Trinity-Brazos Area Assembly

Living into the "Unity of Christ" Ephesians 4:12

May 7, 2017 3pm-7pm 

Riverside Disciples Ministry Center, 1000 Bonnie Brae Ave. Fort Worth TX 76111 

Speaker: Rev. Cherisna Jean-Marie


Safe Space

Curating Worship for Multiple Learning Styles

Lead by Rev. Dr. Suzanne Castle


Since only 20% of us learn through our ears, how do we engage the story of God through other modes of learning? This workshop will explore ideas and methods to create a safe space, regardless of worship style, to invite worshippers into a relationship with God and the church community.


Rev. Dr. Suzanne Castle lives in Fort Worth, Texas where she serves churches as an artist, teacher, speaker, pastor and worship architect. Suzanne’s past contributed greatly to her work as an artist for God, as she is a former professional ballerina and actress. She loves Chocolate Dr. Peppers, Scooby Doo and everything Disney. She shares her life with her 2 daughters: Ava, the human and Jasmine the Canine.  Suzanne is also the co-author of the wildly popular BRIM: Creative Overflow in Worship Design and has a forthcoming new work currently in final editing.


Mental Health Promotion

Faith Communities and the Role They Play

Lead by Avery Belyeu


Faith communities have a unique role to play in promoting mental health and wellbeing. Current research in the fields of public health and mental health highlight that faith communities play a crucial role in the conversation about mental health and suicide prevention.  This interactive workshop will equip faith community leaders with skills and resources to create communities that foster and support mental health and wellbeing as one part of overall health. Participants will reflect on the unique ways their community is already supporting mental health and wellbeing by reflecting on the role of worship, and small groups in mental health promotion. In addition, resources for promoting conversation and dialogue about mental health will be presented including prayers, liturgies, and trainings. The workshop will also offer space for participants to reflect on the barriers they face in promoting mental health and well-being including stigma and fear and ways to overcome those barriers to participate in this important and life-giving work.


Avery Belyeu is an educator, suicide prevention practitioner, and aspiring theologian. Avery received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Appalachian State University and studied Higher Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. They are currently a 2nd year Master in Divinity student and Haggard Legacy Fellow at Brite Divinity School, in Fort Worth Texas. She is a national expert on LGBTQ health, youth homelessness, and the role of faith communities in suicide prevention and mental health promotion. Avery’s experience includes working in suicide prevention in a university setting, serving as the Education Director for The Trevor Project, and currently serving as the National Partnerships Associate at the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, where she supports the work of the Faith Communities Task Force. She is an experienced trainer and is certified by Mental Health America of Texas as trainer for the ASK Suicide Prevention Curriculum. Avery has served on an advisory board for MTV/Viacom media as a content expert on the impact of bullying on mental health, and she currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (a federally funded center) as an expert on LGBTQ youth; and on the advisory board of Trans Lifeline, a suicide prevention lifeline serving the needs of the transgender community in the United States and Canada. She currently resides in Fort Worth with her partner Nathaniel and their cats Lilo and Percy. She attends South Hills Christian Church (DOC).

Digital Storytelling

Online Content and its Importance in the Digital Age

Lead by Nathaniel Cook


Do not be afraid- this should be your motto when approaching the online world! This workshop will provide an in-depth look at how social media and online content can be used to help paint a picture into the life of your congregation. There will also be a discussion about resources to help in your digital storytelling and policies to keep your church and employees on track when using social media.


Nathaniel Cook studied Instrumental Music Performance and LGBTQ Studies at Chapman University '15. Nathaniel has been working in the world of Online Content and Digital Storytelling for 6 years now. His work with the Office of Church Relations at Chapman University as the PR Coordinator, South Hills Christian Church and now the Trinity-Brazos Area, along with the consulting work he does for small non-profits, has taught them a great deal about how to use social media as away of telling a digital story from the perspective of spiritual life. Nathaniel currently lives with their partner Avery with their two cats Lilo and Percy and on their free time Nathaniel plays for the New Life Symphony Orchestra. 


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About our Keynote Speaker

The Rev. Cherisna Jean-Marie, a Haitian-American born and raised in Newark, N.J., came to Jarvis from Nashville, Tenn.

The Rev. Jean-Marie was ordained into the Christian ministry by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at New Covenant Christian Church in Nashville, Tenn., where she served as an associate minister. She completed her chaplaincy work in Atlanta, Ga., offering up the ministry of pastoral care and counseling to a diverse community of all walks of life and faith traditions. She is a co-contributor for the African-American lectionary, a book project titled, “These Sistas Can Say It,” and Partner Prayers for Advent 2014 with the Bethany Fellows Group (Disciples of Christ). She is a Bethany Fellow (Disciples of Christ) and a member of the National Consortium of Black Women in Ministry- Nashville branch.

“Jarvis speaks to my passion ­of reaching a demographic of young people — being able to speak to their needs in ways that will allow them to tap into their fullest potential so they can be all that God has called them to be, in spite of,” the Rev. Jean-Marie said. “Jarvis speaks to my passion of preaching the Gospel to young people in such a way where it draws them to Christ … letting them know there is a power within them that comes from God, that they can have access to even now.”

The Rev. Jean-Marie graduated from Kean University in Union, N.J., in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Communications. After graduation, she worked in the university setting in the Division of Student Affairs, encouraging college students to tap into their fullest potential and embrace the true and living God. It was during that time she discovered her calling into the pastoral ministry. After five years in higher education, she answered her call to ministry and matriculated into Vanderbilt Divinity School as a second career student.

The Rev. Jean-Marie was called into the ministry in 2006, licensed in 2009 and ordained in 2012.

In 2010, she completed her Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School and was awarded the coveted Florence Conwell Prize for outstanding preaching. She is known as an authentic and passionate preacher and teacher of God’s word. In addition to her pulpit ministry, she is a workshop facilitator, motivational speaker and ministry consultant and community event organizer.

Sharing Your Ministries

We are inviting each congregation and organization to share how you live out God’s call on your lives. Do you have a ministry another group could help you support? Are you looking to start a new outreach but arent sure you can do it all on your own? Each church and organization will be given space in the fellowship hall of the Riverside Disciples Ministry Center to share your gifts.  All are invited to walk around and see how we can be connecting in new and different ways to spread the Good News.

Please let us know at the Area Office what you are wanting to share and we will make sure you have a table where you can put information about the ministries, a place for people to sign up to participate or a place where they can leave contact information to learn more about it! 

Schedule of Assembly

3pm: Business Meeting

4pm: Welcome! 

4:30pm: Workshops

5:30pm: Moving to Worship

6pm: Worship

7pm: Finish