Chair: Reverend Timothy McDonald III (AAMIA)
The Rev. Timothy McDonald has been an influential leader on People For the American Way’s Board of Directors since 1995. In 1997, he was a founder of the African American Ministers Leadership Council and is a driving force behind its vision and expansion. McDonald serves as pastor of First Iconium Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia and is President of Concerned Black Clergy, an ecumenical organization of Black and White clergy and lay persons working on behalf of the poor.
McDonald is deeply rooted in struggles for civil rights, economic and social justice and political empowerment in the African American community in Georgia—and is a major national spokesperson across the country. He previously served as Special Assistant for Community Concerns for Mayor Maynard Jackson. As National Director of Operation Breadbasket and Special Projects for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference from 1983-1989, McDonald spearheaded projects around drugs, economic empowerment, South Africa, Central America, the Middle East, homelessness, the death penalty, and AIDS. He also served as full-time Assistant Pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta (Dr. Martin Luther King’s church).
Among his numerous awards and achievements Rev. McDonald was named Outstanding Role Model by Youth Initiative Project, Inc., was honored by United Negro College Fund and American Cancer Society for exceptional volunteerism, and was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Citizen Coalition for Growth. In addition to PFAW Foundation, McDonald serves on the boards of directors of Atlanta Recovery Center, Concerned Black Clergy, FEMA United Way, Christian Council of Atlanta, Clergy and Laity Concerned, Sane/Freeze, Alternative Life Paths, and Georgia Public Assistance Coalition. He received a B.A. from Berry College in Rome, GA, holds a Master of Divinity from Emory University, and has completed some work towards a Doctor of Ministry from Emory University.
Vice-Chair: Reverend Dr. Robert P. Shine, Sr. (AAMIA)
Dr. Shine is the Pastor and Founder of Berachah Baptist Church in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia, where he has been the Pastor for seventeen years. Dr. Shine is a very well respected, visible church and community leader throughout the Philadelphia area. He is the former President of the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity and President of the Pennsylvania State Wide Coalition of Black Clergy. He is the chairman of the African American Association for Corporate Responsibility, (AAACR) and chairman and Charter member of the World Communications Charter School.
Dr. Shine is the former Chairman of the Board of Manna bible Institute. Dr. Shine is a member of the Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission, (PAC), a member of the Board of the Campus Boulevard Corporation, (CBC); he's a member of the Advisory Board of the Barrister's Association of Philadelphia. He is also a member of the Philadelphia Association of Catholic Religious Investors, (PACRI). U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) appointed Dr. Shine as Congressional Black Caucus Chaplain and the National Association of Black State Legislators appointed him to head their Church and Clergy Division.
Chair: Rev. Dr. Rolen Lewis Womack, Jr. (AAMLC)
The Reverend Dr. Rolen Lewis Womack, Jr. is the founding pastor of Milwaukee’s Progressive Baptist Church, which was organized October 26, 1988. While fulfilling his role as pastor/teacher/prophet, he completed his Doctor of Ministry degree at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, as a member of a prominent group of preachers who became the first Wyatt Tee Walker Scholars. Dr. Womack is a native of Houston, Texas, a History and Political Science graduate of Texas Southern University and earned his Masters of Divinity degree at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. In his position as the senior pastor, Dr. Womack has worked to define the ministry at Progressive in terms of social justice activism and community advocacy. This model for ministry is rooted in a strong liberation theology context, and features an Afrocentric frame of reference. This ministry includes a Youth Ministry, Music and Stage Ministry, Discipleship, Men’s Fellowship, Women’s Fellowship, WINGS HIV AIDS ministry, and Custodial and Fiscal Ministries.
Vice-Chair: Rev. Kenneth L. Samuel
Doctor Kenneth Lee Samuel is a native of Darlington, South Carolina; one of four children born to Mr. & Mrs. Bessie and Albert Samuel, Sr. He has been the recipient of many scholastic and civic honors, including ‘A Better Chance Scholarship’, which allowed him to attend high school at the prestigious Delbarton School in Morristown, New Jersey. He graduated in 1978 from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American History. He continued his academic pursuit by matriculating at the Candler School of Theology of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he received the Benjamin E. Mays Theological Fellowship Award among others. In 1981, he received his Master of Divinity Degree. In 1996, he received the Doctor of Ministry Degree from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. His theological focus is in the field of homiletics and social ethics. Dr. Samuel is an adjunct professor in the Religion and Philosophy Department at Clark Atlanta University, and has served as a Teaching Assistant in homiletics at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University. In March of 1987, Doctor Samuel organized the Victory for the World Church which has dual standing as an independent Baptist Church, and an active congregation of the United Church of Christ and has a current membership of over 5000 parishioners.