Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees Officers

Chair of the Board

Rev. Dr. William Lee

Vice Chair of the Board

Rev. Elizabeth McManis

Secretary of the Board

Rev. Jacque Compton

Chair of Academic and Student Life Committee

Rev. Joan Bell-Haynes

Chair of Facilities Committee

Mr. Joe Gardner

Chair of Finance Committee

Mr. John Reed

Chair of Institutional Advancement Committee

Rev. Daniel Webster

Chair of Strategic Planning Committee

Mrs. Leslie Geoghegan

Chair of Trusteeship Committee

Rev. Dr. Gary Kidwell

Board of Trustees

Joan Bell-Haynes

Dick Burks

Jacquelin Compton

Kenneth Cottrell

Joe Gardner

Leslie Geoghegan

Brian Gerard

Donald K. Gillett, II

Richard Griffith

Larry Jackson

Gary Kidwell

William Kirkland

William Lee

Doug Lofton

Jeannie May

William McConnell

Kyle McDougal

Elizabeth (Libby) McManis

Nathl Moore

Margie Ralph

John Reed

Joel J. (J.J. Santos)

Henry (Hank) Sneed

James Sullivan

Daniel Webster

James Wheeler

Bobby Williams

Lexington Theological Seminary
2021-2022 TRUSTEE COMMITTEES

Executive Committee

William Lee, Chair

Elizabeth McManis, Vice Chair

Jacque Compton, Secretary

Doug Lofton, Immediate Past Chair

Joan Bell-Haynes

Joe Gardner

Leslie Geoghegan

Donald Gillett

Gary Kidwell

John Reed

Daniel Webster

Charisse Gillett, Officer Liaison

 

Academic & Student Life Committee

Joan Bell-Haynes, Chair

Nathl Moore

Margie Ralph

Jim Wheeler

Emily Askew, Faculty Representative

Windy Kidd, Staff Representative

Loida Martell, Officer Liaison

 

Facilities

Joe Gardner, Chair

Donald Gillett

Kyle McDougal

Hank Sneed

Karen Wagers, Officer Liaison

 

Finance

John Reed. Chair

James E. Sullivan

William Lee

J.J. Santos

Bobby Williams

Karen Wagers, Officer Liaison

Institutional Advancement

Daniel Webster, Chair

Dick Burks

Jacque Compton

Ken Cottrell

Larry Jackson

William Kirkland

Hank Sneed

Mark Blankenship, Officer Liaison

 

Trusteeship Committee

Gary Kidwell, Chair

Richard Griffith

Leslie Geoghegan

William Lee

Doug Lofton, Immediate Past Chair

Bill McConnell

Charisse Gillett, Officer Liaison

 

Strategic Planning Committee

Leslie Geoghegan, Chair

Brian Gerard

William Lee

Jeannie May

Libby McManis

Jerry Sumney

Charisse Gillett, Officer Liaison

Loida Martell, Officer Liaison

Board of Trustees 2021-2022
Joan Bell-Haynes

Joan Bell-Haynes is the Regional Minister for the Rocky Mountain Region. She is an alumna of the Disciples Divinity House and the University of Chicago Divinity School. Rev. Bell-Haynes is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). After earning her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Albany State College she worked as Assistant Dean of Academics, College of Health Sciences, Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.

Jacque Compton

Jacque Compton was born and raised in San Diego, CA, completed her undergraduate degree at Dowling College in NY and graduated with her Master of Divinity from Lexington Theological Seminary. She served as the Director of Youth as well as the Director of a children’s ministry program called St. Andrew’s Kids at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Ashland, KY, served as an adult representative for the X-Committee regional youth council for the region of KY, and the Associate Minister and Minister of Youth at Madison Avenue Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in W. Huntington, WV.

Jacquelin Compton
Kenneth Cottrell
Joe Gardner
Leslie L. Geoghegan
Brian Gerard

Brian Gerard currently serves as Senior Minister of Middletown Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He began his ministry at MCC in February of 2021 after serving as the Senior Minister of First Christian Church of Louisville for just over 18 years. Brian also served First Christian Church of Montgomery, AL from 1998-2002.

Brian received his bachelor’s degree from Phillips University (’94) and his Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School (’97). As part of his seminary education, he served as a chaplain at Connecticut Hospice, completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Methodist Hospitals of Memphis and three units at Yale-New Haven Hospital. While in seminary, he also edited the book, Common Passages: Devotions for Seminarians by Seminarians (Chalice Press).

