BRIDGE MD, Inc. – Community Organizer (Staff)
The Reverend M. Gayle Briscoe is a native of Suffolk, Virginia. She received a B.A. degree in Psychology from Hampton University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Community Planning. She is a graduate of the Baltimore School of the Bible and has completed other ministerial training classes as certified by the Evangelical Training Association.
Reverend Briscoe has been a licensed Realtor for 46 years and is a well-known advocate for fair housing. She has developed and taught Fair Housing courses for Licensure of Realtors in the State of Maryland.
Reverend Briscoe was the first African American woman to head a major real estate board in the nation, Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors: a 5,000-member board and one of the oldest trade associations in the county. She was also recognized by this board as its "Realtor of the Year."
Reverend Briscoe has been Organizer for BRIDGE since 2012 and Organizer for BRIDGE MARYLAND since 2015. She has served on the following Boards as director:
Associated Black Charities, WBC-Community Development Corporation, Saint Ambrose Housing Aid Center and Leaders of Tomorrow, which trains some of the area's poorest youth to become leaders.
She has been named to the coveted group, "Maryland's Top 100 Women," a publication of Warfield's Magazine.
She was selected by the Maryland Association of Realtors and Congressman Elijah Cummings to personally present an award to President Bill Clinton for his efforts to extend home ownership opportunities to all Americans.
Rev. Briscoe has also assisted Congressman Cummings in executing foreclosure prevention workshops which were attended by over 3,000 homeowners seeking counseling in order to keep their homes. Her role there was of conflict resolution and trouble-shooting, as well as acting as a liaison for the lenders and the Congressman's office.
Reverend Briscoe was the Organizer for funds for the Toys for the Needy Campaign, Northwest Baltimore, sponsored by the Wayland Knights Organization (which raised funds for over 300 poor children to have a sit-down dinner and Christmas toys presented to them each year.)
In addition, Rev. Briscoe was in charge of an executive function of the Fullwood
Foundation, which raised funds to provide full funding (4 years of paid college tuition) in order that twenty per year (20) were able to attend Virginia Union University. This allowed students who may not have had a chance to attend college to be able to get a degree in their area of their acumen and choice.
Rev. Briscoe is the founder and coordinator of "God's Prophets—A Puppet Ministry which performs in churches, hospitals, youth settings and other venues as requested. They bring a positive message to the audience about issues that are uplifting and inspiring for youth and as well.
Rev. Briscoe was recognized by Coldwell Banker Real Estate Brokerage and Habitat for Humanity for raising over eight thousand five hundred dollars, which she presented to officials of Habitat. The funds went toward the building of a home in Annapolis, Maryland. The house was award to a low income single mother with children (who is also a Breast Cancer Survivor). Rev. Briscoe participated in the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony along with officials from Habitat for Humanity.
Rev. Briscoe is a former telethon volunteer for Baltimore Action for the Homeless. She received the "Service above Self" award from the Robry Foundation of Baltimore County, Woodlawn Chapter for her continuous commitment to improving the quality of life for citizens in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area.
She also is the recipient of the "Preserving the Trust" award for exceptional service to clients and for being an inspiration to her peers. She was appointed to the Mayor’s Council on City Living by Mayor Martin O'Malley, has received a Mayoral citation from Mayor Sheila Dixon, and received the "Equal Opportunity Career Outreach Award" for helping minorities to achieve a career in real estate and a citation from the Governor's office.
Rev. Briscoe received the "Hometown Hero Award" from WJZ- TV (Channel 13,) presented by Bob Turk, having been nominated by several of her neighbors in the West Park Improvement and Civic Association. She was named to the Advisory Board of HUD's first Housing Partnership Office under Director David Elam and was guest speaker at a HUD office held in Baltimore under Director Cuomo.
Rev. Briscoe is a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Leadership Institute and received the coveted class award for her ability in public speaking. She was mentored by the late Zig Ziglar, the author of the book, See You at the Top. She was instrumental in bringing him to Baltimore to speak to a group of leaders. The picture taken of the two of them at their first meeting will always be one of her prized memoirs.
