THE DREAM KEEPERS

At The Open Church the Board of Directors is referred to as the “Dream Keepers.” In partnership with the ministry staff, these dedicated leaders develop and implement strategies that advance The Open Church’s mission and vision. Yet their primary purpose is cultivating the divine dream of radically inclusive love. To learn more about each member, click on the pictures below.

  • rev. brad r. braxton, ph.d.

    Founding Senior Pastor

    Dr. Braxton holds a Ph.D. in New Testament studies from Emory University where he was a George W. Woodruff Fellow.


  • florine mccready-lewis

    Chair, Board of Directors

    Ms. Florine McCready-Lewis is a Human Resources specialist with a MBA and Employee Relations Law certificate. In addition to being the Board Chair, she serves on the finance team.

  • dr. marco k. merrick

    Vice Chair, Board of Directors

    Dr. Merrick is a founding member of The Open Church and was the first chair of the Board of Directors. Our mission and vision compel Marco's ongoing commitment to service, justice and diverse inclusion everywhere.

  • heather cronk

    Member, Board of Directors

    Ms. Cronk is a prolific community organizer and a founding member of The Open Church.

  • gregory murrill

    Member, Board of Directors

    Mr. Murrill has enjoyed a long career with the U.S. Department of Transportation. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering from Temple University and Howard University, respectively.

  • tanya page

    Member, Board of Directors

    Ms. Page brings extraordinary expertise in organizational psychology. She co-coordinates our partnership with the 40 West Assistance & Referral Center and is a member of the finance team.

  • la tanya simms

    Director, Finance & Administration

    La Tanya has been an active member of The Open Church since 2012. She coordinates our ministry activities and events and manages all administrative and financial functions.