Aniyah grew up in Fort Washington, MD. She discovered her calling into ministry when she was about 10 years old. Aniyah preached her first sermon at High Calling Ministries when she was 12. She loves teaching and learning about how we can draw closer to God! Aniyah is a former athlete, and studied Sports Management and Business Administration at Towson University. She currently serves at High Calling Ministries as a teacher for the Teen’s Ministry (Young, Save & Free) and interns for the Administration team. In her 22 years of life, she still has more growing and learning to do, and is constantly seeking new ways to expand her knowledge.
BRIAN J. SMALLS, ESQ.
Brian J. Smalls, Esq., is an Estate Planning and Business Law Attorney in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia (Williamsburg, VA and Newport News, VA). He is the founding partner at The Law Office of Brian J. Smalls, P.C. A former football player at the University of Michigan, Brian is married to the beautiful Sonya Renee Smalls, and they have two wonderful children, Brayden (9 years old) and Brielle (8 years old).
Florencia C. Robertson is a devoted wife and working mom who has authored 2 blogs focusing on the functional application of the 31st chapter of Proverbs and the daily rush hours for working families of 5-9am/pm. She aspires to complete her first fictional book in the near future. Her previous works can be found at byFlorencia.com. You can follow on Twitter @byFlorencia. Florencia is a native of Maryland and currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri.
CHRISTOPHER A. SMITH, JR.
Christopher is an accomplished transportation operator for a company in Yorktown, VA. He also serves as a dairyman, a vocation that he loves deeply since childhood. Christopher holds a Heavy Vehicle Technology certification from Advanced Technology Institute. His passion for trucking is the springboard for his dream to acquire is own trucking company, which he plans to share with others as a “dream come true.” Christopher’s ultimate goal is to be all that God wants him to be and nothing less!
Since elementary school, Crystal has always had an interest in the computer field until 2009 when God guided and redirected her towards ministry. During this time, she began to send encouraging and inspirational text messages to about 20 family and friends. The list grew, and in 2010 these messages were sent by email. Currently, these inspirational messages are emailed to over 200 people and are being seen by over 1700 members in her inspirational Facebook group titled “Inspired Inspirations by CrisB.” In 2013, Crystal received a Masters in Biblical Studies from Calvary Christian College in Waldorf, Maryland. Crystal has a deep thirst for knowledge and loves to share what she learns. She also admires spiritual growth in others as well. Crystal is a member of High Calling Ministries located in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
DR. VIVIAN M. JACKSON
Dr. Vivian M. Jackson is the President of The Marriage Doctor, a marriage counseling ministry where she assists couples in developing strategies they are willing to implement to build strong relationships. Married for 38 years and the mother of two adult children, Vivian has practiced the craft of being married on the anvil of experience with Biblical principles as her guide. Affectionately known as Dr. Vivian, she speaks in conferences and hosts workshops around the nation. She is the First Lady of Hope Christian Church and the International Communion of Evangelical Churches.
FLORENCE R. SMITH
Florence R. Smith is a self-motivated professional skilled in directing and organizing tasks to achieve overall mission objectives. She has been employed with the Federal Government since December 2004. She serves in many capacities within the Gospel Spreading Church of God. Florence has a Bachelors in Business Administration and Masters in Technology Management, both from University of Maryland University College; and a Master of Strategic Studies Degree from the U.S. Army War College. She is a published author and owner of Teachable Moments Press, a Christian publishing company. A woman with a message of hope, encouragement, and inspiration, Florence will leave you motivated and inspired in fulfilling your purpose!
PASTOR GEORGE HAWKINS, JR.
Determined to remain relevant and real at all costs, while seeking sound Biblical solutions to the problems that attach themselves to GOD’s people, is what describes the ministry and heart of Pastor George W. Hawkins, Jr. Pastor Hawkins was born on September 10, 1964, to the late Bishop George and First Lady Gertrude Hawkins, Sr. He was raised and served on several ministries at the Church of God in Lothian under the pastorate of his maternal grandfather Elder Raymond C. Wills. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion from Liberty University. He also is a graduate of Scarsdale Biblical Seminary with a Masters in Biblical Studies. Pastor George is an example of the next-generation leader. As Senior Pastor of High Calling Ministries (HCM) in Fort Washington, Maryland, he has developed an atmosphere that goes beyond “church as usual”. Pastor Hawkins brings a refreshing blend of practicality and passion to ministry that is truly inspiring. Dynamic in delivery, electric in illustration and awesome in application, Pastor Hawkins is compelled and commissioned by GOD to present the message of hope with clarity, power, truth and authority. This ministry gift puts before you a Gospel that lives with you, enabling you to better understand GOD’s plan and desire for your life. Pastor Hawkins resides in Fort Washington, MD. He is married to the lovely First Lady Elder Sharlene Hawkins and has one child, George III. Together, they are committed to serving the Body of Christ as they go to the Next Level in Him!
JAMES C. DANIELS III
James C. Daniels III is a 32-year-old father of two, and husband hailing from Toledo, OH. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Delaware, a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Wilmington University, and is currently pursuing his Doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership. Now residing in New Castle, Delaware, James has been Youth Leader for Students With A Testimony at Seeds of Greatness Bible Church for the past seven years. Professionally, he works as an Assistant to the Principal at an alternative school in Wilmington, Delaware. James firmly believes in Matthew 7:1-2 and was even compelled to name his small photography and videography business based on it. He believes in freedom of expression through the arts, and encourages all youth to creatively let their voices be heard.
ELDER JEROME WOODS, II
Elder Jerome Woods, II is the husband of Alana M. Woods and is the son of the late Jerome Woods, Sr. and Larina Woods. He is a Washington, D.C. native and associate Elder at High Calling Ministries pastored by George W. Hawkins, Jr. Elder Woods is a graduate of The George Washington University (1994) where he received his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with minors in Sociology and Latin Classical Humanities. Elder Woods received his Juris Doctorate in 1997 from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.
Keona Ellerbe is a wife, mother of four children and on a mission to seek and serve God’s people. She graduated from Virginia State University with a B.S. in Pre-Med Biology. Served as a nurse for several years before transitioning into the Government. After almost a decade, she realized that she was allergic to bosses and fired hers. After leaving her job, she started Redesign of U to become the solution to breaking through mental barriers, to redesign individual lives. She’s an Author, International Speaker and Redesign Coach™. Keona is truly thankful and grateful to have found her calling to serve God’s people by empowering them to get off the carousel and design the life they deserve to live. For more insight on what I LOVE to do. Please visit www.redesignofu.com.
KRISTIN C. JENNINGS
Kristin C. Jennings was born on January 1, 1979 in Fort Washington, MD to James and Pamela Woods, Sr. Kristin is the sixth child out of seven children and completed her early education in Prince George’s County Public School System. In December 2002, Kristin graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with an undergraduate degree in Sociology. In May of 2016, Kristin graduated from Howard University with a Masters Degree in Social Work. Kristin is currently working at First Home Care as a Community Support Specialist who offers supportive services to families whose children have been removed due to neglect and/or abuse, which ranges from physical, sexual, verbal or emotional. Kristin supports children in foster care to help them transition into their new home with as little trauma as possible. Kristin’s mission is to pass the Licensure State Board Exam to become a Psychotherapist and has a long-term goal of opening her own private practice that specializes in Marriage and Family Therapy. On October 18, 2004, Kristin married the love of her life, Johnathan L. Jennings, Sr. Kristin and John have been married for 11 years and have four beautiful children, Isaiah Jennings (17), Johnathan L. Jennings, Jr aka Chizz (11), Joshua J. Jennings (9) and Ivori K. Jennings (6). Kristin’s desire is to always serve her family as her first ministry. Kristin is currently the servant leader over the Women’s Ministry at High Calling Ministries where she has been a member since 2008. Kristin has a passion for helping others uncover old thoughts, emotions and patterns that prevent them from moving into the areas where God is calling them. Kristin’s desire is to help people see their full potential and begin to view themselves through God’s eyes. Kristin’s desire is to help people know more about Christ, which will in turn help them learn more about themselves and the gifts and talents God has placed in them.
