Rev Octavious Wilson
Senior Pastor of Israel CME Church | Gary
Rev. Octavious R. Wilson is a man after God’s own heart. He is a servant leader and a prolific preacher and teacher of God’s Holy Word. Rev. Wilson was born and raised on Chicago’s south side and lived most of his life there. He attended both grammar and high school at private institutions and later on received an Associate’s degree in Business Management as well as a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration. After accepting the call to preach, Rev Wilson went back to school and received his Master’s of Divinity from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary graduating in 2017.
Since then he has been an invited revivalist, conference preacher/ teacher, curriculum developer for the National Youth and Young Adult Conference of the CME church, Pastor of a Grace Deliverance Mission church in Bloomington, IL and now the Pastor of the Israel Metropolitan CME Church in Gary, IN.
Rev. Octavious Wilson married the woman of his dreams, Mrs. Elisa J. Wilson and they together have one son, Jovanni. In his spare time he enjoys reading, exercising, and spending time with family. Rev. Wilson inspires to be a beacon of light for this next generation and share the love of God to all he can reach. His prayer is that God’s Kingdom will come and His will be done on Earth as it is in heaven.
Rev Brent Murphy
Senior Pastor of New Birth Bible Fellowship | Raleigh
Pastor Brent is the founder, innovator, and senior pastor of New Birth Bible Fellowship, a thriving community of faith in Raleigh, NC. He is a graduate of the illustrious North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University where he conferred his Bachelor’s of Arts in History and Philosophy. While at A&T he served in a variety of leadership positions within Residence Life, Campus Ministry, and the Student Government Association. The highlight of his time A&T was when he started New Birth Campus Ministry in 2010; New Birth Bible Fellowship Church is the outgrowth of the ministry he started at A&T.
After completing his undergraduate coursework, Pastor Brent pursued graduate studies and course work at Duke University, where he conferred his M.Div. (Master’s of Divinity Degree). Pastor Brent is married to Lady Daviava Murphy, and together they love and care for the people of God entrusted to them. Pastor Brent is gifted in many areas; He's an innovator, musician, singer, preacher, and trendsetter. His ministry has touched the lives of many as he boldly proclaims the gospel in a way that is relevant, theologically sound, and God inspired.
Rev Allan Irizarry-Graves, Sr.
Youth and College Pastor at New Hope Baptist Church | North Little Rock
Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, Allan M. Irizarry-Graves, Sr., currently serves as the Youth and College Pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church in North Little Rock and Conway, Arkansas. Allan holds degrees from Youngstown State University (Associates and Bachelors) and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (Masters) and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Human Services in Leadership and Organizational Management at Capella University. Allan enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, taking long walks, and spending time with family and friends. He currently lives in Arkansas with his wife, Antoinette, and their son, AJ.
Learn about his first book entitled "Quest for Belonging: Overcoming Abuse, Abandonment, and Identity Crisis
Rev William Burgess
PhD Candidate at Duquesne University
Reverend William Bouvard Burgess is a spiritual leader who is acutely aware of the dynamics of power involved in every personal and communal spiritual relationship with the divine. This awareness leads him to foster and mentor growth in individual and group connections with the eternal through an intentional and cohesive focus on the mind, body, and spirit. He is married to the former Miss. Jordan Lee, who is a high school History teacher in the Pittsburgh Public School system.
Licensed to preach in 2014, William has dedicated himself to serving the Nazarene Baptist Church of Pittsburgh, which is the same church he was born and reared in. William is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Community College of Allegheny County, Geneva College Pittsburgh Center for Urban Biblical Ministries, Penn State New Kensington, and Seton Hill University. William was ordained into the gospel ministry on August 25th, 2019.
He received his Bachelors of Arts Degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., where his dual concentration was Media Studies as well as Theology and Religious Studies. He holds a Masters of Divinity from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary where he received the Michael Wilson Keith Memorial Prize in Homiletics. Currently, William is pursuing a Ph.D. in Rhetoric from Duquesne University where he has completed his coursework and received the D. Clark Edwards Service Award.
Rev Philippe E.C. Andal
Senior Pastor of Community Baptist Church | New Haven
Rev. Philippe E. C. Andal is the senior pastor of the Community Baptist Church in New Haven, CT. Under his leadership, several ministries have been developed and reorganized to meet the needs of a changing, intergenerational community in the heart of Newhallville. Rev. Andal earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Fisk University and a Master of Divinity from Yale University. Additionally, he is a 2017 Fellow of Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics, holds a Certificate in Executive Church Leadership from the Howard University School of Business, and is appointed as Lecturer in Pastoral Leadership and Church Administration at Yale Divinity School. Rev. Andal serves on the boards of the American Baptist Churches of Connecticut and the Yale Divinity School Alumni Board. With a heart for the community, he serves as Treasurer of Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut, an interfaith collective of 37 congregations representing over 30,000 people who work together through building relational power to effect change for the common good on the local, state, and national levels.
Rev Reginald Wise
Minister of Discipleship of Baptist Grove Church | Raleigh
Reverend Reggie Wise accepted his call to preach in August 2008 in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. He was ordained an itinerant Deacon in the 11th Episcopal District’s South Florida Annual Conference on September 29th of 2018, and is currently on the ordination track for itinerant elder. Rev. Wise is a passionate preacher whose goal in ministry is to empower and encourage others to fulfill their God-given purpose.
He is a product of the public schools of Broward County Florida. He received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the historic Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida, the oldest HBCU in the state. Additionally, he has studied at the Executive Leadership Institute for Ministers at Howard University. Matriculating to Duke Divinity School in 2015, Rev. Wise graduated in May of 2018 with a Master of Divinity. During Rev. Wise’s tenure at Duke he met his seminary sweetheart, Minister Cynthia Jacko-Wise, whom he married on October 27th of 2018.
Rev. Wise currently serves on staff at Baptist Grove Church in Raleigh, as the Minister of Discipleship. Rev. Wise firmly believes that he has been called for such a time as this. While it is not clear all that God will do through him, it is evident that the best is yet to come in his ministry. He is encouraged daily by 1 Corinthians 2:9 “No eye has seen, no ear has heard and no one’s heart has imagined all the things that God has prepared for those who love Him."
Rev Dion Broughton
Senior Pastor of Bullock Temple CME Church
Rev. Dion Broughton is a native of Chicago, Illinois born in 1990. He is a product of the Chicago Public School system graduating from Grammar School and High School with honors. He holds a Bachelor's of Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Corporate and Organizational Communication and Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois focusing on Theology and Ethics.
Rev. Broughton is a natural leader who values service and communal uplift. He has served as a minister within the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church since 2005 and as a pastor since 2013. Rev. Broughton is an ordained Traveling Elder, which is the highest ordination within the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, under the office of the Episcopacy. He formerly served as pastor of Bray Temple CME Church in Chicago, Illinois, and currently serves as the pastor of Bullock Temple CME Church in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Besides Rev. Broughton's educational and ministerial experience, he is a freelance multimedia designer of Clergyman Production of which he owns and leads. He also has published an entrepreneurship book through his publishing company Dunamis Discourse. He loves the Lord and he loves helping others experience peace, wholeness and health through his numerous gifts and talents.