Dr. Charlotte McCorquodale, Ph.D.
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Dr. Charlotte McCorquodale, PhDOriginally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, Dr. Charlotte McCorquodale completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at McNeese State University in 1985, with a major in psychology and a minor in sociology. In 1988, she completed her Masters degree in religious education from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. She also has a national certificate in youth ministry studies from the Center for Ministry Development. In 2001, she received her Doctor of Philosophy degree from the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development at Louisiana State University. The title of her dissertation is The Emergence of Lay Ecclesial Youth Ministry as a Profession in the Roman Catholic Church.

Her professional career in Catholic youth ministry began in 1981. For the past twenty years, she has worked in parish, school, and diocesan ministry settings, in the dioceses of Los Angeles, Lake Charles, Galveston-Houston, and Mobile. She has presented workshops for youth and youth ministers at diocesan, regional, and national youth ministry events for the past ten years.

She has served on various national boards and committees, including as Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM). She recently authored two resources published by the NFCYM entitled, Lay Ecclesial Youth Ministers: Taking the Next Step, A Brief Summary of a Research Study on Lay Ecclesial Youth Ministers in the Roman Catholic Church in the United States and Hiring A Catholic Youth Minister: Fifteen Steps to Success.

Presently, Charlotte serves as president of the board of directors for Ministry Training Source, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and formation of lay ecclesial ministers. As co-founder and Director of Program Development and Research for Ministry Training Source, she serves as a national trainer and consultant for the field of lay ecclesial ministry.


Core Competencies of MTS Leaders

  • Insight into many issues related to ministry, with a combined more than 50 years of experience serving the church at all levels of ministry (parish, diocesan, national, and international).
  • Engaging presentations applying learning styles and instructional design theory for groups of all sizes and ages.
  • Ability to assist leaders in examination and discussion of difficult and polarizing issues.
  • Passionate energy about the ministry of the church and the role of the laity in the mission of the church.


Leigh E Sterten, M.T.S., M.S.A.S.
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Leigh StertenLeigh Sterten earned her B.A. in Religious Studies at California State University, Long Beach and a Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley. She completed a second Masters degree, in administrative studies, at Missouri State University in 2002. Her degree paper is entitled Issues Experienced by Women in Church Ministry: A Qualitative Examination of Communication Phenomena. Leigh also has a Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies from the Center for Ministry Development, as well as a Certificate for Ministry Leadership for the 21st Century.

Leigh’s professional career in youth ministry began in 1988, when she was hired as a parish confirmation coordinator at St. Dominic Savio in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Since that time, she has worked as a parish youth ministry coordinator in the Archdiocese of San Francisco and in the diocesan offices of Los Angeles and Springfield-Cape Girardeau, the latter of which she served as director of youth ministry for nearly seventeen years. Leigh has presented numerous workshops for both youth and adults at diocesan and national events across the country. At the national level, Leigh was active for five years with the Rural Concerns Subcommittee of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), serving as chair of the committee four of those years. While serving as chair, she facilitated the writing of Youth Ministry in Rural and Small Town Settings: A Planning Resource. Leigh chaired the NFCYM’s Publishing Management Committee for several years, beginning in 1998. She is co-author of National Study of Youth and Religion: Analysis of the Population of Catholic Teenagers and Their Parents, published by the NFYCM in 2004. Leigh has been the copy editor for the Youth Ministry Resource Manual and the Living and Loving our Catholic Faith series since 2002, also published by the NFCYM. Leigh currently serves on the NFCYM's board of directors as an at-large member, representing the collaborating member organizations of the NFCYM.

She served as a trainer for the YouthLeader program conducted by the Center for Ministry Development for four years. From summer 2000-2008, Leigh has served on the faculty of the St. Meinrad School of Theology's Youth Liturgical Leadership Conference, held each summer. Much of Leigh’s speaking and training efforts have focused on developing leadership in young people and fostering youth ministry in rural and small town settings. Leigh currently serves as treasurer of the board of directors for Ministry Training Source, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and formation of lay ecclesial ministers, and co-founded the organization.

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