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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
Howard Sanders - Secretary
Phil Salmon - Treasurer

Members at Large: Church Council
James E. Allen
Derrick Biney-Amissah
Emily Anderson
John Delfs
Alexa Donaphin
Barbara Hampton
Lauren Hepburn
Jacqueline Hopkins
Len Leach
Celia Lloyd
Karen McVoy
Douglas Miller
Ronald Moore
Lisa Hinds-Salmon
Phil Salmon
Howard Sanders
Jean Schmidt

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

Staff Liaisons:
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:
Patrice Harrington - Chair
Jesse Wilkins - Vice Chair
Open - Secretary

Staff Liaisons:
Senior Minister
Rev. Amy Hayden, Associate Director of Worship
Christopher Johnson, Music Director

Members at Large:
Brenda M. Clarke
Glenessa Gordon
Susan Guma
Patrice Harrington
Celia King Hazzard
Reggie Jenkins, Sr.
Irene King
Lois Gehr Livezey
Elza Sharpe
Rev. Elizabeth Wheeler
Henry Williams

Commission Representatives To:
Budget and Planning Committee - Susan Guma
Building Committee - Brenda Clarke
Church Council - Patrice Harrington
Institutional Relations - Henry Williams
Nominating Committee - Irene King
Ordination Committee - Rev. Elizabeth Wheeler
Stewardship Committee - Elza Sharpe

Special Responsibilities:
Communion Steward - Glenessa Gordon
Communion Prep - Alana Salter, Lorraine Burchall
Communion Clean Up - Yvonne Blackwell
Floral Committee - Vera Smith
Music Committee - Barbara L. Hampton, Brenda Clarke
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
Stefany Blyn-Jacobs - Vice Chair
Dr. Mary Biggs - Secretary

Staff:
Rev. Jule Johnson Staples - Interm Minister for Education
Rev. James E. Singletary - Director, Children, Youth and Families

Elected Members:
Yvonne Allen
Mary Biggs
Sara Conly
Martha Ford
Rev. Dr. Jo Anne Hickman
Stefany Blyn Jacobs
Ronald Lonesome, M.D.
Barbara Mellor
Fredrick Newsome, M.D.
Dr. Pamela Pelanque-North
Dr. Karen Taylor

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

Education Committees:
Adult Education -- Fred Newsome, M. D.
Building Committee -- Dr. Ronald Lonesome
Budget & Planning Committee, Dr. Mary Biggs English Conversation Partners Program -- Sarah Conly and Martha Ford
Institutional Relations Committee -- Dr. Karen Taylor
Library Committee -- Dr. Mary Biggs
Nominating Committee -- Yvonne Allen
Program Evaluation -- Dr. Mary Biggs
Scholarship Committee -- Dr. Emily B. Anderson and Stefany Blyn-Jacobs
Stewardship Committee -- Dr. Pamela Pelanque-North
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:
Co-Chair: David Ford
Co-Chair: Alan Bentz-Letts
Staff Liaisons: Carol Nixon

Elected Members:
James E. Allen
S. Madison Bedard
Hylda Clarke
Karen Diggs
Susan Rogers
Ruby Sprott
Judy Turnock
Susan Wersan
Frances 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 --
Stewardship Committee --

Others:
Adult Education -- Open
African Fellowship -- Tim Irokah
South Africa -- Ruby Sprott
Beloved Earth Community -- Beth Ackerman, Alan Bentz Letts
Domestic Issues - Common Table -- Open
Ecclesia Ministries -- Clyde Kummerle
Finance -- Open
Food Justice Initiative --Deborah Branch
Global Justice & Peace -- Open
HIV/AIDS -- Joan Ricketts
Housing Justice Task Force -- Open
Israel Palestine Task Group -- Russ Jennings
Latinos/as @ Riverside -- Arelis Figueroa
Maranatha -- Stacey Robinson, Mary Biggs
Movies At Riverside -- Don Bickford
Prison Ministry -- Sheila Rule
Sharing & Densford Funds -- Ken Eisner, David Orcutt
Sojourners -- Brianne Casey
Theatre of The Oppresed -- Jeremiah Drake



Membership & Parish Life Commission

MEETINGS: Second Monday of every month at 7 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 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 P. Lloyd - Chair
Henry Manley - Vice Chair

Staff Liaison:
Rev. Linda Tarry-Chard

At-Large Members:
Kenitra Boone
Monica Harris
Shelley Ellis Herrington
Ernest Jones
Henry S. Manley
Stacia Murphy
Joan Ricketts
Edward Roberts
John Slorance

Open--Youth Representative

Commission Representatives:
Budget and Planning Committee - Henry Manley
Building Committee - Edward Roberts
Church Council - Celia P. Lloyd
Communications Committee - Kenitra Boone
Institutional Relations - John Slorance
Nominating Committee - Celia P. Lloyd
Stewardship Committee - Stacia Murphy
New Member Planning Committee - Celia P. 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, Howard Sanders
Treasurer, Phil Salmon
Program Commission Rep., TBD

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