Dr. Christophe D. Ringer is currently the Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics and Society at Chicago Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. He received his Ph.D. in Religion, Ethics and Society from Vanderbilt University. His dissertation, Necropolitics: The Religious Situation of U.S.
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Rev. Samuel Paul was born in Chicago, Illinois and attended public schools, graduating from DuSable High School. After earning a B.S. degree in Political Science, Social Work and Sociology from the University of Dubuque (Iowa), he returned to Chicago to establish careers in Child Welfare (with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services), in education (with the Chicago Public School system) and in Ministry. He currently serves as the Associate Pastor of Greater Pleasant Green M.B. Church in Morgan Park. Rev.
Nancy Mullarkey is a member of Glenview Community Church (UCC), “A House for all God’s People.” She has served the church in various capacities, including Church moderator for 2016-17, earlier chair of the Mission Outreach Board, and an organizer and first chair of the Faith in Action Team. Upon her retirement from a career as a Human Resources executive and consultant for Fortune 500 companies, Nancy became an active CRS Leader.
Rev. Hannah Kardon is a Pastor of Urban Village Church (Wicker Park), an inclusive and anti-racist evangelical community in Chicago. She is ordained in the United Methodist tradition. She has served churches of different sizes, cities, and cultures, and every time has seen how seeking justice must begin with the people and extend to the world to fully know God. She has been involved in labor campaigns, interfaith activism, and Community Renewal Society anti-violence initiatives, and hopes to contribute to CRS' critical mission in whatever ways she can.
On Leave until March 20, 2018.
Rev. Scott Aaseng is Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist Advocacy Network of Illinois (UUANI), a statewide network of Unitarian Universalist congregations working to strengthen the movement for justice, beloved community and a healthy planet through relational, intersectional, values-based organizing. As a Lutheran pastor on the southwest side of Chicago in the 1990s, he helped found the Southwest Youth Collaborative, and went on to do multi-state organizing with the American Friends Service Committee. Rev.
Melvin Thompson is Executive Director of The Endeleo Institute, a new nonprofit organization founded by Trinity United Church of Christ that fully integrates three existing community service corporations (Health, Education and Community Development).
Rev. Barbara (Bobbie) Taylor was an educator in the Glencoe, Illinois School system from 1961 to 1967. In 1972, she became the Director of Christian Education at the Wilmette Congregational Church, later earning her degree from Chicago Theological Seminary and becoming ordained clergy in the UCC. Rev. Taylor retired from Glencoe Union Church, where she was given the title Pastor Emeritus, in 2010.
Teleza Rodgers, a homemaker and resident of North Lawndale on the West Side of Chicago, is a leader in Community Renewal Society’s FORCE Project. In that capacity, she has provided leadership in community events, testimony in public hearings, played key roles in meetings with legislators and funders, and worked on our Voters Registration Project in 2014. She is a member of Way of Life International Church in Chicago, where she serves on the Transportation Ministry, helping members get to and from appointments, as an usher, a stewardess and the Social Action Ministry. Ms.
Rev. Vertie Powers is the Associate Conference Minister of the Chicago Metropolitan Association, Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ. Her ministry has included church planting, revitalization, and reconciliation with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She has also served on the national staff of the United Church of Christ as Minister of Evangelism for Church Development and Renewal, as well as the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ as Acting Conference Minister.