Meet The Mentors

About LISA

The vision for Backstory Preaching® woke the Rev’d Dr. Lisa Cressman in the middle of the night, and she’s been trying to keep up with the Holy Spirit ever since. She is Backstory Preaching’s Founder and Steward, sharing insights from 25 years as an Episcopal priest, preacher, spiritual director, and retreat leader.

She is the author of Backstory Preaching: Integrating Life, Spirituality, and Craft (The Liturgical Press: Collegeville, 2018), and Craft an Effective Sermon by Friday, (, a guest preacher, preaching instructor, and speaker. Lisa is a Certified Daring Way® Facilitator, holds a BS in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.Div. from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA., and a D.Min. in Practical Theology from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN.


Her hope for you is simple but profound: that you will preach with your whole life.


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Lisa and her team locate preaching in the spiritual work of discernment, in collaborative study, and in an appreciative approach to understanding one’s own story. All of this happens in a context that uses technology in service of God’s mission, in ways that can be accessible for experienced preachers and those who are new to the practice, from many walks of life. We’re grateful and excited for the partnership.
— The Rev. Susan Daughtry, Missioner for Formation, Episcopal Church in Minnesota

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The Reverend Micah Jackson, Ph.D., is a Backstory Preaching Partner, and the President of Bexley-Seabury Episcopal Seminary in Chicago. He recently served as the John Elbrige Hines Associate Professor of Preaching at Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, Texas.

Dr. Jackson holds an MTS in Preaching from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, an MDiv from Meadville Lombard Theological School, a PhD in Homiletics/Liturgy from Graduate Theological Union, and is also a Certified Daring Way Facilitator. He is the author of a forthcoming book from Church Publishing, Preaching Face to Face:  An Invitation to Conversational Preaching.


about Cathie

The Rev. Catherine Caimano ('Father Cathie') is a Backstory Preaching Mentor and Partner, and an Episcopal priest who has served parishes in New York City, Durham, NC, and Wichita, KS, as well as on the staff of Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry while he was Bishop of North Carolina. She has offered over 800 sermons and considers preaching to be central to her ministry. Today she is a Free Range Priest who explores 21st century ministry within and beyond the congregation, including at Backstory Preaching. You can find more of her thoughts at

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