Party With Jesus: Celebrating Faith is Far Better than Practicing it!
We are excited to welcome Rich and Kelly Kannwischer to All Church Retreat 2011. God is always extending an invitation to us to join in the party of his Kingdom. Do you imagine the Kingdom of God looks like a party? How about the people and activity of the church? From the Biblical stories, Rich and Kelly will once again invite us to join the party.
Kelly Beckham Kannwischer is the Vice President for University Advancement at Vanguard University. As the strategic leader for advancement, Kelly is responsible for furthering the mission of Vanguard by securing the necessary resources for its work. She leads a team that stewards the mission of Vanguard through development, alumni relations, marketing and communications, public relations, community and government relations.
Prior to serving Vanguard, Kelly was the Executive Director of Presbyterian Global Fellowship. Kelly is one of the founding members and was the first executive of this initiative. Global in its scope, the movement exists to forge partnerships, share best practices, and cast vision for serving the community among peoples in the Reformed theological tradition. Early accomplishments include planning and executing three large national conferences, writing and publishing two unique curricula, and commissioning and launching a resource sharing website (www.missionalweb.com).
Kelly began her career as not-for-profit executive, consultant and development professional with the Pursuant Group (formerly Viscern). The Pursuant Group is a full-service fundraising firm that serves clients under the brands Ketchum and RSI. As a consultant, Kelly served clients by providing professional consulting services to schools, arts organizations, humanitarian groups, and faith-based institutions such as churches and relief efforts. As a consultant she has worked with clients such as World Vision, Shawnee State University, the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, First Presbyterian Winston-Salem and Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago.
Kelly graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Religious Studies. Her major concentration was Christian Ethics and her minor concentration was Islamic studies. She earned a Masters degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, where she was awarded the Presbyterian Leadership Award. While earning her Master of Divinity degree, she was awarded the Alexander Hodge Award for Excellence in Systematic Theology and the Fellowship in Church and Society for her thesis.
Kelly has received numerous awards for her service to the community and achievement in academics. While in Summit, New Jersey, Kelly served as a member of the Board of Governors for the Stony Point Conference Center and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Summit YMCA. She is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International, the Orange County Chapter of AFP, and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). She is the proud mother of Danica (July 22, 2003) and Ashby (January 28, 2005). When she is not working or volunteering, Kelly enjoys golf, reading, and playing with her children.
The Rev. Dr. Richard R. Kannwischer is the Senior Pastor of the 3,000 member St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach. A native Texan, Richard graduated cum laude with a business degree from Trinity University. He also graduated with a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and received his doctorate from Fuller Seminary. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of both Trinity University and Princeton Theological Seminary. Richard met his wife, Kelly Beckham Kannwischer, while at Princeton Theological Seminary. Kelly serves as an Interim Vice President at Vanguard University.
Following seminary, Richard served as an Associate Pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Houston and as Senior Pastor of the Central Presbyterian Church of Summit, NJ. In Summit, he led the 1,200 member congregation through the wake of the September 11th tragedy. From 2004 - 2009 Richard was the Senior Pastor of the 4000 member First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio, Texas. Kelly and Richard spend much of their time chasing their two precious daughters, Danica (age 7) and Ashby (age 6). Richard's other active pursuits include snow skiing, hiking and playing golf.