University of Southern California

CRCC Passing the Mantle

Alumni

Alumni President

Rev. D. Najuma Smith-Pollard, Alumni President

The Passing the Mantle Alumni Association hosts interest luncheons and networking opportunities for PTM Fellows from all program years. The association’s goal is to continue conversations between clergy and community leaders for the purpose of civic engagement and community development.

Each year, the association hosts an interest meeting to join alumni and new participants and other activities. In addition, PTM alumni can connect with mentors and resources through ongoing communication with staff.

If you are interested in participating in the PTM Alumni Association or learning more about future events, please call 213.740.8562 or e-mail, ptm@usc.edu.

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Charles Allen-Anderson

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2010. Charles Allen-Anderson is the founder of ReCid Solutions, LLC, and serves as president and CEO. He brings several years of experience as coordinator of intake and assessment for Project Alternative, a re-entry program on Chicago`s...

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Julio Andujo

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2011. Julio Andujo was born in Los Angeles, California, and raised in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Andujo attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in actuarial science. He earned a Masters of...

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Tony A. Ashley

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2009. Institute for Violence Prevention Alum, 2010. Tony A. Ashley graduated as class valedictorian in 1978 from Morningside High School in Inglewood, California. Dr. Ashley earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Southern...

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Vera Alice Bagneris

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2009. Vera Alice Bagneris is a recent graduate of the University of California Riverside (UCR) after 35 years of absence. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology while also achieving senior undergraduate honors for her...

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Dawnesha K. Beaver

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2011. Dawnesha K. Beaver serves as special projects coordinator at New Mt. Calvary MBC under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Sonja R. Dawson Esq. In this capacity, she provides administrative and technical support in the development,...

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Erick Carpenter

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2011. Rev. Erick L. Carpenter was born in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest of 10 children to Rev James and Mrs. Annie Carpenter. He was educated in the Chicago public school and Milwaukee public school systems for...

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Via Champ

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2011. Via Champ was born and raised in Los Angeles California the youngest of nine children to the late Reverend Ollie Champ Sr. and Reverend Katelina Flores-Champ. Via was educated in the Catholic school system, in...

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Jamila Chavis

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2010. Jamila Chavis stepped into the workforce at the age of 12 as a care worker for the state of California, providing in-home supportive services to her great-grandmother Helen Hunter. From then on, Chavis held numerous...

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Frank Christian, Jr.

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2011. Rev. Frank Christian, Jr. was born the eldest of eight siblings and raised in South Central, Los Angeles. A graduate of the first class of Crenshaw High School in 1969, his love for the arts...

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Candace Cole-Kelly

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2009. Rev. Candace Cole-Kelly was born in Fresno, California, the eighth of 12 children. She attended public school. After completing paralegal studies, she managed a Westwood bi-coastal law firm for 14 years. Rev. Candace is Founder...

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Rochelle Collins

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2010. Rochelle is the owner/founder of the Cannon House, a sober living residence for at risk women recovering from chemical dependency established in 1993. She serves as the executive director helping to guide women into becoming...

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Wendell J. Davis, Sr.

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2009. Dr. Wendell J. Davis, Sr., Ph.D., CDAC, CFC, attended public school in Los Angeles, and graduated from John C. Fremont High School in 1985. He attended Los Angeles Mission College and earned a BA in...

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Veronica R. Dawson

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2009. Sister Veronica R. Dawson was born in the state of California and is a true servant of the Lord. She has been a life-long member of New Mt. Calvary (NMC) Missionary Baptist Church under the...

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Rosalynd Divinity

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2009. Murray Center Incubator Program, 2012. Pastor Rosalynd Divinity received a Bachelor’s Degree with an emphasis in Psychology and a minor in Sociology from California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, California, where she later received...

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Jacqueline Driscoll

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2010. Jacqueline Driscoll is a board member of DG4Life, an organization teaching abstinence for teens between the ages of 14 to 18 years of age. She teaches the class called “Money Matters,” focusing on how one’s...

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Adam Edgerly

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2009. Adam Edgerly serves as Lead Pastor of Newsong Los Angeles Covenant Church, a culturally diverse faith community where people are being reconciled to God and each other. Before entering the pastorate, He served the Evangelical...

