2019 Preachers and Speakers – more TBA!
Rev. Dana Cassell lives in Durham, North Carolina. She loves mountains, bacon, books, and her dog, Franny. She divides her time between serving as pastor to the Peace Covenant Church of the Brethren in Durham and managing a new denominational program supporting multivocational pastors.
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).