The goal of CAFBLC is to promote transformational leadership to advance the spiritual, social and economic welfare of our international community including : our diaspora,, the Caribbean and the African Region. We are an international organization that facilitates ecumenical and intergovernmental dialogues, leadership training and various programs with Caribbean and African faith, civic and diaspora leaders in partnership with the United States Faith-based Cabinet Offices including: the White House Office of Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, the US Department of State Office of Religious & Global Affairs, The US Department of Homeland Security Faith-Based Center, The US Department of Justice Faith-based Office along with the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors, African diplomatic representatives and other bilateral organizations with emphasis on building bridges that foster connection for mission and service.
The Caribbean and African Faith Based Leadership Conference (CAFBLC) is committed to empower our leaders through ecumenical programs and educational engagement for advocacy, affirmation, advancement and action to be proactive in fulfilling our kingdom assignment to those who are affected by injustice, poverty, crime and violence, health disparities, human rights violations among other social issues here in the United States, the Caribbean and the African Region.
The objective of CAFBLC is to promote transformational leadership to advance the spiritual, social and economic welfare of our international community including : our diaspora,, the Caribbean and the African Region. We are an international organization that facilitates ecumenical and intergovernmental dialogues, leadership training and various programs with Caribbean and African faith, civic and diaspora leaders in partnership with the United States Faith-based Cabinet Offices including: the White House Office of Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, the US Department of State Office of Religious & Global Affairs, The US Department of Homeland Security Faith-Based Center, The US Department of Justice Faith-based Office along with the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors, African diplomatic representatives and other bilateral organizations with emphasis on building bridges that foster connection for mission and service.
In keeping with our ethical values and concerns for holistic human development, we organize and support domestic and international conferences, symposiums, interventions, embassy series and student leadership summit: to empower our leaders with information, techniques and resources to be proactive in missions within the United States, Africa, the Caribbean and our diaspora communities throughout the world.
Thank you for supporting us throughout the years and we are counting on your support this year also. As your president I want to make sure that you get chance to see what we are doing and for you to get to raise issues with us. Congratulations to all our 2016 awardees. On behalf of my team and I, we welcome you to our 2016 annual conference.
DR. AGOROM DIKE
CHAIR OF COMMITTEE
I‘m grateful to be part of this august institution and thank you for inviting me to speak at this year’s (2016) conference. I’m very pleased to be here to join you in celebrating this wonderful occasion. First of all, congratulations to all the awardees and organizers. You should be very, very proud of yourselves for accomplishing this goal. Well done. Congratulations to all 2016 awardees.
These Awardees have shown Great excellence in their fields of faith and by doing so impacting the lives of others through their works it is the honor of The Caribbean and African Faith Based Leadership Conference (CAFBLC) to award them this year.
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The Caribbean & African Faith-based Leadership Conference is inviting you to our 3rd Annual International Leadership Conference , Awards Gala and Young Professional Leaders’ Summit. All delegates are encouraging to come into Washington D.C from June 19th to participate in the Afro-Caribbean Gospel Music Explosion Concert at the Ebenezer Church of God, located at 7550 Buchanan St, Hyattsville, MD 20784 along with other pre-conference events leading to June 22nd through to June 24th. The main conference activities however, will be from June 22nd to 24th, 2016 at the Howard University Black Burn Center. The international awards gala is the official event where: faith, civic, diplomats and government leaders are recognized for their engagement in transformational leadership to their community ,nation and region.
The theme of our conference is: Promoting Economic Development to Empower the Community. As our delegate ,you will be invited to participate in all official legislative events at the: US Department of State Office of Religious and Global Affairs, Briefing with President Barack Obama’s Administration at the White House, Forum at the United States Congress, Inter-American Development Bank and other places .
The objective of this conference is to mobilize and empower our leaders to facilitate economic development , equip you with the resources to foster high ethical values as transformational leaders in your communities; both locally and abroad.
Please see our website at cafblc.org for further information regarding our program, conference schedule, speakers’ honorees and more. You may also contact us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
All delegates from oversees are encouraged to register early by paying their partial registration fee in order to acquire visa letters and other clearances to attend legislative events here in the United States.
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When Monique Steele-Griffiths sings listeners consistently sense God’s presence. Her remarkable range and vocal dexterity allow her to vividly express her love for Christ. She has shared the stage with Yolanda Adams, Andrea Bocelli, Earnest Pugh, Marvin Sapp, Darryl Coley,BeBe Winans, Donnie McClurkin, Maurette Brown Clarke, just to name a few. Most recently she was blessed to perform for President Barack Obama and his family. Born in Montreal and raised in Alberta, Canada, she was influenced by the music of both her Jamaican parents and the many styles of music available to her in Calgary. Moniqueholds a music degree in vocal performance from Columbia Union College and teaches voice at The Griffiths Vocal Studio. Full-time music ministry is not easy, but Monique is energetic and committed to witnessing through song.She would like hermusic to draw people closer to God and win souls to Christ.
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At a young age music became his first love and at the time, was only interested in just playing it. As he got older he realized he enjoyed singing just as much. “The Children of Light”, “Zamar”, and “Blake Band” were the names of the local groups he led and was a part of. 2nd Chance has been blessed with the opportunity to perform in places such as Puerto Rico, Canada, Cayman Islands, and around the United States. He has shared stages with other artists such as Shelly Thunder, Tye Tribbett, Peninsilyn, Mikey Spice, Chevelle Franklin, Papa San, DJ Nicholas, Alvin Slaughter, Pettidee, Cece Winans and many others. He recorded his first album entitled “Mission Fi God” in 1998 as part of the group the “Blake Band”. His sophomore album “Hold On” was birthed in 2004 after coming through some major obstacles in life, thus changing his name to 2nd Chance, where his life is now a testimony of what God can do. In January 2007, 2nd Chance met GeeJam’s Music Engineer(www.GeeJamStudios.com) and Producer Dale Virgo ( aka Dr. Dizzle) whom he developed a personal and musical chemistry with, which brought about a challenge he had never yet taken up before in his life, i.e. completing an album in the period of 2 weeks. This album is entitled “Walk Gud”.
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Terri Lisa has always loved music. Growing up in the small Caribbean island of Tobago, her heart for worship music blossomed early. By age 10, she was writing songs with her older sister while hanging out in the backyard of their family home.
By God’s grace, it was writing and singing that kept her. It was music that drew her in to the power of God’s love and that followed her as she dedicated her life to Christ at a young age. It was music that guided her to serve time and time again in ministry whenever she could lend her voice.She has been a member of several choirs including the world famous Grammy award winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and also the Youth Chorale, where she was occasionally a soloist. In high school, she was a member of her school’s award-winning gospel choir and participated in the McDonald Gospel Fest at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
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Eion is an International Pastor/Prophet/Psalmist who has a heart for God and worship and whose passion is to help others have a worship experience with the Creator. He believes in following the Biblical pattern for living in order to obtain success.
Eion holds a B.Sc. in Theology and has served for over 30 years as an ordained Minister. He currently resides in Bowie, MD with his wife, Kim and their 4 children.
Drawing on his extensive experience, Eion also serves as a Consultant to churches in the area of Music and Worship and is passionate about this ministry which brings Glory to God. In addition to his work with many Christian Artists, He has performed with Pastor Donnie McClurkin as well as Israel Houghton and new Breed. Eion has traveled to: Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Antigua, Barbados, The Bahamas, and many cities throughout the United States. He also has 2 CD’s and a recently published book on worship. He operates in the Prophetic Realm as a Prophet of God and through his Prophetic ministry, many have been blessed and impacted.
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Kelvin Tate (AKA) Rappn Tate De Great was born on August 28, 1969. He is the Son of Kathy and Rozelle Tate. Tate lived in Memphis before moving to Brooklyn, NY where he grew up. He later moved to Chicago, Illinois where he joined his high school band, and received a musical scholarship to Roosevelt University.
Tate developed a love for music and mastered the Trombone. He also had a love for William Shakespeare and used Shakespeare’s method as a creative ways to advance and developed his musical abilities. He adopted the name Rappn Tate Da Great and released his first album entitled, “Ambitious” in 1989 under T.O.M.A. (Temple of Music Association) Records. He was featured in a “Someone You Should Know short television segment by Harry Porterfield on ABC WLS Chicago television Station. Tate used his Hip-Hop music to inspire and encourage the inner city youth to excel in school. He then directed and produced an anti-drug play entitled, “Stop the Dope”.
Tate gained city wide recognition and honors throughout the Chicago Public School Systems. Tate then began to rally around the issues of anti-drug, and tour over 400 Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Housing Authority and penitentiaries to help the youths developed self-esteem and permission themselves to succeed in their endeavor. He also volunteers with Resident’s Journal and the Urban Youth International Journalism Program. Mr. Tate also volunteer his service at Black & Black Love Ministry outreach Prison Program where he mentor the youths and used Hip-hop music to transformed and create jobs. He also volunteer as a Humanitarian Artist at Ma-Huston outreach Ministry in Chicago, where he tour the prisons, using his love for music to inspire, educate and give the inmates a change to live again. He also volunteer his service at the Wilmington Delaware Peace Keepers Juvenile Correction Facility.
