Rev. Adriene Thorne – Senior Minister, The Riverside Church

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The Reverend Adriene Thorne is the eighth senior minister of the historic Riverside Church in the City of New York and the first African American woman to hold the position. Adriene Thorne has over twenty years of service to the church as a youth pastor, pastoral care minister, executive minister and senior pastor. She oversaw a multimillion-dollar church renovation, raised tens of thousands of dollars in rental revenues, managed a twenty person staff, and coordinated pastoral care for a 1000+ member urban congregation. With her twenty-year background in the arts, Adriene has been artist in residence at New Brunswick Theological Seminary, lecturer at Union Theological Seminary in NYC, and keynote preacher and lecturer at her alma mater, the Pacific School of Religion. Adriene has appeared on stages all over the world and was the center Rockette at Radio City Music Hall, back in the day.