Honorary Doctorate Degree in Ministry

Class of 2023-2024 Honorees

Dr. Semuel Causey is the Pastor of McGhee of Memorial Temple Church of God in Christ (C.O.G.I.C.) and Faith and Prayer House C.O.G.I.C in Alabama. 

Rev. Causey has been a pastoral minister for over 38 years serving two churches in Alabama and one church in Mississippi. He has dedicated his life to serving the community through his ministry and has had a positive generational impact on families and individuals in the community. During his pastoral leadership, he also served as the District Superintendent in the Atmore District Alabama Second Jurisdiction C.O.G.I.C for over 20 years and First Administrative Assistant of Alabama Second Jurisdiction for 20 years. He is a member of the Pastors and Elders Council in Alabama.  One of his favorite scriptures is Colossians 1:27 KJV which says, “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory”. 

In 2015, dynamic leader Superintendent Causey, coordinated the logistics aspect of the International Bishop Conference for C.O.G.I.C Worldwide.  Additionally, he served as the Financial Secretary for Alabama Second Jurisdiction for 20 years. Also, he served as the Financial Secretary for Alabama Second Jurisdiction for 20 years.

During his ministry, he has received numerous awards and accolades that include the C.G.O.I.C Service Awards for Pastoral Leadership, District Superintendent, and 1st Administrative Assistant.

“God has given all mankind the opportunity to choose salvation and have access to His kingdom.  Those who were once thought not to have access to His glory can now embrace the love of God and share it confidently within our communities as well as throughout the body of Christ” says Superintendent Causey.

Dr. Keith Chappelle joined Primerica Financial Services in 1981, has served 42 years and is currently a National Sales Director with thirty-six offices across the Midwest. Create Family Wealth Builders, a Nonprofit Agency that teaches families how to build wealth and pass it on generationally.

He holds license with FINRA for Series 6, 63, 26 and 65.  He is a Registered Investment Advisor.  Has been recognized by his company as MVP, Top Producer, and his company’s highest honor the Wall of Fame. Recently recognized in the USA Today in their 2023 Black History Edition for Family Finance.  Received the Men of Influence Award for Excellence in Service and Leadership in the community.  In 2022, received recognition by the Young Moviemakers of America for helping in their Documentary Film: Dallas Gentrification.

Keith Chappelle created Family Wealth Builders, a Non-Profit Agency that teaches families how to build wealth and pass it on generationally. His financial literacy program has gone into schools, churches, small business, and the community. Yearly he awards and recognizes local businesses in the community at a formal awards dinner highlighting their Excellence in Service to the Community. Last year, over four hundred people were in attendance.

Keith was raised in Inglewood, California. Attended School in the Midwest and graduated in 1981 from University of lowa with a BA in Business Marketing. Became a record setting wide receiver and All American while at Iowa. Drafted into the NFL by Atlanta Falcons in 1981. 

He served as a Deacon and Elder at Gospel Tabernacle Church, and Shekinah Glory Bible Fellowship both in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for 8 and 12 years respectively.  Currently is a member for the last twenty years at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship with Pastor Tony Evans.

Dr. LaWanda DeShazer is the founder of her nonprofit “Communities In Action”.  She is passionate about uplifting our youth in underserved communities. The compassionate evangelical work she has provided is truly exceptional, and she will receive an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Ministry from West Coast Bible College & Seminary (WCBCS). The prestigious degree will be presented to her during the upcoming honorary doctorate degree ceremony on June 1, 2024, which will be held both in-person and virtually.

Dr. Phillip S. Porter, President of West Coast Bible College & Seminary, expressed his excitement, stating, “LaWanda’s lifetime service to the community is extraordinary and we are thrilled to welcome LaWanda DeShazer into the West Coast family.”

With a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management and a Master of Business Administration from Southwestern College, LaWanda has a strong educational foundation. Her career began at Old Cowtown Museum, where she honed her administrative and financial development skills before moving to Sedgwick County Fire District, managing significant multi-million-dollar annual budgets, and playing a pivotal role on the senior management team. Currently, as the Senior Program Director of Community Outreach at YMCA, LaWanda’s focus on community engagement and educational programs highlights her commitment to societal improvement.

