Women’s History Month Program


Author and Retired Pastor Rev. LaVerne McCain Gill lead a Symposium and Book Talk on Women, Spirituality, Health and Wellness at the Church of the Covenant.

In the midst of the UN Women’s, 61st Commission on the Status of Women, the Faith, Health and Wellness Ministry of the Church of the Covenant was pleased to host two special events during its commemoration of Women’s History Month.

The. Rev. LaVerne McCain Gill and her husband Dr. Tepper Gill reside in Reston, Virginia. Rev. Gill is a trained Spiritual Director, who holds several advanced degrees from prominent universities, including: Howard University; American University; Rutgers University; and Princeton Theological Seminary. She has lectured at Princeton Theological Seminary; The Ecumenical Theological Seminary; Howard University; University of California at Berkeley, University of the District of Columbia and Trinity College, and presented at two conferences of the World Council of Churches. Her life includes several “historic firsts” including the first African-American and the first woman to pastor the historic Webster United Church of Christ in Ann Arbor, Michigan and the first African American UCC Chaplain at the Chautauqua Institute in New York.

Rev. Gill has authored six books: African American Women in Congress, which was nominated for the New Jersey Humanities Award; Daughters of Dignity: African Biblical Women and the Virtues of Womanhood; Vashti’s Victory; My Mother Prayed for Me; Faith and Kidney Disease; and Reston’s African American Legacy. While pastoring, she simultaneously started a nine-year ministry in Ghana, West Africa, that worked at a refugee camp, supported a street children’s ministry, a leprosy ministry, a scholarship program, built eleven water wells and raised $100,000 to support those efforts. Among her numerous awards are: the “Olivet CollegeHumanitarian Award”; the Prestigious United Church of Christ “Antoinette Brown Award” for excellence in ministry and preaching; and the “James Jenkins Pillar of Faith Award” by Howard University School of Divinity and the UCC Central Atlantic Conference. Her career highlights also include: training high school teachers in Ethiopia; and travelling to Cuba as a part of an international delegation in support of Cuban woman.


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