LIM Faculty

The Reverend Andrew J. Archie is the rector of St. Michael and St. George Episcopal Church in Clayton, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. Prior to moving to Missouri, he served for twelve years as rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Purcellville, Virginia.

He began his studies with Ed Friedman in 1991 in his Post-graduate Seminars in Family Emotional Process. Since Friedman’s death, he has continued to study at the Center for Family Process and, more recently, with Roberta Gilbert, MD. He joined the LIM Workshops faculty in 1999.

A graduate of Washington and Lee University, the Virginia Episcopal Seminary, and the eldest child of two oldest children, he has worked hard at understanding the Church and himself in terms of emotional systems and to remember, in the words of Friedman, “there are no issues, only emotions.”

His workshop presentations include: “Dumbledore As A Non-anxious Presence”, “The Blessed Virgin Mary: What Do the Presence of the Past and Cutoff Have to Do With Jesus’ Mother?” and “Self-Regulating in the Face of One’s Wife’s Family of Origin”.


Elaine Boomer, M.S.W., is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Vienna, Virginia. Prior to becoming a therapist, she worked in the corporate marketplace as a Bank Marketing and Training Officer.

Her first exposure to Family Systems Theory was through personal coaching from Ed Friedman from 1989 to 1991. After receiving her Masters in Social Work in 1994 from Virginia Commonwealth University, she studied with Ed Friedman until his death in 1996. As an over-functioning eldest, her work in understanding emotional systems has “changed her life!”

In addition to serving as a LIM Workshop faculty member since 1996, she often presents seminars and workshops on systems thinking to various community organizations.


Dr. Jim Boyer, DMin, LMFT, PC, is an Oregon State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.He is a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.


The Reverend Dr. Israel Galindo is the Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA, Executive Director of Educational Consultants, and the current director of LIM.

He has been a private school principal and hospice chaplain. Prior to moving to Georgia, he served as the Dean and Professor of Christian Education Formation and Leadership at the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, and a Pastoral Associate at the Vienna Baptist Church, Vienna, Virginia.

He began participation in the Leadership In Ministry Workshops in 1993 and joined the faculty in 1997. A frequent conference and seminar leader, he is the author of numerous articles and several books, including: The Craft of Christian Teaching, Let Us Pray, The Bible, Live! The Tree of All Hearts: Modern Parables for Teaching Faith, El Arte de la Ensenanza Cristiana, 10 Best Parenting Ways to Ruin Your Child, 10 Best Ways to Ruin Your Teenager (co-author), A Family Genogram Workbook (co-author) The Hidden Lives of Congregations and Perspectives on Congregational Leadership: Applying Systems Thinking for Effective Leadeship.


The Reverend Dr. Margaret (Meg) B. Hess received her BA from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. She also graduated from Andover Newton Theological School, where she received a Master of Divinity degree in 1981 and Doctor of Ministry degree, with honors, in Pastoral Counseling in 1994.

She is ordained by the American Baptist Churches, USA, where she served pastorates for twenty years in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Her favorite pastime is baking artisan breads. She is married to Peter Lacey, and they live in Nashua with their daughter Keziah.

Adjunct faculty in preaching at Andover Newton Theological School since 1983, Dr. Hess is a Pastoral Counselor with The Emmaus Institute in Nashua, NH, and a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Meg also facilitates Labyrinth retreats and workshops.


The Reverend Dr. James Lamkin is pastor of the Northside Drive Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

A graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he did his CPE training at Baylor University Medical Center and received his Doctor of Ministry degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

He has also pastored congregations in his native Louisiana, and Virginia, served as a hospital chaplain and been the director of a regional medical center’s Department of Pastoral Care.

James began participation in the Leadership In Ministry Workshops in 1993 and joined the faculty in 2002.


The Reverend Rebecca Maccini is pastor of the Congregational Church of Henniker, NH.

In 26 years of pastoral ministry, she has been a pastor of young adults, co-pastor, bi-vocational pastor, and sole pastor.   She has also attended workshops at the Center for Family Process, Georgetown Family Center, New England Seminar on Bowen Theory, and the Vermont Center for Family Process.  She has presented several times about applications of Bowen Family Systems Theory in congregational settings at symposiums of the Vermont Center for Family Process.  She has also made presentations at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, the Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ, and ATTach. Through the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ, she has been a consultant to churches, led small church vitality workshops, and currently leads a clergy group and coordinates the New Hampshire School of Ministry.

Rebecca and her husband adopted three Russian tween girls in 2000, and they are now raising a grandchild.

Bowen Family Systems Theory has been instrumental in how she conducts herself in her ministry and as a parent in her family. She has been part of the Boston Leadership in Ministry Workshop since it commenced in 1999.


The Reverend Margaret J. Marcuson, founder of the Marcuson Leadership Circle, lives in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, she is also an experienced family member and continually seeks to refine and reframe that experience.
Margaret pastored the First Baptist Church of Gardner, Massachusetts, for thirteen years.

She began her studies with Ed Friedman in 1995 and continued to study at the Center for Family Process in Bethesda for six years. She joined the LIM Workshops faculty in 1999.

She works with clergy and other leaders who want to practice an easier, more effective way to lead. She is a leader of leaders, ordained minister, and teacher and student of human systems. She speaks and writes on leadership and works with leaders nationally as a consultant and coach. She often works with clergy and churches in crisis.


The Reverend Dr. William T. Pyle serves as Intentional Interim Pastor at Creedmoor Road Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC.

He has taught previously at Campbell University Divinity School, North Carolina Wesleyan College and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is trained as an Intentional Interim Minister through the Center for Congregational Health and is challenged to understand congregational dynamics from a systems perspective.

A participant in the Leadership in Ministry workshops since 2002, he joined the faculty in 2007.

Carla Toenniessen, LMFT
, is a family systems coach, educator and practitioner in Fairfax, Virginia who explores Bowen Family Systems Theory and its applications to life and living.

In 1988 she received an M.S. Degree in Family and Child Development from Virginia Tech and in 1993 began a more intentional journey with BFST after hearing a presentation by Ed Friedman.

For 31 years Carla worked in the public school system as a teacher and counselor. Working in school systems and in congregational systems as a lay leader has provided fertile ground for learning about the importance of systems thinking and family of origin work. She considers coaching to be an invaluable resource for the lifelong journey of working at differentiation and participates in a monthly coaching group.

Since 1998 Carla has been a participant with the Leadership in Ministry/ Leadership in Organizations Workshops and joined the faculty in 2008.