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Missio Madison is a cohort training experience for local missional practitioners. We exist to provide a community in which followers of Jesus can collaboratively exegete our place--Madison--and discern God's call into fresh forms of Christian community and mission.  Our vision is to cultivate a community of local ecumenical kinship, discernment and collaboration. 


The 2020-2021 Missio Madison cohort will gather monthly on the second Friday (noon-4pm) from September to April for training and conversation. Participants will also meet monthly with a team coach and other fellows to lean in to their growing edges. Altogether, including reading a book and regular experiments, fellows will invest 10-15 hours per month into this experience. In October and March, the cohort will experience overnight retreats for renewal and discernment.


Missio Madison fellows:

  • cultivate sustaining friendships among peers in local ministry and mission

  • build relationships with coaches and context experts

  • discover fresh practices of prayer and dwelling in scripture

  • form habits of deep engagement in and reflection on Madison as a mission context

  • encounter a range of missional models and examples to fuel creativity and innovation

  • identify and develop the skills needed for leading new missional initiatives

  • foster an ecclesial environment of ecumenical friendship and collaboration


Applications are no longer begin accepted for 2020-21. Look for applications for 2021-22 in Spring 2021.


Missio Madison is made possible by the generous support of the Lilly Endowment and is an initiative of University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.


The American church is in the midst of a period of great contextual change, and through the eyes of faith, believers affirm that God is in the midst, actively engaged with human history and by the Spirit is inviting the church to join the "new thing" that God is doing.

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Our Team

Our 2020-21 Guest Faculty

Christopher James

Executive Director

Chris is the author of Church Planting in Post-Christian Soil (Oxford University Press, 2017), a study of church plants in Seattle, WA - one of the most progressive, technological & post-Christian cities in the nation. He is associate professor of evangelism and missional Christianity at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and holds degrees from Boston University, Fuller Seminary & Wheaton College. Chris directs the Dane Churches Project, a study underway with international partners in other post-Christian Western cities including Amsterdam, Vancouver BC, & Frankfurt.  He and his wife, Lindsay, share the joy of raising two zesty kids. 

Jon Anderson

Team Coach

Jon has been serving as a pastor in the Madison area for twenty years. He has a passion for serving the local church and encouraging the church as they serve the most vulnerable. Jon is the founder and Executive Director of Collaboration Project, a new non-profit that exists to foster collaboration between churches for the good of Madison.  He also helped launch Madison Missions, a Madison-focused youth service camp and co-founded the Kingdom Justice Summit which brings together hundreds of people from dozens of churches around Christianity and justice in our city. Jon and his wife, Mary, have three kids and enjoy getting outside as much as possible.

Kayla March

Team Coach

Kayla has been leading in ministry contexts across denominational lines for the past ten years. She has a Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary and most recently served as the Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Blackhawk Church in Madison. Kayla is passionate about the synergistic work of spiritual transformation—in the lives of individuals and in the institutional life of the church. With training in sociology and theology, Kayla is particularly interested in partnering with local church leaders as we ask questions of organizational health, culture-creation, collaboration, and mission. She and her husband, Jeremy, love Madison (even when it's freezing!).     

Christina Roberts

Team Coach

Christina is a church planter and co-lead pastor of foundry414 in Madison, started in 2009.  She is also a spiritual director and oblate of Holy Wisdom Monastery. As a certified spiritual coach, Christina has worked with multiple cohorts of church planters and church leaders across the US and Europe.  In addition to spiritual coaching, Christina leads contemplative retreats, offers spiritual direction & co-hosts the Blue Ocean World podcast.  She and her husband, Chris, live on the Northside of Madison with their three kids who keep life fun and lively. 


Rev. Dr. Marcus Allen

Guest Faculty

Rev. Dr. Allen is senior pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and the President of the African American Council of Churches in Madison. He holds a Doctor of Ministry and is the author of I Got Next: Ten Essential Lessons for an Effective Pastoral Transition

Dr. Ruben Anthony

Guest Faculty

Dr. Anthony is President and CEO at Urban League of Greater Madison and a Deacon at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. He holds a Ph.D. in urban development from UW-Milwaukee.

Jon Dahl

Guest Faculty

Jon Dahl a senior member of the campus staff at InterVarsity where he has worked with Graduate Student and Faculty ministry for 25+ years. He is also a board member at Upper House.

Rev. Kerri Parker

Guest Faculty

Rev. Parker is executive director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.

Dr. Kurt Paulsen

Guest Faculty

Dr. Paulsen is professor of urban planning in the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture at UW–Madison. In addition to academic articles, he has authored two Dane County housing needs assessments.

Carrie Sanders

Guest Faculty

Carrie Sanders is CEO and founder of Hope Community Capital, focused on developing sustainable, equitable and thriving communities. She also teaches in Edgewood College's Graduate program in Social Innovation & Sustainability Leadership.

Sr. Lynne Smith

Guest Faculty

Sr. Lynne Smith, OSB is a member of the Benedictine Women of Holy Wisdom Monastery, whom she serves as the director of monastic ritual & formation team.

Pastor Charles Yu

Guest Faculty

Pastor Yu is pastor of multicultural ministry and theology at Blackhawk Church and holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Semitics from UW-Madison.

Our 2020-21 Fellows


Carter Baldwin

After growing up across the country and the denominational landscape, Carter settled down in Madison with his wife Suzy in 2013. Seven years and three kids later, Carter serves as the Director of Youth Ministry at Christ Presbyterian Church. He spent the previous decade in various youth and music ministry roles in several denominations. He is passionate about his family, above average coffee, the Enneagram, and Marvel Cinematic Universe theories.

“We’re living through perhaps the biggest cultural shift in more than two hundred years. Missio Madison is precisely the kind of high-octane fuel the local church needs to adapt and thrive in this brave new world. I am honored to be a part of this unique group of people.”


Myunghoon Han

Han has a passion for listening to and telling the story of God. He grew up in South Korea, crossed the Pacific Ocean in 2010, and has been serving as the church planter for the Korean UMC of Madison since 2014. Now he also leads Wellspring UMC. He and his wife Young have two children, Olivia and Wesley.

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Justina Lange

Justina is the Director of Worship & Outreach at Gateway Community Church. She loves to spend time making music, reading, and watching Marvel movies with her husband Noah and dog Penny.


"Through Missio Madison, I am excited to work with others across a wide range of denominations and backgrounds to gain a broader vision of how to live missionally and care for God's people in Madison."

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Valarie Showalter

Valarie is the pastor at Madison Mennonite Church. 


"A recent transplant to Madison, I’m delighted to join this year’s Missio Madison cohort to discover how God is at work in our community, to collaborate with fellow missional practitioners, and to discover where my gifts meet our community’s needs." 

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Melesa Skoglund

Melesa is the Associate Rector at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, and prior to ordination worked in Milwaukee's nonprofit sector. A Texan by birth, Coloradan by upbringing, and Midwesterner by accent, she has called Wisconsin home for nearly 10 years.

"What excites me most about Missio Madison is the opportunity to learn and grow alongside other local leaders as we discern how we might join and take part in God's mission here in Madison." 


Beth Schultz Byrnes

Beth is pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in McFarland, WI. She recently led her congregation through a renewal process, and she is excited to see where the Holy Spirit is leading them in their next chapter together.

“I am excited to get outside my Lutheran bubble and learn from this wonderful cohort, and I look forward to discovering what God is up in our community.”


Adam Clausen

Adam serves as the Senior Leader of Life Center Madison, a non-denominational, multicultural church. He and his wife Rachel have two bi-racial children, Eden and Zion, ages 8 and 6.

"I am looking forward to learning from a diverse cohort and exploring how we can individually and collectively better engage and serve our local community, especially given the new epoch we are in."

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Doug Hunt

Doug is a lay leader at Faith Community Bible Church which is located at the corner of Park and Regent Streets in Madison.  He helps to connect that church family with their neighbors, including UW Madison students and those who live in the Triangle community in the historic Greenbush district of Madison.   He also works full time at the Dane County Department of Human Services as a program specialist in the area of employment and disability. 


"I am eager to engage with the Missio Madison team and cohort as I learn more about being faithfully present to God and to our wonderfully diverse and gifted neighbors."

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Abigail Sawczak

After studying Pastoral Studies, Bible, and Theology at North Central University in Minneapolis, MN, Abbie moved to Madison in Fall of 2016 to launch Chi Alpha at UW - Madison. Shortly after she moved to Madison, the dreams of planting a church began. As the Lead pastor and church planter of New Culture Church and campus director of Chi Alpha at UW Madison and Edgewood college, serving both the University campus and the downtown community.


"I am hoping to learn from other leaders in our community and build deeper relationships."

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Adam Tomlinson

Adam grew up in Kenosha, WI but spent the last 5 years in New Hampshire serving in a multi-site church as a Campus Pastor. Adam moved back to Wisconsin with his wife and two sons after seeing Madison, Wisconsin rise to #11 on Barna's list of post-christian cities.


"Through Missio Madison I hope to learn more about how to engage with the needs of Madison while building encouraging relationships with peers."


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