A self-proclaimed BaptiMethoCostal of Christ (having been born Baptist, converted to Pentecostal, ordained United Methodist, and finding her home in the UCC), Rev. Da Vita "Day" McCallister has shared her love, passion, and wisdom in ministry settings for nearly 30 years, and will be joining First Church Somerville as our new Settled Lead Pastor on July 17th, 2017. Most recently, she has been serving as the Associate Conference Minister for Leadership and Vitality for the Connecticut Conference of the UCC. She also brings to FCS her experience as a Minister of Youth and Young Adults in the national and regional settings of the UCC, as an associate minister in churches in the south and midwest, as a gifted preacher (giving frequent sermons in her home church and at churches around the country), as a leader in racial justice ministries, as a same-gender-loving woman of color, as a parent, and as a partner.
Rev. Day’s family includes her wife, Michelle Legister, and their three children, Omolara (27), Nicole (26), and Bailey (18), as well as a grandson (Nicole’s son Trent, 5). Not to be forgotten are also their two dogs, Gabe (pronouns he/him/his) and Harmony (pronouns she/her/hers). Rev. Day and Michelle are looking forward to moving to Massachusetts with their four-legged babies (this will be Michelle’s first major move since immigrating to the United States from Great Britain). We asked Rev. Day to share a bit about her life beyond her ministry, and she writes:
I am a southerner by birth (5th generation Floridian) and upbringing. I firmly believe if your mother is from the south you are southern. I grew up in Fort Washington, MD. I have two sets of parents, an amazing Godmother, and phenomenal siblings.
I love sports of all kinds...if there is a ball and some sort of way to keep score I’m in. The first series of churches where I served all had to be in states with at least three professional sports teams (MI, GA and OH). CT was the first state to break that mold - I suppose it was a sign of my maturity or at least the improvement of Cable sports packages. At present I fulfill this deep passion by playing football with Gabe every morning. He is quite the wide receiver for a puppy.
I love sci-fi movies and can recite the plot of most of the original Star Trek episodes. My current musings are on Arrival, as a description of the power of prophecy and language, and Passengers, with its painful truth telling of human loneliness and the essential nature of forgiveness.
My greatest passion is my family. I was in my late 30s when I adopted our oldest daughter and just turning 40 when Michelle and I met. She is the love of my life and the source of more joy, peace, and courage than I believed possible. I had longed for a son my entire life and she came with him and had even named him after me, before we met (Bailey David). Our girls are independent, confident, and they keep me on my toes. My grandson helps me to slow down and to be present. I am blessed beyond measure.