Regional Board

Administration

Lisa Fitzsimmons
Secretary
Executive Committee Member

Archie Sanders
Parliamentarian
Executive Committee Member

Administration

Arnold Hayes
Moderator
Executive Committee Member

Mara Grisham
1st Vice Moderator
Executive Committee Member

Rev. Debra Reid
2nd Vice Moderator
Executive Committee Member

Board Members

TBD
Disciples Divinity House

Bryce Lee Wyne
Eastern Area

Rev. Tom Banks
Eastern Area

Cathy Williams
Middle Area

Maryam Abdallah
Middle Area

Sharon Hodge
Western Area

Etta Harris
Disciples Women

TBD
Disciples Men

TBD
TCYF Youth Cabinet

Rev. Troy Barrow
Co-Chair, Commission on Camp, Conference, & Youth

Gary Phelps
Executive Committee Member
Co-Chair, Commission on Camp, Conference, & Youth

Rev. Terri Bryant
Regional Board Representative
Executive Committee Member
Chair, Commission on Pro-Reconciliation / Anti-Racism

Dr. Thomas Kleinert
Executive Committee Member
Chair, Commission on Ministry

Dr. Thomas Murray
Regional Board Representative
Executive Committee Member
Chair, Commission on New Church

Rev. Tara Williams
Chair, Commission on Leadership Development

Rev. Brenda Crawford
Chair, Commission on Outreach

Commissions

Camp, Conference, & Youth

Rev. Troy Barrow and Gary Phelps
Co-Chairs

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.

Ministry

Rev. Dr. Thomas Kleinert
Chair

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.

Pro-Reconciliation / Anti-Racism

Rev. Terri Bryant
Regional Board Representative

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.

New Church

Dr. Thomas Murray
Regional Board Representative

The purpose of the Commission on New Church in TN is to mentor, mature and multiply emerging and affiliating congregations in the TN region. This Commission works in partnership with the Commission on Ministry and the Commission on Leadership Development to grow leaders and congregations as we build the kingdom for Christ. The Commission on New Church in TN is also in full support of the Multiply Movement which is a vision of the Christian Church (DOC) to make one million new disciples in a decade.

Outreach

Rev. Brenda Crawford
Chair

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.