Second Episcopal District
Christian Education Youth and Leadership Congress
The Reverend Christian Darlene Belton
Opening Worship Service- Thursday, July 2, 2015-10:00 am
The Rev. Christian Darlene Belton was born to the proud parents, Elders Wayne & Darlene Belton. In June 2002, she graduated from Harry S. Truman High School in Levittown, PA at the Top of her Class with a 4.0 GPA. She received a full academic Gates Millennium Scholarship and attended Philadelphia University located in Philadelphia, PA. In May 2006, Christian graduated and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design Communications. In May 2014, Christian graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC with a Masters of Divinity degree.
Christian is a member of Hunter Memorial AME Church located in Suitland, MD, where Rev. Harold B. Hayes, Jr. is the Pastor and Rev. Kellie V. Hayes is the Assistant Pastor. Christian preached her initial sermon at Hunter Memorial AME Church in September 2006 and in June 2007 she received her AME ministerial preaching license. In April 2010, she was ordained Itinerant Deacon in the AME Church and in May 2014 she was ordained an Itinerant Elder in the AME Church.
Currently, Christian also works full time as the sole proprietor of CB Creates, LLC, the graphic design business that she founded. One of Christian’s favorite scriptures is Proverbs 3:5,6, which reads, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lead not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy path.”
The Reverend timothy f. smith, sr.
Closing Worship Service- Friday, July 3, 2015 -9:30 am
The Rev. Timothy F. Smith, Sr. is a native of Summit, New Jersey. He was born to the late Raymond and Hattie Smith. He relocated to Virginia in 1968. From there, he attended Chesapeake Public Schools and graduated from Great Bridge High School in1977. He continued his education with a scholarship to play football at St. Paul’s College, in Lawrenceville, VA. He served as Correction’s Officer for St. Brides Correctional Facility for more than seven years. Rev. Smith was called into the ministry in 1995.
He attended Virginia Union University Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology and received his Master’s Degree of Divinity. In 1998, he was ordained an Itinerant Elder for the Virginia Annual Conference and received his first pastorate charge to New Hope, Chatam, VA. He has also served at Ebenezer, Richmond, VA. And currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Examiners for the Virginia Annual Conference. Rev. Smith is currently a supervisor for the City of Chesapeake and also the pastor of Greater St. Andrew’s for more than 10 years.
He is married to Linda Smith and they are the proud parents of 3 children, Veronica Smith-Yates, Victoria and Timothy, Jr. Also added to this family is a grandson, Devryn Smith and a new son-in-law, Roger Yates. Rev. Smith’s words to live by: “I love the Lord, He heard my cry and pitied every groan. Long as I live and troubles rise, I will hasten to His throne!”
pastor charles jenkins
Guest Revivalist and Psalmist | Black Lives Matter Revival
Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Pastor Charles Jenkins is best known as a trailblazer, connector, community leader, advisor, songwriter, and dynamic communicator. He is pastor of the historic Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, IL. Jenkins is committed to underserved communities, leading initiatives that promote education, economic development, economic empowerment and wealth creation. He orchestrates humanitarian initiatives while mobilizing individuals, organizations, and communities toward noble causes. Jenkins serves on a number of corporate, educational, governmental and religious boards. Some of boards include Clear Channel Chicago Advisory Board, Advocate Health Advisory Board, The Hilliard Vocation Institute, Illinois Attorney General Advisory Board, Illinois Treasurer Advisory Board, and Daystar School Board of Directors. Jenkins also serves as a State Commissioner on the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission working to ensure accountability to the Federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
He has received many awards, citations, and honors including one of Morehouse College’s highest honors being inducted into The Dr. Martin Luther King Board of Preachers and Scholars. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute earning a Bachelor of Science in Christian Education and he is also a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with a Masters of Art degree in Religion. Jenkins is married to Dr. Tara Rawls-Jenkins and has two young daughters, Princess and Paris, and one son, Charles Jenkins III. Two of his familiar releases are “Awesome” and “WAR”.