Music Leader and Speaker Bios 2022

Mark Miller – Music Leader

Mark believes passionately that music can change the world. He also believes in Cornell West’s quote that ‘Justice is what love looks like in public.’ His dream is that the music he composes, performs, teaches and leads will inspire and empower people to create the beloved community.

Mark serves as Assistant Professor of Church Music at Drew Theological School and is a Lecturer in the Practice of Sacred Music at Yale University. He also is the Minister of Music of Christ Church in Summit, New Jersey.

Since 1999 Mark has led music for United Methodists and others around the country, including directing music for the 2008 General Conference. His choral anthems are best sellers for Abingdon Press and Choristers Guild and his hymns are published in “Worship & Song”, “Sing! Prayer and Praise”, “Zion Still Sings”, “Amazing Abundance”, “The Faith We Sing”, and others.

Mark received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Yale University and his Master of Music in Organ Performance from Juilliard. Mark is a lifelong United Methodist. He is the grandson, son, brother, uncle, and cousin to United Methodist clergy. As a lay delegate to the 2000 and 2004 and 2012 General Conferences, Mark was a witness to Christ’s mission of breaking down the dividing walls of hostility and fear in the United Methodist Church.

Rev. Chenda Innis Lee – Main Speaker

Rev. Chenda Innis Lee standing in front of a book case.

The Rev. Chenda Innis Lee is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, serving in the Virginia Annual Conference. A gifted preacher and teacher, she has worked in small, midsize, and large congregations, in the Northern Virginia region, for over a decade. A native of Liberia, West Africa, she came to the United States when she was sixteen, after surviving Liberia’s civil war. Her ministry is deeply influenced by Jesus’ message of inclusion for those on the margins of society and a desire for all God’s
people to live fully and freely in the abundance of God’s grace.

Rev. Lee has preached, taught, and led several retreats and workshops for local churches over her decade-long pastoral vocation. As the leader of the Racial Justice Task Force on the Alexandria District, she and her team created the “Real People, Real Talk: Clergy Experience of Racism” resource, spotlighted recently by Read the Spirit. Rev. Lee is also the founder of the “Do No Harm” Initiative demanding United Methodist Bishops in the United States, address the harm inflicted on clergy of color serving white dominant churches in the denomination. The initiative is in its infancy but has garnered over 1,500 in support.

Rev. Lee is a 2008 graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary, where she met her spouse, the Rev. Dr. Asa J. Lee. Their lives revolve around four spirited daughters and ministry with God’s people. When not immersed in church work, and endless laundry, you can find her documenting, on social media, the crazy and beautiful (crazetiful) things her daughters do, exploring ethnic cuisines (before the pandemic), and reading young adult fiction. She currently serves as the Associate Pastor at Fairlington United Methodist Church in Alexandria, VA.

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