Alliance University

AU President and Alumni Named to Faith Power 100 List

December 6, 2022

Congratulations are in order for President Rajan Mathews for being named one of the most influential faith leaders in New York by regional media company, City & State New York. This inaugural list of the Faith Power 100 features pastors, priests, rabbis, imams and other faith leaders representing the State’s diversity of denominations.

An impressive showing of other Alliance U colleagues named to the list includes:

Dr. Jennifer Jones Austin. Executive Director of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, attorney, social justice advocate, AU Center for Racial Reconciliation Scholar in Residence, a 2022 AU honorary doctorate recipient and member of the AU President’s Hall of Distinction.

Rev. Dr. A.R. Bernard. Founder and senior pastor of Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn. ATS alumnus (MPS ’06; M.Div. 09) and a 2009 AU honorary doctorate recipient and member of the President’s Hall of Distinction.

Rev. Alfred Cockfield II. Executive Pastor of God’s Battalion of Prayer Church. Alliance University alumnus (BS ’01, MBA, ’07), advocate and supporter of charter schools for the underserved and a board member of the Long Island Power Authority.

Dr. Charles Galbreath. AU/ATS alumnus (BS ’06; M.Div. ’09), senior pastor of Clarendon Road Church in Brooklyn. He is Associate Dean and Director of Field Education at Alliance Theological Seminary. Pastor Charles is also the treasurer of the 67th Precinct Clergy Council, a member of The Christian and Missionary Alliance Board of Directors and has served as Co-Chair of the 45th Council District Committee in Brooklyn, NY.

Rev. Gil Monrose. 2004 AU alumnus, Executive Director of Faith-Based Initiatives and Community Partnerships in the Office of NYC Mayor Eric Adams. He is also lead pastor of Mt. Zion Church of God 7th Day and founding president of two Brooklyn-based nonprofit organizations, the 67th Precinct Clergy Council Inc. and Clergy for Safe Cities.

Rev. Dr. Stephen Pogue. Pastor, Greater Centennial AME Zion Church in Westchester, NY. A 1988 AU alumnus and a 2005 ATS graduate. Co-founder of the Hip Hop Church of Harlem. He is president of the United Black Clergy of Westchester.

Rev. Al Taylor. New York State Assemblyman (District 71, Upper Manhattan), where he serves on the Housing, Aging, Banks, Cities and Election Law Committees. The 2011 ATS alumnus is pastor of Infinity Mennonite Church in Harlem.

May God continue to bless the gifts and talents of these celebrated Alliance University leaders!

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