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District 1
Faith Leader
Government Official
Councilman Zeke Cohen
Moved to Baltimore at 18 years of age, after college – Teach for America – taught middle school social studies in West Baltimore, Master’s Degree – Public Policy – Johns Hopkins University – Founded a non-profit – “The Intersection” - lives in Canton, Elected 2016
District 2
Faith Leader
Bishop Angel Nunez
Bishop Nunez has been in ministry for over 40 years and is the Bishop of the Bilingual Christian Fellowship and holds a Doctorate Degree in Divinity with a Masters in Theology. As Senior Pastor of the Bilingual Christian Church of Baltimore for over 31 years, he still travels as an International Evangelist winning souls for Christ.

He has been to 46 countries carrying a prophetic mantle and challenging word to the church to rise up and fulfill her destiny in Christ. Bishop Nuñez provides an apostolic oversight to pastors and leaders, equipping them to effectively serve the body of Christ.
Bishop Clifford M. Johnson, Jr.
Bishop Johnson has been the pastor of Mount Pleasant Church and Ministries since 1970, then located on E. Preston Street.  In 1991, Pastor Johnson purchased a deteriorating shopping center on Radecke Avenue and converted the site into a beautiful, 17-acre Ministry Campus that now addresses the spiritual needs of the Mt. Pleasant congregation, as well as its communities.

Mt. Pleasant Church and Ministries has over eight thousand members and continues to exercise a powerful, energetic witness at the local, state, and national levels, within political, civic and ecumenical church communities. Pastor Johnson’s teaching and preaching experiences are impressively vast and notably cross-cultural. Within the State of Maryland and along the east coast, Pastor Johnson has taught life-changing lessons to Pastors and their congregations, particularly in the areas of discipleship and evangelism.
Government Official
Councilwoman Danielle McCray
Chairperson of Health, Environment and Technology - Appointed to City Council in May 2019 – filed seat of Brandon Scott when elevated to Council President – Community Organizer and entrepreneur – Co-Founder of BEST Democratic Club – political club to increase voter turnout and empower new leaders – Worked alongside then-Councilman Scott on gun violence, public health and equity in government – Sister of State Senator Cory McCray – Graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
District 3
Faith Leader
Rev. Damon Dorsey
Reverend Dorsey has been supporting the community for over a decade. He formed a non-profit organization, QSL (Quietly Speaking Loudly) in 2010 which quickly got to work and teamed up with local shelters to feed the homeless. With the growth of Reverend Dorsey’s ministry, QSL transitioned into what would soon become Walk By Faith Ministries in 2013. 

Within the first year, WBF outgrew two locations and in 2014 began holding services at Coldstream Elementary School in Baltimore. WBF adopted the school along with Abbottston Elementary and was able to provide uniforms, school supplies, haircuts, and food for students in need. 

In 2016, WBF moved to its fourth and current location at 2500 E Northern Parkway. WBF has done multiple community service projects, a 5 star dinner for the homeless in War Memorial Plaza, given away scholarships, uniforms and supplies to students and WBF operates passionately under the Mission Statement “To love God, to increase our faith and to help others do the same”. WBF serves hundreds each Sunday and continues to be one of the fastest growing and most diverse churches in Baltimore continuing to help people find and develop a meaningful relationship with God.
Government Official
Councilman Ryan Dorsey
Graduate of Peabody Conservatory – in Music Composition – Studied violin at Baltimore School for the Arts –currently serves on Alumni Advisory Council – Worked as project manager –Soundscape – local third-generation family business – Passionate advocate for arts – been part of Baltimore’s artistic community for years – Elected in 2016
District 4
Faith Leader
Bishop Gregory Dennis
Bishop Gregory Dennis is a fifth generational minister, maintaining the legacy of servitude, by doing all that he can so that the 21st century Church will move into a place of maturity. He has become one of his generations’ prophetic voices. After serving as the Executive Pastor of Kingdom Worship Center and Youth Pastor for 10 years, Bishop Gregory Dennis was appointed the Senior Pastor of Kingdom Worship Center, succeeding his father in ministry in 2013.

As a community organizer, he has infiltrated areas that seemingly would be considered barriers and has impacted the community at large. He is a member and the former Vice President of the Towson Area Ministerial Alliance. Gregory also serves on the Board of Spiritual Advisors at Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC), BaHari and board member for Araminta Freedom Initiative. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Theology at Wesley Seminary in Washington, DC.

