We Welcome Charlotte’s 2018 Cohort!

“On September 20, 2016, Keith Lamont Scott was shot and killed by a police officer in Charlotte. In the ensuing days, rage fueled by years of racial inequity in our city, spilled into our streets and onto media around the world. It was a real wake up call for our city.

Subsequently, Macedonian Ministry felt a call to develop a cohort in Charlotte to strengthen the relationships of pastors across denominational and racial lines; so here we are. We are fifteen pastors, nine African American, six Anglo, from five different denominations. We serve congregations from 100 members to 4,800. We come from the north, south, east and west of our city, from the wealthiest neighborhoods and the poorest. As we continue to build our relationships and trust, we pray God will use our fellowship to bring reconciliation and healing to our city.”

Dr. Joe Clifford, Cohort Facilitator, Charlotte


Meet the Cohort!

Joe Clifford

Cohort Facilitator, Meyers Park Presbyterian Church

“As a Pastor in Dallas, TX I was blessed to be part of the Dallas-Ft. Worth MM cohort. I enjoyed the fellowship, support, and mentorship of Charlie Johnson, our Facilitator. Our cohort helped get Pastors for Texas Children off the ground, advocating for public education in that state. That experience impacted me, my congregation, and our broader community. When the invitation to start a cohort in Charlotte came, I counted it a blessing and a privilege to say, ‘Yes!’ I can’t wait to see how God will use us in this great city.”

Aldana Allen

Cohort Member, Providence United Methodist Church

“A large part of my joining the cohort was because I wanted to engage in a collegial learning setting with my wife. Since we are in different denominations, we seldom get to experience immersive learning together (not since our seminary days). The interdependent nature of the cohort was very appealing to me.”

Jerry Cannon

Cohort Member, C.N. Jenkins Memorial Presbyterian Church

“I said yes to being a member of this cohort because I wanted to engage in the proven work of Macedonian Ministry and to develop needed skills among local clergy that will strengthen my call to ministry. I was motivated by the testimonies of cohort participants shared in the overview video and I was drawn in closer after speaking with some staff persons from Macedonian Ministry.”

Veronica Cannon

Cohort Member, Avondale Presbyterian Church

“I said yes to being a member of this cohort because I am excited to meet and develop long lasting relationships with other area pastors who are from different denominations and have different experiences to share. I desire to become part of something meaningful where we can support one another and pray for one another. I said yes because there is much I can learn and much I can share.”

Donnie Garris

Cohort Member, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church

“I have been in two pastoral ministries with a combine of 25 years. I’ve never been a part of anything like this that was ecumenical and provides elements of nurturing, continuing education and has a sabbatical- travel component to it. I’m excited about taking this journey with those I already know and, especially, those I do not know as we learn, grow and develop together during what I perceive will be meaningful ‘in-to-me-see’ gatherings.”

Tressala Hicklin

Cohort Member, Big Pineville AME Zion Church

“I said yes to being a member of this cohort because of the opportunity to fellowship with other ministers and pastors who share in this ministry. I look forward to drawing encouragement and strength from others who share the same struggles, challenges, and rewards.”

Luke Maybry

Cohort Member, Matthews Presbyterian Church

“I said yes to being a member of this cohort because I value a local group of pastors who meet regularly for support and friendship. I especially appreciated the diversity in this group in terms of race and denominations. I have also never been to the Holy Land and very much appreciate the opportunity to go.”

Sonya McAuley-Allen

Cohort Member, South End Presbyterian Church

“I said yes to being a member of this cohort because I was very interested to participate in a diverse group that centers on God’s community and mutual clergy support.”

Stephanie Moore Hand

Cohort Member, United Methodist Church

“I said yes to being a member of this cohort because I believe I see the urgent need to stay grounded spiritual, and be in intentional community with diverse clergy, so that we have an authentic, relevant voice in our community.”

Pendleton Peery

Cohort Member, First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte

“I sad yes to being a part of this cohort because I know from experience how powerful and life-giving being part of a ministry cohort can be. I have been a part of a preaching cohort of 17 pastors for the past 10 years and it has renewed me in ways I didn’t even know I needed.”

Lori Raible

Cohort Member, Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church

“I said yes to being a part of this cohort because I wanted to build relationships with fellow Charlotte clergy.”

Val Rosenquist

Cohort Member, First United Methodist Church Charlotte

“I said yes to being a member of this cohort because I wanted to be a part of a diverse community of fellow clergy who support each other and learn from one another.”

Lorenzo Small, Sr.

Cohort Member, First United Presbyterian Church

“I said yes to being a member of this cohort because I am new to Charlotte and am excited to get to know other clergy in the community.”

Amelia Stinson-Wesley

Cohort Member, Purcell United Methodist Church

“I said yes to being a member of this cohort because I was seeking a community within the clergy, a group with whom I can be accountable and learn.”

Monte Witherspoon-Brown

Cohort Member, Steele Creek AME Zion Church

“I said yes to being a member of this cohort because the opportunity it affords to strengthen and deepen relationships with fellow clergy in the community.”