Dr. Seema Imam was raised as a Methodist and grew up in a Midwestern farming community before accepting Islam as a way of life. She was only 17 years old in the early 70s when she tried fasting in Ramadan, managed to locate an early paperback translation of the Quran and soon after decided to live life as a Muslim. Seema has played an active role in the development of the Islamic community in the Chicago area and in the development of Islamic Schools across the country.
Mr. Bill Hobbs currently serves as Vice President of the Jesuit Secondary Education Association (JSEA), a service and leadership development organization for Jesuit schools in the United States and Canada. A native of southern New Jersey, Mr. Hobbs graduated from St. Joseph’s University (PA) in 1985 with a double major in Philosophy and Theology. He completed a Masters in Adolescent Development (Magna Cum Laude) at Fordham University, focusing on the work of Jesuit schools in the inner city. Mr. Hobbs completed Spanish at the renowned Instituto de Idiomas in Bolivia and has spent a significant amount to time leading students on service immersion trips throughout Latin America.
Rev. Linda Perkins McRae entered into the gospel ministry under the leadership of Pastors John and Pansy Young and served along with her husband, Reverend Ronald Lee McRae, as Assistant Pastors at Christian Faith Center until they were called to Greater Cleveland Avenue Christian Church. She served in leadership for three years under the tutelage of Bishop Sheldon McCarter and Co-Pastor Joyce McCarter. Reverend McRae has served at Little Salem Christian Church in Reidsville, NC for the past twelve years. Rev. Linda has faithfully served with her husband in ministry as co-pastor providing leadership and guidance to the congregation.
Co-Pastor McRae completed a B.A. degree in Business Administration at Winston-Salem State University. She completed a Masters of Divinity from Wake Forest University Divinity School in 2003 and a Masters in Social Work from NC A&T & UNC-Greensboro in 2007. Co-Pastor McRae is a board certified chaplain and a provisionally licensed clinical social worker. She has served as a clinical chaplain with the Salisbury Veteran’s Administration Medical Center and is currently the clinical supervisor for Region 3 Treatment Accountabilities for Safer Communities (TASC), an affiliate of Partnership for a Drug-free North Carolina. Co-Pastor McRae is pursing a clinical practice providing health, healing and mental health and substance abuse treatment to members of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County community.
“The Doctor of Psychology degree will further prepare me to provide professional, licensed, clinical care to my community diagnosing and treating various mental and substance abuse disorders by providing psychological evaluations and psychotherapy.”
Mr. Jesse J. Arnold is Founder and Executive Director of Visionary Ministry Network, based in the United States. VMN is a faith-based, non-profit organization that assists single parent and low income families in identifying various educational and small business opportunities. VMN’s efforts include promoting the president's goal of developing a highly competitive and diverse workforce through education in order to stimulate the economy internationally. Jesse has earned a Bachelor of Arts from Paine College in Augusta, Georgia and a Master of Science from Troy University in Troy, Alabama. He is also an accounting firm entrepreneur through Diversitax Financial Consulting. The Diversitax mission is to facilitate economic recovery and sustainability for all American families through assistance in attaining refundable tax credits, understanding confusing provisions in the tax code, and developing saving systems that work for all people.
“I am currently completing the Doctor of Ministry program. I hope to encourage all young people to maximize their potential by implementing the proven strategies of successful goal attainment through higher education and entrepreneurship. The Oxford Theology Summer School (Christ Church, Oxford University) has allowed me the opportunity to develop a multi-national network of ministry professionals that will ensure that the VMN grows to a global organization. By fostering partnerships with students from Australia, Liberia, Nigeria, Poland, England, China, Turkey, Canada and Ireland, my American constituents and I now have the power to exalt the VMN’s humanitarian services in Central and South America.”
Mr. Adam Thome has worked in the Roman Catholic tradition as a Director of Music and Liturgy for seven years and is currently employed in ministerial work at St. Steven’s Catholic Community in Sun Lakes, Arizona. Receiving an undergraduate degree in Music from Webster University in St. Louis, Mr. Thome immediately began full time music ministry in the Phoenix, Arizona region. Wanting to continue education, but feeling traditional educational models were not conducive with continuing his employment, Mr. Thome made the valuable decision to continue his musical studies by enrolling in the Masters of Sacred Music program at GTF, completing this degree in 2009.