Rev. Shannon Johnson Kershner
Rev. Shannon Johnson Kershner is the senior pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, Illinois. She grew up in Waco, Texas as the daughter of a Presbyterian minister and an elementary school teacher. Shannon stayed in Texas for college and graduated in 1994 from Trinity University in San Antonio. In 1996, she began her theological training at Columbia Theological Seminary and received her Masters of Divinity degree in 1999. She has been involved in leadership for NEXT Church and served on its strategy team for nine years. Shannon is married to Greg, whom she met in high school at a Presbyterian summer conference at Mo-Ranch. They have been married for 26 years and are the parents of 19 year old Hannah and 16 year old Ryan.
Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr.
Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr., currently pastor of Covenant United Church of Christ, Holland, Illinois, is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Langston University, a Master of Education in Music degree from the University of Memphis, a Master of Divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, and a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary, Dayton OH. Dr. Smith is known for his phenomenal and heart-provoking saxophone playing and is an equally gifted preacher. He has the unique ability to combine his music and invigorating interpretation of the gospel message to bring hope and encouragement to God’s people everywhere. More important than all of these, Dr. Smith was a loving husband to his late devoted wife and partner in ministry, Barbara Westbrooks-Smith, and is father to Lauran, Dr. Ozzie III, and Brian and grandfather to grandsons, Westbrook and Alden.
Rev. Dr. Lis Valle
Rev. Dr. Rodger Nishioka
WORSHIP DIRECTOR and LITURGIST
Cathy Caldwell Hoop
Worship Director and Liturgist
Cathy has written children’s curriculum for the PC (USA) and Cokesbury, as well as children’s stories for the Growing in God’s Love children’s bible. She has also written commentaries for the Connections lectionary commentary series. She serves on the board of the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation and for her denomination’s Commission for Preparation for Ministry.
Down time finds Cathy hanging out with her spouse, three young adult sons, and two ridiculous English bulldogs.
Spirituality Center Coordinator and Stage Artistry
Rev. Dr. Rodger Nishioka
Rev. Dr. Jacqueline J. Lewis
Rev. Christie Melby-Gibbons