Ministers Council: Collegiality/Centeredness/Competence

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Leadership Team

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Randolph “RT” Miller

Rev. Dr. Randolph T. "RT" Miller

RT currently lives in Medford, Oregon and is from the southside of Chicago. He is married to Leslie Ma and they have one adult daughter. RT retired from active pastoral ministry in 2017 after serving churches in Wisconsin, Los Angeles, and Oregon. He also served in camping ministry for ABC of Metro Chicago. He is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago and has his MDiv and DMin from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary.

RT's email address is

Jacki Belile

Rev. Jacki Belile
Vice President

Jacki is the Founder and Director of Living Well Ministries, a nationwide spiritual coaching and retreat ministry. In 2018, she became the Pastor of Eden United Church of Christ in Chicago. Jacki has been a part of the Ministers Council since 1994 and has served on the Metro-Chicago Ministers Council Cabinet since 2013. She is a member of Lake Street Church of Evanston and lives in Chicago with her partner of 30 years.

Jacki's email address is

Sara Day

Rev. Dr. Sara Day

Sara is an ordained American Baptist Minister. She retired from the Minister and Missionary Benefit Board in 2019. She currently lives in Flagstaff, Arizona with her husband. Sara has served in many different positions in ABC life, including pastorates in Indiana and Ohio, regional staff in Massachusetts, and with MMBB Financial Services.

Sara has enjoyed working with other clergy on regional and national committees over the years.

Sara's email address is

Cheryl Harris

Rev. Cheryl Harris

Cheryl is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Attleboro, Massachusett. Born and raised in Boston, Mass., Cheryl earned her M.Div. from Boston University School of Theology. She is a certified coach and CEO of her consulting firm, Cheryl Harris and Associates, Inc. which focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion and leadership coaching. Cheryl also serves as president of the Conference of Baptist Ministers in Massachusetts.

Cheryl's email address is

Atula Jamir

Rev. Dr. Atula Jamir
Coordinator of Chapter Representatives

Atula is the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Lowell, Massachusetts. She earned her Ph.D. in Constructive Theology and Theological Ethics from Boston University, STM from Yale Divinity School, and M.Th. from United Theological College, Bangalore, India. Atula has taught as a senior faculty member at the Discipleship Bible College in Nagaland, India. Her research interests include constructive Christology, focusing on the life-bearing work of Jesus that directly affects women’s life and environment.

Atula's email address is

Rev. Jerry Bertelson

Rev. Jerry Bertelson
Coordinator of Membership and Chapter Development

Jerry is an ordained American Baptist minister serving as pastor at the United Church of Canistota in South Dakota. Prior to this current call, he served the First Baptist Church of Boone, Iowa, and The Church on Northland in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

He is a graduate of the University of Sioux Falls (B.A. in theology/philosophy), Fuller Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Northern Seminary (Advanced Post-Graduate Certificate), and Sioux Falls Seminary (Certificate in Spiritual Direction). His academic interests include Bowen Family Systems theory, post-modernity, and generational theory.

He met his wife, Tami, while in college and they were married in 2006. They have been blessed with three daughters, Alina, age 12, Clara, age 8, and Kennedy, age 5. They have two dogs - Molly and Sophie.

He enjoys reading non-fiction, watching documentaries, spending time with family, collecting typewriters, and exploring the countryside on his motorcycle.

Jerry's email address is

Lin Story-Bunce

Pastor Lin Story-Bunce
Coordinator of Together in Ministry

Lin is the Associate Minister of Youth at College Park Baptist Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. She earned a Master of Divinity degree from Wake Forest University School of Divinity.  Lin is a teacher, preacher, and pastor who has been in ministry at College Park for more than 10 years and has served in leadership capacities within the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Baptist Women in Ministry and the Alliance of Baptists

Lin is married to Caryanne who is an educator in Greensboro. Together, they enjoy trying to keep up with their children, Loukas (5), Maryn (3), Rya (1) and two energetic pups, Wake and Parker.

Lin's email address is

Patricia Hernandez

Rev. Dr. Patricia Hernandez
National Director, American Baptist Women in Ministry

Pat began her life in the former Yugoslavia where her parents were missionaries. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and has her MDiv from Colgate Rochester Divinity School. Pat has a DMin from Central Baptist Theological Seminary. She has pastored churches in New York and Pennsylvania and served the American Baptist Churches of Michigan as the Consultant for Leadership Development.

Pat's email address is

Minutes from the Leadership Team's meetings

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