Pulpit Search Team

Qualifications of Pulpit Team

  • They are agenda-free.
  • They have spiritual depth.
  • They have a broad view of the church and its mission; and have its best interests at heart.
  • They are available for and committed to the team and the process.
  • They live out the church’s mission and vision.
  • They match the culture of the church and staff.
  • They possess expertise that complements the needs of the church.
  • They exude a non-anxious presence.
  • They understand the importance of planning for succession.
  • They are supportive but can think independently. . . and can balance the two.
  • They do not micromanage the church.
  • They have leadership experience.
  • They play well with others.

I have been a member of the Shiloh Baptist Church for more than 34 years. I was ordained as a Deacon in 1993 under the leadership of the late Pastor Jerry W. Henry. In addition to the Deacon’s Family Ministry, I have actively served in several ministries at Shiloh including the Media Ministry, Lord’s Kitchen, Music Ministry, Men’s Fellowship, Pastoral Transition Team and more than 20 years on the Christian Education faculty. Prior to my retirement in 2008, I served as an executive at Verizon Wireless where I led sales, customer service and retail operations teams for more than 20 years. During the last 10 years of my tenure at Verizon, I served as President of the company’s New York Metro region. I have been happily married for 48 years to my wife, Yvonne, and we have been blessed with one son, Michael, who currently lives in Miami, FL.

I am humbled by this assignment to work with the Pulpit Team and I am committed to using the gifts & talents that God has given me to help find the Pastor that God has called to lead our church family. When I think about the work that lies ahead, I am reminded of God’s promise in Jeremiah 3:15.

Carla Beverly has been a member of Shiloh Baptist Church under the leadership of three pastors, dating back to Pastor Jerry W. Henry. Years later, she decided to do more than sit in the pews week after week, so she joined the music ministry, known then as “Voices of Shiloh.” After a few more years she also joined the newly-created contemporary choir (given the name “Some of God’s Children” that in future years was renamed “Rejoice”). As a participant of the Music Ministry, Carla also sings with the “Daughters of Miriam.” Carla is also an active participant of SIBLE and a former SIBLE facilitator. In addition, she serves as the Women’s Fellowship Ministry Leader. In her professional life, Carla is employed by CDC Properties, Inc. in Somerset, NJ. She currently serves as Executive Director of CDC Properties as well as Central Jersey Community Development Corporation, two of the three nonprofits formed as a part of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Garden’s vision for the community surrounding the church. Carla has accepted the assignment to serve on the Pulpit Search Team because she feels the urging of the Holy Spirit to accept this very important work in the kingdom. Although she feels it is a daunting task, she loves the Lord and Shiloh, and she believes it is an honorable appointment to serve in this capacity as a child of the Most High God and to serve God’s will for the future of Shiloh. Carla is married to Clarence Beverly, also a member of Shiloh and President of the Board for UCTEAMS Charter School. They have two adult sons who are married and have, collectively, blessed Carla and Clarence with five precious little grandchildren. Carla’s desire is that God will bless Shiloh through this process and give us the patience to move in His time and rest assured that God’s plan has never changed. His will be done!

Leroy Cooper is married to Ruby Cooper. He is currently employed by New Jersey Transit, as a Mechanical Supervisor for the Rail Division. Leroy Cooper became a Member of Shiloh Baptist Church in 2014. He currently serves on the Men's Fellowship Core Team, Men's Usher Ministry, Security Ministry, and the Lord's Kitchen Ministry. Leroy was born in Newark, New Jersey but has resided in South Plainfield, New Jersey since 2002. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, gardening, and Do-It-Yourself Home Projects. Leroy's favorite scripture is (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV) "Trust in The Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight."

Curry Martin, Sr. has been a committed and busy member of the Shiloh Baptist Church for twelve years. Over the years, Curry has served as a member of the of the Usher Ministry, NYPD Ministry, Men’s Fellowship Ministry, Bible and Basketball Ministry and Christian Education Ministry. Under the Christian Education Ministry, Curry as served as a facilitator for SIBLE, Discipleship Training for new member and has welcomed new members to SBC along with his wife Niki Martin through the New Creation Ministry. Under the leadership of Pastor Gerald Lamont Thomas, Curry was appointed to the Trustee Ministry.

After high school, Curry joined and served in the United States Navy for 9 years. Curry has been an employee with the United States Postal Service for over 23 years now, working as a clerk who is often called upon to fill in and supervise when needed.

Each Saturday afternoon Curry willingly gives of his free time to mentor adolescent boys and take every opportunity to have open dialogue with them about God.

Curry and Niki Martin have been happily married for 22 years and have 3 children and one grandson. Curry’s spiritual gift is to serve. As such and with much prayer, Curry has agreed to be a part of the pulpit team to assist with the very important responsibility of vetting the next Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church.

My name is Marla Ham-Chakotae and I’ve been a member of Shiloh Baptist Church for 14 years. I hold a leadership role as a Trustee, Co-Facilitator of my current SIBLE class and participated in SIBLE before having the opportunity to assist in my current role. I serve on the Finance Ministry and I am an active member of my Cell Group. I attend the Women’s Fellowship meeting occasionally and have assisted with Shiloh summer clean-up.