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Marcus Farrow

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2010. Marcus Farrow is a co-founder and CEO of The Manformation Project, a faith-based group mentoring and rites of passage program for 10-to-18 year-old boys. Manformation was birthed as a ministry of New Dawn Christian Village...

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Yvonne M. Gibson

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2009. Rev. Yvonne M. Gibson-Johnson was born in Long Beach, California. She has been a member of West Angeles Church of God in Christ for over 38 years. Yvonne is married to Willie Johnson and together...

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Juliet A. Gipson

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2009. Juliet A. Gipson is a native of Southern California with dual citizenship from the United States and Panama. She is a self-employed Real Estate Broker who specializes in Commercial Real Estate. She is formerly a...

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Darrell Glover

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2010. Institute for Violence Prevention Alum, 2010 Darrell Glover is founder and executive director of Prevention Alternatives for Neighborhood Empowerment incorporated (PANE Inc.), a violence reduction and youth development organization He is an alumnus of CRCC's...

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Adriene Goodrich

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2011. Adriene Goodrich is the EPIC program counselor at the Weingart Center Association. After spending 18 years living a drug addicted existence and participating in criminal and gang-related activities, Goodrich found herself in an Arizona Prison....

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Monica Griffin

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2011. Monica M. Griffin was born in Los Angeles, CA, and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University of Fresno in 1997. She has more than 15 year’s progressive experience...

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Robin Hamilton-Allen

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2009. Rev. Robin Hamilton-Allen is an Itinerate Deacon in the AME where she considers it an honor to serve her church community. Born in the state of Illinois, she came to California during high school and...

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Marc A. Henderson

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2009. Marc Henderson, a native of southern California, graduated from California State University, Northridge (CSUN), where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies. While attending CSUN, Marc oversaw a number of organizations, including...

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Harold Hines, Sr.

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2010. Harold Hines, Sr., has been a licensed and ordained Minister since 1992, serving in a variety of capacities such as assistant pastor, youth leader, and Sunday school teacher. He is a former vice president of...

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Lydia Hollie

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2010. Institute for Violence Prevention Alum, 2010. A Long Beach native, Lydia Hollie has volunteered for eight years on the Long Beach Human Relations Commission, including a two-year distinguished term (2001-2003) as Chairperson. The commission drafted...

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Frederick Howard

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2010. Faith Leader's Institute, 2010. Frederick E. Howard was born on December 11, 1964 in Placentia, Ca.  He was ordained and licensed to preach the Gospel and duly work in the authority of a minister in...

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Allen Humphries

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2011. Allen A. Humphries has served as the Director of Security at West Angeles of God and Christ since April of 2004. He was previously employed with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and retired in...

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Chester L. Jackson, Sr.

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2010. Pastor Chester Jackson is the CEO/Pastor of BOLD Discipleship Ministries, Los Angeles. Jackson is well-seasoned in Kingdom building business and was ordained to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in June 1986 in the Southeast...

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Marian Kirk Jackson

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2010. Marian Kirk Jackson is currently the economic development administrator for Vermont Village Community Development Corporation (WCDC), a community-based California non-profit corporation, headquartered on the grounds of Crenshaw Christian Center in South Los Angeles founded by...

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Marcus Jackson

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2009. Institute for Violence Prevention Alum, 2010. Elder Marcus Jackson serves as the Executive Pastor of the Apostolic Faith Home Assembly Church Inc. in Los Angeles, under the leadership of Dr. Vanessa D. Ussery, Senior Pastor....

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Stephen "Cue" Jean-Marie

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2009. Institute for Violence Prevention Alum, 2010. Cue currently serves as the discipleship Pastor of Newsong LA Covenant Church. Previously, Cue served as the Cause (outreach) Pastor of NewSong LA. He has been on the NewSong...

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Kathye Jenkins

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2011. Kathye D. Jenkins is the founder/president of the Cynthia Perry Ray Foundation. This vision was established in April 2001 as an outreach to provide religious, educational, social and economic support in our communities and beyond....

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Charles Johnson II

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2010. Charles R. Johnson II is a native of Los Angeles and graduated from Crenshaw High School in 1986. He is currently studying at Los Angeles Bible Training School, where he serves as the president of...