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Established almost 15 years ago, the Ghana Wesley United Methodist Church Choir has 48 members. Highly loved by its predominantly Ghanaian congregation, it has a popular tradition of well-patronized Christmas and Easter concerts that was started two years ago. It is a highly renowned choir that is often invited to perform at other churches. During this past year, it has also been invited to perform at other churches in Virginia. Among them are: the Cokesbury United Methodist Church in Woodbridge, Wesley United Methodist Church at Alexandria, and the Woodlawn Faith United Methodist Church, also in Alexandria. In addition, it was a guest choir at the Annual Singspiration of the Evangelical Church of Jesus Christ in Alexandria; and it was one of choirs invited for the Twenty-First VIC Choir Festival organized to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia on January 17, 2016. Furthermore, for the second consecutive year, it was chosen to represent the Ghanaian choirs in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area during special non-denominational church services held at the Ghana Embassy to mark Ghana’s 59 th Independence Day Celebration. In addition, in line with the new vision of its church that focuses on discipleship and evangelism, the Choir has started undertaking some outreach work. To this end, during the past year it visited the Aarondale Retirement and Assisted Living Facility at Springfield, Virginia, and warmed the hearts of its residents with inspirational hymns and songs. Some of the residents cheerfully participated in some of the hymns and songs. And on April 16, 2016, it joined other choirs and church organizations in a multicultural celebration of faith in its neighborhood.
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Gospel recording artist Sherice Tomlin is passionate about helping young people experience praise and worship and building a better relationship with Christ. Sherice is the director of the Metropolitan SDA Church and the CPC SDA Youth Choirs. She has combined both choirs with invitations to other churches to create the dynamic DMV Youth Gospel Choir. The choir consists of youth from over 12 different churches in the DMV area. The DMV Youth Gospel Choir sings their praises for the Lord and enjoys sharing their music ministry to bring others closer to God.
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Sherice Tomlin is a phenomenal woman of worship, known for her vibrancy and exuberance on and off the stage. Sherice will take you to a higher place in worship through her contagious and heartfelt passion for God. Sherice has ministered with and shared the stage with Tremaine Hawkins, Roger Ryan, Maurette Brown-Clarke, Shea Norman, Crystal Rucker, Committed, Wes Morgan, Judith McAlister and Amber Bullock to name a few. God has blessed her with 3 albums; “Just Like Heaven” was released in 2011. Sherice not only records but is currently a praise and worship leader and choir director at 3 different churches in the Washington DC area.
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Vocally flexible and musically diverse RefleXions brings a tight eclectic blend that is completely unique and reflective of all styles of music. Originally formed by Crews, the Washington D.C. area based group features the multi-dimensional harmony and innovative musicianship of Crews (Tenor), Ari (Soprano), Wayde (Bass), Rod (Baritone) and Tiffany (Alto). RefleXions has performed across the US from Washington DC to California with artists from all musical backgrounds: Take 6 and Dru Hill are just to name a few. They have performed in a variety of national and local venues such as The Harlem Renaissance Festival, Tabrey’s, 2K9, Rock N Java, Takoma Station, Red & Black, the Washington DC Black Family Reunion in 2003 and 2005 and The Annual Taste Of Life Picnic/Concert in Central Park, NY. They have also been regular performers at the Fannie Mae Annual “Help the Homeless” Walk-a-thon in Washington DC. RefleXions was also featured live in concert, December 2001 at Washington DC’s internationally known John F. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage. In 2008 RefleXions was given the great honor to sing at the 2008 Democratic Convention in Denver, CO after writing and recording the music video for “Something’s Gotta Change” featuring Barack Obama featured on YouTube.
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Thank you for such a good event, you worked very hard to make everything perfect….. Once again, thanks for making the Conference so good. I go to lots of Conferences and many you forget but I’ll always remember my first one in Washington, DC.
The CAFBLC conference was the best conference that I attended last year. This conference gave me an opportunity to meet great world leaders. The hotel accommodations were world class. Professionally, I met some wonderful people who will now be colleagues and perhaps friends for life I can’t wait to attend this year.
It was a pleasure to be at the conference. I enjoyed interacting with all of you as well as the other participants. Overall, I had a great time and so when you do this next, please do let us know.
Thank you for hosting such a wonderful and successful international conference. The quality of the speakers were excellent, the sponsored lunches and dinner events provided outstanding food and atmosphere for conference members to interact and to get to know each other.