Preachers & Speakers

2019 Preachers and Speakers  – 2020 Info Coming Soon!

Recently Tamara Franks celebrated 5 years as Pastor of High Country United Church of Christ (UCC) located just outside of Boone, NC. From 1995-2005, she taught Outdoor Recreation activity classes along with Outdoor Education theoretical classes at Texas A&M University. She resigned to move to St. Louis, Missouri to attend Eden Theological Seminary receiving her Master of Divinity in 2008. Post-seminary, Tamara served bi-vocationally as Minister of Spiritual Development in College Station, Tx as well as a Consultant and Trainer for High Risk Industries helping to improve their safety cultures.



Originally from New Orleans, LA, Rev. Mia McClain is an artist, thinker, preacher, songwriter, and banana pudding connoisseur. A licensed Baptist minister pursuing full ordination in the United Church of Christ, Mia has served in ministry at several congregations in New York City and New Orleans, LA. She currently serves as the Associate Minister of Faith Formation and Community Outreach at Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ministry has been Mia’s greatest gift and she looks for ways to integrate her spiritual calling with her professional performance life. She is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (MDiv), New York University (MA), and Syracuse University (BFA).


The Rev. Lucille “CeCee” Mills grew up in Greensboro. She completed her seminary studies at The Lutheran Theological Center in Atlanta. Ordained in 2004, she served her first ten years of ministry in the Virginia Synod. She currently serves as Program Associate Director for African Descent Ministries for the ELCA as deployed staff from its headquarters in Chicago, Illinois while also serving as both Associate Director for Evangelical Mission and interim pastor in the North Carolina Synod.

Margie Quinn grew up in Nashville. As the baby of six kids, she developed a love of getting people’s attention from early on. Margie just graduated from Duke Divinity School and is pursuing ordination in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She lives and works at the Bethany Hills Retreat Center in Kingston Springs, Tennessee and loves preaching, writing, singing, laughing, and taking down the patriarchy. Last week she killed three copperheads with a pick-ax. She ain’t scared.


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