Synopsis of Event Presenters for the 2018 CWTT Fellowship
[SPRING SEASON SESSION CONDUCTED BY]
Missionary Gina Martelly
Gina Martelly accepted the Lord as her personal Savior on July 22, 1981. She has been a member of Citadel of Hope Mission for over thirty years and has served in many areas of ministry there. God has put the call of a “missionary” in her heart. She is involved in local missionary endeavors including providing to those in need and visiting the nursing home, the sick and shut-in. Gina also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) in the city of Newark. She also supports missionary ministers aboard, such as Harbinger’s Ministries in Africa and World Concern. Gina’s desire is and always will be to lead individuals to Christ, who is the one that is always able to help them by meeting their needs both physically as well as spiritually.
Gina attended Robert Walsh Business School to become a court stenographer and later attended Bergen Community College where she graduated from the Travel and Tourism Program. Over the years she has truly been a blessing to many in the church through organizing trips that were educational and fun. For some people, especially our youth, this was the only way they were able to travel beyond their own neighborhoods. She overseen our VBS (Vacation Bible School), which is an Outreach Ministry focused on the community children. Sis Gina is “a missionary and humanitarian” at her core. Gina has been married to Pierre Martelly for sixteen years. Her love for God and people is undeniable and demonstrated in her daily life.
[SUMMER SEASON SESSION CONDUCTED BY]
Author, Leslie K. Howard
Leslie K. Howard is a woman on fire for the Lord. "First and foremost, she is The Daughter of the King and not ashamed to wear her crown. A Speaker, Talk Show Host, Christian Life Coach and Author, with a background in youth and family counseling. Leslie believes her gifts were given to her, to be shared with others. She speaks at women's conferences and retreats. Leslie facilitates Daughters of Imani, a Christian Rites of Passage for girls 10-18. She coordinates an annual Mother/Daughter weekend which is designed to strengthen that beautiful and unique relationship. Leslie also hosts the Annual Sister Circle Girlfriends Getaway Weekend. a Christian women's conference for best friends.
Born and raised in Newark, NJ, Leslie grew up in a home plagued with alcoholism and domestic violence. As child she was beset with feelings of abandonment, loneliness and fear. This combined with neglect and sexual abuse resulted in her struggle with low self-esteem. Having had that experience propels Leslie in her mission. She states, "My mission is to equip, encourage, empower and inspire those who have been broken, burdened, or weighed down by the circumstances of life. My Prayer is, through the message you be brought to a place of healing. This comes only from our beloved Jesus Christ. If you open your heart to Him, you will be touched by His mighty love. If you trust Him, you will be loved like never before, and thus, your healing and joy will come. So, allow me to take your hand and place it in the hands of Jesus." "...and I pray that you being rooted and established in love, may have power together with all the saints to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ." Ephesians 3:17-18.
Pastor Franklin K. Howard and Leslie have been married 30 years. They have been Pastor and First Lady at 24-7 Community Church for 16 years. Together they have two adult children and two beautiful grandchildren. Leslie states, "I am blessed and humbled the Lord has given me the privilege to carry His message of love, hope and encouragement." Known for her honesty, humor and for bringing the word of God and making it relevant to her audience. Leslie is an excellent choice for a keynote speaker
[FALL SEASON SESSION CONDUCTED BY]
Minister Janet Greene
Espanola Janet Green is an ordained minister and pulpit associate at Citadel of Hope Mission and oversees the Food Program there. She is also a member of the Ecumenical Covenant Fellowship of Churches & Ministers International Inc. and serves as its Event Coordinator. Janet's first experience with the Lord was at Miracle Temple under the late R.W. Schambach at the age of 16. Soon after accepting the Lord, she was called into ministry under the leadership of the late Pastor Thomas Bacon. She continued attending Miracle Temple's Young People's Bible Class taught by the late Mother G. Powell; and it was there she began to understand her calling. Janet learned the importance of soul-winning for Christ. When Citadel of Hope Mission was birthed, Mother Powell had already equipped her for service. She was instructed in effective witnessing, and how to serve. Some of the ministries she served in were the Youth House Ministries, Pen pal, Hospital, Nursing Home and Street Ministries.
