Our Board of Directors

 

Rev. David Ragan is a native of Phoenix where he attended both grade school and High School.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon and his Masters of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University – Dallas, Texas.  His pastorates have included Schrieber Memorial United Methodist Church in Dallas, South Mountain Community Church (United Church of Christ-United Methodist) in Phoenix, Shadow Rock United Church of Christ also in Phoenix, Minister of Evangelism for Church Building Development and New Churches at the National Office of the United Church of Christ, The Church of the Red Rocks, UCC in Sedona, Arizona and Interim Sr. Vice President of Resident Services at the Beatitudes Campus.  Rev. Ragan is a founding member of No Longer Silent: Clergy for Justice, he has served on Valley Interfaith Project’s Board of Directors, founding participant in the No More Deaths Movement, and serves and has served on many Southwest Conference of the United Church of Christ boards.  He has also served on the Boards of Habitat for Humanity Valley of the Sun and Beatitudes Center D.O.A.R. (DUET) and a founding board member of the Greater Phoenix Interfaith Hospitality Network (a.k.a. Family Promise). 

 

David Felten received a music education degree from Arizona State University before attending Boston University School of Theology where he earned his MDiv in Biblical Studies and History. Before completing Chaplaincy training at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, David spent a year studying as a Rotary Graduate Scholar at Perth Theological Hall of Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia. There he received an Honours degree and a taste for Promite.

A native of Phoenix, David spent eight years as Associate Pastor and Co-pastor at Epworth United Methodist in West Phoenix and was appointed to start a new church in the Northeast Scottsdale area in July of 1998. Starting from scratch, Via de Cristo grew into a dynamic faith community serving a niche group of spiritual seekers and those who would otherwise be “church alumni”.

 

Jeff Procter-Murphy has served churches in Mesa, Phoenix and Scottsdale for 25 years before his appointment to Dayspring United Methodist Church in July, 2014. A graduate of the University of Arizona, he received his master’s and doctorate from the Claremont School of Theology in California. He was one of the founders of No Longer Silent: Clergy for Justice, an advocacy group for LGBT inclusion, and a founding board member of Family Promise, a program yoking faith communities to reduce homelessness in the Greater Phoenix Area. In 2015 Jeff was honored by the City of Tempe with a Diversity Award at its annual MLK Diversity Awards Dinner. Jeff and Rev. David Felten have collaborated over the years on Living the Questions video curriculum, as well as a book, Living the Questions: The Wisdom of Progressive Christianity, published by HarperOne. Jeff has been married to Janice for over 25 years. They have two daughters, Rachel and Claire. They enjoy travel and the outdoors and the girls indulge their father with an annual camping trip.

 

Penny Davis has a BS in speech pathology from Syracuse University and an MA from Northwestern University, where she was the Clinical Director of the Cleft Palate Institute.  She has continued to travel with Operation Smile teams throughout the world. Penny served on the Executive Committee of the Friends of St. Louis Children’s Hospital for 9 years. She is a trainer for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and served on the International Board of the Association for Psychological Type as the President of the Great Plains region. Along with David Felten and Herb Henderson Penny is a founder of and past Chair of the Arizona Foundation for Contemporary Theology and is currently the Treasurer.  She is also a member of the Arizona Faith Network Theological Dialogue Commission.