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John Deron Johnson

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2011. A native of Mobile, Alabama has been in ministry since April 24, 1986. H e officially began preaching at Taylor Chapel C.M.E. Church in Prichard, Alabama. His pastoral experiences include: Hopewell C.M.E. Church, Pineapple, Alabama;...

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Keith Johnson

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2009. Institute for Violence Prevention Alum, 2010. Keith is a native of Los Angeles, California. Keith was born, raised Los Angeles. He graduated from Locke High School. Keith studied at UCLA and Biola University. Keith began...

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Patricia Jones

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2009. Pat Jones gives all praise and glory to God who is the head of her life. For over 40 years, she has been a member of New Greater Circle Mission Church where Elder Liz Gregory...

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Charles Jones

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2009. Institute for Violence Prevention Alum, 2010. Rev. C. R. Jones was elected Senior Pastor of the St. Reed Missionary Baptist Church in 2001. Pastor Jones is a native of the state of Louisiana. As a...

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Alexander Jones

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2011. Alexander Jones is a young aspiring entrepreneur from Los Angeles. Coming from a military background, his family has moved several times over his lifetime and he has had opportunities to see parts of the world...

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Joyce Reece Kitchen

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2009 Joyce Reece Kitchen is the Pastor of Emmanuel-H.M. Turner African Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. Kitchen was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Southern...

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Constance Kizzie-Gillett

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2011. Constance Kizzie-Gillett is the founder of Lillie's Care Circle. Lillie's Care Circle is focusing on chronic disease in our community that possibly have a link to dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Kizzie-Gillett has developed partnerships with...

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Rochelle Lewis

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2009. Institute for Violence Prevention Alum, 2010. Pastor M. Rochelle Lewis has been in the ministry for more than 25 years, her goal is to help provide a place where men, women, and families can come...

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Dorothy R. Mallery

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2009. Dorothy Mallery was raised in Muskegon Heights, Michigan where she attended Muskegon County Community College earning an Associate Degree in Business. After relocating to Los Angeles over thirty years ago, she has been employed at...

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Les Mathis

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2011. Minister Les Mathis was born 1973 in Clinton, N.C., to mother Cecilia Burroughs, and father James Becton. The family moved to Newburgh, New York until the ripe age of 12 years old. Mathis mother lived...

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Dr. Moses McCutcheon, Jr.

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2010. Murray Center Incubator Program, 2012 Dr. Moses McCutcheon, Jr. is executive director/consultant for the Bethel LA Community Development Corporation (Bethel LA CDC), as well as president of McCutcheon Research and founder of the School-To-Success Foundation...

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Edwin A. Mendoza

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2009. Edwin Mendoza was born in El Salvador in 1975. His family immigrated to the United States in 1981. He has lived in Los Angeles since, and graduated from Palisades High School in 1993 with Ephebian...

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Donnell O. Miles

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2009. Rev. Donnell O. Miles is a native of Oakland, California, and a 1965 alumnus of Oakland Tech High School. He spent 3 years in the US Army from 1966 to 1969. He furthered his education...

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Gloria Shell Mitchell

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2009. Institute for Violence Prevention Alum, 2010. Rev. Dr. Gloria Shell Mitchell earned her Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Formation from Azusa Pacific University’s Haggard School of Theology, a Master of Arts in Christian Education from...

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Curtis Monroe, Jr.

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2009. Pastor Curtis Monroe Jr. was born in Houston, Texas. He made a personal profession of faith in Christ Jesus and was baptized at an early age. In 1968, Pastor Monroe relocated to Los Angeles, and...

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Devin Nimmers

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2010. Devin Nimmers spent years working in the music industry, writing and producing music for some of today's biggest artists. With many successful albums to his credit, including a project that was nominated for a Grammy...

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James Ortiz

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2009. Jim Ortiz is ordained with the General Council of the Assemblies of God. He is the Senior Pastor of My Friend’s House, Assembly of God, Whittier, CA, since 1971.My Friend’s House has a community development...

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Elton Penn

Pastor Elton J. Penn has served for over 17 years in ministering to the needs of the church and community. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, where he resides with his wife of over 8 years and his 3 daughters. Throughout his life he has operated in various capacities of ministry, which has allowed him to better understand the needs of the community.

