Min. Elaine Richardson
Elaine Richardson is a member of Faith Chapel Church of God in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is a native of Palmetto, Louisiana (the youngest child and daughter of Mary and Burley Fontenot). She grew up in the Church of God in Palmetto and upon marrying and moving to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she became a member of Faith Chapel Church of God under the leadership of Pastor J.D. Brown and has been a member there for the last 25 years. Elaine is a 1982 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a B.S. degree in Business with a major in Accounting. Elaine is married to Frank Richardson and they have 3 children, Jeremy, Jason, and Kandace Richardson who are all currently in college.
Elaine is employed with the Louisiana Department of Revenue in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and works in the Criminal Investigation Division as a Revenue Auditor III. She has 25 years with the Louisiana Department of Revenue and has been in the Criminal Investigation Division for 21 of those 25 years.
Dr. Walter Jackson
Dr. Walter Jackson has served in public education for 23 years; he has served as a teacher, principal, area superintendent, and now superintendent of schools in Brenham ISD. Dr. Jackson is the first African American to hold the office of superintendent in Brenham ISD, the oldest public school district in the state of Texas established in 1875.
Dr. Jackson worked in Alief ISD, an urban district of over 47,000 students in Houston, Texas for 21 years. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Texas Southern University; his master’s from Prairie View A&M University, and his doctorate in education from Baylor University. He received an advanced management certificate from Rice University, and received a leadership certificate from Harvard University.
An ordained minister in the Baptist church, Dr. Jackson has been active in his church his entire life serving as director of music, organist, pianist, and worship leader. He and his wife Tanya, also an educator, have been married for 21 years, and are the proud parents of daughter Bailey, and son Braelin. Dr. Jackson is a devout student of the liberation theology movement. He enjoys attending school and community sporting and cultural events, and visiting local congregations.
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Dr. Kimberly Thomas
Rev. Dr. Kimberly Thomas and her husband, Curtis, are residents of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She loves serving God’s church and is an ordained minister of the Church of God (Anderson, IN). Her ministry journey has included serving her local congregation and the church-at-large by teaching women Bible studies, providing leadership training/coaching, serving as interim pastor, serving on state and national ministerial boards, presenting at conferences and workshops, and providing pastoral care.
Dr. Thomas has full professor status as an instructor of Specialized Ministries at Mid America Christian University. One of the highlights of her educational journey was to travel with a team from Mid America Christian University to Nanning, China to teach conversational English. Since 2009, she has served as Chair of the Adult School of Christian Ministries where she has oversight over two Ministry degree programs and two Certificate programs in Ministry. She holds a Master's degree in Psychology from Texas Southern University and a Doctorate of Ministry degree from the Houston Graduate School of Theology. In 2015, she served as the President of the Oklahoma
Sociological Association for the state of Oklahoma. She also enjoys serving as Dean of the School of Ministry for the Southern Interstate Ministries Conference of the Church of God.
Her passions include spending time with her husband, reading, traveling, hanging out with close friends, and loving her family.
One passage of Scripture that has been foundational and inspirational to her hope in Christ is Jeremiah 18: 1-6, “This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 2“Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” 3So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. 5Then the word of the LORD came to me. 6He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand….”
Dr. Thomas and her husband, Curtis are the proud parents of one young adult son, Curtis II.
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Rev. Calvin D. Waddy Jr.
Pastor Calvin D. Waddy, Jr. is the Senior Pastor of Central Community Church of God in Jackson, Mississippi. He was born in Plainfield, New Jersey and later moved to Anderson, Indiana upon the death of his father.
Pastor Waddy received his education from Mid-America Christian University and Anderson University. It was on the campus of Anderson University that Pastor Waddy developed a longtime friendship with the former Kimberly B. Jenkins.
In 1991 Kimberly and Calvin were married. Today, they have three sons: Calvin III, Austin, and Matthew.
Pastor Waddy faithfully served his country in the United States Marine Corps, and was honorably discharged in 1996.
