Min. Siera Grace Toney
Minister Siera Toney, affectionately known as Siera Grace, currently serves as a worship leader, membership care coordinator, staff writer, and young adult ministry leader at the historic Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in her hometown of Washington, DC. She also serves as a Minister of Music with the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Clergy and Lay Leaders Conference and as a Youth Voice Instructor at the National Conservatory of Arts (DC). She is a 2014 alumna of Bennett College, an HBCU for women in Greensboro, NC and a 2019 alumna of the James Abbington Church Music Academy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Vocal Performance, Womanist Religious Studies, and Global Studies. She is pursuing her Masters of Divinity in the Washington Theological Consortium at Howard University School of Divinity and completing her tenure as an inaugural Fellow of the 2021 Virtual Black Theology & Leadership Institute at Princeton Theological Seminary. Her research interests and ministry focuses include liturgical theology and worshiping communities, gospel music phenomenology and vocal pedagogy, womanist biblical interpretation and pastoral care. In 2021, Min. Siera convened the Young Worship Leaders Forum, a (virtual) ecumenical worshiping community committed to celebrating the contributions and ministering to the needs of justice-minded young adults in worship ministry.