The Leadership Team bears fiduciary responsibility for the Ministers Council.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rev. Jacki Belile
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rev. Dr. Barbara Jim-George
Coordinator of Membership and Chapter Development
Rev. Dr. Barbara Jim-George is a licensed and ordained minister who assists congregations in forming a faith-response to human trafficking. She also consults with congregation leaders to provide direct training to at risk teen girls to mitigate their risks for human trafficking victimization. Dr. Jim-George earned a Doctor of Ministry degree with honors in Transformational Church Leadership, and a Master of Divinity degree with honors in Theology and Religion from the American Baptist Seminary of the West, one of 9 consortia seminaries of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She has earned over 15 prestigious awards and honors for her scholarly insights into pastoral ministries beyond the walls of the sanctuary, prophetic leadership in community ministries, and the development of Christian education curricula.
Barbara's email address is email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.