Center for Transformational Leadership

Center for Transformational Leadership

The Center for Transformational Leadership equips clergy and lay leaders, congregations and covenantal partners of the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ with resources, tools and support to create a new vision and do the transformative ministry they are called to do in the local church, local community and the world.

The Rev. Heather Ramsey Mabrouk

Together We Thrive Program Director

Heather ensures that the Center for Transformational Leadership reflects the SNEUCC value, “We believe God calls us to bring new life as agents of change and so we embrace and encourage adaptive and transformative leadership wherever the Body of Christ is gathered.”  

  • Questions regarding strategic partnerships & ideas for new programs
  • Learning to use Family Systems Theory to understand congregational dynamics (Tending the Fire Program)
  • Training to be a Professional level Clergy Coach and use coaching in your ministry setting.
  • Questions about current and future Affinity Groups (year long, topic centered, expert led, learning groups).
  • Suggestions for ecumenical events or learning groups for Authorized Ministers with our Together We Thrive partners (New England Synod of the ELCA, Lutheran & the Episcopal Diocese of Western MA).
  • Questions about Coaching & Coaching services
  • Requesting Professional Clergy Coach Services for Pastors, Church Staff, Lay Leaders, Congregations, or Committees.

Heather Ramsey Mabrouk

Karen Ziel

Assistant Director of the Center for Transformational Leadership

Karen works in partnership with the team to guide congregations in self-assessment and discernment, and to provide or suggest effective programs for clergy and lay leadership development.  Contact her to:

  • Connect your congregation with the tools and resources you need to transform your work, your leadership and to discern your church’s mission
  • Have a conversation on assessment and discernment
  • Join a Clergy Community of Practice Group (For SNEUCC clergy) 

Karen Ziel

Dawn Sorensen

Program Support Associate, Center for Transformational Leadership

Dawn is the Program Support Associate for the Center for Transformational Leadership.

Dawn Sorensen

Charlie Kuchenbrod

Church Legacy Specialist Consultant

Charlie is a resource for all UCC churches that are transitioning to the legacy stage of their lifecycle. Charlie Kuchenbrod has served the Southern New England Conference and prior to that the historic Connecticut Conference for nearly 19 years. He offers a wealth of experience and insights and is available to churches who require support with navigating Legacy. 

To reach Charlie, please contact Heather Ramsey-Mabrouk, above. 
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