CCN Coaches Corner

Rev. Dr. Fred A. Allen

The Rev. Dr. Fred A. Allen is the National Director of Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century (SBC 21) and is a clergy member of the New York Annual Conference. Dr. Allen has been a national leader in the United Methodist Church for many years as well as involved in international mission work in countries including the former Soviet Union (Russia/Baltic States Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania); Managua, Nicaragua; Wales (United Kingdom); seven countries in Africa including South Africa; and have traveled to eight Caribbean Islands.

Before assuming this post at SBC 21 at the General Board of Discipleship, Dr. Allen served seven years at the United Methodist Publishing House as Executive Director of African American Initiatives & International Outreach.

Dr. Allen has over thirty-nine years of experience as a professional minister, manager, administrator and communicator in Christian institutions including local church pastorates, denominational national program agencies and para-church organizations, and has served in a variety of capacities including board membership for the following UMC General Boards and Agencies and beyond: General Board of Global Ministries, Black Methodist for Church Renewal, Africa Collaboration Team, Commission on the Status and Role of Women, Metropolitan Community Young Adult Training Program, Inc., The Parsons Black Improvement Team, Strengthening The Black Church for the 21st Century, Interagency Global Health Initiative, General Commission on Unity and Inter-religious Concerns (Consultation on the Global Nature of The Church, Salama Ministries, Tennessee Alliance for Progress, Inter-Ethnic Strategy Development Group, The Wesley Foundation.

Dr. Allen is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN; his Master of Divinity Degree, from St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri and his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Drew University School of Theology, Madison, New Jersey.


Reverend Dr. Rose M. Booker-Jones

Dr. Rose M. Booker-Jones is Senior Pastor of Bethel United Methodist Church, Peoria, Illinois. She has served congregations in Kansas and Illinois. While serving in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference, Dr. Rose has facilitated the merger of three United Methodist Churches in East St. Louis, Illinois. As Full-member of the Conference she served as Chair of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference Board of Ordained Ministry; Elected Jurisdictional Delegate; 2008 and 2012; and Instructor for the Conference Course of Study and License to Preach School. Rose served as Board Member of SBC21 (Strengthening the Black Church) as Program/Evaluation Chair. She assists National Director, Dr. Fred Allen as Program Coordinator of SBC21 Collaborative Coaching Network and Academy of Interns. Rose serves as Board Member of the General BMCR (Black Methodist for Church Renewal) as Chair of Membership. She is member of North Central Jurisdiction Mission Council. She also serves as Adjunct Professor at Lincoln Christian University Hargrove Adult Program, Lincoln, IL. She is featured in “Black United Methodists Preach!” edited by Dr. Gennifer Benjamin Brooks.

Dr. Rose is a Kansas native, educated in the Kansas public schools; earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management from Friends University, Wichita, Kansas. She earned her Masters of Divinity Degree from Southern Methodist University Perkins School of Theology, Dallas, Texas. She completed her Doctorate of Ministry in Parish Revitalization at McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois.


Dr. Clarence Brown

Dr. Brown is the Senior Pastor of Annandale United Methodist Church in the Virginia Annual Conference. He has served the church in many different capacities: as an associate pastor; rural minister; campus minister; large church pastor; consultant, coach; and District Superintendent. He is a graduate of Georgia State University; the valedictorian graduate of Gammon Theological Seminary (Atlanta, GA), and earned the D. Min. degree from Wesley Theological Seminary. Rev. Brown is known across the church for his strong preaching, his expertise in church revitalization, community engagement, and his mentoring of young pastors. He is the recipient of the Denman award in Evangelism.


Christopher Shawn Campbell

Christopher Shawn Campbell acknowledged his call to ministry April 1998, under the pastorate of Dr. T.Vaughn Walker, pastor of the First Gethsemane Baptist Church and was licensed to preach that same year. While at First Gethsemane Baptist Church he remained a faithful Sunday school teacher, Men’s Ministry and Youth Leader.

He is a graduate of the University of Louisville with Bachelors in Psychology and a minor in Pan-African Studies. He was a Mae Elizabeth and Theresa Coffman Scholar at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as a Mae Elizabeth and Theresa Coffman Scholar where he received a Masters of Arts with a concentration in Church Leadership and Administration. He has served as the senior pastor of the Genesis United Methodist Church, from 2009 – 2013. His next appointment will be The Plaza in Charlotte, North Carolina. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Wesley Foundation, a campus ministry for the United Methodist Church on the campus of the University of Louisville.

