Our Faith, Our Children, Our Public Schools
How does the prophet Micah’s call for us “to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God” apply to the ways we serve and advocate for our low-income children who attend our public schools in North Carolina? Why should all people of faith care about the health of our public schools? How can we honor our Wesleyan heritage and actively support public school children and educators in our own communities?
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Rev. Will McLeane
Rev. Will McLeane is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, currently serving at Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh, NC. Will is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke Divinity School. His wife Cate is also devoted to the work of community flourishing through the Ormond Center at Duke University. Will and Cate have two young daughters, Annie and Emily.
Rev. Suzanne Parker Miller
Rev. Suzanne Parker Miller is the Founder and Executive Director of Pastors for North Carolina Children (PNCC), which mobilizes faith communities to support public schools. A graduate of Meredith College, Rev. Miller attended Duke Divinity School and received her Master of Divinity degree from Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She has served in Moravian, United Methodist, and Presbyterian congregations. She and her husband Steve have two children, Elijah and Salem, who attend public schools in Wake County.
Renae Newmiller serves as the Director of Local and Global Engagement at Edenton Street United Methodist Church. Working with nonprofit, school, and community partners, Renae helps church members and guests join in Jesus’ radical ministry of love and justice in our community and world. Renae and her husband Mark have four children ranging from second grade to a senior at NC State University.
David Rockefeller is the Director of Congregations for Children (C4C), a laity-led initiative of the North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church that promotes partnerships between public schools and local churches to meet the needs of low-income children, support the efforts of educators, and advocate for public education. He spent 32 years as a teacher and administrator in NC public schools. He holds undergraduate and graduate education degrees and certifications from East Carolina, NC State, and NC Central Universities. David and his wife Patti are active members of Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh.