Born in Charleston, West Virginia and raised in Brooklyn, New York, (after many years of living in West Virginia), I still call Brooklyn home.
In 1993 I began serving the congregations of the West Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church as a part-time Director of Ethnic Local Church Concerns. My portfolio included the Conference Commission on Religion and Race, Black Ministries Fund, Communities of Shalom, and other duties as assigned. In 2014 I was transitioned to full-time, taking on responsibilities for Outreach Ministries with a staff relationship to the Conference Board of Global Ministries. At the end of 2015 I retired from paid work. Barry and I moved to St. Petersburg in 2017.
As a licensed Local Pastor, I served two congregations for a total of 10 years–one, located in the Coolest Small Town in America and another in the urban setting. I was an officer of United Methodist Women on the local church, district and conference levels. As a member of the 2000 General Conference I was chosen to serve as a sub-committee chair within the Independent Committees body. From 2000-2008 I was a board member of the General Commission on Religion and Race based in Washington, DC. In 2015 I received certification as a Rural Chaplain.
In 1997 my eldest daughter and I were members of a Volunteers-In-Mission work-team to Africa University in Zimbabwe. In 2002 I led a 14 member work-team to Viet Nam.
Barry and I have two adult daughters, Keara and Marissa and one grandson, Jai. We think the two son-in-laws should be given sainthood.
After 32 years of exams, mid-terms, other assignments and finals at West Virginia State (College) University, and Bluefield State College I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2012.
I have been the Administrative Assistant at First Church-Pinellas Park for three years.