UMMBC Women's Week

Women’s Week at UMMBC is a sacred time of spiritual reflection and renewal. During these moments we pause to recount the wonderful things God has done and continues to do in our lives as women. Collectively, we open our arms and hearts as sisters in Christ as we lift the name of Jesus and share the joy of his love. Fellowship with us as we continue this journey with praise and thanksgiving, being renewed day by day in God’s grace and favor.

Wednesday, September 23 - 7PM EST

Women’s Week will begin Wednesday, September 23, with a Panel Discussion. The participants are as follows:

  • Veronice Miles

    Associate Professor of Preaching, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC

    The Rev. Dr. Veronice Miles is a preacher, teacher, writer, and mentor who is committed to a life of ministry in Church, Society, and Academy.  She was born in Gainesville, Florida and is  the daughter of the late Rev. William Arthur Miles and Mrs. Ollie L. Miles Johnson.  


    Deeply influenced by the example of her parents, Veronice sensed the call to ministry early in her life and answered the call to ordained ministry in 1994. In July 1994, she became the first woman to be licensed without contestation in a Missionary Baptist Church in Gainesville, Florida, Alachua County.  She was ordained in 1999 in Atlanta, Georgia and has preached and taught extensively. 


    Rev. Dr. Miles has been involved in various facets of Church and community ministry for more than 45 years and has taught preaching for the past 14 years.  In 2016, she joined the faculty of Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC, as Associate Professor of Preaching, after teaching preaching and religious education for 10 years at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. 


    Attentive to the formative and transformative potential of preaching, Dr. Miles  is committed to teaching and preaching that invites individuals and communities to discover pathways for living the life of faith in word and deed. Consonant with those commitments, her current research explores the power and potential of preaching to awaken individuals and communities to Hope’s resonance within each of us, under the working title, Preaching an Embodied Theology of Hope


    Veronice earned the Doctor of Philosophy in Homiletics and Religious Education from Emory University’s Graduate Division of Religion in Atlanta, Georgia and a Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University with certificates in Religious Education and Black Church Studies.  She also earned the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Master of Education in Counseling, and Education Specialist in Student Personnel Services, all from the University of Florida. 


    Grounded in the belief that God still anoints women and men “to bring good news to the poor… to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18-19), Rev. Dr. Miles endeavors to embody these practice in her life and ministry. 

  • Linda Perkins McRae

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker Specialist, Wake Forest Baptist Health, 

    Winston-Salem, NC  

    The Reverend Dr. Linda Perkins McRae, a native of Statesboro, Georgia, is an author, teacher, spiritual leader, life coach, professional counselor, motivational speaker and cancer survivor (see story here). Dr. McRae’s drive and passion for life is evident in her personal and professional pursuits.


    Dr. Linda is the President/CEO of HOPE Counseling & Consulting Services, Inc. (HOPE), a clinical practice that provides programs and services that seek to promote hope and healing providing outpatient substance use disorder treatment, mental health and behavioral health services. HOPE has four locations in North Carolina (two in downtown Winston-Salem, and in Thomasville and Reidsville). 


    Dr. Linda's commitment to helping others is evident through her lifestyle of service. She serves as CEO of Amazing Grace Ministries, where she oversees a weekly radio broadcast on WSLT in Savannah, Georgia, and an annual conference to serve the community of her hometown in Bulloch County and the surrounding areas, which provides clothing, food and financial resources.  She and her husband founded More Than Conquerors, Inc. (MTC) in 1997. MTC’s focus is three-fold: to inspire, educate, and transform lives.  


    Dr. Linda completed a Master of Divinity degree from Wake Forest University Divinity School in 2003. She completed a Master of Social Work degree at North Carolina A&T State University and UNC-Greensboro in 2007.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, Master’s Addiction Counselor, Certified Sex Offender Therapist, Substance Abuse Professional, and a Certified Clinical Supervisor.  She completed a Doctor of Psychology degree at Graduate Theological Foundation in 2016. 


    Above all of her accomplishments, Dr. Linda considers supporting her husband, Reverend Ronald Lee McRae, in ministry at Little Salem Christian Church, and being an example to their children and grandchildren, as her primary purpose and greatest accomplishments. As a mother of eight, she firmly believes in being an active role model to her family, demonstrating the love of God in lifestyle and service.

  • Sharon Moore-Caldwell

    Physician, Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Franklin, TN

    Sharon is a native of Grambling, Louisiana.  In 1986, she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Grambling State University and continued her education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  After graduating from medical school in 1990, Sharon completed a Pediatric/Internal Medicine internship, a Pediatric residency, and an Adolescent Medicine fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  She practiced Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine in the Nashville and Franklin area for 19 years.  In July 2015, Sharon joined BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee as a Medical Director for the BlueCare Division.


    Sharon publicly announced her call into the ministry on August 20, 2000.  She was licensed into the ministry in January 2001, and she was ordained October 17, 2010 at Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church in Nashville, TN under the leadership of the late Rev. William F. Buchanan.   She completed a Master of Divinity degree at Vanderbilt Divinity School in 2009. 


    As well as serving in ministry and medicine, she is also the Manager and Marketing Director for the indie record label, “Moore Caldwell Plus Records.”  MCPR’s artists are Ruby Camille and the Grammy, Dove, and Stellar-award winning producer, songwriter and bass guitarist, VC.  All of their music is available for download on all major online platforms including iTunes, Apple Music, and Amazon Music.


