Cabinet

The Cabinet is the public voice for Interfaith Partnership on matters of religious, moral and ethical conscience. Membership of the Cabinet includes the highest ranking leaders of faith groups or other representative, as appointed. The Cabinet is a unique body that brings together high-ranking leaders in diverse faith groups in order to provide a timely voice on public issues from the religious community in the metropolitan St. Louis area.

Photo copyright Kristi Foster, February 2017. Pictured, back row, left to right: Rev. Rodrick Burton, Missionary Baptist Church Dr. Javier Orozco, Archdiocese of St. Louis Dr. Paul Hintze, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cabinet Chair Rev. C. Jessel Strong, African Methodist Episcopal Church and St. Louis Clergy Coalition Rev. Dr. Dieter Heinzl, Presbyterian Church (USA) Rev. Dr. Bart Hildreth, United Methodist Church Bishop George Wayne Smith, The Episcopal Church Front row, left to right: Bishop Howard Nelson, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Shima Rostami, Shia Islam Rabbi Noah Arnow, St. Louis Rabbinical Association Rev. Karen Anderson, African Methodist Episcopal Church Maryl Walters, C.S.B., The Church of Christ, Scientist Mufti Asif Umar, Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis Rev. Dr. David Greenhaw, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Dr. James Croft, Ethical Humanism Maharat Rori Picker-Neiss, Jewish Community Relations Council Rev. Mike Malone, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

 

 

You can read some of the Cabinet’s past statements here.

 

President Paul F. Hintze, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Chair of the Cabinet 2016-2017
A Physician in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology who works in administration at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, Dr. Hintze is a Stake President in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he is responsible for 11 congregations. He and his wife have eight children and have been married for 40 years.

Rev. Dr. David Greenhaw, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Vice Chair of the Cabinet 2016-2017
David Greenhaw is the President of Eden Theological Seminary where he also serves as Professor of Preaching and Worship. Dr. Greenhaw is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ with joint partner standing with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He has served churches in New York, New Jersey, Tennessee and Missouri. He is active in the field of preaching and worship, and has published and lectured extensively in this area. He joined the Cabinet in 2014 to represent the United Church of Christ. In 2014, Interfaith Partnership honored Dr. Greenhaw and his wife, Leigh Hunt Greenhaw, for their contributions to St. Louis’ interfaith community.

Rev. Karen Anderson, African Methodist Episcopal Church
Rev. Anderson is the pastor of Ward Chapel AME Church in Florissant and she has served on the Cabinet since 2015. She is the current President of Metropolitan Congregations United.

Bahar Bastani, M.D. and Shima Rostami, Islam (Shia)
Dr. Bastani is a Professor of Medicine – Nephrology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He completed his Medical school and residency training in Internal Medicine at Shiraz University, Iran in 1980. He immigrated to USA in 1984, did fellowship in Nephrology at University of Virginia, Charlottesville; Senior and Chief Residency in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital – University of Wisconsin; and Research Fellowship at Washington University, Saint Louis MO. He has published more than 190 scientific medical manuscripts and book chapters. His book 99 Pearls of Wisdom was published in March 2010. Dr. Bastani represents Shia Islamic Education Center in Saint Louis. He is also in the board of directors of Iranian-American Cultural Society of Mid-West and Muslim Community of Saint Louis. He is Vice President of Islamic Medical Association of North America – Saint Louis Chapter. Shima Rostami joined Dr. Bastani in representing the Shia Islam community on both the Board and Cabinet in 2016.

Rabbi Jim Bennett and Rabbi Noah Arnow, Rabbinical Association of St. Louis, Judaism
Together, Rabbis Jim Bennett and Noah Arnow are representing the Rabbinical Association of St. Louis on the Cabinet.

Rev. Rodrick Burton, Missionary Baptist Churches
Rev. Burton joined the Cabinet in 2016 to represent the area’s Missionary Baptist Churches. He has served as the pastor of New Northside Missionary Baptist Church since 2012.

