Tending the Fire was founded in 2003 by United Methodist Pastor Barbara Lemmel. She is the coordinator of the New England Conference Parish Consultants, and works with corporate clients through the Coaching Center of Vermont.
Barbara studied conflict mediation and family systems theory with the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center in Chicago and with the Center for Pastoral Effectiveness in New Orleans. In 2003, she developed Tending the Fire, reaching more than 300 pastors, five judicatories and several churches. Barbara has keynoted judicatory gatherings in New York and New England as well as several clergy leadership workshops. She has served congregations in Vermont and upstate New York. As Troy Conference Minister, she facilitated conference re-structuring and offered programming and spiritual guidance to churches and pastors.
Barbara lives in Vermont with her husband and two children. She is committed to learning that is transformational and fun.