Mary E. Wright discerned a call into transitional ministry as we know it in these days about 13 years ago, and is now serving in her sixth position as a transitional/interim pastor. Before beginning this career pathway, Mary served as the Installed Pastor of a downtown “redeveloping” church for almost 10 years, which offered plenty of opportunity to deal with resistance, change, visioning, looking at new opportunities and other dynamics related to serving Jesus Christ in contemporary settings. She has a heart for smaller congregations, and strongly believes that all churches are in transitional positions. Most of all, Mary believes that God will lead and empower us to live into the new thing that God is doing with and through people of faith.
Mitch has been a hospital chaplain, installed pastor, and transitional pastor for 37 years since his ordination in 1981. Mitch lives in Bristol, Tennessee and serves as pastor of Salem Presbyterian Church, celebrating their 238-year ministry in Limestone, TN. He is also certified through the International Coach Federation and the Columbia Partnership as a life, ministry and congregational coach. Mitch is a co-founder of the Presbyterian Coach Network, a partnership of PC(USA) coaches working to create a coaching culture within the denomination. In addition to the MALT Transitional Ministry Education faculty, sponsored by the Synods of Mid-America and Lincoln Trails he is also a member of the faculty of Montreat and Ghost Ranch. Mitch believes that Transitional ministry is vital to the success of any congregation, whether or not they find themselves in an intentional interim season or not. Mitch is an avid walker logging at least 5 miles per day, 100K steps and 50 miles per week.