Rev. Kevin Cameron, United Church of Christ
Rev. Cameron joined the Cabinet in 2016 to represent the United Church of Christ.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and Dr. Javier Orozco, Roman Catholicism
Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson is a Catholic Archbishop who was installed as Archbishop of St. Louis on June 10, 2009 after being appointed by Pope Benedict XVI on April 21, 2009. He served his native Archdiocese of St. Paul- Minneapolis for 24 years as a priest and auxiliary bishop, followed by 10 years as Bishop of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and 4 years as Bishop of Saginaw, Michigan. Archbishop Carlson’s passion for vocations, youth ministry and priestly formation have contributed to the growth and vitality of all the Dioceses he has served. It has also involved him on numerous committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He has been a popular Retreat Master for bishops and priests, as well as a popular speaker at national conferences. Archbishop Carlson received the Interfaith Partnership Award in September 2011. Dr. Javier Orozco is the Executive Director of the Office of Executive Director, Intercultural and Interreligious Affairs at the Archdiocese of St. Louis, where he oversees the work of the Hispanic Ministry as well as Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. He serves on the Cabinet and the Board of Interfaith Partnership.

Swami Chetanananda, The Vedanta Society
Swami Chetanananda is a monk of the Ramakrishna Order. Before coming to the United States, he worked in the editorial and publication departments of Advaita Ashrama, Mayavati, Himalayas and also at its Calcutta branch. He was an assistant minister of the Vedanta Society of Southern California from 1971 to 1978. He came to St. Louis in March, 1978 and at present is the minister of the Vedanta Society of St. Louis. Swami Chetanananda has written, edited, and translated many important books on Ramakrishna, Vivekananda, and Vedanta.

Dr. James Croft, Ethical Humanism
Dr. Croft is a Leader at the Ethical Society of St. Louis and has served as a member of the Cabinet since 2016.

Jean Gilbert and Nancy Remmert, Church Women United

Rev. Lana Gilbert, Community of Christ
Rev. Gilbert serves on both the Cabinet and Board of Interfaith Partnership, ensuring an active presence for our partners in the Community of Christ.

Pastor Jennifer Harris Dault, Mennonite Fellowship

Rev. Dr. Dieter Heinzl, The Presbyterian Church (USA)
Dr. Heinzl is Associate Pastor of Faith Formation at Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church. He has served Interfaith Partnership in numerous leadership capacities through his tenure and values interfaith work as a key component of our lives.

Rev. Dr. Bart Hildreth, United Methodist Church
Dr. Hildreth is the Senior Pastor at First UMC in St. Charles after serving eight years as the District Superintendent in the Ozarks District of the Missouri Conference.

Cynthia S. Holmes, The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
Cynthia Holmes has served on the National Boards of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and Baptist Joint Committee For Religious Liberty, the Washington, D.C. agency supported by fifteen Baptist denominations and organizations. She served as Moderator of Missouri and national Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, as past co-chair of the Cabinet of the Interfaith Partnership, as a Trustee of Missouri Baptist University, is a Board member of the Missouri Baptist Foundation and Overland Baptist Church deacon, has testified on Church State issues before Missouri Legislative committees and presented programs for the Jewish Community Relations Council, Anti-Defamation League, NCJW, Cooperating School Districts and on KWMU radio and Fox 2, television. Cynthia served on the Board of Governors of St. Louis Bar Association, chairing BAMSL’s Bench Bar Conference, Speaker’s Bureau and Trial Practice Institute, and as board member of the St. Louis Bar Foundation.

Rev. Michael Malone, The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 
Rev. Malone is the pastor of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and he joined the Cabinet in 2016.

Satish Nayak, Hinduism
Mr. Nayak is a member of the Hindu Temple of St. Louis in Ballwin, Missouri, where he is the Chairman of their Board of Trustees.

Maharat Rori Picker-Neiss, Judaism
Maharat Rori Picker-Neiss has been the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis since 2015. She completed her studies at Yeshivat Maharat, a pioneering institution training Orthodox Jewish women to be spiritual leaders and halakhic (Jewish legal) authorities, and has studied at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. Rori previously served as Director of Programming, Education and Community Engagement at Bais Abraham Congregation.