Janet moved to Thomasville, Ga., and it was there that her ministry began to expand. She opened her home to teach God's Word in a Bible Study and then to conduct church ministry (serving as pastor). She started the Miracle Prayer Band that would do Bible study in house services and baptisms. Next, the Purpose and Destiny Women's Group was birthed. Its sole purpose was for women to come together for healing, restoration, spiritual growth and fun. Later the Lord sent her to Disciples of Jesus Ministry Incorporated in Thomasville Ga under the leadership of Dr. Israel and Barbara Blake. Under this ministry, she began to use all the things that she had been taught in her youth. Janet held and served in various positions there. She served as a Youth leader, Office secretary, Prison ministry, Sound room person, Associate Minister, Van driver, Choir Director, Praise dancer, Pulpit's nurse, Head of the Youth Department, Head of the Sunday school department/teacher, Usher Director and Radio ministry. She also started the Soup Kitchen there. Janet has ministered and ran revivals in every available open door given to her throughout the Southland and New York Metropolitan Area. During the Katrina crisis, she opened her heart and her home to Katrina victims. Because she was a certified Red Cross Volunteer, she was able to help organize a shelter for the Katrina victims.
After returning to New Jersey, the Lord directed Janet to return back to her home church, Citadel Of Hope Mission. She allows God to use her where ever there is a need. Since her return, she has conducted Overnight Prayer meetings, participates in the Open-Door Prayer and Counseling Summer Ministry, overseen the Youth Ministry, initiated the King's Table Ministry, Noonday Prayer, started and manages the Free Sunday Morning Breakfast Outreach. Janet was impressed upon by the Spirit of God to start "Jump Start Good Morning", which is an encouragement texting ministry. At this point, it has grown to over 300 contacts.
Janet's educational background includes her attendance at Essex County College, Rutgers University, Thomas County College and Robert Walsh College where she graduated from. She is the proud mother of four amazing, smart and gifted children that have their own company named Greene Management & Fully Focus Sports Inc. She has been blessed with ten grandchildren and two great-granddaughters and daughter-in-law. To God be the glory for the things he has done.
[WINTER SEASON SESSION CONDUCTED BY]
Prophetess Donna Blackwell
Donna Anthony Blackwell was born in East Orange, NJ and raised in Newark NJ. After graduating from University High in Newark NJ, Prophetess Blackwell attended Rutgers University majoring in Engineering and Business Administration. It was here that she became active in community service whether it was providing hot meals or collecting clothing for those in need. Donna consistently organized the student population to help those that were less fortunate. Throughout the years Prophetess Blackwell has continued to work with organizations and people who were committed to improving the quality of life for our community. Organizations such as the NAACP and Meals on Wheels are just to name a couple, in addition to recently receiving the Irvington Township’s Woman of the Year 2013 Award. She was also very instrumental in reactivating Eta Upsilon undergraduate chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. the sorority in which she became a member of in 1984. Over thirty years later Prophetess Blackwell is still an active member and serves the organization as Chaplain of Iota Alpha Sigma Graduate chapter.
During her life’s journey, Donna was married and from this union came an only child, a son, Kyree Blackwell. Through her determination to instill the necessity of education and working for the good of one’s community, her son has followed in her footsteps. Much to her joy, he is now a University of Notre Dame alumnus of 6 years who currently resides as the Management Consultant and Young Alumni Director, for the Black Alumni of Notre Dame. He has also blessed her with a beautiful granddaughter, Kiara Blackwell.
Donna began her professional career in Business Administration with NJ Transit 27 years ago this year. Beginning as a clerical employee then rising to assistant manager positions to holding her current managerial position, where she ensures the safety of employees and the community in which NJ Transit serves. In 2007, she obtained her real estate license. Prophetess Blackwell is a “visionary and businesswoman” that holds fast to her dreams of experiencing all the great things that life has to offer her and to offer to life all that she can. Trusting in her beliefs that “patience is a virtue”, “trials bring the smiles of wisdom”, “there’s a method to the madness” and “GOD didn’t bring me all this way and through all of that stuff just to leave me now”, she continues to press toward the mark of her high calling. She became an ordained minister in 2003. On a daily basis Prophetess Blackwell ministers to all who have need and she is presently a Sunday school teacher and pulpit associate at Citadel of Hope Mission in East Orange NJ.