Regional Board & Commissions
|Richmond Williams*||1st Vice Moderator|
|Debra Goodnight*||2nd Vice Moderator|
|Katie Johnson*||Secretary||Brandon Gilvin*||Leadership/Development|
|Frits Haverkamp*||Camp, Conference & Youth||Judy Cummings*||Pro-Reconciliation|
|Jill Westbrook*||Commission on Ministry|
|Pat Row||Eastern Area|
|Jonathan Hyde||Eastern Area|
|Erika Latham||Middle Area|
|Famitah Buchanan||Middle Area|
|Gloria Carr||Western Area|
|Chuk Lamberth||Western Area|
|Marena McDonald||Disciples Women|
|Pat Bishop||Interim Disciples Men|
|Jordan Brown||TCYF Youth Cabinet|
|Beverly Bell||Nominating Committee Chair|
*Member of the Executive Committee
Commissions of the Christian Church (DOC) in TN
COMMISSION ON OUTREACH
Chaired by Rev. Dr. Joanne Flowers
The purpose of the Commission on Outreach is to extend the mission and ministry of the Christian Church in Tennessee from our region to the ends of the earth. To accomplish this God-size task, the Tennessee region will:
Offer and promote the Doorstep Ministry Reconciliation Program which seeks to support grants proposed by congregations, agencies and ministries dedicated to the well-being, wholeness, and reconciliation of communities. The commission will evaluate and recommend grants for funding based on merit and available funds.
Develop, identify, and promote mission trips for individuals or groups within the Tennessee region and beyond.
Mobilize to provide support and substance during natural disasters whenever possible.
COMMISSION ON CAMP, CONFERENCE AND YOUTH
Chaired by Rev. Frits Haverkamp
The purpose of the Commission on Camp, Conference and Youth is to provide direction, training, planning and implementation of regional programs at Bethany Hills. This includes developing, and procuring leadership for the annual Camp and Conference programs, Youth retreats and other events geared toward providing a Spiritual environment for a broad range of ages, cultures and interests. Spiritual formation, nurture, and renewal are the primary objectives of the Commission's programs.
COMMISSION ON MINISTRY
Chaired by Rev. Dr. Jill Westbrook
The purpose of the Commission on Ministry within the Christian Church (Tennessee) is to uplift the fundamental ministry within the Church of Jesus Christ. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Tennessee participates in this ministry by,
Overseeing the policies, procedures and requirements for all Ordained, Commissioned, and lay and student clergy. (Set ordination schedules, recognition of guidelines, interview candidates, set guidelines for ministerial code of conduct, develop and manage ministerial support programs.)
Provide and set requirements for ministerial ethics training. Manage and set guidelines within the regional Investigative teams.
COMMISSION ON PRO-RECONCILIATION
Co-Chaired by Rev. Dr. Judy Cummings and Rev. Jay Hartley
The Commission on Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism will create an anti-racism agenda for the Region by coordinating a long-range program to challenge the ill effects of racism, exclusion and fear within the Christian Church in Tennessee. The Commission is responding to God’s call to be a fully transformed, anti-racist, multi-cultural church. First, we must acknowledge that racism is a sin that is embedded within the systems, and the power of our institutions. It is necessary that we as members of the Body of Christ claim an anti-racist identity that reconciles, empowers, heals, and makes whole.
COMMISSION ON LEADERSHIP/DEVELOPMENT
Chaired by Rev. Brandon Gilvin
The purpose of the Commission on Leadership Development is to Inspire, inform, and empower all Clergy, and laypersons to live out their call to service in ways that produce faithful, effective and innovative ideas, programs and ministries in the Church and beyond. Twenty-first century leadership must be on the cutting edge of what it means to interpret a message for those who are seeking to learn, grow and try new ideas as a way of honoring God’s plan for humanity. The vision of this Commission is to keep Clergy and laity aware, uplifted, and on track by offering high quality workshops, mission opportunities, retreats, classes, seminars, coaching, and building solid and sustainable collegiate networks inside and outside the Region.