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    Rev. Martin L. Espinosa is Executive Pastor and Founder of Ray of Hope Community Church in Nashville, TN.

    ...Pastor Espinosa was born on the Caribbean twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago where he received his early education in the Catholic school system. Rev. Espinosa accepted Christ as his personal Savior at the age of thirteen (July 27, 1977) during an Inter-School Christian Fellowship Bible Camp. He was later baptized at Mt. Pleasant Independent Baptist Church (February 26, 1984). Rev. Espinosa was ordained by the Bethel Baptist Church in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on May 27, 1988, under the pastorate of Reverend Dr. Bentley Thomas. ​

    Pastor Espinosa is married to Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems (writer, biblical scholar, and national speaker). The couple has facilitated marriage and family workshops across the country, which are aimed at building and strengthening the Black family and protecting the future of Black children. Rev. Espinosa and his wife are the blessed parents of one daughter, Savannah Nia.

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    Rev. Martin L. Espinosa is Executive Pastor and Founder of Ray of Hope Community Church in Nashville, TN.

    ...Pastor Espinosa was born on the Caribbean twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago where he received his early education in the Catholic school system. Rev. Espinosa accepted Christ as his personal Savior at the age of thirteen (July 27, 1977) during an Inter-School Christian Fellowship Bible Camp. He was later baptized at Mt. Pleasant Independent Baptist Church (February 26, 1984). Rev. Espinosa was ordained by the Bethel Baptist Church in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on May 27, 1988, under the pastorate of Reverend Dr. Bentley Thomas. ​

    Pastor Espinosa is married to Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems (writer, biblical scholar, and national speaker). The couple has facilitated marriage and family workshops across the country, which are aimed at building and strengthening the Black family and protecting the future of Black children. Rev. Espinosa and his wife are the blessed parents of one daughter, Savannah Nia.

     

    Reverend Sheleta E. Fomby is the Minister of Church Life and Minister to Women at the North Campus of Reid Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church. As Minister of Church Life, Rev. Fomby, is charged with program creation, small group development, and pastoral care for the North Campus. In addition, Rev. Fomby has a heart for seeing women reach their full potential in Christ. In her role as Minister to Women she develops programs, events, activities, hosts conferences, and leads studies and seminars with the goal of helping women reach the fulfillment of becoming the women that are walking fully empowered in the vision that God has for them.



    Rev. Fomby received ordination as Itinerant Deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in April 2007 and Itinerant Elder orders in April 2009. Rev. Fomby is a gifted preacher and teacher. She has been recognized as one of the emerging voices of this generation. Rev. Fomby has been privileged to proclaim the Gospel in churches, retreats, and conferences across the nation. In addition, Rev. Fomby was recognized by The African American Pulpit Journal as one of the "20 to Watch Under 40" in their Summer 2008 issue and has had sermons published in that publication. In addition, Rev. Fomby's sermons have been included in These Sisters Can Say It, edited by Darryl Sims and Dr. Cynthia Hale.
    Rev. Fomby is fully prepared in both head and heart. She is a product of the public schools of Prince Georges County Maryland. After decorated service in the United States Air Force, Rev. Fomby received a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources from the University of Maryland. She then completed her Master of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary with a focus on African American Church Studies. Additionally, she has studied at the Faith and Leadership Institute at Duke University. Rev. Fomby, is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Wesley Theological Seminary focusing on leadership.
    Rev. Fomby firmly believes that she has come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord. It is not clear all that God will do through her, but she is certainly a voice for such a time as this. She is encouraged daily by Philippians 1:6, "…being confident of this very thing that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."

     

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    drmartinespinosa rayofhopenashville 332

    Rev. Martin L. Espinosa is Executive Pastor and Founder of Ray of Hope Community Church in Nashville, TN.

    ...Pastor Espinosa was born on the Caribbean twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago where he received his early education in the Catholic school system. Rev. Espinosa accepted Christ as his personal Savior at the age of thirteen (July 27, 1977) during an Inter-School Christian Fellowship Bible Camp. He was later baptized at Mt. Pleasant Independent Baptist Church (February 26, 1984). Rev. Espinosa was ordained by the Bethel Baptist Church in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on May 27, 1988, under the pastorate of Reverend Dr. Bentley Thomas. ​

    Pastor Espinosa is married to Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems (writer, biblical scholar, and national speaker). The couple has facilitated marriage and family workshops across the country, which are aimed at building and strengthening the Black family and protecting the future of Black children. Rev. Espinosa and his wife are the blessed parents of one daughter, Savannah Nia.