Elaine is an active member of Faith Chapel where she serves in various ministries. She is a teacher of the Primary Sunday School Class (grades 1 thru 3); she is a member of the Faith Chapel Praise Team; she is a worker/ devotion leader of the Saturday Program for children(ages 3-12); she is one of the teachers for Children's Church ministry serving once a month in that ministry; she is a member of Women of Destiny where she serves as Secretary/Treasurer; she is the State Treasurer for the State CWC(Christian Women Connecting; formerly WCG); she is part of a cell group at Faith Chapel and she attends Bible Study on a regular basis. Elaine, along with Ruth Williams has been teaching a children's class at SIMC for the past 2 years.
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Pastor Joe is thankful to God for his wife and best friend Ida of 40 years; she is his biggest supporter! He is a proud father of two children and two children-in-love: Lori & Wayne and Joe, III & Kim and he has been generously blessed with 14 grandchildren that keep him eternally busy and happy. Pastor Joe is also most proud to be serving at the church where his father Joseph Eikerenkoetter, Sr. once pastored for over twenty years and both his parents are faithful members. Although Pastor Joe attended Anderson University and has experience in corporate America, upon his renewal relationship with God and entry back into society, he answered a call in 2007 to start a business: All Covered Cleaning; a commercial cleaning company that contracts with various companies and organization in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. And although it is a for-hire organization, this business is indeed a ministry that reflects its own name in providing a holistic all covering employment - providing spiritual, emotional, and social support for employees and especially an open door for individuals who are ex-offenders.
In all that Pastor Joes does he is committed to loving the Word, living the Word, and teaching the Word of God.
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Dr. Paul D. Landrew
Dr. Paul D. Landrew is the charismatic Chief Executive Officer and unusually anointed Under-shepherd of the ministering arms of St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church of Houston, Inc., which includes Loving Word Fellowship and Prime Life Fellowship. Also, Dr. Landrew is the General Overseer of Salt and Light International Fellowship, a growing multi-cultural coalition of pastors and ministry leaders, charged with the dual assignment to influence and illuminate the world through spiritual principles and to empower people to live more successfully in the practical areas of life.
An experienced blended professional, Dr. Landrew is an engineer by education with an extensive professional background in the telecommunications and personal computer industries. As a business executive in several global organizations, he galvanized and managed diverse teams from around the world to achieve world class status and credentials for those organizations.
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Dr. Tyra T. Gross
Dr. Tyra Toston Gross is an Assistant Professor of Public Health at Xavier University of Louisiana. Dr. Tyra is a public health instructor, researcher and mentor. Dr. Tyra is a Baton Rouge native and lives in New Orleans LA where she attends House of Prayer Church. She is active serving in the Church Nursery, Bible Study Team, and Young Adult Ministry. One area where she is growing with Lord is sharing the gospel and discerning the direction of the Holy Spirit. Dr. Tyra completed her undergraduate studies at Louisiana State University (LSU) in nutrition and her Master of Public Health degree at LSU Health Sciences Center. She later completed her PhD in Public Health at the University of Georgia. Her proudest accomplishments are being a devoted wife to her amazing husband Bantu and the mother of their two beautiful and energetic toddlers, son Amari (age 2 1/2), and daughter Nia (age 1). In her spare time, you can find Dr. Tyra out walking or reading nonfiction books.
Joya Hayes is a Cum Laude graduate of Huston-Tillotson University where she received her Bachelors degree in Mass Communications, and she holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from Texas State University. As a two term student body President at Huston-Tillotson, Joya received national attention for her grassroots work addressing issues of inequity for African Americans in Austin. She is also a member of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the International Public Management Association for Human Resource Professionals (IPMA-HR), and serves as a board member for the Austin Area Heritage Council, Virginia College at Austin School of Business, and Child Incorporated.