As a church consultant/coach for Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century, his strengths include revitalization by contemporary worship styles, infrastructure and team development, spiritual leadership and thematic/topical preaching. He has been a frequent guest preacher throughout the city of Louisville, including Georgetown College, the Cathedral of the Assumption’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Nassau, Bahamas and Zurich, Switzerland.


James Carpenter

James Carpenter demonstrates exceptional organization, administrative and technology skills by his many years of experience. He is deeply rooted in the Christian faith and practices.

Diplomatic and tactful with clergy and laity James believes that God calls all to make disciples and to respond and meet the needs of our neighbors near and far. Leadership must be willing to access a wider range of ministry supports and resources that God has already provided. Guided by the Holy Spirit he believes the church can move forward and be the church God is calling us to be.

James is presently the lay leader of Faith United Methodist Church in Mooresville North Carolina and a member of the Western North Carolina Annual Conference Communication Team. He has thorough knowledge of the United Methodist Church structure, traditions, and theological perspectives. He has many years of experience in ministry team leadership; to name a few, specialized training on an Assessment Task Force-Checking Vital Signs, Leadership Training, Church Structure, Rethink Church Trainer, and Embracing Christ’s Multi-Ethnic Body.

James is presently employed with NGK as a Technical Team Leader. He earned an Associate Art degree in Business Administration from Hardbarger College in 1989 and graduate from Hood Theological Seminary in 2008.


Wanda Carpenter

Wanda is no stranger to the United Methodist Church. As an active member of Faith United Methodist Church in Mooresville NC, Wanda has held various leadership positions not only within her church, but throughout the former Lake Norman District. She currently serves as Lake Norman Community Associate Lay Leader in The Metro District of the Western North Caroline Annual Conference.

Wanda is a member of the Plowpoint Church Transformation Team that help churches assess what they need to do to move forward effectively and faithfully in ministry. Church Transformation Team members are unpaid servants, both clergy and laity, who have received many hours of training by Plowpoint. Teams are equipped to journey with a congregation through various phases of ministry, offering services based on their particular needs and circumstances.

As a member of the SBC21 Strategic Visioning Team in the WNCC, she works as the Event Coordinator, to promote intentional partnerships for the planning and implementation of joint ministries between SBC21 and WNCC. In October, 2011 this partnership promoted an event with 503 laity, clergy and youth attending.

Wanda has the ability to communicate in healthy ways and to have proactive and positive conversations that can move laity and clergy from disagreement toward reaching their vision. She believes that in order for the church to move forward, laity and clergy must uncover and re-discover their gifts and strengths so that they can be the church that God is calling them to be.

Wanda is currently the Executive Assistant to the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina Inc. and has served in various administrative support positions throughout her career.

She is a native of Mooresville, NC and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bennett College, Greensboro, North Carolina.


Dr. Emanuel Cleaver III

Dr. Emanuel Cleaver III is the oldest of four children born to Dianne and Reverend Emanuel Cleaver II. The accomplished graduate of Philander Smith College received his B.A. in political science; accepted his calling into the ministry in 1995; and is now an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. After completing the Master of Divinity degree at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio in May of 1999, Cleaver served as pastor of Longview for three years and was then appointed to St. Andrew, both United Methodist Churches in Kansas City. In 2004 Dr. Cleaver became the proud pastor of Centennial UMC. During his tenure at this prestigious congregation, he received his doctorate of ministry from Saint Paul School of Theology. Under his leadership this historic church made renovations to its facility, including the installation of an elevator and started a weekly Saturday evening hip hop worship celebration. On July 1, 2008 Dr. Cleaver joined his father as the co-pastor of St. James UMC in Kansas City and in 2009 began his tenure as the senior pastor. Today, you can worship with St. James live online each week.

In addition to frequent preaching, teaching, and lecturing engagements he has also had several works published in Ministry Matters, Unity and Circuit Rider Magazines as well as the Wesley Study Bible. Dr. Cleaver recently received the Mount Alumni award for distinguished service in parish ministry from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio.


Dr. Linda Johnson Crowell

Dr. Linda Johnson Crowell is a native of Columbus, Georgia. She received a BA Degree in Psychology from Knoxville College, a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in social work from Case Western Reserve University.