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Joyce Randall

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2011. Rev. Joyce Randall is an ordained elder in the AME Church, married 34 years, and a UCLA graduate. Joyce served as a public school teacher 19 years and director of Christian education at First AME...

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Brian Sheldon Riley

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2010. Brian Sheldon Riley serves as operations assistant for the Children's Ministry at Newsong Los Angeles Covenant Church, a culturally diverse faith community where people are being reconciled to God and each other. Before attending Newsong...

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Sammy Riley, Jr.

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2011. Rev. Sammy L. Riley, Jr. is a native to the area of Pacoima, CA. As a child, he attended services at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. As a teenager, he experimented with most issues that...

Ronald Robinson

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2009. Ron Robinson is a native of Jersey City, NJ. He and his wife Lena have resided in the Inland Valley and Inland Empire for nearly forty years and have four children, eleven grandchildren, and two...

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Tyron Delbert Robinson

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2009. Tyron Delbert Robinson accepted the call to preach when he as 15 years old. As a licensed and ordained cleric, he has been preaching the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ for over 15 years,...

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Mykesha A. Robinson

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2011. Murray Center Incubator Program, 2012 Mykesha A. Robinson is president of the World Music Commission and is no stranger in the entertainment industry. With a strong history as a civic philanthropist and executive event producer,...

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Beth Gartrell Ross

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2009. Institute for Violence Prevention Alum, 2010. Beth Gartrell Ross is the founder and CEO of the Biddy Mason Foundation, a community development corporation currently in development. She is a member of First AME Church Los...

Joseph Simpson, Jr.

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2009. Joseph Simpson, Jr., was born in Los Angeles, CA. He attended Los Angeles High School and went on to attend and play football for West Los Angeles College. Joseph's two passions were football and music....

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William Sims

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2011. William Sims is a gifted pianist, composer, and arranger. William studied music at Santa Monica College, where he joined the Applied Music Program focusing on jazz piano performance. Under the applied music program at Santa...

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Teka Smith

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2011. Rev. Teka L. Smith is the chief executive officer of Clear Blessings, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) charity that educates, empowers, and enhances the lives of college bound youth in Southern California. She also serves as...

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James Taylor

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2011. Faith Leaders Institute Alum, 2012. James Ray Taylor preached his trial message at nine years old. The clear and concise message he delivered lead to the conversion of nine people. Many realized that day that...

Cassie Thomas

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2010. Pastor Cassie Thomas was installed as senior pastor of Restored Destiny International Ministries, Inc., in April 2007, where she and her husband Pastor Charles Thomas serve in the city of Chino Hills, California. Thomas was...

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Taylor Walton

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2009. Taylor Walton was born and raised in Oakland, California. He is fortunate to be a son of a great family that has a rich American history coming from different southern states and then migrating to...

Cornell Ward

Cornell Ward spent most of his youth involved with activities that led to the demise of his community. Now, he uses his knowledge of the community and professional experience in the development and implementation of youth development, gang reduction efforts...

Etta Weathersby

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2010. Etta Weathersby is a Los Angeles native who graduated from Jordan High School in Watts, California, and received a B.A. in theatre arts from the University of California, San Diego in 1977. She received her...

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Franchesca White

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2011. Franchesca White began singing at the age of 3 by the piano in her parents home in Los Angeles, California. Possessing a tremendous gift of singing, her mother began preparing her to sing in concerts....

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Carolyn Wilkins

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2009. Rev. Carolyn Wilkins is the Assistant Minister and Administrative Director of the Immanuel Center for Conscious Living in Long Beach, California, founded by Rev. Dr. Jane Galloway. She has over 20 years in church leadership...

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Wallace Williams

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2011. Murray Center Incubator Program, 2012. Wallace M. Williams was born in Montgomery, Pakistan, in 1952. He was born in a Christian home. He completed his high school and undergraduate education in Pakistan. During his college...

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Johnny Jemell Youngblood

Passing the Mantle Alum, 2010. Rev. Johnny Jemell Youngblood was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2003 with $137 and no promised pulpit. In September 2004, he organized and now serves full-time as senior...