She has volunteered for numerous non-profit organizations, and she has also received over 35 awards for her community service work which include awards from the Texas Senate, the Texas House of Representatives, the Austin Chapter of the NAACP, the National Forum for
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Faith Based Crisis and Family Counseling also from The Institute for Teaching God’s Word Theological Seminary.
Sonia has been on the front lines of Community Services for the last 15 years, serving as a Case Manager through The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Program called Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program – Brazos Valley Council of Governments and also with Project Unity for HIV/AIDS clients as a case manager.
Sonia’s life from as far as she can remember has been governed by the love of God, and love for others. The Good Samaritan parable truly speaks of who she is, always willing to help someone in need even if it means going out of her way.
Black Public Administrators, the Austin and Round Rock Independent School Districts, The City of Austin, and the American Society for Public Administrators. She currently volunteers as a Tutor at Norman Elementary, and participated in programming activities with the Austin Settlement Home. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated where she serves as an International Chairman, and she is a member of the Town Lake Chapters of Links, Incorporated. She is a former licensed foster parent in the state of Virginia, and is currently a licensed foster parent for the State of Texas. In June of 2016, she adopted her foster son – Elijah.
As a motivational speaker, Joya has delivered speeches to over one million people in six states and two countries. She is a dynamic and energetic speaker known for her humor and powerful energy. She is also an extraordinary emcee and speech writer. She has written speeches for elected officials in three states.
Joya has 19 years of experience in human resources, training and organizational development, community-based programming, policy & procedure development and executive level planning. Currently, Joya is the Director of the Human Resources Department for the City of Austin, Texas.
In May of 2005 he was ordained by the Church of God, Anderson, Indiana. He has served several congregations ministering as a Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor, Executive Pastor, and Senior Pastor. Since relocating to Mississippi he was asked to serve as a member of the Credentials’ Team for the Church of God in Mississippi and he currently holds a position as a State Elder. Additionally, the Jackson Police Department in Jackson, MS offered him a position as a Chaplain in their department. Pastor Waddy started a mentor program in one of the Jackson Public Schools, which the men of Central now lead. Rev. Waddy was also approached by representatives of the Madison County Public School system and asked to serve as the ISD (In School Detention Teacher), and he is pleased to serve the students and administration in this role. Pastor Waddy has had the privilege of serving the Lord and sharing the Gospel across this Nation as a Conference Leader, Revivalist, Evangelist, and Commencement Speaker.
Pastor Waddy fondest memories in ministry include those opportunities he and his family have had; to share the Gospel in the USA, and overseas. Calvin has stated, “Watching my family share the Love of Christ across the United States and around the world has taught me the meaning of ministering to humanity” Matthew 25: 35-40. “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat…” It is because of those lessons, that Pastor Waddy seeks to help humanity by volunteering with Non-Profit Organizations, as a Chaplain with nursing homes and hospitals; he has also rendered his service to the National Urban League as a past Board Member, serving as the School Board President for an accredited hybrid Christian home school, coaching an Upward Basketball team, working with Toys for Tots, even volunteering and supporting Christian candidates running for local and state office. Whenever and wherever he has served, Pastor Waddy seeks to share the Love of God with those he meets.
In September of 2011, God called her into the pro-life ministry of serving mothers who face unplanned pregnancies. She began her journey at a local pregnancy resource center as a volunteer peer counselor and later became the Marketing/Development Director. After serving 8 months in that role, she stepped into the position of Executive Director. She has a heart and passion for helping women become whole – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. She is a certified Life-Affirming Specialist (LAS) through Heartbeat International and has completed Leadership for Nonprofit Excellence training.
Lisa is one who truly believes in everyone using the gifts that God gives to each of us. She has served as a musician, minister, Sunday School Teacher, Bible Study Teacher, Youth Leader, Women’s Retreat Chairperson, CWC Treasurer, and MEM (Marriage Enrichment Ministry) Facilitator. She has served as Music Coordinator for the Southern Interstate Ministries Conference for 10 plus years. It is a delight to serve God and to work in the gifts and ministries that God has given her.
