Special Guests

Bishop Tracy S. Malone  


Bishop Tracy S. Malone was assigned to the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church effective September 1, 2016.

As resident bishop, she provides spiritual oversight; shares in equipping, teaching and encouraging mission, outreach, witness and service; and serves as a shepherd of the church in providing a prophetic witness of justice, mercy and unity.

Malone serves on the Boards of Trustees at the United Methodist-affiliated colleges, seminaries and organizations in East Ohio. She also is currently the president of the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women, the secretary of the Council of Bishops, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Africa University.

Malone was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and was raised in Chicago, Illinois. She is the daughter of the late Rev. Willie and the late April Smith. She grew up in The United Methodist Church and accepted her call to ministry at the early age of 13.

During her ministry, she has pastored several churches in the Northern Illinois Conference, represented that conference at four General and Jurisdictional Conferences, served as a district superintendent, and been dean of the Cabinet. She also has written chapters for several books, published articles, blogs and book reviews, and taught courses as an adjunct professor at Aurora University and at Northern Baptist Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. Malone has a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Sociology, with a minor in Computer Science, from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. While in college, she was the recipient of the Outstanding Major in Religious Studies award, and received the following honors: George M. Pullman Scholar, Clarence Stein Ministerial Scholar, and United Methodist Bicentennial Scholar. She holds a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, where she was selected a Crusade Scholar, a Maceo D. Pembroke Scholar, and a Bishop Edsel A. Ammons Scholar. She earmed her Doctorate of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. Malone received the Distinguished Leadership Award from Chicago Black Methodists for Church Renewal in 2007, and was the recipient of North Central College’s 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award. She received the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and in 2018 received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary. She and her husband Derrick are the parents of two daughters.

During her ministry, she has pastored several churches in the Northern Illinois Conference, represented that conference at four General and Jurisdictional Conferences, served as a district superintendent, and been dean of the Cabinet. She also has written chapters for several books, published articles, blogs and book reviews, and taught courses as an adjunct professor at Aurora University and at Northern Baptist Seminary in Lombard, Illinois.

Malone has a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Sociology, with a minor in Computer Science, from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. While in college, she was the recipient of the Outstanding Major in Religious Studies award, and received the following honors: George M. Pullman Scholar, Clarence Stein Ministerial Scholar, and United Methodist Bicentennial Scholar.

She holds a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, where she was selected a Crusade Scholar, a Maceo D. Pembroke Scholar, and a Bishop Edsel A. Ammons Scholar. She earmed her Doctorate of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

Malone received the Distinguished Leadership Award from Chicago Black Methodists for Church Renewal in 2007, and was the recipient of North Central College’s 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award. She received the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and in 2018 received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary.

She and her husband Derrick are the parents of two daughters.

Rev. Dr. Jonathan C. Augustine


Rev. Dr. Jonathan C. Augustine is a nationally acclaimed social justice advocate. He serves as senior pastor of St. Joseph African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Durham, North Carolina, law professor at North Carolina Central University, and strategist with the Duke University Center for Reconciliation. A former civil rights litigator who later earned MDiv and DMin degrees, he is the author of Called to Reconciliation: How the Church Can Model Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion.

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Michael Rafferty


Michael Rafferty is the worship leader at the Woodforest campus of The Woodlands Methodist Church, and the director of the church’s summer worship residency; a program for college-aged students to grow in their gifting and heart for worship leading. He is a part of the church’s artist collective, Bristol House, which writes and records songs in hopes to equip the Church for a deeper expression of worship.

He is a graduate of Centenary College with a bachelor’s in Music Education, and has a heart for teaching and investing in the next generation. Michael’s goal in leading worship is for people to experience the presence and heart of God through engaging in Spirit-filled and honest worship. He lives in The Woodlands, TX with his wife, Allison, four-year-old son, Jaden, and two-year-old daughter, Brooke.


Harriett Jane Olson


Harriett Olson has served as chief executive officer of the United Methodist Women’s (now, United Women in Faith) national administrative and policymaking arm since 2007. United Women in Faith is the US-based women’s mission organization in The United Methodist Church, with hundreds of thousands of members engaged in work with women, children and youth in the United States and over 100 other countries. United Women in Faith is connected with almost 100 mission institutions in the United States and a host of schools, and organizations around the world formed during more than 150 years of mission service.  United Women in Faith is also the sponsoring organization of the Deaconess and Home Missioner community and has a presence in Africa, Japan, Korea and the Philippines through regional missionaries and staff.  United Women in Faith relates to women organized for mission in multiple countries and languages.

 Harriett will be joining us remotely as part of our focus on Climate Justice, Friday afternoon.


Charles Sutcliffe


Charles Sutcliffe, Chief Resilience Officer for the Louisiana Governor's Office, is in his eleventh year in the Governor’s Office. He began with a strict policy focus related to the implementation of the Coastal Master Plan and now seeks to encourage adaptation to coastal change across other departments within state government in order to build resilience. He coordinates closely with other state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other partners as the State of Louisiana broadens its approach to managing the many implications of coastal change and positions itself to capitalize on the opportunities that may arise. Charles is also one of three members of the Governor’s Office team supporting the Climate Initiatives Task Force which delivered Louisiana’s first Climate Action Plan in February of 2022 to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Mr. Sutcliffe has a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University, a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Animal Sciences from Louisiana State University. Before coming to the Governor’s Office he worked as a science teacher in Baton Rouge and Pittsburgh; with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services; and with Louisiana State University’s Economics & Policy Research Group.
 

Sutcliffe will be joining us remotely as part of our focus on Climate Justice, Friday afternoon.

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