LaWanda’s involvement with various organizations underscores her dedication to civic engagement. Her roles include serving on the Executive Committee of the Wichita Branch Chapter of the NAACP, advising the NAACP Youth Council, participating on the District 1 Citizens Advisory Board, serving as the Budget/Fundraising Manager to the Wichita Golden Bulldogs Youth Organization and on the H.O.P.E. Inc. Board which is focused on affordable housing.  Her efforts to combat racial profiling and her tenure on the Wichita Park Board Commission, where she fought for community resources, further illustrate her advocacy work.

The founding of her nonprofit, “Communities In Action,” reflects LaWanda’s entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to uplifting underserved communities. Initiatives like “Music in The Park”, and an annual cheer showcase demonstrate her ability to create impactful community events. Her nonprofit mentor’s youth from Kindergarten to 8th grade, both inside the school system and as after school programs.  Furthermore, her evangelical work, including food distribution during the pandemic and involvement with Convoy of Hope Wichita, showcases her compassion and leadership in times of crisis.

LaWanda’s skills in business development, volunteer management, grant writing, and public speaking, combined with her recognition through awards like the Golden Eagle Award, Golden Apple Award, and the “Chester I. Lewis” Distinguished Service Award, make her a standout nominee for this prestigious honor. Her multifaceted contributions to community welfare, education, and civil rights advocacy embody the values and principles that the Honorary Doctorate aims to recognize and celebrate.

Awards

  • The Golden Eagle Award -Sigma Gamma Rho for outstanding Community Service
  • The Golden Apple Award – USD 259 School District for Summer Bridge Program and for Contribution to local elementary school
  • Chester I. Lewis Distinguished Service Award – Wichita Branch NAACP for outstanding Community Service

In addition, LaWanda is a Licensed Evangelist.

Her favorite scripture says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to LaWanda DeShazer on the well-deserved honor of receiving an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Ministry from West Coast Bible College & Seminary.

Dr. Angela Veria Harris, an award-winning Leadership Coach, Technology Leader, and Philanthropist dedicated to empowering individuals and creating positive change, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Ministry from West Coast Bible College & Seminary (WCBCS). This prestigious degree will be presented to her during the upcoming honorary doctorate degree ceremony in May 2024, which will be held both in-person and virtually.

Dr. Phillip S. Porter, President of West Coast Bible College & Seminary, expressed his excitement, stating, “Angela is a proven success in coaching individuals to improve their performance, build their skills, and thus drive success for themselves and their organizations. We are thrilled to welcome Angela Harris into the West Coast family.”

Angela V. Harris’s career spans over 20 years in the corporate tech sector.  Angela has achieved remarkable success as a first-generation college graduate. In her coaching practice, she has a proven track record of success in coaching individuals to improve their performance, build their skills, and drive success for themselves and their organizations. Committed to empowering individuals to reach their full potential, she leverages her extensive corporate background to guide and support clients in navigating complex professional landscapes, unlocking their true leadership potential, and achieving lasting success. As a dynamic and results-driven professional, she is dedicated to fostering growth, building high-performing teams, and creating a positive impact in the lives and careers of her clients.

Angela’s impact extends beyond her coaching practice. As a speaker, she has shared her insights on numerous panel discussions and podcasts. She is a contributing author in the award-winning anthology “A Legacy to Share: Navigating Life’s Challenges & Celebrating Our Greatest Achievements,” published by the Drexel University Black Alumni Council (DUBAC).

A native of Washington, D.C., Angela holds a Master of Science degree in Information Technology Leadership from La Salle University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Drexel University. She completed her professional coach training at the Institute for Professional Excellence In Coaching (iPEC).  In addition, she received her Associate Certified Coach (ACC) certification from the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Angela was named as one of the Top 16 Coaches in Washington, D.C. in 2023 by Influence Digest.

In the realm of community service, Angela stands as a dedicated leader. She served as the Chartering President of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. – Greater Seattle Chapter and currently serves on the Drexel University Alumni Board of Governors, Drexel University Black Alumni Council (DUBAC), and La Salle University IT Advisory Board.  Her passion for uplifting others and giving back to the community is a defining trait. Angela has established scholarships at both Drexel University and La Salle University, providing financial support and mentorship to Black students pursuing careers in technology. Angela V. Harris continues to fearlessly lead her way, inspiring others to follow her example of resilience, service, and empowerment.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Angela Veria Harris on the well-deserved honor of receiving an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Ministry from West Coast Bible College & Seminary.

