Our Leadership and Staff


Emily Brewer

Emily Brewer 
Emily Brewer is an elder in the PC(USA) and a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (2015) and Maryville College (2009). Before becoming co-director of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, Emily participated in PPF by serving on the National Committee, interning at General Assembly, serving as an accompanier in Colombia, attending several demonstrations at the School of the Americas, and traveling with a delegation to Palestine and Israel. Emily became committed to peacemaking during her two years as a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer in Guatemala and Nashville. Emily lives in Brooklyn but will always consider East Tennessee home.

Contact Emily at emily@presbypeacefellowship.org.  



Fritz Gutwein

In addition to his work with the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, Fritz is the Development Manager at Jubilee Housing, an affordable houisng non-profit that is one of the many ministires to grow out of the life of the churches and missions of The Church of the Saviour in Ward 1 of Washington, DC. He has also worked with The Alban Institute as Managing Editor of Congregations magazine, the Quixote Center as Co-Director and Coordinator of its Haiti Reborn program, the National Council of Churches as Field Coordinator of the Climate and Energy Campaign, and the Presbyterian Hunger Program (USA) as its Farm Bill Reform Organizer. Fritz attends of Church of the Pilgrims PC(USA), is an ordained Baptist minister, and is educated in international and religious studies from the University of South Florida and theology and ethics from Southern Seminary. His travels throughout the Americas and Africa as well as his experience as a therapeutic foster parent have opened Fritz’s eyes to the impacts of poverty, war, and violence and have helped make seeking peace and doing justice his life’s passion. Fritz cooks and lives in a housing cooperative in Greenbelt, Maryland with his wife Mary and their basset hound, Dorothy.

Contact Fritz at fritzg@presbypeacefellowship.org.    


Web Content Manager

Sarah Prager
Sarah began her peacemaking work in high school and continued into college at Boston University where she founded the Palestinian-Israeli Peace Alliance. She has always worked for non-profits, including the Unitarian Universalist Association and Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She created the LGBTQ history mobile app Quist. She lives in Wallingford, CT with her wife, Liz, and their cats. Sarah manages the PPF website, Facebook, Twitter, and email.

Contact Sarah at sarah@presbypeacefellowship.org  




Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean

Before Kathy began her work as part of PPF’s staff, her previous career was in the mental health field as coordinator of treatment and director of residential programs. She lives in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Her family includes her wife Susan, two children, two stepchildren, two grandchildren, and two dogs. She spends her free time working on initiatives that promote the interconnections of peace, justice, and sustainability.

Contact Kathy at kathy@presbypeacefellowship.org


Executive Committee Co-Moderators


Rick Ufford-Chase 
Rick Ufford-Chase is an elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He worked as a Presbyterian Mission Worker for twenty years on the U.S./Mexico border, supporting migrants and refugees and developing educational programs for people of faith who are interested in the complexities and challenges of the border region. Rick served as Moderator of the General Assembly from 2004 to 2006. He was formerly the Executive Director of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, and is currently the Co-Director (with his wife, Kitty) of Stony Point Conference Center. Rick has been deeply interested in the intersection between our faith, the challenge of responding to violence in our time, and the work of partnering with those from other religious traditions to protect and extend basic human rights to all people.

Contact Rick at rick@presbypeacefellowship.org.  

Libby Shannon
Rev. Libby Shannon, co-moderator of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, serves as Associate Chaplain at Eckerd College. Eckerd is a liberal arts college affiliated by covenant relationship with the Presbyterian Church (USA) on the banks of Tampa Bay in St Petersburg, Florida. She has also served in the capacity of an interim associate pastor at Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church, Naples, Florida, and as a resident volunteer the Stony Point Center and member of the Community of Living Traditions.

Libby holds the distinct and rare privilege of being a Florida native. She is an alumna of Eckerd College where she studied Religious Studies and Women and Gender Studies, lived in London for a fabulous semester, and discovered she's an introvert. Following her undergraduate studies she attended Columbia Theological Seminary where she served as co-moderator of Women's Issues in Ministry and president of the student body. She found peace, hope, learning, and phenomenal community singing in the choir of Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta.

She adores newspapers, cooking, and coffee; believes nearly every problem can be solved by a long walk; and meticulously organizes her books according to their Library of Congress classification. Libby dreams of one day having a waterfront office from which she quietly and reads and writes liturgy.