United Church of Christ

Board of Directors

Frank Bolden
Chair (Class or 2019) is a member of Christ Church UCC in Summit, New Jersey. Frank is retired from the Johnson & Johnson Company, having served as Corporate Secretary, Associate General Counsel and Vice-president for Diversity. Prior to Johnson & Johnson, Frank was in private practice. A former Army Airborne Ranger Infantry Officer, Frank also previously served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Vermont and on the Board of Trustees of Atlantic Healthcare System.

Yvette Wynn, Vice Chair (Class of 2021) is a Regional Mortgage Sales Director at Morgan Stanley Private Bank NA and was previously a Senior Private Banker.  She serves as the Treasurer of the New York Conference.  Her prior UCC roles include serving on the board of the Metropolitan Association, chair of the committee on ministry, Investment & Endowment committee of United Church Funds and local church moderator.  Yvette is the secretary of Community Capital New York, an alternative lender that provides micro loans to New York business owners in the Hudson Valley, financial education and training to the under-served with limited access to traditional lenders and develops affordable housing.  Yvette serves on the steering committees of the Women's Employee Network  and Diversity & Inclusion networking group in the Private Bank.  Yvette holds a Master’s degree in Economics, professional diploma in credit analysis and is a Certified Financial Planner™.  She is a student in the New York School of Ministry (NYSOM), an alternative path to authorized ministry.  Yvette is a member of Community Church of the Pelhams and an associate member at Holy Covenant UCC in Charlotte, NC.

barr-2.pngCameron Barr (Class of 2023) is Senior Pastor of United Church of Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Previously he served two congregations in Iowa. He is a graduate of Davidson College and Vanderbilt Divinity School.

Caroline Belsom (Class of 2019) is a member of Waiola UCC in Lahaina, Hawaii. Caroline is in private practice as an attorney, after formerly serving as General Counsel to Kapalua Land Company. Caroline is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa. Prior to a law career, Caroline was a school teacher and holds a Master’s Degree in Physics. Caroline is a former Assistant Moderator of the General Synod and served on the United Church of Christ’s Executive Council under the old structure.

Traci Blackmon - Officer of the Church (Appointed Member) is the Executive Minister of Justice & Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Missouri. As a featured voice on many regional, national, and international platforms, Traci’s life work focuses on communal resistance to systemic injustice. Traci’s response in Ferguson to the killing of Michael Brown resulted in national and international recognition, gaining many audiences spanning the breadth of the White House to the Carter Center to the Vatican. Traci’s work is now featured in several Ferguson Uprising documentaries. Appointed to the Ferguson Commission by Governor Jay Nixon and to the President's Advisory Council on Faith- Based Neighborhood Partnerships for the White House by President Barack Obama, Traci is a recipient of the NAACP Rosa Parks Award; The Urban League of St. Louis Woman in Leadership Award; and the National Planned Parenthood Faith Leader Award, to name a few. Ebony Magazine lists Traci as one of the 2015 Power 100. Traci is a featured writer in several Justice publications and is a graduate of Leadership St. Louis, currently serving on the boards of The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Chicago Theological Seminary, and WomanPreach!

Deborah Blood - Conference Minister (Class of 2019) is the Conference Minister in the Maine Conference, having served local churches for more than ten years in Connecticut. Deborah worked as a music teacher, a practicing attorney, and a local church pastor, with a broad participation in the life of the Church. Deborah has had extensive training in mediation and conflict resolution for churches and has contributed this expertise in different settings, having chaired the Wider Church Ministries and Common Global Ministries Boards at the National Setting under the old structure. Deborah has also served on Church and Ministry in the Association and Conference settings, having facilitated New Clergy Community of Practice, co-chaired the Sacred Conversations on Race Ministry Team and chaired the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Conference. Deborah is passionate about the Church, the Maine Conference and its congregations.

