Executive for Missional Implementation Called

Executive for Missional Implementation Called

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The Rev. Dr. Audrey C. Price, an Associate Conference Minister for Leadership Development in the Central Atlantic Conference, has been called as the Southern New England Conference's first Executive for Missional Implementation.

In this role, Rev. Price will be serving in much the same way that a traditional Conference Minister would: she will be responsible for operational oversight of the Conference, providing leadership for the program staff and the regionally assigned staff and overseeing daily operations, facilities, outdoor ministries, and budgets. She will be part of the Executive Leadership Team, along with Executive Conference Minister The Rev. Darrell Goodwin and Executive for Missional Stewardship Dawn Hammond.

 "One of my favorite lines in the Preamble to the Constitution of the UCC  -- [The UCC] affirms the responsibility of the Church in each generation to make this faith its own in reality of worship, in honesty of thought and expression, and in purity of heart before God' -- speaks to why I feel called to ministry in the Southern New England Conference at this time,"  Price said. "The SNEC, after intentional discernment, fervent prayer, sacred conversations, tears, laughter, mourning and joy, has birthed a vision that brought three historic conferences into one, to transform the Church by faithfully living into the responsibility of the Church affirmed by the denomination. To journey with over 600 churches in making this prophetic vision a reality makes my heart sing."

In her current position,  Price has stewardship for churches and clergy in the Catoctin and Shenandoah Associations spanning counties in Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia. Additionally, she is responsible for researching, organizing and overseeing programs and initiatives for ministerial excellence and clergy support for authorized ministers in the Central Atlantic Conference. Prior to her full-time ministerial career, Price worked for the federal government as an Information Technology Project Manager for over 15 years. In that time she oversaw multimillion dollar projects bringing several teams into alignment and coordination toward a common goal.

“I am so excited about the addition of the Rev. Dr. Audrey Price to our executive team," said Bridge Conference Minister the Rev. Marilyn Kendrix. "I am most impressed with her experience in both the sacred and secular worlds which will be an important asset as she leads a large staff of faithful people to implement the vision of the Southern New England Conference."

Bridge Conference Minister the Rev. Don Remick said: "Her experience and style and gifts and skills are just exactly what our Conference will need for this position.  We will be in competent, astute and pastoral hands as the future unfolds.  Thank you Rev. Dr. Price for joining our Conference’s ministry.  Thank you Holy Spirit for your gracious guidance. “

Prior to becoming an Associate Conference Minister, Price served as the Supply Senior Minister of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, DC; and previously as Interim Pastor at Webster Congregational Christian Church in Havre de Grace, MD.  She is a trained UCC Polity teacher and Racial Justice Facilitator, and a member of Hope United Church of Christ in Alexandria, VA.

"Over the years, Rev. Dr. Audrey Price has continually been a grounding spiritual force and a wisdom figure for colleagues in the United Church of Christ," said the Rev. Darrell Goodwin, who will start as Executive Conference Minister on Jan. 1, the same time that Dr. Price begins. "I am honored to have her serve alongside me in this new and compelling role."

While the Rev. Dr. Price oversees day-to-day operations of the Conference, the Rev. Goodwin will serve as chief vision keeper, communicator and strategist, as well as the chief philanthropy officer and the public face of the Conference in the media and public square.

The Executive for Missional Interpretation position was posted on the UCC Ministry Opportunities website, and was also publicized through networks of clergy groups and UCC staff. Seven profiles were received. 

Lee Albertson, the UCC's Conference Minister Search Coordinator, provided guidance and training to the search team: Myong Cho, a member of Chapel Street Congregational Church, Lincoln, RI; The Rev. Kristy Coburn, Pastor of the United Church of Christ in Abington, MA; The Rev. Michael McSherry, Pastor of Edwards Church, Northampton, MA; and The Rev. Fredd Ward, Pastor of South Congregational Church, East Hartford, CT. Dr. Donique McIntosh, the Conference's Racial Justice Minister, provided training to the search team around racial bias in search processes, and Goodwin joined the team to help with the process. The search team reviewed profiles, conducted interviews, and contacted references.

"The search team was unanimous, joy filled and enthusiastic in their choice of Rev. Dr. Audrey Price," Remick said.

Price’s service includes membership in the Interim Ministry Network (IMN), an organization dedicated to the health and wellness of church congregations. She has broad experience as a Christian Educator in several denominations, having served as the Director of Christian Education at Christ Congregational Church UCC in Silver Spring, MD, having oversight of the educational ministries and training of lay leadership for service in Faith Formation. She worked as the Director of Christian Education at Leesburg Presbyterian Church (LPC) in Leesburg, VA guiding and supervising the Church School, Vacation Bible School, and Adult Education. Rev.  Price served at Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ (CBUCC) as the Minister of Christian Education, Discipleship Training teacher and ministerial team leader.

Price achieved a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) at The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Systematic Theology with a concentration in Liberation Theology. Her dissertation, Theological Aesthetics in the African American Anthropologies of Emilie Townes and Shawn Copeland, examined and formulated a theological aesthetics arguing the theological beauty of God through the African American female body in its perseverance through brokenness, attempted dehumanization, and violation during 400 years of inhumane enslavement. She also earned a Master of Philosophy degree at The Catholic University of America, a Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary (Washington, DC), and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) in Huntsville, AL. She is adjunct faculty at Wesley Theological Seminary.
 
Price is a native of Montgomery, Alabama and has lived in the Washington DC metropolitan area for over 20 years, thereby making Northern Virginia her home away from home.  In her “spare time,” Price indulges her passion of reading, traveling to new places, officiating basketball and her new found joy of riding motorcycles.  She is married to Augustine Angba and together they have four children.

Price is inspired and guided in her daily life by the following precepts: 
 
“But seek first the kingdom of God, and God’s righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” –Matt. 6:33
 
"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." -Maya Angelou

 
 

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Tiffany Vail

Tiffany Vail is the Associate Conference Minister for Communications for the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ. 

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