Rev. Porsha D. Williams, Pastor to Youth and Children
Rev. Porsha D. Williams is the Associate Pastor to Youth and Children at the Bethany Baptist Church. She is a 2012 graduate of Spelman College with a BA in English, and a distinguished 2015 graduate of Yale Divinity School with a Master of Divinity Degree (Henry Hallam Tweedy Prize Recipient).
Hailing from Bridgeport, CT, Rev. Williams was licensed and ordained at the Mount Aery Baptist Church of Bridgeport, CT, where the Rev. Dr. Anthony L. Bennett is the Senior Pastor. While at Mount Aery, Rev. Williams served as an associate minister and the Pastor in Residence, in partnership with the Lily Foundation Transition into Ministry Residency Program. There, Rev. Williams' assignment was to lead as the pastoral assistant, co-leader of the strategic plan, worship coordinator, and lead curriculum developer.
Rev. Williams has a sincere love and joy for words. As an extension of her work as a parish ministry, she is a published essayist, poet, playwright, writing consultant, blogger, and podcaster.
Rev. Karlos A. Nichols, Minister of Worship and Arts
Karlos Nichols is a young, multi-talented preacher, singer, director, musician, songwriter, educator and clinician. Born in Memphis, TN, Karlos is an Alumnus of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City where he received certification in Musical Theatre Performance Technique. He also holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theatre/Urban Studies from The New School University of New York City and a Masters of Science Degree in Education from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN. Karlos is a Spring 2020 candidate for the Masters Degree in Practical Theology with a concentration in Homiletics and Worship from Union Theological Seminary in NYC.
Karlos served in music ministry in Memphis for more than fifteen years before relocating to New York City in 2013 to serve as the first Pastor of Worship, Arts, and Youth at The Historical Central Baptist Church of New York City. Following a successful tenure, Karlos returned to Memphis to serve as the Pastor of Children and Students at Christ Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis, TN under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Gina M. Stewart. While in Memphis, Karlos launched Tennessee’s largest public elementary school dance and theatre program, which now serves over 600 students. Karlos serves as an executive team member for The National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.’s iROCK Young Adult Division. He has also had the honor of serving as Music Director for both the TN Regular Missionary Baptist State Convention and the Southern Regional Youth Conference. He currently still does consulting for non-profit organizations including Young Actors Guild and Nation of Judah.
In June of 2019, Karlos released his sophomore project titled “Be Alright-EP” which debuted at 25 on iTunes and #31 on Billboard Gospel Sales Charts respectively. The project provides a more intimate look into the musical journey of Karlos's passion for diverse music ministry. The project features some of his musical inspirations/mentors and was co-produced with Stellar Award Winner Tyries Rolfe.
MIT H. Rebekah Keazer, Director of Media Ministries and Communications, Minister-In-Training
Henrietta Rebekah Keazer ("Rebekah") is a preacher of the Gospel and a pursuer of justice and reconciliation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Princeton University and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, where she received the Kenyon J. Wildrick award for Excellence in Homiletics.
At Princeton University, Rebekah co-founded Worship House, a charismatic Christian fellowship, with other students and local pastors who envisioned a worshipping community that demonstrated the reality of God’s kingdom through the power of the Holy Spirit. Her senior independent thesis explored the intersection of Christian ethics and political participation among college students of African descent.
At Princeton Theological Seminary, Rebekah was the leader of REVIVE, an intercessory student ministry of prayer and worship, and served extensively with the Association of Black Seminarians. Her academic interests include Biblical Interpretation and Hermeneutics, Systematic Theology, and Practical Theology with a concentration in Congregational Worship Leadership.
Rebekah is currently a Minister in Training at Bethany Baptist Church - Newark and serves as the Director of Media Ministries and Communications. In her downtime, she practices piano and songwriting, studies church worship and media, and creates content for her blog.
Rev. Isis Agyei, Associate Minister
Rev. Dr. Gloria White Allen, Associate Minister
Min. Renee Brown-Johnson, Associate Minister
Min. Antoinette Ellis-Williams, Ph.D, Associate Minister
Min. Ross Upshaw, Associate Minister
MIT Dr. Donna Beck, Minister-In-Training
MIT Crispin Johnson, Minister-In-Training
Suzette Jones, Financial Controller
Alice Turner, Administrative Assistant
Brenda Galarza, Secretary to Staff
Willie Prescott, Head of Building Maintenance
Gregory Butler, Sexton
Quincy Wright, Sexton