Fort Washington Collegiate Church
Rev. Charles D. Morris
Reverend Charles Morris is a son of the Walkill Reformed Church, in Walkill, New York. He has studied at Central College in Pella, Iowa (where he met his wife, Deborah) and at Seminaries of the Reformed Church in America in both New Brunswick, New Jersey and Holland, Michigan, from which he received his Master of Divinity degree. Following Seminary, Charles went on to study at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. On his return to the United States, he was ordained by the Classis of Orange, Reformed Church in America, and began his service as Minister of the Brookdale Reformed Church, Bloomfield, New Jersey.
After more than two decades of service in New Jersey, Reverend Morris crossed the Hudson in 1997 to become the Senior Minister of the Fort Washington Church and the fiftieth Collegiate Minister. As a member of Consistory, he sits on a number of Administrative Committees. In February 2009, he will assume the Presidency of the Collegiate Church.
Marble Church Collegiate Church
Rev. Dr. Michael Brown
Formerly the Senior Minister of Centenary United Methodist Church, a 3,900-member congregation in Winston Salem, N.C., Dr. Michael Brown is the sixth Senior Minister of Marble Collegiate Church. A North Carolina native, Dr. Brown has served several United Methodist congregations across the state as well as taught Ethics (UNC-Ashville), New Testament (High Point Univ.), and Congregational Change (Wake Forest Univ.). He has also written five books and is contributing author to eleven others. A new book, Bottom Line Beliefs, will be published in 2009.
Middle Church Collegiate Church
Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis
The Reverend Jacqui Lewis, Ph.D. is Senior Minister/Minister for Vision, Worship and the Arts at Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village. Jacqui is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and Drew University (M.Phil. and Ph.D.). Jacqui, ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA,) serves on the Multiracial Congregation Task Force of the Reformed Church in America.
She is a guest speaker and preacher on the topics of racial justice and reconciliation. Jacqui is adjunct professor at The Graduate Theological Union (Center for Arts and Worship), Wesley Theological Seminary (Leadership, D.Min program) and at Union Theological Seminary (Preaching and Worship). Jacqui is the author of You are So Wonderful! A Rhyming Celebration of the uniqueness of every child (Augsburg Fortress, 2003). Her book, The Power of Stories: A Guide for Leaders in Multi-Racial and Multi-Cultural Congregations, was published in April 2008 by Abingdon Press.
West End Church Collegiate Church
The Reverend Michael Bos
The Reverend Michael Bos arrived at West End in November, 2009 after eight years as the Director of Al Amana Centre in Muscat, the Sultanate of Oman. The Centre is a historic mission of the Reformed Church in America transformed by Rev. Bos into an ecumenical center that specializes in building bridges of understanding, trust and cooperation between people of different faiths and cultures.
Rev. Bos was raised in Michigan, received a B.S. in Psychology from Grand Valley State University, and a Master of Divinity from Western Theological Seminary. He did postgraduate study in Hebrew Scripture and the theology of religion at the Free University in the Netherlands, and doctoral work in Islam at the University of Exeter in England.
Rev Bos's first church leadership assignment was at a 3,500 member church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he eventually served as the Executive Pastor and a Teaching Pastor. Then he and his family moved to Dallas, Texas to begin a church from scratch. His vision was to create a church "for people who don't like church.” During the next seven years he grew the church to over 300 members.
Rev Bos brings his leadership and church growth experience to West End to foster the spiritual path of all.
Rev. Robert Chase
In September 2007, The Rev. Robert Chase was called to be the Founding Director of Intersections, a new justice-based global initiative of the Collegiate Church of New York. An award-winning video producer as well as an ordained minister, he previously served as Director of Communications for the 1.2 million-member United Church of Christ, where he was responsible for the denomination's efforts in public relations, marketing and education.
Rev. Chase also served as executive director of the UCC's Office of Communication, Inc., and the church's historic media justice agency, while responsible for UCC's web sites, publication of United Church News and the award winning "God is still speaking," identity campaign. Rev. Chase has served congregations in New York and New Jersey and was founder and president of Creative Connections in Media, a full-service communications company.