2018 preachers TBA! Read about the 2017 preachers here:
The Rev. Shyrl Hinnant-Uzzell currently resides in Goldsboro, NC. She is a graduate of Southside Regional School of Nursing in Petersburg, VA and East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Nursing. She retired from nursing in November of 2008 and earned a Master of Divinity degree in May 2012. Rev. Hinnant~Uzzell answered the call to preach the gospel in 1984 and has been active in ministry especially in her home church Greenleaf Christian Church, Goldsboro, NC since. She has served as Minister of Music, worship leader, and associate minister at Greenleaf. Ordained in September 2012, she is part of the ordained ministerial staff and now serves as Assistant Pastor.
Rev. Hinnant-Uzzell has a passion to reach women, especially those who are hurting and are having difficulty rising above the outcomes of choices made. In the near future, she hopes to begin laying the foundation for a mentoring program for single mothers. She completed a chaplain residency program at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh, NC in August 2013. She has been blessed to travel extensively and minister along side Rev. Dr. William J Barber II, pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, North Carolina State NAACP president, organizer of the Forward Together, Moral Monday Movement, addressing social justice issues and living out what the Lord requires; doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with her God.
She has received several recognitions and honors that include being a member of Sigma Theta Tau (International Nursing Honor Society), Golden Key International Honor Society, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. While she is grateful for her accomplishments, she considers being mother to Rashaunte’ Hinnant Mitchell and Rakia Dynee’ Hinnant, Crump, grandmother to Kylie Brooke Mitchell, Khloe Drew Mitchell, and Landon Joshua Crump and godmother to Thaliyah and Kaliyah Sasser as some of her finest and proudest honors.
The Rev. Dr. Carolyn J. Sharp is Professor of Homiletics at Yale Divinity School. Her research explores the poetics and theology of Hebrew Scripture texts as resources for homiletics. She is interested in ways in which preaching can draw artfully on biblical studies, feminist perspectives on power, and emancipatory pedagogy. Her books include Irony and Meaning in the Hebrew Bible (2009) and Wrestling the Word: The Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Believer (2010). Professor Sharp has edited or co-edited six volumes, including The Oxford Handbook of the Prophets (2016) and Feminist Frameworks and the Bible: Power, Ambiguity, and Intersectionality (with L. Juliana Claassens; 2017). Her current projects include an introduction to biblical prophetic literature (Abingdon) and a commentary on Joshua (Smyth & Helwys). A member of the Academy of Homiletics, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Society of Biblical Theologians, Professor Sharp serves on the editorial board of the journal Horizons in Biblical Theology. An Episcopal priest, she preaches regularly at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church in New Haven and elsewhere. She and her husband live in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.
The Rev. Chalice Overy has been formally engaged in ministry since she accepted a call to preach at age 17. Since then she has been a campus ministry leader, coordinated foreign and domestic missions, facilitated conferences and retreats, and has served several congregations as both Associate and Senior Pastor. Preaching is her true passion. She takes great joy in preparation and always aims to bring clarity when proclaiming the good news.
Rev. Overy is an ordained Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church where she found a wealth of support and affirmation as a young woman in ministry. She will always be Tar Heel with a degree in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is also a proud graduate of Duke Divinity School.
Since seminary, Rev. Overy has pursued training in congregational health with a focus on developing the capacity of church leaders, and helping congregations manage conflict in transformative ways. Presently, she serves as the Director of Ministries at Baptist Grove Church in Raleigh, NC where she works with volunteer ministry leaders and staff to insure that the ministries function in excellence and ultimately serve the overall mission of the church.
Chalice is a bit of a fitness buff, a lover of Durham, a product of good parenting and the child of a gracious God whose love lifted her, and whose power, at work in her, consistently exceeds her greatest expectations.
Dr. Sharon Schulze graduated with a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in December 2016 after working for 25 years in science, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) education. Her work in STEM education was focused primarily on securing resources and support for students and teachers who are underrepresented in STEM fields. That concern for marginalized populations has been magnified as she seeks to understand how communities hold together to support people physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. Sharon is also an avid weaver and delights in working in an art form that is all straight lines and right angles. Currently serving a year-long pastoral internship at St. Philip Lutheran Church in Raleigh, NC, Sharon is listening carefully to learn where the spirit will send her next.
Yolanda Michelle Santiago-Correa is a 3rd year student pursuing a Master of Divinity at Duke Divinity School. A double pk, born and raised in the island of Puerto Rico, she has been involved in church and ministry all of her life. A drummer, liturgical dancer and singer, she has always sought to include the arts in the theological. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. She is a member of the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico.
Her involvement with the church of Puerto Rico at the conference level has given her many opportunities to work in ministry. She served as the youth co-chair for MARCHA (Methodists Associated Representing the Cause of Hispanic/Latino Americans) from 2014-2016, as the co-president for La Unión Latina, Duke Divinity’s Latinx student association, from 2016-2017 and she currently is the co-president of the Divinity Student Council. She was chosen to preach for the first assembly of the Hispanic/Latino Caucus of the South-Eastern Jurisdiction of the UMC this past May and will also be one of the student preachers of her graduating class in Goodson Chapel.
After graduating in May 2018, she hopes to pursue a PhD in Religion and Culture, particularly focusing of Afro-Latinidad and how the experience of colorism, racism and the denial of African descent in the Latinx community shapes theology, life and identity. In the process, she will seek ordination in the United Methodist Church.
Yolanda is a music addict, a sports junkie, a beach bum, an only child and the work of Miguel and Yolanda, whose love, passion and willingness to follow God even to the places where it seems like there is nothing left made her into who she is and showed her that – like her godfather says – “es bueno servirle a un Dios Bueno.”