Elizabeth Denham Thompson, M.Div., LFMT, AAPC Fellow
Elizabeth is the owner of Eremos Consulting Group, a company devoted to consulting with and coaching clergy, congregations, individuals, professional care givers and non-profit organizations. An ordained minister and licensed family therapist, Elizabeth selected the name Eremos, Greek for “wilderness desert”, due to the powerful symbol of the wilderness as a place of spiritual journey, nourishment and transformation. Much of her work involves coaching and spiritual direction for individuals and groups who feel directionless and alone in a spiritual or professional desert.
Prior to founding Eremos she served as Executive Director of CENTUS Counseling, Consulting & Education, a non-profit organization with multiple locations throughout the Denver/Boulder metro area. She is all too familiar with the stresses and expectations placed upon clergy and directors of non-profit organizations including hiring and organizing staff, recruiting key lay leaders and board members, plus fund raising and special events. She is also a pastoral counselor, a licensed marriage and family therapist, a congregational consultant and coach, a spiritual director, a non-profit consultant and a facilitator for board retreats, leadership development, and other kinds of workshops. For over ten years Rev. Thompson has led multiple “clergy wellness groups” across the Front Range of Colorado. In these groups from four to eight clergy gather regularly to provide emotional, spiritual and professional support to one another in a confidential, collaborative, and consistent setting. For many years she also facilitated “leadership consultation groups” of counseling center executive directors in multiple locations across the country.
Elizabeth has degrees in education from Baylor University and a master’s degree from the Beeson Divinity School of Samford University with doctoral work in pastoral counseling,and extensive years of training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling. Prior to seminary she was a full time fund raiser for a large non-profit organization in San Antonio, Texas. Elizabeth and her husband live in Littleton where their two “grown” children recently left the nest, but didn’t go so far that they can’t drop by for a visit and do their laundry.
Phillip Thompson, MS, MA
Phil Thompson has been a leader in the health care profession for over twenty five years. He brings his expertise in nonprofit and safety net healthcare to his work with Eremos Consulting Group to expand the services offered to nonprofits and the healthcare industry. Hands-on experience includes personnel administration, budgeting, financial analysis, strategic planning, information systems, legal compliance, federal grant administration, and accreditation readiness.
Currently serving as the Executive Director of the National Network for Oral Health Access (www.nnoha.org), Phil resources their efforts to provide technical assistance, leadership training and advocacy for over 1700 member oral health safety clinics across the country who are providing oral health to underserved populations. Previously employed by the University of Colorado - Denver as the chief financial officer of their safety net clinic in Sheridan, Colorado, Phil has also served in management leadership at University of Colorado Hospital where he managed multiple outpatient specialty clinics and at Children’s Hospital Colorado where he was business manager for the Department of Psychiatry. Prior to moving to Colorado in 2000 Phil was the operations vice president for a state wide home health management company and earlier a department head in the largest hospital system in Alabama. He was active in two state-wide professional associations advocating for the low income populations served by home health agencies.
Phil has served for seven years as a volunteer board member for Senior Homes of Colorado, a provider of independent housing for low income elderly, currently serving his second term as president. In 2011 Phil co-led a well received seminar for the Colorado NonProfit Association on using the lessons of modern science to maintain management balance in a turbulent non-profit world.
Phil has graduate degrees in history from Baylor University (Waco, Texas) and in health care administration from Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas).
Jane Anne Ferguson, MPS, M.Div.
Rev. Jane Anne Ferguson worked in theater and storytelling across the country for over twenty years before entering theological education and the ministry. She holds a Master's in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and a Master Storyteller certificate in Sacred Storytelling from her apprenticeship work with storyteller and theologian, Dr. Robert Bela Wilhelm. After receiving her Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School in May of 2001, Jane Anne was ordained in 2004 in the United Church of Christ. From 1999 to 2010 she served First Plymouth Congregational Church, UCC in Englewood, Colorado as Director of Christian Education and Associate Minister. Now living in Ft. Collins, Colorado, Jane Anne has served in interim ministry for several northern Colorado UCC congregations and as a chaplain for a regional medical center. She was recently published in three volumes of the new lectionary commentary, Feasting on the Word.
In addition to her collaborations with Eremos Consulting, Jane Anne is the owner of Soul Journeys UN-limited and the creator of Sermon-Stories.com, a weekly resource that follows the lectionary and provides story ideas for worship and sermons that fit the scripture references each week.
Drawing on her gift for story telling she creates opportunities for individuals and communities to listen to the soul stories of their lives in retreats, conferences, worship and workshops. Themes of past events include forgiveness, re-awakening creativity, discerning our personal call to service in the world, aging wisely through soul work, and re-writing the narrative of our lives for personal and communal change. Learn more at www.SoulJourneysUnltd.com .