God is Still Speaking,

Conference Staff


Rev. Denise Mason Bullitt, Interim Conference Minister Contact

Rev. Bullitt started her ministry in the Central Atlantic Conference and has family in Heritage UCC in Baltimore.  She attended Lancaster Seminary and holds her Masters of Divinity from Howard University. For the last 16 years, Rev. Bullitt has served as lead pastor of the Community of Reconciliation Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In addition to her parish work, she has served on the National Staff of the UCC, as the Minister for Church Life and Leadership.  Rev. Bullitt is committed to interfaith and justice work, serving on Interfaith Councils for Chatham College, University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.  She has also served as Adjunct Faculty for Religious Studies at The Neighborhood Academy, a private high school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Rev. Kendal N. Brown, Associate for Church Development and Congregational Vitality Contact

Kendal comes to the Conference after having served as the Dean  of Students and Director of Recruitment at the Lancaster Theological Seminary.


Angela Megna, Administrative Assistant  Contact

Angie returned to the Conference staff in 2008. She the Administrative Assistant to the East and West ACMs.  Angie maintains the records for all the Associations except New Jersey.  She is an avid gardener and pet lover.


Rev. David K. Popham, Associate Conference Minister  Contact

Growing up in Kentucky it took some meandering before finding a spiritual home in the United Church of Christ. My father was a Southern Baptist minister and it took a little time for my burgeoning thoughts to take shape. But that is a tedious story for another setting.

What you really need to know about is my family. I had the best luck to marry the wonderful and multi-talented Kerrie Shahan who brings warmth and laughter into my life. At one time we found ourselves debating - kids or pets? Do we ruin the carpets or do we ruin our lives? Ultimately we would go for gold, throw caution to the wind and have both. Two daughters bring no ending amount of thrills. Our oldest, Olivia, is going on 20 and is emerging as an adult in her own right. Our younger, Jenna, is 13 and is involved in choir and drama. As a family we do taekwondo and three of us are black belts. A rescued greyhound and cat round out the family. 

I confess that I am a huge diva dog. I love the the divas - Aretha Franklin, Gloria Gaynor, Patti LaBelle, Gloria Estefan, and so on including Lady Gaga and P!nk. But my highest admiration goes to Tina Turner. No matter how down I may get, put some Tina on and my mood changes instantly. 

My position before moving to the Garden State was Associate Conference Minister for the Rocky Mountain Conference. That position allowed me to play (camps and retreats), to partner with congregations (search and call), to dream (visioning work), and to disciple (Christian Education resourcing). 


Elizabeth Pugh, Administrative Assistant   Contact

Beth has been with the Conference for 30 years serving in our New Jersey office.  She is the Administrative Assistant to the North ACM.  Responsible for the administrative side of Boundary Awareness Training and profile coordination, Beth is the person to contact with questions about search and call.  She is also the registrar for the New Jersey Association. 


Rev. Marvin M. Silver, Associate Conference Minister  Contact

 Rev. Marvin M. Silver serves as the Associate Conference Minister for the Eastern Region-DC, MD (stretching north to Gaithersburg and east to Baltimore), and VA (south to Richmond and Chesterfield). He brings a strong passion, diverse knowledge and experience in Christian ministry to the Conference.

 He recently served as Pastor of Jubilee UCC in Lanham MD for six years working in partnership with the leaders and people to lay a strong foundation for a new church based upon a new identity and focus for ministry and mission. He has an unquestionable commitment to social justice and equality that has been demonstrated in leading and organizing social justice campaigns as Policy Advocate with Justice & Witness Ministries, as Senior Campaign Manager and Deputy Legislative & Policy Director with USAction, and as Outreach Director with Americans for Financial Reform.


Rev. Silver earned Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Bowie State University in Bowie MD and a Masters of Divinity from Howard University School of Divinity in Washington DC. He lives in Upper Marlboro, MD and is married to Shelia Renee Silver.



Rev. Alexander Vishio, Assistant Minister for Social Justice and Witness Contact