Pre-Gathering Community Conversations Wed., Aug. 23

& Hybrid Stated Gathering - Thur., August 24

with Rev. Jimmie Hawkins

Stated Gathering Registration

This Hybrid Gathering is Hosted by

LoveJoy United Presbyterian Church

2550 Rock Hill Rd.

Wood River, Illinois

If you have reports or that need to be included in this gathering or have informational flyers for the presbytery body, please submit them, by email, to Stated Clerk, Rev. Joy Myers at no later than Wednesday, August 16 2023.



If attending in person, please note that childcare and lunch registrations are due by Monday, August 21st.


Rev. Jimmie Hawkins Brief Bio

Director of the Office of Public Witness, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) For 20 years he served as the pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Durham, NC (1996-2016). During that time God blessed the congregation to construct a new facility, maintain ministries for youth people, provide meeting space for non-profits and community groups and experienced church growth. Between 1992-1996, he served as the senior pastor of Grace Presbyterian, Holmes Memorial and Trinity Presbyterian churches in Virginia (Peaks Presbytery). Jimmie served as Treasurer on the Church World Service global board and as a board member of the National Council of Churches.

He was a board trustee with Union Presbyterian Seminary. He is a tri-chair of the Washington Interreligious Staff Community and the Heads of Washington Offices. He has chaired several interfaith /ecumenical and non-profit boards. His community ministry includes being a leader for the Moral Monday Movement since its onset in 2013. He has participated in three actions of civil disobedience protesting the actions of the NC General Assembly to curtail voting rights, refusal to expand Medicaid, HB2 and other draconian legislation. He served as a member of the NC NAACP Executive Committee and has been active in justice advocacy throughout his ministry. He is engaged with the Poor People’s Campaign and participated in a direct action at the Supreme Court in 2017

Author of Unbroken and Unbowed

In this compelling and informative volume, Jimmie R. Hawkins walks the reader through the many forms of Black protest in American history, from pre-colonial times through the George Floyd protests of 2020. Learn More Here

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the Gathering on August 24th!

Please Join Us in these Exciting Events

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Congregation Commissioners may have a vote, but every congregation member is welcome to attend and share their vision and voice. Join us!

If you have questions, please let us know, in reply to this email, or by calling

314-772-2395. We look forward to seeing you on April 29th.


The Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy:

Lives to steward a future of God's possibility.

                     Rev. Mel Smith, Moderator - Elder Lorenzo Clayton, Vice-Moderator  

Rev. Ryan Landino, Presbytery Leader           

Rev. Elizabeth Kanerva, Associate Presbytery Leader 

Rev. Joy Myers, Stated Clerk