Brian R. Bodager (Appointed Member) is the President and CEO of the Pension Boards since 2015. As a banking executive and attorney, Brian brings more than three decades of financial, investment, and legal experience to serve the Church. Prior to joining the Pension Boards, Brian was a member of the PBUCC Board of Trustees for 12 years. Having served on the actuarial, Executive, and Personnel Committees, as well as chaired the Eligibility and Enterprise Risk Management Committees. In 1992, Brian joined Wisconsin-based Associated Banc-Corp, a publicly-traded bank holding company, with responsibilities for legal affairs, compliance, security, purchasing, and facilities. Brian also was engaged in corporate development activities of the company, including mergers and acquisitions. During a 20-year tenure, Brian helped grow Associated Banc-Corp's assets from $1 billion to more than $20 billion. Immediately prior to joining the Pension Boards, Brian served as a principal for Performance Sciences, LLC, a Wisconsin-based early-stage business consulting and strategic planning firm. Brian is a long-time member of Union Congregational UCC in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and a native of Ohio. He received his undergraduate degree from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and his J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and the Weatherhead School of Management, respectively.

Emma Brewer-Wallin (Class of 2023) is a student at Harvard Divinity School and a Member in Discernment with First Congregational United Church of Christ in Salem, Oregon.  Emma served as a Climate Justice Intern for the Massachusetts Conference and as a Spiritual Life Coordinator for the Sierra Service Project, an organization leading youth through week-long service opportunities and spiritual reflection. 

Carolyne Call (Class of 2021) is the Associate Conference Minister for the Indiana-Kentucky Conference and a member of Zion UCC in South Bend, Indiana. Carolyne holds a PhD in Educational Psychology and has served as a local church pastor, an adjunct instructor at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis and as the Director of the Office for Civic and Social Engagement at St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana. Carolyne is active in various ecumenical and civic volunteer organizations.

Rachel Chapman (Class of 2023) brings experience as both an educator and a paralegal. She holds a master’s degree in Human Development and Education with a specialty in Social Change. Rachel is a member of the Board of Directors for the UCC Disabilities Ministries and serves as chair of the Advocacy & Education Committee. Currently, Rachel is lead for the Southern California Nevada Conference - Conference Inclusion Team. She chaired the Inclusion Team at her home church, Christian Fellowship Congregational San Diego. Rachel also volunteers with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as an activist at both state and federal levels. 

Michael Cich-Jones (Class of 2023) is a member of First Central Congregational United Church of Christ in Omaha, Nebraska. Michael is the Director of Development and Marketing for the Urban League of Nebraska and also a development consulting company. Michael served on the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries Board of Directors, under the former governance structure, on its Fund Raising Committee. Michael is involved in the merger of the Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota Conferences into one Conference, serving as a member of the Conference Minister Search Committee. Michael holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising and Marketing.

Dennis Coy (Class of 2021) is the Chief Risk & Compliance Officer for Consumers National Bank in Canton, Ohio and the pastor of Congregational UCC in Canton. A former police officer and former Special Agent for the State of Ohio, Dennis has served in a number of justice related capacities. In addition, Dennis remains an active volunteer for various civic and social justice organizations. Prior to being called to serve as pastor of Congregational UCC, Dennis served as the Director of Youth Ministry at Trinity UCC, also in Canton.

Hannah Cranbury (Class of 2019) is the Associate Minister of First Congregational Church in Riverside, California, having served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Southern California-Nevada Conference and Pilgrims Pines Camp. Prior to ordained ministry Hannah was a deacon at the Presbyterian Church of Westfield, New Jersey, during high school years and then First Congregational Church of Westfield, New Jersey during seminary. Hannah is a Justice LED Trainer, having completing training in March of 2015. Hannah is also a member of the Clergy Caucus of Inland Communities United for Change (local PICO organization), Riverside Sustainability Commission, and Globally Connected (a refugee assistance program and ESL classes).

John C. Dorhauer - General Minister and President (Appointed Member) is an author and theologian, currently serves as ninth General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ.

John began his ministry serving First Congregational United Church of Christ and Zion United Church of Christ in rural Missouri. He then served as Associate Conference Minister in the Missouri Mid-South Conference, and then Conference Minister of the Southwest Conference of the UCC prior to his election as General Minister and President.

