RevEREND Dr. Emma Jordan Simpson

Executive Pastor

The Rev. Dr. Emma Jordan-Simpson is the Executive Pastor of The Concord Baptist Church of Christ, Brooklyn, NY. While at Fisk University (BA Double major - Religious and Philosophical Studies and Music, 1985), she was a member of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, the Fisk University Choir and the Black Mass Gospel Choir.  Through one of the University's most challenging seasons, she served the Fisk Memorial Chapel as Student Chaplain in the absence of an official Dean of the Chapel.  She also served as Chaplain to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated (Alpha Beta Chapter).  She is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York City (MDiv) and earned the Certificate in Not for Profit Management, Executive Level from the Columbia Business School Institute for Not for Profit Management.  She earned the Doctor of Ministry Degree (with distinction) from Drew Theological Seminary in 2009.  

When the Concord Baptist Church of Christ ordained her in 1989, she became the second woman in the church's history to be set apart for the Gospel Ministry.  The passions of her life are reflected in some of her writings, which include a mediation entitled, "Loving Our Daughters," for Sister to Sister: A Devotional for African American Woman.  The prayers of this meditation have now been adapted and published in "Standing in the Need of Prayer: A Celebration of Black Prayer," by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Coretta Scott King.

Throughout her pastoral ministry, she has used her voice to speak up as an advocate for children and faith rooted social justice.  As Executive Director of the Children's Defense Fund - New York, she worked with advocate to name and address New York's cradle to prison pipeline crisis, to close abusive youth prisons and to redirect resources to invest in youth and their communities.  As Executive Director of Girls Incorporated of New York City, she led expansion of the first urban Girls Inc. model program, partnering with youth agencies in all five boroughs to expand gender equity training and quality gender specific programming.  As Executive Vice President for the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, she facilitated the creation of the first SCORE @ Restoration Plaza, revitalized arts and cultural programming and created after school education and youth leadership programs.

She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Community Foundation, the Concord ChristFund, the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, and Community Connections for Youth.

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Reverend Samuel Phillips III

Associate Pastor

Rev. SamThe Reverend Samuel Phillips, III is the Senior Associate Pastor at The Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn, New York. He is chiefly responsible for pastoral and congregation care, as well as the supervision of other staff pastors in the care of the congregation. Reverend Phillips has a heart for God’s people and leads the congregation’s community healing initiatives. Under his leadership, Concord has become more actively involved in creating HIV AIDS Awareness and Education programs, and partnering with other community groups to raise awareness and provide community-based confidential testing. He also provides leadership for the congregation’s ministries focused on promoting healthy living and wellness. Reverend Phillips has a special interest in counseling and is Concord’s lead pastor for pre-marital counseling and the counseling of parents interested in dedicating their children.

Reverend Phillips holds a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from the State University of New York at Albany, and a Master of Divinity Degree from the Drew Theological Seminary in Madison, New Jersey. Upon graduating from Drew, Reverend Phillips was selected as the 2003 Commencement speaker for the seminary and was the winner of Drew Theological School’s Dorr Diefendorf Award for Excellence in Homiletics.

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REVEREND shakeema north


Minister ShakA native of Newark, New Jersey, Reverend Shakeema North serves as the Youth Pastor of the historic Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn, New York under the pastoral leadership of The Reverend Doctor Gary V. Simpson.

 “Shak” as she is so affectionately known, is committed to reaching inner city youth from disadvantaged backgrounds and believes that the church can be a quality place where they can come to receive living water. Under her leadership and vision, the youth ministry of Concord Church has grown rapidly – reaching over 100 youth in its weekly youth bible study – and at every turn, youth from every walk of life are empowered to be agents of change and encouraged to strive for greatness in every area of their lives.

Shakeema earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science (cum laude) from North Carolina A&T State University; where she also was a member of the Lady Aggies Women’s Basketball Team. In addition, she holds a Certificate in Internet Technologies from New York University and a Certificate in Christian Ministry from New York Theological Seminary; where she also received the Master of Divinity degree. She is a certified Youth Chaplain under the National Association of Youth Chaplains, Inc. and an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

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Rev. Morine Bowen-Avery is a native of Philadelphia, PA.  After graduating from high school Rev. Bowen matriculated at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA where she graduated with a major in Psychology and a minor in Theology.  She later attended and graduated from the Howard University School of Divinity with the degree Master of Divinity.

Rev. Bowen-Avery’s life work has focused on those who live at the fringes of society and   feels her primary calling is to “the least of these,” She has worked with various youth populations including, but not limited to, teenage mothers, runaways, and male juvenile offenders.  She worked in the District of Columbia Public School system for several years and served as youth minister in two churches in Washington, DC.  She has ministered to youth and adults throughout the country as a preacher, teacher and retreat facilitator.

Rev. Bowen-Avery is currently the Director of HIV Programs at Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services in Jamaica, NY.  Rev. Bowen is a contributing writer to the African American Lectionary, an online worship resource used by churches and pastors across the nation to help minister to the contemporary needs of the African American community.  Rev. Bowen-Avery is married Carl P. Avery, Jr.

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Reverend Michael Ojewale

Pastor of prayer 

Michael Ojewale holds a B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Nigeria, M.S. in Animal science from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and a M.Div. in Biblical studies with additional studies in Biblical Counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary, in Newburgh, Indiana.


He was the Protestant chaplain of the University of Lagos, Akoka, Nigeria, before he relocated to the United States in the fall of 1996. He is an ordained clergyman, a New York State certified science teacher (Biology 7-12), and also a board certified clinical chaplain under the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP). He did his four units of clinical pastoral education in two hospitals in Manhattan, NY: Beth-Israel Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, under the auspices of the Healthcare Chaplaincy, Inc. He is an accomplished and published author of a dozen books.