From as early as she can remember, Arvena has danced. Laundrymats, grocery stores and classrooms became dance studios when Arvena arrived. The music in her mind played without restraint and she allowed her body to flow with it.
When it became apparent that attempts to stop Arvena’s public displays of artistry were futile, her mother changed strategies. She encouraged Arvena to dance in every competition, school function and community event hoping that her daughter would “grow out of it.”
Years later, Arvena still hears the melodious tunes that put her in motion. Her unique dances infuse flag, mime, interpretive movements and sign language and she shares that gift with others. She teaches youth groups, praise dancers and individuals about the mechanics and discipline of rhythmic motion. Her instruction includes appropriate attire, song selection, biblical significance and ministry preparation. In 2010, she will host a praise and worship conference to help artists nurture and develop the gift that God has given them.
Arvena and her family attend Revival Center Ministries International (RCMI) in Dayton, Ohio. Arvena has been dancing at RCMI since 1994 and she oversees the church’s dance ministry.
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Christopher Montgomery’s introduction to mime came through an orchestrated series of events. While “hanging out” with friends at the youth pastor’s home, Christopher was asked about his interests. After he expressed his passion for dancing and acting, he was encouraged to join the church mime team. Uninterested, he rejected the invitation. A few weeks later, a friend convinced Christopher to join her at a meeting. When they arrived, he learned that the meeting was mime rehearsal and his persistent friend—Marva Williams—was the instructor. Hesitant at first, Christopher eventually joined rehearsal and has been miming ever since.
Christopher has ministered to youth from across the nation and abroad. Because of his attention to detail and flawless execution, he has been called upon to teach others about effective mime ministry. In addition to solo artistry, Christopher mimes with Tiffany Wood as Phase 2 Mime.
Christopher serves in an array of positions including chaplain for Nubiance Modeling Troupe, Vice President of Young Ministers Association and founder of Kingdom Connection Ministries (KCM). The network of more than thirty college ministries focuses on community outreach. The organization develops youth groups and provides leadership training.
Christopher graduated from Wilberforce University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He and his family attend Revival Center Ministries International in Dayton, Ohio.
A. C. S. I. Association’s 2001 Most Influential Speaker
United by Judge Bill Littlejohn at the North River Coffee House & Eatery, Marcella, LaTonya, Valerie and Kaye planned a celebration for Black History Month. By the time our meeting adjourned, we decided to pool our resources and the Soul of the Pen Book Tour was created. In May 2007, the tour was expanded to include Gail and Dorinda.
Starting in Dayton, Ohio, the tour consists of readings, chats with readers and aspiring authors, gift drawings and book signings.
Our desire is to have a positive impact on our community through the written word. We are committed to providing readers with books that encourage and inspire. Whether it’s encouraging interaction between parents and children, addressing the unique demands of stepfamilies or understanding the impact of our words and actions, we want to help children and their families flourish.
DAYTON AUTHORS UNITE TO CELEBRATE NEW BOOKSTORE
(Dayton, Ohio) – Twelve local authors will autograph copies of their books at the North River Coffee House & Eatery, 323 Salem Avenue from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 7, 2009. The event is free and open to the public.
Guests are invited to enjoy complimentary gourmet coffee, light refreshments, gift drawings and purchase books until 1:00 pm. Following the meet and greet, aspiring authors can participate in a one-hour session on book publishing.
Valerie L. Coleman, author and owner of Queen V Publishing, says, “I’ve assisted hundreds of writers through the publishing process. Most of them came to me with a manuscript and the question, ‘What do I do now?’ During the session, I will share techniques to help writers master self-publishing and make money.”
Bill Littlejohn, owner of the North River Coffee House and Eatery, says, “My intent is to offer quarterly events to spark interest in the arts. Dayton Authors United is a collaboration designed to promote literary creativity and celebrate the launch of The Little Bookstore.” Located inside the North River Coffee House, the bookstore will feature self-published authors and independent music artists from the Dayton community.
