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BRIDGE MD, Inc. – Community Organizer (Staff)

REVEREND M. GAYLE BRISCOE

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): 

CO-CHAIR:

REV. ANGELIQUE MASON (2020-2023)

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.

CO-CHAIR:

REV. DR. ROBERT E. WALKER, JR. (2021-2024)

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.

TREASURER:

REV. VALERIE ANN BARNES (2021-2023)

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.


SECRETARY: 

MS. STEPHANIE NICHOLS (2021-2023)


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 (2021-2023)


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."

MS. BETSY F. AMEY (2022-2024)


Ms. Betsy F. Amey is a member of Ascension Evangelical Lutheran Church in Towson (a charter member of B.R.I.D.G.E.). As a member of Ascension’s core team, Betsy completed weeklong Gamaliel training in Illinois in 2009. During those early years, she worked on education equity and on the “First Suburbs Initiative.” She continues to serve Ascension on the Social Ministry Committee, the Senior Choir, and the Lay Preaching Group.

Betsy served on the B.R.I.D.G.E. Transition Team in 2016 and on the Board of BRIDGE Maryland, Inc, as Secretary from 2017-2020. In this role, she was responsible for communications and record keeping for BMI and assisted with organizing educational events and actions. She now acts as Secretary to BRIDGE Maryland’s Ntosake Pride.

Professionally, Betsy taught social studies in Baltimore County Schools from 1971-1986 and worked as a clinical social worker at Sheppard-Pratt Hospital and at The Resource Group until her retirement in 2017.

Outside of BRIDGE, Betsy has held leadership positions such as President of the Ascension Congregation Council and President of the Maryland Society for Clinical Social Work. She was active in legislative advocacy in Annapolis and nationally (with the Clinical Social Work Association Government Relations Committee) for access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment, insurance equity and parity, and other issues of concern to clinical social workers and their clients. She continues to serve on the Government Relations Committee of the CSWA.

She has been married for 50 years to Michael B. Amey and is mother of Kathryn Degnan and John M. Amey and a joyful grandmother of four.

Other Credentials:

Education: Bachelor of Arts in History, Stanford University, 1970; Master of Arts in Teaching, The Johns Hopkins University, 1971; Master of Social Work, University of Maryland, 1989.

Personal Statement:

"I am still appalled and dismayed at the lack of progress we have made in promoting a more just and humane society, despite efforts made since my college days long ago. Yet, I believe that a coalition of faith organizations has the credibility to further social justice goals. I am optimistic that I can use my knowledge of interpersonal relationships, social policy, and communication skills to further the BRIDGE Maryland mission.”

Favorite Bible Verse: Micah 6:8 – “And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.”

MS. JOAN “JOYICE” COOK (2022-2024)

Ms. Joan “Joyice” Cook has been a member of Wayland Baptist Church for 65 years. She is a committed member of the Ushers’ Ministry. Her personal desire is to welcome people into the house of the Lord. She sang in the choir for over 20 years. She is very dedicated to serving God in many capacities and has a passion for learning the Word of God.

Ms. Cook is the past Coordinator of the Missionary Ministry at Wayland and a past member of the Women of Wayland fellowship. She is a faithful member of Wayland’s Tuesday morning Bible study class and the Mid-Week Manna Bible Study. She is an active member of the Marketplace Ministry, the evangelism team of Wayland.

As an active participant in BRIDGE MARYLAND, Ms. Cook has been our registrar at General Assembly meetings and advocacy events. She inspires people to attend and to participate fully in the meetings. She has attended Ntosake Women's training and local Gamaliel/BRIDGE trainings. She is a member of the Education Work Group and also participates in actions held by BRIDGE MARYLAND including Town Halls and Legislative Day. She is a member of the Development/Fund Raising Work Group of BRIDGE MARYLAND.

Ms. Cook fully embraces and vision and mission of BRIDGE MARYLAND and encourages others to do the same, especially her eight-year-old granddaughter. Her desire is for this granddaughter to be socially responsive and conscientious. Ms. Cook has a personal ministry of encouragement to others.

Her favorite scripture is Psalms 23: 1 "The Lord is my shepherd: I shall not want."

REV. HARRIET DENNIS (2022-2024)

Rev. Harriet Dennis

A native of Snow Hill, Maryland, Reverend Dennis is the founder and principle of Issues of Life International Ministries, Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to life as a full-time, ordained minister, Harriet enjoyed a 19-year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Washington, D.C. During her time at the FBI, she gained the position as a Cryptanalyst in the Laboratory Division where she was trained as a Forensic Examiner, served as an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Counselor and Cultural Diversity Representative and Trainer.

Reverend Dennis graduated from the University of Baltimore with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jurisprudence. She later attended St. Mary’s Ecumenical Seminary and Loyola College gaining graduate studies in theology and pastoral counseling. Harriet later accepted the call to pastor the Community Church of Christ in Severna Park, Maryland. After pastoring for seven years, Rev. Dennis served as the Executive Coordinator for a pastors’ organization of more than one hundred churches, internationally, under the leadership of the late, Dr. John A. Cherry, from the Heart Church Ministries, Temple Hills, Maryland. This assignment afforded her the opportunity to advance the Kingdom agenda through global missions, pastoral leadership development and implementing healthy church growth strategies and development.

In 2007, Rev. Dennis founded Issues of Life International Ministries to continue in the Macedonian call – come over and help us. Through Issues of Life, Harriet’s global mission is supporting pastors and leaders who are committed to building up the body of Christ. As an enthusiast for leadership growth and ministry development, she leverages years of impactful experience in providing spiritual leadership coaching, leadership development, church consulting, biblical counseling and mentoring to the next generation of Kingdom leaders. Harriet’s vision for Issues of Life is to be a catalyst in cultivating, inspiring and mobilizing an ecumenical community of worldwide leaders who will fulfill the spiritual, natural, and social contract of the church to the world.

So above all, guard your heart will all diligence, for out of it flows the issues of life. Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being, for from there flows the course of your life. – Proverbs 4:23.

REV. ANTOINETTE GATEWOOD-SYKES (2021-2023)

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”.

MS. TAYLOR D. MCCARTHY (2022-2024)

Ms. Taylor D. McCarthy

Taylor McCarthy was born February 27,1995 in Baltimore, Maryland.

She was raised in a Christ-centered home by her doting mother. She accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age under the teachings of Dr. Durant K Harvin, III and she currently serves at The Greater Immanuel Faith Temple, The GIFT.

Taylor was taught at an early age that effective communication forms trust, ceases confusion, and increases productivity. Taylor currently serves the elderly as an activity director, creating ways to keep their minds active and engaged, although her training started with children. Taylor is passionate about teaching healthy relationship. She believes in order to have a healthy relationship with anyone else it is important to first establish a relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.

Taylor is set to be married on April 11, 2022, and she is excited to give God the glory with her marriage. She is the Co- founder of Evolve Into You, where they mentor young girls to succeed as women of God. Every year they give out bags of love to the homeless February 14, so the girls understand the importance of giving back. Taylor is skilled at conducting ice breakers to break down nerves and tension in a group of people. This makes conversation between group members more comfortable, so they can start a conversation, get to know each other, find common ground and build themselves into a working team.

Taylor would be honored to serve on the board of BRIDGE Maryland, Inc., and is eager to learn more about leadership.

MS. LOUVINA RENEE MCLAIN (2018-2022)

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.”

REV. BRIAN E. MURRAY (2021-2022)

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. 

DEACON SHERMAN L. SPIVEY (2022-2024)

Deacon Sherman L. Spivey

Sherman L. Spivey is an ordained Deacon of the Wayland Baptist Church in Baltimore Maryland and a member of the leadership group known as the Assembly of Servants at the church. He had served as a Trustee of Wayland Baptist Church for over 20 years and then was ordained as a Deacon. Until recently, he was the head of Transportation Ministry of Wayland, having served for over seven (7) years. He is a regular participant in the Mid- Week Manna Bible Study and leads prayer sessions when requested. He has been a member of the Brother-to-Brother Ministry of Wayland for over 15 years.

Deacon Spivey is a former employee of Amtrak Railroad, where he worked for 42 years as a conductor on the route from Washington to New York City. He is now retired from the railroad. Since 1991, he has been CEO of Spivey Contractors, Inc. In 2001, he established Spivey Property Management, LLC. His contracting company was selected to do the West Baltimore demolition for the development of Wayland Village, a much-needed senior citizen building. Since 2001, he has done extensive rehabilitation of housing throughout the metropolitan area of Baltimore in order to provide adequate housing for the community.

Deacon Spivey became a participant in B.R.I.D.G.E. in 2008 and has completed National Leadership Training. He also advocated for the increase in the minimum wage, housing for the homeless and the Red Line.

Deacon Spivey is active on the Housing Workgroup. He has participated in every social justice action held by BRIDGE Maryland, Inc., and provides transportation for leaders to attend legislative sessions in Annapolis and other places within the state of Maryland. He provided transportation for our leaders to attend the National Leadership Training in upstate New York and stands ready to assist in this area as needed.

He is totally committed to the vision and mission of BRIDGE Maryland, Inc.

His favorite scripture is Psalm 23.

MS. JOYCE D. TURNER (2021-2023)

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.”

MS. CARLOTTA B. VAUGHN (2021-2023)

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.


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