University of Southern California

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Paula McGee

Paula_McGee.jpgReverend Paula McGee is a dynamic preacher, writer and inspirational speaker, as well as a role model and advocate for women. Her personal mission is “to inspire others to recognize, accept and fulfill their call to greatness.”

McGee is often recognized for her achievements in women’s basketball. At USC, she and her twin sister, Pam, teamed up with Cheryl Miller and Cynthia Cooper to win two back-to-back National Championships in 1983 and 1984. After college, she tried out for the Harlem Globetrotters and played a season with the Dallas Diamonds of the Women's American Basketball Association. She also played five seasons in Italy and Spain (learning Italian and Spanish) before she left sports to pursue her calling to preach.

She earned a master of divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center and an MA in religion from Vanderbilt University. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in women’s studies in religion at Claremont Graduate University and is a recipient of the 2009 Fund for Theological Education dissertation fellowship.

In addition, McGee started a sports management agency and represented her twin sister in her inaugural season with the WNBA. McGee is also the co-founder of Christian Business Success Network, a nonprofit that specialized in training and providing support for Christian business leaders. She is one of the few women ordained in the Baptist Church and is the former dean of chapel at historic Fisk University.

McGee, who uses her gifts, talents and winning spirit to make a difference in the world, continues to “accept her greatness” and encourages others to do the same.