Our Team

Rev. Dr. Vincent W. Howell

Rev. Dr. Vincent W. Howell

Director

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

Rona Williams, Esq.

Rona Williams, Esq.

Program Coordinator

Rona is known as the ‘Ministry Mayven’, a church consultant helping churches makeover their governance, risk, and administration for effective ministry. She serves nonprofit and faith-based organizations through her legal firm, The Purpose Law Firm. She also serves as Executive Pastor at City of God Ministries in Concord, NC under the leadership of Gary & Myra Bellinger. Rona resides in Charlotte, NC.
rwilliams@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

Michelle Hopper

Michelle Hopper

Michelle is a Nurse Administrator, Speaker, Motivator, Mentor, Advisor, Logistics & Leadership Specialist. Along with her husband Titus, Michelle is owner of Hop2It Solutions, a strategic consulting firm taking organizations and their content from good to great. She is an ordained elder serving at Faith Harvest Church in Shelby, NC under the leadership of Bishop L. Randy Borders where she has served as Youth Pastor and currently functions as his administrative assistant.
michellehopper@hop2itsolutions.com

Sandi Scanelli

Sandi Scanelli

Sandi Scannelli serves as President & CEO of the Shallow Ford Foundation, a community foundation that helps to connect philanthropy and community in Clemmons, Lewisville, and Yadkin County NC.  She previously served in similar capacities in Virginia and Florida. Prior to her roles in philanthropy, Sandi consulted with nonprofits, including faith leaders and organizations in planning and governance.  She earned a B.A. from Mary Baldwin University with a concentration in Business and worships with REVO in Winston-Salem.

Dr. Sheldon R. Shipman

Dr. Sheldon R. Shipman

Rev. Dr. Sheldon R. Shipman is a motivational speaker, community activist, Afrocentric educator, senior minister and pastor for the past thirty-seven years. He is currently in his sixteenth year as the pastor of the Greenville Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (Charlotte, NC. Dr. Shipman’s career experiences include being a news reporter, sports commentator and an Account Manager for sales for IBM.

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. Valerie Everett

Dr. Valerie Everett

Rev. Dr. Valerie Tate Everett,  serves as Pastor of St. John Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Winston Salem, NC.  Rev. Everett holds the honor of being the first female University Chaplain and Director of Religious Life at both Clark Atlanta University (CAU), and Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. Amongst her many awards, she has been honored by The Senate of Pennsylvania and the House of Representatives for Outstanding Leadership and Enrichment.