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If you are interested in serving on one of our 7 commissions or committees and meet the eligibility requirements as stated in the church's by-lays, you can learn more on our Information and Procedures page and also download the brochures and forms.

The Church Council

MEETINGS: 4th Monday of every month @ 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):
Len Leach - Chair
Alexa Donaphin – Vice Chair
Bradford W. Jones - Secretary
Clarence C. Anderson - Treasurer

Members at Large: Church Council
Derrick Biney-Amissah
John Delfs
Joel Horton
Howard Geiger, Jr.
Lisa Hinds-Salmon
Geoffrey Martin
Karen McVoy-Stone
Ronald Moore
Barrington N. Wright

Commission Representatives:
Emily Anderson - Education
Kenneth Walker - Membership & Parish Life
James E. Allen - Mission & Social Justice
Frank A. Nelson MD - Worship Commission

Staff Liaisons:
Rev. Stephen H. Phelps, Interim Senior Minister
Howard L. Haughton, Chief Financial Officer


Worship Commission

MEETINGS: Second 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 Director of Music 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 Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson and ((one) 1 representative to the Church Council.) Commission Chairperson 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:
Donald Bickford - Chair
Patrice Harrington - Vice Chair
Jesse Wilkins - Secretary

Staff Liaisons:
Rev. Stephen H. Phelps, Interim Senior Minister
Rev. Kimberliegh Jordan, Director of Worship
Christopher Johnson, Music Director

Members at Large:
Brenda M. Clarke
Glenessa Gordon       
Susan Guma   
Patrice Harrington      
Celia King Hazzard   
Lois Gehr Livezey     
Frank Nelson MD      
James Reed        
Elza Sharpe    
Vera Holzman Smith

Commission Representatives To:
Budget and Planning Committee - Susan Guma
Building Committee - Brenda Clarke
Church Council - Frank A. Nelson, MD
Institutional Relations - James Reed
Nominating Committee - Vera Smith
Ordination Committee - Lois Gehr Livezey
Stewardship Committee - Elza Sharpe

Special Responsibilities:
Communion Steward - Donald Bickford, Glenessa Gordon, Frank Nelson MD
Communion Prep - Alana Salter, Lorraine Burchall
Communion Clean Up - Yvonne Blackwell
Floral Committee - Vera Smith
Music Committee - Barbara L. Hampton, Brenda Clarke, Donald Bickford
Ushers - Elza Sharpe, Glenessa Gordon


Education Commission

MEETINGS: Second Monday of every month at 7 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 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:
Dr. Emily Anderson - Chair
Dr. Mary Biggs - Secretary

Staff:
Rev. Jule Johnson Staples- Interm Minister for Education
Youth Representative - Timothy Blyn-Jacobs

Elected Members:
Yvonne Allen
Mary Biggs
Sara Conly
Martha Ford
Monique Fortuné
Stefany Blyn Jacobs
Ronald Lonesome, M.D.
Barbara Mellor
Fredrick Newsome, M.D.
Brian O'Dell
Dr. Karen Taylor

Commission Representatives To:
Budget and Planning -- Ronald Lonesome
Building Committee -- Stefany Blyn Jacobs
Church Council -- Dr. Emily Anderson
Institutional Relations Committee -- Mary Biggs
Nominating Committee -- Yvonne Allen
Stewardship Committee -- Karen Taylor

Education Committees:
Adult Education -- Fred Newsome, M. D.
English Conversation -- Sarah Conly
Library Committee -- Barbara Mellor
Program Evaluation -- Brian O'Dell, Mary Biggs
Scholarship Committee -- Dr. Emily Anderson, Chair
Weekday School Advisory -- Dr. Emily Anderson


 

Mission and Social Justice Commission

MEETINGS: Second Monday of every month at 7 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 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:
Chair: Ruby Sprott
Staff Liaisons: Carol Nixon

Elected Members:
Angela Aidala
James E. Allen
S. Madison Bedard
Alan Bentz-Letts
Deborah Branch
Robert Kabyla Mpoyo
Susan Rogers
Susan Wersan
Frances Wilson
Marie Wilson

Commission Representatives To:
Budget and Planning Committee -- Ruby Sprott
Building Committee --
Church Council -- James E. Allen
Institutional Relations Committee -- S. Madison Bedard
Nominating Committee --
Program Evaluation -- Angela Aidala
Stewardship Committee --

Others:
Adult Education -- Open
African Fellowship -- Open
Domestic Issues - Common Table -- Open
Finance -- Open
Food Justice Initiative --Deborah Branch
Global Justice & Peace --
HIV/AIDS -- Open
Housing Justice Task Force CT -- Angela Aidala
Latino(s) (s) @ Riverside --
Maranatha --
Prison Ministry -- Frances Wilson
(Formerly Benevolence Fund)
• Sharing Fund -- Ken Eisner
• Densford Fund -- Samuel Coleman
Social Services -- Open

Membership & Parish Life Commission

MEETINGS: Second Monday of every month at 7 PM.

Membership and Parish Life Commission is responsible for caring for and discerning the needs of the Congregation through pastoral care, fellowship, health and wellness programs, membership and social services.

The Membership and Parish Life Commission shall consist of 12 members elected to overlapping three- year terms. (Commission elects Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and 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:
Celia Lloyd - Chair

Staff Liaison:
Rev. Linda Tarry-Chard

At-Large Members:

Henry Manley
Monica Harris
John Slorance
Kenneth Walker
Sylvia Williams

Open--Youth Representative

Commission Representatives:
Budget and Planning Committee -
Building Committee - Henry Manley
Church Council - Kenneth Walker
Institutional Relations - John Slorance
Nominating Committee - Celia Lloyd
Stewardship Committee -
New Member Planning Committee - Celia Lloyd (Interim)




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:
Chair, Len Leach
Secretary, Bradford W. Jones
Treasurer, Clarence Anderson
Program Commission Rep., Frank A. Nelson, M.D.

Staff Liaison: Rev. Stephen H. Phelps, Interim Senior Minister
Staff Liaison: Howard L. Haughton, Chief Financial Officer