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  • Pastor Battle is the senior and founding pastor of Zion Church, with locations in Woodbridge, Va., Landover, Md., and Fort Washington, Md. Zion Church reaches thousands of people every week through its multiple services in person and online via its Internet Campus. Keith also has a “Weekly Wisdom” radio broadcast that airs Sundays at 7:30 a.m. on WPGC-FM.
 He enjoys leading sports chapels for NFL and NBA teams, as well as consulting CEOs & ministry leaders in corporate and non-profit organizations.
 Keith is blessed to have been married to his wife, Vicki, for over 25 years; they have three young-adult children.
 When you hear a message from Keith, you are sure to laugh and think.
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  • The expansion of Anthony Evans' world started when he appeared on Season 2 of the hit NBC singing competition show The Voice. Picked by Christina Aguilera to join her team, Evans' run on the show was highlighted by a "battle round" performance that many still view as one of the greatest vocal moments of the series. As he advanced on the show, NBC’s supervising director of casting asked him, "Why are you 30 years old and I've never heard of you?" The question resonated with Evans in a way that evoked not pride, but humility. "That was the first time I've had somebody 'broader' than Christian music say something that made me think, Anthony, your ability was not just made for inside the four walls of a church," he says. After his run on the show ended, he got a call asking him to return Los Angeles for a few months to record guide vocals for CeeLo Green. Three months turned into two years as Evans worked with the likes of Celine Dion and Mariah Carey and was eventually hired to return to The Voice as a talent producer. As he split time between his hometown of Dallas and the far-outside-the-Bible-belt environs of L.A., Evans realized the limitations in his capacity to connect with people outside of the church. Drawing from these experiences, Evans' newest album, Real Life Real Worship emerges from the truth that genuine worship can often be better understood through genuine life experiences. "Being out in L.A. has made me think more progressively,” he says. “I want to make sure I'm not compromising my message or my faith, but I also want to speak in terms that connect with people who don't necessarily live in a church. Half this record is about real life, things everyone goes through, Christian or not. And sometimes it takes that real life to understand the meaning of real worship." When God expanded Anthony Evans' world by 1,200 miles and infinitely more emotions and experiences, He knew that worship would follow. The result is a record that Evans is more eager to share with the world.
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  • Holloway is one of the world’s leading experts on service as the key to leadership. Having served as Bishop T.D. Jakes’ executive coordinator for more than 28 years, Holloway began as a volunteer and rose to the position that has taken him around the globe. Currently serving as administrator for The Potter’s House, in Fort Worth, Texas, Holloway’s backstory is shaped by intervals of setbacks and overcoming obstacles that ultimately put him on a winding road to triumph. He has written two books about his unconventional journey – “Walking in the Shadow of Greatness” and, his newest title, “The Witness” – sharing hard-won leadership principles from his very personal experiences.
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  • Pastor Johnson accepted his call to ministry at the age of 17 and has served as senior pastor of Eastern Star Church, in Indianapolis, Ind., since 1988. Under his leadership, the “One Church in Three Locations” has grown to over 17,000 members and has planted three churches in Indianapolis as well. Jeffrey received a bachelor’s degree in Religion from Bishop College and matriculated at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. He has also received numerous honorary doctorate degrees, highly-esteemed community awards and in 2012 was voted “Best Pulpiteer” by Black Christian News Network One, an international online media resource. In August 2007, Jeffrey launched Kingdom Word Ministries and authored the following titles: “Song of Solomon: Love, Sex and Relationships,” “Making a Comeback: Reclaiming Our Lives in Christ,” “Life Illustrated: Daily Thoughts for Your Daily Walk,” “Dialogue with My Daughters,” “Dialogue with My Sons,” “Dialogue with Single Parents” and his newest release, “The Making of a King.” A devoted husband, Jeffrey and his wife, Sharon, are the loving parents of four sons.
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  • Isiah Lord Thomas III, considered one of the greatest “small men” to ever play pro basketball, spent 13 seasons with the Detroit Pistons (1981-82 through 1993-94) and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000. Voted one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996, he’s a 12-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion. Thomas was elected as president of the National Basketball Players Association and served from 1983-1994, helping to establish four historic labor deals that raised the average salary from $300,000 to $1.8 million. Prior to his NBA career, Thomas played two seasons at Indiana University, leading the Hoosiers to the 1981 NCAA title. He eventually finished his degree during off seasons and later received a master’s degree in Education from Cal-Berkeley. He studied business trends and met with professional counterparts during his free time as a player, which led to investments in a series of ventures, including as co-chairman of American Speedy Printing. He’s chairman and CEO of ISIAH International LLC, an investment holdings company, and also owns several other companies. Thomas dedicates a large portion of his time to working with youth programs in urban communities, helping to instill confidence, teamwork and leadership skills in young people. He has awarded more than 100 scholarships to criminal justice students through the Isiah Thomas Scholarship at Indiana University and recently announced a new annual scholarship at Cal-Berkeley in the African American Studies department. Following his retirement from the NBA, Thomas took a front office position as part owner and executive vice president of the Toronto Raptors expansion team. He also has served as head coach of the Indiana Pacers; president, general manager and head coach of the New York Knicks; and owner of the Continental Basketball Association. He serves as president of the WNBA’s New York Liberty.Thomas has two adult children, Joshua and Lauren, and lives in New York with his wife of 30 years, Lynn Kendall Thomas.
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  • First Lady Ashe is the founder and CEO of Victorious Christian Women Ministries, a powerful training ministry in Harrisburg, Pa., that’s dedicated to faithfully spread the Gospel and help Christians live in accordance with it. She also serves as Director of Women’s Ministry at DaySpring Ministries, in Middletown, Pa., where she works diligently with her husband, Dr. Clifford Ashe III. Her deep insights and solid suggestions for daily living create a desire in the hearts of men and women to develop their full potential in Christ. Audree is a certified biblical counselor, inductive bible instructor and former publisher of the national magazine, Excellence, The Lifestyle for Victorious Christian Women. Her teaching boldly inspires, prepares and transforms men and women with truths and strategies for living victoriously.
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  • Cliff Ashe is the founder and pastor of DaySpring Ministries in Middletown, Pa. He is also the founder and president of the Mighty Men of Valor National Men’s Conference, as well as the inspiration for the Mighty Men of Valor movement that charges men to move into their God-defined destinies. He is a graduate of Michigan State University as well as an adjunct professor and consultant for Geneva College. Cliff received an honorary doctorate degree (Divinity) in 2005. He is a certified biblical counselor, inductive bible instructor and well-known speaker nationally and internationally. His message is contemporary, profound, and energetic, delivered with life-changing humor. Prior to his Christian service, Cliff worked for several Fortune 100 companies in upper-management positions. Countless numbers of people have benefited from his corporate insight and bold declaration of God’s Word. Cliff’s passion is developing men who will change their world today and affect the next generation for the Kingdom. Cliff has been married for 49 years to his high school sweetheart, Audree and is the proud father of two children, Michelle and Mark.
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  • Dr. Johnny Parker is passionate about helping people (at any stage) turn the page to the life they’ve always wanted. Through coaching, seminars and training for trainers, he has a 25-year track record of helping hundreds of men and women experience authentic success by viewing their life as a story. Johnny is a speaker, leadership consultant, certified professional counselor, executive coach and author of several books. He directs the Counseling and Men’s ministries at First Baptist Church of Glenarden and previously served as life coach for the Washington Redskins. Currently, he and his wife regularly speak to the Pittsburgh Steelers and their wives on marriage enrichment. An adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, Johnny has a master’s degree (Counseling Psychology) and a doctorate degree (Strategic Leadership) from Regent University. He is a native New Yorker and resides outside of Washington, D.C. Married to his best friend, Lezlyn, they have three sons, JP, Jordan and Joel.
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  • Dr. Bolden, born and raised in the inner city of Dallas, Texas, was one of the state top football recruits by his senior year in high school. He received a football scholarship to Southern Methodist University and was named to the All-Southwest Conference team as a junior. The Cleveland Browns drafted Rickey in 1984 and he made an immediate impact on the team. He retired after playing six seasons and enrolled at Ashland Theological Seminary, answering the call into fulltime ministry. Rickey earned a master’s degree (Divinity) and a doctorate degree (Ministry) from Ashland. He relocated to Washington, D.C., in 1992 to pastor Southeast Christian Fellowship Church. In 2005, Rickey moved to LaGrange, Ga., to serve as senior pastor of New Community Church. He recently moved back to Washington to serve our nation’s leadership and empower the less fortunate. He travels throughout the world speaking on the principles, precepts and person of Jesus. Rickey is married to his wife, Glenda, and has four sons and one daughter. In his spare time, Rickey loves to exercise.
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  • Pastor Craig is pastor of the Macedonia Baptist Church, in Norristown, Pa., where he has been the under-shepherd for 24 years. Byron has a passion for souls and it flows into the membership of Macedonia, which is evident in the God-given mission mandate of “helping all people experience new life in Christ.” He is called upon to speak on issues in the community and is often sought out to respond to the specific needs of the local community. He is involved with numerous service organizations and has been awarded countless honors for his leadership in the community. He and his beloved wife, Miriam, have been married for 30 years; they have two adult daughters and three grandchildren.
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  • Holloway is one of the world’s leading experts on service as the key to leadership. Having served as Bishop T.D. Jakes’ executive coordinator for more than 28 years, Holloway began as a volunteer and rose to the position that has taken him around the globe. Currently serving as administrator for The Potter’s House, in Fort Worth, Texas, Holloway’s backstory is shaped by intervals of setbacks and overcoming obstacles that ultimately put him on a winding road to triumph. He has written two books about his unconventional journey – “Walking in the Shadow of Greatness” and, his newest title, “The Witness” – sharing hard-won leadership principles from his very personal experiences.
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  • Dr. Henderson serves as vice president of National Ministries for Converge Worldwide. He is a native of Akron, Ohio, where he began his ministry work. He served as a ministerial staff pastor at “The House of the Lord” for 10 years where he completed his training. In the fall of 2014, he published his first book, A Good Man Is Hard To Find: Adam Where Are You? Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Theology at the International Bible Institute and Seminary He also holds a master’s degree (Church Administration) from Ashland Theological Seminary and an honorary doctorate degree (Divinity) from St. Thomas Christian College. He has a passion for church growth and development and has been actively involved in planting three churches, including New Beginnings Church, in Matthews, N.C. and New Beginnings Indian Trail, in Indian Trail, N.C. Michael is a committed husband, father and faithful spiritual leader.
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  • Pastor Johnson accepted his call to ministry at the age of 17 and has served as senior pastor of Eastern Star Church, in Indianapolis, Ind., since 1988. Under his leadership, the “One Church in Three Locations” has grown to over 17,000 members and has planted three churches in Indianapolis as well. Jeffrey received a bachelor’s degree in Religion from Bishop College and matriculated at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. He has also received numerous honorary doctorate degrees, highly-esteemed community awards and in 2012 was voted “Best Pulpiteer” by Black Christian News Network One, an international online media resource. In August 2007, Jeffrey launched Kingdom Word Ministries and authored the following titles: “Song of Solomon: Love, Sex and Relationships,” “Making a Comeback: Reclaiming Our Lives in Christ,” “Life Illustrated: Daily Thoughts for Your Daily Walk,” “Dialogue with My Daughters,” “Dialogue with My Sons,” “Dialogue with Single Parents” and his newest release, “The Making of a King.” A devoted husband, Jeffrey and his wife, Sharon, are the loving parents of four sons.
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  • Dr. Manning is a nationally recognized speaker, author and senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of District Heights (Md.). Widely considered a “pastor of the community,” he leads FBCDH to continued service to the physical and spiritual needs of residents in metropolitan Washington, D.C. Under Bobby’s leadership in empowering the community, FBCDH has been recognized in local and national publications such as The Washington Post and Outreach Magazine. He holds a master’s degree (Theology) from Dallas Theological Seminary and a doctorate degree (Ministry) from Regent University. Bobby is a native of the D.C. area where he and his wife, LaVera, reside with their three sons.