Dorhauer received a B.A. in Philosophy from Cardinal Glennon College (1983), and has a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary (1988), the same year John was ordained in the United Church of Christ. John received a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary (2004); his area of focus -- white privilege and its effects on the church.

John has partnered with the UCC Board of Directors in providing oversight for the articulation of the denomination’s statements of Purpose, Vision and Mission – critical elements for the UCC’s evolving organizational strategy. To activate the new vision, John invited the denomination’s participation in a collective biennial mission initiative, Three Great Loves. In partnership with the UCC Board of Directors – and informed with responses from across the church to the question “what does a transformative UCC need to be in ten years?”-- John has called the church to accomplish essential strategic priorities over the next 10 years to position the church for a transformative future. These include attaining inclusive excellence, developing robust technology infrastructure that benefits every expression of the church, curriculum and training towards “A Just World for All”, strategic organizational alignment consistent with purpose, vision and mission, and platforms to foster and encourage innovative church.

Gabriela Everett (Class of 2023) is a District Representative for a southern Nevada Congressional Representative, having previously served on multiple campaigns throughout the 2016 and 2018 election cycles. Gabriela holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with minors in Sociology and Gender Studies. Active in the local Church prior to moving to Nevada, while in high school Gabriela attended General Synod, served monthly to feed the hungry in the Claremont community and attended multiple mission trips. Most recently, Gabriela has sought to make her home at Northwest Community Church in Las Vegas, Nevada.

John Folk (Class of 2023) is the Associate Pastor of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Fleetwood, Pennsylvania.  Prior to entering the ministry, John was a Project Manager for XO Communications.  As the Associate Pastor at St. Paul's, John has a hand in all aspects of church life, but mainly focuses on the church's youth ministry and facilitates the young adult ministry, working to keep college-aged members of the church engaged.  John currently or has served on the Conference Youth Steering Committee, the Youth Event Planning Committee, Budget and Finance Committee, Conference Young Adult Planning Team, Conference Annual Meeting Planning Team and the Conference Minister Search Committee.  He has helped to organize the Mid-Atlantic Regional Youth Events since 2010. John has twice served as a delegate to General Synod and is a part of the GS implementation group, co-leading the youth@synod efforts. John is also part of the National Youth Event Planning Team for NYE 2020. Outside of his church life, John loves to bake, travel and is an amateur photographer. He has two dogs, Joey and Toby-Wan Kenobi (Toby for short) and is engaged to Frank Orrs who said yes to his proposal in August of 2018.

Robert (Bob) Frieberg (Class of 2019) is a member of Beresford UCC in Beresford, South Dakota. Bob is the Senior and Managing Partner of Frieberg, Nelson and Ask LLP and sits on the governing body of the American Bar Association. Bob is a lobbyist at the state level of government and the past President of the South Dakota State Board of Education and sits on the University of South Dakota Foundation Board of Directors. Bob is a former Assistant Moderator of the General Synod and a long-time Synod Parliamentarian.

Darrell Goodwin (Class of 2023) is the pastor of Liberation United Church of Christ in Seattle, Washington, as well as the Dean of Students at Seattle University. Previously, Darrell served as the Assistant Director of Student Life at Creighten University in Pennsylvania. Darrell served as a member of the Penn West Conference Nominating Committee and on the Global Ministries Board of Directors, a shared ministry with the Christian Church (DOC). Darrell is a member of a local ecumenical clergy group and is active in various community and civic organizations.

Kevin Graham (Class of 2023) is a member of Friends Congregational United Church of Christ in College Station, Texas. Kevin is the Director of Healthcare Quality, Clinical Education and Regulatory Affairs for Davita Healthcare Partners and holds a Master’s Degree in BioMedical Sciences. Kevin has supervisory and management responsibilities for multiple facilities and over 1,000 employees across the country. Kevin has served as the Local Church Moderator, Chair of the church Fellowship Committee and is a mentor for LGBT students at Texas A&M University.

