Disciples News Service

Hamlin director of Ecumenical Poverty Initiative

The Rev. Sèkinah Hamlin recently accepted a call to serve as the director of the Ecumenical Poverty Initiative (EPI), a ministry that organizes Christians of diverse traditions to end poverty in the United States, especially among children. Previously a project of the National Council of Churches, EPI is now an ecumenical ministry of the Disciples Center for Public Witness, and is located at National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C.

“We are extremely happy that Rev. Hamlin has accepted our call to give leadership to this very important ecumenical ministry,” said the Rev. Dr. Ken Brooker Langston, Executive Director of the Center (DCPW). “Her keen analytical skills, her thorough knowledge of the processes of public policy advocacy, her strong passion for justice, and her firm commitment to the Biblical vision of shalom will contribute greatly to the overall ecumenical effort to put an end to poverty in the United States.”

Hamlin is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She is a pastor, preacher and community organizer with a long history of commitment to racial and economic justice. As director of EPI, she will work closely with state and local ecumenical organizations, national public policy advocates, churches of different denominations, and diverse Christian leaders to build faith-based networks that will, through common witness and action, promote stronger public support for eradicating poverty.

A native of Charlotte, N.C., and a current resident of Greensburg, Pa., Rev. Hamlin’s career in ministry has included service as minister of anti-racism and pro-reconciliation for the Southeast Regional Fellowship (SERF) of the Christian Church; pastor/developer of the Messiah Community Christian Church, Winston-Salem, N.C.; and campus minister for St. James Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, N.C.  Just prior to accepting the call to be EPI’s director, Hamlin was interim pastor of the Oak Hills Christian Church in Butler, Pa.

Hamlin has also given leadership to the North Carolina Council of Churches, serving as its first African-American female and youngest person to chair its board. Within the Pennsylvania region of the Christian Church, Hamlin is chairperson of the New Church Ministry Team, and recently served as featured speaker during the Region’s 2013 Women’s Retreat.  In the greater Pittsburgh community, Rev. Hamlin is Social Action co-chair of the Pittsburgh alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and is a Diamond Life Member of the sorority.  In addition, she is a member of the Greensburg-Jeannette NAACP Branch where she serves on its strategic planning committee.

Hamlin earned a bachelor of arts from Bennett College for Women and master of arts from Howard University, both in political science.  She also holds a MDiv from Duke University Divinity School in Durham, N.C., and is a Cornell University Certified Diversity Professional.  She is married to the Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr., regional minister and president of the Pennsylvania Region of the Christian Church.