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Dr Rosemary Downer- Child Psychologist / Christian author

Dr Rosemary Downer- Child Psychologist / Christian author

September 13, 2022

Dr. Rosemary Downer earned her doctorate degree in child psychology from The University of Maryland College Park in 1997. She served at The U.S. Department of Agriculture as a social science researcher for 20 years and as an adjunct professor at Bowie State University for 24 years. She is now retired from both positions and is currently a private consultant doing research and evaluation and also doing what she dreamed of doing for years, and that is to write nonfiction books to edify the body of Christ.

Today, Dr. Rosemary Downer writes nonfiction Christian books both to challenge and inspire the body of Christ. She is a published author of The High Call of Forgiveness, It's A Mandate, The Self-Scarred Church, The COVID-19 Test: Church or God? Religion or Relationship? and several parenting handbooks. Additionally, she is the author of a comprehensive ministry development course--Find and Occupy Your Place and the Continuum of Care Youth Ministry Development Handbook. Dr. Rosemarie Downer is also the founder and former president of 15 years of BRYDGES (Building Responsible Youth by Delivering Genuine Enrichment Services)

Dr. Rosemarie Downer is a dedicated follower of Christ who aspires to having the closest relationship with Christ possible. Her service in the body of Christ primarily involves teaching and preaching. She also spent well over 30 years serving in youth ministries. Other focus areas in her ministry include women and single adults. As well, she often ministers on issues that address emotional healing and well-being. She counts every opportunity to minister an ultimate privilege from God the Father and does not take it lightly.

The pivotal scripture verse for her ministry is 3 John 2 – “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” Her most favorite Bible verse is Philippians 1:6: “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Her favorite Bible character is Moses because he had the relationship with Abba Father that she so very deeply desires. Moses was able to talk to God the Father face-to-face and without riddle because of the close relationship he had with Him. That is her desire!  One can contact Dr. Rosemarie Downer through her website at https://www.booksbyrosemarie.com and purchase her books through Amazon.

Lashae Foster- Author of ”Young King, Soar”

Lashae Foster- Author of ”Young King, Soar”

September 10, 2022

LaShae Foster was born in Yeadon, Pennsylvania and is now a resident of Chesapeake, Virginia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va.  LaShae Foster works as a casualty supervisor for an insurance company. In addition, from her employee, she holds a certificate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and has become a leader within this space to ensure fair and inclusive treatment of employees and those whose interact with her. 

Lashae Foster is also the author of "Young King Soar" - a book on encouragement and affirmations while navigating in a world where worth is not always acknowledged.  Lashae's future aspirations include publishing other books geared towards young girls of color very similar theme to Young King, Soar 

Lashae Fosters hobbies include exercising, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. One can purchase her work through amazon.com and Lashae can be contacted directly through email  at LaShaeXJ@gmail.com

Annice McCall was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and is currently working towards a second Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security with aspirations to work as a compliance analyst following graduation. Annice is currently  a manager of "Quality Interventions "at a Fortune 500 Health Insurance Company. Outside of work, Annice is currently working on improving her craft and technique in illustration and plans to collaborate with LaShae Foster on future projects.

Annice McCall is also planning to publish her own children’s books on Cyber Security as well as grief/loss processing. Annice McCall's hobbies include art, DIY home renovations, listening to audio books, going to the beach, and spending time with her dogs. Annice can be contacted atCrescentcalamity@gmail.com.

Moshe Goldstein–Author of Starter Mindset

Moshe Goldstein–Author of Starter Mindset

August 29, 2022

Moshe Goldstein teaches sixty-two biology students at Ner Israel Rabbinical College. Moshe graduated Ner Israel Rabbinical College with a Bachelor’s in Talmudic Law. Currently, Goldstein is attending Towson University to attain a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. He has experience working for Technica Corporation on the AI research and development team, enhancing a network security machine learning engine that detects anomalous network packets. He has also spent time interning for an intellectual property law firm that focuses on patents and trademarks.

For his work in Computer Science, he received the Mid-Atlantic CIO Forum award and the Doris K. Lidtke Excellence in Service Award for outstanding excellence in Computer Science at Towson University. Moshe has served as a panelist for Towson University open houses discussing his journey into Cyber Security and Mathematics. 

His hobbies are playing piano, reading, helping others and staying curious. He is an EMT with membership in a local EMS organization. Moshe believes that the best time to start is when you are younger and wants to encourage more people to go after their dreams. 

Moshe decided to write this book because of his passion for helping others. He wants to support and encourage young people to create something for their own. In this vein, Moshe wants to change the way people perceive starting businesses and encourage more people to do so.

Often described as a creative and out-of-the box thinker, there is no problem that he is not willing to take head on. This passion drives him to relentlessly pursue not just the easy answer; but to find long lasting solutions to problems. Having a well-rounded experience of many different subjects allows Moshe to understand the daily struggles of all people and come up with solutions to problems that are laser focused. Overall, Moshe loves to see people succeed. 

In STARTERMINDSET, Moshe Goldstein interview 14 young (16-25 year old) professionals, each coming from unique and diverse backgrounds; who tell their stories and share their motivations to succeed. These stories range across all industries showing that, with the right mindset and motivation, prosperity is within reach.  In his book, you will discover where to go with your concept and the steps needed to create a lifelong career. Goldstein explores the idea that while young and inexperienced, these individuals have had a tremendous amount of success. Their experiences show the power of everyday people to encourage significant and lasting change in society. In the world today, opportunities are abundant for those who have the initiative and take that first step---STARTERMINDSET proves just that.  You can order a copy of the book on Moshe Goldstein's website at  www.statermindset.com

Jamal Jivanjee- Amazon best selling author, podcaster and full time life coach

Jamal Jivanjee- Amazon best selling author, podcaster and full time life coach

August 21, 2022

Jamal Jivanjee is a best-selling author, podcaster, and full-time life coach. As an author with over 25 years of experience working with people in various stages of personal struggle and challenges, after traveling to many cultures around the globe, and now as a full-time life coach, Jamal has discovered the common roots of human suffering along with the sustainable solutions required to help people become liberated and empowered. Jamal is passionate about serving individuals, couples and groups on the path toward enlightenment, wholeness and liberation.  Though helping to identity and clear energetic systems of belief that create fear, disharmony and disease, Jamal seeks to restore awareness of the ever present and unitive divine flow of abundance, good will and love that exist for us all physically, mentally and spiritually.

Jamal was raised in Columbus, Ohio and grew up in a religious home, his father a devout Muslim and his mother an equally staunch Catholic. is parents were bound by their intellectual curiosity and their shared passion for books, which they passed along to their son. Driven in part by his voracious appetite for meaning and significance, Jamal came to the faith in Christ as a young adult and heard the call to ministry. He served as the pastor of his local church for a number of years until his personal journey eventually led him away from institutional religion altogether.

Jamal started his work life as a corrections officer, then reemerged as the leader of his local church before ultimately transforming into a life-coach and writer. The path he traveled might seem random at first glance, but his explanation of exactly what he learned from each profession makes it clear that each step taken would not have occurred without the experience of the previous step.

While interacting with prisoners, Jamal discovered that he loved working with people who were in desperate need of help due to a life of hardship. From that point on, each subsequent move he took made perfect sense in the evolution of becoming who is he today.

Jamal’s evolution is relevant to countless Americans’ paths today. Thousands quite their jobs en masse in The Great Resignation after coming to a collective epiphany that the pandemic forced them to discover. They weren’t happy. We all know that jobs or careers can leave us feeling unfulfilled, but should they leave us feeling downright miserable?

A recent Pew Research Center survey found that low pay, a lack of opportunities for advancement and feeling disrespected at work were the top reasons why Americans quit their jobs. The survey also found that those who quit and are now employed elsewhere are more likely than not to say their current job has better pay, more opportunities for advancement and more work-life balance and flexibility.

