Rev. Nathan Hill was born and raised in Anadarko, Oklahoma, and graduated from Cameron University in Lawton, OK. Nathan
experienced his call to ministry while
attending Cameron Campus Ministry and, later, First Christian Church. At both places,
he developed his skills as a church leader, helped launch contemporary worship services, and connected with young adults curious about faith.
After college, Nathan participated in a year-long internship through National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C., which focused on
urban ministry. After the year of service, Nathan decided to attend Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. He graduated in 2008.
Throughout his time in seminary, Nathan continued to be an active member of National City Christian Church, helping to lead their growing
young-adult group. He also worked with their evangelism team, helping the church think of new ways to reach out to their neighborhood. He was
employed by the Capital Area Region of the Christian Church, developing and assisting their regional young-adult program. In addition, Nathan
served as one of the founding members of the denomination's Young Adult Commission.
In the last four years, Nathan served as Minister of Church Life for East Dallas Christian Church in Dallas, TX. In that diverse neighborhood,
he led the congregation in launching a new missional worshipping community, the Table, a Faith & Grief luncheon program in partnership with
Baylor Hospital, Faith in the City pub ministry, and other outreach opportunities. Nathan also completed a three-year HeartPaths spiritual
leadership and direction program.
Nathan is married to fellow seminarian Yunkyong, a native of South Korea, who graduated from Wesley with a Masters of Arts degree. Yunkyong
is a gifted mother and artist who works to make space for children, spiritual practices, and creativity in the church. She's also a great cook!
Nathan and Yunkyong have two kids, Emily and Joseph. Both kids keep their parents very happy and exhausted.
You can read some of Nathan's writing (including sermons) at www.nathanjhill.com.
Scott is a second-year seminarian at Wesley Theological Seminary, where she is a candidate for a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Care and Urban
Ministry. She earned her undergraduate degree from Lincoln University in 2012 in broadcast journalism. Shanay carries a 3.26 grade point average
and is the Associate Pastor Intern for University Christian Church in Hyattsville, Maryland. She recently received her commission from Disciples of
Arriving at Wesley in 2013, Shanay is an Urban Fellow. As a recipient of this academic privilege, Shanay examines urban issues in the
Washington D.C. Metropolitan area and critically analyzes theological implications for solutions. She is also the founder of R.S.V.P. (Reconstructing
Sisters’ Visions and Purposes), a non-profit organization with a mission of spiritual and holistic wellness for broken women. The organization has
grown tremendously since its inception in 2013 and is now one of the largest student organizations on Lincoln University’s campus.
While Shanay is dedicated to her academic endeavors, she thoroughly enjoys her work at University Christian Church and discovering her vocation. Her
prime responsibilities are supervising a 100+ multi-cultural congregation, creating alternative approaches to enhancing traditional worship service and
appealing to a diverse community, strengthening intergenerational worship, and offering the congregation and communication a library of resources for matters
that are beyond the church’s proficiency. As a member of Disciples of Christ, Shanay is involved in regional and national initiatives that include
Disciples of Christ Leadership Institute, National Race and Reconciliation Board, and Explore Program. Shanay also challenges herself to explore other
cultures and theological perspectives, most recently in Ethiopia, where she spent two weeks exploring Eastern Orthodox Christianity in the capital of
Ethiopia and surrounding rural communities.
A native of Southside Jamaica Queens, New York, Shanay is not bashful about her humble beginnings. She is proud of her Caribbean heritage and treasures
her family. Shanay says she is certain that it was the spiritual principles instilled in her childhood that helped her overcome many of life’s
challenges. Her personal theology encourages individuals to identify and adhere to their personal convictions and to love God and their neighbor.
Today, Shanay is located in the capital, relentlessly striving to become the type of leader that positively impacts the community. When she’s not
preaching, inspiring, serving, or counseling those around her, she’s building the brand of Aimezloyaute, a clothing line for which she serves
as Chief Communication Officer. In 2013, she was inducted as an honorary member of the National Council of Negro Women for her extra-curricular
accomplishments and is scheduled for ordination and graduation in the spring of 2015.