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-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)