Carla Gregg-Kearns (Class of 2021) Carla Gregg-Kearns is the Senior Pastor at Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Cary, North Carolina.  Prior to entering the ministry, Carla was a case worker for a refugee resettlement agency and a women's shelter in Austin, TX.  Carla is a former member of the Office of General Ministries Board of Directors and is a former President of the Southern Conference Board of Directors.  She has also served on the UCC/Presbyterian Ministry Board at Duke University and is the co-founder of the North Carolina Women's Preaching Festival. 

Timothy Hachfeld (Class of 2023) is a member of Eagle Harbor Congregational United Church of Christ in Bainbridge Island, Washington. With a degree in electrical engineering, Timothy is now pursuing a graduate degree. Having served eight years in the United States Navy as a submarine officer, Timothy resigned from the Office of General Ministries Board of Directors, under the former governance structure, in 2009 to begin service. Timothy was a member of the Council for Youth and Young Adult Ministries and twice a Minnesota Conference delegate to the General Synod prior to serving in the military. Timothy is a member of the Olympic Mountain Volunteer Rescue Team.

Donald G. Hart (Appointed Member) is a native of Phenix City, Alabama, is a graduate of Auburn University (BS) Southwestern Theological Seminary (MA). Don’s professional career includes five years in public accounting with Arthur Andersen & Co. and 11 years in finance and administration with the Foreign Mission Board—Southern Baptist Convention. Since 1989, Don has worked for the United Church of Christ in various capacities. From 1989 to 1991 Don was the controller of The Pension Board—United Church of Christ and Assistant Treasurer of United Church Funds (formerly United Church Foundation). Since April 1991, Don has been President of United Church Funds and was also Treasurer of the Pension Boards—United Church of Christ through 2002. The United Church Funds has grown during Don’s tenure as President. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the United Church of Christ, Don is a Trustee of the Chicago Theological Seminary.

Richard (Dick) Harter (Class of 2021) is a retired lawyer and a member of the First Congregational Church of Guilford, Connecticut.  Dick holds degrees from Yale University and The University of Chicago.  Dick has served as an officer and director of many UCC-related entities, including Chicago Theological Seminary, LeMoyne-Owen College and the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries. Dick was an active member of First Church in Cambridge UCC in Cambridge, Massachusetts for many years and an officer and director of the Massachusetts Conference.

Alice W. Hunt, (Class of 2021) is the President of Chicago Theological Seminary and a member of Trinity UCC in Chicago, holding a PhD. Alice was the Academic Dean at Vanderbilt Divinity School, worked as a Systems Analyst on the Hubble Space Telescope, and is a former school math teacher in Georgia, Alabama and Kenya.  Alice served on the Executive Council under the former governance structure and serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Progressive Renewal.

Wesley Hurt (Class of 2019) is a member of Christ the King United Church of Christ in Lake St. Louis Missouri. Wesley has three times served on the Church Council and twice as the Council President, currently sitting on the Conference Board of Directors. Wesley has twice served as a delegate to the General Synod and is a former Moderator of the Missouri Mid-South Conference. Wesley is an engineer and President of ERM Technologies, Inc., a professional engineering firm specializing in mechanical, electrical and automation engineering.

Nesa Joseph (Class of 2019) is a member of St. Paul UCC in Lebanon, Illinois and a Healthcare administrator. Nesa has served in hospital and healthcare leadership positions in the US and in India. Nesa is the current President and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater St. Louis. Nesa holds Masters and Doctoral degrees with a specialty in hospital and health administration. Nesa is the past Vice-president of Operations for the Deaconess Foundation in St. Louis. Prior to that, Nesa served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Manipal Hospital and Heart Foundation in Bangalore, India. Nesa has served on the Board of Directors of the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) and was the Chair of its Finance Committee. Nesa currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the United Church Funds (UCF).

