Rev. Dr. Amy Valdez Barker currently serves as the Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Education and Mission Innovation at Candler School of Theology in Emory University. She has held executive roles at The Connectional Table and Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. She is an ordained Deacon of the North Georgia Annual Conference and a graduate from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She has authored a book on trust called Trust by Design: The Beautiful Behaviors of an Effective Church Culture. She loves spending time with her two teenage children, her husband and their Bernedoodle, Gryffin in their sweet little community of Lilburn, Georgia.