Meet the Staff

Staff members

  • Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe

    General Secretary

    The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe is the General Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church. She has served as the social justice agency’s top executive since 2014 after 22 years at Emory University. Read more.

  • Rev. Dr. Liberato (Levi) Bautista

    Assistant General Secretary for United Nations and International Affairs

    Levi draws from more than 35 years of experience in denominational, ecumenical and international affairs as our representative at the United Nations. He studied history, politics and international affairs at the University of the Philippines. Read More.

  • Rev. Neal Christie

    Assistant General Secretary for Education & Leadership Formation

    Neal directs the agency’s educational opportunities including world-wide trainings, workshops, seminars, and internships. He also coordinates curriculum related to the UM Social Principles. Read more.

  • John Hill

    Assistant General Secretary for Advocacy and Grassroots Organizing, Director of Economic and Environmental Justice

    John oversees Church and Society’s advocacy and organizing department. In addition, he directs the economic and environmental justice program work. Read more.

  • Frances Jett Roberts, PHR

    Assistant General Secretary for Administration and Human Resources

    Frances is a certified human resources professional. She serves as HR staff for Church and Society and Religion and Race. Frances is also the coordinator of information technology for both agencies. Frances grew up in The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. She says the CME formed her faith, but it was her experience at a UMC that lead her to Church and Society. Read More.

  • Dr. Jessica M. Smith

    Senior Executive Director Research, Planning and Spiritual Formation

    Jessie advises Church and Society leadership on strategic decisions related to our ministry using the tools of research and theological reflection she honed while earning her doctorate. Read more.

  • Kurt Adams

    Communications Director

    Kurt Adams is responsible for leading the agency’s strategic communications, public relations, and messaging for United Methodist events and programs. Read more.

  • Rev. Clayton Childers

    Director for Annual Conference Relations

    Clayton connects Church and Society to work done at the conference, district, and local church levels. He believes our ministry should be grounded in prayer, built on strong relationships, and emphasize education that leads to action. Read More.

  • Rebecca Cole

    Director of Grassroots Organizing

    Rebecca is an organizer for Church and Society. She connects, trains, and equips United Methodists all over the world with the tools to organize for justice in their communities. Read more.

  • Amber Feezor

    Senior Coordinator, Ministry With the Poor and UM Seminar Program

    Amber works with Annual Conferences to celebrate the ongoing work of Ministry With the Poor. She also focuses on connecting with partner organizations for the Seminar Program. Read More.

  • Leigh Ann Gong

    Director of Finance and Treasurer

    Leigh Ann provides oversight of all finance, accounting and reporting activities supporting the overall mission and goals of Church and Society. She earned a degree in accounting from the University of Maryland University College and is a CPA. Read More.

  • Warren Gill

    Director of Digital Strategy

    Warren supports all communications efforts including media relations, print publications, digital and social media. He works to disseminate information to the Church and society on issues of faith, justice and peace. He most recently served as a press secretary on the Bernie 2016 campaign. Before that, he was the communication manager at the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. Read more.

  • Mark W. Harrison

    Director of the Peace with Justice Program, Special Assistant to the General Secretary

    The United Methodist Church stands for peace and justice. Mark brings that calling to life. He leads our peace and justice program and promotes Peace with Justice Sunday. Read More.

  • Aimee Hong

    Director of UM Seminar Program

    Aimee facilitates and custom designs seminars for diverse groups on issues of justice and peace. She loves working with students of all ages but has a soft spot for engaging with young people. Read more.

  • Carol Housman

    Staff Accountant

    As part of the accounting team, Carol helps to ensure that the financial records are accurate. After receiving her accounting degree from the University of Maryland, University College, she worked exclusively for non-profit organizations. Read more.

  • Laura K. James

    Program Coordinator for Grassroots Organizing

    Laura Kigweba James is the Program Coordinator for Grassroots Organizing at General Board of Church and Society. She is committed to building, strengthening, and equipping United Methodists to transform the church and community through faith-based community organizing. Read more

  • Rev. Jeania Ree V. Moore

    Director for Civil and Human Rights

    Jeania Ree manages the civil and human rights portfolio at Church and Society. This includes work on immigration, criminal justice reform, gun violence prevention, the death penalty, religious liberty, education, refugees and migration, and voting rights. Read more.

  • Rev. Katie Monfortte

    Internship Coordinator and Communications Assistant

    Katie works with Church and Society’s interns as they unpack the intersection between faith and social justice. She also shares the organization’s work through our social media. Katie previously served as a Global Mission Fellow. Read more.

  • Rev. Michelle M. Beadle

    Executive Assistant to the General Secretary

    Michelle provides administrative and project support to the General Secretary. She is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary and is an ordained minister with The United Church of Christ. Read more.

  • Marvlyn B. Scott

    Administrative Assistant, Education and Leadership Formation

    Marvlyn assists the Education and Leadership Formation staff to ensure that educations programs run smoothly. She has devoted the last 25 years to the work of Church and Society, and has decades of experience as an office manager. Read more.

  • Iris E. Walker

    Accounting Associate

    Iris is the accounting associate in the finance office of Church and society. She works with venders and staff to ensure reimbursements and payments happen accurately and timely. Read more.

  • Quinn Wonderling

    Senior Coordinator, United Nations and International Affairs

    Quinn coordinates Church and Society’s United Nations Ministry. A Pennsylvania native, she previously worked as a journalist covering elections and political news for MSNBC and various other print/digital publications. Read more.