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WHEREAS, scripture enjoins many virtues (Galatians 5:22-23) including impartiality (Deuteronomy 10:17-19; Matthew 5:42; James 2:1-13); and

WHEREAS, Jesus’ parable in Luke 10:25-37 names those who provide impartial and immediate aid to those they encounter who are in need as “Good Samaritans;” and

WHEREAS, recent legal sanctions against or investigations of “Good Samaritans“ and humanitarian aid providers in Texas, New York and Arizona may be perceived by many Disciples as acts of intimidation meant to discourage them from acting compassionately when confronted with immediate human needs;[1] and

WHEREAS, it is the consistent practice of Disciples of Christ to extend care impartially without respect to a person’s national identity; and

WHEREAS, such acts are free exercises of religious faith as protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States and matters of religious conscience as protected by Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; and

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the 2019 General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada, meeting July 20-24, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa, declares impartially providing for the basic human needs of others as a virtue consistent with Disciples tradition; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the 2019 General Assembly opposes legal actions that criminalize the deeds of “Good Samaritans” and those who provide care without partiality; and

FINALLY, BE IT RESOLVED that should a Disciples individual or ministry ever face criminal sanction or prosecution for giving humanitarian aid without partiality, this resolution stands as evidence that the 2019 General Assembly of the Christian Church regards such humanitarian assistance to be justifiably motivated by one’s faith in Jesus Christ as informed by historic practice and heritage of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Rev. Thaddaeus B. Allen, First Christian Church, Parkersburg, WV;
Central Christian Church, Uniontown, PA; Park Avenue Christian Church, New York, NY
Rev. Denise Bell, Ray of Hope Christian Church, Decatur, GA
Rev. Joan Bell-Haynes, Central Christian Church, Denver, CO
Rev. Nadine Burton, First Christian Church, Little Rock, Arkansas
Rev. Renee Bridwell, New Hope Christian Church, Wichita, KS
Rev. LaTaunya Bynum, First Christian Church, Alameda, CA
Rev. Ed Cushingberry, New Hope Christian Church, Beaufort, SC
Rev. Don Dewey, First Christian Church, Orange, CA
Rev. Susan Gonzales Dewey, First Christian Church, Orange, CA
Rev. Leslie Dalstra, First Christian Church, El Paso, TX
Rev. Teresa Dulyea-Parker, First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, Bloomington, IL
Rev. Jennifer Garbin, Sugarbush Christian Church (DOC), Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Rev. Betsy Goehrig, First Christian Church, Ocala, FL
Rev. Allen V. Harris, Shepherd Park Christian Church, Washington, DC
Rev. Pamela G. Holt, First Christian Church, Norman, OK
Rev. Eugene James, Central Woodward Christian Church, Troy, MI
Rev. Timothy James, Light of the World Christian Church, Indianapolis, IN
Rev. Chung Seong Kim, Bethel Christian Church, Indianapolis, IN
Rev. Coretha Loughridge, Timberlake Christian Church, Lynchburg, VA
Rev. Paul Koch, Fredricktown Christian Church, Fredericktown, MO
Rev. Andy Mangum, Northway Christian Church, Dallas, TX
Rev. Steve Martin, First Christian Church, Topeka, KS
Rev. Ken Marston, First Christian Church, Great Bend, KS
Bishop Valerie Melvin, First Christian Church, Goldsboro, NC; Greenleaf Christian Church, Goldsboro, NC
Rev. Sandy Messick, North Hill Christian Church, Spokane, WA
Rev. John P. Mobley, Grace Christian Church, Helena, AL
Rev. Chris Morton, Iglesia Cristiana Discipulos, Omaha, NE
Rev. Cathy Myers Wirt, Murray Hills Christian Church, Beaverton, OR
Rev. J. Dean Phelps, New Union Christian Church, Versailles, KY
Rev. Juan Rodriguez, Arise Christian Church, Orlando, FL
Rev. William B. Rose-Heim, Powershift Worship Center, Raytown, MO
Rev. Penny Ross-Corona, Community Christian Church, Manchester, MO
Rev. Ron Routledge, First Christian Church, Brookfield, MO
Rev. Richie Sanchez, Light of the World Christian Church, Indianapolis, IN
Rev. Bill Spangler-Dunning, Altoona Christian Church, Altoona, IA
Rev. Richard L. Spleth, Allisonville Christian Church, Indianapolis, IN
Rev. Sharon Stanley Rea, National City Christian Church, Washington, DC
Rev. Lori Tapia, Iglesia Alas de Salvacion, Mesa, AZ
Rev. Christal Williams, Alameda Christian Church, Nashville, TN
Rev. Douglas A. Wirt, Murray Hills Christian Church, Beaverton, OR


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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


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)


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)


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)



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)