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The Senior Pastor's Biography

Senior Pastor Belva Y. BooneThe Reverend Belva Y. Boone was born in Norfolk, Virginia and grew up in "the peanut capital of the world," Suffolk, Virginia. 

She completed her undergraduate studies in History/Social Science Education and graduated, Summa Cum Laude, from Hampton Institute in 1984.  For nine (9) years, she was employed as a Teacher and Student Activities Coordinator with the Virginia Beach City Public Schools. 

In 1993, Reverend Boone moved to Northern Virginia and entered Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., to begin formal study for the professional ministry.  Reverend Boone graduated, Magna Cum Laude, from Wesley Seminary in 1996 with an emphasis in preaching and worship.

A member of the UFMCC since 1983, she has held active memberships in New Life MCC of Tidewater (now Hampton Roads) in Norfolk, Virginia, MCC of Northern Virginia (NOVA) in Oakton/Fairfax, MCC-Washington in Washington, D.C. and St. John's MCC in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

She has served in several District and Fellowship ministries through the years, including fifteen (15) years on the Mid-Atlantic District Committee where she also served as the District Clerk. 

In 1997 Reverend Boone was called to serve as the Assistant Pastor for Education and Training at MCC-Washington, a position she held until 2000. 

Following her time of service at MCC Washington, Reverend Boone was a much sought after guest preacher, teacher and workshop leader both in and outside of the UFMCC. 

In July of 2001, with 98% of the votes cast, Reverend Boone was called to serve as the fourth (4th) Pastor (second [2nd] African-American and first [1st] African-American female) of St. John's MCC in Raleigh, North Carolina.