LEADERSHIP

STRATEGY TEAM

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

* denotes coordinating team member.

Class of 2023

Rev. Denise Anderson
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)

 Shani McIlwain*
Faith Presbyterian
(Washington, DC)

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

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

Class of 2024

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

Ms. Suzanne Davis
Hopewell Presbyterian
(Huntersville, NC)

Rev. Lisle Gwynn Garrity
A Sanctified Art, LLC
(Black Mountain, NC)

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

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

Rev. Adriene Thorne
First Presbyterian
(Brooklyn, NY)

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

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

Class of 2025

Rev. Christopher Holland, II
The Common Place/Salt and Light Community Church
(Philadelphia, PA)

Rev. Hardy Kim
Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church
(Sunnyvale, CA)

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

** Rev. Stephen Smith-Cobbs, Trinity Presbyterian (Herndon, VA), Ex-Officio Member

STAFF

Jen James

National Gathering Coordinator & Program Facilitator

Shani McIlwain

Interim Administration & Communications Specialist

LEADERSHIP