The Governing Board employs several officers to manage its duties, including Chairperson (held by the current Moderator of MCC), Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Chairperson – Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown
Member – Rev. Victoria L. Burson
Member – Rev. Miak Siew
Member – Rev. Onetta Brooks
Member – Marsha Warren
Member – Rev. Joe Cobb
Member – Dr. David L. Williams, MD, MPH
Member – Bob Neihaus
Member – Christy Temples
Meet the Board
Rev. Victoria L. Burson
REV. VICTORIA L. BURSON has served in many leadership capacities and brings a wealth of experience with her along with a passion for people and MCC mission.
Rev. Burson’s leadership abilities include supervision and advisor for nursing students on the campus of El Centro College in Texas, and student development coordinator and student associate leader at Tarrant County College in Texas. She was an Elder, Assistant Pastor, and Director of Internal Ministries at Living Faith Covenant Church. Rev. Burson was also an Image Consultant/Life Coach for VLB Enterprise and currently serves as Administrator for Essentials Unleashed, a non-profit organization which provides leadership and empowerment coaching. Rev. Burson received her certification as a Professional Coach, C.P.C.
Rev. Burson is the Senior Pastor at MCC Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and previously served as an Associate Pastor at Cathedral of Hope & Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor, Dallas, Texas, USA. She has been a presenter General Conference and PAD Conference, and has been a pastor and mentor for The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries’ (TFAM) with Project Access.
Master of Divinity degree from Texas Christian University at Brite Divinity School of Theology
M.Div credits at Interdenominational Theological Center
Bachelors of Arts degree with Honors in Leadership Development and Administration from Beulah Heights University
I am a ‘Same-Gender Loving’ woman who identifies as a Black (African -America) woman. I have been involved with several LGBTQIA initiatives around diversity/inclusion and social justice issues, the most recent being the Freddie Gray unrest in Baltimore. I have also served in the Student Government Association, Black Seminarians Union leadership team, and campus student chaplain.
My diversity attributes primary strengths emphasis are:
- Celebrate Difference
- Spirit filled and led
- Ascribe to success of others
- Respect towards ‘Differently Abled’
- Team Player
- Moral Builder
- Inclusion (Honoring orientation, creed, faith journey, and personhood)
Rev. Miak Siew
REV. MIAK SIEW has served as the executive pastor for Free Community Church, Singapore, since September 2011. He was a member of the Organizing Committee of the Amplify Conference, and a speaker at the International Consultation on Church and Homophobia held at Jakarta Theological Seminary, November 2014. He was also a speaker at South and Southeast Asian Churches’ Responses to Issues of Human Sexuality and Gender Minorities, January 2017. Rev. Siew is a member of EQARS, Emerging Queer Asian Religious Scholars, and a member of Movement Affirming Pluralism, an interfaith group in Singapore for progressive individuals.
Rev. Siew is a founding member of PLU – People Like Us, the LGBT Advocacy Group in Singapore; founding member and coordinator for ADLUS – Adventurers Like Us, the LGBT Outdoor and Sports group; co-organizer of IndigNation – the Singapore LGBTQ Pride festival from 2006-2009 and 2011-2013; Student Representative of the Presidential Search Committee of Pacific School of Religion; 2010 Student Representative for the Racial Justice Working Group for Pacific School of Religion; 2008-2011 Acting Chairperson / Treasurer of the CAPSR Council (Student Council of Pacific School of Religion).
Rev. Siew has been a member of the Asia Ministry Development Team since 2014, and a team lead for the Asia Ministry Development Team / Emerging Church Coordinator for Asia since 2015.
MDiv, Pacific School of Religion, 2011
Business Administration, National University of Singapore, 1999
Rev. Siew was ordained at New Spirit Community Church, Berkeley, August 2011.
“I am Asian, I am gay and I am an international student. I was involved in racial justice working groups, LGBTQ working groups and the international student group. When I was approached to be the student representative of the presidential search committee I had to ask – is it because I meet all the check boxes for diversity? I was (and still am) very privileged – I am part of the majority race in Singapore and I am a cis-gender male. While there needs to be balance and a good representation, I believe that, in my case, it should not be based on those attributes or we would be perpetuating systemic issues around gender and race.”
Dr. David L. Williams, MD, MPH
DR. DAVID L. WILLIAMS is currently serving as the Interim Pastoral Leader of MCC Christ the Liberator (CTL) since December 1, 2016. He has led multiple HIV/AIDS and Spirituality support groups at local churches. Dr. Williams has been a MCC CTL member for the past 10.5 years, and has been a CTL board member from 2012 to the present serving in various positions at different junctures.
In his professional life, Dr. Williams has attained increased levels of responsibility from mid-level management to senior director. He separated from military service as field grade officer (Lieutenant Colonel). As a member of Christ the Liberator MCC, Dr. Williams has served on the Board of Directors as a member, clerk, treasurer, and vice-moderator.
Dr. Williams is currently serving as the Program Officer for the MCC Health & Wellness and HIV/AIDS Working Group, and a member of the Governing Board Assessments Commission. Dr. Williams was also on the MCC PAD Conference Planning Committee.
Doctor of Medicine – Columbia University, New York, New York, USA, College of Physicians and Surgeons
Master of Public Health – Mailman School of Public Health
Bachelor of Science – Biology and Biochemical Engineering – Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, USA ; Thesis: “Development of Anti-Viral Therapy Agents with the Potential to Inhibit the Role of HIV in Chronic Recurrent Herpes Simplex Infection”
“I identify as a black (Caribbean-African American) gay man, who has lived in multiple countries in Latin America, Europe, Australia, and the Caribbean. I speak and understand Spanish, French and some Portuguese. Growing up in two countries prior to moving to the US has equipped me with the skills necessary to meet people on their own cultural terms.”
Rev. Joe Cobb
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Term: 2016 -2022
Rev. Joe Cobb lives in Roanoke, Virginia, USA, with his husband, James, and their two children, Ginny and JJ. Their family also includes a daughter, Emma, and her husband, Connor Gwin, and a son, Taylor.
Rev. Joe was ordained as MCC clergy in 2006 and currently serves as Chaplain for Hermitage Roanoke (a Senior Living Community) and Community Outreach Coordinator for Highland Park School. Joe served as Pastor of the MCC of Winston-Salem from 2007-2008 and MCC of the Blue Ridge from 2009-2017. Rev. Joe has served as the Eastern U.S. Network Lead and as the Campaign Coordinator for Would Jesus Discriminate? Prior to this, Rev. Joe served as a United Methodist Clergy in Texas, England, and Kansas, from 1985-2001.
He has a Master of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas, USA, and a Bachelor of Philosophy degree from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, USA.
Rev. Joe is co-author of Our Family Outing: A Memoir of Coming Out and Coming Through, written with his former spouse, Rev. Leigh Anne Taylor. The book is a unique, two voice narrative of a gay man and straight woman and their journey through marriage, children, coming out, divorce, healing, reconciliation, and creating a new way of being family.
Rev. Onetta Brooks
Rev. Onetta Brooks, California, USA, is proficient in governance and years of experience in MCC’s General Conference Business Meetings, Bylaws, and the Governing Board Nominating Committee.
Onetta was appointed to serve on the Governing Board in October 2018 until General Conference July 2019. Previously, Onetta served as a consultant to the Governance Committee from March-October 2018. Onetta was elected to serve on MCC’s Governing Board from 2010-2016.
Onetta was ordained in UFMCC in January 2007. She worked professionally for various aerospace companies as program manager/systems engineer/software engineer for 34 years.
Onetta earned her Master of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary, Southern California; Master of Public Administration from California State University, Dominquez Hills; and Bachelor of Arts, Major in Mathematics, from Pomona College. Onetta attends Founders MCC in Los Angeles, California, USA..
Bob Niehaus, Illinois, USA, brings experience and skills in development and business leadership. Bob attends aChurch4Me in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Christy Temples is a professional auditor and will offer a focus on governance. Christy is the Interim Pastoral Leader for Thrive MCC in Tallahassee, Florida, USA.
Marsha Warren, Texas, USA, offers expertise in finances as a professional auditor and assessments. Marsha attends MCC San Antonio, in San Antonio, Texas, USA, and will continue her work on the MCC Finance Committee.