Rev. Vicki Flippin has a passion for bringing new people into the Christian community and helping the church live beyond its walls. She recently served as the Pastor of Social Justice, Exploring Faith, and Inter-generational Ministries at Church of the Village in the West Village. A graduate of Yale Divinity School (2008) and the University of Chicago (2005), Vicki is Co-President of the national Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA). She has served for many years on the steering committee of Methodists in New Directions (MIND). LGBT equality and racial justice are central to her ministry. She is she is committed to encouraging marriage equality in the UMC and has worked hard towards that goal.
Vicki is a member of the New York 2016 Jurisdictional/General Conference delegation, one of the clergy elected to represent our Conference. She has served our Conference as chair of the Conference Commission on Higher Education & Campus Ministry and through the Commission on Religion & Race. She is a sought after preacher, and a blogger for the Huffington Post. Born in Taiwan and raised in the US, Vicki has close ties to her family in Taiwan and in the American Midwest. She enjoys life in Manhattan with her husband, Thomas, a classical guitarist, and their 2-year old daughter Nia.
Her appointment to SPSA represents a collaboration with the NY Conference, which will provide support for this new position. Half of her time will be spent nurturing and supporting our wonderful youth ministry and our renewed campus ministry; the other half of her time will be devoted to developing new progressive Christian communities linked to SPSA.
She also has a reputation as a phenomenal preacher, as you can see for yourself with this video of her sermon at the national gathering of Reconciling Congregatons back in 2013: