2019 Lay Leadership Election Results
Lay Leadership is the heartbeat of The Riverside Church. As a congregational church the various commissions and committees lead the way as we aspire to embody the love and justice of God in our neighborhood, across the nation, and around the world.
2019 Lay Leadership Election Results
The Church Council (a Board of Deacons and Trustees) has oversight responsibility for all congregational matters of the Church, both secular and spiritual. As such, the Council bears responsibility for all aspects of church finances and supports the spiritual life and ministries of the congregation. In all things, we look to Jesus for direction and for encouragement. Each Council member is also appointed to at least one of the following standing committees of the Church: Audit, Budget and Planning, Building, Finance, Communications, Ordination, Personnel and Salary, and Stewardship.
- Allen Kratz
- Karen McVoy
- Marilyn Mitchell
- Geraldine Howard
Budget & Planning
The Budget and Planning Committee reviews and revises the proposed annual operating and capital budgets prepared by Church staff for presentation to the Church Council and the Congregation for approval. The Committee is responsible for monitoring spending through the year. It also collaborates with the commissions regarding program evaluations.
- Ed Lowe
The Education Commission oversees the development and implementation of the comprehensive Christian Education Ministry at the Church. Programs include: Sunday Morning Bible Study, Youth and Young Adult programs, Freedom School, Children and Family programming, Infant and Toddler Nursery programs, Career Day and the Scholarship Fund.
- Jennifer James Soto
- Bryant Harris
- Raydale Blaylock-Shand
- Kate Sullivan
- Chiara Fuller
- Charlene Wingate
Membership Care & Parish Life Commission
The Membership Care and Parish Life Commission accompanies church members on every step of their spiritual journeys. Programs include: Pastoral Care, New Members Class, Barber Training Program, Clothing Service, Faith Development and Spiritual Growth, Food Pantry, Laity Empowerment Series, Shower Project, Spiritual Life Retreat, and Wellness Programs.
- Danielle Hartley
Mission & Social Justice Commission
The Mission and Social Justice Commission seeks to transform individuals, communities and systems of racial, social, economic and environmental oppression. It overseas ministries that include the African Fellowship, Beloved Earth Community, Black Lives Matter, Coming Home, Ecclesia, Knitters at Riverside, Latino Ministry, Maranatha, Men’s Class, Movies at Riverside, Prison Ministry, Sojourners, Sharing and Densford Funds, South Africa/Cuba Support, and Theatre of the Oppressed. Additional projects include Wellbotics and Lift Every Voice and Vote.
- Carol Fouke-Mpoyo
- Susan Wersan
The Nominating Committee administers the overall process for the election of lay leaders and is responsible for the integrity of Riverside annual election process. The Committee works to ensure that each member included on the slate of candidates meets stated requirements of elected office, meets qualifications as specified by and for each Commission or Committee and reflects the diversity of Riverside’s membership. As necessary, the committee recommends changes to the Riverside By-Laws.
- Imelda Isles
- Abosede George
The Worship Commission is responsible for our innovative and inspiring worship services. Programs include: Sunday Morning Service, Space for Grace, Morning Light, and Prayer and Meditation Services. Opportunities for individual service include Communion Preparation, Flower Preparation, Choirs and Ushers.
- Mari Satterlee
- Patricia Ali
- Derrick Jordan
- Jesse Wilkins