Staff Changes at Church and Society
Ms. Jeania Ree Moore and Ms. Tricia Bruckbauer assume roles
Washington, D.C. – The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) announces a new Director of Advocacy for Civil and Human Rights and Director of Communications.
Jeania Ree Moore
Jeania Ree Moore becomes Director of Civil and Human Rights leading our advocacy and organizing efforts on a portfolio that includes immigration/migration, gun violence prevention, abolishing the death penalty, criminal justice reform, voting rights, and religious freedom. Ms. Moore received her undergraduate degree at Yale University and a Master of Divinity at Candler School of Theology. She was awarded the John Blassingame Senior Essay Award Prize at Yale and was a Woodruff Fellow at Candler. She assumes her responsibilities in August upon the completion of a Master of Philosophy in Christian Theology at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England where she is a Gates Cambridge Scholar
Ms. Moore comes with extensive experience advocating on social justice issues. Her proven skills in advocating, organizing, and communicating as well as her strong understanding of Wesleyan Christianity will further strengthen the witness and work of GBCS. Ms. Moore is a certified candidate for ministry in the California-Pacific Annual Conference.
“We are so pleased to welcome Ms. Moore with her exceptional competence to Church and Society as we serve diverse coalitions around the very issues that impact the rights and dignity of all persons,” said Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe.
Tricia Bruckbauer has been promoted to the position of Director of Communications.
Ms. Bruckbauer worked as a Communications Associate for the agency during the seven months leading up to General Conference. Prior to joining GBCS, she previously worked with Creation Justice Ministries, an ecumenical organization advocating for environmental justice. She graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications.
“Ms. Bruckbauer is an exemplary member of the Church and Society family,” stated Henry-Crowe. “She has exceptional skills for managing and directing the organization’s work to share resources and amplify communications on advocacy efforts for peace and justice. We are thrilled that she has continued with us in this capacity.”
Katie Monfortte has been hired as Communications Assistant and will serve Church and Society in a dual-capacity as Internship Coordinator along with her communications duties. She first came to GBCS as an intern working on special projects concerning the worldwide Social Principles. Ms. Monfortte is a graduate of Eckerd College and Wesley Seminary. She was a US2 Missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries serving in Honolulu, Hawaii and is a candidate for ordination with the California-Pacific Annual Conference.
Emma Escobar will be leaving GBCS to work as the Coordinator of Hispanic Latino Ministries for the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference. Ms. Escobar came to GBCS as an Ethnic Young Adult intern in 2011. She returned to engage United Methodists around the world with a particular focus on immigration and global migration. Most recently, she helped resource the General Conference as it considered and approved resolutions on civil and human rights. “Church and Society is so grateful for the strong advocate for justice and peace in Emma Escobar,” stated Henry-Crowe. “We are saddened by her departure but know that our ministries will remain connected as she moves into her new position with Baltimore-Washington Conference.”
Lenora Knowles, left GBCS in May to continue her education at the University of Maryland where she will be pursuing her PhD in Women’s Studies. In her time with GBCS, Ms. Knowles focused on developing new contextual curriculum for organizing and collecting and sharing the stories of organizers in communities across the connection. “We are pleased to have benefited from her talents, and know she will succeed in whatever lies ahead,” shared Henry-Crowe.
The General Board of Church & Society is one of four international general program boards of The United Methodist Church. Prime responsibility of the board is to seek implementation of the Social Principles and other policy statements on Christian social concerns of the General Conference, the denomination’s highest policy-making body. The board’s primary areas of ministry are Advocacy, Education & Leadership Formation, United Nations & International Affairs, and resourcing these areas for the denomination. It has offices on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City.