GA-1931

GA-1931

GENERAL NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPORT FOR OFFICERS
OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

(Operational, Policy and Procedure)

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Moderator-Elect

Clyde E. Hunt, Jr. is a native of Covington, Tennessee.  Clyde graduated from the University of Memphis in December of 1981, with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.  He also holds a Master’s in Engineering Management from Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee and is a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP).

Clyde’s professional career began in 1982 with a brief stint as a structural engineer with the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad in Chicago, Illinois.  He went on to work as a project manager for the Illinois Department of Transportation in Schaumburg, Illinois.  He then returned to Memphis in 1989 to begin work with the Memphis District U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.  One of the highlights of his career was serving in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2005 as the Program Manager for Schools and Clinic Refurbishment for Afghan children. After 37 years, Clyde has recently retired, and enjoys long distance cycling, fitness training and dining with family and friends.

Clyde accepted Christ as Lord at the age of 10.  He is a 30-year Disciple and is a member of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, Memphis, Tennessee.  He has served in various leadership capacities including Chair of the Diaconate Ministry, Elder Board Chair, and has contributed his gifts in several committees and Boards of the church, community, and Christian Church (DOC) Tennessee Region.  Moreover, Clyde served two three-year terms as Moderator under two senior pastors, Rev. Dr. Frank A. Thomas and Rev. Dr. J. Lawrence Turner.  He currently serves on the Elder Board and co-teaches with his wife in the Christian Education Department.

Clyde is married to the former Norma Lynnette Simpson, Family Nurse Practitioner in Memphis and they are the proud parents of Clyde E. Hunt III, Electrical Engineer and Christina L. Hunt, Supply Chain Manager.  Both Clyde III and his wife, Kenya Goggans Hunt will complete their graduate programs from the School of Management from Yale University and Harvard University, respectively in May of 2019.

First Vice Moderator

The Rev. Stephanie Kendell is the Executive Minister at Park Avenue Christian Church (The Park) in New York City. She received her Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School with an added certificate in History, Theology, and Ethics. Stephanie is passionate about justice seeking ministries that aid in the value of intersectional perspectives. She works closely with the New Sanctuary Coalition-New York bringing attention to the need for immigration reform and immigrant rights. Ministries that she contributes to have been written up in the Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, and Disciples.org.

Before her call to Ordained ministry, Stephanie was a Producer and Head of Operations for an international theatrical marketing agency based in Los Angeles. This skillset drives her relational ministry that seeks to grow and sustain the faith development of her congregants as they lead the congregation. She is also responsible for helping start the current version of the online worship ministry and social media presence at The Park which has expanded and shared the incredible bilingual worship ministries with Disciples around the world.

A current Bethany Fellow, Stephanie also serves on the Regional Committee on Ministry for the Northeastern Region and is a current Writer in Residence for Young Clergy Women International.

Stephanie is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area where she continues to be an avid supporter the SF Giants. In 2005, she graduated with a degree in Musical Theater and Theater Arts from the University of Redlands.

Second Vice Moderator

Néstor Gómez is the middle son of three boys and one girl, and is originally from Medellín, Colombia. He has served in both Spanish and English-speaking churches, at various times as associate pastor and pastor in the Central Rocky Mountain Region. He is active in Regional Church activities working in the New Congregation Nurturing Team. He has also served as Member of the Administrative Committee of the General Board and member of the Division of Overseas Ministries Board of Directors and representative of Common Global Ministries Board. Néstor holds a PhD in Religion and Social Change, postgraduate studies at the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey, and is currently taking a training in coaching and leadership development. He has been an affiliate faculty at Seminario Bautista, Regis University, Columbia College and Claremont School of Theology. He enjoys reading, walking, and listening to music. He loves sharing with people of all ages and knowing about other cultures

 

 

For membership on the General Board

2018-2021

(Nominated from the General Nominating Committee)

 General Board Class of 2023

Toni Colbert  (C, F, B, 60+, IN)
Steven Gower  (C, M, W, 30-39, OH)
Chanhee Her  (C, F, A, 30-39, OK)
Hubert Reece  (L, M, B, 60+, CAN)
Beau Underwood  (C, M, W, 30-39, MID-AM)

2 females, 2 males; 4 clergy, 0 lay leaders
1 African-American, 1 Asian, 2 Caucasian
Ages: 30-39 (3), 60+ (1)

 