Brian is married to Carrie Gerard, who is ordained in the Christian Church (D.O.C.) and is the Executive Director of Eastern Area Community Ministries in Louisville. Brian and Carrie have two sons. Ethan, 21, is a Senior at Bradley University in Peoria, IL. Graham, 16, is a Junior at North Oldham High School.

Don Gillett

Rev. Dr. Donald K. Gillett II, LTS D.Min 2006, began his ministry as the Regional Minister for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Kentucky on August 1.

Rev. Dr. Gillett has devoted tremendous service to the Kentucky region. He has served as senior pastor at East Second Street Christian Church in Lexington for the past 22 years. Since June 2017, he has been the Executive Director of the Kentucky Council of Churches and has been a part of the contingent faculty at Lexington Theological Seminary.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, TX; a Master of Divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago; a Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN; and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Lexington Theological Seminary.

Along with his current service, Rev. Dr. Gillett has much experience at the local, regional and general level. He is currently the chair of the UCMS Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He is the immediate past President of the National Convocation Board of Directors for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He has been the Chair/Co-Chair of the Division of Overseas Ministries Board of Directors of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Co-Chair of Global Ministries of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ and the United Church of Christ. He is also a former Moderator of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) In Kentucky and President of the Kentucky Christian Missionary Convention.

Richard Griffith- Immediate Past Chair
Jami Hornbuckle
Larry Jackson
Gary W. Kidwell
William Kirkland
William Lee- Vice Chair
Douglas N. Lofton- Chair
Jeannie May
William McConnell
Rev. Kyle McDougall

Rev. Kyle McDougall M.Div. 2013
Bowling Green, KY

Associate Minister
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Bowling Green, KY

Resident Minister
Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ
Lexington, KY

Youth Minister
Madison Avenue Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Covington, KY

Lexington Theological Seminary
Master of Divinity 2013

Elizabeth McManis
N.L. Moore

Pastor N.L. Moore is a native of Huntsville, AL. and is the son of Harold. Upon graduation from Tuskegee University, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science, he was employed as a Systems Analyst from 6/1996- 8/2000 by Ethicon Endo-Surgery, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson in Cincinnati, OH. He served not only as a team member but also a team lead to implement various IT solutions and strategies that covered Ethicon plants from Cincinnati, OH to Juarez, Mexico and supported on-site employees as well as off-site sales representatives.

Pastor Moore currently serves as the 14th Pastor of First African Baptist Church and in May 2011 received his Master of Divinity Degree from Lexington Theological Seminary and received his Doctor of Ministry Degree (D.Min.) from the United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio in May 2017.

He accepted the call on June 27, 2009, preached his first sermon as pastor on August 16, 2009 and was installed on October 18, 2009. He is leading us to achieve our mission of becoming “The Church in the Community for the Hearts of the Community.” The 4 Steps to achieving our mission is to be A Hospitable Church, A Holy Church, A Healthy Church and A Helping Church.

Margie Ralph
John Reed
Joel J. Santos (J.J.)
Henry (Hank) Sneed, Jr.
James E. Sullivan
Nancy W. Walton- Secretary
Daniel Webster
Jim Wheeler

Jim Wheeler was born and raised in Carrollton, Kentucky. He is a graduate of Carroll County High School, Transylvania University, and Lexington Theological Seminary.

He is blessed to share life with his wife of thirty-nine years, Rhonda Wiley Wheeler. Rhonda has always been very active and supportive of all ministries in the life of the church, while also having her own profession in higher education. Jim and Rhonda have three married daughters (and sons-in-law) and four grandchildren.

Jim is a lifelong member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), having grown up in the Carrollton Christian Church in Kentucky. He has served congregations in Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Florida. He is currently Senior Minister of First Christian Church (DOC) in Lawrenceburg, KY, where he has served since 2002.

Throughout his career Jim has served with many local agencies to help fight poverty and hunger. He has served on many boards including the Christian Church in Kentucky, Alumni Association for LTS, Ministerial Associations, Literacy Council, KY Council of Churches, Hospice, Alzheimer’s Association, Domestic Violence Council, Chamber of Commerce, and on an ethics committee for a local hospital. He has also served as a mentor for several students attending seminary during his career.

Bobby Williams
Board of Trustees
Joan Bell-Haynes
G. Richard Burks, II (Dick)
Jacquelin Compton
Kenneth Cottrell
Joe Gardner
Leslie L. Geoghegan
Brian Gerard

Brian Gerard currently serves as Senior Minister of Middletown Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He began his ministry at MCC in February of 2021 after serving as the Senior Minister of First Christian Church of Louisville for just over 18 years. Brian also served First Christian Church of Montgomery, AL from 1998-2002.

