Disciples News Service

Dr. Jack Sullivan Jr. called as regional minister

At a specially-called meeting on August 20, 2011 at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Lemoyne, PA, the Regional Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Pennsylvania elected the Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr. of Cleveland, OH, to serve as Regional Minister and President. 

An ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Dr. Sullivan currently serves as Senior Pastor of Fifth Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Cleveland. His prior service includes pastorates of congregations in Mercer Island, WA, Detroit, MI, Jefferson City, MO and Louisville, KY. He has also served in the Division of Homeland Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as Associate for African American Educational Ministries.

He has served as Associate Regional Minister of the Mid-America Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and for eight years was Regional Minister of the Northwest Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Dr. Sullivan holds a B. S. degree from Ohio University, an M. Div. from Lexington Theological Seminary, and a D. Min. from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH. He has also undertaken advanced studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA.

He has been engaged in leadership in many areas of Disciples church life including his current service as President of the Black Ministers Fellowship and he previously served as President of the Board of Trustees of the Council on Christian Unity. He is widely sought as a speaker and has written extensively on many issues in church life.

He is married to the Reverend Sekinah Hamlin, who is currently engaged in ministries in the Greensboro, NC area where she lives. He is the father of daughters, Nia and Jacquelyn.

Dr. Sullivan, who receives the enthusiastic support of the Search Committee and the Regional Board, expresses his eagerness to become the Regional Minister of Pennsylvania and looks forward to meeting our members and leading the Region in the days ahead.

He will be present at the "School for Congregational Leaders" at Toftrees Resort near State College on November 5, 2011, and looks forward to meeting many of our Pennsylvania Disciples at that time.

The probable starting date of Dr. Sullivan’s regional ministry in Pennsylvania is October 1, 2011. His service of installation will be announced when the plans are complete. Continue your prayers for the region and our regional minister-elect even as you have been supportive throughout this interim and search process.

Submitted by the Pennsylvania Regional Office.