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The Rev. Anthony Britt Vinson, Sr

      Rev. Vinson served as a church musician for more than twenty years and is presently pastor at Bethel A.M.E Church, Chicago IL.. A native of Indianapolis, Indiana he began his music studies at  the age of seven. He continued his studies of music throughtout his elementary and secondary school career, graduating with honors from Shortridge School for th Performing Arts. He received his Bachelor Degree of music from New England Conservatory of Music in vocal performance. He received his Masters of Divinity and Masters of Sacred Music from Boston University School of Theology.

     He has served as musical director for gospel choirs at Boston College, Brandeis University, and Good News European concert tour. He also served as choral Director for the Boston Orchestra and choral, a Black  Institution dedicated to the performance of music by African American composers, and assistant director of the Westbrook Green Concert Choir, in East St. Louis, IL.

    In 1996, Rev Vinson was appointed to serve as pastor of St. Luke A.M.E  in East St. Louis, IL and his most recent was to Bethel A.M..E  in Chicago IL. where he is presently serves as director of music for the Fourth Episcopal district and Program  Chairman for the Connectonal Music Committee of the A.M.E Church.


Rev. Lauretha D. Cobb 

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Rev. Lauretha Cobb served as an administrative and legal secretary before earning a Bachelor Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Turner Theological Seminary of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She is currently working towards a Doctor of Ministry at the Chicago Theological Seminary and a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University.

Additionally, Rev. Cobb has served a one year chaplaincy residency at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. She has earned continuing education units in HIV/Aids and Islamic Relations from Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia.

Rev. Cobb was reborn into the Christian faith in March 1997. She says that she is a member of Glori-fy God Sorority and life-long follower of Christ. Rev. Cobb is an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Having been called to a ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling, Rev. Cobb has initiated the Sacred Spaces Ministry. This ministry focuses on healing the broken spaces in the lives of women.


Lic. Anita Marshall 

For several years, Lic. Marshall serves as the Writers Guild Coordinator for the African Methodist Episcopal Church’s Department of Christian Education. She represents the Christian Education Department on the National Council of Churches’ Education and Leadership Ministries Commission's Committee for Uniform Series. Lic. Marshall has written junior and intermediate Sunday School quarterlies for over twelve years.

Some of her other church-related experiences have included daily devotions for Unity and Liberation, a pan-Methodist Lenten meditation booklet; lectures on writing for spiritual formation of children, African Methodist Episcopal Church history, and other topics. She has made presentations for the American Bible Society; prepared worship liturgies; led Bible studies; taught Sunday School classes, and written Promotion and Missionary Education curriculum for the Women's Missionary Society of the A.M.E. Church's Young Peoples Division, and a Lenten meditation guide based on the Stations of the Cross.

Lic. Marshall has recognized the importance of church involvement in public education. She forged a partnership between Trinity A.M.E. Church, Lansing, Michigan, and Averill Elementary School. In addition, she created and directed summer activity and gardening programs for students attending Averill. While a member of Grant A.M.E. Church in Chicago, Lic. Marshall organized and was the first principal for Grant's Saturday School, a tutorial program for elementary students.

Lic. Marshall’s leadership experiences have allowed her to work with diversity groups in many different types of settings. She coordinated a government-funded program for Chicago State University's Library Science Department. This program trained school librarians on techniques for designing and implementing library services for special education students. While living in Michigan, Ms Marshall served as Head of the Gifts Unit at Michigan State University Libraries; was a member of the Women's Advisory Committee to MSU’s Provost; and as an occasional guest lecturer for Michigan State University's College of Education and several other departments; and co-chaired the Michigan State University Museum Board.

Born and reared in Newark, New Jersey, Lic. Anita Marshall currently a member of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Chicago, Illinois, where she serves as a member of the church's ministerial team. She currently prepares Sunday worship services, organized and supervises the Acolytes Ministry, serves as a member of the Stewardship and Finance Commission, and organized and works with the Prayer Band. Lic. Marshall has taught the New Members Class, trained new stewardesses, preached, on occasion, and served as a Steward.

Lic. Marshall is a graduate of Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, where she received a Master of Christian Education degree.