I was born in Highland Park, Michigan and grew up in Detroit where I attended public schools. Later I received an undergraduate degree in social work from Marygrove College and advance degrees in clinical counseling and theological studies from Wayne State University, Detroit, Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio and Tennessee School of Religion, Memphis, Tennessee, respectively. These were the years God was preparing me for ministry to wounds of the heart and soul of His people.
My college, university and seminary studies concentrated heavily in the areas of grief/bereavement, loss/separation, and death/dying. I was innately drawn to these fundamental and pervasive aspects of the human experience and I am now convinced that individuals and societies can only achieve fullness of living by understanding and appreciating these realities. In my experience, the absence of such understanding and appreciation has all too often resulted in unnecessary suffering, loss of dignity, alienation, and diminished quality of living.
I responded to the divine summons into Christian ministry and received an Evangelist license to preach in 1971, and after completing education requirements, was ordained itinerant deacon in 1975 and assigned to senior pastor my first church, Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1977, upon completing additional denomination required education, I was ordained Itinerant Elder.
I have practiced concurrently in the fields of clinical social work and thanatological ministry for nearly four decades serving in a variety of ministerial and human services roles including serving as senior pastor of three churches over a span of 14 years; community organizer, thanatological chaplain, infant mortality research assistant, grief support/recovery group leader (special community recognition given for my implementation of a "I Remember Mama," recovery group series). child welfare (children suffering loss due to separation from their family of origin), grief/bereavement curriculum co-developer, hospice spiritual care and bereavement counselor, end-of-life community educator to name a few.
Since relocating to Florida in 2001, the Lord inspired two soft cover coffee table books and several digital electronic books. By the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, in 2005, AMEN Ministries was born and in 2009, responding to perceived community need, our "Joy in the Mourning" Grief Help Center was added to our services.
AMEN Ministries is represented on several community advisory boards and committees. I write articles for several online ezines, develop custom memorial websites, produce in-demand digital electronic publications and have recently launched "Crisis of Knowledge" online bereavement newsletter. In addition, you will also find me on Twitter and Facebook.
As I walked the path set before me, I have been blessed with many awards, certificates of appreciation and plagues. I am listed in: International Who’s Who in Poetry, Who's Who Among Women in America, Who's Who in Religion, Who's Who Among Women in Ministry, Who's Who Among Human Service Professionals - all of which are mere human symbols and affirmations of devoted work in God's vineyard.