About Ted Lewis

Restorative Trainer, Educator, Mediator and Consultant

 

CAREER

Since the mid-90’s my main work has been in the fields of restorative justice and conflict resolution, mostly in the nonprofit sector. This includes program and case management, mediation, training, teaching, and working as an executive director. As a practitioner, I have served offenders and victims of crime, parties in dispute, and church communities.

CURRENT WORK 

I serve Restorative Justice Programs and Church Communities by:

  • Creating and leading trainings
  • Teaching courses and workshops
  • Consulting with program managers
  • Writing manuals and articles
  • Facilitating healing and resolution processes

My current primary work, as a Communications Consultant, is with…

The Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking, University of Minnesota

with Dr. Mark Umbreit; www.cehd.umn.edu/ssw/rjp/

I also serve on the executive board for the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ)

www.nacrj.org

On the side I am a part-time Aquisitions Editor for Wipf & Stock Publishers

Eugene, Oregon; www.wipfandstock.com

In 2016 I founded the Agape Peace Center in Duluth, MN, a center for peace education and the preservation of the Anabaptist heritage. This center, located in First Presbyterian Church of Duluth, also houses the G. W. Carlson Peace Library.
PAST RESTORATIVE JUSTICE WORK 
  • University of Minnesota UMD, Duluth, MN – Adjunct Professor, Restorative Justice course (2014)
  • Barron County Restorative Justice Programs, Rice Lake, WI – Executive Director for a non-profit with multiple programs (2009-2013) www.bcrjp.org/
  • Center for Dialogue and Resolution (formerly Community Mediation Services) Eugene, OR – Program Manager for Restorative Justice and Mediation programs (2000-2009)
  • Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference, OR and WA – contracted to do mediation work for churches (2004-2008)
  • VORP of Central Kansas (Victim Offender Reconciliation Program) Great Bend, KS – Program Coordinator (1996-2000)
EDUCATION
  • MA in Religious Studies (University of Minnesota, 1991)
  • BA in Theology and Biblical Studies (Bethel College, 1983)
FAITH and VALUES 

While I have a deep respect and appreciation for other religious and spiritual traditions, my identity as a Christian is central to all of my thinking and work. The concept of ‘story’ is very important to me. Stories are powerful in resolution and healing processes. I see God as preferring to use narrative forms to communicate to people, and this culminates in the narrative of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. As I and others engage the challenges of life, the invitation is there to align our stories with this Master Story which resonates with many other traditions. Central to this story is how something good can be transformed out of something bad, a major concept in restorative processes.

My main religious affiliation is with the Mennonite Church USA. I owe that tradition my gratitude for leading me into my vocation of conflict resolution and peacemaking work.

 CONTACT 

Ted Lewis

6104 E. Superior St.

Duluth, MN 55804

715-205-5945

tedlewis76@gmail.com

OTHER INTERESTS  

collage artwork, gardening, rock balancing, walking