United Church of Christ; Cleveland, OH
I graduated from PSR with an Master of Divinity in 1977 and was ordained in 1978 by the Golden Gate Association of the N. California-N. Nevada Conference of the UCC. I have served in ministry for almost 40 years, beginning as the Director of an ecumenical environmental justice organization, as an Interim Associate Conference Minister for the No. Cal. Conference, as in Interim Associate Minister at 1st Congregational UCC in San Francisco, as the founding pastor of Peace UCC in Oakland (since dissolved), as Pastor of the United Church in Tallahassee, FL, as the last Executive Director for the Coordinating Center for Women in Church and Society of the UCC, as a Team Leader in Justice and Witness Ministries of the UCC with responsibility for justice for women, peace, and human rights issues, as the Executive Associate to the General Minister and President of the UCC with a focus on leadership development, and on the staff of the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries as a contract staff prior to my retirement in 2016. I have a breadth of experience in the UCC and a commitment to developing new leaders who are equipped with the skills and experience needed in a church and world that is rapidly changing. Through my work, I have worked in interfaith, multi-faith and ecumenical organizations, including serving as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. I remain good friends and colleagues with many of my classmates from PSR and we share a common experience of our years there as being transformative of us in so many ways. On a personal note, I am married to my partner/spouse, Brenda Joyner, of 21 years, an interracial relationship through which I have learned a great deal about racism, privilege, white supremacy and love.