     

    Reverend Sheleta E. Fomby is the Minister of Church Life and Minister to Women at the North Campus of Reid Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church. As Minister of Church Life, Rev. Fomby, is charged with program creation, small group development, and pastoral care for the North Campus. In addition, Rev. Fomby has a heart for seeing women reach their full potential in Christ. In her role as Minister to Women she develops programs, events, activities, hosts conferences, and leads studies and seminars with the goal of helping women reach the fulfillment of becoming the women that are walking fully empowered in the vision that God has for them.



    Rev. Fomby received ordination as Itinerant Deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in April 2007 and Itinerant Elder orders in April 2009. Rev. Fomby is a gifted preacher and teacher. She has been recognized as one of the emerging voices of this generation. Rev. Fomby has been privileged to proclaim the Gospel in churches, retreats, and conferences across the nation. In addition, Rev. Fomby was recognized by The African American Pulpit Journal as one of the "20 to Watch Under 40" in their Summer 2008 issue and has had sermons published in that publication. In addition, Rev. Fomby's sermons have been included in These Sisters Can Say It, edited by Darryl Sims and Dr. Cynthia Hale.
    Rev. Fomby is fully prepared in both head and heart. She is a product of the public schools of Prince Georges County Maryland. After decorated service in the United States Air Force, Rev. Fomby received a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources from the University of Maryland. She then completed her Master of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary with a focus on African American Church Studies. Additionally, she has studied at the Faith and Leadership Institute at Duke University. Rev. Fomby, is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Wesley Theological Seminary focusing on leadership.
    Rev. Fomby firmly believes that she has come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord. It is not clear all that God will do through her, but she is certainly a voice for such a time as this. She is encouraged daily by Philippians 1:6, "…being confident of this very thing that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."

     

    Frederick Douglass Haynes, III, is a prophetic pastor, passionate leader, social activist, and eloquent orator and educator engaged in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, fighting against racial injustice; committed to economic justice and empowerment in under-served communities and touching and transforming the lives of the disenfranchised. For 31 years, Dr. Haynes has served as a visionary and innovative senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. Under his servant leadership, the ministry and membership have grown from less than 100 members in 1983 to over 12,000.


    Read The full biography at http://friendshipwest.org/main/about-fwbc/our-pastor/

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    drmartinespinosa rayofhopenashville 332

    Rev. Martin L. Espinosa is Executive Pastor and Founder of Ray of Hope Community Church in Nashville, TN.

    ...Pastor Espinosa was born on the Caribbean twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago where he received his early education in the Catholic school system. Rev. Espinosa accepted Christ as his personal Savior at the age of thirteen (July 27, 1977) during an Inter-School Christian Fellowship Bible Camp. He was later baptized at Mt. Pleasant Independent Baptist Church (February 26, 1984). Rev. Espinosa was ordained by the Bethel Baptist Church in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on May 27, 1988, under the pastorate of Reverend Dr. Bentley Thomas. ​

    Pastor Espinosa is married to Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems (writer, biblical scholar, and national speaker). The couple has facilitated marriage and family workshops across the country, which are aimed at building and strengthening the Black family and protecting the future of Black children. Rev. Espinosa and his wife are the blessed parents of one daughter, Savannah Nia.

     

    Reverend Sheleta E. Fomby is the Minister of Church Life and Minister to Women at the North Campus of Reid Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church. As Minister of Church Life, Rev. Fomby, is charged with program creation, small group development, and pastoral care for the North Campus. In addition, Rev. Fomby has a heart for seeing women reach their full potential in Christ. In her role as Minister to Women she develops programs, events, activities, hosts conferences, and leads studies and seminars with the goal of helping women reach the fulfillment of becoming the women that are walking fully empowered in the vision that God has for them.



    Rev. Fomby received ordination as Itinerant Deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in April 2007 and Itinerant Elder orders in April 2009. Rev. Fomby is a gifted preacher and teacher. She has been recognized as one of the emerging voices of this generation. Rev. Fomby has been privileged to proclaim the Gospel in churches, retreats, and conferences across the nation. In addition, Rev. Fomby was recognized by The African American Pulpit Journal as one of the "20 to Watch Under 40" in their Summer 2008 issue and has had sermons published in that publication. In addition, Rev. Fomby's sermons have been included in These Sisters Can Say It, edited by Darryl Sims and Dr. Cynthia Hale.
    Rev. Fomby is fully prepared in both head and heart. She is a product of the public schools of Prince Georges County Maryland. After decorated service in the United States Air Force, Rev. Fomby received a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources from the University of Maryland. She then completed her Master of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary with a focus on African American Church Studies. Additionally, she has studied at the Faith and Leadership Institute at Duke University. Rev. Fomby, is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Wesley Theological Seminary focusing on leadership.
    Rev. Fomby firmly believes that she has come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord. It is not clear all that God will do through her, but she is certainly a voice for such a time as this. She is encouraged daily by Philippians 1:6, "…being confident of this very thing that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."

