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Dr. Rodney D. Robinson-Rogers
Rev. Dr. Rodney DeWitt Robinson-Rogers is the Senior Pastor and Apostolic Leader of Christ of Calvary Covenant Church at 500 South 61st Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Rogers work is to transform urban communities by supporting the development of urban leaders. He believes in the Holistic vision of the Kingdom of God, good health in body, soul and spirit builds healthy families and communities. He is the President of the Covenant Leadership Academy, an institute that trains adults in academically based Christian education, discipleship and principals of transformational leadership. He also serves as an Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Family Studies at Bakke Graduate University (BGU) in Seattle, Washington teaching online courses to doctoral degree candidates worldwide. He is the host of GracePoints on LookUpRadio on the Internet.
Dr. Rogers continues to build collaborations with Christian leaders on a local, national and international basis in support of the spiritual transformation of families, congregations and communities throughout the world. His wife and ministry partner of 28 years is Minister Lanese T. Rogers and together they have four children: Morgan Paige (Morris), Joshua DeWitt, Nicole Sommer -Dominique and Simone Renee. He is a recent graduate of BGU obtaining his doctorate in Urban Transformational Leadership for the Global City and has obtained his master of divinity training at Princeton Theological Seminary (C’99) focusing on church and society.
Elder Calvin B. Rooks
Instructor/Coach of Introduction to Evangelism
Elder Calvin B. Rooks was born on September 7, 1962 in Franklin, VA to the Mr. and Mrs. Ben and Mary Rooks. At the age of sixteen, he graduated from Southampton Senior High School with honors and was accepted to Virginia State University where he received his Bachelors of Science in Industrial Technology. While in attendance at Virginia State, he joined the Army National Guard and eventually became a full time soldier in the United States Army serving a total of ten years.
June 26, 2005, Calvin became the first member of the now Christ of Calvary Covenant Church (under the leadership of now Senior Pastor Rev Dr. Rodney D. Rogers) to be licensed as a preacher of the Gospel. Since receiving his licensor, he has been appointed as Director of Youth Ministries.
In October 2009 Calvin set another precedent in being the first to receive ordination as an Elder out of Christ of Calvary Covenant Church. Elder Rooks received his Masters of Divinity in Congregational Ministry from Evangelical Theological Seminary in Myerstown, PA. And was appointed Chaplain of the Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center in charge of all religious activities.
In all that has occurred in his life over the years, God’s hand of mercy has always reigned. God has blessed him with a beautiful, God-fearing wife in Rev. Eleanor L. Rooks who serves with him as Co-director in Youth Ministry and two beautiful daughters Anjelica and Christina.
Instructor/Coach of Social Justice and Community Development
Rob Eyre is an attorney, an elder at Grace Presbyterian Church in Jenkintown, PA and a candidate for ordination as a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public & Environmental Affairs (Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 1981), a Juris Doctor from Temple University School of Law (Philadelphia, PA 1984) and a Master of Divinity (Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ 1998) . Rob combines law and ministry in three areas of work: (i) representing individuals, churches and other organizations before civil and ecclesiastical courts and governing bodies,(ii) advising faith-based and secular organizations engaged in community organizing and development and (ii) teaching and preaching in churches in and around Philadelphia. He is managing shareholder of Foehl & Eyre, P.C., Vice President of Unity Center Inc., and President of the Greater Glenside Civic Association. Rob dedicated a considerable portion of his studies at Princeton Seminary (and coursework at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University) to studying community development and organizing, reflecting theologically on these disciplines and their role in and relationship to the church and other community organizations. Following his graduation from Seminary, continued this study and reflection in practice on the streets of the City of Chester, PA as a community organizer with Unity Center, Inc. Rob promotes community organizing and development as spiritual disciplines, as well as means for congregational service and mission in the community. He is also interested in improving ecclesiastical polity—structures and processes—for managing change and mediating the conflict that often comes with it.
Dr. Rick Horne
Instructor/Coach of Biblical Studies and Practical Counseling
B.S. (PBU), M. Div. (Reformed Episcopal Seminary), M.Ed. (West Chester University), D. Min. (Westminster Theological Seminary). Rick served for more than 30 years in Christian school guidance and counseling programs in two Christian schools. He is also worked full-time with the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF) for a year and a half and has served on their Board for 20 years. Rick is currently Site Coordinator of The Urban Ministry Institute Chester, PA, teaching their urban church seminary courses in the city of Chester and in the local state prison. He is also been developing, teaching and recording, in association with CCEF, a curriculum for pastoral counseling for urban church leaders. Rick has served in bi-vocational pastoral roles in three Philadelphia area churches over the last 38 years.
Rick has four books published by the Association of Christian Schools International and two by Shepherd Press. The former are about school guidance and counseling matters and one is for teachers and administrators dealing biblical strategies for addressing scornful attitudes in the Christian school. His most recent books, Get Outta My Face, and Get Offa My Case, published by Shepherd Press, are addressed to parents. The first addresses how to talk to angry and unmotivated teens. The second, how to parent them in a godly way and still hold them biblically accountable if they won’t talk. Rick has spoken on these topics in Europe, Asia, and North, South and Central American countries. Rick and his wife Betty have been married 45 years and have six children, five are married. They have 15 grandchildren.
David Hale Sylvester
Instructor/Coach of Transformational Leadership
After my friend was killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11, I adopted a mission to enhance the world one hug, one high-five and one interaction at a time.
To that end, I bicycled:
North America ’02 - Washington State to Philadelphia
Africa ‘04 - Cairo to Cape Town
Asia ’07 - Istanbul to Beijing
North America ’08 - San Diego to NYC - making weekly charitable stops
North America ’11 – Minneapolis to NYC - making weekly charitable stops.
I then wrote Traveling at the Speed of Life, a book that’s really inspiring people and in the curricula at 7 universities, including Yale - and can tell you that on September 10, 2001, i never imagined my evolving into a philanthropic, cross continental bicyclist-author-filmmaker.
Now, I can’t imagine stopping.
This December i am leaving to bike/volunteer my way Sydney to Melbourne Australia on my own Hugs and High5 Tour - where i will visit charities....passing out Hugs and High5’s
The bottom line of it all is that- my story’s focus isn’t on what i have done on or off the bike but about what i have done far beyond the bike.