Why does it take something enormous like a global pandemic for us to declare that we deserve better?

Jamal likes to ask those who are looking for guidance -- what if you were told by your doctor that you had six months to live? How would your day today change? How much time and energy would you spend on drama and arguing with others? The point he makes is that we must not waste time waiting for the weekend or a vacation, much less retirement or even the promise of heaven itself. Living needs to begin today.

Jamal Jivanjee's many services can be found on his website at www.jamaljivanjee.com.

Dr. Alonzo Johnson-Visionary, Community Leader, Professor, Pastor, Author

Dr. Alonzo Johnson-Visionary, Community Leader, Professor, Pastor, Author

May 16, 2022

Dr. Alonzo Johnson graduated from Claflin University with a B.A. in Religious Studies and a minor in philosophy. He then went to receive a Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Theology, Master of Philosophy, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from Union Theological Seminary. Known as a self-starter, builder and visionary, and a consummate team player in the course of his career, academia, the church, and the business world, Dr. Alonzo Johnson has and continues to enjoy both the pleasure and the awesome responsibility of facing the challenges that come with establishing, nurturing and directing institutions that serve the public good. He credits his experiences in graduate and undergraduate academic institutions that helped shaped him in fully understanding each challenge that public and private institutions face as they seek to serve students and the demands of accrediting agencies.

Dr. Alonzo Johnson has served on the Board of Trustees of the
Interdenominational Theological Center for nearly two decades. During much of this time, he has served on and chaired the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board; working up close with two cycles of  SACS & Association of Theological Schools 10-year Accreditation Reaffirmation preparation.  He is deemed as an experienced team builder, working within institutions and building partnerships with outside community-based entities.

Dr. Alonzo Johnson is an ordained elder in the Church of God in Christ and is both pastor and founder of The Universal Outreach Church in Irmo, South Carolina where he has successfully led the church in the growth of its membership, ministries, programs, and budget, culminating in August 2016 with the purchase of the multi-million-dollar campus in Irmo, SC.  The church is strongly community-focused in vision and ministry.

On the state level, Dr. Alonzo Johnson serves as the assistant bishop to the South Carolina Jurisdiction. Duties consist of the training of clergy and laity,  supervision of pastors, overseeing church planting
and administration for sixty-five congregations in South Carolina.

On the national level, Dr. Alonzo Johnson serves in the capacity of Executive Consultant & Commissioner, The Church of God in Christ – Memphis, TN where he has had the responsibility of developing unified systems for the delivery of training for clergy and laity throughout the world, serving 5-million members, 25,000 congregations, and 12,000 pastors. In this role he developed the curriculum for the training of clergy throughout the denomination; led in the establishment of the denomination’s school, All Saints Bible College, Memphis, TN; reorganized the denomination’s system of Bible Colleges, and developed the structure for the online delivery of ministry training programs.

In the secular world, he is the Owner of Agape Health Services, LLC – Irmo, SC which is a provider for Medicaid Adult Day Care and Home Health Services. In academia, Dr. Alonzo Johnson currently serves as Associate Professor of Theology, Dickerson-Green Theological Seminary (Allen University)—Columbia, SC whose Primary area of responsibility is in teaching core and upper-level courses in theology and ethics, participation in student advisement, doing scholarly research, and participation in public service events within and outside of the university community. He has served as a Professor of Religious Studies at The University of South Carolina – Columbia, SC. He was Responsible for the development and teaching of all courses on African Americans, Caribbean,
Latin American, and African Religions. Taught graduate and undergraduate courses and taught in the Honors College, African American Studies Programs, the USC degree programs
for incarcerated men, as well as core curriculum classes. Dr. Alonzo Johnson also served as Assistant Professor at Benedict College – Columbia, SC where he taught core religion and philosophy courses for the core curriculum.

Dr. Alonzo Johnson is also the author of several works.

