Board of Directors | Who We Are

Ms. Rebecca Barnes (Vice-Chairperson)Rebecca Barnes is a member of St. Bartholomew's Church where she serves as parish coordinator for Ecclesia Ministries of New York. She is the coordinator of the New York City Chapter of Contemplative Outreach. Rebecca has been a professional church musician for over 20 years.

Mr. William Burnett (Secretary)

William Burnett is a Roman Catholic and a lifelong activist and organizer. He studied philosophy and theology at Wadhams Hall Seminary-College.

In his capacity as the Faith Community Outreach Coordinator at Picture the Homeless, William led their Potter's Field Campaign to victory on a number of key demands regarding the handling and interment of the indigent dead in New York City, and regarding the right of homeless and poor people left behind to have closure in the loss of those close to them.

William currently serves as the treasurer of the board of directors of Picture the Homeless; and is the administrator of information technology at Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing.

William's writing has been published in The Christian Citizen and in many progressive blogs. William currently writes for Our Daily Thread, a Catholic-community progressive political blog sponsored by Catholics United.

Ms. Rosanne HaggertyRosanne Haggerty is a board member and founder of Common Ground, an organization based in New York City whose "network of well-designed, affordable apartments � linked to the services people need to maintain their housing, restore their health, and regain their economic independence � has enabled more than 4,000 individuals to overcome homelessness."
The Rev. Dr. Dale T. Irvin

Dale T. Irvin is President and Professor of World Christianity at New York Theological Seminary, in New York City. He previously served the school as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean. A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (M. Div., 1981) and Union Theological Seminary in New York (Ph.D., 1989), he has been a member of the Seminary�s faculty since 1989.

He is the author of several books, including History of the World Christian Movement, with Scott W. Sunquist. Over the past several decades his articles have appeared in a number of journals such as Christianity Today, Christian Century, The Ecumenical Review and The Journal of Pentecostal Studies. He is a founding editor of The Journal of World Christianity and serves on the editorial board of The Living Pulpit.

Dr. Irvin has held visiting or adjunct appointments at a number of theological schools and universities, including the University of Uppsala in Uppsala, Sweden, and has lectured throughout the world. An ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches USA, he is a member of The Riverside Church in New York City.

Dr. Clyde Kuemmerle (Executive Director)Clyde Kuemmerle, M.Div, Ph.D. has worked with the hungry and homeless of New York for thirty years; thirteen of which were as the Associate Director of the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen. He has been involved in advocacy on the issues of poverty and disenfranchisement on the local, state, and national level. He co-chaired the Hunger and Homelessness Committee of the Social and Economic Justice Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. He serves on the Board of the Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing. Dr. Kuemmerle works with the Micah Institute on issues of Social and Economic Justice, is a member of the Clergy Leaders Committee of the Living Wage for New York Campaign, and Clergy for Environmental Justice. He is the founder of Ecclesia Ministries of New York.
The Rev. David Lewicki (Chairperson)Associate Minister at Marble Collegiate Church in New York. He is the pastoral advisor to the Connection (adults, 20s & 30s) and plans and directs Marble's innovative Wednesday Worship. He also works with Marble's Benevolence & Mission Committee and the South Africa Partnership. Raised in North Carolina and Ohio, Rev. Lewicki was drawn to ministry through his work with disadvantaged teenagers. In 1997, he co-founded Urban Solutions, Inc., a job training and neighborhood development program in New Haven, CT. At Urban Solutions, he received a 1998 echoing green Foundation Public Service Fellowship. He is a graduate of Yale University (BA, American Studies, 1997) and Union Theological Seminary (MDiv, 2004). He was ordained in 2005 by the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Mr. John C. LordJohn Lord has been a member of St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal since the early 1980s. He has served on its vestry and as a soup kitchen and shelter volunteer. Born and raised in Kentucky, he attended Princeton and the University of Louisville. His working life started as a journalist and included a year free-lancing in Egypt, The Sudan and East Africa. The major portion of his career was spent in public relations, including 25 years in press relations for Continental Oil and Mobil. As a memorial to his late wife, he established a seven-year program that took several hundred children and mothers from city shelters to musical events in New York.
The Rev. Elizabeth Maxwell
Cannon Michael McPherson
Ms. Nancy Mead
Mr. Jim Melchiorre

Jim Melchiorre worked in journalism and television production for more than 30 years, since a high school job at a Philadelphia radio station.

He has also stayed active in ministries of the United Methodist Church, including almost a dozen overseas work missions.

He currently serves as Chair of the Church Council of the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew (United Methodist) in New York City. He�s been a volunteer in shelters for 17 years, both in Nashville and New York, and is currently co-chair of the shelter that is run jointly by his congregation and Congregation B�nai Jeshurun.

Mr. Eugene Mintz (Treasurer)
  • Born December 3, 1933
  • High School, The Putney School in Vermont
  • B.A. Carleton College 1956
  • M.B.A. Graduate School of Business Ad. N.Y.U.
  • Financial Market Analyst, Brown Brothers Harriman 1962 to 2001, retired
  • Vestryman, then Warden St. Paul's Church Brooklyn, New York for 25 years
  • Volunteer Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen since 2002
The Rev. Titus Presler
The Rt. Rev. Catherine Roskam

The Rev. Dr. Donald Shriver and Mrs. Peggy Shriver

Donald Shriver Jr. has long taken an international voice in examining ethical issues related to race relations, youth, business, politics and medicine.

An ordained Presbyterian minister, he was president of Union Theological Seminary in New York from 1975 to 1991 and taught ethics there until 1996 as the William E. Dodge Professor of Applied Christianity. He also has taught at Jewish Theological Seminary, Emory University�s Candler School of Theology, and Columbia University�s schools of business, law, international affairs and journalism.

Before teaching, he was pastor of a congregation in North Carolina and a Presbyterian minister at North Carolina State University.

Shriver, who has belonged to the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations since 1988, has traveled to 55 countries including India, Germany, South Korea, South Africa, England, Ireland and Belgium.

A member of the American Theological Society and former president of the Society of Christian Ethics, Shriver also has engaged in Jewish-Christian dialogue in several countries. He was a fellow of the American Academy in Berlin and visiting senior scholar of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town, South Africa.

Shriver has written 13 books about ethics. His previous works include The Unsilent South: Prophetic Preaching in Racial Crisis (1965), The Lord�s Prayer: A Way of Life (1983) and An Ethic for Enemies: Forgiveness in Politics (1995). He is now working on a new book about his former teacher, H. Richard Niebuhr of Yale University. His Grawemeyer Award-winning book, Honest Patriots: Loving a Country Enough to Remember Its Misdeeds, was translated into German last year.

Shriver earned a doctorate in religion and society from Harvard University and degrees from Davidson College, Union Theological Seminary and Yale University Divinity.


Peggy L. Shriver has been an Executive Director, evaluator, researcher, and author for the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. as well as for her own national Presbyterian Church. She has served on various commissions, delegations, boards, and councils that have taken her numerous times particularly to Europe, Africa, and the Far and Middle East.� A poet, she has authored also books and articles on divisions within and among Christian religious bodies and recently a study on peacemaking and world affairs.

Ms. Mary Brosnahan Sullivan
The Rev. Winnie Varghese
The Rev. Dr. Deborah Little WymanDeborah Little Wyman founded the Common Cathedral in Boston, the original Ecclesia Ministries community and the flagship community of Ecclesia Ministries communities nationwide.