Dr. Blaess is rector of St. Paul’s Church, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Ordained in 2002, Kristine served a small church in Rigby, ID for 10 years and as Sr. Associate Rector at St. George’s Church, Nashville, TN. In her doctoral work, Kristine considered how to form Christian leaders as theologians of the cross who can lead profound change in their parishes and judicatories. She has spent the past decade developing models for discipling Christian leaders in small groups and missional Communities.