Dr. James Lewis
Dr. James W. Lewis, a disciple of Jesus Christ, seeks to live out the demands of the gospel in the world —although imperfectly. Central to this lifestyle of Christian discipleship is Jesus’ call to be peacemakers in the world. Since his conversion to Christianity and participation in local congregations, he has observed much too frequently a disconnect between what we Christians say and what we do. His prayerful desire is to speak to this fundamental separation between confession and conduct in our lives with the courage, patience, and hope inspired by our God. Experiencing shalom--God’s wholeness in all relationships--is a pervasive and guiding theme of his life. Dr. Lewis promotes the idea that God’s truthful story of redemption has power to form our lives in more faithful, loving, and peaceful ways. He and his family worship at and are accountable to the Sherman Street Church of God, Anderson, Indiana. He finds the proclamation and teaching of the Word of God, like honey in the honey comb--sweet to the taste.
James Lewis, a native of Houston, Texas, is the second oldest of ten children born to Rev. John J. R. and Betty Joyce Lewis. He is married [for nearly 41 years] to Barbara Kaye and is the father of two beautiful daughters [Andrea and Kimberli] and the grandfather of two equally beautiful granddaughters [Ameris and Nya].
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Pastor Bart although now serving as a full-time pastor since 2011, has worked bi-vocationally in the technology departments for Louisiana State University in Shreveport, George S. Olive CPA firm and Burlington Motor Carriers.
Pastor Bart serves as the vice lead coach for SHAPE, Sustaining Health and Pastoral Excellence for the Church of God in Louisiana. He is the lead stakeholder pastor for the Gardere Initiative in East Baton Rouge Parish and the greater Baton Rouge area. He is a member of the board for Connections Ministry in Baton Rouge, LA. He is the chairperson for the pastoral health team for the Church of God in the state of Louisiana. He is also a member of the board of directors for the Ministry Retreat Center of the Church of God in the state of Louisiana.
Pastor Bart’s most valued mandates for life and ministry are the following: Loving the Lord, loving and keeping personal family strong in the Lord; Loving people: the people of God and people who need to know God, and loving Kingdom work.
Dr. Bantu D. Gross
Bantu Gross is a native New Orleanian who works at KIPP New Orleans Charter School as an Alumni Advisor. In this role he assists KIPP alumni persist in college. Additionally, he has graduate training in Mental Health Counseling and 10+ years of youth development experience. In his leisure time he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, playing sports & exercising.
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Pastor Joseph Eikerenkoetter Jr.
Pastor Joseph Pastor Joseph Eikerenkoetter, Jr. is a Christ-like believer that loves worshiping God and serving others. His love for God transcends every part of his life and is demonstrated in all that he does for kingdom building. His mission is humbly portrayed: To show a dying world the Living Savior! It is his assignment on this spiritual journey. He answered the call to pastor the Westminster Church of God in January 2012 and encourages his flock to have a daily intimate relationship with God by falling in Love with the Word of God!
Our family-friendly ministries are designed to meet people where they are and to love them unconditionally. This plight is not unfamiliar to Pastor Joe, as he is humbly called, for he testifies of his gratefulness to God for meeting him where he was in a small prison cell, away from life, but in a place where God could reach him and minister to him; unconditionally forgiving him, renewing him, restoring him, sanctifying him, and preparing him to serve. And his compassion for the lost and desire to teach holy living is represented in his humorous but serious belief: "Don't throw out the baby with the bath water." Pastor Joe will tell you and those who know him will testify that this time, he lives life On Purpose and with Purpose; God's purpose!
Dr. Bartholomew Riggins
Rev. Dr. Bartholomew M. Riggins is currently beginning his sixth year of ministry service as senior pastor of the Faith Chapel Church of God, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Prior to his current pastoral role, he served as senior pastor of the Light of the World Community Church of God, Shreveport, La for nearly fourteen years.