Continuing GNC General Board Class of 2021

Kristin Alstott  (W, L, F, 23-29, UMW
Shanell Bowden (B, L, F, 23-29, IL/WI)
Jackie Compton Bunch* (B, L, F, 60+, OH)
Candis Wilson  (B, L, F, 30-39, OH)
Eula Pagdilao  (API, L, F, 23-29, PSW)
Katie Hayes  (W, C, F, 40-49, SW)
Allison Ruari *  (API, C, F, 30-39, TN)

6 females, 0 males, 1 clergy, 5 lay leaders
3 African-American, 2 Asian/Asian Pacific-Islanders, 2 Caucasian
Ages: 23-29 (3), 30-39 (2), 40-49 (1), 60+ (1)
*Re-electing to fill vacancy

 

New Members for the General Nominating Committee

For election through the 2023 General Assembly

Jim Barton  (L, M, W, 40-49, AZ)
Shanell Bowden  (L, F, B, 23-29, IL/WI)
Irma Elizarraras  (L, F, H, 50-59, SW)
Eula Pagdilao  (L, F, API, 23-29, PSW)
Tevita Uesi  (C, M, API, 30-39, CRM)

3 females, 2 males, 1 clergy, 4 lay leaders
1 African-American, 2 Asian/Asian Pacific-Islander, 1 Hispanic, 1 Caucasian
Ages: 23-29 (2), 30-39 (1), 40-49 (1), 50-59 (1)

 

Continuing members of the General Nominating Committee

through the 2021 General Assembly

Arnold Hayes  (L, M, B, 60+, TN)
Jong Kook Hong  (C, M, API, 60+, NW)
Dean Phelps (C, M, W, 50-59, KY)
Bere Gil Soto  (C, F, H, 30-39, IN)
Diane Watkins  (L, F, W, 50-59, KS)

2 females, 3, males, 3 clergy, 2 lay leaders
1 African-American, 1 Asian, 1 Hispanic, 2 Caucasian
Ages: 30-39 (1), 50-59 (2), 60+ (2)

 

In keeping with The Design of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the members of the Corporation of the Division of Disciples Home Missions and the Corporation of the Division of Overseas Ministries were elected by the General Board at its February 2019 meeting. They are reported here to comply with the Bylaws of the two ministries:

Disciples Home Missions

The General Board elected the following persons

Xochitl Alvizo (L, F, H, 30-39, NoE)
Beverly Bell (L, F, B, 60-69, TN)
Candyce Black-Wells (L, F, B, 30-39, NoE)
Tim Campbell  (L, M, W, 30-39, CAN)
Rhonda Cole-Green  (L, F, B, 40-49, SC)
Tom Cooley  (L, M, W, 40-49, SW)
Chimiste Doriscar (C, M, B, 50-59, OH)
Jennifer Larson  (L, F, W, 50-59, VA)
Sandy Messick  (C, F, W, 50-59, NW)
Derrick Perkins  (C, M, B, 30-39, MID-AM)
Katherine Raley (C, F, W, 25-29, CRM)
Juan Rodriguez  (C, M, H, 60-69, FL)
Reuben Sancken-Marx (C, M, W, 25-29, IN)
Jeremy Skaggs (C, M, W, 40-49, SW)
Charles Chuck Tooley  (L, M, W, 60-69, MT)

 

Division of Overseas Ministries

The General Board elected the following persons

Dale Braxton, Sr  (C, M, B, 50-59, AL/NW FL)
Deborah Swift-DeWitt  (L, F, B, 60-69, TN)
Rick Spleth  (C, M, W, 60-69, IN)
Ryan Cullumber  (L, M, W, 40-49, PSW)
Nancy Lear  (L, F, W, 60-69, GKC)
Selena Reyes Martinez  (C, F, H, 50-59, FL)
Antonio Rodriguez  (L, M, H, 50-59, FL)
CyndyTwedell (C, F, W, 60-69, SW)
Diana Brown  (L, F, W, 70+, OK)
Baek Hee, Kim  (C, M, A, 40-49, IN)
Nestor Gomez Morales  (C, M, H, 40-49, CRM)
Jeremy Gillett  (L, M, B, 30-39, PSW)
Dara Cobb Lewis  (C, F, B, 40-49, NC)
Tyler Reeve  (L, M, W, 25-29, OH)
LaVerne Thorpe  (L, F, B, 60-69, AZ)

 

 

 

 

