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General Board nominates moderator team for 2017-19

Moderator: Sue Morris


Morris has been serving the past two years as moderator-elect. She is a proud fourth generation member whose father was the Rev. Donald Hogan. Morris has been a member of the Mission First taskforce since its inception and is a past board member and chair of the Pension Fund. Morris also served on the board of trustees for Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, as well as a board member for Church Extension. She is a member of First Christian Church, Omaha, NE.

As president of Heritage Services, she has been involved with numerous capital campaigns, including the $107 million capital campaign to build the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha and the campaign for the TD Ameritrade Stadium and funds to support Joslyn Art Museum and the Durham Museum.

Moderator-Elect: The Reverend Belva Brown Jordan

Brown Jordan

Jordan serves as the associate dean for curriculum and assessment and as associate professor of the practice of ministry at Claremont School of Theology as well as dean of Disciples Seminary Foundation (Claremont). Jordan’s ministry and service with the Church and higher education, spans 30+ years. She began her ministerial career as a denominational executive for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with the Division of Homeland Ministry as the director of racial/ethnic ministry. She also served as the denomination’s director of youth ministry focusing on leader development with youth. Jordan served on the faculty of Lancaster Theological Seminary (PA) and after having earned tenure and serving as dean of the faculty for one year, she moved on to Harvard University Divinity School (Cambridge, MA) where she was assistant dean for student life. She then became the associate dean for admissions and student services at Phillips Theological Seminary (Tulsa, OK) and now is at Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA.

First Vice Moderator: The Rev. Beau Underwood


Rev. Beau Underwood has served as the senior minister of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Jefferson City, MO since February of 2015. Prior to moving to Missouri’s state capitol, he was the senior director of advocacy and communications at Sojourners in Washington, DC and an assistant minister at National City Christian Church. A lifelong Disciple, he is a 2003 graduate of Eureka College and a 2010 graduate of both the Divinity School and the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, where he was also a Disciples Divinity House Scholar. He is currently taking doctoral classes at the University of Missouri’s Truman School of Public Policy. In addition to his ministry as a local church pastor, Rev. Underwood serves on the board of directors for Higher Education and Leadership Ministries (HELM) and the Mid-America Region.

Second Vice Moderator: The Rev. Dr. Timothy Lee


Rev. Timothy Lee Timothy S. Lee is an ordained minister and a historian of Christianity. He is associate professor of the history of Christianity and director of Asian (Korean) Church Studies at Brite Divinity School (Texas Christian University). He attended the University of Illinois (Urbana), where he earned a B.A. in history; and the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he earned an A.M. in Religious Studies, a certificate in Ministerial Studies, and a PhD in the History of Christianity. He was ordained in 1996, at Chicago Christian Church (DOC), under the mentorship of the late Rev. Soongook Choi. In 2010, he served as moderator of NAPAD’s inaugural board of directors. He has also been a member of the General Reconciliation Committee, the Disciples of Christ Historical Society, Higher Education and Leadership Ministries, the Mission Alignment Coordinating Council, the Council on Christian Unity, and the Association of Disciples for Theological Discussion.


2 Responses to “General Board nominates moderator team for 2017-19”

  1. Rev. Dr. John Bennett:

    I’m impressed with the quality and diversity of these nominees. Our church will be will be blessed by their servant leadership, I’m sure. I’m especially pleased that one nominee, Rev. Beau Underwood, is our minister at First Christian Church, Jefferson City, Missouri. We are pleased to share him with the wider church where he will offer visionary leadership as he is in our congregation. Thanks be to God for these gifted leaders.

  2. I am very pleased with the group of fellow Disciples that have been nominated. This group reflects the core values of the Disciple Church. I especially want to note the selection of Rev. Beau Underwood. I have known him when he was at Sojourners and at National City Christian Church as one of our associate pastors. He was very involved in the life of the church especially in young adult ministry. I firmly believe that he will bring new life and new ideas to the Disciples.