In-Process: A Book Review of Frederick L. Ware, Antonia Michelle Daymond, Eric Lewis Williams, Editors:
T&T Clark Handbook of African American Theology, (T&T Clark).
In-Process: Co-Author with Dr. David D. Daniels: “Political and Theological Reflections on Race: A Black
Pentecostal Perspective,” for Pneuma.
Virtual Lecture Presentation: “Equipping Clergy for Ministry During the Pandemic & Beyond.” Ontario
Jurisdiction, Church Of God In Christ, October 25, 2021.
Chief Editor and Contributing Author, Church Of God In Christ: Ordination and Licensure Textbook,
Church Of God In Christ Publishing House, Memphis, TN., November 2019.
Chief Editor and Contributing Author, Church Of God In Christ: Ordination and Licensure Textbook, Teachers’
Edition. Church Of God In Christ Publishing House, Memphis, TN.
Presentation: COGIC Scholars & O. T. Jones Institute, Church Of God In Christ: Ordination and Licensure
Textbook, Teacher’s Edition. November 7 & 9, 2019, St. Louis, MO.
Presentation: COGIC Scholars & O. T. Jones Institute: Understanding Spiritual Formation in the New Age,
Social Media Era. November 10, 2018, St. Louis, MO.
Presentation (Seminar Led): COGIC Scholars & O. T. Jones Institute: Gender Identity, Transgender, & Human
Sexuality: The New Moral, Legal, & Theological Landscape, What Religious Organizations Should Know and
Why! November 6-8, 2015, St. Louis, MO.
Current Editor & Contributor: Revised Standardized Ordination Curriculum, Church of God in Christ.
Co-Author of the Chapter on “The Church of God in Christ Statement of Faith,” Standardized Ordination
Curriculum, Church of God in Christ, Church of God in Christ Publishing House, Memphis, TN., 2015.
Author, Good News for the Disinherited. University Press of America, Washington DC, 1997.
Author of the lead Chapter & Co-Editor, Ain’t Gonna Lay My ‘Ligion Down. The University of South Carolina
Press, Columbia, SC, 1997.
Author, Thought You Knew Everything About Church? Think Again! Universal Publications & Media, Inc.,
2005.
Author, The Pastor’s Helper. Provider’s House Publishing, 2004.
Co-Author: Powe, B.D., & Johnson, Alonzo. “Fatalism Among African Americans: A Philosophical
Perspective.” Journal of Religion and Health (Summer 1995)
Chapter Author: “Researching the Church of God in Christ”. African-American Religion: Research Problems
and Resources for the 1990s. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York City, NY.
Series Compiler & Editor: Church of God in Christ Doctrine & Theology: Student Book. Church of God in
Christ Publishing House, Memphis, TN, 2002

 

 

Pam Hill–Buy A Home for the Price of a Car

Pam Hill–Buy A Home for the Price of a Car

April 21, 2022

Pam Hill received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a minor in Political Science from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. She went on to receive her master's degree in International Development and Finance from Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts. Today she is an entrepreneur and CEO of a multi-million-dollar real-estate company, a business and money expert, a former Fortune-500 executive, and founder of My Smart Cousin.  Pam's main goal is to help Black and Brown folks, and especially women, understand their money, increase their accountability and build generational wealth.

 

Growing up, her mother told her on how she got her interested in math by telling her that people could cheat her out of her allowance otherwise. “Really?!” she said wide-eyed, hugging her cigar-box bank with its cache of pennies, quarters and dimes to my chest. “Really,” she said with finality, plucking a few nickels from the box to show the dastardly ease with which such crimes could be committed. From then on math became Pam's new best friend as she used fingers, toes and everything else to count her haul from flower seed sales in elementary school, candy in junior high and earnings from jobs and businesses. 

 

For most of us, talking about math is about as much fun as getting our last two teeth pulled.   First, most of the math one need to know to run a business and understand numbers is grade-school math— that’s right, good ol’ fashioned ‘rithmetic. Second, research shows that the anxiety many women and Black and Brown folks have about math is based on society (affectionately known as, The Man) constantly telling us that numbers are just not for us. But research also tells us that women investors and diverse team outperform White-men only teams.

