Rev. Geoffrey Black, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ, will be the guest preacher on Sunday, May 13 (Mothers’ Day), at Ainsworth UCC, Portland, OR.
A little about Rev. Black…
The Rev. Geoffrey A. Black was elected General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ in June 2009. Prior to that, he served as Conference Minister of the UCC’s New York Conference for nine years beginning in 2000.
Geoffrey Black previously served as a Minister for Church Life and Leadership with the then-Office for Church Life and Leadership (currently Parish Life and Leadership), a national agency of the United Church of Christ housed at the UCC’s national offices in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to joining the staff of OCLL in 1994, he served as Pastor of the Congregational UCC of South Hempstead, New York.
Ecumenical commitment, concern for equal justice, African-American empowerment, and community improvement have shaped Black’s ministry in the church and in the communities in which he has lived. This has resulted in his work with organizations such as the Nassau Coalition for Safety and Justice, The Long Island Interracial Alliance for a Common Future, and the Amistad Cultural Center of Long Island, which he co-founded. While living in Ohio, he has been an active member of Caring Communities of Shaker Heights, Ohio, and Partnership 2000 of the Shaker Public schools.
Rev. Black is married to Patricia Williams-Black. They have one daughter, Makeda Black, who resides in Hyattsville, Maryland.