Meet The Mentors

About LISA

The vision for Backstory Preaching woke the Rev’d Lisa Cressman up 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 more than 20 years as an Episcopal priest and spiritual director.

She’s served as a staff member of the Preaching Excellence Program, co-founder of Lilly Endowment-funded Women Touched by Grace, currently preaches at the Episcopal Church  of the Epiphany in Houston, Texas, and serves as Adjunct Faculty in Preaching at Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, TX. Lisa is a trained spiritual director and Certified Daring Way Facilitator, and holds a BS in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin, MDiv from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA., and DMin 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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Chat with Lisa for expert advice, insider tips, and talk about next steps in a FREE 30 minute virtual coffee break.

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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Reverend Micah Jackson is a Backstory Preaching mentor and the John Elbridge Hines Associate Professor of Preaching at Seminary of the Southwest. He is a Certified Daring Way Facilitator.


about Cathie

The Rev. Catherine Caimano ('Father Cathie') is 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 Free Range Priest

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