GA-1913

GA-1913

THE NATIONAL CONVOCATION OF THE
CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST)
IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA
1099 N. Meridian St., Suite 700
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Donald K. Gillett, President
Timothy M. James, Administrative Secretary

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I offer this report with joy and gladness as I look back over the year of activity associated with the National Convocation. God is truly to be praised for a blessed and Spirit-filled 25th Biennial Session of the National Convocation in Birmingham, AL. Much appreciation is extended to Edward Williams and the Local Arrangements Committee, John Mobley and the Alabama/Northwest Florida Region who worked so wonderfully with our Board of Trustees and Merger Staff.  The presence and participation of our College of Regional Ministers, the presence of First Moderator, Beau Underwood and Moderator-Elect, Belva Brown Jordan, made a powerful statement to our faith community.  We are the Disciples of Christ and our Biennial Session is open to everyone.  We endeavor, “To be a faithful growing church, that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice.” (Mission Imperative of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)).

We are grateful to report the registrations for this Biennial Session was at 526 and 85% – 90% of our registrations were on line. We may attribute our on-line access and presence to the work and diligence of our Ministry Associate, Brenda Rossy.  SELAH is now published on our web page which is set up through Constant Contact, and our meetings and transportation are arranged through Concur. So, we are showing more progress technologically.

Our endeavors have produced a broader understanding of the 1969 Merger Agreement between the National Christian Missionary Convention and the International Convention of the Christian Churches.  This has been accomplished with the reprint and distribution of THE JOURNEY TOWARD WHOLENESS, sponsoring a historical summit for our Board of Trustees at the Centennial Christian Church is St. Louis, MO, workshops offered at the Black Ministers Retreat, The 25th Biennial Session and the Eastern District Assembly of the Christian Church in Michigan. In the 2017 General Assembly we recognized the 100th Anniversary of the National Christian Missionary convention.  The 2019 General Assembly will have special recognition for the 50th Anniversary of the Design along with the 50th Anniversary of the Merger Agreement.

Concerning Leadership Development, the National Convocation continues to cooperate with the Black Disciples Endowment Fund, The Black Ministers Retreat, and the Biennial Session to offer education and learning opportunities to our constituents.  It is hoped that at these points of engagement we could offer the Preston Taylor Institute regularly along with Pro-Reconciling/Anti-Racism Workshops, Boundary Training, and continuing education in the areas to meet competency requirements for commissioned ministers and ministers on the Alternative Track for ordination.  Our relationship with the General Youth Council has improved.  We were able to find a young woman to serve with GYC.  She is Brittani Bullock, a member of Light of the World Christian Church in Indianapolis.  We are pursuing our next goal, to get a youth member for the Board of Trustees.  The Young Adult Council also needs a member from the National Convocation.  We will seek a member for the YAC’s next selection period.  We look forward to working with our General Minister and President, Terri Hord Owens.  She is most appreciative of data and information technology.  Therefore, we need our pastors to send in the Year Book reports of the congregation in to the Regional Office.  That would be a good start.  Then show up and participate in district and regional meetings of Disciples of Christ taking place near you.

The 2019 General Assembly, July 20-24 in Des Moines, Iowa, has opportunities for the National Convocation to be directly involved.  The Assembly theme is “ABIDE IN ME” based on John 15: 1-5.  Our evening meal function will be Sunday, July 21, 2019.  Please, mark your calendars and set your dates for the Combined Convocation of North American Pacific Asian Disciples (NAPAD), the Biennial Hispanic Fellowship Assembly (Obra Hispana) and the National Convocation taking place July 22-25, 2020.  The location is under research and as soon as we have determined a site you will be the first to know.  Please, pray with us as we seek the Lord’s guidance to build a worshipful event on our foundation theme text, Revelation 7: 9-10.  There is a blessing here for us all.  Finally, we acknowledge the forward thinking of the Ministers Wives and Husbands Fellowship Executive Committee, for establishing an endowment fund with Christian Church Foundation in their name and for future resources.

Members of the Board of Trustees:  Donald K. Gillett (President), Irie Session (Vice President), Pamela Dubose (Secretary), James Vertreese (Treasurer), Milton Bowens, Ken Brooker Langston, Delesslyn Kennebrew, Joanne Walker Flowers, William Smith, Cicely Staton-Holt, Juanita Greene, Beverly Goines, Antonio Redd, Walter Parker, Pernella Shortie, Sue Gray, Edward Williams; Merger Staff – R. Wayne Calhoun, Sheila Spencer, Chesla Nickelson; Ex-Officio members – Terri Hord Owens, GMP, Sotello Long, President of DHM, and Timothy James.

