Pastor – Rev. Dr. Barbara Morgan
“I know the plans I have for you declared the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Dr. Morgan is an ordained Elder and has served as associate pastor of St. Mark, the largest predominately African American United Methodist Church in the Chicago metro area. Prior to joining St. Mark’s ministerial team, she served for several years as the senior pastor of New Gresham and Greenstone United Methodist Churches in Chicago.
Dr. Morgan graduated valedictorian from Lucy Flower High School in Chicago. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Roosevelt University, a Masters in Development of Human Resources from National Louis University, and a Masters of Divinity from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. She completed her Doctorate in Ministry at the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, where she was a James Stein Scholar. Her course of study pertained to women in ministry and liberation theology.
Dr. Morgan is an Advisory Board Member of Kairos Outside Prison Ministry and is a member of SOUL (South-siders Organized for Unity and Liberation). She has served as chaplain at Northwestern Hospital and the Mather Foundation in Evanston. Her mission ministry has included trips to Israel, Greece, and South Africa, where she sought dialogue and liberation for the marginalized and oppressed.
Dr. Morgan’s theology is that we serve a God of the oppressed, that suffering knows no class, cultural, or geographical boundaries, that wherever you find suffering, you will find the Lord Jesus Christ. Our District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Zaki L. Zaki, describes Dr. Morgan as a strong preacher, a caring pastor, and an effective leader and communicator.
Missionary to Liberia – Helen Roberts-Evans
Helen serves as the Director of the Department of General Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church in Liberia. Helen attended high school at Evanston Township High School. She then studied in Bogotá, Colombia, and received a degree in special education from Boston University. Helen worked from 1998 through 2007 as executive director of the Child Care Center of Evanston. Here at Sherman United Methodist Church, Helen has served as a Sunday school teacher and has been an active member of United Methodist Women.
Director of Music – Jeffrey Hardy
I love sharing my musical knowledge and creativity. I believe that playing music is an art that should be shared with those who want to learn. It becomes the responsibility of the musically learned to share the knowledge. As a music educator, I am also a lifelong learner of music education. I actively participate in various music continuing education programs and keep an awareness of new technology in music production and instrument development.
Gwen Edmonds – Musician
Office Administrator – Violetta Cullen
Violetta Cullen is an experienced professional with experience in a variety of areas including management and city planning. She is also a board member of the Shorefront Legacy Center housed at Sherman UMC.