Winter Conference Speaker Bios

Plenary Speakers:

The Rev. John Coles 

As Director of New Wine from 2001 to 2014, John+ has seen the organization grow significantly both in the UK and internationally. He continues to be involved in the development of the New Wine Network of church leaders in the UK and has an increasing role representing New Wine in the wider church community. John+ and Anne have started a new missional congregation meeting in a home.

Anne Coles

Anne served on the leadership team of New Wine for 15 years, with special responsibility for women. She has 4 children and 2 grandchildren and a heart for every generation to know God better and be equipped by His Spirit to fulfill their calling. For some 29 years, she and her husband, John+, grew a multi-cultural church, St Barnabas in Woodside Park, North London. Now they are leading a simple community church in a home and watching it grow through multiplication. She loves worshipping God, traveling anywhere, family get-togethers and trying to grow plants and keep them alive!

Session 1 – Disciples

Culture of Invitation: The Rev. David Larlee

David+ Larlee is a Canadian who has come to Dallas via London, UK. In 2004 he was ordained as an Anglican Priest and served an inner-city congregation in London for 10 years. David+ and Rachel have two boys: Ethan (6) and Thomas (4). His interests include Ice Hockey (especially the Dallas Stars), reading and live music. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison University in 2000, a Masters of Arts from the University of Western Ontario in 2001 and a Bachelor of Theology from the University of Oxford in 2004.

Worship as Formation: The Rev. Caleb Miller

As one of the youngest rectors in the AMiA, Caleb+ understands the need to shape the future. Caleb+ serves Immanuel Destin, in the panhandle of Florida, with his wife Anna and their two children, Camden and Declan. He is passionate about preaching and teaching the Scriptures and engaging culture with the Gospel.

Liturgical Folk: Ryan Flanigan and The Rev. Nelson Koscheski 

Ryan Flanigan, folk artist and church music director of All Saints Dallas, has been writing and curating new songs for the growing liturgical renewal movement in the Americas. As an artist rooted in the Christian Story, Ryan works to create beautiful and believable sacred music for the sake of the world. He believes the Church can be a credible artistic witness of God’s beauty, truth, and goodness to the whole world, not only Christians. Ryan’s music is accessible, artistic, and rooted in the inherently joyful sounds of the American folk tradition. Volumes One & Two of Liturgical Folk follow Ryan’s 2014 album Fought & Fallen

Nelson+ Koscheski is a poet, hymnographer, and retired priest in the Anglican Church of North America. A lifelong Texan, his collaboration with Ryan goes back just about two years. Nelson’s poetry, saturated in his life experiences and lifestyle of contemplative prayer, takes the listener through some of the darkest places of human despair into the presence of beauty, truth, and goodness.

Relational Connection: Tongua Williams

Tongua Williams has attended St. Andrew’s Church in Little Rock since 2006 and joined the staff as Early Childhood Ministry Director in 2011 after experience teaching in therapeutic and church preschool, public school, and home school settings. She and her husband Grey have launched 4 children, including twins adopted out of foster care at the age of 6. The vision God has given her for ministry is Spirit-centered and relational, drawing in families from a variety of cultures, crossing generational lines, and reaching out to those of other faith traditions or none. She has a passion for families in transition or turmoil.

Session 2 – Leaders

Developing Healthy Leaders: The Rt. Rev. Philip Jones

A lifelong Texan, +Philip and his wife Claudia moved to Waco after graduating from Sewanee in Tennessee to go to law school at Baylor. After practicing law there for almost seven years, Mark and Yolie Browne, then an Episcopal priest and his wife, walked into their lives and opened a whole new world of faith to them. Three months after being named a partner in his law firm, +Philip heard God calling him to walk away from the legal profession and go into the priesthood. +Philip and Claudia moved to Alexandria, VA where he attended Virginia Theological Seminary. Since becoming a priest he has led churches in Marshall, TX, El Paso, TX and Little Rock, AR before moving back to Dallas to serve as the Rector of All Saints Dallas, and, since 2014, as the Apostolic Vicar of the Anglican Mission in America. He and Claudia have seven children and ten grandchildren.

Raising Up Leaders From Your Midst: The Rt. Rev. Todd Atkinson

Bishop Todd Atkinson was raised in the Canadian prairies. He came to faith in Christ as a teenager and moved to the United Kingdom when he was 18 to train with a British evangelist. While he was there he quickly gained an interest in the connection between revivalism and evangelism, as well as the imperative of training the next generation of leaders. At 25 he began studies in Theology and Philosophy at Oxford University. Upon completing these he became the President of a small theological college in Canada, which he led until the Lord called him and his wife Cheri as missionaries to Scotland. In 2003 Todd and Cheri returned to Canada and began pastoral ministry in Lethbridge, AB. It was here that Todd heeded the words, “The early church Father’s will be like fathers to you”, and the consequence of this, for him, was “the discovery of a Christian Faith that was one, holy, catholic and apostolic.” On the Eve of the Ascension, 2012 Todd was consecrated a Bishop by Anglican Bishops from the U.S. and a church planting movement called Via Apostolica was born. Todd and Cheri have three wonderful children – Cecilia who is married to Samuel, Callum, and Aidan.

