Lia McIntosh serves as the Associate Director of Congregational Excellence for the Missouri Annual Conference. In this role, McIntosh collaborates with and coaches pastors and laity to launch new congregations and revitalize existing ones. She specializes in urban ministry and leading congregations to deeply connect with their communities. Previously, McIntosh served as a community organizer and pastor of four United Methodist congregations. She has contributed to The Upper Room Devotional, The Abingdon Preaching Annual, and Circuit Rider magazine. She is the author of She Who Rises: Unleashing The Warrior Chick Within (Purpose Publishing, 2017). She is a graduate of the University of Missouri and Saint Paul School of Theology with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Business and a Masters of Divinity.