Dr. Tonya Michaelle Hill is a Regional Vice President with Success Training Institute.  She devoted 25 years to ACN network marketing company where she and her former partner led an organization of 10’s of thousands of independent business owners. Their business generated over $75 million in sales and as a result they were featured in Success by Home Magazine10 times. During that time, Tonya trained on stages across the country with crowds ranging from 2 to over 20,000. She has coached and mentored countless people in the network marketing industry and loves to equip and empower herself and others.

Tonya is a former President of the Avon, OH chapter of Business Network International (BNI) one of the largest referral organizations in the world with over 290,000 members globally. Tonya has been recognized by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce as networker of the year and was featured in Cleveland Magazine because of this achievement. Recently, she was featured in the August 2021 edition of Cleveland magazine for hosting safe socially distant networking events with the Power of More Chamber of Commerce that consists of over 1,600 members. Tonya recently started her own networking group, the Freedom Fighter’s Network, that meets weekly with one goal; to elevate each other in business and in life overall.

In the early 2000’s Tonya received a license as a COGIC minister in order to gain a greater understanding of the word of God. “Having the courage to be honest with yourself is the first step to true freedom” says Tonya.

Dr. Paula Kea Hollis, a dedicated servant leader in ministry and a seasoned professional in the healthcare sector, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Ministry from West Coast Bible College & Seminary (WCBCS). This prestigious degree will be presented to her during the upcoming honorary doctorate degree ceremony in May 2024, which will be held both in-person and virtually.

Dr. Phillip S. Porter, President of West Coast Bible College & Seminary, expressed his excitement, stating, “Paula is a prominent leader, transformational speaker, best-selling author, and coach in grief.  We are thrilled to welcome Paula Hollis into the West Coast family.”

Dr. Paula Hollis embodies a philosophy centered on adding value to people, a principle that has guided her vocation, spiritual, and social engagement. Vocationally, Paula has over 26 years at the Independence Health Group. In her current role as Program Manager, she steers value-based healthcare initiatives to optimize member experiences while minimizing employer group costs.

As a Transformational Speaker, Best-Selling Author, and Coach in Grief, Relationships, and Personal Development, Paula empowers clients to unlock their authentic presence. Through her online learning portal, pH Academy, she shares practical leadership strategies, emphasizing the intentional cultivation of healthy relationships with oneself and others.

Spiritually, Paula is dedicated to her ministry roles, including Praise and Worship Leader, Small group facilitator, and Prayer Devotional Leader. A committed member of The Perfecting Church in Sewell, NJ, she also lends her voice to the award-winning Maverick City Choir and serves as an instructor in the internationally based HER School of Ministry.

Socially, Paula extends her commitment through service with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and as a board member of the Jazmine T. Bryant Brighter Day Fund. This organization focuses on bringing hope, resources, and self-reliance to minority communities grappling with mental health issues and related addictions.

Paula’s commitment to lifelong learning is evident through her academic achievements – an MBA/MS from Temple University and a BA in Social Sciences from Johns Hopkins University. She holds certifications as a Life Coach, Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner, Core Well-being Specialist, Trauma Specialist, Project Management Professional, Scrum Master, and John Maxwell Leadership Trainee. Additionally, she is certified in Spiritual Formation and Christian Counseling.

Dr. Paula Hollis resides in New Jersey with her three sons, daughter-in-love, and grandson. She is a multifaceted ministry leader, blending her corporate expertise with a passion for personal development and community service.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Paula Kea Hollis on the well-deserved honor of receiving an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Ministry from West Coast Bible College & Seminary.

Dr. David Ira McGee is the founder, and Executive Director of Build Wealth Minnesota (BWMN); which is a 501c3 non-profit designated as a Community Development Financial Institution by the US Department of Treasury. 

Since 2004 BWMN has worked to help thousands of families become self-sufficient and build assets while attaining sustainable social and economic wealth. David has been training underserved populations in financial literacy education for over 20 years. He began training bank personnel in Residential Mortgage Underwriting in 1993 and later began to train members of underserved communities.  In addition to developing and administering culturally sensitive courses in Credit Awareness, Residential Mortgage Underwriting, Loan Origination, Loan Processing, Homeownership education etc. He is certified locally and nationally in several capacities including housing development, loan origination, homebuyer education, financial literacy, credit counseling and other social leadership roles. 