Kwanza was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but she currently lives in Owings Mills, Maryland with her husband of 25 years, Quinton and their two adult children Quinton Jr. and Nia. Kwanza is a Christian Publisher, Author, Conference Host, Speaker, Radio Host and Ministry Consultant. She is the President and CEO of First Fruits Publishing, LLC, the Founder and Director of Girlfriend Therapy®, Inc. and the President and CEO of The Consulting and Communications Group, LLC. Blessed with the gift of creative communications, Kwanza travels the country helping men and women of God establish themselves in the truth of God’s Word in both life and in business. Kwanza received her Undergraduate degree in Communications (Public Relations and Advertising), from Bowie State University, her Graduate degree in Marketing Management, from the University of Maryland and she is currently working on a Masters of Ministry degree from Oral Roberts University.
Leneé Valentine-Smallwood is the CEO and Creative Director of Leneé Valentine Weddings & Events, a full-service event-planning firm. Her work has been showcased in various venues across the United States. With over twenty years of experience, Ms. Valentine-Smallwood is highly sought after for her event planning and styling expertise. Her creative eye, original designs, and professionalism have afforded her the opportunities to work with many local businesses as well as celebrity-level event designers. Her work has been featured in publications including: Munaluchi Bride, Preston Bailey’s Blog, Bombshells in Business, Home, Confetti, Style, Redefine, Two Bright Lights, Urban Style, Pretty Perfect Living, Party Style, You Mean the World to Me (UK), The Maven Bride, Showerbelle, Posh Bridal, Southern Maryland Weddings, Swan So Sweet, Mazel Moments, and LaBelle Africana, just to name a few. She has been invited to deliver keynote speeches on the importance of setting goals and living your dreams and has appeared on several occasions as a guest on Fox 5 DC. In addition, Leneé has recently launched her newest company called Grooms Matter Too®. The company was created from the philosophy that the groom’s satisfaction and enjoyment mattered just as much as his beautiful bride to be. The goal is to guide the groom along his new journey while assisting with all the wedding details that relate specifically to him and his groomsmen, for example: surprise proposals, rehearsal dinner, styling, groomsmen gifts, outings with the guys, transportation and more… In her free time, she loves to spend time with her friends and family. In addition, she enjoys traveling, meeting new people, and empowering people to live their wildest dreams.
LENESHA L. SHACK
Lenesha L. Shack lives in Upper Marlboro, MD. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling. Currently, she is pursuing a second Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from The Catholic University of America.
Marcia Stokes is a God fearing, highly respected minister, motivational speaker and thought leader. Her passion is best displayed when she is leading, teaching and inspiring people to achieve their dreams and operate at their fullest potential. Marcia is the founder of Marcia Stokes Global Ministries, Inc. (a non-profit organization) and the Director of Learning & Employee Development at a global law firm. She is also a published author. Weekly, Marcia participates as a co-host in an International prayer call with Bishop Eddie L. Long, leading thousands of people in 90+ nations in exhortation and prayer. It is her highest honor!
FAYTHE KAMILLE DANIELS
Faythe is a 32-year old mother of two. She lives in New Castle, DE with her husband of seven years. She is a member of Seeds of Greatness Bible Church where she is an active member working in various ministries. Faythe is a Middle School Counselor at a Charter school in New Castle, DE. There she puts her God-given gifts to work as she helps young souls with everyday life struggles and more. Faythe loves spending time with her family and has a deep passion for working with at-risk children. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from the University of Delaware and a Master’s in Education Degree from Wilmington University. Faythe lives by the scripture Jeremiah 29:11, as she believes God has her life well planned and it will be all that she hoped for!