“Pastor Bart”, as known to the Faith Chapel Church, and his wife First Lady Joy Foggs-Riggins celebrates over twenty years of marriage as they were married July 1994 and to their union they have two sons, Joshua and Titus.
Pastor Bart completed his Doctor of Ministry Studies (DMIN) degree in the spring of 2015 from Anderson University, School of Theology, Anderson, IN. He also has a Masters of Divinity from Anderson University, School of Theology, Anderson, IN and a Bachelor’s of Science in Management Information Systems and Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, La.
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Dr. Bartholomew Riggins
Dr. Lewis received his B.S. degree in Mathematics and his M.B.A. degree in Finance from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. After completing a Certificate of Professional Accountancy in 1975 from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, he passed the CPA exam and worked in Houston as a Certified Public Accountant [CPA] with a major international accounting firm. After becoming a Christian, James Lewis accepted a call to professional ministry, while working as a Corporate Internal Auditor. Following the Call, he and his family eventually moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where he did M.DIV studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Again following God’s Call, his desire to teach led him and his family to the state of North Carolina, where he began Ph.D. studies.
In 1994, Dr. Lewis received his Ph.D. degree in Theology and Ethics from Duke University. His teaching career at Anderson University has spanned nearly twenty-one years. His academic and faith interests include but are not limited to the relationship of Christianity to culture, issues of biblical forgiveness and reconciliation, issues surrounding war and peace, and the moral and ethical implications of racism, ethnocentrism, etc. to our Christian witness. He loves to learn, teach, read, travel, and dance—all to the glory of God!
Currently, he serves as Dean, Professor of Theology and Ethics, and Director of the Doctor of Ministry program at the Anderson University School of Theology.
Dr. James Lewis serves as an associate minister of his local congregation, where he loves “welcoming the stranger” or guests into the worship of God—a house of prayer for all people. He has taught and preached throughout the United States. His greatest desire is to love God more perfectly, to live in the world more faithfully, and to equip and encourage God’s people more passionately. He loves sharing the good news of the gospel to a hurting world.
Rev. Lisa Pearson
Rev. Lisa Pearson and her husband, Pastor Venoy Pearson, have been married for 25 years and reside in Rosenberg, TX. She is a licensed and ordained minister of the Church of God (Anderson, IN) and serves as Co-Pastor and Minister of Music at Rosenberg First Church of God. Rev. Pearson is a native of Bastrop, Louisiana and grew up worshipping at Pearl Street Church of God under the leadership of Rev. Sarah Finley and Rev. Jean Posey. This was the beginning of her many years of playing the piano. After getting married, she moved to Kendleton, TX (Bay Ridge Christian College) where her husband was a student. Together they have 5 children and 5 grandchildren.
Rev. Pearson attended Northeast Louisiana University receiving a 2-yr degree in Office Administration. In her later years, she attended Bay Ridge Christian College and earned a B.S. in Christian Ministries from Mid-America Christian University in 2011.
Dr. James Lewis
the Doctorate of Philosophy in Intercultural Education with honors at the prestigious evangelical Biola University in La Mirada, California. His highly acclaimed tome of a dissertation was entitled: “Mandate for Diversity: A Comparative Analysis of the Black Studies Movement at San Francisco State University and the African-American Experience at Biola University.” A dean’s list graduate student, he also earned a Master of Divinity in Biblical Exposition with a concentration in New Testament (Koine Greek) languages, a Master of Arts in Christian Education, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a concentration in radio, television, and film—all from Biola University. After his graduation from Biola University, he was highly recruited by another prominent evangelical institution across town, Azusa Pacific University (APU) in Azusa, CA. He taught undergraduate and graduate students in the school of education and behavioral studies, as well as the college of liberal arts and sciences from 1993 to 1997. He was actively involved in co-designing with his mentor a new innovative interdisciplinary department of global (international) studies, which produced its first residential total immersion experiential urban and international (missions) community service learning institutions, the Los Angeles and Global Learning Terms. In the summer of 1996, Dr. Joseph was selected by his peers to teach an international business graduate course Managing Cultural Differences in Europe for Azusa Pacific University department of higher education and organizational leadership’s Operation Impact masters program in London (Popular), England; Gumpoldskirchen, Austria; Bussigen, Germany; and Shauffhausen, Switzerland. Dr. Joseph’s inimitable depiction of his “’Macro-Culture and Micro-Culture’ Know Thyself” paradigm teaches participants to create inclusive P-12/higher education environments, programs, and curriculum; to improve campus racial and ethnic relations; to expand opportunities for educational access and success by culturally diverse, traditionally underrepresented populations. Dr. Joseph comes from a family of professional athletes. In 1985, as a student athlete at Biola University he was voted the recipient of the distinguished Bob Wheeler Award as the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Male-Athlete-Of-The-Year. He was recognized for his highest standards of Christian (moral) character, athletic achievement, and campus leadership.
