Our Team

Dr. Rona Williams

Dr. Rona Williams

Director

Rona, Director at the Congregational Faith & Learning Center (FaithLearnThrive) at Hood Theological Seminary, specializes in leadership development, coaching, and consulting for churches and faith-based organizations. Her role involves creating tools and resources for congregational leadership. Previously, she directed a nonprofit program for girls aged 7-11, focusing on instilling purpose, confidence, and self-awareness, while fostering a sense of responsibility and community leadership. A member of the South Carolina Bar Association and a licensed attorney since 2004, Rona has also worked as a licensed broker and supervisory principal. She finds fulfillment in merging her diverse career experiences with her calling at Hood.

Myra Bellinger

Myra Bellinger

Project Coordinator

Myra is  known as “the visionary/pastor’s friend,” For nearly three decades she has used her passion to help organizations thrive through clarity of vision, training, structure, and development.  Co-laboring with her husband, she founded City of God Ministries International and has served as Pastor for over 20 years. Myra holds a Master’s degree from Johnson C. Smith University in Social Work and a BA degree in Mass Communications from Winthrop University. Myra is the visionary behind “Operation Raise the Standard,” a leadership training initiative, and the author of Bellinger’s Administrative Guide for Churches and Non-profits. Her expertise in church leadership and structure is showcased in workshops and seminars. Myra is also the creator of “Breathe with Myra,” offering certified transformational life coaching events, retreats, and seminars. Contact: mbellinger@hoodseminary.edu

Rev. Dr. Vincent W. Howell

Rev. Dr. Vincent W. Howell

Advisor

Affectionately  known as “Pastor Vincent” by the congregations he has served, Dr. Vincent Howell brings to the role of Director of the Congregational Faith and Learning Center experiences as  a pastor, church leadership author, workshop leader,  educator, project engineer – manager, and community leader.  As a bi-vocational pastor for over 35 years, he has served churches in both the African Methodist Episcopal Zion and United Methodist Churches.  With a passion for church leadership (clergy and laity), he is the author of Managing Projects in Ministry, and MBA Quick Book for Ministers, both published by Judson Press. vhowell@hoodseminary.edu

Council of Advisors:

Bishop Kenneth Yelverton

Bishop Kenneth Yelverton

Bishop Kenneth M. Yelverton is the Founder and Senior Pastor of The Temple of Refuge International Fellowship, located in Charlotte, North Carolina.  He obtained a Master of Divinity Degree from the Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, NC, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree as a Donald Hilliard – Leonard Sweet Fellow, from Drew University in Madison, NJ. Bishop Yelverton is the Founder and Visionary of The I.M.P.A.K.T. Network (Interdependent Ministries and Pastors Aligned for Kingdom Training), a network of Ministries and Pastors connected through covenant relationships. admin@kennethyelverton.org

Rev. Luke Edwards

Rev. Luke Edwards

Luke S. Edwards is the author of Becoming Church: A Trail Guide for Starting Fresh Expressions and the Associate Director of Church Development for the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. He co-leads a community of dads and father figures called Who Let the Dads Out? Lake Norman. He is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He was the founding pastor of King Street Church, a network of fresh expressions in Boone, North Carolina. His blog and podcast can be found at www.faithfulcommunity.com.

Dr. Reginald Keitt

Dr. Reginald Keitt

Dr. Reginald Keitt is the Pastor of Saint Stephen Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion
Church in High Point, North Carolina. Dr. Keitt has the following earned
degrees; Livingstone College (Bachelor of Religious Studies), Wake Forest
University (Masters of Divinity), University of North Carolina Charlotte
(Masters of Urban Education), and Hood Theological Seminary (Doctorate
of Ministry). Dr. Keitt has a wealth of knowledge in church and community
collaboration. Dr. Keitt can be reached at ststephen2@northstate.net.

Rev. Melinda Hash

Rev. Melinda Hash

Melind servers as the Self-Sufficiency and Family Advocacy Manager at ESR is a Fair Housing Agency, an Equal Opportunity Employer, a Community Action Agency, and a United Way Agency.  Her passion is to help others become a better vision of themeselves. She holds a Master’s degree in Education from Cambridge College. Ms. Hash has worked in the non-profit industry for over 20 years. Melinda served her community through participation in the Mayor’s Task Force Council of Winston-Salem, Outstanding Women in Leadership Committee, the social just committee of the Ministers Conference of Winston-Salem & Vacinity; while also serving through her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Dr. Bryle Henderson Hatch

Dr. Bryle Henderson Hatch

Dr. Hatch currently serves as the Director for the NC Department of Health and Human Services. With an illustrious career in community engagement and economic empowerment, Dr. Hatch has made an indelible impact on his church and community. Dr. Hatch formerly served as Director of THRIVE High Point, an initiative of National Institute of Minority Economic Development; VP and Chief of Staff at West Virginia State University, and Executive Director for Community Engagement at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Dr. Hath holds a M.A. in Adult Education and PHD in Philosophy both from North Carolina A&T University.

Dr. Kia Hood-Scott

Dr. Kia Hood-Scott

As a national preacher, motivator, speaker and mentor, she has had a tremendous impact on our society. Dr. Kia holds a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from Winston-Salem State University, Masters in Divinity from Wake Forest University and Doctorate of Ministry from United Theological Seminary, Dayton Ohio. Dr. Hood –Scott is a member of Union Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, under the leadership of Senior Pastor and Overseer, Bishop Sir Walter Lee Mack, Jr. Currently, Dr. Hood- Scott serves as the Director of Preaching and Worship. In her recent elevation, Dr. Hood-Scott has been appointed as the Site Pastor for Union Baptist Church,  Jamestown –High Point.