“I have been blessed to have made it my life’s work to educate and empower my community to bring about impactful change and generational wealth accumulation to many”, says McGee.

David has served in his church for the past 20 years as a Deacon, Minister, Sunday School Teacher, Elder and Trustee, Assistant Pastor, and Servant in the Healing Ministry.

Dr. Kerri Leslie Pruitt, a published author, and the esteemed Founder and Executive Director of The Dannon Project, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Ministry from West Coast Bible College & Seminary (WCBCS). The prestigious degree will be presented to her during the upcoming honorary doctorate degree ceremony in May 2024, which will be held both in-person and virtually.

Dr. Phillip S. Porter, President of West Coast Bible College & Seminary, expressed his excitement, stating, “Kerri is passionate and possesses the expertise to serve at-risk persons, including youth and adults in underserved communities. We are thrilled to welcome Kerri Pruitt into the West Coast family.”

Kerri is a published Author and Executive Director. She is the founder and Executive Director of The Dannon Project, a non-profit organization serving at-risk persons, including youth and adults who may be underemployed, unemployed, undereducated, at risk of homelessness or homeless, and youth and adult previously incarcerated persons (PIPs) returning from prison or jail. She is recognized nationally for her 10-year career as a federal technical assistance consultant in fiscal and human resources. She is also a user-friendly GrantSuite© MIS software developer and a trainer for multi-funded governmental programs. Kerri is a national leader in the fight for providing quality, compassionate, supportive services to the most needy in our community.  

She is the Chief Fiscal Officer for Leslie Patton and Associates Management (LPA) Consulting Firm. This is a supervisory and training contractual position. Kerri has over ten (10) years of experience with HRSA grants and contract management, providing Training and Technical Assistance to various branches of the Federal Government, HRSA-funded grantees (Health Departments, Hospitals, Universities, Government, Non-Profits, Healthy Start, Head Start, rural, urban and Island settings).

Mrs. Pruitt has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2009 Feeding Dreams Champion for her work in serving PIPs, the 2015 AllState Champion for Good; the 2015 A.G. Gaston Community Service Award, and the 2015 Spear Servant Leadership Award presented by the Vulcan Foundation.

In July 2014, under Kerri’s leadership, the White House recognized The Dannon Project as one of the nation’s foremost “effective career readiness programs.” In 2019, Kerri was invited to speak at the White House for the First Step Act and to provide insight on reentry and workforce development programming.  In 2020 Mrs. Pruitt received the 2020 Leadership Award from TAP (Together Assisting Participants).  In 2021, Kerri received the Alabama Minority GOP “Making a Difference Award.” In 2022, Mrs. Pruitt received the Award of Distinguished Excellence from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

Kerri’s favorite quote says, “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it” by Edith Wharton.

Kerri Pruitt has a Master’s in Business Administration from Glendale University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from LaSalle University. She has the following certifications:

  • McKing and Associates, Certification for Results Through Performance Excellence for HRSA, Atlanta, GA
  • Western Kentucky University Head Start Certification for consultants in Management and Governance in Nashville, TN. Ten years of experience providing TA and monitoring visits to Head Start agencies in Region IV

She is a wife, mother, daughter, sister, businesswoman, and dreamer. She and her husband, Jeh Jeh, have a daughter, Jehme.

Dr. Isiah Reese, the esteemed Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Co-Founder of Speak 2 Me Communications LLC, and CEO and Co-Founder of Aperion Global Institute and Blaze Fire Games, esports Education Tech Education Gaming and esports Innovation Centers at multiple Historical Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Ministry from West Coast Bible College & Seminary (WCBCS). This prestigious degree will be presented to him during the upcoming honorary doctorate ceremony in May 2024, which will be held in person and virtually.

Dr. Phillip S. Porter, President of West Coast Bible College & Seminary, expressed his excitement: “Isiah is an accomplished transformational global leader, corporate intrapreneur, and entrepreneur who achieves greatness and is highly respected. We are thrilled to welcome Isiah Reese into the West Coast family.”

