Annual Meeting Speakers


The Reverend Kim Hodges

Reverend Kim Hodges is a native of Chesapeake, VA.  She attended Catawba College in Salisbury, NC; starting her undergraduate studies in math education, but graduating with a B.A. in Religion & Philosophy.  Pastor Kim worked fulltime as a Director of Christian Education at Mt. Zion UCC in China Grove, NC.  After leaving her position as Director of CE, she taught high school math (while still doing part-time youth ministry at Mt. Zion UCC).  In 2011 she entered Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC to earn her Masters of Divinity.  She returned to Norfolk in the summer of 2015 for a job as a part-time chaplain at CHKD and found herself working as a solo pastor of Lynnhaven Colony Congregational, UCC (something she swore she'd never do, of course). In the hours that she is not working, she finds herself doing house projects, going for hikes/jogs, meeting up with friends, or indulging in a Netflix marathon.  

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Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis

Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis was ordained into the Christian ministry, July 31,1988 and is a United Church of Christ (UCC) Pastor and Pastor Emeritus and Founder of God Can Ministries, UCC, Chicago, IL.  Currently, Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis serves as Affiliate Professor at McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago teaching courses such as Sexual and Domestic Violence; Pastoral Care in Times of Crisis and Pastoral Care in African American Communities.  She serves as a Faculty Mentor at United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio leading over 15 students to earn their Doctor of Ministry Degree through her focus group titled, “Pastoral Care and Counseling. Other courses she has taught include Christian Ethics, Theological Foundations, and Mass Incarceration and the Criminal Justice System. Dr Ellis Davis is a trainer with Faith Trust Institute, Seattle, WA, for faith institutions in the field of domestic violence and clergy healthy boundaries. She is a retired Police Officer of 31 years with the Chicago Police Department where she served as patrol officer, criminalist in the crime laboratory, and upon her retirement she was serving as the Department’s first African American woman Chaplain ministering to Police Officers and their families especially in times of crisis or when police officers have been injured or killed in the line of duty.  Rev. Ellis Davis earned her Master of Divinity Degree and PhD. Degree in Theology and Ethics from Chicago Theological Seminary. She also earned her Doctor of Ministry Degree from McCormick Theological Seminary.  Her recent book is titled “Battered African American Women: A Study of Gender Entrapment    

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The Rev. Cheri Lovell, CFRE

The Rev. Cheri Lovell, CFRE

After serving in senior marketing roles for the key financial ministries of the United Church of Christ, and as Executive Vice President of a United Nations-related agency, Cheri Lovell returned to the Southern Conference in 2015 and serves as president of the Western NC Association. Her consulting practice, The Strategic Org, helps organizations and ministries become more intentional, sustainable and visionary — in their strategy, governance, fundraising, data management and marketing. A Carolina graduate, Cheri earned her Master of Divinity at Emory University and now serves on the faculty of Seattle University’s School of Theology & Ministry, where she is also a member of the school’s Financial Literacy and Management in Ministry Council.

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The Reverend Angela Roach Roberson

Rev. Angela Roach Roberson was ordained in 2010, called to pastor in 2011, and installed as pastor of Congregational United Church of Christ in High Point in 2012.  

She has lead her congregation and community in bible studies on criminal justice transformation and domestic violence.

Rev. Roberson organized the first Multi-Faith National Day of Prayer for the city of High Point, which has made this an annual event.

Angela is a 2010 summa cum laude M.Div. graduate of Hood Theological Seminary.  She is a 2011 Th.M. graduate of Duke Divinity School, where she worked as a Research Assistant in the Office of Black Church Studies.