Executive Minister of Love Mercy Do Justice (LMDJ)
Cecilia Williams serves as the Executive Minister for the Love Mercy Do Justice (LMDJ) mission priority of the Evangelical Covenant Church. Before stepping into this role, Williams served as Director of Ministry Initiatives for LMDJ. In this role, Williams worked closely with local Covenant congregations and regional conferences, to identify, develop, and initiate a variety of sustainable projects and advocate on issues of justice. Before her term with the ECC denominational offices, Williams served as interim senior pastor for Sanctuary Covenant Church in Minneapolis, and as the associate pastor for engagement and care, evangelism and outreach. Prior to her ministry service at Sanctuary, Williams served as program coordinator and director for a number of nonprofit institutions, and taught graduate courses at Bethel Theological Seminary, at which she was also seated as director for multicultural affairs. Williams also served as associate dean / director for the office of intercultural student programs and services at Bethel University’s College of Arts and Sciences. Williams received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a Women Studies minor from the University of Minnesota, and earned a Master of Divinity degree in pastoral care and counseling from Bethel Theological Seminary. Cecilia enjoys reading, writing, theological reflection in community, and exploring the north shore (MN) with her amazing husband and two wonderful children.
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 an 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.
Director of Advocacy for Victims of Abuse and Project Free
Following seven and a half years as director of Women Ministries, Meagan Gillan now leads AVA (Advocacy for Victims of Abuse), a ministry to the local church that provides language and vocabulary to talk about sexual assault and abuse while equipping people to recognize and understand their impact. Ordained in the ECC, Meagan is also the leader of Free, the renewed anti-trafficking initiative of the Covenant Church. She has particular passion for all who have experienced abuse of any kind and loves to speak on faith and forgiveness, relishing opportunities to call victims, survivors, and advocates alike to live into the full and abundant life Jesus calls for in John 10. She has been married to Scot for 43 years, and they have four adult children, three terrific kids-in-law, and five grandchildren. Meagan loves coffee and regularly gives thanks to God for his healing power.
LMDJ Ministry Partner on CovEnterprises Initiatives
Adam L. Gustine leads CovEnterprises, a social enterprise initiative of Love Mercy, Do Justice, for the Evangelical Covenant Church. He is also the founder of Jubilee Ventures, an enterprise incubator in South Bend, Indiana dedicated to extending opportunity, restoration and ownership to the margins. He has pastored multiple churches in a wide variety of contexts and has a doctor of ministry degree from Missio Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Ann, are raising three kids to seek the shalom of their city South Bend.
Manager of Ministry Services
Christine Moolo serves as Manager of Ministry Services for the Love Mercy Do Justice Mission Priority of the Evangelical Covenant Church. Previously Christine served as Project Manager for Covenant Kids Congo powered by World Vision. Christine also served with Covenant World Mission in Gemena, DR Congo as a short-term Covenant Missionary. Christine received her MA in International Development from Eastern University and her BA in Global Studies from North Park University. Her latest favorite read is Neither Wolf Nor Dog, by Kent Nerburn.