After receiving the Report of the Task Force on Black Ministries, Diocesan Council voted unanimously at their December, 2022 meeting to establish a permanent Committee on Black Church Ministry, the first recommendation listed in the report. Similar to how the Task Force was formed, the committee was to consist of 8-10 people with representation from Black churches, appointed by the Bishop following an application process. We are grateful to all who applied and honored to share the names of the committee members below.
The Committee on Black Church Ministry is charged with taking the next steps toward implementation of the additional recommendations in the Task Force’s report in areas of church life that include Governance, Deployment, Finance, Education and Training, Collaboration, and Discernment. Under the leadership of committee chair the Rev. Ricardo Shepherd, the committee will soon begin gathering to determine strategies and prioritize the recommendations. The Rev. Dr. Robert Phillips, Canon for Leadership Development and Congregational Care, will serve as the staff liaison to the committee.
Members of the Committee on Black Church Ministry
Kathy Mae Davis, St. Philip’s Baden, Southern Maryland
Keith Roachford, St. George’s DC, Central DC
The Rev. Creamilda Shirley Wulck-Nortey Yoda, Ascension Church, Silver Spring, South Montgomery
The Rev. Anna Olson, Good Shepherd Silver Spring, Misión Buen Pastor, Central Montgomery
Kay Pierson, Trinity DC, North DC
The Rev. Antonio J Baxter, Atonement, South DC
Lionel Charles, St. Timothy’s Episcopal in Washington DC, South DC
The Rev. Caron Gwynn, Holy Communion and St. Philip’s, Anacostia, South DC
The Rev. Ricardo Shepherd, committee chair, Atonement, South DC
The Rev. Dr. Robert Phillips, Canon for Leadership Development and Congregational Care, staff liaison