2019 Workshop Leaders
Ordained in 1988, Rev. Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis is a UCC Pastor and Pastor Emeritus and Founder of God Can Ministries, UCC, Chicago. Ellis Davis has taught at McCormick Theological Seminary and has been a trainer with Seattle’s Faith Trust Institute for faith institutions on issues such as domestic violence and clergy healthy boundaries. A retired Chicago Police Officer, Ellis Davis served as patrol officer, criminalist in the crime laboratory, and the first African American woman Chaplain ministering to officers and their families. Rev. Ellis Davis earned an MDiv and PhD in Theology and Ethics from Chicago Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from McCormick. Her recent book is titled Battered African American Women: A Study of Gender Entrapment.
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.
A 26-year veteran in ministry, including a successful 20-year pastorate, Rev. Rose Wright-Scott is anchored by her favorite scripture, Philippians 4:13, “I Can Do All Things through Christ Which Strengthens Me”. She launched Victory Christian UCC in 1999 as her God-given mandate. Rev. Scott is the president and CEO of Scott & Scott’s LLC, an organization with a mission to empower individuals, churches, and companies to become the very best that God created them to be through training, education, and personal coaching. She is a Christian Life Coach, certified event planner, and author. Rev. Scott graduated with honors from Virginia Union University’s MDiv program from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology in 1996. Her heart’s greatest joy is found in family, in her marriage to the late Minister Bob Scott, being the mother of two adult children, and seven beautiful grandchildren.
Rev. Katey Zeh is a strategist, author, and speaker who works with nonprofits and faith communities on organizing for social change. She is the interim Executive Director of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. A highly sought thought leader and speaker Katey has presented on faith and activism at conferences and universities across the United States. The Center for American Progress named her one of their top justice-seeking faith leaders to watch. She has written for many outlets including the Huffington Post, Sojourners, and Religion Dispatches, and her advocacy work has been featured in the Washington Post, The Nation, Colorlines, and Feministing. She is the co-host of the Kindreds podcast and the author of a Women Rise Up: Sacred Stories of Resistance for Today’s Revolution (FAR Press, May 2019), a timely take on the tenacious women of the bible.