Isiah began his career at PepsiCo, where he was assigned to the sales unit. Navigating through the challenges of leading a team, Isiah was able to use his leadership skills to lead a multi-million-dollar sales unit.  After dedicating eight years to PepsiCo, Isiah transitioned to several other notable companies, including M&M Mars Company, Walt Disney in the consumer products division, the Coca-Cola Company, and the Director of Global Channel Marketing (OEM Division) at the Microsoft Company.

In 2016, Isiah became the Co-founder and CEO of Aperion Global Institute.com with a strategic business unit called Blazed Fire Games.  Blaze Fire Games, a licensed digital content provider, has catapulted its success by implementing Continuing Education esports career pathway certificates. Aperion Global Institute.com, a global career pathway education hub, offers over 1,000 micro-credentialing courses. Likewise, the company is well-regarded as an influential content creator, digital company brand integrator, gaming host, and K-12 and higher education-for-credit and not-for-profit academic content advisor. When Isiah co-founded his company, the goal was to introduce underserved communities to the technology world, and that goal remains today.  Isiah shared his perspective, saying, “Success will only come to those who take it, not those who wait for it.”  His business mind, visionary leadership qualities, and soft people skills have enabled him to penetrate the consumer-packaged goods, education, and digital technology market. 

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from South Carolina State University, a historically black college and university (HBCU), graduating with honors, and a Master of Arts in Business Management from Webster University.  He completed additional continuing education certificates at the Harvard Business School Executive Program in Business, sponsored by Disney Consumer Products.

He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and a Member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity STEM Committee. He served as the Chairman and Marketing Officer of International Worldwide for two years. He was recognized as a Lifetime International Global Business Achievement Leader in 2023 by the Marquis Group. He is the Vice-Chairman of the South Carolina State University Advancement Foundation (HBCU), a Former Board Trustee at Tougaloo College (HBCU), a member of the 100 Black Men of America-Twin Cities Chapter, and an Independent Director at Blaze Fire Games. To commemorate his contributions to his community, Mr. Reese was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award from South Carolina State University School of Business in 2016.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Isiah Reese on the well-deserved honor of receiving an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Ministry from West Coast Bible College & Seminary.

Yeni Silva-Renteria, is the executive director of the International Rescue Committee (IRC). In recognition of her exemplary contributions as a social justice advocate for children and families both nationally and internationally, Yeni Silva-Renteria has been conferred an Honorary Doctorate from West Coast Bible College & Seminary (WCBCS). This distinguished accolade is set to be formally bestowed upon her at the ceremonial event scheduled for June 1, 2024, accommodating attendees in-person and online.

Dr. Phillip S. Porter, President of WCBCS, shared his enthusiasm: “We are deeply inspired by Yeni’s unwavering commitment, ethical standards, and transformative leadership. It’s our privilege to welcome her into the esteemed West Coast family.”

Currently serving as the executive director of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Silva-Renteria has also contributed her expertise as an adjunct professor in Wichita State University’s social work department. With over two decades of dedicated service to children and families, including Latino and refugee populations faced with forced displacement, her advocacy extends beyond borders, driving community involvement and advocating for systemic reforms at various governmental levels.

Her notable appointments include roles by Governor Laura Kelly on the Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission and the Kansas Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention. Silva-Renteria’s influence also spans the Advisory Committee for the National Initiative for Trauma Education and Workforce Development at the University of North Carolina, the Community Task Force established in the wake of CJ Lofton’s murder, and the Board of Directors for Wichita Habitat for Humanity. A graduate of the Citizens Police Academy, she actively engages in Cultural Sensitivity dialogues with law enforcement personnel.

Silva-Renteria’s journey from Mexico to the United States at the age of ten, settling in Wichita for over two decades, marks a trail of firsts: the first in her family of twelve siblings to complete high school and pursue higher education in the U.S., culminating in a Master’s degree in Social Work from Wichita State University in 2015.

Reflecting on her ethos, Silva-Renteria emphasizes the importance of bridge-building and nurturing diverse relationships, stating, “Commitment to connecting varied perspectives is fundamental for our individual development and enhances our collective capacity to champion broader societal benefits.”

