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David Lee - Senior Pastor
Education and Career
David has been the pastor of SCBC since 2013. He is married to his wife, Mina.He graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS) in South Hamilton, MA.
Personal Vision/Mission from God
"Live out Acts 20:24 through pastoring, preaching and teaching the gospel. Gospel. Spiritual Renewal. Changed People in Boston - These are the three great causes God has called me to turn the tide in for Boston. My assignment from God is to fight for freedom and renewal in Spirit and to set every captive free through the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ - changing the community of Somerville, further Boston for the glory of God by the power of God's Spirit."
Stacie Clayton - Minister of Music
Stacie Clayton discovered her musical talents as a child in Jamaica, singing in church. She was a soloist in a gospel band “The Resurrection Band”, and a member of a female quintet in her home church. Though an untrained musician, she is blessed with a rich voice and a passion for the creative arts that has opened a myriad of creative musical opportunities for her. She has performed in plays directed by the famous Jamaican playwright and director Monair Zacca and danced in the music video “Irie Dawta” for recording artist Malory Williams. When she migrated to New York at 18, she embraced other opportunities that were available to her while in college. She was an active participant in student life activities; taking part in several clubs and performances and leadership roles. Besides having lead roles in the theatrical performances of “The Beggar’s Opera” and “The Amen Corner” at York College, City University of New York (C.U.N.Y.), she worked with makeup, set construction, wardrobe, costume, and program design. Stacie also played lead roles in several offBroadway shows such as “The Trials of Marcus Garvey,” “The Gospel of the Harlem Renaissance,” “Please Don’t Take My Rhythm and Blues,” “A Tribute to Malcolm X,” and “Sun People” at the Ujama Black Theatre. Throughout that time she remained connected with her church. Her first experience as a Choir Director was at New Covenant Church of Christ in New York where she led the Cherub (children’s) Choir. The church nurtured Stacie’s talents by allowing her to perform original works and published her poem “Heaven.” She moved to Boston to pursue her graduate studies at Tufts University’s Eliot Pearson Department of Child Studies and joined the Somerville Community Baptist Church where she contributed to their ministry by helping the choir. Later she was hired as the Music Minister and currently remains in that role.
Mina Cho - Director of Contemporary Music
As a classically trained jazz pianist and composer who has a theological background and is situated in a cosmopolitan music community, Mina Cho’s musical path has always been informed by creative jazz in which a variety of cultural elements are merged with American jazz and classical music traditions as well as philosophy. Mina studied Theology at Yonsei University in Korea, which later helped her to develop unique musicianship as a philosophical jazz pianist and composer at Berklee College of Music where she won numerous awards and received a B.M. Summa Cum Laude in 2009 and at New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) where she received a M.M. with the highest of honors Pi Kappa Lambda in 2013. Throughout her studies, Mina focused on practical aspects of music, such as exploring theological concepts in composition and improvisation, releasing albums, performing at various concerts and jazz festivals, and touring South America and Korea to give performances and lectures. While pursuing her M.M. at NEC, Mina’s musical experience was enriched by various theoretical and musicological studies, and soon she was driven to apply for a doctoral degree by the desire to expand her study to a higher level. Currently, Mina is a Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Composition and Musicology (minor) candidate at NEC and a Ph.D. in Musicology student at Brandeis University. Her research focus includes “Jazz Criticism (Classical and Ethnic Idioms in Jazz)” and “Music and Religion.” She is also a faculty member at Emerson College and the Director of Contemporary Music at SCBC. For more information please visit: www.minachojazz.com.
Faculty at Performing Arts, Emerson College
Director of Contemporary Music, Somerville Community Baptist Church
Ph.D. in Musicology Student at Brandeis University
New England Conservatory of Music (D.M.A. Candidate, Jazz Studies–Composition & Musicology minor)
New England Conservatory of Music (M.M., Jazz Studies–Composition; Pi Kappa Lambda nominee)
Berklee College of Music (B.M., Jazz Composition and Film Scoring; Summa Cum Laude)
Yonsei University (B.A., Theology)