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General Assembly Nominating Committee

GA220 Special Committee members - biographical information


Following are brief biographical sketches related to the appointment of persons listed in the news release, “Members Chosen for three General Assembly special committees.”

National Racial Ethnic Ministries Task Force

Established by the 220th General Assembly (2012)

The Reverend Paul Junggap Huh will serve as chairperson of the Task Force.  Huh (Presbytery of Greater Atlanta) is assistant professor of worship and director of Korean American Ministries of Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia.  He has served as moderator of Newark Presbytery. Huh is the author of numerous articles and papers in English and in Korean, and he is the editor of the worship book Come, Let Us Worship: Korean-English Presbyterian Hymnal and Service Book (Geneva Press, 2001) and a member of the new Presbyterian hymnal committee.

The Reverend Ruth-Aimée Belonni-Rosario (Presbytery of New York City) is currently the Associate Director of Admissions at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey. She has served congregations in New York City, New Jersey, and on various presbytery committees. She also serves the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on taskforces and committees regarding racial ethnic and women’s leadership, development, and ministries.

Ruling Elder Nahida Halaby Gordon (Muskingum Valley Presbytery) serves as the moderator of the National Middle Eastern Presbyterian Caucus, leader of the newly formed Middle Eastern Caucus in the Synod of the Covenant, treasurer of the Israel Palestine Mission Network of the PC(USA), and leader of the mission cohort at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Wooster, Ohio.  She is emeriti professor of biostatistics and serves as president of the Northeast Ohio Interfaith Council for Peace in the Middle East.

The Reverend Joey Lee (Presbytery of San Jose) serves as the Executive Presbyter for the Presbytery of San Jose, California.  He had previously served the presbytery as the Associate Executive Presbyter.    He has served as the organizing pastor for an Asian American new church development in San Jose and associate pastor for the First Chinese Presbyterian Church in New York City.

The Reverend Buddy D. Monahan (Presbytery of Santa Fe) is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Maricopa and is Chaplain of Menaul School in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He has served as the moderator of the Native American Consulting Committee (NACC).  He currently serves as the adult advisor to the American Indian Youth Council (AIYC) and Native American representative to the Advocacy Council for Racial Ethnic Concerns (ACREC).

Commissioned Ruling Elder Ricardo Moreno (San Gabriel Presbytery) has served in three congregations since 1998.  He has served the church at various council levels including on the General Assembly Task Force on Immigration Issues and was the former Moderator of the National Hispanic Latino Caucus and the National Racial Ethnic Cross Caucus.  He currently serves as a fellow at the Cecil L. Murray Center of the University of Southern California. He is also enrolled at the Doctor of Ministry program at Fuller Theological Seminary focusing on Latino Multicultural Leadership.

The Reverend Byron Wade (New Hope Presbytery) is the pastor of Davie Street Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, North Carolina.  He has served at all council levels of the denomination, including the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board and Vice-Moderator of the 218th (2008) General Assembly. He is also a member of New Hope Presbytery's newly formed Visioning Team which will discover and focus the future of the presbytery.  He represents the Task Force on the Mid Council Commission and serves as one of the co-moderators of the Commission.

Mr. Ngwa Numfor (Elizabeth Presbytery), a Cameroonian, was a Young Adult Advisory Delegate to the 220th General Assembly from the Presbytery of Elizabeth. He is a college student at Raritan Community College in New Jersey and would like to be a medical doctor. Numfor tutored students at Kumon Academic Centers and at Stansted Preparatory School in Canada, where he attended high school.  He was part of Middlesex Presbyterian Church's mission team that participated in rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Katrina.

Special Committee on the Confession of Belhar

Established by the 220th General Assembly (2012)

The Reverend Clifton Kirkpatrick and Ruling Elder Matilde Moros will serve as co-chairpersons of the Special Committee on the Confession of Belhar.

Kirkpatrick (Mid-Kentucky Presbytery) is Visiting Professor of Ecumenical Studies and Global Ministries at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Stated Clerk of the General Assembly Emeritus of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  From 2004 to 2010 he served as President of the World Communion of Reformed Churches. 

Moros (Hudson River Presbytery) serves as Assistant Dean for Special Programs and Initiatives and as Acting Director of Field Education at New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Jersey, where she also teaches Christian Social Ethics. Having grown up in Venezuela and the United States, she has served the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Colombia, Venezuela and the United States in congregational, seminary and denominational settings. Moros has also served as Interim Director of the Hispanic/Latino/a Leadership Program at Princeton Theological Seminary.

The Reverend Edwin A. González-Castillo (San Juan Presbytery) is currently pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico. He serves as Vice-Moderator of the Presbytery of San Juan. For the last four years he has served as chairperson of the presbytery's Committee on Preparation for Ministry. He has served at all council levels of the Presbyterian Church.

 The Reverend Karen Herbst-Kim (Blackhawk Presbytery) has served as Associate Pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church in DeKalb, IL since 2001.  During this time she has served as a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) delegate to CANACOM (the Caribbean and North America Council for Mission), attending Council Meetings and serving as leadership at three Young Adults in Mission Work Camps in the Caribbean.  In 2009 she was Moderator of Blackhawk Presbytery. 

