WILBERFORCE — Dr. Robert Voyle, an internationally known leadership trainer and coach in the use of appreciative inquiry in church settings, will speak at Payne Theological Seminary’s Religion Lecture Series beginning Tuesday, Jan. 24.
The free, public lectures, entitled “Appreciative Inquiry: Fanning the Flames of Hope,” will be held on Payne’s campus, 1230 Wilberforce-Clifton Road in Wilberforce.
The lectures run 8:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Jan. 25 and Thursday, Jan. 26 in the administration building.
The intent is to introduce students to the concept of appreciative inquiry and propose this approach to change as a tool to bring about positive transformation to an individual’s life, community, and the life of the black church. As founder and director of the Oregon-based Clergy Leadership Institute and the Appreciative Way, Voyle has more than 25 years of ministry experience, which focuses primarily on assisting people and congregations in transition.
The licensed psychologist, executive coach, and Episcopal priest is also a storyteller with a penchant for mischievously confronting listeners with new insights that are both affirming and liberating.
“His visit is a tremendous opportunity to instill transformational change into the hearts and minds of our student scholars and others,” said Dr. J.T Robeson, director of Payne’s DMin program. “We appreciate to have a person of his stature lecturing at Payne.”
Voyle holds a Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., a Master of Science degree in counseling from California State University-Fullerton, and a Bachelor’s degree in theology from Melbourne College of Divinity in Australia.
He has authored several books, including “Restoring Hope: Appreciative Strategies to Resolve Grief and Resentment,” and a comprehensive manual for resolving trauma, grief and resentment for individuals and organizations.
Greene County News report compiled by Scott Halasz.