The Reverend Mark Ramsey
Mark Ramsey most recently served as the Senior Pastor of the 2,200 member Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas. He moved to Texas after nine years at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Asheville, NC. He has also served churches in the Chicago area, Denver, Michigan and the Washington D.C. area. He has served as an adjunct instructor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and been a preacher for Montreat Conference Center’s summer worship series. He has been a leader and speaker at the NEXT Church conference and at retreats in Montana and Iowa on behalf of Macedonian Ministry. He just completed three very meaningful years as a participant in the Asheville Macedonian group. Mark is an Associate Editor and frequent contributor to Journal for Preachers and has written selections for Feasting on the Gospels. A special passion right now is working with a group of scholars and pastors, funded by the Louisville Institute, on the challenges of race, church, and theological practice. Mark finds this time in church life exhilarating and challenging all at the same time. A native of Central Illinois, he is a proud graduate of the University of Virginia, and also received an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary.
The Reverend Dr. Sue Westfall
Director of Curriculum and Mentoring
Sue Westfall, Director of Curriculum and Mentoring, grew up on the high plains of northeastern Colorado. She is a graduate of Sterling College (BA), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and San Francisco Theological Seminary, (D.Min). After 25 years leading congregations in Buffalo, Denver, and Tucson, Sue led mid councils of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in Greater Atlanta and de Cristo in southern Arizona. As a seasoned pastor of congregations and an experienced pastor to pastors, Sue is keenly aware of the multi-faceted demands and complexities pastors face, and of the resources available for balancing and embracing pastoral leadership.
Sue is a published author, spiritual director, retreat leader, hiker, runner, gardener, mother and passionate follower of Jesus.
The Reverend Adam S. Borneman
Director of Cohorts and Alumni
Adam Borneman serves on staff with Macedonian Ministry as Director of Cohorts. Raised in Snellville, GA, he is a graduate of Samford University and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, MA (M.Div., Th.M.), and came to Macedonian Ministry after serving for four years as pastor at Second Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, AL. Adam brings to Macedonian Ministry a passion for community building and ministry partnerships. In Birmingham, Adam coordinated several efforts to build bridges across denominational, racial, and economic divides in churches throughout the city. In addition to serving with Macedonian Ministry,
Rev. Borneman stays busy with writing projects, cycling, tennis, and fretting over Atlanta sports teams. His wife Jessica, from Marietta, GA, is a PhD student in BioStatistics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Ms. Laura Long
Director of Communications
Laura Long serves as Director of Communications for Macedonian Ministry where she oversees all strategic communications for the organization. Previously, she served as the Executive Coordinator and Development Associate for Macedonian Ministry, since October of 2010.
Laura graduated with honors from Georgia Southern University with a B.S. in both Business and Sociology and is a member of the Golden Key International Honors Society.
A native of Ellijay, GA, Laura now resides with her husband and son in Acworth, GA.
Ms. Laura Whitaker
Director of Operations
Laura Whitaker is the Director of Operations of the Macedonian Ministry Foundation and the Corporate Governance Manager of the CF Foundation. She received her B.A. from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, and then moved to Atlanta to embark on a near twenty-year career for the Cousins Family Office. She has served in many different capacities throughout her career, including Special Events Coordinator for the East Lake Foundation, where she assisted in the fundraising campaigns of the Charlie Yates Golf Course and Drew Charter School; and Program Director for the Cousins family foundations, where she was responsible for oversight and facilitation of the grant making process, and the development and implementation of an outcomes-based evaluation system. Laura is a 2001 Hull Leadership Graduate, and served on the Board of Directors of Odyssey Atlanta.
She currently resides in Kennesaw, GA with her husband and daughter.
Dr. James Maxwell Miller
Consultant in Holy Land Pilgrimages
Max Miller is a native of Kosciusko, MS. He majored in History at Millsaps College and completed the Ph.D. degree at Emory University in Hebrew Bible. After teaching three years at Birmingham-Southern College, Dr. Miller returned to Emory in 1967 to join the faculty of Candler School of Theology. He directed Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion (Emory’s Ph.D. program in Religion) from 1983 to 1992, retired from Emory as Professor Emeritus in 1999, joined the staff at Fernbank Museum of Natural History as archaeologist later that year, and retired from Fernbank in 2009.
Dr. Miller combines interests in Ancient History, Archaeology and Biblical Studies. At Candler, his courses focused on the historical and archaeological backgrounds of biblical times. Among archaeologists, he is perhaps best known for directing an archaeological survey of the region of ancient Moab (in present-day Jordan). The results of this survey, conducted between 1978 and 1983, were published as Archaeological Survey of the Kerak Plateau (1991). In Biblical Studies, he is best known for books and articles on ancient Israelite history. Among the books are The Old Testament and the Historian (1976), Israelite and Judean History (1977), and A History of Ancient Israel and Judah (1986; 2nd ed., 2006), the last two co-edited and co-authored respectively with John Hayes.
In addition to his extensive travels in the Middle East as an archaeologist, Max directed the Middle East Travel-Seminar from 1980 through 2014. Through this METS program he introduced Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt. Israel and Greece to more than a thousand seminary students and lay people. Many more have used in their private travels the guidebook that he wrote for the METS program, Introducing the Holy Land (1981). With many years of first-hand experience in that part of the world, and a long-standing interest in medieval and modern Middle Eastern affairs, Dr Miller often lectures on topics related to Islam and current Middle Eastern politics.
Shannon is an energetic young man who has spent his early professional life working with non-profits and public policy groups in Washington, D.C. Through his work with Jesuit Refugee Service and other non-profit organizations, Shannon established a career objective of working within a faith-based organization to positively impact his community.
Shannon graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a degree concentration in international affairs and business technology. He has spent several years working in our nation’s capital, most recently as analyst with the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, a member organization of business, university, and public service leaders seeking to advance beneficial economic policy initiatives.
Shannon and his wife are relocating to Atlanta so he can assume his role with Macedonian Ministry, while she pursues an accelerated nursing degree at Emory University.