Directory Meet Board Members,Trainers & Mentors
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Founder/CEO – Dr. Sheary D. Johnson Vice President – Dr. Michele Early Secretary – Felicia Carter Treasurer – Loretta Woodson Member - Dr. Shirley McCoy Member - Ruth Mason Member – Patricia Braxton
Founder/CEO Dr. Sheary D. Johnson Sheary D. Johnson, Ed.D., C.Ed.D. is dedicated to helping people reach their next level through various nonprofit entities founded by her along with working in her church (Church of God in Christ, Inc.) on the local, district, state, and national levels. Her professional career began after becoming the first Black to graduate from James Madison University in 1970. She was a librarian in the public school system for 19 years. After receiving her doctorate from the University of Virginia in 1988, she became a professor in the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. In 1995 she began working fulltime in ministry by founding an Academy and heading the outreach ministry of her local church. In 2008 she was awarded the Doctorate in Christian Education degree.
Dr. Johnson is the mother of one daughter and 3 grandchildren. Ministry Gifts: Teaching, Administration, Apostle, Writer Available for workshops, conference speaker, special service speaker, revivals
Vice President Dr. Michele Early
Michele Jacques Early is a native of Los Angeles, California. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Urban Studies from San Diego State University and completed the Master of Divinity in Ethics and Theology from the C. H. Mason Seminary, Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2003, she received the Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in Theological Studies. It was at St. Stephen’s Church of God in Christ where she came to know the Lord and worked in the ministry in various capacities until leaving for Seminary in Atlanta, where she met and married Dr. Pianapue K. Early, a native of Monrovia, Liberia-West Africa, who is an Elder in the United Methodist Church. They relocated from Alabama to Richmond, Virginia in 2004 and both teach at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University. Dr. Jacques Early directs the Doctor of Ministry program and teaches intro courses in Theology. Dissertation research and interests are around the topic of women in the Church of God in Christ.
Secretary Felicia Carter
Felecia Carter was reared up in a Christian Home baptized at the age of 1O. After joining the Military in 1977 she faithfully continued serving God attending Church, Bible studies and teaching Sunday School. Her first job assignment was located at Fort Bragg, NC. where she attended a Holiness Church which laid the foundation for her to find out the true meaning of being saved and born again. Felicia has been a member of Faith & Hope Temple COGIC in Petersburg, Virginia for 17 years under the leadership of Dr. Herman Crockett Jr., where she serves as a Trustee and Executive Team Leader (over Hospitality, Ushers, Greeters, Married Couples Ministry and Historian Ministry).
Treasurer Loretta Woodson
Loretta Jean Woodson, M.S. in Christian Ministry and Advanced Biblical Studies began ministering at the age of 12. She utilizes the gifts of helps and organization in her personal ministry for the elderly and individuals in the areas of counseling, bookkeeping, and cooking. As a retired Sergeant First Class from the United States Army, Loretta is focused on doing her best to strive for excellence in everything she does. Ms. Woodson is the mother of one son and has one grandson. Ministry Gifts: Helps, Organization Available for workshops, seminars, speaker for special services .
Board Member Patricia Braxton
Patricia A. Braxton, B.S. is dedicated to helping creating a better quality of life by empowering the family. A member of Faith Landmarks Ministries, serves as an altar worker and intercessor and a member of various outreach ministries. As a retired school teacher from Richmond Public Schools, Ms. Braxton works with children and their families to bring the type of communication in the home that results in improved academic performance of children in school. She is the author of the life changing book, The Peaceful Home. Ms. Braxton has served as a teacher, National Trainer for Joseph P. Kennedy FoundationCommunity of Caring, and seminar instructor. She has been listed in Who’s Who in Elementary Education and has received an award for Teachers of Excellence. Ms. Braxton is the mother of one daughter and 2 grandchildren. Ministry Gifts: Teaching, Intercessory Prayer Available for workshops and training.
Board Member Ruth Mason
Evangelist Ruth Mason was raised in Waverly, Virginia. She is the fourth child of nine children born to Deacon Edward and Missionary Viola Taylor. She attended Sussex County Public Schools and after graduation she continued her post education at St. Paul’s College where she received a B.S. Degree in English. Recently, she was accepted into the Master’s Program in Counseling at Central Michigan University, Richmond Center. She will be receiving a MA Degree in Counseling. She currently works in the Richmond Public School System as a secondary English teacher at Huguenot High School. She is a member of Tower of Deliverance Church of God in Christ. She serves as the Dean of Christian Education, Intercessory Prayer Leader, and the Coordinator of Seminars for the local Women’s Department. Evangelist Mason serves on many committees in the church and professional organizations on her job, but her main love is for God, her husband, Elder James Mason, her daughter Candace, her students, and for people in general.