Rev. Rudy Pulido, The Baptist General Convention of Missouri
Rev. Dr. Rudy Pulido served for thirty years as the senior pastor of the Southwest Baptist Church of St. Louis. He has served on ecclesiastical and community boards that include Board of Community Advisors, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, trustee Missouri Baptist University, Board of Advisors South City and South County YMCA, served on United Way allocation panel, President of the St. Louis Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Watson Business Association Council. Dr. Pulido now serves as on the National Advisory Council of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Baptist General Convention of Missouri Board of Trustees, Jobs with Justice Workers Rights Board, board member St. Louis Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the NCJW/Lydia’s House micro-financing advisory board.

Father Doug Papulis and Father Michael Arbanas, Greek Orthodox Church
Father Doug Papulis is the Protopresbytyr of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in the Central West End, while Father Michael Arbanas serves the same parish as Presbyter. They joined the Cabinet in 2014 as the first representatives of the Greek Orthodox Church. In 2016, St. Nicholas hosted the Annual Interfaith Dinner & Celebration at their Family Life Center, their cultural center located in Town & Country.

Rev. Dr. Penny Ross-Corona, The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Rev. Dr. Penny Ross-Corona is the Southeast Gateway Area Minister for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She earned the M.Div. from Phillips Graduate Seminary and was ordained by the Tennessee Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1985. In 2000, she received the D. Min. from Perkins Seminary of Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. Her doctoral project developed a study course, which approached the generations of Jacob’s family (in Genesis) and family systems theory, in order to teach conflict management skills to congregational leaders.

Bishop G. Wayne Smith, The Episcopal Church in the USA
The Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith is the tenth bishop of Missouri. He was elected on the third ballot from a slate of four candidates on Nov. 3, 2001, and was consecrated on March 6, 2002. He served as bishop coadjutor to the Rt. Rev. Hays Rockwell and succeeded him on June 6, 2002. Before his election, Bishop Smith was rector of St. Andrew’s in Des Moines, Iowa, and had previously served congregations in Michigan and Texas. He was ordained a deacon in 1981 and a priest in 1982 for the Diocese of Northwest Texas following graduation from seminary at Nashotah House in 1981. The Bishop first sat in the House of Bishops at General Convention in 2003 and was appointed to the Standing Committee for Liturgy and Music in preparation for the 2006 convention. He was appointed to the Court for the Trial of a Bishop in 2006. He is currently on the Presiding Bishop’s Council of Advice.

Rev. C. Jessel Strong, The African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) and St. Louis Clergy Coalition
Rev. C. Jessel Strong joined the Cabinet in 2012 to represent the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and soon was elected as the Vice Chair for 2013-2014. He is the president of the Clergy Coalition of Greater St. Louis. He served as Cabinet Chair in 2015 and 2016.

Ven. Hae Won Sunim, Zen Buddhism
Ven. Hae Won Sunim is a fully ordained Bhikkhu (Buddhist monk) as well as the founder, abbot, and spiritual director of Bo Kwang Zen Center in South city St. Louis. Sunim (as he is referred to) has been studying and practicing Korean Soen (Zen) Buddhism since 1997.  Sunim has trained extensively in Korea and the USA.  He serves as the Central Regional Director for the Taego Order of Korean Buddhism American-European Parish.  Sunim also serves on the A-E Parish council.

Mufti Asif Umar, Islam (Sunni)
Mufti Asif Umar has been the Imam and Religious Director at the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis and the Daar-ul-Islam mosque in West St. Louis County since early 2012.

Maryl Walters, CSB, Christian Science
Maryl served as Chair of the Cabinet 2011-2012. She has been a Christian Science healer for many years and is also a teacher of Christian Science and member of The Christian Science Board of Lectureship, presenting talks and workshops across North America. She is also on the Interfaith Relations Convening Table of the National Council of Churches and is active on the Compassionate St. Louis Initiative. She has 3 adult sons and 8 grandchildren, all living in St. Louis.

Leonard Frankel, Board President 2017-2018, Judaism
Ex-officio

Howard Nelson, Secretary to the Cabinet, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints