• "...to bring good news to the poor... proclaim release to the captives... let the oppressed go free..."
  • (Luke 4:18-19)

    Guest Speakers

    Dr. Jessica Young Brown
    Dr. Jessica Young Brown is a counseling psychologist who serves as Assistant Professor of Counseling and Practical Theology at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. In this capacity she teaches and provides consultation and program development on issues of vocation, spiritual formation, and human development. Dr. Brown is also a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional in private practice, and provides education and consultation to churches and community organizations on mental health and organizational issues.  In her clinical practice, Dr. Brown focuses on women’s issues and relational concerns.
         Dr. Brown completed her undergraduate education at Elon University in Elon, NC. She then matriculated at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA where she received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, both in Counseling Psychology. In addition to her work obligations, Dr. Brown is engaged at the community level. She is the Varina District representative and Chair for the Henrico County Board of Mental Health and Developmental Services. She is also the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for VIPCare, a nonprofit organization focused on providing faith-based counseling services in the Richmond community.  
         In addition to teaching responsibilities, Dr. Brown serves as the Director of the Barry Young Center for Ministry Formation, which provides vocational coaching and support to ministers at various stages of ministry. The Center provides education and intervention on issues such as vocational discernment, burnout prevention and recovery, and personal wellness.

    Dr. Jolene Erlacher
    Dr. Jolene Erlacher founded Leading Tomorrow in 2013 with the aim of equipping churches, businesses, schools, missions agencies and other organizations for effective inter-generational leadership in an evolving culture.  Her passion for equipping a new generation of leaders emerged from various leadership experiences in education and ministry.
         Erlacher worked for eight years at North Central University, specializing in leadership training, student development and personnel management. During that time, she identified the need for building awareness of generational differences as young leaders entered the workplace, especially in ministry contexts.  This began an extended journey of researching the experiences and needs of Millennials in ministry positions.  Her book, Millennials in Ministry (Judson Press) documents her findings.  Her new book, Daniel Generation: Godly Leadership in an Ungodly Culture, was released in August 2018. Jolene specializes in providing training and consulting on team effectiveness and inter-generational leadership. She works with community organizations, government agencies, churches, missions agencies, and small businesses. Jolene teaches continuing education courses for Eduspire (www.eduspire.org). She is also an adjunct faculty member and teaches graduate courses on Organizational Leadership at North Central University (www.northcentral.edu), and serves on the Board of Directors for GoCorps (www.gocorps.org).
         Jolene’s education background includes degrees in Education and English, and a graduate certificate in International Leadership.  Her doctorate is in Leadership from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.  She has also completed training on the StrengthsFinder assessment through Gallup Consulting and studied freelance writing at the Loft Literary Center.

    Dr. Patrice E. Turner
    Dr. Patrice E. Turner received the Doctor of Education degree in Music and Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in May 2009. Her dissertation is titled Mentoring Music Educators in Gospel Music Pedagogy in the Classroom, sponsored by Professor Lori A. Custodero and seconded by Professor Harold F. Abeles. She received the Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance, the Bachelor of Music Education degree in Choral and General Music, and the Master of Arts degree in Music Education from The Ohio State University. As an undergraduate, she had a concentration in African and African American Studies. Patrice is also a recipient of the Master of Education degree in Music & Music Education from Teachers College. Her first article, “Getting Gospel Going,” was published in Music Educators Journal (December 2008). A second article, “The Sacred and the Secular: Where Do We Draw the Line?” was published in The Journal of Religious Thought (Volume 59, Nos. 1-2 and Volume 60, No. 1, 2006-2007).
                Patrice’s music career began at age three when she first started playing the piano; she is accomplished in the classical, jazz, and gospel traditions as a pianist and a soprano vocalist. Her work with gospel music began at age five when she transposed a hymn for a trumpet and piano duo. Since then, she has composed and arranged many songs for her home church, The Friendship Missionary Baptist Church of Columbus, Ohio (pastored by her father, the late Pastor G. Thomas Turner, Sr.); her group, Spiritually Fed; and her personal endeavors. She spent several years leading the music ministry of her home church as a musician, vocalist, director, and composer before moving to New York City.
                As a choral and general music educator, Patrice taught at Johnson Park Middle School in Columbus, Ohio (grades 6-8) for three years. In addition, she conducted two groups of Capital University’s Columbus Youth Choir for three years. The ensembles consisted of the Carolers (grades 2-4) and the Choristers (grades 5-8). Patrice has shared her musical gifts nationally and internationally in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Greece, Mexico, Brazil, Chilé, Italy, the Czech Republic, and Sweden. In addition, she has performed at such world-renown venues as Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater (NYC), Jazz at Lincoln Center’s The Appel Room (NYC), Smetana Hall (Prague), The Apollo Theater (NYC), Carnegie Hall (NYC), Subculture (NYC), and The Konserthuset (Stockholm).
                For 12.5 years, she worked as a teacher of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s (JALC) WeBop! Program for children ages 8 months to 5 years in New York City. She has also been an accompanist, band leader/concert curator, and member of the curriculum development team. This collaboration is between JALC and Professor Custodero. WeBop: A Family Jazz Party, a CD that features Patrice as a vocalist and composer, was released February 28, 2012. Patrice has several other CDs to her credit, which span classical and religious musical styles (Sounds, Shapes and Symbols [2001], 21 Spirituals for the 21st Century [2005], The Rhythm of G!d [2011], and Lead Me, Guide Me, Second Edition: Lectionary Psalms [2013]). Her debut EP, Introducing Patrice E. Turner, was released internationally on January 31, 2015.
                She served as the Artist in Residence at the First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem for seven years. For many years, Patrice co-taught and then led the music directors and musicians class of The National Baptist Sunday School and Baptist Training Union Congress and served as the head of the music department from June 2011 to June 2013. Since June 2012, she has served as the Wendell Whalum Recital accompanist, choir sectional accompanist, and auxiliary keyboardist for the Hampton Ministers’ Conference and Choir Directors’ and Organists’ Guild. Patrice was the guest American gospel director for Svenska Gospelverkstaden from January 29-February 16, 2015 and ministered in four cities in Sweden by leading concerts, workshops, and masterclasses. She returned to Sweden in January and February of 2018 for the same organization and presented three concerts and several workshops. Patrice has been a member of Broadway Inspirational Voices for several years, and she was named as the Associate Music Director in January 2017.
                On January 1, 2018, Patrice became the first female Director of Worship & The Arts at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, where the Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock is the Senior Pastor. Ebenezer is the spiritual home of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. At Ebenezer, Patrice is the chief administrator for all of the music, dance, and drama ministries. She oversees six choirs, the Praise Team, the Instrumental Ensemble, the handbell choir, the Dance Ministry, the Drama Ministry, and the band. On Saturday, November 3, 2018, Ebenezer Baptist Church dedicated Ebenezer’s new Steinway by presenting Patrice in her Atlanta debut concert.
                One of Patrice’s favorite scriptures is Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”


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