The Governing Board is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members, two clergy and one lay, to fill the current vacancies through General Conference 2019.
With gratitude for their willingness to serve, we welcome Rev. Victoria Burson, Rev. Miak Siew, and Dr. David Williams to the MCC Governing Board. Reverends. Burson and Siew will fill the clergy vacancies, and Dr. Williams will fill the lay seat.
Our process included a global executive search honoring our MCC mission, vision, and core values. We received applications, conducted interviews, reviewed as a Governing Board, and appointed the following to join the MCC Governing Board.
“MCC welcomes these new Governing Board members! To each of you who were selected, and to all who applied, thank you for your ministry with the global MCC community of churches, ministries, and leaders,” said Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown, Interim Moderator.
Terms for new Governing Board members begin in January with official orientation. The first full meeting of the Governing Board will be 25 January 2018. The appointed Governors will serve through the 2019 General Conference when elections will be held to fill expired terms.
The Governing Board also elected Kimberly Brown as the new Vice Chair. Rev. Joe Cobb will continue as clerk. A new treasurer will be elected soon.
A forthcoming announcement will be made regarding the formation of the Governing Board Nominating committee to begin its work in preparation for the 2019 General Conference.
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.”