     

    Frederick Douglass Haynes, III, is a prophetic pastor, passionate leader, social activist, and eloquent orator and educator engaged in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, fighting against racial injustice; committed to economic justice and empowerment in under-served communities and touching and transforming the lives of the disenfranchised. For 31 years, Dr. Haynes has served as a visionary and innovative senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. Under his servant leadership, the ministry and membership have grown from less than 100 members in 1983 to over 12,000.


    Read The full biography at http://friendshipwest.org/main/about-fwbc/our-pastor/

    Rev. Dr. Ozzie Smith is the Pastor of the Covenant United Church of Christ, South Holland, IL

    Anointed, gifted, leader, teacher, virtuoso, maestro, scholar, theologian, professor, revivalist, activist, entrepreneur, counselor, friend, and pastor are just a few of the words that describe the Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. Dr. Smith, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, is a well respected and loved pastor and musician. Known for his phenomenal and heart-provoking saxophone playing, Rev. Smith is an equally gifted preacher who is sought out for revivals across the country. His unique ability to combine his music and his invigorating interpretation of the gospel message has brought hope and encouragement to God’s people everywhere.

    Read Dr. Ozzie E. Smith Jr. 's full biography at http://www.covucc.org/about-us/senior-pastor/

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    The Reverend Dr. Gina Marcia Stewart is a pastor, preacher, builder, mentor, adjunct professor, and daughter of Christ Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. She has led the congregation of Christ Missionary Baptist Church since March 1995.
    ...

    Dr. Stewart has been featured in numerous publications such as Gospel Today, Spirit magazine, “Soul Sanctuary” (released April 2006), a desktop documentary of the essential highlights of the African American worship experiences across denominations nationwide and The African American Pulpit, a quarterly journal that serves as a repository for the very best of African American preaching and provides practical and creative resources for persons in ministry.

    ...Dr. Stewart has served as a Team Leader for the Pastoral Excellence Program for Lott Carey International, a development and advocacy organization. She currently serves a Faculty Mentor for United Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Program, and a Visiting Professor of Practical Theology for the Samuel D. Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University.
    She also serves as a Co-Convener for the Women in Ministry Conference-Dr. Cynthia L. Hale, Convener and a Trustee for the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Pastors Conference. She is a former board member of the Advisory Board for The African American Pulpit. She is a former board member for The National Civil Rights Museum and Bread for the World. She is the founder of Greater Works Inc. a non-profit organization devoted to philanthropy and ministry development. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
    More than 4,000 persons have united with the Christ Missionary Baptist church under Dr. Stewart’s leadership. In addition to significant numerical growth, the church has experienced exponential physical and financial growth.

    READ Dr. Stewart's Full Biography

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    Rev. Martin L. Espinosa is Executive Pastor and Founder of Ray of Hope Community Church in Nashville, TN.

    ...Pastor Espinosa was born on the Caribbean twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago where he received his early education in the Catholic school system. Rev. Espinosa accepted Christ as his personal Savior at the age of thirteen (July 27, 1977) during an Inter-School Christian Fellowship Bible Camp. He was later baptized at Mt. Pleasant Independent Baptist Church (February 26, 1984). Rev. Espinosa was ordained by the Bethel Baptist Church in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on May 27, 1988, under the pastorate of Reverend Dr. Bentley Thomas. ​

    Pastor Espinosa is married to Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems (writer, biblical scholar, and national speaker). The couple has facilitated marriage and family workshops across the country, which are aimed at building and strengthening the Black family and protecting the future of Black children. Rev. Espinosa and his wife are the blessed parents of one daughter, Savannah Nia.

     

    Reverend Sheleta E. Fomby is the Minister of Church Life and Minister to Women at the North Campus of Reid Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church. As Minister of Church Life, Rev. Fomby, is charged with program creation, small group development, and pastoral care for the North Campus. In addition, Rev. Fomby has a heart for seeing women reach their full potential in Christ. In her role as Minister to Women she develops programs, events, activities, hosts conferences, and leads studies and seminars with the goal of helping women reach the fulfillment of becoming the women that are walking fully empowered in the vision that God has for them.



