Seeking Our Next Regional Executive Minister

Leadership transitions are an inevitable part of the life of any region, and they are always best undertaken with the proper time and planning to allow for continuity and care in the passing of the torch. The Board of Managers has appointed a Regional Executive Minister Search Committee and confirmed a desired timeline to select and approve our next REM.

Search Committee Members

  • Rev. Brandle C. Morrow, Sr., Milwaukee Metropolitan Missionary, Chair
  • Chosen Glory Chintapalli, Waukesha First
  • Jose Faz, Racine Renacer
  • Rev. Karen Gygax Rodriguez, Green Lake Federated
  • Rev. Jason Mack, Wauwatosa Underwood
  • Rev. Terry J. West, Milwaukee New Hope
  • Rev. Dr. Demetrius K. Williams, Greater Milwaukee Community


August 7, 2021 - Applications and recommendations have been received. Four candidates will be interviewed in September.

May 11, 2021 - A Job Posting and Region Profile have been created and posted in ABCUSA circles.

April 15, 2021 - The search committee has had 2 very productive meetings. Members are busy working on a job description and region profile.


Our primary concern regarding a timeline for our search for a new Regional Executive Minister (REM) is to obey the Holy Spirit. What follows is a projected timeline based on national leadership’s experience with executive searches in American Baptist regions.

In January 2021 the Board of Managers acted on the Personnel Committee’s recommendations regarding composition of the Regional Executive Minister Search Committee, search committee budget, and search process timeline.


Winter/Spring 2021

  • Search Committee orientation led by Dr. C. Jeff Woods, Interim General Secretary, American Baptist Churches U.S.A.
  • Teambuilding.
  • Gathering input for qualities desired in next Executive Minister.
  • Preparing a position announcement and a region profile or fact sheet.
  • Opening the process for names.

Spring/Summer 2021

  • Reducing the list of names and deciding whom to interview.
  • Completing reference checks and interviews.

Summer/Fall 2021

  • Discernment process and selection of a candidate.
  • Presenting one candidate to the Board of Managers for a decision.
  • Announcement of new REM, installation service, dissolution of Search Committee and/or formation of a transition committee.

And an exciting new chapter of regional ministry begins!