Reverend Dr. James P. Campbell
(212) 316-5700, ext. 12
Full-time, day-off Friday; available by appointment.
James P. Campbell is the 10th Pastor of the congregation since its founding in 1840.
The son and grandson of preachers, James is a graduate of Taylor University (1984) and Ashland Theological Seminary (1988). He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Theological School of Drew University (2014), where his research explored Marian theology and devotion in a liberal Protestant context.
Originally ordained in the United Methodist Church, James served parishes in Ohio and New Jersey. In the mid-1990s, no longer willing to be silent about the lack of full inclusion of LGBT people in the church, he took a leave from the professional ministry. During this time he worked in public relations and accounting, all the while still feeling called by God to pastoral ministry. Finally acknowledging that this was not possible in the United Methodist Church, James sought a professional affiliation with the United Church of Christ. In the summer of 2003, he was granted “Privilege of Call,” a designation that recognized his ordination and gave him permission to seek a pastoral position in the UCC. That call came from Broadway Church on March 1, 2006.
When not at work, James likes to read fiction, explore New York, poke around flea markets and take photos. He is a published author, a onetime actor, and has had two original plays professionally produced on the New York stage. James resides in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan with his spouse Marcos Martins and their Boston Terrier, Ella.
You can find out more by visiting www.jamespcampbell.com.
Reverend Emily M. Brown
(212) 316-5700, ext. 14
Part-time; available by appointment.
The Rev. Emily M. Brown has served as Broadway UCC’s Associate Pastor since 2011. A graduate of Harvard University (A.B. magna cum laude in the Comparative Study of Religion 2007) and Union Theological Seminary (M.Div. 2010), she is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. Rev. Brown grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts, but has called herself a New Yorker since 2007. Her ministry with Broadway UCC focuses on adult faith formation, small group ministry, mission, and monthly preaching. Her preaching skills have been nationally recognized with the David H. C. Read Memorial Preacher/Scholar Award, given annually by Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, and an invitation to preach on Day1, the nationally syndicated radio program featuring sermons from mainline preachers, as well as Union Theological Seminary’s Kneeland Award. She serves on the UCC New York Metro Association Board of Directors and on the Board of The Young Clergy Women Project, and is the Co-Managing Editor of Fidelia’s Sisters, TYCWP’s online publication. Stepmom to one child and mom to two more, she enjoys memoirs and graphic novels, choral singing, circuit training, and exploring the city’s many parks, playgrounds, bakeries and bike paths.
President of the Board
Available by appointment.
Jared Gilbert is originally from rural Indiana and is a life-long church-goer. With Pentecostal roots, and a journey from evangelicalism through Methodism, he joined the United Church of Christ and Broadway UCC in 2010. He has served on the Board of Stewards since 2014 and was elected board president in 2015. Jared is currently director of communications at COOKFOX Architects. He holds an architecture degree from Ball State University and a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and his research and writing interests are in the intersections of the built environment, sustainability, spirituality and social justice. In addition to his Board of Stewards responsibilities, he organizes and leads a monthly midweek gathering for worship. Jared lives with his partner in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
Douglas O. Drake
Director of Music
Sunday, 3-7PM; available by appointment.
Douglas Drake is currently in his twenty-second season serving Broadway United Church of Christ as its music director where he leads the Broadway and Selah Choirs. As chapel organist for St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s School, he plays daily chapel services for students and faculty, and he also serves as organist at Eighth Church of Christ, Scientist. A graduate of the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, he studied organ with David Mulbury. He also administers the Division of Molecular Therapeutics in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University’s medical school and the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc.
Reverend Victoria L. Moss
Director of Children's Ministry
Sunday, 3-7PM; available by appointment.
My first seven jobs: Camp Counselor, Director of Christian Education, Animal Care Technician in a pet shop, In-Home Family Therapist, College Chaplain with teaching responsibilities, Pastor, and Customer Service for The Container Store. My eighth job: Director of Children’s Ministry at Broadway United Church of Christ. In the interest of full disclosure there was one other job I had for about five minutes: sewing Elvis jumpsuits for a soft-toy manufacturer (please, DON’T ask). My education prepared me well for the working life: B.A. in Vocal Music, Davis & Elkins College; M.A. in Christian Education, (now) Union Presbyterian Seminary; and M. Div., San Francisco Theological Seminary. Jersey Girl born and bred, but after ten years, can I call myself a proud New Yorker now? I love creative activity, hanging out with Myrrhlyn (my rescue dog), attending rock concerts (Bruuuuuce!), and anything involving my kayak and/or salt water.
(212) 316-5700, ext. 11
Born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Alex graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in religious studies. He joins Broadway United Church of Christ by way of Washington, District of Columbia, where he worked in faith-based nonprofits for two years. He resides in West Harlem.
Reverend Tessa McBrayer Levin
Sunday School Teacher
Available by appointment.
Rev. Tessa McBrayer Levin is excited to join the Broadway UCC community and is looking forward to working with BUCC's youngest members. Tessa joins us most recently from Chicago. While there, she received her M.Div. from the University of Chicago, completed a residency in Clinical Pastoral Education with Presence Health, and served as a healthcare chaplain endorsed by the Alliance of Baptists. Some of her favorite things include well-crafted stationary, used books shops, inventive board games, and dark-roast coffee. She and her husband, Alex, live in Brooklyn and love being near Prospect Park.