Rev. Briscoe has had extensive leadership training. In addition to the Dale Carnegie
Leadership Training, Rev. Briscoe has taken management classes at Loyola University.
She is a graduate of the National Leadership Training of the Gamaliel Institute. She is a graduate of the Pacific Institute in Seattle, Washington: a global consultancy with over four decades of experience in delivering customized solutions to empower organizations and individuals to achieve their full potential and thus enrich humanity. She is also a graduate of Manager's Leadership Training through Century 21 held in Industry, California.
Rev. Briscoe is part of the ministerial staff at Wayland Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland under the direction of the Reverend Dr. Hoffman F. Brown, 3rd and is in charge of the Evangelism Team there, called Marketplace Ministry. This is a street ministry which goes out into the community three times a month to access the needs of the poor and to present them with alternatives, both practical and spiritual.
Rev. Briscoe has dedicated her life to advocating for others. Favorite Scripture or Quotation: II Timothy 1:7, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
BRIDGE MD. OFFICERS (EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE):
Reverend Angelique Mason has been the pastor of Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church located in Caroline County since 2011. Previously, Rev. Mason served as the pastor of Holy Trinity AMEC, Rock Hall from 2007 until 2011. Prior to serving in pastoral ministry, she was the church administrator for Payne Memorial AMEC (1994-2004) and St. John AMEC (2004-2007).
Reverend Mason earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1995 from Morgan University and her Master of Divinity in 1999 from Howard University School of Divinity.
Volunteer Services: Her academic and community involvement includes service as an instructor for the Baltimore Conference Examiners’ Board of the AMEC. She serves as a chaplain of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. and serves as the treasurer for the Connectional Women in Ministry of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Vision, accomplishments/milestones: Reverend Angelique Mason takes a vision and makes it reality through sound strategy development. She intuitively sees the threads of opportunity that wind through an organization, brings them together into a coherent whole, and helps others extend their thinking. She was instrumental in the development of Neighbors Investing Money & Resources for Development (NIMROD) Office Building, which rents office space to black owned businesses.
Our immediate past Treasurer, Rev. Dr. Robert E. Walker, Jr. is the senior pastor of Mt. Zion UMC-Magothy of Pasadena, in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
Reverend Walker’s spiritual roots began at an early age in The Triumph Church of Holiness of Holiness in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While at Triumph Church, Reverend Walker served in several capacities. Rev. Walker became a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church of Pittsburgh, PA and served as a Sunday School teacher and assistant Superintendent of Sunday School. While at Bethel, Rev. Walker heard the call to ministry.
In 1985 after relocating to Maryland, Rev. Walker answered the call to ministry while attending St. Paul United Methodist Church of Oxon Hill. In 1994 he was ordained a deacon in The United Methodist Church. In the year 2000 he was ordained an elder under the spiritual guidance of the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Williams.
Before Rev. Walker accepted the call to pastor, he accepted the call to repair cars. He was a Master Certified Technician. The skill set of a mechanic has helped him to diagnose some of the problems he has faced in the pastorates he has served.
Rev. Walker earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Lincoln University, PA; a degree in Automotive Technology from Rosedale Technical Institute, Pittsburgh, PA; a Master of Divinity from Howard University School of Divinity and a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Christian Counseling from The Family Bible Institute of Baltimore, MD.
Rev. Walker is married to Rev. Denise H. Norfleet, who pastors St. Paul Praise and Worship Center in Pikesville, MD. Reverend Walker and his wife share five children, fifteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
In Rev. Walker’s 24 years in ministry with the help of God, he has helped to establish and/or rejuvenate youth ministries, dance ministries, worship teams, stewardship campaigns, Bible Studies, established ministries to the elderly living in assistant living facilities and Sunday Schools in the churches he has served. He has been instrumental in the development of B.R.I.D.G.E (Baltimore Regional Initiative Developing Genuine Equality) and BRIDGE Maryland, both faith-based social justice organization that work to develop leaders who organize and advocate to correct social justice ills. He has been on the Board of Directors of Interfaith Action for Racial Justice, another faith-based organization that developed study circles on race and racism and the effects of white privilege on the American society.
Rev. Walker has served these great churches, St. Mark’s in Laurel; Union Street in Westminster; Mt. Olive in Randallstown; Elderslie-St. Andrews in Baltimore, MD; Christ Church in Aquasco, MD; New Covenant-Wesley Memorial and Emmarts, Woodlawn, MD and Wilson Memorial-John Wesley-Waterbury Churches in Anne Arundel County, MD
Above all, Rev. Walker’s greatest desire is to be found faithful in the eyesight of God. He desires to hear his Lord say to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ Matthew 25:21
Education: Bachelor of Arts in History, Stanford University, 1970; Master of Arts in Teaching, The Johns Hopkins University, 1971; Master of Social Work, Clinical, University of Maryland, 1989Pastor of Mt. Zion UMC-Magothy, Pasadena, MDTreasurer, BRIDGE Maryland, Inc.
As an ordained elder of the United Methodist Church, Rev. Valerie has spent the past 20 years serving churches in Baltimore County and Baltimore City, and currently serves two churches. She is a life member (at the Conference and National levels) of Black Methodists for Church Renewal, Inc. and has served as the Northeastern Jurisdictional Secretary and Treasurer; currently, she is Constitution and Bylaws Chair.
Volunteer Services: Rev. Valerie has served on the Executive Committee of the Capital View Library (Washington, DC); the School Improvement Team of Chase Elementary School in Chase, MD; and much more.
Rev. Barnes became a member of BRIDGE Maryland Inc. in 2014. She has served as a Clergy Caucus Delegate for 3 years; participated on the planning teams for fundraising and celebration events of the organization; organized the souvenir program book for the 2017 “An Evening on the Bay”; and assisted in organizing logistics for the 2018 Legislative Day in Annapolis, MD. Rev. Barnes has also participated in social justice actions of BRIDGE Maryland Inc. advocating for increasing the minimum wage, housing for homeless youth and improved transportation/Red Line in the City of Baltimore.
Rev. Barnes has completed the Gamaliel week-long training and N’tosake training for developing women leaders. She is also our NTOSAKE PRIDE Leader and co-led the 2019 N’tosake training in Baltimore, MD. with Rev. Denise Norfleet-Walker.
Stephanie Nichols is a caring and concerned member of St. Paul Praise & Worship Center where she has been a member for over 30 years. Stephanie lived in Baltimore City for most of her life, and now lives in Baltimore County. She is a very busy person who serves on several boards at her church including the United Methodist Women of St. Paul Praise and Worship. She is also an officer of the United Methodist Women District Metropolitan District. Stephanie holds two degrees that she is proud of: a Bachelor of Arts received from Morgan State University and a Masters ‘Degree from UMUC in Computer Science. Stephanie has held many jobs, but nothing more rewarding then her current position at Catholic Relief Services, where the mission is to help impoverished families. The main goal is to help persons to help themselves. Working for an agency that cares so much about people gives her great joy. Stephanie has been a proud member of Bridge, Maryland serving on both the education task force and the criminal justice taskforce. She completed the Gamaliel week-long training and N’tosake training." I really care about people and making the world a better place for everyone. I also believe it is our duty to help one another." Stephanie will always lend a hand when needed and can be depended on to do whatever is needed.
BOARD MEMBERS ELECTED AT LARGE:
Alfreda Adams grew up in Brooklyn, New York, the oldest of nine children in a troubled family. But she was raised by an aunt and uncle who provided a loving home and much needed counseling, girl scouts, and church. The services reshaped her life and made her believe in her own worth.
Throughout the years, Alfreda attended various churches which increased her understanding of who she was from God's perspective and her church family helped her live within her primary family and love them despite the craziness. And God gave her scripture text Isaiah 61:7 -" Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours. So I held onto my increasing faith."
In 1995, Alfreda relocated to Maryland and to a street named Turnabout Lane....how appropriate! There she "got her life together," gained an interest in helping children, and vowed one day to open a family healing center through the arts
Alfreda currently attends Waters A.M.E. Church. She had a dream about a church she went to to tell people to vote. She called Pastor Charles A. Baugh. He believed in her dream and gave her a chance to help people vote, and she has been there ever since.
She began participating in Bridge Maryland because she saw a group of God-fearing people who love the Lord, seek His will, and are world changers, helping people from underserved communities to receive much needed services. God assured her He was giving her dreams and visions and they were coming true. She asked God why she was dreaming and God gave her scripture, Habakkuk 2:2 KJV -"And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it." And that scripture is the foundation of her life.
"I'm glad I found Bridge Maryland through Pastor Charles A. Baugh....it's truly a blessing."
Rev. Bailey is an ordained preacher at the Greater Immanuel Faith Temple in Woodlawn, MD. She has been in the preaching ministry for seven years, having received the call a few years earlier. She is retired from her 40- year career at the Social Security Administration. Her last position was that of Security Specialist. Rev. Bailey has been a member of BRIDGE Maryland for three years. She has attended the Gamaliel National Leadership Training in community organizing. She has also trained as an analyst/programmer for the Integrated Voter Engagement and Voter Activation Network programs and enjoys imparting this information to our members. She faithfully attends the General Assembly meetings, Ntosake meetings, and other special events sponsored by BRIDGE Maryland. She is married to Mr. Tyrone Bailey and has five children and fourteen grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Rev. Bailey’s hobbies are singing and writing sermons given to her by the Holy Spirit. Favorite scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:10 :Now may He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed that you have son and increase the fruit of your righteousness.” (KJV)
Born in Washington DC in 1945, Father Michael now lives in Baltimore. He was the first Black male student at Merrimack College in North Andover, MA and he graduated in 1971. After graduation from college, he entered the US Air Force and later the National Guard. He also served in the Air Force Reserves and as a chaplain for the Civil Air Patrol.
In 1992. Father Michael graduated from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. He was ordained a deacon in the Russian Orthodox Church in 2007. In 2011 he was elected to the Bishop’s Council for the first of three times.
Over the years he served as secretary of the Derry (NH) and Sherman (TX) Jaycees and was also an active member of the Grayson County (TX)Toastmasters and Richardson (TX) Lions Club. Here in Baltimore, he was secretary of the Transit Riders League (a project of CPHA) and the Transit Riders Action Council. He was also a member of the BRTB and a member of the East Baltimore Drug Free Community Coalition.
In the Police Chaplain Academy before Freddie Gray, he has served as a community chaplain through the Baltimore Police Department and was deployed shortly after the Freddie Gray incident. In 2010 and 2020 he also worked part time for the Census.
Photography is a part of his ministry. French is his second language and Russian is his third.
As Assistant Pastor of New Covenant Community United Church of Christ in Baltimore, Maryland, Rev. Gatewood-Sykes serves under the leadership Rev. Brian Murray. She assists with the leadership of the women’s ministry and is the Fellowship’s social media director.
She is the only child of Otho and B. Christine Coleman; co-laborer in the Gospel of Jesus Christ with her husband and best friend, Min. Steven B. Sykes; mother to their beloved daughter, Christine F. Sykes.
Rev. Gatewood-Sykes is a member of the executive council for Sisters in Ministry (under the leadership of Dr. Leah E. White) and was included in the first group of inductees into the Female Clergy Support Group (under the leadership of Apostle Karen Bethea).
Her formal education includes: A Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from Hampton University; dual Masters Degrees in Theology and Church Ministries from the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore, MD. While attending St. Mary’s, she was awarded the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Study and Practice of Ministry and the Olin P. Moyd Scholarship for African American Students. Currently, she is enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry Program, concentrating on Transformational Leadership, at Knox Theological Seminary in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Rev. Gatewood-Sykes’s life Scripture is Luke 1:49, “He who is Mighty has done unto me great things and Holy is His Name”.
Jason Jackson has been a full member of Wayland Baptist church since 2016. He serves as an usher at Wayland and is a member of the BRIDGE Maryland Core Team. He has attended many meetings of the BRIDGE MD General Assembly.
Volunteer services and activities: At Woodlawn, Jason ran track in 10th grade and ran in the county championships. He was a NJROTC and graduated as a Cadet Chief Petty Officer.
Vision, accomplishments/milestones: Jason graduated from Woodlawn High School in 2017 and is currently a student at CCBC – Catonsville, majoring in General Studies. He strives to be a positive force in the state of Maryland and help bring change. He believes he can help convey the mission of BRIDGE MD to the youth.
Favorite Scripture or quotation: Mark 11:24 "Therefore I say unto you, What things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
Louvina Renee McClain was a Baltimore City resident for more than 20 years before moving to Baltimore County, Md. She is a member of St. Paul Praise and Worship Center where she willingly participates in the life of the church’s ministries. She has been involved in the Children’s and Youth ministries where she was instrumental in the Annual Youth Rock Retreat. She has taught Vacation Bible School. She was the co-chair of the church’s 150th Anniversary. She has been a participant in worship services.
Vision, accomplishments/milestones: Renee is a highly motivated individual. She graduated from Baltimore City Community College in 2013 with an A.A degree in Human Services. She is currently employed at Sinai Hospital where she has been working for 16 years. Working many positions/roles within the Radiology department, she now currently works offsite as a Patient Financial Representative. She was nominated and awarded a superstar for excellence in 2009 for Customer Service Skills and works very hard to complete all tasks given using all resources for completion. She is always willing and looking for ways to create better services for families within the healthcare community.
Louvina Renee is a member of the BRIDGE MD Education Taskforce and has participated in several BRIDGE MD actions.
Favorite Scripture or Quotation: Psalm 30: “Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning . . . You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, so that my soul may praise you and not be silent.”
Our immediate past co-chair, Rev. Brian Edward Murray is a native of Queens, New York. He is a graduate of Stuyvesant H.S.; a Newsweek magazine "top 100 public high schools" science and mathematics magnet in located in New York City. He is also a second-generation graduate of Morgan State University with a bachelor's degree in biology, spent over two decades in the pharmaceutical industry, and received his master's degree in theology from St. Mary's Seminary and University. Licensed and ordained at Good Shepherd Baptist Church in Baltimore, much of his more than two decades of clergy experience was devoted to The United Baptist Missionary Convention of Maryland for the causes of social justice, community activism, and Christian education. Rev. Murray also served as adjunct professor at the United Baptist College and Seminary, focusing on both New Testament Studies and Urban Ministry.
In 2008, Rev. Murray became the organizing pastor of New Covenant Community Church, a contemporary, non-denominational new church planted in Woodlawn, Maryland. The ministry achieved mixed success but also attracted the attention of the United Church of Christ, the 5000-church denomination known for diversity and social justice. In April 2011, a revamped New Covenant received "new church in formation" status; and as a result, in January 2012 it was launched as New Covenant Community United Church of Christ, a "new church plant" in the Owings Mills/Pikesville area of Baltimore County. In 2018, New Covenant (the first African American led UCC church launched in the Baltimore Metropolitan area since the 1960's) relocated to its own building in Morrell Park, Baltimore City.
In his ministry outside the sanctuary, Rev. Murray serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Child Abuse Center; Executive Committee Member, Professional Advisory Board for Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy at The Johns Hopkins Hospital System; the Steering Committee of the Family Informed Trauma Treatment Center, sponsored by University of Maryland's School of Social Work and Kennedy Krieger Family Center; Alumni Member of the Victims Service Provider Network of Maryland; is a graduate of the 2012-2013 class of Leadership Baltimore County; and currently, faculty member for the Breakthrough Series Collaborative, a University of Maryland project that trains nonprofit and private agencies about the trauma of institutional racism as they serve the African American community in Baltimore.
Rev. Murray’s ministry is focused on the empowerment of God's people in three specific areas: self-awareness, self-improvement, and social conscience. He believes, "once we know who we are, what we can become, and why we're here, God's will for our lives becomes just a little bit clearer. He is married to his college sweetheart, Janese, the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for the Exelon Corporation. They are the proud parents of two adult daughters, Rachel and Alexis; and they live in Inner Harbor area of Baltimore.
Valerie Scott-Dishroom joined Wayland Baptist Church on April 6, 2014 with a background of over twenty years of Christian experience. She has been an active member of several ministries at WBC to include Women’s, Marketplace, Matrons, and BRIDGE. As an event coordinator, she has graciously shared her creative talent decorating the church fellowship hall for various events. Sister Dishroom is a retired Army veteran who served 20 years as a food service supervisor. After returning to Baltimore, she continued her civilian service as a food service officer for a transitional housing program for veterans called MCVET. She then taught home economics in Baltimore County Public Schools.
Volunteer Services: She developed a Sister’s Circle network. Recently retired from teaching, Sister Dishroom enjoys mentoring youth in after-school programs. She has been a leader in the BRIDGE MD Education Task Force. Her passion for service is fulfilled as she continues to assist with service projects in the community.
Vision, accomplishments/milestones: Sister Valerie led the inception of a chapter of NAACP while on duty in Germany, developed a schoolwide cooking competition and set up a food pantry at Woodlawn High School; She is the proud mother of one son, Corey Scott-Gilbert, who is a Julliard graduate and an accomplished dancer in Europe. For her, bible study is essential to continue her spiritual growth as she strives to live in the will of the Lord and she continuously gives the Lord Jesus Christ all praise.
Favorite Scripture: The 23rd Psalm: “The Lord is my Shepherd – I shall not want. . . “.
The Rev. Marlon B. Tilghman is the current pastor of Ames United Methodist Church in Bel Air, MD. From 2016-2019, he led BRIDGE Maryland as Co-Chair.
Previously, he served as pastor of Milford Mill UMC, a multicultural, and multi-ethnic congregation with a membership of over 435 members.
Rev. Tilghman is an Elder in the Baltimore-Washington Conference the United Methodist Church; he is the chair the Baltimore Suburban District of the Building and Locations Committee; the secretary for the Committee on Finance and Administration for the Annual Conference and on he serves on the Baltimore District Committee of Ordained Ministry for the BWCUMC. He is a member of the Baltimore Regional Initiative Developing Genuine Equality (BRIDGE) of Maryland—a Faith Based ecumenical community organizing group for social justice; and he has been a member of the Black Professional Men, Inc. since 1991, currently serving as their chaplain. He is also the chair of the membership and advocacy committees for Baltimore Caucus of the Black Methodist for Urban Renewal.
Rev. Tilghman is a graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. He has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and he received his Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Rev. Tilghman retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as an architect and project manager in 2009. He was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps Reserves as a staff sergeant and a veteran of Operation Desert Storm. He met his best friend and wife Barbette when they both served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. Together they have three adult sons and two granddaughters.
Rev. Tilghman gave his life to Christ at the age of twelve in a small Holiness church on the eastern shores of Maryland, pastored by his Uncle and Exhorter Freddie Bryant. He accepted his call to ministry on Palm Sunday, March 24, 2003 at his home church Northwood-Appold UMC during his trial sermon. While at Northwood he served as a trustee, a lay servant, and the president of the ushers' board for over 3 years.
The cornerstone of his service for God is grounded in Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all thy heart and lean not unto thy own understanding. But in all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall make thy path straight." Rev. Tilghman has a heart for people, a call to draw others to Christ through servant leadership and social action. "For I have come to bear witness to the light that is Christ Jesus"—John the Baptizer.
Rev. Tilghman believes that his role in pastoral leadership is to name the reality that exists within the people he is called to serve. By naming that reality, God's vision will flourish in their hearts and actions. 'Therefore, search your heart and listen to your soul; and let your light shine so that other may be lead to Christ and lead from the darkness of their sins. To God be the Glory"' -- Amen!
Rev. Macie Tillman has been a community activist for over 55 years. He attended Mount Lebanon Baptist Church and Restoration Church. His passion is for criminal justice.
He has volunteered as a correctional chaplain in the Maryland State Penitentiary for 35 years. He is an active member of the United Baptist Missionary Convention and is sought after for his experience and comprehension in criminal justice matters. He is currently a police chaplain volunteer for the Baltimore City Police Department.
