The Inter Church Council (ICC) of Greater New Bedford is a faith based non-profit organization in the community consisting of 47 member congregations as well as hundreds of partners across the south coast consisting of all faith lines. Our mission is to unite all faiths through community outreach initiatives that support spiritual renewal, social, economical, and racial justice. Members of our council as well as our staff are devoted to address and face the issues that affect the community such as suicide, homelessness, and drug addiction.

David Lima

Board of Directors

Executive Minister

A lifelong resident of New Bedford, Rev. Lima co-pastors New Seasons Worship Center in East Freetown with his wife, the Rev. Joanne Lima. Married for 25 years, they have three children. Over the years, the Rev. Lima has served in a variety of leadership positions at the Council, including the presidency from 2001-05. He also has been active in the Council's Clergy and Kids Lunch Program in the New Bedford Elementary Schools and the Clergy Ride Along ministry with the New Bedford police Department


Steve Roberts

Board of Directors


Steve previously served as the Chief of Staff for the Mayor of the City of New Bedford, MA and is currently the President of the Board of the Inter-Church Council of Greater New Bedford. Steve is married to his wife Cecelia and they have a daughter Stephanie. Steve is Special Projects Director at Hallkeen Management Company. Steve received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. He later went on to receive a Certificate in Administration and Finance from the Harvard University Extension.



George Bailey

Board of Directors


Serving ICC for nearly 40 years, Lay Leader of St. Paul’s United Methodists Church, and CEO of Mobile Ministries, Inc., a homeless ministry serving the greater New Bedford area. Life- long resident of North Dartmouth, married to Penny for 34 years with two daughters Alyssa and Sarah.

Robin Muise

Board of Directors

Robin has served on the Board of the ICCGNB for the last 4 years. Currently, Robin volunteers as Volunteer Coordinator for the Extreme Weather Overflow Shelter at Sister Rose House and coordinates volunteers for the Friends of Sister Rose Shelter Garden. Previously Robin has served as a director of religious education in Hudson MA for 13 years. She has been married to Peter for 41 years and together they have 3 children, a daughter in-law, 2 sons in-law and 8 grandchildren.


Judith Smith


Council Administrator

Born in New Bedford, raised in Fairhaven and attended Grace Episcopal Church before moving to Florida in 1987. In 2002, I moved to Brewster down on Cape Cod and became the Manager of a senior, subsidized housing facility in Harwich where I stayed for 17 ½ years.  I moved to Westport in April of this year and now I look forward to being a part of the Inter Church Council family! I have two adult children; my son Josh lives in Texas and my daughter Sara will be a Junior at Bridgewater State University in the fall. I am extremely excited to be here and grateful for this opportunity.