Rev. Dr. Phaedra D. Blocker
Rev. Dr. Phaedra D. Blocker has a passion for empowering individuals and organizations (particularly clergy and churches) to move toward wholeness and actualize their potential. She is Affiliate Professor in Leadership & Formation and Assistant Director of Openseminary at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University. Formerly Director of Programs for New Baptist Covenant, her ministry experience includes oversight of discipleship and pastoral care ministries, counseling, serving as an associate pastor for a congregation of 10,000-plus members, and as assistant pastor for a small Liberian congregation. She also has more than 30 years’ experience in management, community relations, communications and marketing, and program and organizational development. Dr. Blocker earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Temple University, a Master of Divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Palmer), a Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Transformation from Northern Theological Seminary, and has done clinical training in marriage and family therapy at the Council for Relationships.
Rev. Dr. Gail Davis
The Rev. Dr. Gail Davis serves ministry with a spirit of creativity. As owner of The Winning Image, an award winning, graphic design and marketing company, Dr. Davis combined her fashion and design skills with evangelism when she served as Director of Evangelism/Marketing at Berean Baptist Church, Brooklyn. She also served as Director of the Brooklyn Women’s Business Center where she was responsible for providing assistance to women (and men) who wanted to start and grow businesses and designing workshops with relevant topics to enhance the growth and knowledge of entrepreneurs. She is currently a member of Arts on a Mission, an intergenerational team of creatives at Berean where evangelism and worship intersect with art, drama, film, music and dance and the scriptures. Dr. Davis currently serves as a mentor with the RISE Together Mentor Network and New York Theological Seminary to support and encourage women in ministry.
Tony is a pastor (of The Quest Church in Novato California), filmmaker, and the founder of BraveMaker, a non-profit film arts organization that exists to elevate brave voices through film . As an entrepreneur he works with companies to create space for transforming conversations on justice, diversity and inclusion. For more info go to www.bravemaker.com.
Josué D. Gómez-Menéndez
Currently serves as ABC-USA Past President, after finishing his term from January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2019. He previously served as Vice President, and also served as President of the ABCUSA Hispanic Caucus. A member of the First Baptist Church of Río Piedras, P.R. He has held various positions in his local church as well as being the former president of the ABC USA Region of Puerto Rico.
Gómez-Menéndez is a member of the Puerto Rico Bar, works as a lawyer and is currently the Administrative Director of the Puerto Nuevo Baptist Academy, a college prep in the San Juan area with 800 students serving since 1956. He holds a Ph.D in Business Management from LSU and a J.D. from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico.
Molly Grisham is recognized as a courageous and passionate communicator whose programs inspire and set people in motion. She is passionate about developing individuals and leaders, building teams and creating custom workshops. She has helped athletes exceed personal goals, teams become more productive, leaders achieve new heights, and companies grow more competitive in their markets through highly engaging programs, curricula and workshops. She is backed by 20 years of experience in coaching at the collegiate, high school and club levels; the entrepreneurial spirit of a successful business builder; the communication skills of an author and storyteller; and more than 10 years as an adjunct professor and curriculum builder.
Rev. Dr. Marie Onwubuariri
In January 2021, Marie became Associate General Secretary for Mission Resource Development overseeing fund development, communications, marketing, and public relations with ABCUSA. Prior to that, Marie was Regional Executive Minister of ABC Wisconsin for over six years where she envisioned and sowed several initiatives, including the New Wineskins Grant Program for innovative ministries, the POST online faith community, the Circuit Project for intentional interim ministry, and the Ministry of Conversation, encouraging and equipping for difficult conversations across human differences. Marie journeys toward wholly knowing her divine calling and living into that call in all aspects of life—family, vocational ministry, personal networks, and community—in ways that are driven by her instructive convictions of God as Creator of Good, Jesus as purifying power, and Holy Spirit as innovative source. Her doctoral work in intercultural and transformational leadership at the Berkeley School of Theology (formerly ABSW, DMin 2017, MDiv 2004) continues to inform her pursuits in cross-cultural community formation and racial justice advocacy, inclusive of her editing and writing contributions to Trouble the Water: A Christian Resource for the Work of Racial Justice (Nurturing Faith, 2017). Marie also has a BS in Business Management from Binghamton University, NY and brings her retail executive, local church pastor, seminary staff experiences, and denominational leadership to all her endeavors and networking.