I have over 35 years as an Accounting Professional with a hands on approach to managing people and projects in small and large work environments. My areas of expertise include revenue recognition, financial analysis, and project implementation with some experience in regulatory compliance for tax reporting. I have strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with all levels of an organization.

My immediate biological family consists of three sisters and a brother (my mom and dad are deceased). I am a widower with two stepdaughters and 3 grandchildren. I have a large extended family. My family was/is my support system as I navigate thru trials, tribulations and triumphs. I am grateful for them all and each one has had a different but important part of my life. Thankful is all I can say.

My prayer each day is for God to direct my path. When I was asked to serve on the Pulpit Team, I realized this is the next assignment God has planned for me. I have graciously accepted this new assignment with the expectation “God is A Healer” and continuous prayer “Lord order my steps”.

Deacon Wally Torian became a member of the Shiloh Baptist Church in 1997 and was ordained as a Deacon in 2007 and serves Cell Group #10 within the Deacon Family Ministry. He has served in the Security Ministry, the Food Pantry and Clothes Ministry, the Martial Arts Ministry and the Scholarship Committee. He assists the Open Hand Ministry and served as the Chairperson of the Men's Fellowship Ministry from 2004 -2009.

Deacon Torian retired after 43 years of service as Assistant Dean from Rutgers University, New Brunswick campus. During that time he served in multiple administrative and managerial positions encompassing student retention, academic advising, student development programming and enrollment management for first generation and/or underrepresented college students.

Deacon Torian was active in community service, civic leadership and volunteerism in Plainfield. He was a member of the Plainfield YMCA Transitional Housing Committee, the Plainfield Police Division Auxiliary Police and Emergency Management Unit, a mentor for the Plainfield YMCA Big Brother Program and a member of Frontiers International Plainfield Area Club.

Deacon Torian is married to Karen Mclane Torian and they have two adult children and five grandchildren.

I agreed to serve on the Pulpit Team to be of faithful service to Shiloh in their search for a new pastor through continuing to be a servant of God utilizing my spiritual gifts for His glory.

I have been a Deacon at Shiloh since 2015. I am an active participant in the following ministries: The Deacon Family Cell Group Ministry, Christian Education Ministry, The Food Pantry Ministry, Security Ministry, Music Ministry, and the Prison Ministry. I have management experience in the restaurant business, auto repair business, and the Postal Service. When I retired from the Postal Service after 25 plus years I was the Branch Manager at the Warren Branch Post Office in Warren NJ. Currently I work part time. I have been happily married to the wonderful and gifted Cynthia Lewis for over 28 years.

I agreed to serve on the Pulpit team because I have great love for the people who are Shiloh and desire to do whatever I can to support our Fellowship of Faith. I have work and life experience that I feel can help the team as we search for God’s Anointed.

Shiloh Baptist Church Ministry Experience includes Building Operations Manager/Leader, Transportation Ministry, Co-Chaired Adult Rally Day, active student of SIBLE (Shiloh Institute of Biblical Learning and Education) and Tuesday Evening Bible Study. I manage the Custodial Staff which includes interviewing and hiring. I am a faithful member of the Deacons Ministry, Trustees Ministry, and Church Council.

Prior to owning my own business, my last position was a Field Operations Manager of 52 stores. I am presently the Owner of an Independent Auto Repair Shop. I have been on the business scene since 1998.

I have been married to my lovely wife, Deaconess Cynthia Bailey for 22 years (known each other for 46 years). I have three adult children and three grand-children.

After being asked to be a part of the Pulpit Team, I sought the Lord in prayer. I have a skill set that can assist in Shiloh Baptist Church's selection of the next Senior Pastor. With over 22 years in business, where I interviewed, screened, and hired personnel and over 10 years as a servant at Shiloh Baptist Church, I am more than capable of serving in this capacity.

Kimberly Finney joined Shiloh Baptist Church in the 80’s and was baptized by Pastor Jerry W. Henry as a youth. She later rejoined Shiloh in 1999 under the leadership of Pastor Gerald Lamont Thomas. Kimberly currently participates in the Music Ministry and Christian Education Ministry. She also participated in the Nurtury, Young Adult, Daughters of Destiny, and VBS ministries. Additionally, Kimberly and her family were a part of the Family Day Committee from 2007–2017, coordinating the Annual Family Day Weekend.

Kimberly has over 25 years of management and administrative experience. She was the Church Administrator for Shiloh for 12 years, managing the daily operations of the church facility and its ministries. Most notably, she was instrumental during Shiloh’s building phase and the opening of the UC TEAMS Charter School. Kimberly now works at the Rutgers Cancer Institute as a manager for the practice. Kimberly is the daughter of Deacon and Deaconess Sheldon and Jacqueline Finney; sister to Sheldon III (Tre), Karen, and Michelle; mother to Avery and Alijah; and aunt to several nieces and nephews who are all members of Shiloh.

Kimberly is humbled that out of the hundreds of Shiloh members, she was asked to be a part of the pulpit team. She accepted this honor believing if God selected her for this tremendous task, then she needs to be obedient to His will. “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”