Anglican Leadership Initiative: The Rt. Rev. Allen Hughes

Upon return to his native South Carolina, Allen+ has served various non-profit organizations and presently serves as the Counselor General of Leadership Development for AMiA.  Allen+ is a certified mentor and coach and helps grow the footprint of the AMiA throughout the United States.

Raising Up Leaders Overseas: The Rt. Rev. Carl Buffington and The Rt Rev Gerry Schnackenberg

Bishop Carl Buffington has been the rector of New Covenant Church in Winter Springs, Florida since 1993. A native of Connecticut, he met his wife Barbara while completing his M.Div from The Philadelphia Divinity School. For the past two years, he has been part of a team ministering and teaching with Anglican leaders from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, for a week, in Gisenyi, Rwanda. Bishop Carl has a passion for seeing the way the Holy Spirit can change people’s lives when they encounter the living Lord.

Bishop Gerry has served The Anglican Mission both in the United States and abroad, maintaining vital relationships with AMiA Mission Partners. Bishop Gerry serves as the Rector of Epiphany Anglican Fellowship in Longmont, Colorado. He is married to Pam and together they have two daughters and eight grandchildren. 

Session 3 – Churches and New Works

Why Church: The Rev Matt Kessler

The Rev. Matt Kessler leads Grace Northridge Church in San Antonio, Texas.  A member of the Anglican Mission since 2001, Matt+ is passionate about the Gospel, making disciples, and developing Kingdom leaders to live on mission.  Matt+ is a leader in the Anglican Leadership Initiative and the Acts 29 Network, and he is the Founder and Dean of dMAKERu, Inc. – a non-profit that exists to equip the city of San Antonio for Kingdom ministry.  Matt+ is a graduate of the University of Texas, Virginia Seminary, and Wycliffe Hall in Oxford.  Matt+ and Amanda have been married for 17 years and have three children.  Matt loves spending time with his family, backpacking, watching movies, and playing fetch with his dog, Luna.

My Own (Canterbury) Road: Hunter Mobley

Hunter Mobley is the Executive Pastor at Christ Church Nashville. His roles include preaching, teaching, shepherding the staff, and overseeing all church programming. Prior to his pastoral ministry at Christ Church Nashville, Hunter practiced law at a firm in Nashville, taught at Belmont University College of Law, and served in the legal office of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Hunter has degrees from Davidson College (B.S.), University of Kentucky (J.D.), and New York University (LL.M.).

Drew Witt

Drew grew up in the Assemblies of God tradition and has recently made the Anglican Communion his home. Since moving to San Antonio, Texas in 2007, he has helped start two churches. In 2012, Gathering Midtown was started on the north end of the Riverwalk with six friends, six hundred dollars, and a clear mission to seek and save the lost, disciple the found, and then see a church birthed as a byproduct of evangelism and discipleship. Today, around one hundred people worship weekly in a converted warehouse. Drew has been married to Shari for eleven years and they have two very energetic boys – Hayden James (3.5) and Grayson James (2).

Three Stream Anglican Journey: Lucy Horton

Lucy Horton is a Licensed Professional Counselor and works primarily with under-resourced pregnant women and their families. She has been attending All Saints Dallas for 5 years and has been active in serving with the Alpha team, Children’s Ministry and the Board of Stewards.

Discussion and Close

The Rt. Rev. Philip Jones and Mike Blanchat

See bio for +Philip Jones above.

Mike Blanchat was installed as Rector General of AMiA in February of 2016. A native of Temple, TX, he obtained his undergraduate degree in Economics from Stanford University and his Masters of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. He spent thirty years working in international business. Mike and his wife, Kissy, were founding members of St. Andrew’s in Little Rock, AR, and have three grown children.

Master of Ceremonies

The Rev. Jay Wright

Jay+ grew up in Canyon, Texas, where he attended college at West Texas A&M University and met his wife of 15 years, Amy Dietz Wright.  Jay+ worked for a time in the Southern Baptist Church, but soon felt drawn to the Anglican family. He joined the leadership team Grace Anglican Church in Fleming Island, Florida, as he finished a doctor of worship studies degree at the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. There at Grace, he discerned a call to the priesthood and the work of church planting. Once ordained, Jay+, Amy, and their children returned to Texas to serve at All Saints Dallas. In February of 2015, Jay+ and a core leadership team began planting All Saints East Dallas with weekly worship services launching All Saints’ Day, 2015.