So, take a deep breath, and stick with Pam, because you can do this — you can do the kind of math you need to level-up your entire life.

The biggest recurring theme Pam sees with folks in the six-figure income category is that while they know their way around business and money topics at a high-level (let the choir say, Amen!), we don’t know the ins and outs of our money.  That is, how much money are we keeping of the money that we’re making? Or, how much do we own, really own (read, no credit card or loans on it)? And the reasons are varied, but usually some combination of:

  • We’re scurred: that’s right, quaking-in-our-boots don’t-tell-nobody scurred to see what’s going on with our finances.
  • We don’t know where to start: that’s legit— see above section about The Man holding us down.
  • Our accountant/bookkeeper/financial advisor is handlin’ it: this is the worst of all reasons. Your accountant/bookkeeper/advisor’s job is to put your numbers in a report every week or month. Your job is to open said report (yes, I know, kinda obvious, but I know some of y’all out there don’t do even this much), analyze it, compare it against your financial goals (note, goals are not, ‘I want to be rich’) and build your wealth accordingly.

This is the driving force behind My Smart Cousin. As a money expert and former Chief Financial Officer of a $1 billion company, Pam's goal is to help you cozy-up to your finances, understand exactly what they’re telling you, and develop a business and wealth roadmap based on your numbers, with weekly check-ins, so that you can know your numbers like the boss that you already are in your business and life, and build real wealth.

D. Neil Elliott–A Higher Road: Cleanse Your Consciousness to Transcend the Ego and Ascend Spiritually - A 7-Step Process to Inner Peace, Joy, Love, Abundance, and Prosperity

D. Neil Elliott–A Higher Road: Cleanse Your Consciousness to Transcend the Ego and Ascend Spiritually - A 7-Step Process to Inner Peace, Joy, Love, Abundance, and Prosperity

April 3, 2022

To any outsider, D. Neil Elliott was highly educated, owned a profitable consulting firm, and had a successful career and an amazing wife and family. But things were not all they seemed to be … Neil was facing a lot of challenges. In a phrase, he was in a dark place. Quite by accident, he discovered a Higher Road. As he traveled that road, he found the key to transforming his life.

Over the course of the following year, Neil lifted himself to an inner state of love, peace, joy, and abundance. His perspectives on life changed entirely. His troubles and tribulations were his impetus to find the key that enabled him to revolutionize his life. He learned that the search for a better life does not entail positive thinking, saying affirmations, chanting mantras, or traveling to India to sit at the feet of a guru—or any other popularized method of “finding yourself.” …The key? To ascend in both spiritual perception and truth, you need to use the right process to break through your entrenched, human-ego barriers.

For nearly three decades, Neil read hundreds of self-help and spiritual books and took self-development courses. All of them offered hope for change and improvement, but nothing fulfilled his needs or genuinely delivered on its promises.

Neil’s desire—and his new mission in life—is to share the knowledge he gained and the process he used on his journey to self-awareness, together with the blueprint document he discovered that was instrumental in transforming his life. He wants to give you, regardless of your station in life, the tools and opportunity to empower yourself, transform your life, and draw peace, joy, love, and prosperity into your personal situation and environment. Neil believes that as more and more people follow this Higher Road to true spiritual perfection, a New Era of Love and Peace will dawn for everyone throughout the world.

Navigating Cancer Together with Talaya Dendy

Navigating Cancer Together with Talaya Dendy

February 17, 2022

Dr. Odell Glenn, Jr. holds four degrees in various engineering disciplines, including a doctorate in chemical engineering. He is an engineering instructor at a research university.  In addition to his scholarly achievements, he serves as an ordained minister at an AME church. He is an author, motivational speaker, radio host personality, and primary caregiver to his parents. Dr. Glenn, Jr. is also the founder and CEO of a non-profit called The 3 Tier Foundation, which provides SAT prep courses for high school students, financial education workshops for entrepreneurs and small businesses, and respite care for caregivers.

