LEADERSHIP

The Strategy Team serves as the governing board of NEXT Church — setting the agenda and making decisions. The Advisory Team offers counsel and helps spread the word about the hopeful space NEXT Church offers.

Strategy Team

Class of 2021

Dr. Aram Bae
First Presbyterian
(Charlottesville, VA)

Mads Benishek (Coordinating Team)
Breaking Bread
(Princeton, NJ)

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
Mount View Presbyterian
(Seattle, WA)

Mr. Carlton Johnson
Johnson C. Smith Seminary
(Atlanta, GA)

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

Rev. Steve Lindsley
Trinity Presbyterian
(Charlotte, NC)

Rev. Eliana Maxim
Seattle Presbytery
(Seattle, WA)

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
Pastor-at-Large
(New York, NY)

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

Mr. Glenn McCray
Mount View Presbyterian
(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. Shavon Starling-Louis
Meadowlake Presbyterian
(Charlotte, NC)

Rev. Christopher De La Cruz
First Presbyterian
(Jamaica Queens, NY)

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

Shani McIlwain
Faith Presbyterian
(Washington, DC)

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

Rev. Veronica Cannon
At-Large
(Charlotte, NC)

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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Advisory Team

Class of 2019

Rev. Tom Are
Village Presbyterian
(Prairie Village, KS)

Rev. Joe Clifford
Myers Park Presbyterian
(Charlotte, NC)

Rev. Mark Davis
St. Mark Presbyterian
(Newport Beach, CA)

Rev. Mindy Douglas
First Presbyterian
(Durham, NC)

Rev. Edwin Estevez
Riverfront Church
(Wilmington, DE)

Rev. Whitney Fauntleroy
Westminster Presbyterian
(Alexandria, VA)

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

Rev. Christopher Henry
Second Presbyterian
(Indianapolis, IN)

Rev. Chad Herring
John Knox Church
(Kansas City, MO)

Rev. MaryAnn McKibben Dana
National Capital Presbytery
(Reston, VA)

Rev. Amaury Tañon-Santos
Synod of the Northeast
(Albany, NY)

Class of 2020

Rev. Christopher Edmonston
White Memorial Presbyterian
(Raleigh, NC)

Dr. Stacy Johnson
Princeton Theological Seminary
(Princeton, NJ)

Rev. Kathryn Johnston
Mechanicsburg Presbyterian
(Mechanicsburg, PA)

Rev. Leslie King
First Presbyterian
(Waco, TX)

Rev. Carol McDonald
Northminster Presbyterian
(Indianapolis, IN)

Rev. Anna Pinckney Straight
Old Stone Presbyterian
(Lewisburg, WV)

Class of 2021

Rev. Laura Cheifetz
Vanderbilt Divinity School
(Nashville, TN)

Rev. Tom Cramer
Los Ranchos Presbytery
(Anaheim, CA)

Rev. Fairfax Fair
First Presbyterian
(Ann Arbor, MI)

Rev. Victor Floyd MCC/UCC
Calvary Presbyterian
(San Francisco, CA)

Rev. Tim Hart-Andersen
Westminster Presbyterian
(Minneapolis, MN)

Rev. Erin Keys
Capitol Hill Presbyterian
(Washington, DC)

Mr. Gilmour Lake
Highland Presbyterian
(Winston Salem, NC)

Rev. Rosy Robson
First Presbyterian
(Richardson, TX)

Rev. Tony Sundermeier
First Presbyterian
(Atlanta, GA)

Rev. Mary Todd
Morton Presbyterian
(Rocky Mount, NC)

Mx. Slats Toole
Breaking Bread
(Princeton, NJ)

Rev. Flo Watkins
The Avenue Presbyterian
(Charlotte, NC)

Ms. Valerie Young
Synod of the Sun
(Irving, TX)