LEADERSHIP

Strategy Team

The Strategy Team serves as the governing board of NEXT Church — setting the agenda and making decisions. 

Class of 2021

Dr. Aram Bae
First Presbyterian
(Charlottesville, VA)

Mads Benishek (Coordinating Team)
Westminster Presbyterian
(Minneapolis, MN)

Rev. Jeff Bryan
Oakland Avenue Presbyterian 
(Rock Hill, SC)

Ms. Suzanne Davis
Hopewell Presbyterian
(Huntersville, NC)

Rev. Andrew Foster Connors
Brown Memorial Park Ave Presbyterian
(Baltimore, MD)

Rev. Meghan Gage-Finn
Westminster Presbyterian
(Minneapolis, MN)

Rev. Tasha Hicks McCray
ChopSueyRoots Design
(Seattle, WA)

Rev. Carlton David Johnson
Presbyterian Mission Agency
(Louisville, KY)

Rev. Steve Lindsley
Trinity Presbyterian
(Charlotte, NC)

Rev. Eliana Maxim
Seattle Presbytery
(Seattle, WA)

Rev. Carla Pratt Keyes (Coordinating Team)
Ginter Park Presbyterian
(Richmond, VA)

Ms. Susan Thornton
Los Ranchos Presbytery
(Newport Beach, CA)

Mr. Joel Schultze
Westminster Presbyterian
(Grand Rapids, MI)

Rev. John Wilkinson
Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill
(Philadelphia, PA)

Class of 2022

Rev. Amantha Barbee
Oakhurst Presbyterian
(Decatur, GA)

Rev. Adam Fronczek (Coordinating Team)
Knox Presbyterian
(Cincinnati, OH)

Rev. Bertram Johnson
Union Theological Seminary
(New York, NY)

Ms. Sarang Kang
Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital
(Warren, MI)

Mr. Glenn McCray
Christian-at-Large
(Seattle, WA)

Mr. Tanner Pickett
Montreat Conference Center
(Montreat, NC)

Rev. Paul Roberts
Johnson C. Smith Seminary
(Atlanta, GA)

Class of 2023

Rev. Denise Anderson (Coordinating Team)
PCUSA Compassion, Peace and Justice Ministry
(Louisville, KY)

Rev. Veronica Cannon
First Presbyterian, Waxhaw
(Charlotte, NC)

Rev. Chris Dela Cruz
Westminster Presbyterian
(Portland, OR)

Rev. Sara Dingman
Synod of Lincoln Trails
(Indianapolis, IN)

Ms. Shani McIlwain
Faith Presbyterian
(Washington, DC)

Rev. Nate Phillips
Kirk in the Hills
(Bloomfield Hills, MI)

Rev. Dr. Jason Santos
Community Presbyterian
(Lake City, CO)

Rev. Shavon Starling-Louis
Meadowlake Presbyterian
(Charlotte, NC)

Rev. Daniel Vigilante
Grace-Trinity Community Church
(Minneapolis, MN)

Staff

Director
Rev. Jessica Tate

Specialized Minister, National Capital Presbytery (Washington, DC)

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Interim Communications Specialist
Rev. Katherine Lee Baker

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National Gathering Coordinator
Jen James

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Relationship Developer
Rev. Pete Peery

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