Penny Lowes - Assistant Moderator (Class of 2019) has recently retired from parish ministry and is a member of First Congregational UCC in Romeo, Michigan. Penny is currently the Assistant Moderator of the United Church of Christ Board of Directors with an extensive history of service to the National Setting of the UCC. Penny is a former Chair of the Executive Council, serving as the last Chair of that body prior to the enactment of the new governance structure in 2013.

James Maki (Class of 2021) is an engineer, is currently pursuing an advanced degree in engineering. James is a member of Zion UCC in Le Sueur, Minnesota and holds a B.S. in computer engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. James served on the Executive Council of the former governance structure, one of the youngest members to ever sit on that body. James is a fencing instructor and while in school served as the treasurer of his college fraternity.

Douglas (Doug) McClelland (Class of 2021) is a lawyer and retired business law professor at Montana State University. Doug is a member of First Congregational UCC in Billings, Montana and holds a J.D. from the University of California-Berkeley School of Law.  Doug operates a travel planning business featuring winery tours and fly-fishing in Argentina. Doug is a conservationist and previously served as National President of Trout Unlimited and on the Board of the Yellowstone Park Foundation. Doug is a former member of the Executive Council of the former governance structure, serving two years as its Vice-chair.

Yesenia Menendez-Sanchez (Class of 2021) is a Parenting Educator and a member of Iglesia Hispana de la Comunidad UCC in Boston, Massachusetts. Yesenia holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and has worked professionally for a childhood autism agency, as well as a Restaurant Operations Manager, a business consultant and as the Interim Director of a Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Yesenia is a local church Moderator and sings in the choir, and is a member of the Massachusetts Conference Board of Directors.

Keith Mills - Conference Minister (Class of 2019) is the Conference Minister for the Northern Plains Conference, UCC. Keith was born and reared in Columbus, Ohio and is married and with three children.  Keith has served churches in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and North Dakota.  

James Moos - Officer of the Church (Appointed Member) is the Executive Minister of the UCC’s Wider Church Ministries and Co-executive of UCC/Disciples’ Global Ministries. Jim enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1976 and was on active duty until 1980. Five years later Jim became a reserve chaplain for the Air Force and served for 18 years. Growing up on a farm near Streeter, North Dakota, Jim earned a B.A. degree from Seattle Pacific University in 1983 before obtaining a M.Div. in 1986 and a Ph.D. in 1996 from Princeton Theological Seminary. Jim served Adams County Parish, UCC, in North Dakota following ordination in 1986 and in 1991 became senior pastor at Bismarck (ND) UCC, serving for 15 years. Jim’s involvement at the Conference and national levels include serving as chair and several other positions with the Northern Plains Conference council, and on the Wider Church Ministries/Common Global Ministries Board of Directors (1999-2005). A Global Ministries short-term volunteer to East Timor in 2002, Jim also has served as president of the East Timor Education Foundation, a funding agency for Global Ministries. In 2005, Jim began a six-year stint on the UCC Executive Council, including two years as its chair. Jim is married to Sharon Moos, a health care administration professional.

Gloria-Ann Muraki (Class of 2023) is a member of Kona Lanakila Congregational Church in Kealakekua, Hawaii.  Gloria-Ann is retired from TNT Payroll Services Inc. as an Accounting Clerk.  She serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of her church, sits on the Investment Financial Audit, By-Laws, and Endowment Committees of the Association of Hawaiian Evangelical Churches.  Gloria-Ann volunteers time in cultural practices with Ka Ulu Lauhala O Kona and Unukupukupu (cultural halau of Hawaii Community College).

David Nelson (Class of 2021) is the President of Nelson Equity Development, LLC and of Ocean Energy Company, both of Des Moines, Iowa, and a member of Plymouth Congregational UCC in Des Moines. David holds an A.B. and an MBA from Harvard and served as the Chief Financial Officer at various Midwestern companies. David began his career as a bank officer in New York and has long been active at all levels of the local church and served on the Iowa Conference Board of Directors. David volunteers his time as President and Chair of the Board of Directors of Plymouth Place and has previously served his local YMCA and Polk County Youth Law Center as a board member and President.

