Leadership

GBIO is made up of a 14-member Strategy Team, led by Rev. Burns Stanfield:

Rev. Burns Stanfield, President of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, has been the pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church in South Boston for the past twenty years. 

At Fourth Church, Rev. Stanfield has been credited with leading a diminished urban congregation into a vital ministry with a strong community presence. A recent book by the PC (USA) features Fourth Church as one of twelve “turnaround churches” which exemplify excellent urban ministry.

Rev. Stanfield teaches at Harvard Divinity School and Andover-Newton Theological Seminary, and has spoken, performed or taught at various theological conferences across the country. Rev. Stanfield has a CD of original music and is president of both the South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation and the Vinton Street Hope Initiative. He’s also active with other South Boston neighborhood groups. Burns and Lorraine Stanfield live in Milton and have three children; and they all love to make music.

The following individuals also serve on the GBIO Strategy Team:

Dr. Jeanette Callahan, Bethel AME Church, Roxbury
Rev. Rainey Dankel, Trinity Episcopal Church
Rev. John Edgerton, Old South Church, Jamaica Plain
Suzanne El-Rayess, Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, Belmont
Ms. Abby Flam, Temple Emanuel, Newton
Min. Dieufort Fleurissaint, Voice of the Gospel Tabernacle, Mattapan
Ms. Bonny Gilbert, Temple Sinai, Brookline
Ms. Fran Godine, Temple Israel, Newton
Rev. Ray Hammond, Bethel AME Church, Roxbury
Dr. Paul Hattis, Congregation Dorshei Tzedek, Newton        
Mr. Chuck Koplik, Temple Isaiah, Lexington
Ms. Nahma Nadich, Jewish Community Relations Council, Newton
Ms. Faith Perry, Church of the Covenant, Roslindale            
Rev. Dan Smith, First Church Cambridge
Ms. Jumaada Smith, St. Katherine Drexel Catholic Parish, Roxbury
Mr. Yusufi Vali, Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, Roslindale
Rev. Liz Walker, Roxbury Presbyterian Church, Roxbur
Ms. Beverly Williams, Bethel AME Church Roxbury