THE AWAB BOARD
AWAB‘s Board is made up of a diverse cross section of our community. We seek to include the voices of our various sexualities and gender identities as well as our ethnic and racial, economic and educational diversities. We also strive to balance lay and ordained as well as geographic representation. This challenge to practice inclusion at all levels invites us to live God’s Magnificent Welcome in all that we do.
Chair of the Board
Rev. David Weasley
Rev. David Weasley has served on the AWAB Board since March of 2010. He is an ordained American Baptist pastor, and currently serves a Lutheran congregation in Chicago's South Suburbs, coordinating their Youth and Outreach programs. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Chicago Theological Seminary, and he is completing a Spiritual Direction program at Loyola University. He lives with his partner, Rachael, and about a dozen other housemates in a co-op on the south side of Chicago. His love and support for AWAB began during his years as a member of Peace Community Church in Oberlin Ohio, and at Grace Baptist Church, Chicago. Other interests include Dungeons and Dragons, storytelling, and dismantling corporate hegemony.
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Teri Walker has worked in non-profit management since 2005. She is currently the executive director of Reading & Radio Resource in Dallas after serving 6 years as the director of Aberg Center for Literacy. Before turning into a nonprofit aficionado, Teri worked in IT management and software implementation. She combines her love for technology and nonprofits as the co-leader of the Dallas Nonprofit Salesforce User group.
Teri is a member of Wilshire Baptist Church where she has found her much beloved Compass Class Sunday School. She currently serves on the New Member Committee but is hoping for the day when she serves on the Committee on Committees because that might be the most Baptist thing one could ever do. A native Texan and a life-long Baptist, Teri has a few good stories to share. When not working, volunteering or hosting a great dinner party, you can find Teri reading or playing the banjo on her front porch in Dallas’s historic Oak Cliff neighborhood.
Rev. Dr. Randle "Rick" Mixon
Rick is a graduate of the American Baptist Seminary of the West and was ordained as an American Baptist in 1996 after a 23 year struggle. In 1973 Rick co-founded American Baptists Concerned, the parent organization of AWAB. He served as co-chair and staff person of the group for some 20 years.
Rick has a master's degree in counseling from California State University-Hayward and a California state marriage and family therapist license. He earned his Ph.D. in religion and psychology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley in 1995. He has worked as a psychotherapist and adjunct faculty at Holy Names College (Oakland), Pacific School of Religion (Berkeley) and Saybrook Graduate School in Humanistic Psychology (San Francisco.)
In 2000, Rick was called as interim pastor of Dolores Street Baptist Church in San Francisco where he served for 13 months. In March 2004, he left the Bay Area after 35 years to assume the interim pastorate of the First Baptist Church of Granville, OH, where he served for 2.5 years. In July of 2006 he became Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Palo Alto, CA, where he continues to serve.
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Robin Knauerhase joined the board of AWAB in March, 2013. By day, she is a Research Scientist with Intel Labs, where she has been researching software techniques to reduce power consumption in "extreme scale" supercomputers (big systems in the 2020-2022 timeframe). In 21 years at Intel, she has been involved with research from tiny mobile devices and laptops through datacenters and high-performance computing. She is active in academic collaboration, shepherding Intel grants to universities and participating in collaborative research.
Outside of work, Robin whimsically thinks of herself as an "iconoclastic punny geek Christian, and aspiring polymath". She enjoys volunteer work with her church, open-minded political policy thought and debate, global travel, and spicy foods. She lives in downtown Portland, Oregon with her wonderful cat Libby.
Liaison to Seminaries
If you, or someone you know would be interested in serving in this intern position, please contact Robin Lunn at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann Louise Haak
You could say that Ann-Louise is a self-contained ecumenical gathering - baptized by Methodists, confirmed by Swedish Lutherans, formed in faith by Presbyterians, seminary trained by the UCC, and an ordained American Baptist minister. Most recently, she served the congregation of Lake Street Church in Evanston as their Associate Minister for eight years. She holds degrees from Grinnell College in Iowa and Chicago Theological Seminary.
Ann-Louise is passionate about far too many things - biking, gardening, baking, reading, unlearning her own racism, creating a more just world, and building a truly inclusive church, no matter how challenging that is. Thankfully, her partner, Dr. Shelby Hatch, and her fifteen year old son, Marcus, keep her grounded and focused.
Bishop Allyson Nelson Abrams
Bishop Allyson Nelson Abrams grew up in Birmingham, AL and was a previous member of Sixth Avenue Baptist Church. She graduated from the historic A. H. Parker High School. She furthered her education at Howard University in Washington, DC and graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Science In Mechanical Engineering (BSME). Bishop Abrams attended law school at Miles Law School for 2 years and then accepted her call to ministry. She received her Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary in 2000 and then received her Doctor of Ministry from United Seminary in 2005 with a focus on Worship.
She is currently serving as the Pastor of Empowerment Liberation Cathedral in Silver Spring, MD and presiding prelate of Pneuma Christian Fellowship.
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Rev. Cody Sanders
Cody is an ordained Baptist minister belonging to the Alliance of Baptists. He earned the B.A. in religious studies and psychology from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC, the M.S. in community counseling and M.Div. in pastoral care and counseling from the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University in Atlanta, GA, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in pastoral theology and pastoral care at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, TX. Cody's writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, and other print and web publications. He is editor of Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth: A Resource for Congregations on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (2nd ed.). Cody and his partner, Ben, live in Sacramento, CA.
Madison is the interim minister at Sherburnville Christian Church in Grant Park, IL and the Development Associate with University of Chicago Donor Relations. He is a M.Div. candidate at the University of Chicago Divinity School.
At Large Members
Stephen joined the AWAB Board in July 2014. He’s a member of AWAB member church Metro Baptist Church of New York City, where he has been Chair of the Board of Trustees since 2009. Metro is the home of Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries, a direct services ministry to Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen community in the tradition German Baptist pastor and activist theologian Walter Rauschenbusch, whose social gospel ministry began in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen more than a century ago. Stephen has been active in religious liberty, LGBT civil rights and AIDS service organizations since the 1980’s, nationally and locally, particularly in Washington, DC where he lived from 1982 to 2004, and where he was a member, deacon and trustee of AWAB member church Riverside Baptist Church of Washington, DC.
Stephen’s passion for AWAB is that it foster ever stronger and larger welcoming and affirming spiritual communities of all faiths, mirroring the many diverse but equally beautiful images of God, and to do so particularly within the Baptist tradition he “chooses” for its defining principles of soul freedom to discern God’s truth and servant ministry.
Stephen, a graduate of the University of Texas Business School and Law School, is an attorney and a CPA, currently on staff with the Bureau of Securities of the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office. Previously, he was in private practice as a corporate-securities attorney in DC for more than 20 years.
Stephen is grateful to have been adopted by Spot and Oliver Twist – always welcoming and totally affirming Jack Russell terriers!
Do you feel called to serve on the AWAB Board? We are looking for people who will broaden our diversity and be strong team players, who are passionate about the W&A movement and are willing and able to commit to a three year term that includes:
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- two in-person Board meetings annually,
- 4-6 additional video conference calls,
- participation in one or more committees/task teams,
- fundraising events
If this is you, please contact Board Chair David Weasley at firstname.lastname@example.org