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Rev. Emma Jordan-Simpson

Associate Pastor

"…teaching others to stand and fight is the only way our struggle survives."

The Rev. Dr. Emma Jordan-Simpson (Associate Pastor) is the President of Auburn Seminary. As a member of the Concord Pastoral Team, she provides strategic visioning support.

She is a graduate of Fisk University (BA Double major -Religious and Philosophical Studies and Music). 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 is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York City (MDiv)and earned the Doctor of Ministry Degree (with distinction) from Drew Theological Seminary.

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.

She is an authorized facilitator of Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children program, a training that teachings adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Throughout her pastoral ministry, she has used her voice to speak up as an advocate for justice for children. She previously served as Executive Director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, USA; Executive Director of Children’s Defense Fund –New York; Executive Director of Girls Incorporated of New York City; and Executive Vice President of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation.

She is President of American Baptist Churches-Metro NY and serves on the Board of Directors for FPWA and Faith Matters Network.

Morine Bowen Avery

Rev. Morine Bowen-Avery

Associate Pastor

"All that you touch, you change. All that you change, changes you."

The Rev. Morine A. Bowen-Avery (Associate Pastor) is a graduate of Boston College (Psychology major and a Theology minor). After graduating from Howard Divinity School, Rev. Bowen Avery dedicated her ministry to youth and people made vulnerable by systemic oppression. She is a contributing writer to the African American Lectionary and is completing her MSW at SUNY Albany.

She has an extensive background in training, education, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, and strategic planning. Her work with youth populations includes, but is not limited to, teenage mothers, runaways, and male juvenile offenders. She also worked in the District of Columbia Public School system for several years as well as with persons living with HIV/AIDS and those struggling with substance abuse issues before moving to New York. In her profession outside of ministry Rev. Bowen has been an outreach worker, health educator, case manager, trainer, and Program Director.

Rev. Bowen-Avery was licensed and ordained at Covenant Baptist Church in Washington, DC. where she served as the Youth Minister for five years as well as worked with the Young Adult Ministry. She moved to New York to embrace her call to full-time ministry. She served for two years as an Associate Pastor at The Concord Baptist Church of Christ through the Pastoral Residency Program. After the Residency Program, Rev. Bowen served for a year at another church as Minister for Social Action and Outreach where she had the opportunity to lead two mission trips to New Orleans to help in the rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Katrina. She also served on the Special Commission for the Just Rebuilding of the Gulf Coast, which is an initiative of the National Council of Churches. Rev. Bowen-Avery returned to Concord Baptist Church in 2007.

Rev. Bowen-Avery loves the church, and feels ministry is not just confined to the building. She feels her primary calling is to “the least of these,” She has served on Community Board #3 in Bedford Stuyvesant and worked closely with the Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (BLCA)- New York. She is re-invigorated and gains strength for ministry each time she reads II Corinthians 4:1, which states, “Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not.”

She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and on is married to Carl P. Avery, Jr. who is a deacon and a trustee at Concord Baptist Church.


Rev. Samuel Phillips III

Associate Pastor

“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”

The Reverend Samuel Phillips, III (Associate Pastor) has a heart for God’s people. He is the Assistant Director of the Concord Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center. 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. He facilitates the GriefShareTM workshop series.

Prior to joining the pastoral team of Concord Church, Reverend Phillips was active in various teaching ministries as an Associate Minister at the Brown Memorial Baptist Church in Brooklyn. In addition to the weekly Bible Study, he taught the New Members Class and the Men’s Bible Study. Reverend Phillips also played a leading role in the founding of Ministry in Action, an outreach program to draw inner-city youth to the church through sports. There, he served as a basketball coach, a mentor, and a spiritual director for the 8- to 12-year-old Boys Division.

Reverend Phillips is a graduate of SUNY Albany (BA, Sociology); and Drew Theological Seminary (M.Div., Theology and Pastoral Care). 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. He completed as Master of Social Work degree at Silberman School of Social Work-Hunter College (Clinical Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups) in 2018.

Reverend Phillips is married to Claire Hoyte Phillips, and they reside in the great Borough of Brooklyn.

Zelma Faulk

Deacon Zelma Faulk

Children’s Pastor

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”

Deacon Zelma Faulk is the Children’s Pastor and is best known for her desire to educate and advocate for young people. A teacher at Public School 138 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, she began her tenure as an elementary school teacher in 1983. Deacon Zelma has taught grades 1,4,5, and 6. For the past decade, she has facilitated English language arts and social studies classes for grades 6 and 7. Prior to teaching at PS 138, Zelma was a pre-school teacher at the Williamsburg Head Start (Marcy Housing Project).

Deacon Zelma Faulk is the Children’s Pastor and is best known for her desire to educate and advocate for young people. A teacher at Public School 138 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, she began her tenure as an elementary school teacher in 1983. Deacon Zelma has taught grades 1,4,5, and 6. For the past decade, she has facilitated English language arts and social studies classes for grades 6 and 7. Prior to teaching at PS 138, Zelma was a pre-school teacher at the Williamsburg Head Start (Marcy Housing Project).

In the Summer of 2005, at the behest of Rev. Emma, Deacon Zelma embarked on her biggest and most enjoyable challenge yet: establishing The Concord Vacation Bible School. It was a truly wonderful learning experience for her. She organized the Concord VBS so that the scholars learned how to be “Jesus Friends” through literacy. Children were exposed to culturally appropriate books with heroes and characters that reflected their lives. In 2008, the Concord VBS grew to include a summer Freedom School. Originally under the auspices of the Children’s Defense Fund, the Concord Freedom School stepped out on its own with a cadre of leaders committed to shaping a dynamic and responsive curriculum.

Because of Deacon Zelma’s belief in children learning to use the power of their voices for their own interests and to benefit the community, Concord VBS and summer Freedom School has always included opportunities for scholars to engage in advocacy, justice work, and community compassion projects. The scholars have advocated for gun control, demonstrated at the New York Stock Exchange to call attention to the gaps in the federal Education Budget, and rallied to ensure children in the state of New York had access to health insurance; and, to live into the vision of being a Jesus Friend to the community, the scholars went throughout the community distributing care bags (first aid items and toiletries) and cold water during the heat wave.

Deacon Zelma – who has never needed a microphone to amplify her voice — is committed to empowering children to advocate for themselves and others. It is her goal that all children have safe spaces where they can imagine, explore, play, and then change the world.


Minister Candace Y. Simpson

Associate Minister

“Heaven is a Revolution that can happen right here on Earth.”

Minister Candace Simpson (she/her/hers) is a sister, educator, and preacher. She is a graduate of Trinity College and Union Theological Seminary. At Concord, Minister Simpson designs the adult Christian Education lessons. It is her delight to create lessons grounded in the principles of Black liberation and in the practice of Black joy. Sometimes ‘ripped from today’s headlines,” her lessons always include practical applications of the text.

She also is a staff developer at the Concord Freedom School, a literacy-based social justice program for children.

Currently, Minister Simpson works with non-profits and churches to design and facilitate Christian anti-oppression lessons and workshops. Minister Simpson serves on the board of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, an organization dedicated to nurturing the Black faith community through education, advocacy, and activism.

It is Candace’s philosophy that Heaven is a Revolution that can happen right here on Earth. She is the lead writer and curriculum designer at Fish Sandwich Heaven, an online resource for dreaming a freer world.