This honor is equivalent to the NCAA’s Heisman trophy or the Bob Wooden award. As a student-athlete in only two-years, he was a ten-time NCCAA All-American and two time national champion in the triple jump. He is the second all-time leading scorer for a season at Biola University. He anchored the 4X100 meter and 4X400 <BR>meter sprint relays, high jump, long jump, and triple jump. He later trained and attempted to qualify for the United States of America Olympic and National Track and Field teams in the men’s triple jump. While completing his graduate studies at Biola University, he served as the assistant Track and Field coach from 1985 to 1994. Dr. Joseph retired from active professional competition in 1998. Dr. Joseph is married to Jill (Redo) Joseph. Mrs. Joseph graduated with her bachelor of arts in history from The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. She was a Parade, Kodak, and NCAA all-American track athlete, Miss Fitness gymnast, and Buckeye cheerleader. She is currently a graduate student in speech pathology at the University Of Oklahoma’s Health Science Campus.
Dr. Sonia Roberts
Dr. Landrew is a thoughtful conversationalist in both English and Spanish. He has adopted the personal mantra that communication is critical regardless of culture or nationality. Erudite and versatile, Dr. Landrew is a contemporary bridge builder equally comfortable with mentoring pastors and churches or budding entrepreneurs and professionals to achieve their full potential in a chosen pursuit.
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Dr. Eric Joseph
Dr. Eric Joseph is the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Mid America Christian University; Dr. Joseph’s principal duties include working with the President by directing the annual strategic planning process, as well as helping to shape campus diversity initiatives, and in implementing academic initiatives. Dr. Joseph serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet. Dr. Joseph has been associate dean and chaplain of the Drs. John William and Annie Laurie Coleman Heritage Center, at Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma. He began his full-time faculty responsibilities in August 1997. He also served Langston’s president as an executive administrator for special assignments, which involved quality initiatives in faculty development, curriculum review and assessment, student life, and representation of Langston University at government and civic functions. Overcoming many obstacles and challenges during his formative years, Dr. Joseph became the youngest graduate student to earn
Dr. Sonia Roberts
Sonia R. Roberts is currently serving with her husband in married couples’s ministry at Brazos Valley Community Church of God in Bryan, Texas, where she has been a member for over 40 years. She also serves also as a co-teacher in the adult Sunday school class, and as a praise and worship leader.
Sonia and husband, Minister Dr. Terrence B. Roberts (Terry), will celebrate 33 years of marriage on December 15th. God blessed their union with three wonderful sons Terrence II, Benjamin who's married to Brittney, Christopher who's married to Ivy, and a beautiful daughter Krystle Joy. Also truly blessed this year with two beautiful granddaughters Brooklynn Jenae and Bella Rose.
Sonia completed a Doctorate of Theology degree in May 2017 from The Institute for Teaching God’s Word Theological Seminary in Rockdale Texas. She also completed a Master’s Degree in Faith Based Crisis and Family Counseling and a Bachelors of Arts in