GA-1911

GA-1911

HIGHER EDUCATION AND LEADERSHIP MINISTRIES
REPORT TO THE GENERAL BOARD OF
THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST)
Submitted by
Bernard “Chris” Dorsey, President
January 2, 2019

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INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW

Higher Education and Leadership Ministries works with wider church and higher education partners to develop and nurture Christian leaders who are transforming church, society and world.

Higher Education and Leadership Ministries continues to promote Disciples higher education institutions and provide cutting edge leadership development programming throughout the church. This is accomplished most effectively by working closely with Disciples colleges, universities, theological institutions, congregations, regions, and general ministries of the church.

Colleges and Universities

HELM has continued to work closely with the leadership of Disciples Colleges and Universities to strengthen the relationship between Disciples schools and the church. Here are a few highlights:

  • Over the past two years, nearly all of the Disciples colleges and universities have experienced dramatic increases in undergraduate applications. Several schools have also seen significant increases in enrollment.
  • HELM has held info sessions at churches, regional assemblies, and racial ethnic constituency gatherings, to share information with high school students and with their parents.
  • HELM staff has promoted other Disciples ministry programs for young adults by working with Disciples chaplains and campus ministers. This has led to Disciples college students participating in the NBA XPLOR program, DOM Global Mission Intern Program, and DHM Disciples Peace Fellows.
  • During 2018, HELM worked closely with Tougaloo College to bring the school into full covenantal affiliation with the church. The final step in the process will be a vote by the Administrative Committee at the February 2019 meeting.

Theological Education

  • HELM hosted the Council of Theological education in April and featured presentations on student enrollment data across ATS north American schools and Disciples schools in particular. The leaders of the schools committed to engaging in intentional conversations around increasing enrollment of Disciples students at Disciples theological education institutions.
  • A number of our Disciples theological institutions is experiencing a transition of leadership. Gary Peluso Verdend stepped down from his role as president of Phillips Theological Seminary to return to teaching and to lead up other initiatives at the seminary, Matt Bolton ended his tenure as president of Christian Theological Seminary, and Mark Miller McLemore retired from his position as Dean of the Disciples Divinity House of Vanderbilt Divinity School.
  • Lexington Theological Seminary received a $1,000,000 thriving in ministry grant from the Lilly Fund and will continue the cutting edge work they are doing in helping build mentoring relationships between experienced clergy and emerging clergy.

Leadership Programs

  • HELM’s Leadership Fellows program welcomed 8 new students into the program and held the annual Leadership Fellows program for 28 new and returning fellows in New York City. Union Theological Seminary hosted the retreat and President Serene Jones was a featured plenary speaker.
  • The third year Leadership Fellows who are focusing on the theme of global awareness, were able to participate in a delegation to Morocco, thanks to support from Global Ministries
  • Four fellows became the first group of students to graduate having been through all four years of the new format of the program.
  • Next year’s leadership fellows retreat will take place in California and the global awareness international trip will be to Colombia, where students will learn about how our partners have been involved with the peace process there.
  • Along with the Office of the General Minister and President, HELM convened a group of leaders to discuss the role of the seminarians conference in the life of the church. Plans are underway to develop and new strategy for how to nurture and form emerging clergy leaders.

Grants and Scholarships

  • HELM distributed over $100,000 in scholarships and grants to over 45 undergraduate and graduate students.

With respect to its stated priorities of financial equilibrium, program and staff efficiency, engagement with higher education, and board development and participation; HELM reports the following highlights:

FINANCIAL EQUILIBRIUM

In the past four years, HELM has continued to plan for and experience balanced budgets. These surpluses are enabling HELM to pay down loan debts that were incurred during the financial crises of 2008/2009.  HELM’s financial equilibrium continues to enable a shifting of more funding to program activities and increasing support for participants in HELM’s programs. This Disciples Education and Leadership Fund, which has been started with the investment of a $126,000 bequest into a fund with the Christian Church Foundation, continues to grow. HELM is also on target to reduce it’s effective draw from investments by ½ of a percentage point in the coming year.