Board Member Dr. Shirley McCoy
Dr. Shirley McCoy is the pastor of Jerusalem Holy Community Church, 200 E. 12th Street, Richmond, VA 23224. Dr. McCoy is a graduate of Virginia Union University with a BA in Christian Education and a Master of Divinity degree. She also has a Masters in Special Education from Virginia Commonwealth University and an honorary Doctorate in Ministry from The Spirit of Truth Institute. Pastor McCoy is nationally known for her melodious singing as a lyric soprano. She has performed in concerts, theaters, plays, etc. She has also sung in Cuba and at the capital of Richmond, VA. Dr. McCoy’s considers it a pleasure to serve God through serving His people in prayer and by ministering to the hurting and wounded.
Trainers & Mentors
Dr. Ezreaonne Jackson
Ezreaonne Jackson was born in Jackson, Mississippi. At age 19, she received Christ as her personal savior because of the street ministry of a young preacher who is now known as Bishop Curtis A. Timmons headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. She attended Charles Harrison Mason Bible College as well as Shiloh Christian Academy. She has served as Pastor's Aide, President of Missionary Department, Bulletin Coordinator, choir member, Local and Assistant District YWCC President, Jr. High Sunday school teacher and Sunday School Superintendent. As an active member David Wilkerson's (author of the Sword and the Switchblade), she ministered in the prisons, held outreach services, and managed a 24-hour telephone prayer tower in Sacramento, California. Her evangelic mantle has caused her to travel extensively as she has preached in 24 states and many of the cities therein. Internationally she has spoken in Kingston, St. Catherine, Ocho Rios in Jamaica, West Indies to congregations of thousands. In the year 2002, the Apostolic Regent (College of consecrated Bishops and Apostles orchestrated by Dr. Garner Trafton) officially affirmed her 5-fold ministry as an Apostle. Her first founded work was The Evangelistic Deliverance Center in San Francisco/ Oakland, California. She is also founder of the "Touch of Compassion Outreach", which was birthed in Oakland, California and is now an active ministry in Richmond, VA. Apostle Jackson is CEO of Ezreaonne Jackson Ministries which serves as an outreach for Evangelism and the education and empowerment for leaders in ministry. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theological Studies from the Regency Christian College in Jacksonville, Florida and recently received an Honorary Doctorate in Ministry from Trinity Bible College in Richmond, VA. She is the natural mother of one daughter and grandmother of four wonderful babies.
Dr. LuVonia Whittley
Dr. LuVonia Whittley
Mother LuVonia Whittley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Chicago Teacher’s College, a Master’s Degree in Language Arts from Chicago State University, and a Doctorate Degree in Theological Studies from Midwest College and Theological Seminary. Married to Elder Robert Whittley, Sr. for 49 years, they are the proud parents of two anointed sons and six adorable grandchildren. Mother LuVonia Whittley has been a member of the Corinthian Temple Church of God in Christ for nearly 60 years, where she served faithfully under her father, the late Bishop Bennie Allison, as Minister of Music and Administrative Assistant. She now serves as Director of Christian Education, under her youngest son - Superintendent David Todd Whittley. Mother LuVonia Whittley (noted author, anointed speaker and gifted organizer) is the recipient of numerous awards and citations for excellence in education, administration, Christian education, and music ministry. Whether serving her local church, her jurisdiction, or the national church; ministering in revivals, conferences, churches and educational institutions throughout the United States; or hosting her anointed radio program, (now in its 25th year), “Saturday Morning Inspiration”, which airs every Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon (WGRB, Inspiration 1390), Mother Dr. LuVonia Whittley has touched and continues to touch literally thousands, her purpose ever being to win souls for Christ, and to inspire and edify the people of God.
It almost seems as though, Jamila Joy was born with the microphone in her crib. For 15 years, Joy has played a trail blazing role in the gospel radio industry as a Gospel radio announcer, and leader in the industry, throughout her career Joy has served gospel music listeners with a professional commitment unsurpassed. Joy is currently still on air weekly 3PM – 5PM, hosting The Jamila Joy Show on iShoutforJoy.com. Joy’s love for the advancement of gospel music, landed her in her second love, Television. Joy began hosting and producing Rejoice TV, a weekly variety show featuring national and local gospel artists and community leaders. In 2002, Joy launched The Joy Television Network dedicated to providing diverse programming to the entire family. Joy’s creativity and bold initiative has garnered her numerous awards, such as Radio Announcer of the Year, UCLA Music Department’s Gospel Trail Blazer Award, Black History Award, Going Global Award and recipient of RAB’s Fast Track Scholarship for Radio Professionals. Other endeavors include the Joy Media Group, Founder of Purpose for Living Ministries and www.ishoutforjoy.com, a Christian Online Social Network which includes internet radio, television and more. Joy received a Stellar Award for Best Internet Station of the Year 2010 and recently was nominated for Internet Station of the Year for the GMWA Gospel Announcer's Guild Crystal Mic Media Awards. In Addition to Joy’s media experience, she is also an empowering minister, who is often requested to speak at area churches, conferences and workshops. Joy’s diverse media background range from Radio, TV, Print, and Internet. With all achievements, both past, present and future, Jamila will continue to keep God first.
Debra Ann Stokes White
Debra Stokes White was born to Sidney and Magnolia Stokes in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She received her early Christian education and training at the Memorial Church of God in Christ in Haverford, Pennsylvania. While under excellent teaching at Memorial, Debra accepted the Lord early in her teen years. In 1981, Debra, a Human Resources professional, accepted an offer to relocate to Richmond, Virginia to further her career. She received her formal Christian education through the Richmond extension of the C.H. Mason Bible College. Debra is the proud mother of 3 young adults who have blessed her with 5 grandchildren. Sister White accepted the Lord’s call into a teaching ministry with a special word for the emotionally wounded. She was licensed as an evangelist in 1985 under Bishop L.E. Willis in the New Frontier Churches of God in Christ. Past and current ministry roles include conference and retreat speaker, Sunday School teacher, Bible study instructor, administrative assistant to the Pastor, and Director of Hadassah Women’s Ministry. Her ministry theme of inner healing, wholeness and her personal testimony of emotional healing have touched the lives of many. Sister White’s life rhema is found in Psalm 107:20
He sent His Word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
Thomas B. Campbell, Jr.
Elder Thomas b. Campbell, Jr. is a graduate of Norfolk State University and received a Masters degree from Virginia Union University. Tom Campbell’s education and training ensures thorough client consultation and instruction. Elder Campbell is the founder of Living Word Ministries in Virginia Beach, VA. Elder Campbell is affiliated with several professional and community organizations in the Tidewater area of Virginia. His memberships in various organizations project his concern and belief in the interaction of spiritual, industrial and social communities. Tom’s energy and qualifications exerted in these areas articulates his professional concern. Tom’s qualifications also include expertise in Estate planning, Risk Management, Pension Planning, Life Insurance, Investment, Taxes, Accounting and Credit Repair.
Evangelist Jimmie Gyemerah
Evangelist Mademoiselle Jimmie Gyamerah, CEO& Founder of Jonique Design, Inc. (JDI), JDI Publisher, JDI Ministry and talk show host is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. She is a self-taught Abstract Expressionism Prophetic artist/author who has been creating art in a variety of arts and crafts mediums for over three decades. Mademoiselle is also know for creating unique jewelry, which she sold in home shows and military bases. She holds a degree in Fashion Merchandising. Her love for art was inspired by her mother, but the inspiration for her artistic style comes from the Holy Spirit. During the late 1990's after raising her two children, Mademoiselle began exhibiting her abstract artwork nationwide while writing an autobiographic journal. She is now inspired to reveal to the world her anointed work, in abstract prophetic art , writing and ministry with in the arts. God is using all our gifts for the kingdom. Being an African American woman from the south, she is looking forward to teaching her unique artistic flare in the " We Are Family" Workshop by partnering with community organizations. Mademoiselle's vision is to promote her work as a cross-cultural vehicle to educate and expose the depths of abstract art that everyone posses. It is through this venue that she believes abstract expressionism art reveals the love, music, color, and spirituality of the African American southern culture as well as all culture.
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