Board/Officers

School Officers
Seli Gbordzi, MIM, Director of Operations
Miriam Boyetey, Assistant Director of Operations

Advisory Board
Carmen Amaya
Dr. D’Lorah Butts-Lucas, Executive Director
Dr. Clifton Clarke, Founder
Michael M. Smith

BIOGRAPHIES

CARMEN AMAYA
Carmen Amaya, is currently a Master’s of Divinity Student at Regent University pursuing a concentration in Intercultural studies. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Psychology with a Clinical and Abnormal Specialization. Her professional background is in Nonprofits, Program Development, and Education. Carmen served as the Executive Director for Legacy Voices, a public charity supporting disadvantage youth through arts programing and social behavioral supports. As Director for seven years in Texas she worked with local Travis County MMHMR to provide case management, life skills training, pro-social skills groups, mentoring (family & Individual),and parent and coaching. She also managed contracts with Child Protective Services to provide Kinship Home studies. Carmen has worked in two states with the public schools in the AVID program, a program that teaches critical thinking and college preparation.

Carmen currently lives in Clearwater Florida and describes herself as a “nurturer” and is the mother to five wonderful, unique daughters. She has a passion for evangelism and sees herself as a minister to the heart of Jesus. She is a member of Countryside Christian Center where she serves as a women’s table leader a volunteer at Helping Hands.

MIRIAM MAKU BOYETEY
A smart, confident young woman, with a sense of purpose and a drive for excellence. Miriam is people- oriented, team player with proven leadership qualities in various positions held both in formal and informal settings. She aims to distinguish herself as a financial and/or research analyst of international repute. Miriam currently works as a Relationship Manager for a Corporate Trustee (Petra Trust) where she interacts with clients on a daily basis and prepares reports for performance reviews. Prior to her current experience, she worked with Stanbic Bank Ghana Ltd as an Operation Officer and Standard Chartered Bank as a Customer Service Officer.

Miriam recently completed postgraduate studies at the Cardiff University being awarded a Master of Science Degree in Financial Economics. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Ghana. Miriam loves God and her country and seeks to in any way possible try to serve her community for the greater good. Due to this passion she has participated in both social and Christian groups to give her a platform to work and to serve. Her extracurricular activities include:

Cardiff University: AIESEC and African Caribbean Society
University Of Ghana: Rotaract Club, Ghana Methodist Students Union
Mt. Sinai Methodist Church (Community Church): Youth Leader, Bible Study Leader and Chiorister

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=229398175&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile
Blog: http://hfmaku.wordpress.com/

 

D’LORAH BUTTS-LUCAS, ESQ.
D’Lorah Butts-Lucas is an associate attorney with Lentz Law Group in Virginia Beach, VA.   She provides corporate counsel for churches and non-profits.  Equipped for her calling in ministry and the law, D’Lorah received her Bachelor of Science degree from Vanderbilt University in Human & Organizational Development, Master’s degree in Practical Theology from Regent University, and Juris Doctor degree from Florida State University College of Law.  D’Lorah has operated in various ministry capacities including, but not limited to: Music Ministry, Jail Ministry, Altar Ministry, Youth Ministry Leader, Bible Study & Sunday School Teacher, School of Ministry Instructor, and Outreach Department. Beyond ministerial service, D’Lorah has excelled professionally as a human resources executive with the School District of Volusia County and statewide project manager with The Paxen Group, Inc. She has also served as the Legislative Director for the Volusia-Flagler Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and on the Advisory Board of the Vince Carter Embassy of Hope Foundation. For more information visit http://www.dblucas.com.

 
CLIFTON CLARKE, PH.D.
Dr. Clifton R. Clarke was born in England. Dr. Clarke is an Ordained Bishop in the Church of God. He has served in the ministry for nearly twenty-five years teaching and pastoring both in Europe and Africa. He has studied in various universities in the UK and currently holds a B.A. (Nottingham University), a M.A. (University of Derby), and a PhD (University of Birmingham). Prior to moving to Ghana, he taught at Nottingham University Department of Theology for five years, while serving at the assistant Pastor of the Church of God in Nottingham, England.

In 1997 Dr. Clarke and his family moved to Ghana, West Africa to serve as a missionary lecturer, where they lived and worked until 2007. He and his family followed God’s lead to the USA in 2008 where he and his wife pastored before Dr. Clarke accepted the position of Professor of Mission and Global Christianity at Regent University, Virginia Beach. He has traveled widely, teaching and preaching throughout Africa, Europe and America and feels strongly that today’s ministers have to be highly equipped and trained. He is the author of a number of books and academic articles, the latest being Called to Serve, and Jesus in African Christianity.

 

SELIKPLIM GBORDZI, MIM
Ms. Selikplim Gbordzi is the Head of Group Life Insurance Administration at Provident Life Assurance Company Limited. Her experience ranges from providing strategic advice to corporate clients on Group Life schemes and medical underwriting of Group Life schemes. She has over 5 years of experience in the Insurance Industry in Ghana. She is a Chartered Insurer and a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute Uk, (ACII – UK). She also has an Msc in International Management from the University of Essex, England and Bsc in Business Administration from the University of Ghana Business School.

 

MICHAEL M. SMITH
Michael M. Smith was born in Charleston, South and is a proud product of the Gullah heritage. As he reached the age of ten, his family moved to a small town outside of Charleston where his mother began a work that blossomed into 17 churches. He served as Minister of Music for his mother until he left home to further his education. Michael relocated to Atlanta, Georgia where he studied electronics engineering. He also served as Minister of Music and Associate Pastor in the Atlanta area for 16 years.

In 1999, Michael relocated to Virginia Beach, VA. For more than seven years Michael has served as Minister of Worship & Arts at Gethsemane Community Fellowship Baptist Church in Norfolk, VA. He is the director of Ebony Impact Gospel Choir at Old Dominion University. He has served as bible study instructor and Christian Advisor for Christian Student Fellowship at Norfolk State University.

Michael’s mission stands clear: to “Usher mankind into a worship experience that influences their way of life, daily demonstrate the truth of Christ to the world and influence other Christians and Christian Artists to do the same, be a model of excellence in servant leadership and worship leading, and create music that will cause Christians to make their worship a lifestyle.” Yet, Michael believes that his greatest and most important ministry is being a husband and father.

From the age of 15, Michael has been preaching the Gospel. Now an ordained minister, he has traveled the US, Europe and Africa spreading the Gospel through song and the preached word. Michael is a certified trainer with Leadership Training International and an instructor for the Foundations Of Faith Leadership Institute where he prepares up and coming Christian Leaders.

Michael Smith is the proud husband of Minister Sharon Smith and the father of a beautiful daughter. He is a seasoned teacher and preacher of the Gospel. He has a wealth of knowledge of the gospel music field. He is an excellent mentor for worship leaders and musicians. His whole life has been dedicated to serving God and the people of God through the ministry of music and through the preaching and teaching of the Gospel. Michael is an advocate for the homeless and travels abroad on foreign missions.

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