Kevin Omi (Class of 2019) is the Senior Pastor of Sycamore Congregational UCC in El Cerrito, California, and holds Ministerial Authorization with an M.Div. Prior to entering the ministry Kevin served as a Vice-President of Wells Fargo Bank, as the Executive Director-Kaiser Health Plan, and was a partner at PwC Consulting, an information technology firm that listed clients such as the California State Compensation Insurance Fund, Charles Schwab and Cisco Systems. Kevin holds an MBA.

Kevin Peterson (Class of 2019) is the Director of Music at Normandy Park United Church of Christ and a member at Wayside United Church of Christ, both just south of Seattle, Washington. Kevin is a piano teacher and freelance musician, having earned a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from St. Olaf College in 2011. In addition to his musical pursuits Kevin is an avid hiker and backpacker, as well as an instrument-rated private pilot. Kevin formerly served on the Council for Youth and Young Adult Ministries, Local Church Ministries Board of Directors, Governance Follow-up Team, and Constitutional Writing Team, all with the national setting of the UCC.

Michael J. Readinger (Appointed Member) is the President and CEO of CHHSM on November 11, 2014. Mike first joined CHHSM in February 2005 coming from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Cleveland, where Mike was an associate vice president/ financial advisor for 12 years. Mike was involved in a number of entrepreneurial endeavors in the restaurant and club industry specializing in management accounting systems prior to working in financial services. Mike holds a BA in psychology from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA in finance from Cleveland State University. Mike has served on the board of trustees of United Church Funds in New York, on the investment advisory committee of the Western Reserve Association UCC, as Board Chair of the Cleveland Synergy Foundation and as the Board Chair of the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland. Mike is currently pursuing his Certified Association Executive credential from the American Society of Association Executives, commissioned ministry in Health and Human Welfare and is a Diakonal Minister (graduate of the Faith Based Leadership Institute) as well as a graduate of Leadership Cleveland (United Way). Mike is a founding member of the community of worship at Church First at The Amistad Chapel UCC, Cleveland, Ohio.

Inez Reid (Class of 2021) is a retired Senior Judge, District of Columbia Court of Appeals and a member of Peoples UCC in Washington, DC. Inez holds a J.D and served as Deputy General Counsel to the Department of Health, Education and Welfare prior to being appointment to the court. Inez served on the Local Church Ministries Board of Directors, as Chair for two years, under the former governance structure and has served on the Cornerstone Fund Board of Directors. Inez was a contributing participant in the effort that brought the new governance structure to the UCC and is active in various community and civic organizations.

Franz Rigert - Conference Minister (Class of 2019) is the Conference Minister in Wisconsin since January 2015.  Prior to joining the Conference Staff, Franz served Pilgrim UCC in Grafton, Wisconsin for nearly 20 years.  Franz is committed to fostering covenantal care among colleagues and collaborative ministries between congregations.  Franz’s leadership prioritizes the resourcing and guiding of local churches, and a conference wide commitment to justice issues.  Franz and his spouse Trinn (an early education teacher) have three children:  Mitchell (23), Jordan (21) and Marianna (17).  Franz’s hobbies include traveling, mountain hiking, home projects, nature and music.

Carol Shipley (Class of 2019) is a member of First Congregational UCC in Great Falls, Montana and is a retired special education public school teacher, holding an M.Ed. Carol served on the General Synod Nominating Committee 2003-2009 and as its Chair 2007-2009. Carol was instrumental in transforming the nominating process to the well-organized Synod function that it is today. Carol is a past Honored Lay Woman at the 2001 General Synod, and served as a General Synod delegate in 1993 and 1995. Carol is a volunteer for the local 4-H Chapter and for the community adult literacy program.

Hannah Snyder-Samuelson (Class of 2019) is a member of Union UCC in Neffs, Pennsylvania. After assistant managing an organic vegetable farm for three years in western Connecticut, she now lives in New York City, pursuing a Master's of Divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary. Hannah is a former Ministry Intern for First Congregational Church of East Hartford, CT. She has also served as a member of the Council for Youth and Young Adult Ministries and as a General Synod Committee Chair.