    Sharon is married to Victor Caldwell.  They are the proud parents of two beautiful and talented daughters, Ruby Camille and Victoria Yvonne.  Ruby Camille is a recording artist who is a recent student-athlete graduate from Samford University. Victoria is a 2020 high school graduate from Brentwood Academy.  She will compete as a student-athlete at Hampton University.  


    Sharon is thankful that God has blessed her to serve in “health-caring” as a medical doctor and a minister of the gospel.  She believes in ministering to the mind, body, and soul.  She enjoys exercising, writing, encouraging others, and spending time with family.

  • K. Monet Rice-Jalloh

    Associate University Chaplain, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

    Rev. K (she/her/hers) focuses on curating spiritual well-being practices across a broad range of religious and philosophical ideologies. She joined the Wake Forest University community July of 2012 and has truly impacted religious affairs. Rev. K specializes in spiritual well-being with current gravitational pull towards cultivating spiritual practices for descendants of enslaved Africans. Her scholarly interests mirror her specialty as she completes her doctoral dissertation, Exploring Spiritual Well-being for Descendants of Enslaved Africans at Predominately White Institutions (PWIs) of Higher Education. She also populates a YouTube channel that intertwines African and African-American ancestral practices with Christianity.


    Prior to Wake Forest, Rev. K served as an Associate Pastor at The Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn, NY as an FTE recipient in their T.i.M project. She also worked for Cornell University’s Cooperative Extension in partnership with the College of Human Ecology.


    Rev. K loves academic chaplaincy and Religious Affairs work because it allows her the privilege of engaging in theological discourse with bright and inquisitive minds while liturgically engaging the academic community and keeping up with growing trends. She enjoys developing lasting relationships with students, staff, and faculty and aspires to provide compassionate, non-judgmental, spiritual, and emotional support regardless of (one’s) religious affiliation.


    In an attempt to create work life balance, K. Monet enjoys running, kick-boxing, racing home to hide Amazon purchases from her husband, and foodie activities. She recently retired from bear wrestling and has picked up the extreme sport of child rearing.


    BA, Louisiana State University; MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary; DMin (Expected May 2021), Duke Divinity School

    Religious Affiliation

    Baptist (PNBC)

Sunday, September 27


    Yvette Stackhouse

    The Sunday School Lesson for September 27 is “God’s Plan Revealed”/“Love Prevails over All” – Genesis 45:1-15. 

    Yvette Stackhouse is a native of Richmond, Virginia, where she grew up as a “PK”, preacher’s kid. Under her faithful parents’ guidance, she grew and matured in the Word of God. She has been an active member of United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church for 28 years, where she has served with various ministries, including Women’s Fellowship, the Couples’ Ministry, the Financial Advisory Team, and the Sunday School. She is an active member of the Haywood Wilson Sunday School Class, where she has served as one of the teachers for more than 20 years.


    Yvette is an attorney, and she is currently the Deputy Director for the statewide, non-profit law firm of Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. (LANC). In that capacity, she serves as the Director of Compliance. LANC provides free legal services in civil matters to eligible low-income residents. Before assuming her current position, she was the Managing Attorney of the Winston-Salem office of LANC.  


    Yvette is a graduate of Hampton Institute, George Washington University Associate’s Program, and the University of Richmond School of Law. She is married to Lee Stackhouse. Their union has been blessed with four children and six grandchildren. 


    Tisha Williams

    Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Bridgehampton, NY   

    Reverend Tisha Williams is a proud product of Brooklyn, NY. She currently serves as the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Bridgehampton in Bridgehampton, NY. She is the first woman to be elected to the office in the 95-year history of the church.  

    Pastor Williams is passionate about ministry and the work that God has called her to do. She has devoted her ministerial and professional careers to addressing the whole person as it relates to one’s spiritual and emotional well-being.

    As the creator and facilitator of Who’s That Lady?, she conducts and organizes in-depth Bible studies and conferences that highlight women of The Bible. Who’s That Lady? has become an international ministry movement reaching as far as Kenya and Uganda. In July 2019, Rev. Williams, in partnership with Restoring Hopes Ministries, opened the Who’s That Lady? Academy for all Children a pre-school that educates and supports HIV positive children in Miwani, Kenya. In addition, her first book, “I See You, Sis: Inspirations from Heroic Women of the Bible Hidden in Plain Sight”, is scheduled for a Spring 2020 release.

    Together with her husband, she created the marriage ministry program, “Your Marriage T.H.D. - Touched, Healed and Delivered”.  It is their sole objective to share this program, using it to fortify and bless married couples all over the world. Using biblical principles and focused exercises, they help couples better understand marriage and God’s plan for it.

    Rev. Williams is currently pursuing a degree in Christian Studies and holds a certificate in Theology and Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary. In 2016, she became a Fellow of the Princeton Theological Seminary Black Theology and Leadership Institute and currently serves on the WIM (Women in Ministry) Committee of Princeton Theological Seminary. She is also a 2019 Hampton University PRIME (Pastoral Renewal in Ministry Excellence) fellow.

    Fun-loving and full of life, Pastor Williams is also a bit of an adventurist.  She has successfully sky dived, bungee jumped and completed a one-mile swim race in the Long Island Sound. In 2014, she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa in support of the American Foundation for Children with AIDS. Her motto is, “She believed she could, so she did.”

    Nevertheless, considering all her accomplishments, she is proudest of her roles as “Tia” to her amazing nieces and nephews, “G-Ma” to her eight beautiful God-children, “Mom” to her Kenyan son Moses, and wife to Deacon Lawrence Williams, her husband of 22 years.

    Rev. Tish firmly believes that her life is a true reflection of Matthew 6:33: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”