She is an Associate Professor Emeritus- University of Akron and taught courses in Research, and Community Organization. She has authored several reports and publications on public welfare and has presented her work across the United States, in China, England, and Canada. She is the author of 101 Helps for Helpers (a book of meditations).

She serves Aldersgate United Methodist Church as Chairperson of Church Council and sings in the Aldersgate Choir. She is also a member of The Heritage Chorale. She is a member of the North Coast District Committee on Ordained Ministry, East Oho Conference Board of Pensions and member of the Conference Connectional Ministries committee. She was the former chairperson of The East Ohio Commission on Religion and Race and East Ohio Black Methodists for Church Renewal. She was a delegate to the 2008 General and Jurisdictional Conferences and was a reserve delegate for 2012, and served as a monitor for Black Methodists for Church Renewal. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the United Methodist Publishing House, former Treasurer for National Black Methodists for Church Renewal, and served as Follow-Up Consultant for Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century Initiative. She is also Vice President of Stepstone Academy, a United Methodist supported charter school in Cleveland, Ohio.


Junius B. Dotson

Pastor Dotson is a sought after coach and teacher. He believes that effective ministry is about training, developing, and empowering leaders to establish ministries that address the needs of the “whole” person – body, mind and spirit. A leader who responds to challenges and opportunities in new and creative ways, Pastor Dotson is a dynamic preacher, public speaker, and outstanding Coach. He is highly respected for his ability to establish networks that “get things done” in the faith and larger communities.

Pastor Dotson is well prepared both spiritually and academically. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Texas at Arlington. Pastor Dotson began his postgraduate work at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and earned his Master of Divinity degree from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California.

In 1996, Pastor Dotson responded to the awesome challenge of beginning a new and innovative church in the Silicon Valley, Genesis United Methodist Church and recently successfully launched the new Southeast Campus of Saint Mark UMC in Wichita. The unique innovations of Pastor Dotson merging an old dying congregation with the vibrant Saint Mark UMC generated much publicity. Pastor Dotson’s work and leadership has been featured in throughout the United Methodist Press and local media.

Pastor Dotson serves on the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Revitalization Taskforce of the Kansas West Conference. He is the lead coach for SBC21 Collaborative Coaching Network and served as a facilitator for the Fitzgerald Program, a GBOD program to equip pastors to begin start-up congregations, since 2002.


Rev. Dr. Lillie Madison Jones, M.S., M.DIV, Ed.S, Ed.D.

Lillie Jones is a nationally distinguished educator, whose mission for many years was that “no child be left behind.” Beyond her first career, Dr. Jones answered the heavenly call into ministry. Similarly, her mission as a pastor was that “all persons, saved or unsaved, are God’s creation and worthy of love and respect.” At present in her senior/post-retirement years, Dr. Jones yet remains steadfast as a certified Life Coach to her commitment to empower and educate her clients. Her degrees include a BA, M.S., Ed.S, and Ed.D. She received her Master’s of Divinity in 2003. Additionally, she is a Board Certified Coach and received her CPLC Certification from the Professional Christian Coaches Institute. She is a trained Appreciative Inquiry Coach and is also a graduate of the Shalem Institute of Spiritual Formation with a certificate in Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats. Her passion is leadership development, and she matriculated in a series of leadership programs including “Leadership at the Peak” through the Center for Creative Leadership in Colorado Springs. A 1965 alumnae of Bennett College, she was distinguished as one of the first group of women inducted into the Society of Our Wise Women. Dr. Jones. She is currently founder of Full Measure Living Coaching and Consulting, LLC.

She is a sought after speaker and retreat leader. Some of her topics are “The Power of a Praying Woman,” “Just a Sister Away”, “Listening to God”, and “Sisters, I Got Your Back.” Other speaking engagements have been keynote presentations at Annual Conferences of the United Methodist Church, as well as contemplative prayer and marriage retreats for the community. Most recently she was the 2011 Baccalaureate Speaker at Bennett.

Upon leaving the pastorate and upon recommendation of the Bishop, Dr. Jones was both a Coordinator of Ethnic and Justice Ministries and District Superintendent in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.


Frederick G. Outlaw

Frederick G. Outlaw is a native of Decatur, Alabama graduating from Lakeside High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Athens (AL) College in 1976. He is a graduate of Gammon Theological Seminary/Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia receiving a Masters of Divinity, 1979. In 1989, he received a Masters of Education in Educational Personnel Administration from Tuskegee University.