BOARD DEVELOPMENT AND PARTICIPATION

HELM’s board of directors has been strong throughout the years. In 2017, the board voted to reduce the size of the board from 16 to 12 at large members. The board also voted to change the ex officio campus ministry position to a board elected position. At the end of 2018, three longtime board members ended their terms of service, having completed the maximum allowed number of terms. HELM is thankful for the faithful service of Bill Bailey, Yvonne Gilmore, and Beau Underwood. HELM elected three new board members, along with new officers. The new board members are Joan-Bell Haynes, Colton Lott, and Michelle Scott-Huffman. The new officers are Lonora Graves – Chair; Santiago Pinon – Vice Chair; and Pamela Sparks – Secretary. The Spring 2019 board meeting will be held in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area.

The board continues to be deeply engaged and involved in supporting and leading HELM.

CONCLUSION

HELM continues to discern how best to meet the needs of the church, with respect to the established mission of its ministry.

With gratefulness to God and enthusiasm for continued commitment to ministry, HELM hereby submits this report to the General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Yours in Christ,

 

Bernard “Chris” Dorsey

 

 

GA-1735

(Operational, Policy and Organizational)

GENERAL NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPORT FOR OFFICERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

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First Vice Moderator

Rev. Beau Underwood has served as the Senior Minister of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Jefferson City, MO since February of 2015. Prior to moving to Missouri’s state capitol, he was the Senior Director of Advocacy and Communications at Sojourners in Washington, DC and an Assistant Minister at National City Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). A lifelong Disciple, he is a 2003 graduate of Eureka College and a 2010 graduate of both the Divinity School and the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, where he was also a Disciples Divinity House Scholar. He is currently taking doctoral classes at the University of Missouri’s Truman School of Public Policy. In addition to his ministry as a local church pastor, Rev. Underwood serves on the Board of Directors for Higher Educational and Leadership Ministries (HELM) and the Mid-America Region. He is also a member of the Alumni Council for the Disciples Divinity House of the University of Chicago. His partner in life and in serving God’s people is his wife, Casey, who leads an educational outreach unit at the University of Missouri.

Second Vice Moderator

Rev. Timothy Lee Timothy S. Lee is an ordained minister and a historian of Christianity. He currently serves as Associate Professor of the History of Christianity and Director of Asian (Korean) Church Studies at Brite Divinity School (Texas Christian University). His research focuses on the history of Christianity in Asia and Asian America, especially Korea, and Asians and Asian-North Americans in the Stone Campbell Movement. He attended the University of Illinois (Urbana), where he earned a B.A. in history; and the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he earned an A.M. in Religious Studies, a Certificate in Ministerial Studies, and a PhD in the History of Christianity. He is a recipient of the Edward Scribner Ames Scholarship of the Disciples Divinity House in Chicago and the David T. Kagiwada Scholarship of North American Pacific/Asian Disciples (NAPAD). His ordination occurred in 1996, at Chicago Christian Church (DOC), under the mentorship of the late Rev. Soongook Choi. In 2010, he served as moderator of NAPAD’s inaugural board of directors. He has also been a member of the following boards or organizations: the General Reconciliation Committee, the Disciples of Christ Historical Society, the Higher Education and Leadership Ministries, the Mission Alignment Coordinating Council, the Council on Christian Unity, and the Association of Disciples for Theological Discussion. He and his wife Yeahwa are members of University Christian Church (DOC) in Fort Worth, Texas

Moderator-Elect

The Rev. Belva Brown Jordan serves as the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Assessment, associate professor of the practice of ministry at Claremont School of Theology; and Dean of Disciples Seminary Foundation (Claremont).  Rev. Jordan’s ministry and service with the church, and in higher education, spans thirty-plus years.  She began her ministerial career as a denominational executive for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with the Division of Homeland Ministry (Indianapolis, IN) as the director of racial/ethnic ministry. Before making the transition to theological education, she also served as the denomination’s director of youth ministry focusing on leader development with youth.  Jordan’s first full-time faculty appointment was with Lancaster Theological Seminary (Lancaster, PA).   Field Education and the practice of ministry were her primary areas of responsibility.  After eight years at Lancaster, having earned tenure and served as dean of the faculty for one year, she moved on to Harvard University Divinity School (Cambridge, MA).  For seven years Rev. Jordan served as the assistant dean for student life at Harvard Divinity, always seeking to build a bridge of support for students beyond the classroom.  When the opportunity presented itself to serve in a Disciples of Christ affiliated seminary, Rev. Jordan became the associate dean for admissions and student services at Phillips Theological Seminary (Tulsa, OK).  During the summer of 2013, Jordan made the move to Claremont, CA to join the academic administrative team at Claremont School of Theology.

