Rev. Elizabeth McVicker
Rev. Elizabeth Tay McVicker began her appointment on July 1, 2016 as the pastor for both FUMC of SLC and Centenary UMC. She is a lifelong United Methodist. Born in Burma, her parents and siblings immigrated to the US in 1971 and was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She graduated from Yale University with a major in American Studies focusing on racial minorities and received her Master of Divinity at Pacific School of Religion at Berkeley, Ca.
Rev. Elizabeth was ordained an Elder in 1999 and served as Associate Pastor at Asbury UMC and later as Sr. Pastor at Christ United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Az. She also served as Associate Pastor at Willowbrook UMC in Sun City, Arizona and most recently again as Associate Pastor at First UMC in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
While in Arizona, prior to her ordination, Rev. Elizabeth served as an assistant to the Executive Director at Planned Parenthood of Central and Northern Arizona. In between appointments, she served as Executive Director of the Cheyenne Interfaith Hospitality Network. She has extensive experience in grant writing, conflict resolution, served as a co-leader of the Cheyenne Clergy Circuit and with the Wyoming Dept. of Health Institutional Review Board. She has set up preschools, secured grants for after-school programs, enlisted support for the Refugee Resettlement Program and raised monies for transitional housing for homeless families.
Centenary UMC and First UMC of SLC have rich histories of boldly following Jesus Christ in ministry to and with people on the margins of society. They are Reconciling Congregations. Both congregations and the greater Salt Lake City community will be enriched to have Rev. Elizabeth’s experience and leadership in our midst. A warm welcome is extended to Reverend Elizabeth and her family!
“I look forward to serving alongside both congregations in the wonderfully diverse community that is Salt Lake City.”
The Deseret News recently wrote an article about Rev. Elizabeth: “Sense of belonging: Born in Burma, educated at Yale and now First United Methodist Church’s first female pastor.“