The Team

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.

General Secretary
202.547.2271
ehawkins@gcorr.org
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.

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Team Leader for Program Ministries
202.495.2943
garroyo@gcorr.org
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.

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Special Assistant to the General Secretary
202.495.2952
astapleton@gcorr.org
As special assistant to the general secretary, Amy is responsible for aligning the strategic priorities and operations of the General Secretary’s Office while serving as primary liaison to internal and external partners on behalf of the General Secretary, facilitating efficient execution of the agency’s vision and initiatives.

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Assistant General Secretary for Administration and Human Resources
202.488.5658
froberts@umc-gbcs.org
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.

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Digital Communications and Media Production Specialist
202.495.2949
jpak@gcorr.org
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.

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Director of Program Ministries
202.495.2948
mledder@gcorr.org
As a Director of Program Ministries, Michelle crafts and facilitates initiatives focusing on the Institutional Equity priority of GCORR’s Ministry Model.

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Director of Communications
202.495.2946
sewing@gcorr.org
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Director of Cross-Racial/Cross-Cultural Leadership
202.495.2944
gpak@gcorr.org
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.

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Project Manager
202.488.2954
aahmad@gcorr.org
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.

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Team Lead for Organizational Alignment
202.488.2945
htay@gcorr.org
As the team lead for organizational 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.

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GCORR is building the capacity of The United Methodist Church to be contextually relevant and to reach more people, younger people, and more diverse people as we make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.