Leadership Team

The Leadership Team bears fiduciary responsibility for the Ministers Council.

Darla “Dee Dee” Turlington
Rev. Dr. Darla "Dee Dee" Turlington

Dee Dee retired in 2010 after serving at the First Baptist Church of Westfield, New Jersey for twenty years; the last nine as senior pastor. She currently serves as the volunteer Minister of Spiritual Life at the Hammock Community Church, Palm Coast, Florida where she co-leads a community bible study and co-directs a healing prayer ministry. Dee Dee has been active in Ministers Council throughout her entire career. She is married to retired tax attorney Don Turlington and has one son and daughter-in-law living in San Francisco.

Dee Dee's email address is darla.turlington@gmail.com.

Randolph “RT” Miller
Rev. Dr. Randolph T. "RT" Miller
Vice President

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 rtmiller.mc@gmail.com.

Shane Kinnison
Rev. Dr. Shane Kinnison

Shane is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Glendale, California; his 6th pastorate in 30 years. He entered into American Baptist life after four pastorates in another Baptist denomination. He has served as President of the Ministers Council of Oregon for 5 years prior to moving to California. He and his wife Stephanie have two adult sons and three beautiful grandchildren.

Shane's email address is shanekinnison@gmail.com.

Cheryl Harris
Rev. Cheryl Harris

Cheryl is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Attleboro. Born and raised in Boston, MA, Rev. Harris received a BA in English Literature from Emmanuel College and earned her MDiv from Boston University School of Theology. She is the CEO of her consulting firm, Cheryl Harris and Associates, Inc. Rev. Harris formerly served as Associate Minister of Messiah Baptist Church in Brockton and interim pastor of West Acton Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Sharon. She currently serves on the Signature Hospital of Brockton Board of Trustees, and is a member of Greater Attleboro Interfaith Network. She has two adult children, Craig and Aleisha, and one amazing grandson, Daquan.

Cheryl's email address is charrisr@comcast.net.

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 jamiratula@yahoo.com.

Jacki Belile
Rev. Jacki Belile
Coordinator of Membership and Chapter Development

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 jacki@livingwellministries.net.

Dan Hopkins
Rev. Dan Hopkins
Coordinator of Together in Ministry

Dan has been pastor of the First Baptist Church of Tell City, Indiana for over 5 years. He has been with ABC for over 11 years, and has served on MC regional and national teams for over seven years. Dan also does prison ministry, leads the local high school Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and is one of the school assistant tennis coaches. During leisure time, Dan can often be found watching old Andy Griffith episodes.

Dan's email address is missionsdan@hotmail.com.

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 patricia.hernandez@abc-usa.org.