Mia M. McClain
Associate Minister of Faith Formation and Outreach 

As Associate Minister, Mia works with the Ministry of Faith Formation to create and sustain a vibrant adult small group ministry, Sunday morning classes, and educational conferences and other events throughout the year. She supervises the Faith Formation staff. Mia also coordinates and facilitates justice initiatives and community partnerships related to justice issues. She oversees the Ministry of Outreach.

Originally from New Orleans, Mia traveled to Syracuse University in upstate New York for college, where she achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. Pursuing a career in drama, Mia moved to Manhattan and earned a Master of Arts with a focus on Art and Public Policy at New York University. While acting and singing off Broadway, and in regional theatre, Mia had an encounter with God that developed into a call for vocational ministry. Following her calling, Mia attended Union Theological Seminary in NY where she focused on preaching, ethics, and interreligious engagement. In her last year at Union, Mia won the prestigious Jonathan Kneeland preaching award, and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree.

Before joining the staff at MPBC, Mia complemented her seminary training and chaplaincy work by serving as a worship leader at First Corinthian Baptist in Harlem, NY, a church with 10,000 members. Later, Mia served on staff at Fort Washington Collegiate Church as Director of Children’s Ministries and as acting Associate Minister during an interim period, while the church was searching for a new Senior Minister. In her time at Fort Washington Collegiate, Mia served as a primary teacher, developed bible studies and educational curriculum, coordinated small groups, provided oversight for the faith formation program, and preached on occasion. She also worked with their social justice ministry to transform spiritual practices into social action in the community, spearheaded a Theology on Tap program, started interfaith prayer and healing services, and led their PRIDE celebrations.

Mia is a licensed Baptist minister who is currently pursing full ordination in the United Church of Christ.

When Mia is not working, she is playing the piano, composing music, taste-testing banana pudding, or cooking creole-cajun food.

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Contact Ms. McClain 
(704) 334-7232 x 123

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