The Big Provincial Gathering will feature The Rev. Lorenzo Lebrija, founding director of the TryTank, as the keynote speaker.

TryTank is an experimental lab for church growth and innovation. Fr. Lorenzo is responsible for the entire process of development and implementation of experiments for innovation in the church. (It’s a staff of 1, so don’t be that impressed!)

Prior to launching TryTank, Lorenzo was the Chief Development Officer for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. He also served as the Pastor on behalf of the Bishop at St. John’s Episcopal Church in San Bernardino, CA, and as priest associate at St. Athanasius Episcopal Church at the Cathedral Center of St. Paul in Los Angeles. He studied at the General Theological Seminary in New York City where he earned his Master of Divinity degree.

Before entering seminary Lorenzo was president and CEO of Seraphic Fire & Firebird Chamber Orchestra, Miami’s professional choral and orchestral ensemble. He was also the Miami Program Director for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation responsible for a substantial grant portfolio and the launch of the Knight Arts Challenge. Having been General Manager for RadioActiva Hispanic Radio, as well as Editor/Director of Operations for Miami’s Community Newspapers, Lorenzo has vast experience in media and marketing. He has been a frequent speaker at community events to groups on development, community involvement, the arts, business strategy, and marketing.

Beyond the MDiv degree, he also has an MBA and a B.A. from Florida International University, has completed the full training at the Fundraising School at Indiana University, and is a graduate of Rice University’s Executive Education Program.

The Big Provincial Gathering will be held July 12-13 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. For more information or to register, visit