Frederick was ordained a deacon in the North Alabama Annual Conference, 1977 and ordained an elder in North Alabama 1980. He served the Ashville (AL) Circuit and Enon United Methodist Church -Birmingham, AL.

In January 1985, he transferred to the Alabama-West Florida Conference to serve the Bowen UMC-Tuskegee Institute, AL. From June 1997 – May 2004, Frederick served as pastor of Toulminville – Warren Street United Methodist Church in Mobile, Alabama. On July 1, 2004, he was appointed to serve as the Superintendent of the Baypines District of the Alabama-West Florida Conference. On July 1, 2011, Frederick was appointed to Director of Evangelism, Stewardship for the Alabama-West Florida Conference.

Frederick has preached and studied missions in Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. In April 1993, he was a guest of the Methodist Church of Cuba, preaching in Havana and represented the United Methodist Church in establishing relationships between the two Methodists bodies.

Frederick has served as a six time delegate to General and Jurisdictional Conferences of The United Methodist Church, from 1992-2012. He and his wife, Amanda, were delegates to the 1996 World Methodist Conference in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.


Yvonne Penn

Yvonne Penn is currently the Pastor of the Cambridge-Vienna Charge of the United Methodist Church. She is a native of Philadelphia, PA. Throughout these years, Yvonne was actively involved in the church. After moving to Salisbury, MD., Rev. Penn continued her religious quest at Wesley Temple United Methodist Church, in Salisbury. There, she chaired the Religion and Race Committee. Under her leadership, several ethnically diverse churches came together and fought against the evils of racism within the church and community. As a result of this endeavor, she was awarded the prestigious “Denman Award of Evangelism”.

Rev. Penn’s work experiences include: the NYSP Youth Administrator at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore; a Program Specialist for the Wicomico County Department of Recreation and Parks; and Economic Development Coordinator for the Town of Snow Hill, MD.

Rev. Penn strongly believes these varied work experiences was God’s way of preparing her for the Ministry. However, her calling was not without challenges. After having said “yes” to God, she discovered that God’s calling included traveling to Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, D.C. three times a week, while working a full time job as a Therapist at a Long Term Chronic Care Facility, and serving as the full-time pastor on The Quantico-Hebron Charge, a three-point charge.

In 1997, she graduated from Howard University School of Divinity with a Masters of Divinity Degree. Two years later Rev. Penn was ordained an Elder in the Peninsula-Delaware Conference of the United Methodist Church. Rev. Penn was appointed to Coleman Memorial U.M.C. in Wilmington, DE as the Senior Pastor in February 2000. She has led four mission trips for the Conference to New Orleans, Louisiana, after Hurricane Katrina. In 2009, her Charge was granted the distinct honor of being chosen as one of twenty-two Congregational Resource Centers (Teaching Centers) within the United Methodist Church Denomination for strengthening the Black Church. This is a first in the Peninsula-Delaware Conference.


Richard Lane Stryker III

Richard Lane Stryker III is a United Methodist Elder and Executive Director of Ethnic Ministries - North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. He recently completed six years as District Superintendent of the Southeast District.

Ordained in 1986, he lived through Liberia’s civil war as a pastor on the frontline of social change and struggle for peace. In 1992, he was one of the two founding pastors of a multiethnic congregation, Good Samaritan UMC in Memphis, Tennessee. Richard began serving in North Alabama in 1997 at Rising Star UMC. He also served St. Paul UMC in Birmingham and St. Thomas UMC in Sylacauga before being appointed District Superintendent in 2007.
A champion for outreach ministry, he served as the Conference Disaster Response Coordinator and was instrumental in leading the North Alabama Conference in its relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Dr. Stryker is a lifelong learner with Bachelor of Theology from Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary; Master of Arts in Religion and Master of Divinity degrees from Memphis Theological Seminary and Doctor of Ministry degree from The School of Theology, University of the South - Sewanee. He is author of three books:

  • Forged from Chaos: Stories and Reflections from Liberia at War
  • Large Barns, No Barns and Twenty-first Century Greed
  • Multiracial Church Dynamics: Possibilities& Challenges

Dr. Stryker believes in the relevancy of religion in the public-square, power of each new generation to shape the world, and the need for systemic change to create a just world. He brings a pastor’s heart, passion of a social activist, a prophetic voice, and clarity of vision that the church can reach new disciples for Jesus Christ.

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