We warmly applaud Yeni Silva-Renteria for this prestigious recognition, acknowledging her significant impact and the well-earned Honorary Doctorate from West Coast Bible College & Seminary.

Dr. Cheryl Elizabeth Williams, the esteemed Founder and Executive Director of Fundamentals for Foster Care.

Cheryl’s unwavering dedication and enthusiasm have been instrumental in providing foster children and alumni aging out of the system with self-esteem education and mentoring support. Her efforts have significantly improved the lives of numerous vulnerable foster youths in Texas, as evidenced by the distribution of over 1,000 personalized self-esteem educational gifts and notes of encouragement.

Cheryl’s remarkable leadership has been pivotal in establishing and managing Fundamentals for Foster Care from the ground up. She has cultivated strong partnerships with over 100 agencies and nonprofit organizations to ensure the well-being of foster youth and alumni. Her exceptional success is a testament to her ability to manage budgets, analyze variances, and develop effective strategies to minimize deviations, control costs, and optimize resource allocation.

Cheryl shared her perspective, saying, “I encourage individuals to recognize the challenges faced by children in foster care while also embracing the profound power of Jesus Christ’s love. By integrating education and spirituality, an extraordinary force arises, capable of transforming hearts and minds and inspiring courage in the world around us.”

In addition to her impactful contributions to foster care, Cheryl has established herself as a versatile professional. She is a certified life coach, professional speaker, bestselling author, Area Director in Toastmasters, and a certified personal trainer.

Cheryl graduated Magna Cum Laude from Kansas State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies and Human Studies. In addition to her academic achievements, she has obtained various certifications, including Optima Training and Surrogate Training, AHIP Certification, Certified Life Coaching, Certified Personal Trainer for both Youth and Adults, and Human Rights Consulting.

Dr. Bishop Frederick Douglas Williams is the Senior Pastor at Life for All Christian Fellowship, Inc. He has demonstrated exemplary servant leadership and unwavering commitment and passion to his various roles within the Christian community. Bishop Williams has been conferred an Honorary Doctorate from West Coast Bible College & Seminary (WCBCS). This distinguished accolade is set to be formally bestowed upon him at the ceremonial event scheduled for June 1, 2024, accommodating attendees in-person and online.

Dr. Phillip S. Porter, President of WCBCS, shared his enthusiasm: “Frederick is a gifted spiritual leader and accomplished business professional that has impacted our youth, families and community”. It’s our privilege to welcome him into the esteemed West Coast family.”

Right-Reverend Bishop Frederick Douglas Williams, an esteemed figure in ministry and missions around the world. With over 22 years of dedicated service, Bishop Williams has demonstrated exemplary leadership and unwavering commitment to his various roles within the Christian community. Right-Reverend Frederick Douglas Williams, Presbyter and Bishop, is fully empowered and authorized to exercise this ministry, accepting its privileges and responsibilities as a Bishop in the Archdiocese of St. Polycarp in the Evangelical Episcopal Communion.

Bishop Williams holds Apostolic Succession (with Holy Orders) through the unbroken chain of consecration, he has been bestowed with the sacred authority and spiritual lineage traced back to the Apostles themselves. This lineage ensures the seamless transmission of divine grace and the authentic power to administer the sacraments and shepherd the faithful. As Bishop Ordinary for the Diocese of St. James the Just, located in the state of Florida, Bishop Williams has played a pivotal role in overseeing the spiritual affairs of his diocese. His guidance and pastoral care have been instrumental in fostering a thriving and inclusive faith community.

Furthermore, Bishop Williams has been assigned as the Bishop of International Ministries for the parachurch organization, Master’s Circle Christian Fellowship, Inc. (MCCFI). In this capacity, he will be involved in promoting interdenominational collaboration, facilitating global missions, and nurturing relationships with international partners. His essential objectives will be outreaching initiatives and to strengthen its impact both locally and abroad.

In addition to his diocesan and international responsibilities, Bishop Williams has been designated to oversee the Southeast District of the U.S.A. for MCCFI in 2024. This position will allow him to oversee the spiritual development and growth of member churches within the region.

Bishop Williams also holds the position of Senior Pastor at Life for All Christian Fellowship, Inc., where he diligently shepherds his congregation, providing guidance, inspiration, and support. His dynamic preaching style, coupled with his genuine care for individuals, has attracted a diverse and vibrant community of believers.

