First Session Speaker Information
La Tonia Winston
La Tonia Winston holds a Bachelors degree in Communication and Sociology and a Masters in Human Resources and Labor Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and a Masters in Christian Doctrine and Church History from Regent University. A native Mid-Westerner, she is a self-described city girl who enjoys snow, cement, and skyscrapers. She is pursuing her doctorate in Educational Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. La Tonia is a former Discipleship and Christian Education Pastor. Currently, she serves as an adjunct faculty instructor for Trinity International University teaching Preparation for College Studies and English composition courses, serves students as an academic mentor and English as Second Language line editor. She has a passion for education and the stories of others. Her life Bible verse is Psalms 27:4, “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.” This verse inspires her relationship with God, to ask questions, and to appreciate the beauty of God’s works.
Rosalyn Bates is a licensed clinical professional counselor who works at a behavioral health hospital in suburban Chicago. She completed specialized training in rape crisis and has also served clients who live with severe/chronic mental illness and court-mandated clients who struggle with substance abuse. Rosalyn considers her counseling practice as a healing ministry. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College. In May 2014, Rosalyn earned a Master of Divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. She graduated with academic distinction and was selected to be the alternate winner for the Bernadine Orme Smith Fellowship. Rosalyn currently serves at Southside Worship Center as a Staff Pastor and Director of Ministries.
Rosalyn’s ministry experience blends her leadership skills with her creativity. She takes joy in enhancing the lives of people in various ways. While she has served young children, adults, and the elderly, Rosalyn worked in leadership capacities with young adults in church settings and through college small groups for several years. This included assisting youth choirs, campus gospel choirs and worship teams. Rosalyn provided leadership for her home church’s Poetry ministry, which involved teaching Bible study lessons that she wrote specifically for artists. As a published poet/spoken word artist, her creative writing ranges from daily devotionals to short skits for dramatic presentations. On the musical side, she is a classically-trained pianist, a songwriter and a worship leader.
Alice R. Brown-Collins, Ph.D., ordained Minister, is the Associate Regional Director of Graduate and Faculty Ministries (GFM), Northeast and area director, Black Scholars and Professionals (BSAP), InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. In addition, she is pastor at New Hope Christian Ministries, with her husband, Rev. Boris Collins. She has been coordinator of the prayer warriors and women’s ministries; a member of the missions board; and a teacher for the discipleship classes. As a social psychologist, she is a lecturer and teacher, conducting numerous seminars and workshops on families, married couples, evangelism and missions, discipleship, college ministries, multiethnicity, race relations, women, and prayer. In addition, she has missions experience in Ghana; Guyana, South America; Kenya and Australia. Rev. Dr. Brown-Collins is the spouse of Rev. Boris E. Collins and they have two children; Jamal and Kateri; a daughter-in-law, Marisha as well as a grandson, Shamar.
Second Session Speaker Information
Joseph Sumrell is the founder and owner of Inside Out Fitness Concepts located in Roxbury/Boston, Ma. Established in 1995, IOFC specializes in Performance and Strength Development Training for adults, youth, high school, collegiate and professional athletes. Joseph Sumrell, along with the IOFC staff possess a variety of Gold standard industry certifications as well as varying degrees in kinesiology/exercise science. Throughout the years, Sumrell has earned numerous awards, national championships and top 5 U.S. and world rankings as a competitive athlete. These achievements have played a significant role in the constant shaping and reshaping of what the Inside Out Fitness Concepts experience is all about. The IOFC experience reminds us of the difference between training and working out! The IOFC experience is a move beyond “getting ready”. It is the pursuit towards a state of “READINESS”. Take Care of the Temple…….Temple Care!
Dynitta Lieuwen, Khaililah Tyre, and Tiffany Lemon
Dynitta Lieuwen is pursuing a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. Currently, she is a coordinator at Trinity’s University Student Success Center; where she oversees mentoring, peer advising, and writing services for graduate students. She is from Cincinnati, OH. She holds a Masters of Arts in Pastoral Counseling, a Masters in Ministry, and a Masters in Divinity from Cincinnati Christian University. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, she served as a youth pastor and mentor for eighteen years at City Gospel Mission. Her research interests are currently focused Bible/theology, culture/ethnicity, American and African America history, and the African diaspora.
Khalilah Imani Tyre, MA is a psychotherapist who provides community-based behavioral health-care for children, adolescents, and adults, using various expressive arts therapy modalities and culturally competent interventions. She is a Volunteer Staff serving the BSAP Boston Women’s fellowship group, and she loves to minister through preaching, teaching, worship/creative arts, and prayer. Khalilah holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University, as well as a master’s degree in Intercultural Studies from Alliance Theological Seminary.
Tiffany Lemon is a doctoral student in infectious disease epidemiology at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) where she studies the impacts of social and political factors in infectious disease dynamics. Her research interests span from stress and immune system responses to linkage to care for returning citizens (former inmates). A native of Opelousas, Louisiana, Tiffany is in the process of figuring out life north of the Mason-Dixon line and prone to take Bostonians off guard with a hearty, “Hey, y’all!” She serves as a student leader for Black Graduate Ministries, Black Student Health Organization at HSPH, and Student Voices, a subcommittee of the Dean’s Advisory Council for Diversity and Inclusion. Tiffany fellowships with an amazing community of love and faith at New Hope Christian Ministries. In her free time, Tiffany can be found enjoying time with friends, creating random holidays to celebrate, and making gumbo.
Fred Williams and Jamal Collins
Rev. Fred M. Williams grew up in rural Harnett County, NC at Chalk Level CME Church where he received his foundation in the Christian faith. Fred has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management & Economics from Shaw University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from North Carolina State University. He and his wife, Rev. JoAnne Williams are both Associate Ministers at Mount Peace Baptist Church in Raleigh, where Dr. J. Vincent Terry serves as Senior Pastor. They recently served as Marriage Ministry Coordinators for Mount Peace. Professionally, Rev. Williams has had administrative roles at NC State University and GlaxoSmithkline but his real passion has been campus ministry! He served for 23 years as an undergraduate campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship! On July 1, he was offered and accepted a role as Assistant Area Director for Graduate and Faculty Ministries in NC, SC and VA. He is developing an initiative called Black Scholars and Professionals for the Triangle Area! Rev. Williams has a real burden to see African American men and women discover their God given purpose! He has developed this burden over 39 years of outreach through neighborhood evangelism, prison ministry, workplace bible studies, one on one discipleship, campus ministry and Pastoral ministry. He has self published a book entitled The Black Man’s Toolkit: A Motivational Book for Black Men. He developed and leads a mentoring group called Men of Wisdom at Shaw University. Fred resides with his wife, Rev. JoAnne Williams in Raleigh, NC. They have one adult son and three amazing grandchildren! Fred is an avid gardener and finds his garden to be place of great joy and solace.
Jamal Collins is Technology Support Consultant at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Deacon, as well as Praise and Worship Leader, at the New Hope Christian Ministries. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Media Studies at Westfield State University, Westfield, MA. He is married to Dr. Marisha Collins and has a three-year-old son, Shamar.