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 Ministry Initiatives
Adam Gustine serves as the Director of Ministry Initiatives for Love Mercy, Do Justice. In this role, Adam is focused on equipping and resourcing Covenant congregations toward tangible and sustainable expressions of justice in their local communities. He comes to this role with a wide variety of ministry experiences including local church, community development non-profit, and higher education settings. Adam earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in Missional Leadership (Urban/Intercultural Emphasis) from Biblical Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Christian Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Trinity College. Adam currently lives in Chicago with his wife Ann and their three children; Josiah, Levi and Nina.
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.
Rev. Harold C Spooner
Rev. Spooner is V.P. of Community Impact, Covenant Retirement Communities (CRC). Currently CRC has made Spooner’s services as an “on loan” employee to the mission priority Love Mercy, Do Justice of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). He was formerly President of Covenant Initiatives for Care (CIC) an affiliate of Covenant Ministries of Benevolence (CMB) under the umbrella of the ECC where he oversaw homes for special needs adults, Children’s Homes, and Ministries to victims of domestic violence.
As V.P. of Outreach Ministries with CMB he worked with Churches to develop community development programs and worked with the ECC as they moved towards intentionally becoming more ethnically and culturally diverse as a denomination.
Prior to working with the ECC he was the Director of Student Diversity at the Stony Brook School, a Christian boarding and day school located on Long Island in New York State.
Spooner was an area director for Young Life, an international youth evangelism organization, serving the Cabrini- Green Homes location in Chicago IL. From there he became the organizations first African-American Regional Director serving the greater Chicago metropolitan Region.
Before coming to Young Life, He was the Program Director at the Douglass – Tubman Christian Center serving the Robert Taylor Homes, Chicago, under the direction of the Reformed Church in America.
Spooner, a native New Yorker, is a graduate of The Stony Brook School, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Houghton College, and a Masters of Theology from Fuller Seminary. He lives in Chicago with his wife Cheryl and has three adult children.
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.