Throughout his career, Bishop Williams has demonstrated a profound commitment to social awareness, equality, and community outreach. He has been actively involved in initiatives that address family, community development, poverty, and various social challenges. His work, both within and outside the church, has had a significant impact on individuals and communities in need.

Bishop Williams says, “Everything that happens to you, whether it’s good or bad, sweet or sour, is preparation for your destiny”. 

Bishop Williams is the Co-owner and Managing Partner of Funds To Function, LLC and the founder of ITB Professional Solutions, LLC, co-founder & Chairman of PROJECT: Life for All, and co-founder of Life for All Christian Fellowship. Spent five (5) years in the U.S. Army which took him on assignments to four (4) continents. He received numerous military awards and decorations.  Spent sixteen (16) additional years as a Federal Contractor serving DOD, DHS, DOJ, and DOS. Trained in the disciplines of Leadership, Team Building, Problem Solving, and Integrity. Frederick’s ability to motivate and encourage people has helped to transform the lives of people from all walks of life.

In conclusion, Bishop Frederick Douglas Williams is an esteemed and respected leader in ministry and mission. With over two decades of experience, he has consistently exemplified visionary leadership, compassion, and a dedication to the spiritual well-being of his congregations and the broader community. His multifaceted roles as the Bishop Ordinary for the Diocese of St. James the Just, Bishop of International Ministries for MCCFI, and Senior Pastor of Life for All Christian Fellowship, Inc. highlights his exceptional ability to inspire and transform lives.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Frederick Douglas Williams on the well-deserved honor of receiving an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Ministry from West Coast Bible College & Seminary.

Dr. Jessica Renee Young, distinguished military career, illustrious leadership, and passion for service has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Ministry from West Coast Bible College & Seminary (WCBCS). The prestigious degree will be presented to her during the upcoming honorary doctorate degree ceremony on June 1, 2024, which will be held both in-person and virtually.

Dr. Phillip S. Porter, President of West Coast Bible College & Seminary, expressed his excitement, stating, “Jessica’s accomplished military service and integrity is truly inspiring, and we are thrilled to welcome Jessica Young into the West Coast family.”

The daughter of Pastor Jessie Garner and Charlene Powell, Jessica Young, was raised in a single-parent household in Eastern North Carolina. She developed an early appreciation for family unity, responsibility, and intentional connection. Her distinguished service epitomizes her core values of kindness, family, and hard work.

Jessica retired from the United States Air Force after serving for 20 years. During her service, she worked diligently with numerous organizations, which focused on the advocacy and well-being of military personnel and their families. Notably, she was the President of Chapter 951, Air Force Sergeant Association (AFSA) and she is a lifetime member of the national organization.  As President, she was instrumental in AFSA being recognized by the Department of Defense as a National Military Organization. Her efforts were key to eliminating unnecessary delays for project approvals. This success enabled chapters nationwide the privilege to coordinate events on and off military installations.

During active duty, she furthered her education by earning her Associate Degree in Logistics from the Community College of the Air Force and her Bachelor of Science in Management from National American University. She went on to complete her Professional Supply Chain Management Certificate in the Air Force Logistics Professional Development Program.

Continuing her Supply Chain & Logistics experience, she leveraged her years of service and education. Jessica was accepted into the Skillbridge program and eventfully hired by Textron Aviation Defense. She is the Logistics Manager for the Tunisian T-6C Program. Continually advocating, she stood up and served as the first President of SHADES Employee Resource Group (ERG). The ERG focuses on advancing the personal and professional development for employees of African descent.

Jessica is the recipient of the following awards:

  • The Meritorious Service Medal
  • The Air Force Commendation Medal (Fourth Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • The Air Force Commendation Medal (Third Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • The Air Force Commendation Medal (Second Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • The Air Force Commendation Medal (First Oak Leaf Cluster)

In addition, she is a Lifetime Member of the Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA).

Jessica Young’s favorite quote says, “I am thankful for my struggle because, without it, I would not have stumbled across my strength.” by Alexandra Elle.

She resides in Wichita, Kansas with her husband Theo, their two daughters and dog named Xolo. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and cooking.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Jessica Renee Young on the well-deserved honor of receiving an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Ministry from West Coast Bible College & Seminary.