Our Leadership and Staff

Executive Director

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, and her first book will be published by HarperCollins in May 2017. 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


Aric Clark
 Aric Clark
Aric Clark is a writer, a speaker, and Presbyterian minister who lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two gremlins pretending to be his sons. He is the co-author of Never Pray Again: Lift Your Head, Unfold Your Hands, and Get To Work, a book which challenges readers to embrace a concrete other-centered spirituality. He is also the creator of LectionARIC a youtube channel for hermeneutical vlogs. When he is not writing, preaching, or parenting, Aric can be found engaging his tabletop gaming hobby, or cooking for a crowd of random strangers he invited home without his wife’s permission. He is a pacifist and he still can’t grow a beard.

Shannan Vance-OcampoShannan Vance-Ocampo
Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo serves as the Transitional Presbyter for Albany Presbytery, where she is working with the Presbytery to seek out God's preferred future for its ministry and resourcing in a time of great change in how we engage ministry and mission. Previously, she served for five years as Pastor of Watchung Avenue Presbyterian Church in North Plainfield, NJ, and for eight years as the Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Rumson, NJ. For the past ten years she has been involved in PPF's Colombia Accompaniment Program. In the Synod of the Northeast Shannan has served as convener of the Emerging Leaders Group and now serves on the Working Group on Race. In the national church, she serves on the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board as an elected member. Her passions are for organizational redevelopment, local and international mission and the raising up of prophetic leadership in the church. Shannan lives in Albany, NY with her husband, Juan Gabriel Ocampo Valle, a native of Bogotá, Colombia who is an educator and their daughter Sofia Elena who is a budding artist. You can find her online at http://shannanvo.com.