Evangelism Team

Below is a listing and brief introduction to the Evangelism Team of the Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Team in Local Church Ministries, a Covenanted Ministry of the United Church of Christ. As of July 1, 2000 the Evangelism Team became the new national ministry, which continues the work of the previous Division of Evangelism and Local Church Development of the prior United Church Board for Homeland Ministries.

Rev. David Schoen, Minister and Team Leader
Phone: 216-736-3827, E-Mail: schoend@ucc.org
As Ministry Team Leaders, David Schoen is responsible for the development and effective functioning of the Evangelism Team. The team proclaims the gospel in the world and church, as well as, starts, nurtures, strengthens, and renews local congregations in partnership with Conferences. He's been involved in the conception, leadership and ongoing ministry of The Stillspeaking Initiative and Commercials, Congregational Vitality Initiative, including the uccvitality.org website, Now is the Time for New Church Development Vision and Strategy, and the i.UCC.org; an on-line virtual community. He is a speaker and author of resources on evangelism - witness, outreach and welcome; congregational vitality and mission; and new church development.

Local Church Development and Renewal

Ministers of Evangelism for Local Church Development and Renewal work with conference partners to start new congregations, nurture and renew local churches. They develop and implement training and resources to encourage and equip United Church of Christ local church members and leaders to plan and organize programs of evangelism, increased worship attendance, membership growth and spiritual development.

Charlene J. Smith
Phone: 216-736-3815, E-Mail: smithc@ucc.org
Charlene J. Smith joins the Evangelism staff after 10 ½ years with the UCC Office of Communication as the Education and Marketing Manager. Ms. Smith brings a wealth of knowledge about internal and external church communications, public relations and marketing for revisioning and revitalizing churches.

Rev. Pérsida Rivera-Méndez
Phone: 216-736-3813, E-Mail: riverap@ucc.org
Pérsida Rivera-Méndez comes to the evangelism team after serving for six years as pastor to a Hispanic new church start and many years experience various diverse settings of the local church.  She is an active member of the Council for Hispanic Ministries and the Hispanic Ministries Implementation Team (HMIT).  She is known and respected among the Hispanic/Latino community, the racial ethnic constituency and the United Church of Christ.  Rev. Rivera-Méndez was born in Ponce, Puerto and is fluent in English and Spanish.

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