Meet the Staff
Executive Minister of Love Mercy Do Justice (LMDJ)
Rev. Paul Robinson serves as Executive Minister of the Love Mercy Do Justice (LMDJ) Mission Priority of the Evangelical Covenant Church. Previously Rev. Robinson served as lead church planter of Grace Outreach Covenant Church in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, and as senior community leadership consultant with the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation of St. Paul, Minnesota. He has consulted with various clients to develop leadership experiences designed to help individuals and organizations maximize productivity, and he is the former director of the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute. Paul combines his expertise in leadership development with theory and practice aimed at advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion to catalyze individual and organizational growth. He is most comfortable at the intersection of ideas, difference, passion and effective action, and he is a strong advocate for justice and equity. Paul enjoys using his skills in meeting design, facilitation, and convening to catalyze meaningful connections to stimulate individual and community transformation. He holds a bachelor of science in finance degree from Eastern Illinois University and a master’s of divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary of Chicago.Contact Paul: Paul.Robinson@covchurch.org
Director of Ministry Initiatives
Rev. Ramelia Williams serves as Director of Ministry Initiatives for the Love Mercy Do Justice (LMDJ) Mission Priority of the Evangelical Covenant Church. She is passionate about creating environments for stimulating racial reconciliation and inner healing through the church.
She has served as the church-planting pastor of New Creation Covenant Church, a multicultural congregation in Chicago. She also was a preaching pastor at another multiracial church she helped launch in the city.
In her previous work as a hospital chaplain in San Diego and Chicago, Williams offered short-term pastoral care to families experiencing death, trauma and loss. This work prepared her for the ministry development of a network of spirituality groups that focus on inner healing for women who have survived physical, sexual and emotional abuse.
She is an adjunct professor at North Park Theological Seminary and serves on a team of spiritual directors who facilitate spiritual formation groups for students. Williams experiences deep joy when running, hiking, riding horses or taking in breathtaking views of God’s creation.Contact Ramelia: Ramelia.Williams@covchurch.org
Director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation
Dominique Gilliard serves as the Director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the Love Mercy Do Justice (LMDJ) mission priority of the Evangelical Covenant Church. Before his term with the ECC denominational offices, Gilliard served as the executive pastor of New Hope Covenant Church in Oakland, California. He had previously served in West Oakland as the associate pastor of Convergence Covenant Church. Gilliard has long served the ECC in roles that have included pastoral ministry in Atlanta and Chicago as well as Oakland. He also has been a partner in campus ministry with University Ministries at North Park University, a member of the CHIC Council, racial righteousness director for ministry initiatives in the Pacific Southwest Conference, and an instructor and facilitator for LMDJ’s Invitation to Racial Righteousness seminar. Additionally, Gilliard currently serves on the board of directors for the Christian Community Development Association and Evangelicals for Justice. Gilliard earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Georgia State University, in African American Studies and History, and a Master of Arts in history from East Tennessee State University, with an emphasis on race, gender, and class in the United States. He earned a MDiv degree from North Park Seminary, where he also served as an adjunct professor teaching Christian ethics, theology, and reconciliation. He also directed North Park University’s Sankofa experience for more than three years. His book Re-Thinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores is scheduled to be released by InterVarsity Press in early 2018. Dominique enjoys reading, writing, theological reflection in community, sports, and traveling.Contact Dominique: Dominique.Gilliard@covchurch.org
Rosa Soto, serves as coordinator of administrative services for the Love Mercy Do Justice mission priority of the Evangelical Covenant Church. Previously, she served as a Family Support Specialist for a Nonprofit in the Chicagoland area working with teen moms. Along with, working in the dental field in both administrative and clinical roles. She volunteers and has served in various capacities within her home church. Currently, she is in the process of getting training to minister to the women in the Cook County Jail. Her hope is that everyone can experience the tangible presence and love of God in every season they are in. Rosa received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Elmhurst College. Her avocations are reading, yoga, children, and spending time with family and friends.Contact Rosa: Rosa.Soto@covchurch.org