Current Job Title: President/Founder DIASPRA; Associate Pastor First Chin Baptist Church New Bern
Family: I have two daughters who are amazing and beautiful inside and out. Both were adopted at birth and I am blessed to be their mom. I also have a 8-month old Hungarian Vizsla named Kahlo. He is a ball of energy and loves to run.
The One Thing No One Knows About Me I was a Girl Scout for 10 years and the first African-American girl to be photographed for the Girl Scout Cookie Box. Living in Richmond, Virginia where the cookies were made, the organization taught me about leadership and how to be curious about the world.
My Dream Job is offering intercultural ministry training at the seminary level. The ministry is critical for new pastors called to serve in a changing and beautifully diverse world.
My First Job was making and selling caramel popcorn. I was responsible for popping the kernels, melting the caramel in the big copper pot, caramelizing the popcorn, and bagging it up for customers. There is nothing better than the taste and smell of freshly popped, warm caramel popcorn
The Best Advice I Ever Received was written by Marianne Williamson. She writes, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that frightens us most. You are a child of God and playing small does not serve the world. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
My Heroes (and why) are my paternal grandparents who planted seeds of love into my entrepreneurial spirit. Grevious and Mattie Snead raised 14 children on a farm in Manakin-Sabot, Virginia. I am honored to have known and loved them.
If I Could Do It All Over Again I would sing Gospel Jazz with Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald.
The Part of My Job I Could Do Without Is the paperwork. Did I mention the paperwork?
At the Top of My Bucket List is returning to Westray Baptist Kirk in The Orkney Islands of Scotland. I was blessed to serve as an interim pastor during a one-month internship. This church welcomed me, the stranger. When I began Doctor of Ministry studies, I learned one of my professors enjoyed a sabbatical on the same island. He wrote a book and God confirmed my calling for intercultural ministry on the north isles of Scotland. It is indeed a “Thin Place” between heaven and earth.