The Rev. Darrell L. Goodwin, an ordained United Church of Christ minister and member of the United Church of Christ Board, has been named Program Director of the Pension Boards’ Faith and Personal Finance Initiative, a project funded by a $1 million grant from the Lilly Endowment’s National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders. In this role, he will administer a five-year program of financial education and wellness for UCC authorized ministers from historically underrepresented groups.
The Rev. Goodwin brings to this role extensive experience in pastoral ministry and higher education. He is Pastor and Founder of Liberation United Church of Christ in Seattle (2007-present) and Chaplain Intern at VA Puget Sound Health Systems (2016-present). From 2006-2016, he served in several positions at Seattle University, including Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs, Assistant Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Students, and Dean of Students. Prior to joining Seattle University, he was Assistant Director of Student Life for Judicial Affairs at Creighton University in Omaha.
In his 20 years of ministerial experience, the Rev. Goodwin has served as Assistant Vice President of the Youth Department at Chicago’s Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ (1997-1999); Youth Pastor and Staff Minister of Mason Cathedral Church of God in Christ in Dorchester, Massachusetts (1999-2001); Intern/Staff Minister at St. Paul AME Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts (2001-2003); Pastor and Founder of ALANA (African, Latin, Asian, and Native American) Campus Ministry at the University of Vermont (2004-2005); and Staff Minister at Second Advent Christian Church in Omaha (2005-2006).
The Rev. Goodwin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Theology from Boston College; a Master of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from The University of Vermont; a Master of Arts in Transforming Spirituality from Seattle University; and is currently a doctoral candidate in San Francisco Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry program.
“Darrell is a well-known leader in our Church who brings extensive experience in ministry and education to our financial wellness initiative,” said Pension Boards President and CEO Brian R. Bodager. “His skills and gifts will enable us to further our commitment to helping strengthen leadership in the United Church of Christ.”