Brian received his bachelor’s degree from Phillips University (’94) and his Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School (’97). As part of his seminary education, he served as a chaplain at Connecticut Hospice, completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Methodist Hospitals of Memphis and three units at Yale-New Haven Hospital. While in seminary, he also edited the book, Common Passages: Devotions for Seminarians by Seminarians (Chalice Press).

Brian is married to Carrie Gerard, who is ordained in the Christian Church (D.O.C.) and is the Executive Director of Eastern Area Community Ministries in Louisville. Brian and Carrie have two sons. Ethan, 21, is a Senior at Bradley University in Peoria, IL. Graham, 16, is a Junior at North Oldham High School.

Don Gillett

Rev. Dr. Donald K. Gillett II, LTS D.Min 2006, began his ministry as the Regional Minister for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Kentucky on August 1.

Rev. Dr. Gillett has devoted tremendous service to the Kentucky region. He has served as senior pastor at East Second Street Christian Church in Lexington for the past 22 years. Since June 2017, he has been the Executive Director of the Kentucky Council of Churches and has been a part of the contingent faculty at Lexington Theological Seminary.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, TX; a Master of Divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago; a Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN; and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Lexington Theological Seminary.

Along with his current service, Rev. Dr. Gillett has much experience at the local, regional and general level. He is currently the chair of the UCMS Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He is the immediate past President of the National Convocation Board of Directors for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He has been the Chair/Co-Chair of the Division of Overseas Ministries Board of Directors of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Co-Chair of Global Ministries of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ and the United Church of Christ. He is also a former Moderator of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) In Kentucky and President of the Kentucky Christian Missionary Convention.

Richard Griffith- Immediate Past Chair
Jami Hornbuckle
Larry Jackson
Gary W. Kidwell
William Kirkland
William Lee- Vice Chair
Douglas N. Lofton- Chair
Jeannie May
William McConnell
Rev. Kyle McDougall

Rev. Kyle McDougall M.Div. 2013
Bowling Green, KY

Associate Minister
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Bowling Green, KY

Resident Minister
Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ
Lexington, KY

Youth Minister
Madison Avenue Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Covington, KY

Lexington Theological Seminary
Master of Divinity 2013

Elizabeth McManis
N.L. Moore

Pastor N.L. Moore is a native of Huntsville, AL. and is the son of Harold. Upon graduation from Tuskegee University, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science, he was employed as a Systems Analyst from 6/1996- 8/2000 by Ethicon Endo-Surgery, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson in Cincinnati, OH. He served not only as a team member but also a team lead to implement various IT solutions and strategies that covered Ethicon plants from Cincinnati, OH to Juarez, Mexico and supported on-site employees as well as off-site sales representatives.

Pastor Moore currently serves as the 14th Pastor of First African Baptist Church and in May 2011 received his Master of Divinity Degree from Lexington Theological Seminary and received his Doctor of Ministry Degree (D.Min.) from the United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio in May 2017.

He accepted the call on June 27, 2009, preached his first sermon as pastor on August 16, 2009 and was installed on October 18, 2009. He is leading us to achieve our mission of becoming “The Church in the Community for the Hearts of the Community.” The 4 Steps to achieving our mission is to be A Hospitable Church, A Holy Church, A Healthy Church and A Helping Church.

Margie Ralph
John Reed
Joel J. Santos (J.J.)
Henry (Hank) Sneed, Jr.
James E. Sullivan
Nancy W. Walton- Secretary
Daniel Webster
Jim Wheeler

Jim Wheeler was born and raised in Carrollton, Kentucky. He is a graduate of Carroll County High School, Transylvania University, and Lexington Theological Seminary.

He is blessed to share life with his wife of thirty-nine years, Rhonda Wiley Wheeler. Rhonda has always been very active and supportive of all ministries in the life of the church, while also having her own profession in higher education. Jim and Rhonda have three married daughters (and sons-in-law) and four grandchildren.

Jim is a lifelong member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), having grown up in the Carrollton Christian Church in Kentucky. He has served congregations in Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Florida. He is currently Senior Minister of First Christian Church (DOC) in Lawrenceburg, KY, where he has served since 2002.

Throughout his career Jim has served with many local agencies to help fight poverty and hunger. He has served on many boards including the Christian Church in Kentucky, Alumni Association for LTS, Ministerial Associations, Literacy Council, KY Council of Churches, Hospice, Alzheimer’s Association, Domestic Violence Council, Chamber of Commerce, and on an ethics committee for a local hospital. He has also served as a mentor for several students attending seminary during his career.

Bobby Williams

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