Consortium Members

Our Consortium Members

  • Asbury Theological Seminary, KY
  • Catholic Committee of Appalachia
  • Christian Theological Seminary, IN
  • Columbia Theological Seminary, GA
  • Drew Univ Theological School, NJ
  • First Baptist Church, Middlesboro, KY
  • Lexington Theological Seminary, KY
  • Lutheran Theological Seminary, PA
  • Pentecostal Theological Seminary, TN
  • Phillips Theological Seminary, OK
  • Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, PA
  • Rural Church Network
  • Wake Forest Univ Divinity School, NC
  • Wesley Theological Seminary, DC


Our Board of Directors

The Reverend Dr. Josie Hoover,
Chair of the AMERC Board
Wesley Theological Seminary
Washington, DC

The Reverend Dr. Jill Crainshaw
Wake Forest School of Divinity
Winston-Salem, NC

The Reverend Dr. Zachary L. Bay,
Secretary of the AMERC Board
First Baptist Church
Middlesboro, KY

The Reverend Dr. Tony Richie
Pentecostal Theological Seminary
Knoxville, TN

Ms. Renee Salyers
Westcare Foundation, Inc.
Dandridge, TN

Our Director

Dr. Lon Oliver became the Executive Director of AMERC in 2003. Lon served on the adjunct staff of CORA (2001-2006) and as the Director of Kentucky Appalachian Ministry (2001-2014). His professional interests include the Rural Church Network in the United States and Canada (2004-Present) and Human Economic Appalachian Development Board of Directors (2012-Present). He has trained with the People’s Institute (New York), Cross Roads, and Faith Trust Institute. Lon is a child of the mountains having been reared in Wyoming (Rocky Mountains) and spent his adult life in Kentucky (Appalachian Mountains). He enjoys photography. Lon is married to the Reverend Maria del los Angeles Oliver and they have an adult child, David.