Pauline Cook has spent the past 15+ years in the IT field providing computer support, website maintenance, and social media management. Currently, she is the IT Manager for a non-profit organization and the owner of Local Business Consulting, providing clients with tailored social media presence services.
Regina has been writing poetry and short stories since high school. The inspiration for her material comes from sermons preached, testimonies she has heard and life’s experiences. Regina is a mother, grandmother and an active member of the Lothian Church of God. In addition to writing, she is an etiquette coach for young girls between the ages 10 – 15. Her passion is to help them build self-esteem using Psalm 139:14 “…for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:…” as her guide. After 38 years in the federal government, God instructed her to retire and to do more for Him. Praise God for He is her source!
RHONDA L. SMITH
Currently Rhonda is a member of High Calling Ministries under the Pastoral Leadership of Pastor George W. Hawkins, Jr. There she serves as the Lead Instructor for the Ministers In Training Program (Phase I), and Intercessory Prayer Team Member. Prior to attending High Calling, Rhonda served for 17 years at Hope Church of God in Washington, DC under the leadership of Bishop Samuel L. McPherson, Sr. While at Hope Rhonda served as the Director of Youth Ministries. Rhonda was also the Youth Bible Study teacher and headed various evangelistic outreach activities. Rhonda graduated from Peirce College with an Associate in Paralegal Studies; Liberty University with a Bachelor in Religion; and is currently pursuing her Master in Religious Education from Liberty University. She has been employed at the University of Maryland for 20 years. Rhonda is a strong proponent of Godly entertainment. She strongly believes that what we feed the inner man, will manifest in the outer man.
Samuel Cook is an educator and freelance writer. However, his greatest passion is in writing. He writes for the Portland Family Magazine as well as several online websites covering news and reviews. He is currently writing two books of fiction, one a science fiction novel and the other an engaging fantasy novella exploring a unique “what-if” scenario.
SHAREDA M. ROLLINS
Shareda M. Rollins is a Kansas City, MO native, educator and writer of poetic praise; poetry dedicated to life as a Christian and varied experiences with the living God and his word. Married nearly 14 years, Ed shares her kingdom mindset, love of poetic praise and he is the father of their three beautiful children; Valerie our angel who joined our Lord in heaven in 2010, Victoria our sometimes shy, always eclectic 10-year old and Vaida, our baby girl whose personality and smile are infectious and seems to be loved by all who meet her. Together, we operate a Christ-centered entertainment company (4HISWILL) that provides an audience for aspiring or seasoned artist to have a live experience to test or perfect their talents.
Towanda Coles is a native Baltimorean with a passion for teaching and developing Servant Leaders to serve in the spirit of kingdom excellence. Towanda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Bowie State University. She is a proud wife and mother and resides with her family in Baltimore County. Towanda shares her thoughts on leadership at www.kingdomexcellenceconsulting.com. Connect with Towanda online via Twitter @TCInspires and on Periscope @TCInspires.
MINISTER TRACEY CLEVELAND
Minister Tracey Cherry Cleveland is the youngest of five children born to William and Reatha Cherry in Philadelphia, PA. She was reared in a home full of music and the Word of GOD. She has been singing and playing the piano and violin since the age of seven, and accepted JESUS CHRIST as her personal LORD and SAVIOR at the age of ten. She has been gifted to teach, counsel, and exhort others from the Word of GOD both formally and informally. She received her certification in Biblical Counseling from the Christian Research and Development Institute in Philadelphia, and a Master’s Degree in Christian Counseling from Faith Bible College & Seminary in Washington, D.C. She has served in various capacities throughout her Christian life, including Sunday School Superintendent, Bible Study Teacher, Instructor at Bible College, Minister of Music, Choir Leader and pianist. She is an anointed worshipper and is part of the Worship Arts Ministry and Ministerial Staff at First Church of Christ Holiness, U.S.A, under the Pastoral leadership of Elder Dr. Ralph A. Martino, Sr. She is married to her Boaz, Wilbur Cleveland, and they have one daughter and two sons.