Send Me St. Louis Announces CULTIVATE Class of 2024

February 14, 2024 / General Ministry

Twelve volunteer managers from St. Louis area churches and nonprofit organizations have been chosen to participate in the CULTIVATE Cohort for 2024.

  • Natalie Bishop, New City Fellowship – South
  • Paul Faust, Criminal Justice Ministry
  • Shirley Jackson, Transfiguration Lutheran Church
  • Alex Minor, HealthVisions Midwest of East St. Louis
  • Erika Randolph, Touchette Regional Hospital
  • Truman Rhodes, LOVEtheLOU
  • Dasha Robinson, Tabernacle Community Development Corporation
  • Karen Saravia, Collinsville Faith in Action
  • Janice Scott, Webster-Rock Hill Ministries
  • Katie Weintraub, Lindenwood Area Senior Ministry
  • Louisa Wimmer, The Carver Project
  • Amy Zeigler, Christian Friends of New Americans

They will participate in gatherings throughout the year focused on both “deeper topics” related to volunteer management that line up with Send Me’s lens and expertise and practical best practices led by other experts in the region. Topics will include: The Spirituality/Theology of Volunteering, The Impact of Your Personality on Your Role as Volunteer Manager, Best Practices for Effective Volunteer Management, and Leading Well as a Volunteer Manager.

The CULTIVATE Cohort experience will culminate with a Capstone Project, providing participants the opportunity to develop and execute a project that will benefit their work with volunteers.

After piloting the CULTIVATE Cohort in 2022 to an overwhelming positive response, Send Me St. Louis Executive Director Matt Miller says, “We are looking forward to continuing to offer this guidance to this new Class of 2024. We know from the past that powerful connections will develop, resulting in solid takeaways and projects benefitting God’s work through their gifts, passions, and talents.”

CULTIVATE is designed for those “new” to the volunteer management role (loosely defined as less than a year) or those who feel they need a “refresh” and want to hit the reset button.