Gregory is a contributing writer to and member of the editorial staff of Grace and Glory magazine. He is a much sought after mentor, lecturer and preacher. He has ministered to children and seniors alike in venues ranging from after school programs to international conferences.
Government Official
Councilman Mark Conway
Chairperson of Public Safety and Government Operations - Executive Director of Baltimore Tree Trust – environmental non-profit focused on planting trees and training people in green jobs – Previously served – Deputy Director of city’s Performance Management Agency – Campaign platform on: improving public schools by supporting new construction, increased funding and fighting for competitive teacher pay, fighting crime by confronting poverty and disinvestment, creating new training and job opportunities of youth, Strengthening neighborhoods by revitalizing abandoned properties, focus on trash cleanup and illegal dumping, improve recreation centers and pubic transportation
District 5
Faith Leader
Bishop Kevia Elliott
Government Official
Councilman Isaac "Yitzy" Schiefer
Chairperson of Rules and Legislative  Oversight Committee - Elected 2016, Advocate and leader in Northeast Baltimore City – Former Vice President of neighborhood association and liaison to State’s Attorney’s office – serves on several non-profit boards – Graduate of University of Baltimore Merrick School of Business
District 6
Faith Leader
Rev. Dr. Terris King
Reverend Dr. Terris A. King has been the esteemed Pastor of Liberty Grace Church since 2008. He graduated from Towson State University with a B.S. degree in Mass Communication in 1984 and attended St. Mary’s Seminary in 1989. In 1997, he attended Johns Hopkins University where he received his Master’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Science. He received a Senior Executive Fellowship from Harvard University in 1999. He received his Doctorate in Divinity from Saint Thomas College in 2012. He earned a Science Doctorate from Towson University in Occupational Therapy in 2019.

Rev. King has served as a Senior Executive for the federal government since 2000 and was employed by the federal government for over 30 years. Rev King is now CEO of King Enterprise Group LLC, where he provides health care consulting to for-profit and non-profit corporations. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Family League of Baltimore and is President and CEO of the Grace Foundation the community arm of Liberty Grace Church of God.
Government Official
Councilwoman Sharon Green Middleton
Vice- President of Baltimore City Council - Chair of Economic and Community Development Committee - First elected to City Council in 2007 –- Extensive experience in education and career development programs – graduate of Morgan State University, member of Alumni Association – Current President of Maryland Association of Counties
District 7
Faith Leader
Rev. Beryl Whipple
Dr. Whipple is the eighth pastor of the Historic Mount Hebron Baptist Church in Baltimore City. Educationally, he is a graduate of Morehouse College where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Religion and Wake Forest University Divinity School where he earned the Masters Degree in Divinity. He also holds the Masters of Science Degree in Church Management from Villanova University School of Business. In addition he has an earned Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership Excellence at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Pastor Whipple is also an active member of the Baltimore Morehouse Alumni Association.

Other accomplishments include holding the position of Chapel Assistant within The Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel, where he first was introduced to many foundations in ministry, being named an Oprah Winfrey Scholar, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar and Rev. Dr. Thomas Kilgore Scholar at Morehouse College. He is also an inductee of the esteemed Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College. Recently, he has been recognized as a rising legend by the Morehouse College Alumni Association. In addition, because of his outstanding leadership achievements as a young clergyperson, Dr. Whipple was selected as a Lewis Fellow by the Lewis Center for Church Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary.

He is a third generation preacher and the youngest son of the late Rev. Norman Munroe Whipple, Sr. and Rev. Dr. Barbara Jean Whipple. His older brothers are the late Norman Monroe Jr. and Jacinth Norman.
Pastor Rodney is the son of the Reverend Dr. Earl D. and the late Reverend Rosie Marie Hudson of Dayton, Ohio. Rodney is an ordained Elder in Full Connection in the United Methodist Church. He matriculated from the College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at the Virginia Union University and the Catholic University, Washington DC where he studied education.

He has been a licensed minister in the Christian Methodist Church since September 16, 1974 where he was ordained Deacon and Elder by the late Bishop E. Lynn Brown. He has served The Central Indiana-Ohio Annual Conference of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church as the President of The Christian Youth Fellowship and as the Annual Conference Music Director for the CME Christian Youth Fellowship Choir (Indianapolis District). Rodney Hudson has served as the Faith Leader of Christ Church (CME), Bethel Church (CME), Ames Memorial (UM), and the Resurrection West UMC.