A few highlights from the show:

1. Some caregivers die BEFORE the recipient of care because they are not getting the care they need. Caregivers must maintain balance and take time for themselves.

2. There may come a time when you will need professional help to care for a parent or loved one to ensure they are cared for properly. Never say never and let go of your pride. It is ok.

3. The joy is in the journey of the process. Accept that you will not understand everything.

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Dr. Ronnie Parson-BIshop/Author/Engineer

Dr. Ronnie Parson-BIshop/Author/Engineer

January 15, 2022

Dr. Ronnie Parson has served in the pastoral ministry for over thirty-five years and is presently the senior pastor of The Living Church Ministries located in Charlotte and Statesville North Carolina (NC) and Regional Apostle in the Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith Inc. Region 12 includes churches in (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts-Lawsonian, Oregon, Washington, Caribbean Islands (Jamaica, Caracas, Trinidad, and Grenada).

Dr. Parson holds an earned Doctorate in Marriage and Family Counseling, and a Masters of Theology Arts in Christian Counseling, both from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Also, he holds a Bachelor of Biblical Studies (Lee University) and a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology (Richmond Technical College). From 1980 to 1985 he worked as a member of the senior technical staff at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill. NJ. After being divinely called into ministry Pastor Ronnie L Parson has served in pastoral ministry from 1987 to the present time.

Dr. Parson has recently served as professor of Pastoral Counseling and Pastoral Theology at William L Bonner College (WLBC), Columbia, SC. He has also taught courses in Homiletics, Church and Pentecostal History, and Biblical Studies. Presently he teaches Pastoral Theology and Christian Counseling for the online segment of WLBC College.

Dr. Parson serves as head of the Counseling Department for the Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ of The Apostolic Faith Inc, overseeing a staff of licensed professional counselors. Dr. Parson is a published author of several pamphlets and 4 books: "I Took a Beating for this blessing", "A Cellular Communication Approach to Brief Marriage Counseling", and "The Divine LGBT Agenda", being a believable believer in a post-truth world and "A Pastoral Guide to doing Referrals". He co-authored a book with His wife entitled. To Serve with Nerve and verve". He has also co-authored engineering publications: 1983 at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey.

 Pastor Ronnie Parson and His wife and best friend, Lady Rubina Parson, travel extensively teaching, training, and conducting seminars that range from leadership essentials, marriage, and family development to a variety of contemporary topics and theological themes impacting the twenty-first-century church. His ultimate goal is to please his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and hear him say, Well done good and faithful servant.

Shellee Howard- Author of ”How to Send Your Student To College Without Losing Your Mind or Your Money”

Shellee Howard- Author of ”How to Send Your Student To College Without Losing Your Mind or Your Money”

January 1, 2022

Shellee Howard is the owner and president of College Ready. She is a college graduate and is a Certified Educational Planner. Shellee has a son who graduated from Harvard in the spring of 2016 debt-free! Her son is currently a third-year medical student at UC San Diego. Her daughter completed her freshman year at the University of Alabama and will complete her Nursing degree this year. Shellee has traveled around the world helping students plan for their “perfect match” college. She knows what it takes to compete in Ivy schools as well as find the best fit for all students. Shellee believes that no two students are the same and each student must have their own strategy and plan to be successful. Each student has a gift/talent and a passion that will set him or her apart from their competition. Getting to know your student one on one is the key to success. This can be done in person or via Zoom. College Ready has clients all over the world and each one is important.  Her focus is to find the best academic, financial and social fit college for each student to thrive at and graduate debt-free!

Shellee Howard is also a sought-after speaker and consultant to 100's college-bound students around the world and is widely regarded as one of the world's leading college planners and strategy consultants. Her groundbreaking strategies help students get into their best-match colleges. Best of all, many graduate debt-free with a job they love waiting for them.

Whether addressing an intimate group or a standing-room-only arena, count on Shellee to take the fear out of planning and paying for college. 

Get your "FREE" book offered by Shellee Howard at book.collegereadyplan.com 

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