He is Dean of Christian Education for the National Baptist Convention. Present at every BRIDGE MARYLAND INC. meeting of both clergy and lay, Rev. Tillman is committed to doing what it takes to bring justice to all. Dr. Tillman is First Vice President of the Pastors’ Conference of the Baltimore and Vicinity and is a member of the Ministers’ Conference.
Joyce D. Turner resides in Pikesville, Maryland but says “my heart will always belong to my hometown of Brooklyn, New York”. Sixty-one years old, she has one daughter and one grandson. She is active in the ministry of The Greater Immanuel Faith Temple (The G.I.F.T.) in Baltimore County. Ms., Turner worked 30 years for Verizon, where she managed two offices – one in Beltsville, MD and the other in Richmond, VA. Thanks to her people skills she was able to motivate her employees to meet and exceed all objectives. She was able to keep the Virginia office open (which was slated to close) as well. Since Ms. Turner’s retirement in May 2008, she has established her own business cooking and baking out of her kitchen. While employed with Verizon, Joyce had the pleasure of fundraising for Junior Achievement of New York. Their fundraising bright spots included (but were not limited to) bake sales, Bowl-A-Thons and book sales. She believes a fundraiser must be passionate about what type of campaign they are doing in order to be successful at it. She also believes that one must have a genuine relationship with a donor in order to motivate them to give and to come back again and again. Ms. Turner writes: “Social Justice to me means everybody is free to achieve everything they are capable of doing. With that being said, I am interested in working on Child Welfare, Housing, Gender and Education.”
Carlotta has attended the Whitestone Baptist Church since 1978. In 1985 her journey began. She was introduced as a servant, a leader, an organizer, an eager and teachable student under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Elmore E. Warren, Jr. Dr. Warren encouraged his parishioners to avail themselves of Christian teaching and experiences outside of the walls of Whitestone Baptist Church.
She is actively involved in American Baptist Churches of the South, Area I (ABCOTS) and has held the office of Vice Moderator, Moderator, Assistant Treasurer, Treasurer, and currently holds the Office of Treasurer for the Region. She has served in Whitestone as the Business Administrator from March 2004 until August 2017. Other positions held by her were Trustee, Senior Ushers Chairperson, Teen Ministry Leader, Teen Sunday School Teacher, and different Annual Day positions. She currently serves as Coordinator of Worship, Music and Fine Arts.
Carlotta has assisted Dr. Warren with his teaching assignments in the Statewide Institute and at various churches around the state. She eagerly attends classes through the Statewide Institute and other organizations. Carlotta is dependable and is willing to assist when and wherever she can. She can be counted on to do any task that she takes on with the utmost degree of professionalism. She is a team player and brings her strong administrative skills and support to BRIDGE Maryland.
Barbara Waters is a civic-minded and socially-conscious individual who is a long-term member of Ascension Evangelical Lutheran Church. She is an advocate for the least, the left-out and the marginalized. When Ascension Youth had their "Lock Out" she spoke with them on the issues of homelessness and housing insecurity. Always seen at meetings that focus on bringing awareness to others about social justice issues, she is known to freely share her opinions and the lessons of her experience. Amidst her own challenges, she does not let anything get in the way of her desire to help others.
Ms. Waters was trained in community organizing by Gamaliel, through Race & Power Training, Ntosake Women, and National Leadership Training. She has put this knowledge to work in many actions in Baltimore, Annapolis, and D.C.
In BRIDGE Maryland, Ms. Waters has served as Co-Chair of the Housing Task Force, participated in Phone Banking for outreach and voter education, and serves as our photographer.
Evangelist Ruth Wilson has been a member of the Perkins Square Baptist Church since 1998. She is an activist for those who need special help.
She is proud of the fact that she is 81 years old and still championing for justice. Her education in pastoral counseling is matched by her passion for equity for all. She believes that it is better to “be” a sermon than to “preach a sermon.” She is active in the Lord’s Kitchen (a mission group) and other service groups too numerous to mention here. She teaches and advocates for those who are often overlooked and under-appreciated.
Mrs. Wilson was trained in community organizing by Gamaliel's National Leadership Training.
In BRIDGE Maryland, Mrs. Wilson often leads us in prayer and inspires our work.