The following Dayton Authors United participants will be featuring their books:
Lena Arnold, author of For This Child We Prayed: Living with the Secret Shame of Infertility
Marcella Ashe, author of Granny Says and Hog Bottom Days
Andrea Attaway-Young, author of The Secret Treasure
LaTonya Branham, author of CultureSeek and Spirit Seek
Valerie L. Coleman, author of Blended Families An Anthology and Tainted Mirror An Anthology
Toni Perry Gillispie, author of I’m Here, Now What? A Woman’s Guide in Corporate America
Thomas Maultsby, author of Meek
Gail Miller, author of True Love Has a Passion for You
Dorinda Nusum, author of Sins and Sacrifices, The Victory, Afflicted and The Back Pew Crew
Margaret Peters, author of Dayton’s African American Heritage
Tina Toles, author of Whispers from Above
Flonzie Wright, author of Looking Back to Move Ahead
For more information, contact Valerie J. Lewis Coleman at 888.802.1802 or visit PenoftheWriter.com.
Since his discovery at the 1993 Gospel Music Workshop of America, Pastor Charles Woolfork has been a part of the landscape of Gospel music. He has seven national music releases to his credit and is working on his eighth project, Ascension.
From his early days in worship ministry to his licensing and ordination by Bishop C. Vernie Russell, Jr. of Norfolk, Virginia in 2003, Pastor Charles Woolfork has had a love for both music and Word ministry. “If you want to be complete in one you need to respect and love the other. They work well when the vessel is anointed to do both.”
His unique vocals and musical prowess opened doors for him to minister with Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams and Tye Tribbett, while his revelation of the Word poised him as a featured speaker at Bishop T. D. Jakes’ Megafest.
While employed at The Word Church in Cleveland, Ohio under the leadership of Pastor R.A. Vernon, Woolfork wrote songs and sang on the church’s historic first worship release, Worship at the Word including the title singles We Bless Your Name, Have Your Way and Blessing Behind Closed Doors.
In addition to minister of music, he has served as worship leader, Bible-study teacher, associate, administrative and senior pastor. His commitment to ministry extends beyond the church. In 2003, he founded Abstinence in Action; a vibrant youth ministry focused on HIV/AIDS awareness and training. Woolfork established and shepherds Covenant Outreach Ministries in Columbus, Ohio. This financial stewardship ministry preps youth and adults for fiscal security in credit, investments and home ownership. He is also the developmental services director for the multi-million-dollar Miracit Development Corporation which specializes in building green-technology housing.
The multi-talented Pastor Woolfork has acted in numerous stage productions including David Talbert’s Mr. Right Now and A Fool and His Money. Added to his list of accomplishments as writer, producer and preacher, NuthinButGospel.com referred to Pastor Charles Woolfork as “the prince of the praise party.”
Pastor Woolfork has a doctorate in divinity from Christian Bible Institute of Houston, Texas.
Christopher Marcellus, an avid bass player, is co-owner and producer of Vine Life Production Company. Partnering with Steven Spraggins of New York, the East-Coast production company launched in October 2000. Since its inception, the partners have committed to honing their God-given skills to make a permanent mark in the entertainment industry.
Although their first love is Gospel music, Vine Life’s talent is without genre limits. They have produced music from Hip Hop to Country and everything in between. Vine Life’s list of artists include
·Kaira Miller, 2008 and 2009 Stellar-Award nominee (produced by Vine Life)
·Mikhala, Carolina Music Award’s Best Female R&B Artist of the Year for Can’t Take It (written and produced by Vine Life)
·Christopher, award-winning trio whose single─ Yes ─climbed Billboard’s Top 30 Gospel Single Chart and remained there for twenty consecutive weeks (produced by Vine Life).
·Asaph Alexander Ward, Nehemiah, William Oatman and more!
The duo’s extensive catalog includes songwriting and composing with production emphasis on vocal arrangements, instrumentation, mixing and mastering.
Christopher has a degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
When you meet these gentlemen, you walk away with three impressions: humility, commitment to their craft and acknowledgement that God gets all of the glory.
Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.