Friendship Press Key Team Members

President of the Board

The Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins

The Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins serves as pastor of Bethany Memorial Church (Disciples of Christ) in Bethany, West Virginia. From 2005 to
2017, she was General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada, the first woman to head a mainline denomination. She preached at the National Prayer Service following President Obama’s first inauguration, and is the author of Whole: A Call for Unity in Our Fragmented World (Chalice Press), 2014). Dr. Watkins holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School.

Treasurer and Vice President of the Board

Bishop W. Darin Moore

Bishop Darin Moore, a native of Mt. Vernon, NY, has a BA in Psychology from Purchase College, an MDiv, and a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He’s done additional studies at Livingstone College, Salisbury, NC, and Yale School of Divinity, New Haven, CT. Bishop Moore has received an Honorary Doctorate from Livingstone College. Pastoral assignments for Bishop Moore have included Clarksville and Morning Star AME Zion Churches, Monroe, NC; Mt. Olivet AME Zion Church, Greensboro, NC; and Jones Tabernacle AME Zion Church, Indianapolis, IN. Bishop Moore served two terms as President of the Board of Directors for the Greater Indianapolis Church Federation and was the Presiding Elder of the Indianapolis District for the AME Zion Church. In July 2012, Bishop Moore was elevated to the episcopacy from Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church, Mt. Vernon, NY as the 99th bishop in succession.

During his tenure as pastor of Greater Centennial, the congregation grew from a few hundred to more than 6,500 members. Bishop Moore’s service to the A.M.E. Zion Church has included Vice Chairman of the Harriet Tubman Board and Chairman of the Restructuring Commission. As an enthusiastic ecumenist, Bishop Moore is a Past Chair of the National Council of Churches and serves on the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches. He’s also a member of the World Methodist Council and Treasurer of the Board of Trustees for Livingstone College. Twice, Bishop Moore has been selected as the Morning Preacher for the Hampton Ministers’ Conference, an annual gathering of more than 10,000 ministers and musicians from around the country, and his sermons have been published in The African American Pulpit Forum and the Balm in Gilead Journal. He is the author/editor of two books. Currently, Bishop Moore serves as the Presiding Bishop of the Mid-Atlantic Episcopal District, which includes the Allegheny, Barbados, East Tennessee-Virginia, Guyana-Suriname, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, Ohio, St. Vincent, and Virginia Conferences. A loving husband to Devieta C. Moore and devoted father to Daron (Elaina), Dana (Kevin), and Dion, Bishop Moore uses as his theme: “It’s our OUTREACH that validates our UPREACH!”

Secretary of the Board

Theresa Dionisio

Theresa Dionisio is the Director of Licensing, Permissions and Digital Strategy at American Bible Society (ABS). In her role, she manages the portfolio of intellectual property assets for ABS with goals to increase Biblical engagement and brand awareness. Within her forteen years at ABS, she has also managed various areas within the Scripture Resource publishing group including marketing and sales, custom edition program and ecommerce website operations. In prior roles, she has also worked for other publishers including Time Warner Book Group (currently Hachette Book Group US) and John Wiley & Sons focusing on marketing and sales of trade and professional level books. She has received her MBA from Felician University and B.A in History from Rutgers University.

Chair of BTU

A. Roy Medley

Roy, after many years in church leadership has “retired” but still enjoys serving Christ and Christ’s church in various ways, including serving as President of Friendship Press. Time with family and friends, domestic and international travel with his wife Pat, quiet moments on a lake fishing or tending flower beds, and teaching the youth class in his home church make for full and rewarding days.

Chief Executive Officer

William Bergkamp

Will Bergkamp’s career in publishing started over twenty years ago with a part-time job selling books at the seminary bookstore. One role led to another and after time spent in sales, marketing, and business development, he transitioned his work to the editorial side of publishing. Prior to joining Friendship Press he was Editor-in-Chief for Fortress Press, an imprint of 1517 Media. Will is an avid reader, an amateur woodworker, and a committed traveller. Highlights on the road include pilgrimages to the ruins of Hampi in southern India, the My Son complex in central Vietnam, and completing the first half of the Camino de Santiago. Will and his family live in Eagan, MN, a suburb of the Twin Cities.