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Empowering Women | Dismantling Patriarchy 


Professional Experience




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Doctor of Ministry, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Transformative Leadership and Prophetic Preaching - May 2012

Master of Divinity, Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University, Concentration in Black Church Studies - May 2006
​Bachelor in Science, Oklahoma Christian University, Social Work - April 1982
Professional Experience
Co-Pastor - The Gathering, A Womanist Chuch of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), in Dallas, Texas October 2017.
      Director of Training & Spiritual Support ​New Friends New Life, Dallas, Texas (May 2003 - Sept 29, 2017)​​
Responsible for overseeing spiritual support and prison ministry, Director of Survivor Leader program, and providing services to trafficked teen girls and sexually exploited women.​​​
Senior Pastor ​​- Ordained Clergywoman with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Held several ministerial positions with different churches in the DFW area.
  • Warren Avenue Chirstian Church, Dallas, Texas - Sept. 2012 to June 2015
  • New Life Christian Church, Dallas, Texas - Oct. 2006 to April 2009
  • Rosemont Christian Church, Dallas, Texas - September 2009 to October 2011
  • Associate PastorDestiny Worship Center Christian Church, Cedar Hill, Texas March 2005-October 2006         ​
Associate Area Minister ​​- North Texas Area of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest, Dallas, Texas - Oct. 2006 - Sept. 2012
Adolescent Program Director ​​- Bryans House, Dallas, Texas - Dec. 1994 to Dec. 2002
Responsible for leading the the programs for childen and families impacted by HIV/AIDS
Investigator -Texas Department of Family & Protective Services, Dallas, TX - Oct. 1993 - Dec. 1994
Responsible for working with the Police Department on suspected cases of neglect or abuse.
Sr. Parole Officer -Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Dallas, TX - May 1988 to April 1993
Responsible for managing a caseload of over one hundred male and female sex offenders.
Branch Manager and Loan Officer -​ Franklin Savings & Loan, Austin, Texas - May 1982 to Nov. 1988, Loan Officer & Branch Manager.

Board Member Metrocare Services - ​ Dallas, Texas 

Board Member Equity for Women in the Church - ​ Memphis, Tennessee 


  • "Generation to Generation: Learning a Painful Lesson Together", published in Just Women Magazine
  • Murdered Souls, Resurrected Lives: Postmodern Womanist Thought in Ministry with Women Prostituted and Marginalized by Commercial Sexual Exploitation, published by Createspace

Teaching | Presentations | Lectures
  • Human Trafficking 101, Dedman School of Law, "Crimes Against Women Course," Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX - June 2015 & 2016                                                                                                                                      
  • Human Trafficking and The Status of Women, Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference, Norfolk, VA - Feb. 2015

  • Uncomfortable Conversations: Deconstructing Racism in the 21st Century, NTA of the Christian Church Leader and Learner Event and The Chaplaincy Dept. at Baylor Hospital in Dallas - January & April 2015

  • Ferguson on Our Mind: Prophetic Ministry in the Face of State Voilence, a presentation for the Parks-King Power of Black Preaching Event at Brite Divinity School - February 2015
  • Trafficked Victim to Survivor: A Holistic Trauma-based Approach to Aftercare, Crimes Against Women Conference, held in Dallas, Texas - April 2014 & 2015

  • Human Trafficking: Yes, In My Backyard, presented for the Justice Track during the 2015 General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) - July 2015

  • Healed by Her Faith: The Canaanite Woman, presentation made during the 2014 Quadrennial Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) - July 2014
  • Vision Through the Valley, presentation made for the Leadership Academy - Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation - Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) - September 2014