Church Staff

Rev. Dr. Douglas R. Sharp, Interim Minister douglas(at)

Ordained in the American Baptist Churches USA in 1975, Douglas Sharp has served for more than thirty years as a theological educator and administrator. From 1973 until 1984, he served on the faculty and administration at the American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, California. In 1985, he joined the faculty and staff at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois.While at Northern, he served in several administrative posts, including Director of Masters Studies and Dean of the Seminary. His areas of teaching integrate the disciplines of theology and the social sciences, with an emphasis on sociology and congregational studies. Over the years at Northern, he taught in both the masters and doctoral programs, including supervising many doctoral students on their final project for their D.Min. degree.

 In 2008, he joined the staff at Protestants for the Common Good as Dean of the Academy, with responsibilities for designing, staffing, and delivering a curriculum for faith-based social justice advocacy training. Over eighty participants have completed the thirty-hour training, coming from all areas of the Chicago metropolitan region.

From May 2011 until January 2013, Sharp served as interim minister at Lake Street Church of Evanston, a progressive community in the Protestant tradition.

Sharp has served on ordination commissions in both the American Baptist Churches of the West and American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago. He was instrumental in launching Moscow Theological Seminary in Russia in 1993, and for many years was a regular teacher there and member of the seminary’s board of directors.

He is the author of two books, The Hermeneutics of Election (University of America Press, 1990) and No Partiality: The Idolatry of Race and the New Humanity (InterVarsity Press, 2002), along with many reviews and articles. He received his B.A. from William Jewell College in 1971, his M.Div. from the American Baptist Seminary of the West in 1975, and his Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union in 1988.

 Sharp is the Managing Partner of SharpPartners, consultants in leadership and congregational development. He blogs on faith and public life at

Amanda Guthrie, Minister of Congregational Development
and Spiritual Formation
Pastor Amanda works with our children, youth, and families. She grew up outside Philadelphia in a church community committed to providing hospitality and assistance to those in need of child care, counseling, housing, food, and spiritual renewal. In college at William and Mary, she volunteered with an active youth ministry, and again during her seminary studies, at St. James Episcopal Cathedral and at St. Paul’s UCC. Pastor Amanda is a graduate of the University of Chicago Divinity School and the Harris School of Public Policy and a candidate for ordination with the United Church of Christ.

Jade Maze, Director of Music jade(at)
Jade Maze is an accomplished singer/songwriter known primarily for her jazz singing and compositions. In addition to her work at HPUC, Jade is a voice teacher and choral conductor at the Merit School of Music, as well as the head of Merit’s Renée Fleming Solo Voice Initiative-Jazz Focus. She is also affiliated with the teaching artist program at Ravinia and Rock for Kids, an organization dedicated to providing music education to under-served youth in Chicago. Her vocal and choral conducting repertoire span several genres from classical to gospel. Jade holds a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Northwestern University.

Hesed Campanano, Office Administrator office(at)

Rev. Erma Croom, Director of Gilead Ministry erma(at)

Alvin Palmer, Building Supervisor