Board Chairman, Philadelphia Leadership Foundation
Dr. Goode is Director and organizer of the nationally acclaimed Amachi Program, a national faith-based mentoring model for children of incarcerated parents. Because of his innovative and ground-breaking work, in 2006 he received two prestigious awards: the Civic Ventures $100,000 Purpose Prize, and the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Citizen of the Year. He is an ordained Baptist Minister with 54 years of service at the First Baptist Church of Paschall located in southwest Philadelphia. Dr. Goode has served as an officer in the U. S. Army. He also led ground-breaking work in faith-based housing for low and moderate income persons. He was the first African American member, and later became Chairman, of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. He again broke racial barriers with his appointment as Managing Director for the City of Philadelphia. He would follow that as the City’s first African American Mayor for two terms. He subsequently spent 7 years as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education under the Clinton Administration. He left that position in 2000 to help organize the Amachi program, which is now his ministry and life’s work.
Rev. Dr. Harold Dean "Doc" Trulear
Healing Communities National Director
Harold Dean Trulear is an ordained American Baptist minister and serves as Associate Professor of Applied Theology at Howard University, where he is also immediate past president of the Gamma of DC chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. He is also Director of the Healing Communities Prison Ministry and Prisoner Reentry Project of the Philadelphia Leadership Foundation. Designed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Healing Communities has been implemented in over 25 sites nationally, in partnership with such organizations as the Progressive National Baptist Convention, The General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church and the D-Free Ministry. Dr. Trulear is on the pastoral staff of Praise and Glory Tabernacle in Southwest Philadelphia, and also serves as a Fellow at the Center for Public Justice in Washington, DC. He has taught religion, public policy and community studies in several institutions, including Yale University, the University of Southern California, Hartford Seminary, Eastern University and Vanderbilt University.
Bishop-Designate Chris Kimmenez, Psy. D.
National Director of Support Services
Bishop Designate Christobal Miguel Kimmenez entered in to life on July 19, 1961 born to Roberto and Patricia Kimmenez in Washington, DC. BD Kimmenez was educated in the DC Public School System and graduated a year early in June 1977. Upon turning 17, he entered the US Marine Corps and served until being medically retired at the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 3 in 1995. He served in combat in Grenada, Panama, Kuwait, and Somalia. After retiring due to a car accident and struggling with addiction, physical disability, a criminal record, and spiritual brokenness, BD Kimmenez met our Savior and was baptized in 1994 and was delivered from addiction on January 27, 1995. He received and accepted the call to ministry in 1996. BD Kimmenez was first licensed to preach in May of 1996 by then Bishop Patricia Williams, the Presiding Bishop of the Full Gospel Tabernacle Centers at the home church Glorious FGTC in Wilmington, DE. He was ordained an Elder in July of 1998.
Rev. A'Shellarien Lang, Th.D.
National Director of Training
Rev. Dr. A’Shellarien Lang is a prolific author, pastor, professor, wife, mother, and grandmother. She is an anointed and appointed woman of God who loves to serve wherever God places her. She is the CEO of Desakajo Publishing. Dr. Lang is the author of Does Love Cover…THAT?: The Healing Process of the Fruit of the Spirit; Does Love Cover…THAT?: The Workbook; Finding Me: A Woman’s Theology of Self Identification; Beside the Still Waters: Having Faith Even When….; and The Chick on the Side: From the Heart of the Wife. Dr. Lang is the National Director of Training for Healing Communities. She is an Instructor and 4th Year Advisor at City Wide Interdenominational Christian Training Institute (CWICTI). She has an Associate of Art degree from Manor Junior College in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelor of Science from Geneva College in Urban Ministry Leadership, a Master of Divinity and a Master of Sacred Theology from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and a Doctorate of Theology in Biblical Theology from Almeda University. She has served as a Children’s Pastor at St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Philadelphia.
Bishop Darren Ferguson, ABD
National Director of Public Relations
Born and raised in the village of Harlem and in the Bronx, NY, Bishop Darren A. Ferguson is known as a leader for this generation – a preacher, teacher, singer, motivational speaker and social activist. He serves as the Pastor of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Arverne (Far Rockaway), NY where he has been at the forefront of relief efforts after Hurricane Sandy. He currently serves a Campus Life Manager of the Multicultural Exchange (ME) at LaGuardia Community College - some of the Programs in his portfolio include the Black Male Empowerment Cooperative (BMEC), the Crear Futuros Mentoring Program and a program he created for students who are formerly incarcerated. During his nearly 2 decade career in NYC, he has served in the Fatherhood program at the Osborne Association, Coordinated Reentry Services for the Interfaith Center of New York, served as Assistant Dean of Students at SUNY College at Old Westbury, Youth Minister at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, Youth Director for the National Action Network and is a former Team Chaplain for the WNBA’s New York Liberty.
Pastor Denise Strothers, MDIV
National Director of Operations
Pastor Denise Strothers along with her husband serves on the pastoral team at Impact DMV. She is a recording artist, the praise team worship leader and prayer ministry leader. She's a wife, a mother, a sister, the daughter of a Pastor, and a friend. Denise is many things, but she is at the very core of her soul: "I am a worshipper," she says. Pastor Denise received her Bachelor of Science degree from Lancaster Bible College, Master of Divinity from Regent University, and is currently working towards her Doctor of Ministry at Howard University School of Divinity with a concentration in Church and Community. Pastor Denise has focused her research on Sex Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Prison Reentry. She has been awarded a fellow with the Center for Public Justice, Annapolis, MD and serves as Outreach Coordinator with Healing Communities US, an organization that trains and supports congregations in their work with individuals and families impacted by crime and mass incarceration. Pastor Denise is a member of the DC Clergy Ambassador Program.