Paul S. Tché (Class of 2019) is the President of the Council on Christian Unity (CCU) since April 1, 2016. Paul offers leadership as the ecumenical officer for the Disciples of Christ, representing the church in local, national and international efforts in giving expression to the unity of the church and its oneness in Christ. In addition, Paul is currently the co-president of the Korean American Ecumenical Network, a consortium of five denominations working for peace on the Korean Peninsula. Paul has also served as a Disciples representative for the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Consultation on Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula, and the 10th General Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Busan, South Korea in 2013. Paul had completed a six-year term on the CCU Board, including two as chair, prior to serving being called to serve as president of CCU. Paul had served various local congregations as pastor in California and Kentucky and had also served as the moderator-elect of the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the US and Canada for two years while serving a local church. Paul, a first-generation immigrant from South Korea, received a Bachelor’s degree in French and Philosophy from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and a Master of Arts in Catholic Social Philosophy from Sogang University in South Korea, and earned a Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Paul is married to Yeon, who is a Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy and has a son, Brandon.

John Vertigan - Conference Minister (Class of 2019) is the Conference Minister in the Florida Conference and a member of First United Church of Christ in Orlando. Licensed for ministry in 1989 and ordained in 1995, John holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Bangor Theological Seminary. John served local church settings ranging from small-church rural to suburban multi-staff in New York and Illinois before being called to judicatory leadership in 2008 in the Indiana-Kentucky Conference. John currently serves on the Board of Directors of the United Church of Christ Insurance Board.

Harriet Corean Ward (Class of 2021) is a  member of Pilgrim United Church of Christ Brentwood -Kingston New Hampshire, where she has been chair of trustees, search committee chaplain, choir member, celebration planner, bathroom cleaner and baker of Communion bread. Professionally Harriet has focused on the educational aspects of vision loss, especially in young children. Harriet also provided technical support to teachers/ programs in underserved areas of the country and the world, She is mentor to graduate students in the UMASS Program for Vision Studies and has worked in research, curriculum development and grant writing teams. In her “retirement” she continue teaching young Braille readers in a New Hampshire public school. Harriet is grandmother of  2 busy children who are growing up in the UCC. She hopes to leave them memories of cats, gardening, quilting, singing and cooking

Diane Weible - Conference Minister (Class of 2019) is the Conference Minister in the Northern California-Nevada Conference. Diane grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, attended Drury College in Springfield and Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis. After being ordained in May 1991, Diane served as a missionary in Japan for 12 years. In 2004 Diane and family moved to Hawaii where Diane became the Associate Pastor at Kailua Christian Church (UCC) and two years later the Minister of Communication of the Hawaii Conference of the UCC. From 2008 to 2015 Diane served as the Associate Conference Minister in Hawaii before being called to be the Conference Minister in the Northern California Nevada Conference in 2015. Diane has now served as Conference Minister over two years – traveling to visit and preach at most of the churches, and leading the Conference in exciting new directions and initiatives in the area. Diane has started a program of study for a Doctorate at Chicago Theological Seminary, currently lives in Hayward and is a member at First Congregational Church of Berkeley (UCC). Diane has three young adult children, two daughters in Hawaii and a son in Oregon.

Marsha E. Williams (Class of 2023) is an Associate Conference Minister for the New York Conference and a member of Safe Haven, UCC in Queens, NY.  Marsha holds a Ed.D in Organizational Leadership and Psychology, and is a former University of Phoenix Religion and Sociology professor.  Over a span of 25 years Marsha has provided pastoral leadership to churches in Indiana and Washington State.  As a bi-vocational pastor, Marsha previously worked as a Financial Analyst for the Indiana State Supreme Court.  Marsha is a Certified Mediator for the state of New York, and has served on the Executive Committee of the New York Council of Churches, the Indiana Ministerial Alliance and the Pacific Northwest Conference Committee on Ministry.