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  • Pastor Marshall is a native Washingtonian who completed undergraduate studies at Bowie State University and graduate work at Capital Bible Seminary and Liberty University. In 2006, after a successful career in television production and broadcast education, James was hired by Zion Church. Five years later, senior pastor Keith Battle promoted him to the position of lead pastor for the Landover (Md.) campus. After it was determined that James’ gifting was underutilized in that role, he was elevated to executive pastor of Zion, overseeing all staff, ministry and administrative operations. James is becoming one of the area’s most-sought pre-marital counselors, passionately equipping hundreds of couples with the necessary tools for starting and maintaining a healthy marriage. James also hosts Zion’s radio broadcast, “Weekly Wisdom with Pastor Keith Battle,” rated one of the top Sunday morning shows in the D.C. market. James and his wife, Amber, live in the metropolitan D.C. area and they have two daughters, Morgan and Jael.
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  • Reverend Dr. George R. Pointer is pastor of The Abyssinian Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pa., faithfully serving as the senior pastor since September 1996. At the request of other ministers, he brings the Healing Word of God to their congregations. George is certified in biblical counseling from Christian Research and Development and has a bachelor’s degree from Geneva College. In March 1996, he was blessed to receive an honorary doctorate from the Anglican Churches of India for his mission work, evangelism and church planting. He is also a 2012 graduate of Eastern University’s Palmer Theological Seminary (master’s degree in Divinity), and received his doctorate degree (Ministry) from Palmer in November 2015. Not only a faithful and devoted servant, George is also a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather.
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  • Reverend Queen serves as youth pastor at First Baptist Church of Glenarden (Md.), under senior pastor John K. Jenkins Sr. Jonathan is an award-winning author, motivational speaker, parenting specialist, at-risk youth counselor, facilitator and expert in the fields of mentoring and re-entry. President and co-founder of New Mindz, he is also the creator of “Start a Change Reaction” school assembly and “Beyond the Barriers” mentoring workshops. Jonathan received a bachelor’s degree in Bible and Christian Ministry from Lancaster Bible College in 2011 and a master’s degree in Divinity from Lancaster Theological Seminary in 2015. He is currently pursuing his doctorate degree (Ministry) from Regent University. Among his numerous citations are the Congressman Lucien Blackwell “Community Light” Award, Crispus Attucks “Rising Star” Award, Sigma Gamma Rho “Men of Rhoyalty” Triumph Award and many others. Along with Lenia – his wife, best friend and soul mate – the Queens have six children and three grandchildren and live in Upper Marlboro, Md.
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  • Dr. Williams is the senior pastor of New Life in Christ Fellowship, in Coatesville, Pa. He began his undergraduate studies at the former West Chester State College and earned a bachelor’s degree from Geneva College’s Center for Urban Theological Studies. He also holds a master’s degree (Divinity) and doctorate degree (Ministry) from Biblical Theological Seminary. The first African American to serve on the Biblical Theological Seminary board of trustees, Dan also serves on the board of the Mighty Men of Valor National Men’s Conference. He has ministered nationally and internationally through, by his own admission, simply the grace of God. Dan’s ministry has been characterized as a comprehensive word and deed ministry that is Christo-centric and culturally sensitive. Born and raised in West Philadelphia, Pa., Dan and his wife, Baleria, reside in Parkesburg, Pa., and have three children and one grandson.
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  • Pastor Wilson is founder and pastor of Christian Faith Fellowship, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this July. He has a wide variety of ministry experience, including serving as a Christian education director, executive pastor, church elder and Bible Institutes instructor. Ricky also has been a guest instructor at various churches, workshops and conferences on the subjects of church planting, biblical leadership, discipleship and marriage and ministry. He began broadcasting "Progressing Faith" over WFIL-AM in January 2013. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary (master’s degree in Pastoral Leadership) Ricky also earned a bachelor’s degree (Business Administration) from Cheyney State University. In July 2004, he was privileged to travel to Zambia to participate in the Zambian Pastors’ Conference, where taught on the subject of small group ministry; Ricky has returned to Zambia annually since then. Ricky is a native of Coatesville, Pa. Along with beautiful wife, Shirley, they are proud parents of two sons.
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