Synod Ministries

Synod Ministries


Committed to affirming the voices, stories and identities of minority ethnicities in the PCUSA, confronting the problem of structural racism in the church, and being one with all who have been bound together in baptismal unity in Christ Jesus.

Black Theology and Clergy Retreat

blacktheologyAn annual retreat coordinated through CECA for African American pastors; designed to provide for rest, fellowship, and prayerful peer support. It is also an opportunity to rethinking the Gospel theologically, and the call for liberation and justice.

Mission to the USA (MUSA)

The Mission to the USA program links churches in the Synod of the Covenant (Michigan and Ohio) with international church leaders, both clergy and lay leaders. Each Mission Partner is hosted by a congregation in the synod, joining in the life of church. As the Mission Partners and the congregations spend three weeks together, they share worship, Bible Study, pastoral care, many meals, and much more, they break down cultural barriers and truly become brothers and sisters in Christ. To host a Mission Partner, click here for more information and the church application.

Click here to learn more about MUSA.

Mobile Health Fairs (MHF)

MHF 2016 Team

MHF 2016 Team

Mobile Health Fair Training is June 5-9
Fairs are June 12 to August 4

The purpose of the Mobile Health Fairs are to partner with PCUSA presbyteries and congregations, ecumenical and community agencies in order to reach out to underserved and disadvantaged communities to provide free basic health screenings and referrals, and basic health education.

This summer program is designed to partner with congregations and presbyteries to reach out to neighborhoods through free health fairs, and help to alleviate suffering and poverty. It is administered by six trained young adults.

New Leadership for the Mobile Health Fairs

The Synod of the Covenant welcomes Ms. Hanan Zaki as the Acting MHF Coordinator for the 2016 season. We are thankful to Hanan for stepping up immediately following the resignation of Rev. Burse. Hanan is not new to the MHF having served capably last year as the Team Supervisor, and will bring much needed continuity, careful planning, and attention to details. This is a Temporary PT position to help with immediate follow up and preparation for the summer program which starts the second week of June. Hanan will report directly to Ms. Melanie Shoop, Synod Office Manger. Please, continue to pray for and partner with the Synod in the vital and much needed outreach, and kindly connect with the program via the MHF email and/or Synod phone (Ext 202) as needed.

The Synod also thanks the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Burse for her service to the MHF program during the last six months, and we pray for God’s blessings upon her.

Meet the Team

Nicole Clark Nicole Clark: Team Supervisor
My name is Nicole Clark and this Summer 2016, I am excited to be the Mobile Health Fair Team Supervisor! This is my second year participating in the Mobile Health Fair. This May, I graduated from the University of Toledo with a B.S. degree in Biology. I will be starting a new job in August as a research assistant in biological research. My future goals include going to medical school and pursuing a career in public health. I am very excited for participating in the MHF ministry this summer with a great group of people! Being a team member last summer was a great experience for helping underserved communities and gaining experience in public health.
Hanan Zaki Hanan Zaki: Team Member & Acting Coordinator
I’m Hanan, and I’m back for a fourth and final summer of Mobile Health Fair fun! I just recently graduated from The University of Toledo with a B.A. in English-Creative Writing. After the conclusion of the summer season, I’ll be spreading my wings to Charleston, South Carolina to study the fine art of: Law. So if you need a lawyer in the next three years, give me a call! I’m very excited to say that Nicole and I have planned an excellent season! I cannot wait to greet old friends, and say hello to new ones. Keep an eye out for our van! À bientôt!
Brett Bushong Brett Bushong: Team MemberMy name is Brett Bushong and I attend Ohio Northern University. I will graduate with a doctor of pharmacy degree in 2018. I was on the Ohio Northern University Swim team when I was a freshman and I swam for the Bowling Green Swim Club for many years. I am interesting in specializing in oncology pharmacy after I graduate. I am excited to be apart of the mobile health fair team and look forward to working with everyone this summer.
Diana Pitcher Diana Pitcher: Team Member
I’m from New York, and am pursuing my Masters at BGSU in Cross-Cultural and International Education. I like reading, taking photos, adventuring outdoors, going to the gym, and playing with dogs.
Nathaniel Wilhelm Nathaniel Wilhelm: Team Member
My name is Nathaniel. I am excited for the opportunity to be able to participate with this years Mobile Health Fair and help members of our the community. I am currently enrolled in the doctor of pharmacy program at Ohio Northern University. Upon graduation, I hope to pursue a career in clinical pharmacy. I enjoy spending time with friends, watching sports, and exploring the outdoors.
Eman Zaki Eman Zaki: Team Member
Hello, my name is Eman! I’m extremely excited to be apart of the MHF 2016! I am currently studying chemistry at Georgia State University in the hopes of pursing a career in the medical field. I enjoy hiking, camping, swimming, and attending concerts. I hope to help make this the best summer yet!
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  1. Maxwell

    Will: the quick answer is yes. It is plosibse, but it takes a level of sophistication and boldness that most commissioners do not possess. That is not a criticism of the people; rather, it is a reflection of the choice many presbyteries make to send the least experienced commissioners (those who have been around longest and not had a chance to serve.) There are several ways to accomplish what you have described, but they are beyond the scope of what I can adequately cover here. There maybe someone else out there who is posting who might be able to provide a more detailed response.