Rev. Starsky D. Wilson
Rev. Starsky D. Wilson is president & CEO of Deaconess Foundation, pastor of Saint John’s Church (The Beloved Community) and chair of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. His faith- rooted activism centers philanthropy, democracy and equity. With Wilson’s leadership, Deaconess is building a movement for child well-being, recently opening a collaborative community action tank and a network of three Freedom Schools with the Children’s Defense Fund. After the death of Michael Brown, Jr., Wilson led the Ferguson Commission. In 2015 they released Forward Through Ferguson: A Path Toward Racial Equity, calling for sweeping changes in policing, the courts, child well-being and economic mobility. In 2017, Wilson chaired the racial equity advisory group of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, guiding a charge for the affirmation of equity as central to smart philanthropy.
Rev. David Meredith
The Rev. David Meredith has served as the pastor of Clifton UMC in Cincinnati, Ohio, since 2012. A 1984 graduate of Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri, David previously served as: Chaplain of Research Medical Center, Kansas City; Associate Pastor at 1st Presbyterian Church in North Kansas City, Oxford United Methodist Church in Oxford, Ohio, and Armstrong Chapel UMC in Indian Hill; Executive Director of Inter Parish Ministry in eastern Hamilton County and western Clermont County; and Senior Pastor of Broad Street UMC in Columbus, Ohio. David has been a leader in RMN and Affirmation for more than 30 years. He married his long-time partner, Jim Schlachter, on May 7, 2016 at the Broad Street Church. Two days after the wedding ceremony, the first complaints about Meredith’s sexual orientation were filed with the West Ohio Conference. He was exonerated in October 2017 of two of three charges brought against him by the Conference’s Committee on Investigation. He faced a second hearing with the North Central Jurisdictional Committee on Appeals in March.
T.C. Morrow is on the staff of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture and a candidate for ordained ministry in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church. She holds a M.Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary and a BA in Physics from Vassar College. T.C. is the communications chair for the Baltimore-Washington Area Reconciling United Methodists. She and her wife are members of Foundry UMC in Washington, DC and they serve as foster parents with the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services. T.C. has a love of jigsaw puzzles, skiing, and science fiction. A lifelong United Methodist, T.C. has a passion for equipping people to put their faith into action for the sake of building up the kingdom of God.
Rev. Sean Delmore is a provisional deacon in the New England Conference who bridges the church and secularized world in part by keeping one foot rooted in each sphere: in addition to serving as Pastor of a Vermont village church, Sean is appointed as an Administrator to Dartmouth College (New Hampshire). An adult convert to Christianity, Sean was called into faith through the ministry of an LBGTQ mission congregation of The United Methodist Church. With Sean’s earliest Christian years shaped by
transformative experiences at Convocations and General Conferences, Sean considers connectional gatherings to be church “home.” As a queer trans person, Sean enjoys the possibilities that grow out of in-between spaces, and is learning to thrive at the intersections of states, ministry settings, and cultural contexts. Sean shares a home with a beloved spouse and stepchildren, and any of God’s dear ones who drop in for rest amid their travels.
Grace Cox Johnson
Grace Cox-Johnson holds a bachelor of music in vocal performance from Wheaton College Conservatory of music and a master’s degree in church music from Scarritt Graduate School. Grace is a fiber artist and dyer, whose company, Color 4 the Journey, specializes in art for worship settings. She has given workshops in the fields of church music, the use of symbols and colors in liturgy and worship, as well as many hands on workshops in various surface design techniques with fabric and dyes. Currently Grace is also the Artistic Director for Transfinity KC, the Director of Music at Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church in Raytown, MO and adjunct staff at Community Christian Church in Kansas City, Missouri.