The racially and ethnically diverse staff of the General Commission on Religion and Race offers considerable talents, expertise, wisdom and conviction to help lead The United Methodist Church in its pursuit to reach more people, younger people and more diverse people. Aided by many years of experience and leadership in the denomination, we serve in partnership with the Church at all levels: nationally, jurisdictionally, alongside annual conferences, local churches, general agencies, theological schools and racial/ethnic caucuses.
As the general secretary of GCORR, Erin is the team leader, coach, learner and teacher, leading the staff and board of directors on a journey of discovery of God’s call for this agency.
Erin builds on the solid history of GCORR by helping to make The United Methodist Church relevant to the times in which we are now living. The United Methodist Church and the world are more globally focused, more multicultural, and more multi-textured and complex than at any point in our history. GCORR must be about creating a culture at all levels of the church that welcomes that complexity and is focused on engaging more people, more young people and more diverse people.
Team Leader for Program Ministries
As the team leader for program ministries, Giovanni develops and designs initiatives related to the vital conversations priority of GCORR’s ministry model as well as serves as point of contact for partners and stakeholders across the connection at the General Church and Annual Conference levels.
Team Lead for Operations and Alignment
As the team lead for operations and alignment, Harris manages the day to day administration and operations. His daily goal is to create space for leaders to make and deliver resources to the church to transform the world. If the team can hit the ground running there is more time to teach the Church and neighbors to change conflict into opportunities for building Beloved Community.
Director of Connectional Relations
Vital to Sam’s work is building relationships with leaders throughout the connection to assess needs and form partnerships while sharing what we do at GCORR. From these relationships and partnerships, Sam helps to shape the stories of how GCORR is making a difference in creating a more diverse and inclusive United Methodist Church.
As the Executive Assistant, MJ provides executive level administrative support for the General Secretary and the Team Leader for Operations and Alignment, which includes representing the interest of the General Secretary in meetings or events and making decisions on behalf of the Commission when necessary. Dedicated to excellence and efficiency, she manages the calendar and flow of communications for the General Secretary’s and Operations office. She also serves as the administrative manager of work throughout the office with volunteers and administrative staff.
Administrative Assistant, Communications and Program
As Administrative Assistant for Communications, Ariana assists with typing and designing general correspondences, memos, charts, tables, graphs, proofreading copy for spelling, grammar and layout, making appropriate changes. In support of the program ministries, Ariana works independently and within the team on special nonrecurring and ongoing projects.
Director of Evaluation
As the Director of Evaluation, David provides leadership and technical assistance in developing effective evaluation models, methods, and systems to monitor and improve GCORR programs. He collaborates with staff to design, conduct, and report results of evaluations. He develops, collects, analyzes and reports on program performance measures. He designs and conducts surveys and other activities to collect data on GCORR programs and services, and contributes to the work of GCORR’s Ministry Support Team.
Assistant General Secretary for Administration and Human Resources
As the human resources director for GCORR, Frances assists the staff in making sure they are cared for by the agency by providing guidance to new staff members joining the agency. Frances also guides the managers in their fair and impartial evaluations of job performance for each employee.
Digital Communications and Media Production Specialist
As the digital communications and media production specialist, Jeehye manages GCORR’s website and social media presence, develops and designs multimedia communications and provides planning and support at GCORR-sponsored events.
Director of Program Ministries
As a Director of Program Ministries, Michelle crafts and facilitates initiatives focusing on the Institutional Equity priority of GCORR’s Ministry Model.
Director of Cross-Racial/Cross-Cultural Leadership
As the director of CR/CC leadership, Grace’s job is to bridge the gap of needs by supporting and resourcing the Church and clergy in CR/CC ministries. She brings passion for CR/CC ministry as this is the modes operandi of missio dei, to bring people together into God’s circle of blessing. She offers her skills and experience as a pastor, teacher, and professional certified coach with 22 years of experience in CR/CC appointments.
As the project manager, Adalena creates a set of project management processes and tools to assist the team with the implementation of a structured and sustainable method for managing, tracking and reporting project status, progress and return on investment.