Preachers & Speakers

2020 Preachers and Speakers – More TBA soon!

Hear the speakers in their own words.

Angie Hong (she, her, hers) is a worship leader, writer, and speaker.  She has written about her personal identity and healing from abuse journey in Soul Bare.  Angie speaks and writes extensively about worship and diversity,  most recently with Faith and Leadership magazine. She is a contributor to Christianity Today Women. Angie currently studies at Duke Divinity School. Learn more here and follow her @angiekayhong on social media.

Donyelle McCray (she, her, hers), Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Yale Divinity School, studies homiletics and Christian spirituality, focusing on African American preaching, sermon genre, and modes of authority. In her work, the sermon occupies the shoreline between sacred and profane speech and holds emancipatory potential within Christian liturgies and beyond them.  She writes about the ways African American women and lay people use the sermon to play, remember, invent, and disrupt. Her current research examines the preaching and spirituality of the Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray.

A proud native of Durham, NC, Minister Nicole Williams received her BA from NC Wesleyan College in Business Administration and Accounting, while also starting all four years on the women’s basketball team. Williams received her MDiv from Duke. Currently undergoing the  UCC ordination process, Williams’ ministry is entrenched in teaching the gospel to those who have been marginalized by society.

Rev. Dr. Karen Ziegler (she, her, hers) is the lead organizer for Tuesdays with Tillis Indivisible. She served as the Senior Pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of New York, a queer church, in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and was formerly on the Board of Trustees of RCWMS. She is active in the Poor Peoples Campaign and is on a quest to connect her lifelong Christian, Tantric, and Buddhist study and practice to social and political action.