Laurene Beth Bowers is Conference Associate Minister for Congregational Life and Vitality in the Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ. She served several congregations in New England before joining the Conference staff. Laurene earned her D.Min. from Andover Newton School of Theology, and holds degrees in social work, psychology, the Hebrew bible, and alternative conflict resolution. Her writings include Becoming a Multicultural Church and Designing Contemporary Congregations: Strategies to Attract Those Under Fifty.