Our Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees serves as the deliberative body to give guidance and direction to the National Convocation as it pursues mission and ministry in the denomination. The Board serves as the governance body in its decision making and business discussions during Biennial Session and regular Board Meetings. The Board enables the National Convocation to live into its mission as stated in the Articles of Operation: β€œto provide and instrumentality within the structure of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as a forum for the discussion of pertinent issues related to Black Church life in the context of the total church live; for fellowship, program promotion, leadership training, and such other general purposes as shall support and strengthen the congregations in the total mission of the church.” 

Officers of the Board of Trustees

Donald K. Gillett


Milton Bowens

Class 2020

Beverly Goines

Class 2022

Irie Session

Vice President

Ken Broker Langston

Class 2020

Juanita Greene

Class 2022

Pamela Dubose


Delesslyn Kennebrew

Class 2020

William Smith

Class 2022

James Vertreese


Joanne Flowers

Class 2020

Cicely Staton-Holt

Class 2022

Fellowship Groups & Merger Staff

Antonio Redd

Young Adults

Sheila Spencer

Merger Staff

Christian Education

Walter Parker

Disciples Men

R. Wayne Calhoun

Merger Staff

Evangelism & Transformation

Pernella Shortie

Disciples Women

Chesla Nickelson

Merger Staff

Disciples Women

Edward Williams

Ministers Fellowship

Sue Gray

Ministers Wife/Husbands

Ex-Officio Members

Rev. Terri Hord Owens

General Minister & President of the 

Christian Church (DOC)

Rev. Sotello Long

President of

Disciples Home Mission

Rev. Dr. Timothy James

Administrative Secretary of the 

National Convocation

Patricia Penelton

Past President of the 

National Convocation

National Convocation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Disciples Center:

1099 N. Meridian Street Suite 700

Indianapolis, Indiana 46204​


Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 1986

Indianapolis, Indiana 46206​


Office:  (317) 713-2406

            (317) 713-2407

Fax:      (317) 713-2417

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