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Dale Lature

Objectives: To help build and resource a Web-based set of solutions to enable revitalized connections within the Church and its organizations by the use of online community tools and Web applications.

To help the Church become and stay conversant with community-enabling Web technologies (today’s terminology: Social Networks) and to constantly
identify and evaluate technologies that help us communicate, aggregate
(manage our information, contacts and links in a social manner) and
participate more fully.

Web Technologies Experience:

Active Server Pages

·         Built ASP/SQL drivenWeb sites

·         Built data-driven site of sermon documents, content entry system customization, Browsing of different
type documents by multiple categories

·         UMC.org Find-a-Church re-design and Google Maps integration,  and .Net re-write

·         Blogs, RSS Readers, RSS
publishing of data for UMC.org websites

·         Kintera Content Management system

·         Data communication
between Kintera and UMC.org hosted data

·         Built www.sermonconnection.com for UM Publishing House integrating NXT3 (Next Page Corporation) Content Management and Web Publishing System

Web Page Editing/Creation Toolset

·         Visual Studio

·         Javascript, CSS, Ajax

·         WordPress, Drupal, PHP

·         Data Entry Forms
(ASP/Ajax/XML)

·         Web Discussion Forums (ASPForums, UMC.org discussion board, Community Server)

·         SQL Server via ADO and .Net

·         Adobe Dreamweaver

·         Adobe Fireworks and Photoshop

·         UMC.org redesign for archives of legacy CMS prior to UMC.org’s move to Kintera CMS

·         Google APIs, Maps, Mail, Friend Connect, Buzz, YouTube

Database

·         Microsoft Access Client and Data Entry Forms

·         Microsoft SQL Server

·         Open Source mySQL

·         XML based- data integration (Ajax, RSS, YouTube API)

·         Google Data and API’s such as Google Maps and YouTube

Online Community Technologies

·         Internet usage and research on Online Community since 1992

·         Ecunet user (ecumenical online community since 1980) and Meeting Host since 1993
(facilitated and seeded many online discussions)

·         Website focused on Online Community begunin 1993  (theoblogical.org)

·         Weblog creation and use of rss/xml news aggregators for purposes of creating
communities of Weblog authors across sites ( Radio Userland Weblog authoring and publishing tool, Movable Type, WordPress, Community Server ), social networking tools and widgets for Twitter, Facebook, MyLibraryThing,  etc.

·         Video for the Web YouTube, uStream, YouTube API development for UMC.org Find-a-Church video features, portable VideoStreaming

·         Web Community Platform Tools

o    Customized ASP driven forum application using ASPForum for sermonconnection.com (select one of the “Community Forums

o    UMC.org Find-a-Church Web applications, data and development

o    Telligent Community Server customization for UMC.org blog applications

o    WordPress customizations for UM Agency Author database

o    RSS subscription syndication tools for UMC.org site resources such as News,
Reviews, Podcasts for UMTV, UMC Profiles

o    Twitter clients and tools, YouTube (API), Google Maps, Blog customization

Employment:

·         WordPress based Content Management System for UpperRoom Ministries Author Information Site  June
2010-present

·         Web Magazine Content Management,  Interpreter Magazine,  United Methodist Communications May
2010-present

·         Web Development     United Methodist Communications     Nashville,TN April 2004-October 2009

·         Various Web based projects freelance December 2002-February 2004

·         Web Development     United Methodist Publishing House     Nashville,TN 1997- November 2002

·         Computer Tech Consultant    American Computer Solutions  Cincinnati, OH 1995-97

·         Computer Technical Support Community Mutual BlueCross   Cincinnati, OH 1994-95

·         ElectronicsSales/Installation (5 electronics retail sales companies 1985-93)

Education:

·         United Theological Seminary  Doctor of Ministry program Dayton, OH 75% complete online DMin project 1993-
1997

·         United Theological Seminary Dayton, OH MA  in Religious Communication 1991 Focus : Virtual Community and the Church

·         Cincinnati Technical College Cincinnati, OH courses in Computer Technologies 1994- 1995

·         Southern Baptist Theological Seminary   Louisville, KY  Master of Divinity 1981

·         Murray State University    Murray, KY    Bachelor of Science (Sociology) 1978

Summary of certifications and training:

·         Microsoft Office 2007

·         Microsoft Windows VISTA

·         Microsoft Sharepoint

·         Upgrading Web Development Skills from ASP to ASP.Net

·         Core Web Application Technologies with Visual Studio 2005

·         Advanced Web Application Technologies with Visual Studio 2005

·         Mastering Microsoft IIS4 (Microsoft Certified Course) 1998

·         Mastering Web Application Development using Microsoft Visual Interdev (Microsoft
Certified Course) 1998

·         Site Design with NXT (Next Page Corporation)

·         Element K Online Instructor Led Courses for Macromedia/Adobe Products, Javascript, ASP, Flash, and .Net for Web Applications

·         Certification MS Windows 95

·         Microsoft Courses in various .Net Web Application Technologies

o    Visual Studio.Net: Web Application Technologies with Visual Studio

o    XML Web Services

o    SQL Server 2005

References Available Upon Request

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