The Reverend Cynthia Holder Rich (Heartland Presbytery) serves as Executive Pastor of Village Presbyterian Church, Prairie Village, Kansas.  She has served as a mission co-worker and a theological educator, as well as on committees of the World Communion of Reformed Churches and the General Assembly.  She directs the site and blogs at

Ruling Elder Susan Krivenko (Elizabeth Presbytery) has served First Presbyterian Church of Rahway, New Jersey as chairperson of the administrative and nominating committees, a committee of merger between First and Second of Rahway, as well as two pastor nominating committees.  She served Elizabeth Presbytery as moderator and is currently the chair of the presbytery nominating committee.  She has just begun her nineteenth year as a teacher and media specialist in Rahway Middle School, in addition to being an active member in the New Jersey Education Association.

The Reverend Mark A. Lomax (Presbytery of Greater Atlanta) is the founding Pastor of First African Church in Lithonia, Georgia and is an Associate Professor teaching homiletics on the faculty of the Interdenominational Theological Center.  He has served as pastor of the Davidson United Presbyterian Church in Davidson, North Carolina and the Westhills Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia.  Lomax, a published author, has served on various presbytery and General Assembly committees and task forces.  He served on the 2008 Special Committee on the Confession of Belhar.

The Reverend Albert (Al) F. Masters, III (Foothills Presbytery) is pastor of the John Calvin Presbyterian Church of Greenville, South Carolina. He serves on the Committee on the Preparation of Ministry (CPM), oversees the Berea Community Garden, and is a volunteer chaplain and coach for a local high school football team.

The Reverend Eliana Maxim (Seattle Presbytery) serves as associate executive presbyter for the Presbytery of Seattle. Her ministry portfolio includes multicultural ministries, immigrant fellowships, new worshiping communities and missional initiatives. She previously served as the Director of Children and Family Ministries at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Washington.

Ruling Elder Rodger Y. Nishioka (Presbytery of Greater Atlanta) holds the Benton Family Chair in Christian Education at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.  While he teaches in the broader areas of practical theology and Christian education, his research interests are primarily in youth and young adult ministry.  He recently completed a research project that focused on why so few young adults remain in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  He is a member of Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. 

The Reverend Kevin Park (Newark Presbytery) is the Associate Dean for Advanced Professional Studies and Assistant Professor of Theology at Columbia Theological Seminary.  He served as an Associate for Theology in the Office of Theology, Worship, and Education Ministries at the Presbytery Center.  Park was a pastor at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield, New Jersey.

The Reverend Catherine Purves (Pittsburgh Presbytery) is the pastor of Bellevue United Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh.  She recently served on the presbytery’s Mission Study Team, is a mentor in the Company of New Pastor’s program, and is a former chair of the General Assembly Nominating Committee.  In 2008 she spent five weeks in South Africa meeting with groups of ministers, visiting churches, and attending conferences.  She was a speaker at a joint Pittsburgh Presbytery-Pittsburgh Theological Seminary educational event on the Belhar Confession.

The Reverend Jerry Tankersley (Presbytery of Los Ranchos) is pastor of Laguna Presbyterian Church, Laguna Beach, California. He has served at various levels of the Presbyterian Church including service on the General Assembly Nominating Committee, Task Force for National Presbyterian Pastor's Sabbath, Special Committee on the Confession of Belhar (2008), A Dialogue Team of Pastors and Rabbis to Strengthen the Relationship Between Christians and Jews.

Ruling Elder Brandt Shields (John Calvin Presbytery) serves as a member of the Session and co-chair of the Worship and Christian Education committees at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Missouri. He was elected as a Co-Moderator of the Young Adult Advisory Delegates at the 220th General Assembly, and is a Commissioner to the Synod of Mid-America.  A Graduate Student pursuing a Masters of Business Administration, Shields is a Teaching Assistant for the College of Business at Missouri State University and previously served as the student governor on the Missouri State University Board of Governors.

Ruling Elder Elizabeth Raver Wagner (Presbytery of Charlotte) is completing the final year of studies toward an M. Div. at Union Presbyterian Seminary at Charlotte.  As a member of Myers Park Presbyterian Church, Wagner’s active participation in the Hungary Committee, music and adult education confirmed her call to ministry.  Her parish internship completed at Caldwell Presbyterian, a multi-cultural congregation, heightened a spirited approach to both local and international outreach.

Special Committee on Funding Theological Education

Established by the 220th General Assembly (2012)

The Reverend Laura Mariko Cheifetz will serve as chairperson of the Special Committee.  Cheifetz (Presbytery of Greater Atlanta) serves at The Fund for Theological Education as Director of Alumni Relations and Development. She has served at McCormick Theological Seminary directing vocational discernment projects working with young adults and pastors of color. 

