Minister John N. Tate retired from the U.S. Government Publishing Office, in Washington D.C. in January 2019 as a Financial Operation Analyst. He was educated in the District of Columbia Public Schools. He furthered his education at the University of the District of Columbia where he received an Associate Degree in Business Management and studied at Howard University in Washington D.C.
Min. John completed his Ministerial training at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden’s Bible Institute and Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church’s Bible Institute.
While at the Tenth Street Baptist in Washington D.C. Min. John served as the Assistant Director of the Leadership Training Institute for over 20 years, Adult Sunday School Teacher for 30 years and on the Board of Deacons for 20 years. Before leaving the Tenth Street Baptist Church Min. John was elevated to the position of 3rdAssistant Chairman of Deacons and was the Chair of the Mediation and Reconciliation Team.
Min. John accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior in 1974; he accepted his call into the ministry in 2002 and was licensed to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in 2010 at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Maryland, where Rev. John K. Jenkins Sr. is senior pastor.
Min. John is currently enrolled with Light University completing the work to be a Board Certified Christian Counselor through The American Association of Christian Counselors.
Min. John has served as a Deacon, a Middle & High School Sunday School Teacher, Altar Counselor, Couple’s Praise & Worship Team Leader, & he has also taught in the Homebuilder’s Classes teaching biblically based marriage principles, the FBCG Home study classes, for couples living in the Brandywine/Clinton area of Maryland.
Min. John has been very happily married to Rev. Iris F. M. Tate for 26 ½ wonderful years. They currently serve in the Couple’s Ministry as Mentors, Prayer Team Leaders, and facilitate in the Couple’s Focus Studies Classes on Prayer.
He also serves on the FBCG Ministerial Ministry, BID Ministry, Intercessory Prayer Team Ministry, & as a chaplain at the Washington Hospital Center where he visits & ministers to the sick and prays.
One of Min. John’s favorite songs is “What God has for me, it is for me” and his favorite scripture is Psalms 34:1-3 “I will Bless the Lord at all times; and His Praise shall be continually in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord; and the humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh magnify the Lord with me; and let us exalt His name together.”
Tennille L. Blackwell resides with her husband Derrick Blackwell and
their six children; five sons and one daughter in District Heights, Maryland. She
received her BA: Biblical Studies and Christian Life and Ministry from Lancaster
Bible College in May 2015. She received her Master of Divinity with a
concentration in Leadership from Denver Seminary on August 15, 2020. She also
received her Master Certificate in Federal Financial Management on June 23, 2021.
She is a licensed minister under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Gerald Folsom
and First Lady Joyce Folsom. She currently serves as the Commissioner of the
Evangelism and Community commission and Coordinator for the Women’s
ministry at Hemingway Memorial AME Church in District Heights, MD. She also
leads workshops, preaches, teaches bible study and facilities leadership training
and development in local churches in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.
She serves as a mentor and coach and thoroughly enjoys helping people map out their goals and development plans. God has anointed her to speak life into all the people she encounters and lead them to Him. Her main focus are people who have been through the worst of
situations and encouraging them to be who God created them to be through her
business “Unique Encouragement LLC” and ministry the “Well Experience”.
Her motto is "Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life." One of the key scriptures that keeps her grounded is: Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Kay Williams is executive director of the Acts of Praise; a ministry that facilitates-through biblical truths-the creation and implementation of articles of worship. While earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, she has accumulated many hours in art, design and textiles. All have beneficially supported the focus of Acts of Praise. Kay believes like King David that “the Lord’s House must be exceedingly magnificent, famous, and glorious throughout all lands. Therefore I will prepare for it.” 1 Chronicles 22:5
In 1981, Kay was motivated by Psalm 96:6 “Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary; honor and majesty are before Him, “ to design and make banners to bring them forth in processionals. The central theme of her designs is to “Ascribe to Him the Glory due His Name,” magnifying the kingship and sovereignty of Jesus Christ. “Crowning HIm with many crowns” began a 37 year succession of prolific creations preparing the way for worship to our coming King. Kay has taught seminars and directed processionals in churches and conferences throughout America and had a leadership role in the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem for many years.
Kay teaches and exhorts on the subjects of worship, preparation for ministry, fulfilling your destiny in the Kingdom, developing and creating banners, and the importance of processionals in worship today. Her teachings are rooted in the scriptural truth of this extraordinary expression of worship and its benefits to His Kingdom. Kay has teaching tools available at http://actsofpraise.org/