Reverend Jordan’s vocation as “church person” extends beyond her professional experience.  Over the years she has served on a number of Disciples of Christ boards and committees, in various leadership roles. (dates are approximate)

Disciples Peace Fellowship (late 80s), National Convocation Board (mid-90s), General Board, National Benevolent Association (2005-2014), General Commission on Ministry (2014-present), Bethany Fellows (Board and Leadership Team), Bethany West Fellows (2013-present)

For membership on the General Board

2018 – 2021

(Nominated from the General Nominating Committee)

 

General Board Class of 2021:

Kristen Alstott                          (W, L, F, 23-29, UMW)

Shanell Bowden                      (B, L, F, 23-29, IL/WI)

Matthew Hudman                    (W, C, M, 30-39, SW)

Kaeli Sweigard                        (W, L, F, 23-29, CAN)

Candis Wilson                         (B, L, F, 30-39, OH)

Eula Pagdilao                          (A, L, F, 23-29, PSW)

Katie Hays                              (W, C, F, 40-49, SW)

6 females, 1 male; 5 lay leaders, 2 clergy;

2 African Americans, 1 Asian American, and 4 Caucasian

Ages: 23-29 (4), 30-39 (2), 40-49 (1)

 

Continuing GNC General Board Class of 2019:

Jackie Bunch                          (B, L, F 60+ OH)

Jeanetta Cotman                    (B, C, F, 60+, MI)

Alison Ruari                            (API, C, F, 30-39 IN)

Sarah Himaya                         (API, L, F, 18-22 CAN)

Angela Kaufman                     (W, C, F 40-49 SW)

Serbando Peralez                   (H, C, M 50-59 SW)

Bernice Rivera-Martinez         (H, L, F 50-59 OR)

 

 6 females, 1 male; 3 lay leaders, 4 clergy;

2 African Americans, 2 Asian Pacific Islanders, 2 Hispanics, and 1 Caucasian

Ages: 23U (1), 30-39 (1), 40-49 (1), 50-59 (2), 60+ (2)


NEW MEMBERS FOR THE GENERAL NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Nominated from the Administrative Committee of the General Board

For election through the 2021 General Assembly

 

Arnold Hayes                     (B, L, M, 60+, TN)

Jong Kook Hong                (A, C, M, 60+, NW)

Dean Phelps                      (W, C, M, 50-59, CRM)

Bere Gil Soto                     (H, L, F, 30-39, IN)

Diane Watkins                   (W, L, F, 50-59, KS)

2 females, 3 males; 3 lay leader, 2 clergy;

1 African American, 2 Caucasians, and 1 Asian American, 1 Hispanic

Continuing members of the General Nominating Committee through the 2019 General Assembly include:

Andrea Brownlee               (W, C, F, 30-39, UMW)

Vera Burton                       (B, L, F, 60+, OH)

Danny Gulden                   (W, C, M, 40-49, GA)

Cheryl Jackson                  (B, L, F, 40-49, IL/WI)

Vacancy

Of the five-person class of 2019:

3 females, 1 male; 2 lay leader, 2 clergy;

2 African American, 2 Caucasians, and 1 Vacancy

Ages: 30-39 (1), 40-49 (2), 60+ (1)

 

In keeping with The Design of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the members of the Corporation of the Division of Disciples Home Missions and the Corporation of the Division of Overseas Ministries were elected by the General Board at its February 2017 meeting. They are reported here to comply with the Bylaws of the two ministries:

Disciples Home Missions

The General Board elected the following persons

Xochitl Alvizo                                                    (L, F, H, 30-39, NoE)

Beverly Bell                                                      (L, F, B, 60-69, TN)

Candyce Black-Wells                                        (L, F, B, 30-39, NoE)

Tim Campbell                                                   (L, M, W, 20-29, CAN)

Rhonda Cole-Green                                         (L, F, B, 40-49, SC)

Tom Cooley                                                      (L, M, W, 40-49, SW)

Chimiste Doriscar                                             (C, M, B, 50-59, IN)

Jennifer Larson                                                 (L, F, W, 40-59, VA)

Sandy Messick                                                 (C, F, W, 50-59, NW)

Derrick Perkins                                                 (C, M, B, 30-39, MID-AM)

Katherine Raley                                                (C, F, W, 25-29, CRM)

