||The Rev. Geoffrey
A. Black was elected General Minister and
President of the United Church of Christ in June 2009.
Prior to that, he served as Conference Minister of the
UCC's New York Conference for nine years beginning in
2000. Geoffrey Black previously served as a Minister for
Church Life and Leadership with the then-Office for
Church Life and Leadership (currently Parish Life and
Leadership), a national agency of the United Church of
Christ housed at the UCC's national offices in Cleveland,
Ohio. Ecumenical commitment, concern for equal justice,
African-American empowerment, and community improvement
have shaped Black's ministry in the church and in the
communities in which he has lived.
||The Rev. Craig
Rennebohm is a UCC pastor who has worked for the
last 23 years on the streets with individuals who are
homeless and struggling with serious mental illness,
substance abuse issues and PTSD. He is the author of
Souls in the Hands of a Tender God, and will be leading a
series of three workshops on creating caring
||The Rev. Dr. Jane
Fisler Hoffman is a graduate of Eden Theological
Seminary and has served in the United Church of Christ as
lay leader, pastor, Association Minister and most
recently for 10 years as a Conference Minister in two
conferences. She and her husband Milt live in Kansas
City, MO and are proud parents and grandparents. From her
work with hundreds of congregations and pastors, Jane has
become committed to increasing awareness and action among
clergy and church folks about mental illness.
||The Rev. Bob
Molsberry is Conference Minister for the Ohio
Conference of the United Church of Christ. A
wheelchair-user since a 1997 hit-and-run accident, Bob is
the author of two books on adjusting to the culture of
disability: Blindsided by Grace: Entering the World
of Disability and Tour de Faith: A
Cyclists Lessons for Living. He is former
vice chair for UCC Disabilities Ministries. Bob is an
avid athlete and enjoys competing in marathon and
is past Director of the Gilliam Youth Services Center and
Associate Director of the Division of Youth Corrections
in Denver and was responsible for all of Program and
Treatment Services for the entire state of Colorado. She
is a charter member of the Colorado Black Nurses
organization, a founding member of N.U.R.S.E.S. of
Colorado, a support group for nurses with substance abuse
problems; and has published numerous health care related
articles and chapters in diverse clinical books. She has
a M.S. in Nursing Administration, Doctorate in Public
Administration, Policy, Public Management in progress.
She received the University of Colorado Lifetime
Achievement in Nursing Award.
LCSW-Licensed Clinical Social Worker and LMFT-Licensed
Marriage and Family Therapist Chief, Department of Social
work, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Fort Hood,TX.
||The Rev. Dr.
David Greenhaw, UCC, is serving as President and
Professor of Preaching and Worship at Eden Theological
Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Greenhaw will
reflect on how individual and communal memories both
constrain us and empower us.
||The Rev. Jeanne
Ann Tyler is a co-pastor with her husband John
to the folks of Saint Paul United Church of Christ. John
and Jeanne have two adult sons who live in St. Paul, MN.
Jeanne is a person with life-long disabilities and an
acquired one within the last few years. She has chosen to
understand the life-long ones as gifts and burdens.
Jeannes interests are in theology, pastoral care
Pollock - Jeff is an attorney practicing law in
Cleveland, Ohio. Jeff holds a master's degree from
Harvard Divinity School and a law degree from
Northeastern University. He has been active in the
national and local settings of the United Church of
Christ. Jeff devotes pro bono services to legal issues
relating to mental health.
Aqueelah As-Salaam is the pastor of the First
Church of North Miami Congregational UCC in North Miami
Florida. She served as a Military Officer for 11 years in
the United States Army. Aqueelah has a certificate in
Health Care Ethics and a certificate in Post Traumatic
Stress Disorder, PTSD. She has also served as an adjunct
professor at the University of Richmond in Richmond,
Virginia, and she currently serves on our national UCC
board for Justice and Witness.
||In 1992 the Rev. Bob Dell and
the Rev. Ellen Hiatt co-founded the United Church of
Christ Mental Illness Network. At each General Synod
recognition is given to a church or individual for
ministry in mental illness. The Award is known as the Bob
and Joyce Dell award. Bob now continues his ministry as
Chair of Pathways to Promise.