ten years he was a guitarist and worship leader at Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church and has performed in and written and directed several dramatic pieces within the church context— the latest of which is a monologue of The Road to Emmaus. Currently, Donald is the percussionist for the Worship Team at Epiclesis and has just recently returned from a 500-mile pilgrimage in Spain along the Camino de Santiago. He has written a lengthy blog about his experiences there which can be seen by clicking here.

“Retirement” from the business world has afforded Donald the opportunity to devote himself full-time to his passions of writing and serving in various mission fields as well as his responsibilities at Epiclesis. Most recently, he has been a team leader for trips to Mexico and the Navajo Nation. Donald has been married to his lovely wife Heather for 30 years. They have one son, Dylan, who is married to Nicole. They are also both musicians and live and work in Los Angeles. Back to Top

Norm Covell

Orangevale, California

Norm Covell is a founding Elder of Epiclesis: An Ancient-Future Faith Community. God blessed him with the vision that became an inspiration for founding the Ancient-Future Faith Network. He’s currently involved in mission ministries at Epiclesis.

Norm became a Christian in high school through his involvement in Young Life and the Christian Endeavor program at the Presbyterian Church. He served two years in the military and volunteered with a Southern Baptist missionary while in Vietnam. Norm served one term as deacon and two terms as elder in the Fresno area and chaired a family center building committee. He taught Sunday School for nine years and served as camp counselor and performed camp volunteer work at Calvin Crest Presbyterian Youth Camp. He has led adult Sunday School classes and led other small groups off and on for 30 years. He also chaired the committee for the development of a mission study for the pastor search in a previous church.

Norm was the Executive Officer for the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality District for 20 years before retiring. He had a staff of 89 and a budget of $19 million. He praises God for changing his life so dramatically from what it would otherwise have been. Back to Top

Dr. Lisa Deam

Mooresville, North Carolina.

Lisa Deam is an award-winning author and speaker who uses art of the Christian past to illuminate modern faith. She was drawn to the Ancient-Future Faith Network because of her interest in medieval maps, which she believes to be an important early church resource for renewing our faith and worship today. She leads spiritual formation workshops using medieval maps and medieval spiritual principles to shed light on our personal journeys with Christ. Lisa is a frequent contributor to The Cresset, the Christian literary journal of Valparaiso University, and is the winner of an Award of Excellence from the Associated Church Press. She is completing a book on medieval world maps as tools for spiritual reflection. When not roaming the Middle Ages, Lisa lives in Mooresville, North Carolina, with her husband and two young children. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is an active member of her church. Back to Top

Dr. Teresa Gardner

Charlotte, North Carolina

Teresa Gardner has long held a vision for seeing the arts restored for the glory of God and is the Director of Zion Center for Worship and the Arts (ZCWA)– a center for worship training through biblical study and technical artistic development based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Teresa has also directed the Resurrection Dance Ministry (of Resurrection Lutheran Church) for over thirty years– training worship dancers of all ages, assisting other churches in establishing dance ministries, and presenting God’s Story through movement in local, national and international venues. As a Conference Teacher and Clinician, Teresa has taught in many nations on Biblical Worship and Worship Expression. Back to Top