Juan Rodriquez                                                (C, M, H, 60-69, FL)

Reuben Sancken-Marx                                     (C, M, W, 23-29, IN)

Jeremy Skaggs                                                (C, M, W, 40-49, SW)

Charles Chuck Tooley                                      (L, M, W, 60-69, MT)

 

DIVISION OF OVERSEAS MINISTRIES

The General Board elected the following persons

Stephanie Buckhannon Crowder                                 (C, F, B, 40-49, IL-WI)

Ismael Sanchez                                                           (C, M, H, 50-59, NE)

Diana Brown                                                               (L, F, C, 60-69, OK)

Phyllis Ann Hallman                                                    (L, F, C, 70+, AZ)

John R. Kleinschmidt, III                                            (L, M, C, 30-39, KY)

Zenobia Mayo                                                             (L, F, B, 60-69, OK)

Marilyn Whittaker                                                        (L, F, B, 60-69, VA)

Dale Braxton, Sr.                                                        (C, M, B, 50-59, AL-NW FL)

Heechang Kang                                                          (C, M, A, 30-39, IL-WI)

Cyndy Twedell                                                           (C, F, C, 50-59, SW)

Ryan Cullumber                                                          (L, M, C, 40-49, PSW)

Nancy Lear                                                                 (L, F, C, 60-69, GKC

Selina Reyes-Martinez                                                (C, F, H, 40-49, FL)

Richard Spleth                                                            (C, M, C,60-69, IN)

Deborah Swift-Dewitt                                                  (L, F, B, 60-69, TN)

The General Board recommends that the General Assembly ADOPT GA-1735. (Discussion time: 12 minutes)

Worship included many styles, quotable moments

The General Assembly soundtrack was founded on the work of this talented group of musicians. They were joined by an 80-voice choir on Saturday and Sunday made up of Disciples from across North America.
The General Assembly soundtrack was founded on the work of this talented group of musicians. They were joined by an 80-voice choir on Saturday and Sunday made up of Disciples from across North America.

Local media coverage: Columbus Dispatch

Tweets as meditation materials. Drum lines and dancers. New songs and classical organ music. General Assembly worship was a beautiful collage of experience, learning and worship.

Worship opened the assembly Saturday evening with the classic Handel’s “Comfort Ye” followed by a mix of music and readings of Isaiah 40 in Korean, Spanish and French backed by a full chorus. Teresa Hord-Owens delivered the message to be comforted but not comfortable until justice rolls down. “The point of comfort is a pivot point to action,” she said.

Sunday evening was punctuated by short meditations by Samuel Ramirez, Erin Wathen, Beau Underwood, Tracey Stewart and Allison Enari. Music styles ranged from a rock number calling us to action to soft ballads and classic hymns, all following the themes of comfort, prepare, call, challenge and SOAR! (See Toolkit to access tweets.)

GA News worship communion2Monday’s speaker, Amy Butler, shared the metaphor of the Church as trapeze artist. She said, “It’s fear, at every turn, at the prospect of this overwhelming call to be the church, and heal the world, and live into God’s hopes for my life, for all our human lives…it’s the fear of falling that keeps us from letting go, from jumping off, from embracing a future we don’t know with abandon…because most times all we can see are visions of what it would feel like to land hard on the unyielding ground.”

A celebration of 25 years of partnership with the United Church of Christ was a highlight of Tuesday’s worship featuring Geoffrey Black, general minister and president of our partner denomination. He said, “But the truth is that too often we find ourselves in some part of the wilderness… There is a wonderful peculiarity about these desolate places… But God has a way of showing up – in the wilderness.”

Photo courtesy of Bruce Barkhauer
Photo courtesy of Bruce Barkhauer

At the Wednesday all-assembly dinner a challenge was issued by William J. Barber II, Disciple pastor and leader of the Moral Monday movement. His diagnosis: America has a heart problem. He called a “code blue” for a team with hope to give it a moral defibrillation. Participants were also treated to some music by the James brothers – Titus, Timothy and Eugene – who represent all three expressions of the Church as pastor, National Convocation leader and regional minister respectively.

And finally we were called to SOAR! Adam Hamilton, the evening’s preacher, warned us that “soaring feels like a lot of work and our legs get cramped in the nest.” He reminded us that Jesus didn’t sit in his office all day and asked if we are a church who will welcome the people in our community. He concluded it is our task to remind people they are loved by God.

GA News Worship dancer