The Reverend Rosemary C. Mitchell (Presbytery of Genesee Valley) is Vice President for Seminary Relations at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey.    Previously Mitchell served as Executive Director of the Women's Foundation of Genesee Valley in Rochester, New York.  A graduate of the Seminary in 1977 she was ordained the same year by the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.  Mitchell has served as a pastor in Rochester, New York and Washington, D.C.  She is co-author of two books: Birthings and Blessings (Vol. 1 and Vol. 2) published by Crossroads Press.

Ruling Elder William E. Scheu (Presbytery of St. Augustine) is a member of Riverside Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville, Florida, and is currently the chair of the Board of Trustees of Columbia Theological Seminary.   He has served church and community in a variety of ways, including as a member of the General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission, chair of the Board of The Community Foundation in Jacksonville, the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida and other community organizations.  He is chair of the Montreat Conference Center "Building on the Tradition" comprehensive campaign.

The Reverend Mindy Douglas (Salem Presbytery) is pastor of Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church, a new congregation in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  She also served as Presbyterian Campus Minister at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and as an Associate Pastor at two North Carolina churches. Douglas serves as an elected member of the Committee on Theological Education (COTE) and chairs COTE's Implementation and Interpretation Committee.

The Reverend José Irizarry (San Juan Presbytery) serves as Director of Cambridge College in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  He is a seminary and church educator, a published writer, reviewer and researcher.  He previously served as acting president and dean of academic affairs at the Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico and dean of Doctor of Ministry programs at McCormick Theological Seminary.  Irizarry is a member of the Committee on Theological Education.

The Reverend Brian K. Blount (Presbytery of the James) is the president of Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia and Charlotte, North Carolina.  He also serves Union as Professor of New Testament Studies.  Blount previously served as pastor of Carver Memorial Presbyterian Church and as the Richard J. Dearborn Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Princeton Theological Seminary.  Blount is a member of the Committee on Theological Education of the PC(USA).

The Reverend Jeffrey F. Bullock (Seattle Presbytery) is President of the University of Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa, the only joint college and seminary in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  He serves on the Committee of Theological Education as well as on the boards of the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Iowa College Foundation, Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, NCAA President’s/Chancellor’s Advisory Committee, the Greater Dubuque Development Corporation, and the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

The Reverend Paul T. Roberts, Sr. (Presbytery of Greater Atlanta) is President- Dean of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, Atlanta, Georgia.   He previously served as Pastor of Church of the Master Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.  A  workshop leader, lecturer, consultant, program fellow, and he has served on numerous denominational committees including the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta Executive Presbyter Search Committee, the Committee on Ministry, and the Committee on Theological Education of which he is currently a member.

The Reverend Theodore J. Wardlaw (Grace Presbytery) is President of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, Texas.  A long-time advocate for theological education, he is the past Chair of the Committee on Theological Education.  Prior to coming to Austin, he was Pastor of Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta for twelve years and, while there, served on the Board of Trustees of Union Presbyterian Seminary, and taught homiletics adjunctively at Union Presbyterian Seminary and Columbia Theological Seminary.  He has also served congregations in Tennessee, Texas and New York.

The Reverend Frank M. Yamada (Presbytery of Chicago) is President and Cyrus McCormick Professor of Bible and Culture and McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to becoming McCormick's 10th president, he served as Director for the Center of Asian American Ministries there.  He is a Hebrew Bible scholar and teacher and is an ordained teaching elder of the Presbytery of Chicago.  He taught Hebrew Bible at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois before coming to McCormick. Yamada serves on the Committee on Theological Education.

The Reverend Joyce Emery (Olympia Presbytery) currently serves as the Presbyter to the Synod of Alaska Northwest.  She has served as a presbytery executive and parish pastor.  Currently she serves on her homeowners’ association board in an international neighborhood in Kent, Washington.  Emery is a member of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board.

She is a Certified Christian Educator and a member of the New Leadership assessment team for the PC(USA) 1001 new worshiping communities initiative.

The Reverend Chip Hardwick (Presbytery of Great Rivers) has served as the Director of Theology, Worship, and Education Ministries for the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) since January, 2012.  An ordained PC(USA) pastor, he most recently served as Pastor/Head of Staff of Second Presbyterian Church in Bloomington, Illinois, and has also served a new church development outside of Princeton, New Jersey; the North Avenue Presbyterian Church in downtown Atlanta, Georgia; as well as congregations in New York City, London, England, and Madrid, Spain.

The Reverend Lee Hinson-Hasty (Presbytery of Coastal Carolina) serves as Coordinator for Theological Education and Seminary Relations within Theology, Worship, and Education Ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.  Ordained in 1995, he has served as a campus minister and pastor in Virginia and as director of church relations at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in North Carolina.  He is part of the “Theological Schools and the Church” project of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS),

Ruling Elder Colin Pettigrew (Foothills Presbytery) serves on the University Ministry team at Fort Hill Presbyterian Church in Clemson, South Carolina where he also works with the youth group. He is a senior at Clemson University and serves as moderator of the Presbyterian Student Association there.

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