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Interested in serving on one of Riverside's commissions or committees? Learn more about eligibility requirements and the application process on our Information and Procedures page.

The Church Council

MEETS: 4th Monday of every month at 6:45 PM

Membership: Consists of 18 members, 14 elected at-large for staggered three-year terms, and 4 representatives from the Program Commissions. Council selects Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer from the Members-at-Large. Chair serves as Ex-officio or member of all Commissions/Committees; Vice-Chair serves on the Senior Minister Committee; the Treasurer serves on the Budget & Planning Committee.

Members (Officers):
Alexa Donaphin - Chair
John Delfs - Vice Chair
Jesse Wilkins - Treasurer
Lisa Hinds-Salmon - Secretary

Members At-Large
Beth Ackerman
James Allen
Barbara Hampton
Patrice Harrington
Lauren Hepburn
Jacqueline Hopkins
Celia Pat Lloyd
Barbara Mellor
Douglas Miller
Ronald Moore
Frank Nelson
Howard Sanders
Jean Schmidt

Commission Representatives:
Barbara Mellor - Education
Celia Pat Lloyd - Membership & Parish Life
James Allen - Mission & Social Justice
Patrice Harrington - Worship Commission

Staff Liaisons:
Senior Minister
Executive Minister
Howard L. Haughton, Chief Financial Officer


Worship Commission

MEETS: 2nd Monday of every month at 6:45 PM

The Worship Commission is responsible for the worship programs of the Church. It advises on the overall planning of Sunday services, other worship services and special services. It consults with the Minister of Worship and the Arts and the Music Director on the music program of the Church for Sunday services and for special occasions. It provides for Communion serving, ushering, and floral decorations or visual themes at worship services and special occasions.

The Worship Commission shall consist of 12 members elected to overlapping three-year terms. Commission elects Chair and Vice-Chair and one (1) representative to the Church Council. Commission Chair appoints one commission representative to each Committee: Nominating, Budget and Planning, and Stewardship. This Commission also includes a youth member elected by the Congregation to a one year term. Each commission may also select up to five (5) non-voting members to serve one-year terms.

Members (Officers):
Patrice Harrington - Chair
Michael Winger - Vice Chair

Members At-Large:
Glenessa Gordon
Susan Guma
Laurette Harper
Judy Keenan
Irene King
Jan Powell
Elza Sharpe
Diana Solomon-Glover
Rev. Elizabeth Wheeler
Henry Williams

Staff Liaisons:
Senior Minister
Rev. Dr. April Stace Vega, Minister of Worship & Arts
Christopher Johnson, Music Director

Education Commission

MEETS: 2nd Monday of every month at 7:00 PM

The Education Commission is responsible for a comprehensive Christian education ministry for the Church, including educational programs for children, youth, and adult members of the Church and other interested persons, with special emphasis on the Church School and Youth and Young Adults Ministry.

The Education Commission shall consist of 12 members Commission elects Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and one (1) representative to the Church Council, elected by the Congregation to overlapping three year terms. This Commission also includes a youth member elected by the Congregation to a one year term. Each Commission may invite up to five (5) non-voting members to serve one-year terms.

Members (Officers):
Stefany Blyn-Jacobs - Chair
Pamela Palanque-North- Vice Chair
Rueben Martinez - Secretary

Members At-Large:
Yvonne Allen
Mary Biggs
Rachelle Bradt
Joya Colon-Berezin
Rev. Dr. JoAnne Hickman
Barbara Mellor
Adelaide Sackeyfio
Beth Wynne-St. Louis

Staff Liaison:
Rev. Kevin Wright, Minister of Education



 

Mission and Social Justice Commission

MEETS: 2nd Monday of every month at 7:00 PM

The Mission and Social Justice Commission is responsible for the benevolence, social service and social justice programs of the Church. Its programs build diversity, inclusiveness and equity through activities available to every member of the Church and the community through worship, reflection, education, service, advocacy and action.

The Mission and Social Justice Commission shall consist of 12 members elected to overlapping three-year terms. Commission elects two Co-Chairpersons and one (1) representative to the Church Council. One Commission representative appointed to each Committee: Nominating, Budget and Planning, Stewardship and Institutional Relations. Other appointments of liaison to Sharing Fund, Social Justice and a Membership Coordinator. This Commission also includes a youth member elected by the Congregation to a one year term. Each Commission may invite up to five (5) non-voting members to serve for one year with voice but no vote.

Members (Officers):
Alan Bentz-Letts - Co-Chair
David Ford - Co-Chair
Judy Turnock - Secretary

Members At-Large:
Angela Aidala
James Allen
Hylda Clarke
Karen Diggs
Jeremiah Drake
Aida Montero
Okapoti Sowah
Ruby Sprott
Rodney Trapp

Staff Liaisons:
Carol Nixon, Director of Social Justice

Membership & Parish Life Commission

MEETS: 2nd Monday of every month at 7:00 PM

The Membership, Care and Parish Life Ministry (MCPL) discerns and addresses the needs of the congregation through pastoral care, fellowship, health and wellness programs; membership concerns and discipleship through spiritual discipline. Through its programs and special projects, MCPL touches established and new members and provides outreach to the community to offer to God their time and talent at The Riverside Church.

The Membership and Parish Life Commission shall consist of 12 members elected to overlapping three-year terms. Commission elects Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and one (1) representative to the Church Council. This Commission also includes a youth member elected by the Congregation to a one-year term. Each Commission may invite up to five (5) additional non-voting members for a one-year term.

Members (Officers):
Celia Pat Lloyd - Chair
Henry Manley - Vice Chair
Cynthia Villafane - Secretary

Members At-Large:
Kenitra Boone
Anita Bryant
Shelley Ellis-Herrington
Marjorie Horton
Ernest Jones
Meghan Kirskey
Stacia Murphy
Joan Ricketts
Edward Roberts

Staff Liaisons:
Rev. Debra Northern, Minister of Parish Care
Ms. Christian Peele, Director of Stewarship & Development
Rev. Kevin Wright, Minister of Education




Executive Committee

The Executive Committee meets before the Church Council meeting to set the agenda for that meeting. The Committee may also deal with specific matters referred to it by the Church Council and, when requested by a formal vote of the Church Council, may take action on behalf of the Church Council.

The Executive Committee consists of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer of the Religious Corporation and one Program Commission representative serving on the Church Council selected annually by the four Program Commissions representatives.

Members:
Alexa Donaphin - Chair
John Delfs - Vice Chair
Jesse Wilkins - Treasurer
Lisa Hinds-Salmon - Secretary
Steven Jacobs - At-Large Member

Staff Liaisons:
Senior Minister