Meet  the Conveners

Minister Tamika Edwards is a mission-driven woman of God whose concern and compassion for the people of God has led her to use her degree in law and passion for education to inspire, motivate and minister to people of all ages.  As a staunch believer in the "Plant a seed and watch it grow" philosophy, Tamika is firmly committed to nurturing those seeds of faith and empowerment which are planted in the lives of those with whom she comes into contact. Tamika is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo and New England School of Law. Tamika is the devoted wife of longtime friend, Sean Edwards, pastor of The Faith Place Church and caring mother of daughter, Nia, and sons, Niko and Noah. She is currently a Managing Director for a community-based youth organization in New York City and serves as a minister at The Faith Place in Queens, NY.


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Rev. Sanetta Ponton is the Pastor of Justice, Advocacy and Compassion at Metro Community Church, a multi-ethnic church in Englewood, NJ. She also serves as Executive Director of Metro Community Center, also in Englewood.  Previously she served as Assistant Pastor at First Baptist Church of Englewood. She also operated in several roles at Legal Outreach, Inc., a law-related college prep program, most recently as Managing Director of Academic Programs.  Rev. Sanetta holds degrees from Columbia University (B.A.), Harvard Law School (JD), and Duke Divinity School (M.Div. magna cum laude).  God has allowed her to minister across denominations, ethnicities, and regions. She is a woman who proudly ministers on behalf of a God who is “able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all we can ask or imagine according to the power that works in us.” (Eph 3:20)


Reverend Kimberly Headley is an Associate Minister and the Servant Leader for the New Members & Discipleship Ministry at Berean Baptist Church, Brooklyn.  Kimberly received her call to ministry in 2006.  She has since evangelized on the streets and subways of Brooklyn, New York; she has preached the Gospel abroad in George, South Africa; and she presently ministers as an itinerant preacher.  Kimberly is the author of a self-published book, “Spoken Thoughts from a Child of the Most High God.” She is also a playwright; her most recent play, Room 302, has been performed on stages in Brooklyn.  Kimberly is a graduate of Baruch College and Alliance Theological Seminary, receiving a Master of Divinity in Church Development.  She also holds a Master of Science in Publishing from Pace University. She is a doctoral student at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School with a concentration in Transformative Leadership and Prophetic Preaching. She is COO of Strong Power Consulting, a consulting firm that specializes in collaborative partnerships with community and business bringing employment and educational awareness to Central Brooklyn. Her life scripture is Jeremiah 29:11, “God’s plans are to prosper you, not to harm you.”










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Born in Trinidad & Tobago and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Rev. Marsha Scipio is the Youth Pastor and an Associate Minister at the historic Berean Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY; under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Arlee Griffin, Jr.  She has served as the Associate General Secretary for Missional Initiatives and Partnerships for American Baptist Churches USA. Rev. Marsha is passionate about teaching and preaching God’s Word. She has been privileged to study and engage in ministry in Liberia, South Africa, India, Israel and Palestine territories and Haiti. She  has also served on the Board of American Baptist Churches of Metropolitan, NY. Rev. Marsha has a demonstrated commitment to public service and social justice, having spent twenty-plus years in non-profit management  and youth development. Prior to joining ABCUSA, she was the Executive Director of the Berean Community & Family Life Center. Rev. Marsha earned her M. Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. She is an alumna of Georgetown University Law Center (JD), New York University (MA in Psychology) and Yale University (BA in Psychology & African-American Studies). She  enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling and eating good food! Quoting her favorite poet, Maya Angelou, she says, “I wouldn’t take nothing for my journey now!” Gratefully adding, “God’s got this!”











Rev. Dr. Lisa Williamson is an itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She is the current and first female pastor of Calvary Fellowship AME Church in Brooklyn, NY. Rev. Williamson is a retired pediatrician and currently works for an alternative to incarceration program for women who are criminally justice involved. She conducts group counseling sessions at the Nassau County Correctional Facility for women in the rehabilitation unit. Rev. Williamson received her Bachelor Degree from Cornell University, Master of Public Health from NY University, Doctorate of Medicine from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Her call to ministry led her to receive a Master or Divinity from New Brunswick Theological Seminary and Master of Sacred Theology from Drew University. She is a mother, minister, mentor, teacher and preacher. Her guiding scripture is Luke 12:48, “When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.”