Pamela Wooden

Known for her spirit of excellence and attention to detail, Pamela Wooden is a woman of grace, elegance, and wisdom. She has been a saved and devout Christian for nearly 40 years and a life-long member of the Church of God in Christ. She is first lady at the Upper Room Church of God in…

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Vanessa Ward

Reverend Vanessa Oliver Ward is the president of the Omega Community Development Corporation (Omega CDC) and co-pastor of the Omega Baptist Church. As president of the Omega CDC, she oversees the organization’s mission of providing services that help to develop and improve the lives of the youth, the families and the community of Northwest Dayton.…

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Carolyn Traylor

Carolyn N. Traylor was born and reared in Statesville, North Carolina. As an educator, she holds a Master’s degree from the University of Maryland––College Park and a Bachelor’s degree from Spelman College. Her career as an educator spans over 40 years. Among her affiliations are: life member of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College,…

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Emelda Tolbert

First Lady Emelda Tolbert, a Louisiana native, is the wife of 39 years to Bishop Mark Tolbert, pastor of Victorious Life Church in Kansas City, Missouri. They are the proud parents of two sons; Mark Curtis Tolbert, Jr. (gone home to be with the Lord) and Britton Elliott Tolbert. First Lady Tolbert serves in numerous…

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Wanda Taylor-Smith

Wanda Taylor-Smith obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnati and her Master of Science degree in nursing from Indiana University where she also received certification as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in interdisciplinary studies with a specialization in Women’s Studies at the…

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Denise Stovall

Denise Johnson Stovall had a long professional journalism career. It included working as a reporter for the Atlanta Daily World Newspaper, commercial operations writer for WAGA-TV 5 and WXIA TV 11 ALIVE, news writer for WSB Radio, and sports assistant at WTBS (Turner Broadcasting System). She joined the staff of The United Methodist Reporter Newspaper…

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Ann Shaw

Rev. Ann Champion Shaw, a native of Orlando, Florida, is a fifth-generation preacher and the youngest daughter of the late Mrs. Annie C. Champion and the late Rev. Dr. George L. Champion Sr. She received her M.Div. degree with honors from Emory University, Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, Georgia, in 2001. Having served 15 years…

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Rita Russell

Rita R. Russell was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is the oldest of two. She has a degree in finance and is currently employed as a bank manager for a large financial institution. She has been married to her husband, Rev. Dr. Stephen Russell Jr, for 21 years and is the proud mother of three…

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Rhonda Raney

Rhonda G. Raney is the principal attorney with Mediation Solutions, a dispute resolution firm in Morrisville, NC. With more than two decades of combined experience as trial lawyer, lobbyist and government and non-profit agency executive, Rhonda enjoys working with organizations, particularly churches, in the areas of risk management, coaching and strategic planning. Rhonda is a…

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Joycelyn Lewis

Joycelyn Lewis publicly acknowledged her call to ministry on January 1, 2012 with her husband’s blessing. She discovered that her calling is not limited to preaching, but she is also called to teach spiritual formation and develop leaders. In May 2017, she graduated with a Master of Arts degree in spiritual formation and a Master…

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