He has been employed in various staff capacities in protestant churches all over the United States serving specifically as a Minister of Christian Education, Minister of Evangelism, and as a Minister of Worship and Liturgy. He has conducted music workshops throughout Europe and the Scandinavian Peninsula on the topic of African American Music: The Negro Spiritual to Hip Hop. Rodney served his country in the United States Army during the Gulf War and was honorably discharged in 1998 after serving as an Airborne Paratrooper in the the 18th Airborne Corp. He has taught 3rd grade and 9th -12th grade English literature in the Prince Georges County, and Baltimore City Public School Systems.

Rodney serves as a community activist in the West Baltimore communities of Sandtown, Harlem Park, and the West Lexington/Monroe Street Corridor where he Pastors the Ames Memorial, Metropolitan, and St. James United Methodist Churches. In 2020, Rodney offered himself as a candidate for the Baltimore City Council District 7 where he campaigned on the platform of Reform for City Government, Education, and Public Safety.

Rodney is the father of four children, Christopher, Daniel, David, and Ayonia Hudson of Prince Georges County, Maryland. The Hudson family are committed to serving God, Country, and Community. Their family motto for ministry can be found in the words written by Charles Wesley, A charge to keep I have, A God to glorify, A never-dying soul to save, And fit it for the sky. To serve the present age, My calling to fulfill: O may it all my powers engage To do my Master’s will.
Rabbi Daniel Cotzin Burg
Daniel Cotzin Burg has been rabbi of Beth Am Synagogue since July of 2010. Rav Daniel is a senior fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and served on the Maryland Task Force on Reconciliation and Equity.

He is a contributing author to Keeping Faith in Rabbis: A Community Conversation about Rabbinical Education (Ed. Herring and Roscher) and Celebrating the Jewish Year: The Spring and Summer Holidays (Ed. Steinberg). He blogs at

Rabbi Burg has helped to articulate a congregational mission and vision for Beth Am’s community engagement initiative (See New Jewish Neighborhood Project) and “In, For Of, Inc.” a 501(c)3 organization affiliated with Beth Am.  He serves on the board of the Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies (ICJS) and IFO, and, from 2014-2018, on the Board of Jews United for Justice. He has been a vocal supporter in Annapolis and Baltimore of marriage equality, police reform, environmental justice, legislation to curtail gun violence and other important social and societal issues affecting Beth Am’s city and state.
Government Official
Councilman James Torrence
Baltimore native – Raised in Public Housing – JD degree from University of Baltimore School of Law – Focuses on community organizing, legal education, and public policy – Member of Baltimore City Democratic State Central Committee
District 8
Faith Leader
The Reverend Florence L. Ledyard is an Episcopal priest. She was ordained to the diaconate in 1978 and the priesthood in 1979. She has served four parishes since then. After a term as Interim Rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Mt. Airy, Maryland, she moved to the city and has been Rector of St Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in West Baltimore since 2002. 

She has served on the National Hunger Committee of the Episcopal Church as well as on the boards of Interfaith Action for Racial Justice, Episcopal Social Ministries and the Episcopal Housing Corporation in Baltimore. She served two terms on the College of Preachers Board of Trustees including a year as Chair. She was a member of the College’s Associate Faculty - and for a time, held the staff position of Director of Program Initiatives. Presently she has recently completed a stint on the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Maryland and has served as a mentor for Fresh Starts. She is a consultant in the areas of strategic planning and leadership development as well as enjoying opportunities to preach and teach.
Government Official
Councilman Kristerfer Burnett
First elected in 2016 – Lifelong Baltimorean – lives in Edmondson Village – Graduate of University of Maryland – BS degree in African-American Studies with concentration in Public Policy – Master’s Degree – Public Policy – UMBC – Community Organizer For Service Employees International Union (SEIU) – Created and con-chaired Baltimore City Human Trafficking Collaborative
District 9
Faith Leader
Rev. Dr. Cleveland Mason III
Perkins Square
Rev. Dr. Harold A. Carter, Jr.
Harold A. Carter, Jr. has been the pastor of the New Shiloh Baptist Church since 1996. He leads the congregation of more than 5,000 active members with emphasis on Missions, Evangelism, and Christian Education. His preaching is heard widely through radio, television and internet streaming broadcasts. He is credited by his ministerial colleagues and many in the media as galvanizing pastors, activists, community and political leaders.

Presently, he serves as the Assistant Secretary of The Hampton University's Ministers Conference and the Executive Secretary for the Global United Fellowship (GUF). He also presently serves as the President and New Testament/Hermeneutics Professor for the Determined Biblical & Theological Institute of Baltimore, MD. Additionally, he is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the New Shiloh Village Development Project; a non,profit organization with a goal of community development, including the New Shiloh Senior Living building (an 81-unit facility).
Government Official
Councilman John T. Bullock
Elected in 2016 – Assistant Professor in Department of Political Science at Towson University – Teaches Urban Policy and Metropolitan Studies – Serves as Executive Director of the Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance – Previously President of the Evergreen Protective Association – B.A. degree Political Science – Hampton University, Master’s in Regional Planning – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Doctorate in Government and Politics from University of Maryland College Park
District 10
Faith Leader
Pastor Small graduated from Haverford College earning a BA in History and obtained a Master’s in Theology from St Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland. He was employed by Wachovia Bank for 20 years until leaving for full-time ministry.

 He was licensed and ordained at the Enon Baptist Church Baltimore, Maryland. In 2005, Pastor Small was called to the First Baptist Church of Cherry Hill. Pastor Small currently serves as President of the Cherry Hill Ministerial Alliance. Pastor Small is committed to equipping the membership for ministry beyond our walls.
Rev. Dr. Therm James
Pastor James is the fourth generation of gospel preacher/pastor. He is a native of Baltimore, Maryland.  He has earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from Morgan State University and then continued his theological training at Saint Mary’s Seminary. In May 2004, he graduated from Howard University with his Masters of Arts in Divinity.

In 1991,Reverend James began serving as the under shepherd at Bethany Baptist Church and the congregation has grown enormously since then, supporting the communities of Westport, Mt. Winans and Brooklyn. The members of Bethany have been blessed tremendously by the enthusiastic teaching and preaching of Pastor James. His ministry is founded on the simple, yet often forgotten ideal of giving back to the community and its people, essentially, “taking care of home.”
Government Official
Councilwoman Phylicia Porter
Born and raised in Baltimore – Over 10 years experience as community organizer and public health professional – As a public health professional – manages 16 community based organizations – Serves on Baltimore City Democratic State Central Committee
District 11
Faith Leader
Rev. Dr. S. Todd Yeary
Dr. Sheridan Todd Yeary is the Senior Pastor of the Douglas Memorial Community Church in Baltimore, Maryland. He also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of DMCC’s two community development corporations – Camp Farthest Out, Inc. and Douglas Village, Inc.

Dr. Yeary’s interests include mentoring youth and young adults, community activism, urban public policy and the development of processes of productive transformation that liberates all people. Currently, he serves on the boards of the Center for School Mental Health and Behavioral Health System Baltimore, and the Advisory Board to the College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore.

As part of his community activism, Dr. Yeary serves as the Political Action Chair of the Maryland State Conference NAACP, on the national Religious Affairs Committee of the NAACP, and is a principal with Community Churches for Community Development
Rev. Dr. Alvin Hathaway, Sr.
Rev. Dr. Alvin Hathway, Sr. is the Chair of ACT Now Baltimore.

The Reverend Alvin C. Hathaway, Sr. was called to Union Baptist Church as Assistant Pastor in 2004, and elevated to the position of Pastor of this historic “Servant Church” in 2007.

A native Baltimorean and son of Union Baptist Church, he is truly a man of God. Acknowledging his call to the ministry and through obedience to Christ, he prepared himself academically and spiritually for the shepherding of God’s people. Rev. Hathaway has earned a Ph. D. in Philosophy of Religion from the North Carolina College of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary.
Government Official
Councilman Eric Costello
Chairperson of Ways and Means Committee - Joined City Council in 2014, elected in 2016 - - Born in Brooklyn New York – Became Senior IT Analyst at U. S. Government Accountability Office – 2006 – President of Federal Hill Neighborhood Association 2011 – 2014 – B. S. degree – Communication Arts, minor in Business Communication – State University of New York at Oneonta – Master’s degree – Information Management – Syracuse University’s iSchool – Certificate of Advanced Study in Information Security Management and Information Systems & Telecommunications Management
District 12
Faith Leader
Bishop J. L. Carter
Bishop Carter has been the chief servant of ARK Church since September 1987. He is dedicated to community development, home and foreign missions. He continues to travel extensively, spreading the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the US and abroad.

He is also the Presiding Prelate of Kingdom Impact Covenant Fellowship established in March 2012 where he mentors, encourages and councils a Diverse group of Pastors.
Bishop Donté Hickman
Since Bishop Hickman began the pastor of Southern Baptist Church in 2002, the church has experienced phenomenal growth. He led the congregation in developing a vision and mission statement for the church that balanced the church’s efforts around evangelism, worship, discipleship, fellowship, and ministry leadership.

