Introduction to our Guest Preacher: Erin Hawkins
Ms. Erin Hawkins is our Executive Director of Connectional Ministries for our California Pacific Conference after having served as the General Secretary of the General Commission on Religion and Race of The United Methodist Church since 2007, an agency historically charged with leading our Church’s efforts to be fully inclusive of the participation of racial ethnic persons in its life and work, and challenging the Church and society when racism rears its destructive head. Under her leadership, she has transitioned the agency from a monitoring agency to one that assists the Church in becoming more culturally competent as it seeks to be contextually relevant in its commitment to reach more people, younger people, and more diverse people in the making of disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
As General Secretary, Ms. Hawkins led the restructuring of GCORR and the development of GCORR’s current ministry model of Vital Conversations, Intercultural Competency, and Institutional Equity. Prior to serving as General Secretary, Ms. Hawkins was the Assistant General Secretary of GCORR during which time she led the development of GCORR’s first strategic plan, served as the GCORR representative to the General Council on Ministries’ Ethnic Local Church Concerns Committee, as well as the primary staff person responsible for creating GCORR’s Woodie White Endowment Fund.
Ms. Hawkins earned a Master of Science in Organizational Development from American University (Washington D.C.), a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University (Bloomington, IN), and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of California, Riverside (Riverside, CA). She will continue her education in a Ph.D. program when returning to Los Angeles.
During her time at the helm of GCORR, she was a transformative force in the life of the entire United Methodist Church. Most recently, she served as the Chairperson of the General Agencies executives, guiding the work for the whole denomination.