    Rev. Fomby received ordination as Itinerant Deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in April 2007 and Itinerant Elder orders in April 2009. Rev. Fomby is a gifted preacher and teacher. She has been recognized as one of the emerging voices of this generation. Rev. Fomby has been privileged to proclaim the Gospel in churches, retreats, and conferences across the nation. In addition, Rev. Fomby was recognized by The African American Pulpit Journal as one of the "20 to Watch Under 40" in their Summer 2008 issue and has had sermons published in that publication. In addition, Rev. Fomby's sermons have been included in These Sisters Can Say It, edited by Darryl Sims and Dr. Cynthia Hale.
    Rev. Fomby is fully prepared in both head and heart. She is a product of the public schools of Prince Georges County Maryland. After decorated service in the United States Air Force, Rev. Fomby received a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources from the University of Maryland. She then completed her Master of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary with a focus on African American Church Studies. Additionally, she has studied at the Faith and Leadership Institute at Duke University. Rev. Fomby, is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Wesley Theological Seminary focusing on leadership.
    Rev. Fomby firmly believes that she has come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord. It is not clear all that God will do through her, but she is certainly a voice for such a time as this. She is encouraged daily by Philippians 1:6, "…being confident of this very thing that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."

     

    Frederick Douglass Haynes, III, is a prophetic pastor, passionate leader, social activist, and eloquent orator and educator engaged in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, fighting against racial injustice; committed to economic justice and empowerment in under-served communities and touching and transforming the lives of the disenfranchised. For 31 years, Dr. Haynes has served as a visionary and innovative senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. Under his servant leadership, the ministry and membership have grown from less than 100 members in 1983 to over 12,000.


    Read The full biography at http://friendshipwest.org/main/about-fwbc/our-pastor/

    Rev. Dr. Ozzie Smith is the Pastor of the Covenant United Church of Christ, South Holland, IL

    Anointed, gifted, leader, teacher, virtuoso, maestro, scholar, theologian, professor, revivalist, activist, entrepreneur, counselor, friend, and pastor are just a few of the words that describe the Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. Dr. Smith, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, is a well respected and loved pastor and musician. Known for his phenomenal and heart-provoking saxophone playing, Rev. Smith is an equally gifted preacher who is sought out for revivals across the country. His unique ability to combine his music and his invigorating interpretation of the gospel message has brought hope and encouragement to God’s people everywhere.

    Read Dr. Ozzie E. Smith Jr. 's full biography at http://www.covucc.org/about-us/senior-pastor/

    Gina Stewart 434

    The Reverend Dr. Gina Marcia Stewart is a pastor, preacher, builder, mentor, adjunct professor, and daughter of Christ Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. She has led the congregation of Christ Missionary Baptist Church since March 1995.
    ...

    Dr. Stewart has been featured in numerous publications such as Gospel Today, Spirit magazine, “Soul Sanctuary” (released April 2006), a desktop documentary of the essential highlights of the African American worship experiences across denominations nationwide and The African American Pulpit, a quarterly journal that serves as a repository for the very best of African American preaching and provides practical and creative resources for persons in ministry.

    ...Dr. Stewart has served as a Team Leader for the Pastoral Excellence Program for Lott Carey International, a development and advocacy organization. She currently serves a Faculty Mentor for United Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Program, and a Visiting Professor of Practical Theology for the Samuel D. Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University.
    She also serves as a Co-Convener for the Women in Ministry Conference-Dr. Cynthia L. Hale, Convener and a Trustee for the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Pastors Conference. She is a former board member of the Advisory Board for The African American Pulpit. She is a former board member for The National Civil Rights Museum and Bread for the World. She is the founder of Greater Works Inc. a non-profit organization devoted to philanthropy and ministry development. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
    More than 4,000 persons have united with the Christ Missionary Baptist church under Dr. Stewart’s leadership. In addition to significant numerical growth, the church has experienced exponential physical and financial growth.

    READ Dr. Stewart's Full Biography

    r williams

    Rev. Reginald W. Williams Jr. is the first of three children born to Dr. Reginald Sr. and the late Atty. Marcelle H. Williams.  He was born and raised in Chicago, IL, into a family, which acknowledged and affirmed a spirituality that serves God by serving God’s people, particularly in the cause of liberation. ...


    In November of 1998, Rev. Williams acknowledged and accepted God’s Call on his life to Christian ministry, and enrolled at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in the fall of 1999. He completed this program and received his Master of Divinity degree on May 11, 2002. Upon the completion of his degree requirements at Virginia Union University, Rev. Williams, was called to serve the Trinity United Church of Christ under the pastorate of Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., as the Associate Pastor for Justice Ministries.  In September of 2008, Rev. Williams was called to serve as pastor of the First Baptist Church of University Park, IL.

    ...Rev. Williams has been awarded numerous honors and commendations for his commitment to people and the process of bringing about social justice.

    ...Rev. Williams’ passion is for social justice through a spiritually centered and culturally relevant praxis that brings liberation to all of God’s children!

    Read Rev. Reginald William's full biography at http://fbc-up.org/about-us/#section-pastor

    jeremiah wright at st sabina

    The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. is the former Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, Illinois

    Read Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright's Biography at Biography.com

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