Dr. Donte’ Hickman has an evangelistic burden for community development and outreach. In 2004, he commissioned task forces from a cross section of the membership to determine the demographic needs of our East Baltimore community to develop a multi-generational strategy of revitalization. Under the mantra of Restoring People and Rebuilding Properties, Pastor Hickman led the church in a major campaign of property acquisition to build another sixty unit Senior Housing facility, a Transformation Center to administer health, workforce development, behavioral counseling, and community services, an Early Headstart Youth Enrichment Center, Affordable Homes, Mixed-use Commercial Development, and Church Expansion to meet the ministry needs of a rapidly growing congregation.

Continuing to be intentional about evangelism and discipleship, Pastor Hickman led the church in the multi-site ministry concept. Today, Southern Baptist Church is one church in multiple locations with five services every weekend and over 3000 members. As a community leader and entrepreneur, Bishop Hickman was appointed by the honorable Mayor Martin O’Malley to serve as one of the Housing Commissioners for the Housing Authority Board of Baltimore City. And in 2012, Governor O’Malley appointed Pastor Hickman to the Maryland Port Authority Commission. Dr. Hickman has received numerous citations and awards and is most proud to be the recipient of the Baltimore Tuskegee Alumni Distinguished Service Award.
Government Official
Councilman Robert Stokes
Chairperson of Education, Workforce and Youth - Lifelong resident of East Baltimore – Graduate of Dunbar Senior High School, briefly attended Morgan State University pursuing a degree in Business Administration and Computer Science – Liaison to former City Council President Lawrence Bell focused on community-based initiatives- Christmas in April and Civic Works – Elected to Baltimore City Council Democratic Central Committee – served 4 terms
District 13
Faith Leader
Dr. Reginald Thomas Sr. has served as the pastor of the Greater Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland since 1994. Under his leadership, the church has grown extensively, and has been mobilized to reach beyond the walls of the buildings, in an effort to meet the spiritual and physical needs of the community. He is the founder and president of Urban Life Solutions, a community development corporation designed to minister to individuals, families, and urban communities, empowering them to overcome societal and economic strongholds.

Dr. Thomas was raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and educated in the Baltimore City Public School System, graduating from The Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Towson University, a Master of Arts in Theology from St. Mary’s Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry in Formational Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary, in Ashland, Ohio. Dr. Thomas is also completing a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Dr. Thomas has been the recipient of a host of awards, held numerous board positions, and is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.
Elder Glenmore Blackwood
Elder Glenmore Blackwood is the Pastor of Shiloh Church of God, 7th day located at 1910 Edison Highway, Baltimore MD 21213. Currently pastoring for the past for 5 years. Prior to that, he was the Executive Pastor of the church for 12 years. During his years of ministry, he has had the great privilege to minister in many regions of the world including England, Jamaica, Israel, and Canada. His passion for community service has been his driving force and remains committed to ensuring the church is fully operational outside of the walls of the building. Also overseeing the overseas church located in Guyana, South America.

Being a resident of Baltimore for 40 years has allowed the passion for a brighter future to be demonstrated through faith-based initiatives combined with community efforts to remain burning within his heart. He is fully subscribed to the teaching of Jesus Christ to "Go ye, therefore". Teaching and preaching have been engraved in him from a long line of pastors, teachers, evangelists, and preachers.
Government Official
Councilman Antonio Glover
Community advocate, Works full-time in State’s Attorney’s Office as Community Liaison in the Eastern District – Serving second term on Baltimore City Democratic State Central Committee – Member Best Democratic Club
District 14
Faith Leader
The Rev. Dr. Bernard Keels is the Dean at Morgan State University based in Baltimore, Maryland. Previously, Bernard was the Director at University Chapel and also held positions at IndieSoulMagazine.

The University Memorial Chapel is the center of religious and spiritual life at Morgan State University, dedicated to fulfilling the spiritual, temporal and religious needs of the students, faculty, staff, and administration. Born of a rich legacy that embraces the oneness of spirit of humankind while affirming denominational and interfaith integrity, the University Memorial Chapel seeks to provide religious instruction and activities that enhance the spiritual health/formation and leadership abilities of the students at Morgan State University.
Government Official
Councilwoman Odette Ramos
Moved to Baltimore in 1991 to attend Goucher College, Master’s of Science in Public Policy from Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University, Executive Director of the Community Development Network of Maryland – lead organization that advocates for more affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization, and family stability policies – Elected to Democratic State Central Committee – serving second term – Lives in Charles Village – Daily Record awarded her with influential Marylander Award and Warfield Dickens Aware for advocacy for justice in housing - 2019