Norman Williams - Moderator (Class of 2019) is the Assistant Moderator of the Thirty-first General Synod and will now serve as Moderator to the Thirty-second General Synod. Norman is a member of the Church of the Good Sheppard Congregational Church in Chicago and is a banker and a principal in a family-owned chain of funeral homes. Norman currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Theological Seminary and brings extensive financial and management expertise to the position of Moderator.

Bill Worley - Conference Minister (Class of 2019) is the President and Conference Minister of the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference and charged with the spiritual and administrative care of 337 pastors and 166 congregations. Bill is a Gettysburg College and Lancaster Theological Seminary graduate and was ordained in 1994 while Associate Pastor of Union Congregational Church in Montclair, New Jersey before becoming Senior Pastor at First Reformed UCC in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Bill is an Iraq war veteran and twelve-year Navy/Marine Corps Reserve Chaplain. Bill has two sons: Zachary, a Penn State grad who lives and works in Memphis Tennessee, and Justin who will graduate Lehigh University this May.



Donyale Copeland is the Executive Assistant to the General Minister and President and Chief Strategic Officer. Donyale began working at the National Setting of the UCC in September 2000. During her tenure, she has worked in the offices of Wider Church Ministers as the Administrative Assistant to the Treasurer, Justice and Witness Ministries as the Administrative Assistant to the Executive Associate and later as the Grant and Contract Administrator, and Church Building and Loan Fund as the Office Administrator. Donyale graduated from Tiffin University with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Behavior.

Nicholas (Nick) Katzakis has served as the UCC Chief Financial Officer since his appointment in July 2018. Mr. Katzakis has also served as the managing director of Que Consulting LLC a Cleveland, Ohio independent consulting firm focused on financial consulting for non-profit and for-profit organizations in the Midwest including professional services and industrial organizations.  In Mr. Katzakis’ most recent engagement he served as the interim chief financial officer of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. Mr. Katzakis served as chief accounting officer of ConnectWise.com, Inc., a leading global business management platform from 2015 to 2016.   From 2011 to 2014 Mr. Katzakis served as vice president and chief accounting officer of IMG Worldwide Holdings, Inc., an international sports, media and entertainment company in Cleveland, Ohio until it was acquired by WME LLC.   Prior to IMG, Mr. Katzakis served as controller and chief accounting officer of Ferro Corporation, a Cleveland, Ohio specialty chemical manufacturer.   Mr. Katzakis served as vice president, controller and chief compliance officer of U-Store-It Trust (now CubeSmart), a Cleveland based self-storage real estate investment trust, from the company's initial public offering in 2004 through 2006. Mr. is an active Certified Public Accountant and was a member of the auditing staff of Deloitte (fka Touche Ross & Co.) from 1980 to 1984. Mr. Katzakis graduated from the Cleveland State University with a masters in business administration and graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor of business administration.

Heather E. Kimmel is the General Counsel of the United Church of Christ.  Heather serves the United Church of Christ National Setting and the Conferences, having joined the United Church of Christ Office of General Counsel in 2013.  Prior to that, Heather practiced primarily in the areas of corporate criminal defense and general civil litigation at the law firm of Jones Day.


John C. Dorhauer
General Minister and President

James Moos
Associate General Minister

Traci Blackmon
Associate General Minister 

Brian R. Bodager
President & CEO, Pensions Boards United Church of Christ

Don Hart
President, United Church Funds

Michael Readinger
President & CEO, Council for Health & Human Services Ministries (CHHSM)

Norman Williams 
Moderator (Class of 2019)

Penny Lowes 
Vice-Moderator (Class of 2019)

Deborah Blood
Conference Minister, Maine Conference (Class of 2019)

Keith Mills
Conference Minister, Northern Plains Conference (Class of 2019)

Franz Rigert 
Conference Minister, Wisconsin Conference (Class of 2019)

John Vertigan
Conference Minister, Florida Conference (Class of 2019)

Diane Weible
Conference Minister, Northern California-Nevada Conference (Class of 2019)

Bill Worley
Conference Minister, Pennsylvania Southeast Conference (Class of 2019)

Seung Un (Paul) Tche
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

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